Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 May 3

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
(Luke 10:38-42)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about having visitors is someone has to serve.  Some people say that Martha should have done what Mary did and just sit and listen to Jesus.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could just go to church, sit, and listen to the word?   But really, I think that Martha understood the meaning of servant-hood.  She was willing to serve.  Maybe she had heard Jesus when He said that the Son of man came not to be served but to serve.  But when she asked Jesus didn’t He care that her sister had left her to serve alone and to tell her to help her, Jesus told her that she was careful and troubled about many things, and that her sister had chosen the good part.  What was Martha troubled about?  Was she concerned that Jesus and those with Him would not be pleased if they were not served? Would she feel bad knowing that He came, and she gave Him nothing to eat?  Often, we are troubled, when the man of God or other guests stop by, we find things to do and blame others as being non-helpful.  Jesus knew that Martha was troubled and so He visited in hope that she would listen so that He could help her.  Are you a Martha today?  Are you troubled about things?  If so, why not sit and listen to Jesus and allow Him to direct your path. That’s why He stops by your house.

Sing: What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere, we should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer.

Thought For Today: Take “U” out of trouble and it will disappear (Parker)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 May 2

But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God
(John 12:37-43).

Today’s Morsel:  I’m amazed at the number of people who elevate man more than God.  In today’s politically correct world, the laws and rules of man are trumping the laws and rules of God because some church leaders love the praise of man more than the praise of God.  When the church aligns itself with worldly ways to please man, it is no longer a church, but an institution.  Jesus said, “But if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13).  When the praises of men are more important than the praises of God, men are left in sin and cannot see where they are going. When the praises of men are more important than the praises of God, men are left in depression, oppression, and confinement.  When the praises of men are more important than the praises of God, families are left without direction, children have no future, marriages won’t last, schools are useless, and nations fall.  Don’t let anyone come between you and God.  Always desire the praises and acceptance of God before the praise and acceptance of men.

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: Don’t ever let anyone come between you and God. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 April 30

And all the villages that were round about these cities to Baalathbeer, Ramath of the south. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families. Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon: for the part of the children of Judah was too much for them: therefore the children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of them. (Joshua 19:8-9)

Today’s Morsel:  When Joshua was dividing the land of promise between the seven remaining tribes who had not received their inheritance yet, scripture says, “Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon: for the part of the children of Judah was too much for them: therefore the children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of them.” Notice, Judah had to much and so Simeo's inheritance came from Judah’s lot.  Judah means praise.  If you are waiting for your inheritance, why not get out of the hole, as Gad told David, and get into Judah (1 Samuel 22:5).  When you go into praise, you will find that everything you need God’s got it and He’s waiting to give it to you.  It's time to get in to praise!

Sing:  So whatever you need, God’s got it!  Whatever you need, God’s got it!  Whatever you need, God’s got it.  He’s got it, and He’s waiting to give it to you.

Thought For Today: Your inheritance can be found in praise (Parker)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 April 29

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. (Acts 20:7)

Today’s Morsel:  Have you ever missed a flight?  How did you feel?  I don’t know about you, but when I’m flying, I like to get to the airport and my gate early to avoid missing my flight and hassling with the crowd and late comers. Scripture says, “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. ” I don’t know if this was Paul’s sermon title, “Ready To Depart On Tomorrow”, or if he was ready to depart to his next journey the next day.  But either way, he seemed to have preached to them to be ready to depart.  Jesus said, “And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not” (Luke 12:39-40).  Are you ready to depart when He comes?  You don’t want to miss your final flight.

Sing:  Get up, great ready, we’re getting ready to go.  Get a move on time cause in a little while, we’ll be going home. I made up my mind, I’m not wasting time.  The trumpet’s about to blow, so get up, get ready, we’re getting ready to go. (Gold City)

Thought For Today: Staying ready today will ensure you’re ready to depart tomorrow.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 April 28

And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way, And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. (Luke 4:28-32)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things I find out about Jesus is that if you don’t want Him, He’s not going to force Himself on you.  Like today's passages, so many people have been witness to God’s love, mercy and grace, but also like today’s passage they have rejected them.  Solomon said, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).  When Jesus is continually rejected by a person, pretty soon that person’s life is going to feel the pressures of life and have no one to help.  When Jesus came to the earth, He said that part of His mission was, “To preach the gospel to the poor; ........to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).  He cut short this scripture and did not conclude with the words, “and the day of vengeance of our God” as was recorded in Isaiah 61:2.  This will be implemented when He returns to judge the world.  But while He was here on earth, His mission was to reconcile us back to Himself.  Believe me, Jesus will walk away if you reject Him.  He told the religious leaders, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).  Jesus is no respecter of persons.  Welcome Him while He is near.

Sing:  Oh 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: Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord, I will repay.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 April 27

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. (Hebrews 11:39-40)

Today’s Morsel:  I am saddened by the number of people who have lost their focus and love for their eternal home. Some of the saddest passages I read in the Bible are those after the spies give their evil report, in Numbers chapters 13 and 14.  God tells them that they will not be able to enter the Promised Land because they did not believe Him.  Every time I read those passages, I pray, "God don’t let this happen to me.  Don't let me lose my focus."   The Psalmist tells us that today, if we hear His voice, don't harden our hearts  as they did.  They did and could not enter into the promise (Psalms 95).  I know that sometimes it seems hard when things are coming against us, and it seems that all the world is against us, but we must not lose focus of where we are headed.  Always remember that the best is yet to come.

Sing: I’m going to a city there'll be no more night. I’ll going to city where Jesus is the light.  The trumpet's gonna sound and I’ll be called away, I’m going to a city someday.

Thought For Today:  Eternity is obtained by faith! (Parker)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 April 26

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalms 46:1)

Today’s Morsel:  After God had led the children of Israel out of Egypt, He gave them laws, commands, statutes, testimonies, judgments, and fears to live by.  One of those laws were the establishment of six cities of refuge.  These cities were to be a place that if one killed someone or did something accidentally, they could flee to until they had a fair trial.  When the woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus, what those who were trying to accuse her failed to realize was that they were bringing her to the city of refuge, they were bringing her before the Great Judge of all the earth (John 8).  Jesus first put her accusers on trial, and they all realized they had fail and should be punished. Then when they were all gone, Jesus turned to the woman. But now because there were no accusers or witnesses to her crime, the Great Judge, Jesus, let her go free with an admonition, “Go and sin no more.”  You can always find a second chance in the city of refuge.  God is our refuge and strength, He is a very present help in trouble.

Sing:  God is our refuge and strength, our refuge and strength, our refuge in time of trouble.  God is our refuge and strength, our refuge in time of trouble.   And He will hide me under the rock, under the rock, and He will hide me, under the rock, safe in the time of trouble.

Thought For Today:  Abraham looked for a city whose builder and maker was God.  What about you?