Thursday, March 22, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 22

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:1-7).

Today’s Morsel:  I hear about a lot of folks talking about the faith that their grandparents or parents had when they lived on the earth.  But for many of them that say such things why they don’t have the same faith.  Did their forefathers not explain it or share with them the value and the importance of it.  Did they think that their off-spring would learn it on their own?  Paul told the church, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  In other words, instructing them in the knowledge of divine things, setting good examples before them, taking care to prevent them from falling into bad company, praying with them and for them, bringing them to the house of God, under the means of grace, to attend public worship; all which, under a divine blessing, may be very useful to them someday.  Paul wanted Timothy to know that the faith which was in him, did not begin with him but was also in his mother and his grandmother; and that all he needed to do when he was discouraged was to stir it up.  In other words, like coals that don’t seem to be burning, if you stir them up and allow the wind to blow on them they will begin to burn again.  Maybe you feel as though your faith is going out.  Why not stir up the gift that is in you with praise and allow the wind of the Holy Ghost to blow on you so that you will glow brighter than before, so the fire will pass on to the next generation.

Sing:  Faith can move mountains, mountains of fear and of doubt, faith can move mountains, so why don’t you try your faith out.

Thought For Today: Your faith must communicate to the next generation.  (Parker)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 21

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalms 116:15).

Today’s Morsel: One of the things about death is that it is promised to all of us.  This is one thing that none of us is going to escape, and none of us knows when it’s going to happen, and none of us has any control in stopping it.  You can’t buy your way out of it, no man on earth can deter it from happening to you, and no one that you know that has political or judicial power can get you out of it (see Ecclesiastes 8:8).  And the part that most do not understand about it is that it is eternal.  Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).  Once we are born-again of the water and the spirit, we become a child of God. If we walk according to His Word and live according to His Word, death will have no power over us (Revelations 20:6). The same way that sin should not have any power of you (Romans 6:14); because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).  The Bible says that heaven rejoices over one sinner that repents (Luke 15:7).  You see, repentance is a form of dying.  So precious in God’s sight is it when you die to the things of this world, commit and dedicate your life to him, live holy and separated unto Him as His sons and daughters.  Have you died to yourself yet? Faith in Christ and repentance of your sins are the first steps to eternal salvation and the key to avoiding eternal damnation.

Sing: For above all else, I must be saved.  For above all else, I must be saved.  Lord whatever you have to do to me, don’t let me be lost for eternity.  For above all else, I must be saved.

Thought For Today:  Faith in Christ and repentance of one’s sins are the first steps to eternal salvation and the key to avoiding eternal damnation (Parker).

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 20

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about freedom is that it is not free.  It has a cost.  To remain free once we have been made free, one must purpose to remain free, or else we will return to their old ways.  When God delivered Israel from slavery and captivity, they at first were excited and happy.  They danced.  They shouted.  They were elated. But not long afterwards, they didn’t like their freedom and they wanted to return to their old way of life.  In the church, we call this backsliding, which is merely a return to the old way of life and living.  Paul told the church at Galatia to remain steadfast and to persevere in the freedom that Jesus Christ had used to make them free, and not return to the things that had them in bondage prior to their freedom (my words).  There are many things today that have people in bondage.  A love of money.  Social media.  Greed. Selfishness.  Pride.  Lust.  Perversion.  These things have many in bondage and they can’t get free.  Sad to say, many of them were at one time made free by Jesus through His word, but they did not remain in that freedom.  They desired to return to their old way of life.  Not acting or participating in the things that others call fun or dressing in an unkempt and immoral way is not bondage but freedom. What about you?  Are you on the verge of walking away from your freedom because of what the world has told you that you are missing?  Have you considered eternity lately?  Have you counted the cost?  

 Sing: Once like a bird in prison I dwelt, no freedom from my sorry I felt, but Jesus came and listened to me, and glory to God, He set me free.
He set me free, yes, He set me free.  He broke the bonds of prison for me.  I’m glory bound my Jesus to see.  Glory to God, He set me free.

Thought For Today: Have you considered eternity lately?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 19

“O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day” (Psalms 119:97).

Today’s Morsel:  Most people do not like laws.  They say that people are trying to control them and that nobody is going to tell them what to do.  And so, they go about violating and wanting to remove the laws which were established for their protection and safety.  People hate the "Do not talk on your cell phone while driving" law until they have a major accident while talking on it, then they wish they had heeded the warning.  They hate the handicap parking law when they are not handicapped or need assistance, but should they become handicapped or in need of assistance they get angry and upset at people who park in the handicap spots that may not be handicapped.  We must remember that sin is a violation of the law.  The Psalmist states, “O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day.”  God’s laws are for our safety and protection.  When we meditate on them and keep them at the forefront of our memory, they help us to stay righteous and out of trouble. Plus, they provide us with many blessings.  Like keeping money in your pocket for not speeding.

Sing:  The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. The testimonies of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple.  More to be desired are they than gold, much fine gold, sweeter also than the honey and the honeycomb.

Thought For Today: “Sin is a violation of the law.” (Parker).

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 17

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11).

Today’s Morsel:   Every day, I hear people say, “I don’t have enough time.”  Where did it go?  Why don’t we have enough time?  God gives us 24-hours and we don’t have enough time?  Are you allowing Satan to steal your time?  People are so tired from work because Satan has them at the grid because they allowed him to steal their time.  Not enough time?  How do you manage your time?  Why are you allowing someone else to manage your time?  Paul said, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).  Have you been hoodwinked by the enemy of your soul?  Has he stolen your time?  Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).  Satan wants to steal your time because he knows that when you are tired:
  • You can’t think right
  • You are easily agitated
  • You won’t pray
  • You don’t want to go to church
  • You won’t read your Bible
  • You won’t witness
  • You won’t have joy in your life
  • You will soon become depressed and discontented

And you’ll eat more, and you’ll get fat, and you become discontented and sluggish, so you’ll work more, and are tired more, so you can’t rest anymore!  All because you let the devil steal your time.  And you are tired, and because you are tired, you get angry easily, and because you are angered easily, you yell and scream at your spouse and your kids, and your dog and your cat, and you lose your temper, and you lose your patience, and you start looking for peace, because your peace is gone, because you let Satan steal your time, because you were trying to make enough dollar, because you wanted to be able to buy something else, and you lost your time, so you lost your joy, because you lost your time, and you lost your peace, because you lost your friend, because you didn’t have time to spend with your friend, which is Jesus, the One who gives you the time, who replenishes your money, the One who gives you joy, who gives you peace, all because you didn’t think that you had enough.  And because you didn’t think that you have enough, you left Jesus, which was your friend, which gives you joy, which gives you peace, and you start crying the world doesn’t have enough love and nobody cares about you all because you allowed Satan to steal your time.
You see, time is the only commodity that God has given everyone the same amount of every day.  But if we cannot manage it properly, we will lose it.  Ask yourself, what do I do each day with my time that I don’t have enough time for the things of God?  The most important time is time spent with Jesus.  Do you know that?  Are you using your time wisely?  

Sing: Time is filled with swift transition; naught of earth unmoved can stand.  Build your hopes on things eternal, hold to God’s unchanging hand!
Hold to God’s unchanging hand! Hold to God’s unchanging hand! Build your hopes on things eternal, hold to God’s unchanging hand!

Thought For Today: Watch your time (Parker)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 16

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21).

Today’s Morsel:  I’ve come to realize that the most abandoned gift in scripture is the gift of encouragement and edification.  Paul said, “Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness” (Romans 12:8).  And the way that we do that is by our words.  When we speak, we should always consider the words we say, because they do have an impact on others.  If we would learn to use our words wisely, we might be able to help someone recover from despondency, distress, and even abuse.  Words mean a lot when spoken correctly.  Jesus said, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matthew 12:37).  How many are there who count words for nothing, and yet eternity depends on them.  David prayed, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalms 19:14).  Do you choose your words carefully?  "Lord, put a watch before the door of my lips," ought to be the prayer of us all.

Sing:  Hear my cry, O’ God, attend unto my prayer.  From the ends of the earth will I cry unto thee; and when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I, so much higher than I.

Thought For Today:  Set a watch at my lips.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 15

“And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses” (Deuteronomy 34:9)

Today’s Morsel:  I’m still trying to figure out why there are so many born-again believers without wisdom when the Bible tells us that wisdom is the most basic thing, and that we should get it.  To me, the book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom.  Along with the rest of the Bible, it makes one wise unto salvation.  Hidden in its pages is everything that we must be, know, and do to be successful and have eternal life.  Scripture says that Joshua was full of the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him.  The Bible tells us to mark the perfect man, for the end of that man is peace.  Let me encourage you when you find a man of God with wisdom, stay close to him because you don’t get old being a fool.

Sing:  He touched me; Oh, Oh, He touched me, and oh the joy that floods my soul.  Something happened, and now I know, Jesus touched me and made me whole.

Thought For Today:  Wisdom is the principle thing.