Friday, April 28, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 April 28

“For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him” (Isaiah 59:12-16).

Thought for today:  I often wonder why today it seems that it is so hard to get people to be Christians.  We see the state of the world in which we live, but many do not seem to be too concerned with what is taking place.  Church and winning the lost don’t seem to be on people’s radar screen. The mighty greenback seems to have taken people’s attention away from God and the things of God.  Isaiah said that judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.  He said that everyone is in opposition to judgement, justice, truth, and equity.  He said that truth fails.  God’s word doesn’t seem to be able to accomplish its purpose because so many of God's people are in opposition to God’s word.  Now is not the time to be in opposition to God’s word, now is the time to embrace it.  Now is the time to cling to it like never before.  Jesus said that when we see the things that we are now seeing coming upon the earth, we should look up, because our redemption draws nigh. Are you ready for His appearing?

Sing: I’m getting ready to leave this place, I’m getting ready for those gates of pearls; keeping my record right, watching both day and night; I’m getting ready to leave this place.

Thought For Today:  Buy the truth and sell it not.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 April 27

“He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding”
(Proverbs 15:32).

Today’s Morsel:  When I was a counselor in prison, it was not uncommon to talk with some men who had been in and out of prison multiple times for the same offense. Solomon said he that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul.  Why do so many folks seem to have a hard time with corrective counsel?  When a person shuns godly counsel, whether it is from God’s word, a minister, teacher, or parent, it shows that the person doesn’t care about his life.  But when one hears and obeys, he gets understanding and lives.  “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand”, Solomon said (Proverbs 19:20-21). Do you value godly counsel?

Sing: Lead me Lord, I will follow, lead me Lord, I will go. You have called me, I will answer, lead me Lord, I will go.

Thought For Today:  The best counsel is the word of God.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 April 26

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. (1 Samuel 18:1-4)

Today’s Morsel:  Some folks have maintained their friendships and relationships with each other from their childhood until death.  From the time that Jonathan met David after he killed Goliath, scripture says that Jonathan was knitted with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  They seemed from that very moment to have an everlasting and unchanging friendship.  Jonathan, by removing his attire and armor and giving it to David, was showing a sign of his willingness to decrease so that David could increase.  David had already been anointed to be the next king of Israel and Jonathan knew this.  And so he was willing to help his friend succeed.  When we have true love one for another, we will help those chosen by God to become what God wants them to be, even if it means giving up our position to do it.

Sing: What a friend we have a Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear, what a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.

Thought Tor Today:  A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 April 25

“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” (Proverbs 15:23)

Today’s Morsel: One of the ministries Paul spoke of to the Roman church was that of exaltation (Romans 12:8). We should all seek to speak good words at the right time and in the right place because death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).  Think of the number of people you may be able to help with a word of exaltation.  If sticks and stones can break bones, think of what a word of encouragement may be able to do for a broken heart.  Remember that a man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” (Proverbs 15:23).

Sing: Say the name, of Jesus! Say the name, so precious. No other the name I know, that can calm your fears, and dry your tears, and wipe away the pain; When you don’t know what words to say and you just can’t find your way, just say the name.

Thought For Today:  Seek the ministry of exaltation (Parker)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 April 24

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel” (Jeremiah 18:1-6).

Today’s Morsel: When we lived in Japan, some of the places we would to take visiting guests were to some of the pottery houses.  It was always interesting watching them make vessels on the potter’s wheel with the clay.  As you observed them, you wondered how they could make such beautiful things out of simple clay.  God sent Jeremiah to the potter’s house to observe the potter working with the clay while making a vessel.  Jeremiah observed that the vessel the potter made was marred and so he made it again. This is a portrait of our lives.  We are sometimes marred by the things of this world and God may need to make us again.   Jesus’ mission was to seek and to save that which was lost.  You may only have a small crack, but He’s willing to make you again.

Sing:  Make me an instrument an instrument of worship, I lift up my hand’s in Your name.  All glory and honor, to Jesus forever, I lift up my hand’s in Your name.

Thought For Today:  The potter still knows how to make you new.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 April 22

“Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all” (John 3:25-31)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the toughest things that I found among true leaders in the military, was that of relinquishing command.  It was always hard for them to let go of the reins.  Because they understood the mission and were familiar with the people, it was hard for them to turn loose.  But not John the Baptist.  John understood his role was temporal.  He knew that he had one purpose and that was to set the stage for Jesus.  And once Jesus began His ministry, John realized that he needed to get out of the way.  He said, "I must decrease and He must increase."  Is it time for you to decrease so that others may increase in their ministry?

Sing:  Oh! say, but I’m glad.  Oh! say, but I’m glad; Jesus had come and my cup’s over-run; Oh! say, but I’m glad.

Thought For Today:  Decrease me lesser (Parker)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 April 21

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Today’s Morsel:  Are you living or just existing?  Jesus said that His main purpose for coming was so that we would not perish but have everlasting life.  Everlasting life means that it never ends.  Therefore, I conclude that if one is born again, then one should be upbeat always.  If you purchased a term life policy, you’ll focus on the world.  But if you have purchased a whole life policy, you’ll focus on heaven; because a whole life policy pays great rewards in the end.  You can’t steal my joy, Satan.

Sing:  I've found a new way of living, I've found a new joy divine.  I have the fruit of the spirit, I am abiding, abiding in the vine.

Thought For Today:  Jesus doesn’t sell term life, only whole (Parker)