Saturday, September 5, 2015

2015 September 5 - Morning Manna

My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men. Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. (Proverbs 23:26-35)
  
Today's Morsel: There have been more people destroyed because of alcohol then we can number. Homes have been destroyed.  Peoples' lives, hopes, and dreams have been lost because of alcohol.  The world will tell you that it's okay to drink.  And that is what the devil wants, for you to indulge in his cesspool of filthiness.  Alcohol prevents you from thinking straight (Proverbs 31:5).  It causes you to make wrong decisions (Proverbs 23:33).  It will causes you to lose your inheritance by keeping you out of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  And it will cause you to think that you are something when you are not (Proverbs 23:35).  Once the fruit of the vine is turned fermented, it has the power to impair your vision and your thinking.  And the more of it you drink, the more impaired you become.   Paul admonishes us, "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:17-18).  If you are going to be drunk, Paul said, then be drunk in the Spirit.  The same way they were accused of being drunk on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:13-21). If you are drunk on the Holy Ghost, you don't have to worry about waking up with a hangover, nor do you have to worry about making wrong decisions because you will be led by the Spirit.  And Jesus will never lead you astray. 

Sing:  Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up Lord, come and quench this thirsting of my soul; bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more, here's my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

Thought for Today: "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1).

Friday, September 4, 2015

2015 September 4 - Morning Manna

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. (John 6:53-66)

Today's Morsel:  What is it about hard sayings that people don't like?  Often what I find is that hard sayings hurt if we do not understand their meaning, or if we think that they apply to us.  For example, when I joined the army, one day my Drill Instructor called all of us a bunch of  yard-birds.  Well, being from the south, I thought that he was calling us a bunch of chickens.  At first many of us were offended by it, until we learned that the true meaning was to be an "untrained soldier"; which we were at that time.
When Jesus told the people, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day,"  scripture says that, "Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?"  From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.  They couldn't handle the saying.  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, "Will ye also go away?  And Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life" (John 6:67-68).  I guess those who are chosen by man will be offended at hard sayings and will walk away.  While those who are chosen by God will continue on until they gain an understanding of what is truly being said.  May I ask, which one are you?  

Sing:  Trials dark on every hand and we cannot understand, all the ways that God will lead us to that blessed promise land, but He'll guide us with His eye and we'll follow till we die, we will understand it better by and by.
By and by, when the morning comes, and all the saints of God are gathering home, we will tell the story how we've overcome, we will understand it better by and by.

Thought for Today:  "If you don't crack the shell, you can't eat the nut." (Persian Proverb)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

2015 September 3 - Morning Manna

My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:1-6)

Today's Morsel:  When my wife and I were  missionaries, on one of our deputation travels, we were able to mine for gold in California.  No, we didn't find any, but it was fun trying.  I'm amazed at the number of scriptures in the Bible that tell us to search for the things of God.  I often wonder why God wants us to search for the things about Him in His word?  There is a great Bible study called, "Search For Truth" that helps to bring you into an understanding of God and His creation.   Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 3:16 that Jesus being God in flesh was a mystery; "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory".  Therefore, to understand this valuable information, we must be willing to spend the required time to search the scripture to find out this awesome and powerful knowledge of God.   Jesus even tells us to search the scriptures and that we would find out that they were all about Him (see John 5:39-40).   Solomon said that knowledge is given to those who are willing to search for it.  He wrote, "If thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding."  How much of God do you want to know?  If you don't know who God is now, chances are, He probably won't know who are you later.  Always remember, most new discoveries happen because of long research.  So search the scriptures, and see what treasures you can discover.
  
Sing: Deeper! Deeper! In the love of Jesus, daily let me go.  Higher, higher, in the school of wisdom, more of grace to know.  O' deeper yet I pray, and higher every day, and wiser blessed Lord in thy precious holy word.

Thought for Today:  Most new discoveries happen during research.  So search the scriptures. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2015 September 2 - Morning Manna

The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised. The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD. (Obadiah 1:1-4)

Today's Morsel:  Have you heard the latest rumor? Why do rumors seem to spread faster than truth?  Why do we not evaluate rumors to see if they are true before we tell them to someone else?  Many folks' good character have been destroyed because of someone else's rumor about them.  Obadiah said that they had heard a rumor from the Lord.  "Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved" (Matthew 24:4-13). Jesus said that there are going to be rumors in the last days, but we must not allow them to shake us.  We must still remain focused and keep our eyes on the prize.  Everything that can be shaken will be shaken, don't be one that's shaken away from truth in the last days.  

Sing:  There's a sweet, sweet, Spirit in this place, and I know that it's the Spirit of the Lord. There are sweet expressions on each face, and I know that it's the Spirit of the Lord.
Sweet Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly Dove, Stay right here with us, filling us with Your love, and for these blessings, we lift our hearts in praise, without a doubt we'll know that we have been revived when we shall leave this place.

Thought for Today: Don't be drawn into the rumor mill. Rumors are called lies. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015 September 1 - Morning Manna

My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. (Psalms 7:10-12)

Today's Morsel:  A few days ago, I wrote about the value of everyone reading the Bible.  Most people do not understand that not only is God a God of righteousness, but He is also a God of judgment. Scripture lets us know that the wicked and the nation that forgets God shall be turned into hell.  "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" (Psalms 9:17).  But because God is just, Peter said that He's not willing that any should perish but that all would come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  "Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live. Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal. When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby. Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways" (Ezekiel 33:12-20).   We must repent, do what is right, and God will be a defense for us.

Sing: When I think of the goodness of Jesus, and all He has done for me. My soul cries out, hallelujah, praise God for saving me.

Thought for Today: Repentance still works.  

Monday, August 31, 2015

2015 August 31 - Morning Manna

And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God. (Luke 18:35-43)

Today's Morsel:  Most people who are sight or hearing impaired will tell you that they would like to be able to see or hear.  Just like in times of old, today people say that they see spiritually, but Jesus says that they are blind and cannot see.  The psalmist said that some people are like the idols that they've made.  "Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them" (Psalms 115:4-8).  The Lord told the prophet Isaiah, after he requested that he be sent, "Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed" (Isaiah 6:10).  When the blind man cried out to Jesus, Jesus asked him what he desired. And the blind man said, "That I might receive my sight." And once he received his sight, he followed Jesus in the way.  If we say that we see spiritually, then we should be walking in the way called straight.  And that way is in obedience to the Word of God.

Sing:  I've found the way!  I've found the way, Oh glory, hallelujah, I've found the way.

Thought for Today: There is only one way to God, baptized in Jesus name!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

2015 August 29 - Morning Manna

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:5-7)

Today's Morsel:  I heard a man once say, "A child unspotted by the world is a trophy of God."  You know, the same way that is it mandatory for every male to register for the draft at 18, I think it should be mandatory that every child has to read their Bible through in school, and pass an examination on it before they can graduate from high school and receive their diploma.  People who are opposed to reading the Bible don't want character in their lives nor their children's lives.  That's the main focus of the Bible, character building.  Yes, I know it has other stories in there, but the overall purpose for the Bible is building character  in your life.  Many will develop their own doctrines from it, but once you come into a true understanding of its purpose  you are going to see that it's all about building character in your life.  All because God is a God is righteousness, and it is His Word.  Notice what Solomon said, "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction" (Proverbs 1:5-7).  The problem with the world today is those who are in authority aren't listening to God.  

Sing: I'm a new creation, I'm a brand new man! Old things are passed away, I've been born again. More than a conqueror, that's who I am! I'm a new creation, I'm a brand new man.



Thought for Today:  A diploma on the wall without the knowledge of God is just a piece of paper.