Saturday, April 25, 2015

2015 April 25 - Morning Manna

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. (Genesis 3:6-10)

Today's Morsel: I've noticed that when many men and women who are in authority are overcome by a fault, and their fault is discovered, they seem to be in a huge state of remorse.  Like Adam and Eve, sin will make you feel ashamed when it is discovered.  There are many things in my life that I didn't know were sins until I came into the truth of God's word.  In so many things, like Paul, I did it in ignorance.   Even though many a time I felt within myself that they were wrong, because I saw everyone else doing them and no one telling me I was wrong, I just assumed that they were alright to do.  But I am so thankful that God has now revealed to me the truth of His word, and I can make the right choices for my life.  What about you?  Are you ashamed of a past sin that you have done or even a present sin that you are doing?  If you are, you can repent of that sin and God will forgive you of it.

Sing: I surrender all. I surrender all.  All to Thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

Thought for Today:  You can overcome your sin. Just turn to Jesus.

Friday, April 24, 2015

2015 April 24 - Morning Manna

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
(Ephesians 3:14-21)

Today's Morsel:  Many people do not understand the awesome power and strength of God.  Paul lets us know that God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Notice, with the power that God has given us, the Holy Ghost, God can do wonders.  When God asked Abraham if there was was anything to hard for the Lord, He was saying, I'm able to do more than you can ask or think.  When Moses said, I'm not able to speak well; God said, Who made man's mouth, I'm able to do with you what you don't know you can do.  When the scripture tells us that one can put a thousand to flight and two can put ten thousand, it's saying, God can do more than you think with a just little than others can do with much.  Paul said that this gospel didn't come in word only, but it came in power.  And God has not changed.  God will work, if we will let Him.

Sing: Nothing is too difficult for Thee, Nothing is too difficult for Thee, great and mighty God, great in power, and mighty indeed, nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing, nothing is too difficult for Thee.

Thought for Today: God is still able!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2015 April 23 - Morning Manna

Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine; And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself. (Psalms 80:14-15)

 Today's Morsel:  When is the last time you've prayed for a visit from the Lord?  The Psalmist prayed for God to look down from heaven, and visit this vine; And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.  Do you ever feel as though you aren't as fruitful as you should be?  Sometimes our fruitlessness may be caused because we haven't had a good old purging by the Lord.  The Bible says, "And he must needs go through Samaria" (John 4:4).  There was a vineyard there that Jesus needed to visit.  There was a city there that needed to be purged.  "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:16-19).  Every so often, Jesus will visit His vineyard.  Have you invited Him to come by and visit yours lately?  

Sing: Come by here Lord, come by here. Come by here Lord, come by here. Come by here Lord, come by here, oh Lord, come by here.

Thought for Today: Some visits are planned, others are not.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2015 April 22 - Morning Manna

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Today's Morsel:  Across America today, many celebrate "Earth Day".  Earth Day is the day designated for fostering appreciation of the earth's environment and awareness of the issues that threaten it.  There are many things that threaten the earth today, but none like sin.  The greatest threat present with us today is not greenhouse gasses, but sin and evil.  Yes, today is a great day to recognize the threats that are coming upon us and do something about it. Yes, I believe we should keep the earth clean and beware of  threats, but it will require a return to God's word  by all to keep our world clean and safe.  When God created the heavens and earth, He made it good.  It was so good, that God even used some of the dirt to make man.  And then He called it very good.   But then sin entered the good that God had made and corrupted it.  Since today is earth day, as we go about to clean up the earth, why not take a look inside and see if there are things that you may need to clean up in your life to get you back to that original state of being very good, as that is how God intended you to be from the beginning.

Sing: This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made. I will rejoice, I will rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it. This is the day, that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it, this is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made.

Thought for Today: The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 April 21 - Morning Manna

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. (Matthew 26:6-13)

Today's Morsel: I often wonder why Jesus said that wheresoever this gospel is preached, Mary's story should be told for a memorial.   Some may ask what was the big deal.  We see that even some of them that were there saw it as a waste.  How do you see it?  You see, the anointing preserves your body from decay and makes us sons of God.  Paul, writing to the church at Rome stated, "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you"(Romans 8:11).  (See also Romans 8:9)  David said, "For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption" (Psalms 16:10).  I believe that Jesus wanted her story told because Mary's story was a type and shadow of receiving the Holy Ghost before we are baptized. You see, the Holy Ghost was not yet given because that Jesus was not yet glorified, John said (John 7:37-39).  Some people receive the Holy Ghost (the anointing) before they are baptized (buried with Christ).  Was this why Jesus wanted her story told?  I think that every story and account written in scripture has a direct correlation with our relationship and well-being with Christ.  And the anointing is no exception.

Sing: Anointing fall on me. Anointing fall on me. Let the power of the Holy Ghost fall on me, Anointing fall on me.

Thought for Today: "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Romans 8:9).

Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 April 20 - Morning Manna

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)
  
Today's Morsel: I can remember in school when we did good on a test paper, our teacher would sometimes write "Very good" on the top of our paper with a smiley face.  And then there were those times when we had to stand and give an oral report, and the teacher would  say, "Very good!"   Scripture says that when God created the heavens and the earth, when He was completed, "And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was "very good."  Notice, everything was "Very good."   So if God made everything "Very good", where did so much evil come from?  I find what I believe to be the answer.  "In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6); "Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me" (Romans 7:17).  In the world today we seem to have few, if any, leaders who are willing to take a stand against sin and wrong.  Yet the church must take a stand and not fear what man can do unto them.  The church still has the answer to the world's problems.   You see, this is one of the reasons that after a person who has been an abuser, murderer, drunkard, or molester, becomes born again and their life is changed, and they become ministers of the gospel, it is because the "Very good" was always there from the beginning because that's how God makes us.  They just had to have the sinful heart washed cleaned through the blood of the Lamb,  and then the "Very good" could be restored.  

Sing: He's changing me, my blessed Savior, I'm not the same person that I used to be. Well, it's been slow going, but there's a knowing, that someday perfect I will be.

Thought for Today: Obedience to the gospel will bring out the very good in any man (Parker)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

2015 April 18 - Morning Manna

Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. (Psalms 78:1-8)

Today's Morsel:  I believe that family devotions are critical, especially in these last days.  What we are seeing taking place in the world today are signs of a failure to teach the next generation God's word and His laws.  Solomon, who was the wisest man, admonished, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).  His father David wrote that, "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple" (Psalms 19:7).  Both David and his son Solomon knew what God's word and His instructions to the children of Israel were.  And so they gave caution to teach them to the children. "Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth", Solomon said (Proverbs 19:2).  If we want to see a change in the world, a change from evil to good, then we have to get back to a solid teaching of the word of God in the home and in our churches.

Sing: Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word, tell me the story most precious, more precious than ever was heard.

Thought for Today:  Evil can only be stopped with truth. (Parker)