Saturday, November 28, 2015

2015 November 28 - Morning Manna

Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
(Psalms 118:19-21).

Today's Morsel:  How much value do you put on your salvation?  Think about it for a moment.  If Jesus had not reached down and saved you, where would you be?  Do you ever consider how much better your life is with God then without Him?  I believe that we should praise God more outside of the church then we do inside the church, because we are usually outside more than we are inside.  It seems that many people are apprehensive about praising God in public, but King David gave us an example of public praise to God when he danced before the Ark of the Covenant.  The Psalmist said that he would praise the Lord because He had heard him and had become his salvation.  We know that there is no salvation outside of Jesus, because there is no other name by which we might be saved.  Therefore, since He has saved us, we should give Him praise.  Again the psalmist, said if you open to me the gates of righteousness, I will go into them and I will praise the Lord. Let praise become your life style.  Praise Him no matter where you are, in public and in church.  As you go about your day, offer Him the sacrifice of praise in all you do.  And when you go to church tomorrow, go with a made up mind to praise the Lord.  For from the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, Jesus should be praised.

Sing: Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noon time, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him when the sun goes down.

Thought for Today:   Life is fuller when you praise Him.(Parker)

Friday, November 27, 2015

2015 November 27 - Morning Manna

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

Today's Morsel:  If someone were to ask you to tell them your greatest success story, what would it be?  I've been hearing a lot in the news lately about the two females that recently completed Army Ranger School.  I read about them having to be recycled because they failed certain requirements during the course.  They can now say that they were successful in completing the course.  I know that when I was a Drill Instructor, there were many soldiers I had to recycle because they could not pass certain requirements.  But those same soldiers stuck with it and went on to become good soldiers.  You see, that's what success is.  It's going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm, said Sir Winston Churchill.  We may fail time and time again trying to reach righteousness, holiness and perfection, but if we keep pressing toward the mark of the prize with enthusiasm and faithfulness, I believe we will hear Him say, well done thy good and faithful servant.

Sing:  I'm pressing on the upward way, new heights I'm gaining every day; still praying as I'm onward bound, "Lord plant my feet on higher ground."
Lord, lift me up and let me stand, by faith on heaven's table land, a higher plane than I have found; Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

Thought for Today: "Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." Sir Winston Churchill

Thursday, November 26, 2015

2015 November 26 - Morning Manna (Happy Thanksgiving)

I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD: That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works"
(Psalms 26:6-7)

Today's Morsel:  Here in the United States of America when we think of the Thanksgiving holiday, we a time when the English separatist William Bradford and the other Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth aboard the Mayflower to establish the first American Colony in 1620. Truly, it is great to study American history and recall the roots of our Thanksgiving holiday, but did you know that Thanksgiving or some similar holiday is observed worldwide in at least eight nations?  I have found that Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Korea, Liberia, Switzerland, and the United States of America all celebrate Thanksgiving!  As Christians we should have a heart of thanksgiving every day.  Here is an opening quote from the Thanksgiving Proclamation signed by George Washington, President of the United States of America, October 3, 1789.  "Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."   Today and every day, remember to always give thanks to God for His protection and favor as well as all His goodness and mercy.

Sing: When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings, see what God has done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Thought for Today: "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 November 25 - Morning Manna

Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.  He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore"
(2 Samuel 22:50-51).

Today's Morsel: Day by day, I try to ask myself if God is well pleased with my praise.  The writer of Hebrews tells us,  "By him (Jesus Christ) 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).  To me, the sacrifices of our praise should be the best that we can give.  David said, "Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name."  For what reason would he offer this praise?  He said because God was, "The tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore."  When we think of God's grace, mercy and goodness, we should praise His name, too.  Let's sing praise unto His name today.

Sing: I will bless Thee O' Lord. I will bless Thee O' Lord, with a heart of thanksgiving, I will bless Thee O' Lord.
Thought for Today:  Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  W. J. Cameron

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015 November 24 - Morning Manna

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. (Psalms 118:1-14)

Today's Morsel:  I hear a lot on the news about the  Obama Administration not doing enough to fix the problem with ISIS killing Christians.  I heard a man on the news the other day saying that they aren't doing anything.  Well, I for one do not put my trust in anyone to deal with today's issues but God.  David said the Lord in on my side. He said that is better to trust in the Lord then to put our confidence in man.  And so, since the word is inspired by God, that is where I will put my trust and that is where I will put my confidence.  Not in man, but God.  David also said, "Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God" (Psalms 20:6-7).  The last time I checked, 2 Chronicles 7:14 is still as applicable today as it was over 6,000 years ago, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).  I just wonder what God would do for the Christian community if we do what His word tells us.  Let's humble ourselves, and join together in prayer.  I'm thankful that I know He hears my cry and that His mercy endures forever. 

Sing:  Hear my cry old Lord, 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: Be still and see the salvation of the Lord!

Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 November 23 - Morning Manna

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalms 118:1)

Today's Morsel:  What things are you thankful for today? I believe that all our prayers should begin with a prayer of thanksgiving.   Often, we do not think that we have anything to be thankful for, but really, we have more to be thankful for than not.  When God wakes us, it's a reason to be thankful. When we see all the beauty of  His creation, it's a reason to be thankful.  Being thankful should never be related to material things, friends, family, or money. It should always be related to God's mercy and grace. The Psalmist said that we should give thanks to God because He is good. In other words, God is worthy of honor and the highest esteem because we can do nothing  in and of ourselves.  As Peter said, He careth for you.

Sing:  Thanks! Thanks! I give You thanks, for all You've done. I am so blessed, my soul has found rest, oh Lord, I give You thanks.

Thought for Today: A little thanks goes a long ways.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

2015 November 21 - Morning Manna

And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not. But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. (Numbers 14:6-10)

Today's Morsel:  One of the things about courage is it will be tested.  Sooner or later everyone will have their courage tested.  Whether it is defending ones rights, protecting our children, standing up for our faith, climbing higher obstacles, facing death, or just having to saying  "No", our courage will at some point be put to the test.   This is one of the reasons that we need to build ourselves up daily in our most holy faith.  When those moments of fear come, and those times that you may think that you are going under, you are going to need courage.   Courage comes in three forms.  Spiritual, mental, and physical.  And you may find that they are tested separately or all at the same time.  The children of Israel had all three of theirs tested at once, and they failed the test.  Only Caleb and Joshua had enough courage to take a stand.  And later in Joshua's life, when he assumed the leadership role from Moses, the Lord again told him, to be very strong and courageous (Joshua 1:6-9). This is what the Lord desires of each of us, to be strong and very courageous for the Lord.

Sing: Be strong! Be bold! For the Lord our God is with us, Be strong! Be bold! For the Lord our God is with us.  I am not afraid, I am not ashamed, I am not dismayed, because I'm walking in faith and victory, because the Lord, our God is with us.

Thought for Today: Courage mounteth with occasion (Shakespeare)