Saturday, December 20, 2014

2014 December 20 - Morning Manna

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this
(Isaiah 9:6-7).

Today’s Morsel: Probably one of the most exciting times for married couples is when they have planned for a child, God grants their wish, and that child is born.  The psalmist said, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3).  Isaiah prophesied, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.”  So to whom was this child born?  To the entire world.  This child belongs to everyone.  He’s very special. He’s wonderful.  He’s great, and He’s going to do great things for us.  He’s a counselor.  He’s going to become a therapist.  He’s going to be able to diagnosis every area that is wrong in our lives and give us advice on how to get it fixed.  He’s the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. He’s going to be the one who brings peace into the storm of your life.  He’s going to be the one who calms the raging seas of doubt, uncertainty, despair and fear in your life.  He’s the one who spoke the world into existence, who gives life to all, and who saves man from his sin.  He was God manifested in flesh (I Timothy 3:16).  This glorious child that was given is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.  No other description or such wonderful words could have identified Him. What do you call Him?

Sing:  Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and heaven, and nature sing.

Thought for Today: Jesus will still reveal Himself to those who seek Him with a pure heart.

Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 December 19 - Morning Manna

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child (Luke 2:8-17).

Today’s Morsel:  The annunciation of Jesus Christ into the world was demonstrated by a heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”  This was not just another child that was being born; this child was special.  This was God manifested in flesh.  This was the Savior of the world. This was the one whom Moses and the prophets had written about.  This was the one spoken of by the prophet Micah who would come, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).  Bethlehem means the city of bread; it was the city of Naomi, Ruth, Boaz, and David—and now the city of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Do you see what I see?  Do you hear what I hear?  Do you know what I know?  Listen!  We have a Savior. We have a King and we have a Lord.  His name is Jesus Christ. “For neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given unto men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16).  Do you know what I know?

Sing: It came upon the midnight clear, the glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold: "Peace on the earth good will to men, from heaven's all gracious King." The  world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

Thought for Today:  Everybody ought to know who Jesus is.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014 December 18 - Morning Manna

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:1-14)

Today's Morsel:  I often wonder why we seem to wait until the month of December to tell the Christmas story.  Didn't Jesus commission us to go preach the gospel to every creature?  "And he said unto them,  Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:15-18).   So why do so many wait until December to do it?  I recently read in a magazine that most Christians are afraid to share their faith with others.  Why do we go about wanting to do more good deeds in December than the rest of the year?  Many of the church leaders decided that we wouldn't knock on doors this coming year to share the gospel and invite people to church, but rather we would go about doing good deeds for our neighbors, like baking, and being more involved in community projects.  As born again believers, Jesus said that we should be letting our light shine.  Therefore, we should be telling the world everyday and on every opportunity we get to share Jesus.  I believe that many would enjoy Christmas so much more if they knew what it meant before December.  Every day we should be proclaiming as the angels did, saying to the people, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them" Paul said (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).  People can't be saved without Jesus Christ in their lives.  And it is our duty to tell them. Not only in December, but all year long .

Sing:  Go tell it on the mountain, over the hill and everywhere. Go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 December 17 - Morning Manna

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:8-14)

Today's Morsel:  What would you do if you looked up in to the sky and saw a host of angels praising God and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men?  Well this is what happened in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago at the birth of Jesus.  The heavenly host announced His arrival just as scripture said that they would.  This annunciation by the angels that a Savior had been born, even today, should cause us to be excited and ready to worship Him.  Many in Jesus' time were looking for Him to come, but others were not.  Some, like today, had no idea what it was all about.   Many people wondered what the shepherds told them, and even today, many still wonder when the shepherd, their pastor, tells them.  But not Mary.  Scripture says that she kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.  And even the shepherds, when they had seen Jesus, returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.  What is your response when you hear the gospel?  Do you get excited about the good news about of Jesus Christ?  Do you go tell others, glorifying and praising God?

Sing: Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy, do you hear what I hear, ringing through the sky shepherd boy,.  Do you hear what I hear?  A song, a song high above the tree with a voice as big as the sea, with a voice as big as the sea

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king, do you know what I know, in your palace wall mighty king.  Do you know what I know?  A child, a child, shivers in the cold,  let us bring him silver and gold, let us bring him silver and gold

Said the king to the people everywhere, listen to what I say, pray for peace people everywhere.  Listen to what I say, the child, the child, sleeping in the night, He will bring us goodness and light,  He will bring us goodness and light. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 December 16 - Morning Manna

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.  
(Luke 1:26-38)


Today's Morsel:   When we look at the Christmas Story, many fail to understand the picture that is being painted with Mary. What was going on here?  How was Mary going to conceive without knowing a man?  We all understand that it takes a man and a woman to birth a child.  The angel Gabriel told Mary, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."  John said, " Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:1-2).  What makes you a son of God?   The Holy Ghost. "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Romans 8:9).  You can only be called a son of God by the Spirit of God.  This is why Jesus in His humanity was called the Son of God.   He's never called God the son because He was God.  This miraculous birth was done by the Spirit of God.  Jesus told the woman at the well, "God is a Spirit..." (John 4:24).  And John wrote that, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one" (1 John 5:7).  Notice, they are one, there is no division here.  The word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us (John 1:14).  Jesus was the Father in creation (Colossians 1:16), He is the Son in Redemption (Galatians 4:5; Titus 2:14), and He is the Holy Ghost in operation ( Luke 12:12; John 14:26; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 4:8; Acts 8; Acts 9; Acts 10; Acts 16; Acts 22).  Mary knew what it felt like to be filled with the Holy Ghost and to birth a Son of God.  And she didn't hesitate to go to the upper room and wait with the disciple for the Day of Pentecost (Acts 1:14), because she wanted to be filled again with God's Spirit and birth more sons of God.  We, too, are filled with God's Spirit for one purpose, to birth sons of God so those sons can birth more sons of God.  Remember, Mary had to have the seed planted inside her to conceive.  The seed is the Word of God (Luke 8; 1 John 5:7).  Don't be confused with the natural, as it has a spiritual application.

Sing: Mary did you know that your baby boy would someday walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know.
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will walk again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am.

Monday, December 15, 2014

2014 December 15 - Morning Manna

 
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning
(James 1:17).

Today’s Morsel: Christmas is a time of sharing and giving gifts.  The giving of gifts extends back into the Book of Genesis.  When a man wanted to marry a daughter, he brought gifts to the father.  Many of the principles and practices that we do today, when it comes to giving, are handed to us from times past, and many are based on biblical principles.  Even Solomon, the wisest man, said that a gift given in secret pacifies anger (Proverbs 21:14). The wise men were the ones who brought gifts to Jesus. What is it about gifts?  Why do we give gifts at birthdays and at Christmas time?  Because it’s a part of sharing with others what we have.  It is a principle of giving.
  James told us that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from God.  The best gift, the perfect gift, comes from God.  Paul said, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: but all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” (I Corinthians 12:1-11).  They are of the Spirit.  God is good, and God is perfect. Have you received that good and perfect gift?  If not, Peter told you how you can receive it. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:38-39).  The Holy Ghost is the good and perfect gift because it is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Sing: Immanuel, Immanuel, His name is called Immanuel. God with us, revealed in us. His name is called Immanuel.

Thought for Today: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

2014 December 13 - Morning Manna

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:5-6).

Today’s Morsel: Everything that a Christian does is driven by his or her faith. Many people have tried to define faith. Some use Hebrew 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Some say, “Faith is what you need to please God”; others say, “It is what you need to be saved and to receive the Holy Ghost”; and some say, “It’s your ability to see God in your dark times”; while others say, “It’s just plain old trust.” But do these sayings really define faith? The entire eleventh chapter of the Book of Hebrews is called the “faith chapter” because it reveals what others did and what they received because of their faith. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:5, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Notice, Enoch didn’t see death because of his faith. Did you know that you, too, will not see death if you walk and live by your faith? You may die in this flesh, but you will always be alive in the spirit. Even Jesus died in the flesh, but He was quickened by the Spirit. And this same Spirit will quicken your mortal bodies.  Paul said that if he was absent from the body, he was present with Christ (my paraphrase). Paul knew that as soon as he died in the flesh, he would be with the Lord. He knew that he would be translated right out of here. You see, it takes faith in God to come out of the world, and it’s going to take faith for you to get out of this world.
  
Sing: Have faith in God, have faith in God, Have faith in God, for deliverance, have faith in God.

Thought for Today: It takes faith in God to be made free.