Saturday, February 25, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 February 25

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Today’s Morsel:  When we moved back to America from Asia after 16 years, my brothers would tell me that they were going to come see me.  Well, last year, while sitting in my living room reading, unexpectedly, the door that leads to my garage opened and I was thinking that it was my wife and daughter.  But to my surprise, in walked two of my brothers and one of my sisters.  What if this is the year that Jesus returns?  Will you be taken by surprise or will you be ready?  “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” Jesus said (Matthew 25:13).  We know that Jesus is coming again, but the timing we don’t.  Be ready!  Don't be caught by surprise!!

Sing:  O’ my brother, are you ready for the call?  To crown your Savior King and Lord of all?  The kingdoms of this world, shall soon before Him fall, we shall see the King when He comes.

Thought For Today: Don’t be taken by surprise.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 February 24

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18).

Today’s Morsel:  I was playing a game with my youngest grandson one evening, and to my surprise, when I looked over at him, he had his hand on his chin the same as I did and was saying the same words that I was saying when I would jokingly cast the die during the game.  Solomon says that the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.  The path of the wicked is gloomy, dark, and dangerous; that of the righteous is open, luminous, and instructive.  Therefore, the path that the righteous blazes that is found in righteousness will not only save himself, but those who also follow him.  As Paul told Timothy, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Timothy 4:16).  What trail are you blazing for others?  Take care, because others are watching and following!

Sing: 1. Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul; Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.  O my God, I trust in thee: Let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
        2. Let none that wait, on thee be ashamed;  Let none that wait, on thee be ashamed.  O my God, I trust in thee: Let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
        3.  Shew me thy ways, LORD; teach me thy paths; Shew me thy ways, LORD; teach me thy paths.  O my God, I trust in thee: Let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.  

Thought For Today: Stay on course until the end.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 February 23

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi” (Exodus 17:14-15).

Today’s Morsel:  I like reading and studying history. History is a recording of activities that have occurred over-time.  History must be passed to the next generations. Generals read past wars to develop battle and strategic plans.  This is one of the reasons that I feel every Christian needs to read their Bibles through each year as it is a study of history.  One of the most important books in the Bible, that displays and shows history, is the book of Acts.  It shows how the New Testament Church was established and what we must continue to do to ensure that we are following the pattern that was originally established.  Moses was to write in a book the memorial for Joshua and to rehearse it before him.  I believe that God wanted Joshua to remember his first victory and to know that just as God was with Moses, He would be with Joshua and would fight for Him.  You miss out on a lot of direction and assurance from God if you don't know the history!

Sing: Victory ahead!  Victory ahead!  Through the blood of Jesus, victory ahead.  Trusting in the Lord, I hear the conqueror's tread, by faith I see the victory ahead.

Thought For Today:  His banner over me is love.   

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 February 22

“And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel” (Exodus 27:20-21).

Today’s Morsel: One of the things that the Lord required of the children of Israel was that they bring beaten pure olive oil for the lights to the temple each day.  God was very detailed in the requirements of how and where it was to be gathered.  God wanted the people to get into the habit of providing those things that the church had need of.  It was to be the best and the first.  It was an offering for the light.  God is the light.  The offering of the oil was a portrait of Himself.  Isaiah said, “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand” (Isaiah 53:10).  We are the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16), and the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).  Therefore, God has not changed His requirement with us.  We must bring to Him our best and the first, and we must bring it daily before Him.  

Sing: Anointing fall on me.  Anointing fall on me. Let the power of the Holy Ghost, fall on me; anointing fall on me.

Thought For Today: Always give God your best.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 February 21

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you”
(John 15:16)

Today’s Morsel:  Do you remember the children’s Saturday morning educational program, “School House Rock?”   They would always ask the conjunction what their function was.  Do you ever stop and reflect on where Jesus has brought you from?  Do you ever ask yourself out of all the people in the world, why did Jesus choose you? We did not choose Him, He chose us.  The same way that He chose His apostles.  The same way that He chose Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Samuel, and the apostle Paul, He chose you and me.  When God chooses us, I believe, it is for a special purpose.  As He told Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee” (Exodus 31:2-6).  So, just what is your function for which He has chosen you?  Ask Him, He will let you know.  

Sing: He chose me! He chose me!  Out of all the people in this world.  He chose me!  He chose me, and He can use me, till He uses me up.

Thought For Today:  What’s your function? 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 February 20

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality” (Romans 12:9-13).

Today’s Morsel:  A true reflection of God’s love is seen not only in how we treat others, but also in how we treat our self.  I find that those who continually condemn themselves, or condemn others, do not know love.  Their love is fake.  It’s not real.  I’ve heard people say, “Oh, I have to love you, but I don’t have to like you.”  If that is the case, then is that love real?  If someone tells me they love me, and yet will not talk to me, or they shun me when they see me out and about, isn’t that fake love?  John said, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen” (1 John 4:20)?  Jesus never avoided anyone. “And he must needs go through Samaria” (John 4:4).   Even those who did not like Him or care for Him, He still went where they were.  Because true love will cover a multitude of sins and it will be willing to forgive.   Ask yourself, is your love true today?  

Sing: Even in death He remembered the thief hanging by His side; He spoke with love and compassion, then He took him to paradise.
If that isn’t love the ocean is dry, there’s no stars in the sky, and the sparrow can’t fly!  If that isn’t love then heaven’s a myth, there’s no feeling like this, if that isn’t love.

Thought For Today:  Let love be without dissimulation.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 February 18

“And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations” (Exodus 30:8).

Today’s Morsel:  When we lived in Asia, you could always smell incense burning.  In homes, in temples, in stores, in businesses, at tombs; it was their way of worship to the unknown God as spoken to in Act 17 in Greece by the apostle Paul.  The Lord told Moses that when Aaron lit the lamps at evening he was to burn incense on it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout their generations. Their generation was to do this as a type of shadow of what was to come.  But today, every generation must learn continual praise to God every time the lamps are lit.  The incense was a sweet-smelling offering unto the Lord.  Today, we do not burn incense, but rather we must come before His presence with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.  Paul told the church at Ephesus, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour” (Ephesians 5:1-2).  Because we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), each day we must present our bodies as a living sacrifice and as a sweet-smelling savor unto Him.  The writer of Hebrews admonishes us, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15).  Let your worship be as an instrument of continual praise unto Him.

Sing:  I worship You, Almighty God, there is none like You. I worship You, oh Prince of Peace, that is what I long to do, I give You praise, for You are my righteousness. I worship You, Almighty God, there is none like You.

Thought For Today:  Your offering must always be mixed with praise (Parker)