Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 August 30

Then Job answered and said, I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all. Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you. But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief. 
(Job 16:1-5)

Today’s Morsel:  Do you ever get tired of negative news?  Why does it seem that when you see some people you know that they aren’t going to have anything good to say about anyone or anything?  If it’s nice and sunny they say, “But it won’t last long.”  Instead of trying to encourage and comfort him, Job’s friends kept trying to accuse him of sin.  Finally, Job was tired of their accusations and so he said to them, “You are all miserable comforters.” (my wording).  They had come professedly to console with him.  Now all that they said was adapted only to irritate and to deepen his distress.  He was disappointed; and he was deeply wounded and grieved by them.  He told them that if they were in his place, if their souls were in his soul's stead, he could heap up words against them, and shake his head at them. But he said that he wouldn’t do that.   He said he would strengthen them with his mouth, and with the moving of his lips he would lessen their grief.   He said he would be a comforter to them.  Let me encourage you, when others are suffering don’t add to their grief.  Be a comforter.   If you have any words of exaltation then say on.

Sing: Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand; I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.  Through the storm, through the night, lead me on, to the light; Take my hand, Precious Lord, and lead me on.

Thought For Today:  Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Solomon)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 August 29

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
(2 Corinthians 3:1-3)

Today’s Morsel: Whose church do you belong to?  What church do you attend, and when people see you can they tell that you belong to that church?  Do your actions and character reflect the teachings of that church?  One of the things about being a true Christian is that one’s life will reflect what they are being taught both at home and at church.  Paul told the church at Corinth that they were his epistle known and read of all men.  So when people see you what are they reading?  Are they reading about Jesus when they see you, or are they reading about the world?

Sing:  He said if I be lifted up, if I be lifted up; He said if I be lifted up, I will draw, I will draw all men unto me.

Thought For Today: The church style will reflect the lifestyle (Parker)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 August 27

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. (Psalms 63:1-4)

Today’s Morsel:  God’s loving-kindness is of more value than life; it is to be more desired than life itself.  It is more desired than gold.  Life is the most valued and valuable thing pertaining to this world which we can possess.  As Satan told God, “And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life” (Job 2:4).  But, above this, David valued the favor and friendship of God.  If one or the other was to be sacrificed, he preferred that it should be his life; he would be willing to exchange his life for the favor of God.  Life was not desirable, life furnished no comforts, no joys, without God’s divine favor.  What would life be with the love and favor of the Lord? What would it be if we were banished from Him?  David saw God’s favor and mercy to be better than his life.  What about you?  Can you imagine life without Him?

Sing:  Thy loving-kindness is better than life!  Thy loving-kindness is better than life!  My lips shall praise Thee, yet will I bless Thee.  I will lift up my hands unto Thy name.

Thought For Today:  Life is nothing without Christ (Parker)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 August 26

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
(Psalms 62:5)

Today’s Morsel:  Most people have a low tolerance level when it comes to waiting.  With today’s bottle neck of traffic in many cities, people are losing patience.  What patience says in a traffic jam is wait, this too shall come to pass. What have you prayed and asked God for? Have you asked for better health?  A better job?  Salvation for a loved one or a friend?  A better home environment?  The psalmist said that his expectation is from the Lord and so he will wait on Him.  Jesus said that if we ask we would receive.  Now that you have asked, can you wait for Him to come through for you?  If our expectations are from the Lord, then we must learn how to wait.

Sing:  I lean on You Lord! I lean on You Lord! For the things that I need I lean on You. When I don’t know just what to do, I’ve got the faith You’re going to see me through.  You supply my every need and I lean on You.

Thought For Today: Expect the expectancy (Parker)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 August 25

Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. (Proverbs 7:24-27)

Today’s Morsel:  The world has painted a pretty picture for so many.  Satan has camouflaged his deception very well.  And so many have been destroyed by her.  So many are blind to Satan’s ways.  So many are weeping and crying because what they thought was good, they now realize was evil all along.  So many who thought someone was the perfect one, now realize that it was all a show and cover up.  So many who have left the church for the world to gain, now find that it’s a path and road that they cannot seem to find the strength to walk home from.  Satan’s grip and chains have them bound.  This world is as a harlot.  A one-night stay has so easily trapped many and placed them on the road to hell.  Therefore, you children of men, consider what I say, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).  See the world for what it is, a pathway that leads to death.  Stay on the road to glory.

Sing: I have decided to follow Jesus! I have decided to follow Jesus! I have decided to follow Jesus! No turning back, no turning back!

Thought For Today: You can take this old world but give me Jesus.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 August 24

Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for! (Job 6:8)

Today’s Morsel: If you knew that God would grant your request, what would you ask of Him?  I’m sure many would ask for long life, finances, good health, or protection.  Solomon had this opportunity. And he only asked God for wisdom to lead his people.  God told him because he didn’t ask for riches and the other things but for wisdom, that he would not only receive wisdom, but other things as well.  Job wanted God to grant him the things that he longed for.  He wanted to be free of his pain and suffering, I believe.  What would be your request?  Would it be for earthly possessions or health or comfort?  Or would it be for eternal salvation?  “And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus” (John 12:20-21).  I don’t know about you, but I want to see Jesus.

Sing:  Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning!  Give me oil in my lamp I pray.  Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning; keep me burning till the break of day.

Thought For Today: I want to see Jesus. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 August 23

And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money. And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee. (1 Kings 21:1-3)

Today’s Morsel: I believe that Esau did not see his birthright as an inheritance but only as something nice to have.  And scripture lets us know that when he sought for it with tears he couldn’t find it.  He had let it go for nothing.  Naboth did not see the vineyard that his father had given him just as a vineyard for gathering grapes and making wine, but he saw it as an inheritance. He saw it as an heirloom.  Something that his father had worked hard to produce and hand down to him.  He saw it as something of special value handed on from one generation to another.  Let me ask you a question?  How much do you value the things that your parents have handed down to you?  What about the things that God has given to you?  Do you see them just as a vineyard or do you see them as an inheritance?  Do you cherish them?  

Sing:  The blood that Jesus shed for me, way back on Calvary, it’s the blood that gives me strength from day to day, it will never lose its power.  For it reaches, to the highest mountain, and it flows to the lowest valley, it’s the blood, that gives me strength, from day to day, it will never lose its power.

Thought For Today: How important is your spiritual inheritance to you?