Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 March 22

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee” (Psalms 139:17-18).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that many do not understand is God’s love and thoughts towards them. There are so many people struggling in life because they will not accept what they Bible says about God’s love and concern for them.  The Psalmist said that the Lord's thoughts were precious toward him and he couldn’t number them.  Moses informed the children of Israel,“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face” (Deuteronomy 7:6-10). Because God is faithful, His promises are for us today as well.  We are chosen to reflect His light and love to a lost and dying world all because He cares for us.

Sing: I am so glad that our Father in heaven tells of His love in the Book He has given; wonderful things in the Bible I see; this is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.  I am so glad that Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, I am so glad that Jesus loves me, Jesus loves even me.

Thought For Today:  Jesus loves me.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 March 21

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)

Today’s Morsel:  Science seems to be all about trying to find out where we came from and prove the Bible as being incorrect.  They refuse to accept the word of God as fact. Instead, they are going about spending millions of dollars trying to find an answer to prove their theory, but in the end coming up with the same answers that are already in the Bible.  And yet, they still refuse to believe that God created man from the dust of the earth.  Paul said, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned… For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?”  The natural mind will not receive the truth of God’s word. He refuses it.  Paul continues by saying, “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.”  “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world” (1 Corinthians 1:19-20)?  If you don’t believe the word of God, He’ll keep letting you chase your tail like a dog.

Sing:  Go ahead, and mock my name; My love for you is still the same.  Go ahead and bury me; but very soon I will be free!  Cause I’ll rise again, ain’t no power on earth can tie me down; Yes, I’ll rise again, death can’t keep me in the ground.

Thought For Today:  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My word shall not pass away.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 March 20

“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 3:17-21).

Today’s Morsel:  A call for keeping our heart pure is a command throughout scripture.  Jesus said that the pure in heart shall see God.  Paul told the church at Ephesus that he prayed that Christ may dwell in their hearts by faith, and that they would be rooted and grounded in love and to be able to know all about the love of Christ.  If we really want to know about His love, then we must search the scriptures to find it (John 5:39-40).  Not until we know the depths of His love can we understand the height of His ability to do things through us.  Knowing Him fully requires a pure heart.

Sing:  Our God is able to deliver thee.  He is able to deliver thee, He is able to deliver thee; Though by sin oppressed, go to Him for rest.  Our God is able to deliver thee.

Thought For Today:  There is nothing too hard for God.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 March 18

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12).

Today’s Morsel: I believe that if salvation was the number one gadget on the market, most people still would not purchase it.  They would go for something else.  I often wonder why people do not choose the most important thing for their life?  What is it about salvation that people don’t want?  Why are so many afraid to be a Christian?  Why are so many afraid to say that Jesus is their God yet they are excited that He found and saved them?  Jesus never said that you couldn’t have anything else.  He simply said that without Him you can do nothing.  Have you considered eternity lately?

Sing: Once I was straying in sin’s dark valley, no hope within could I see; they searched thru heaven and found a Savior to save a poor lost soul like me.
O’ what a Savior, O’ hallelujah, His heart was broken on Calvary: His hands were nail scarred, His side was riven, He gave His life-blood for even me.

Thought For Today:  Eternity is a long time!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 March 17

The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
(Proverbs 14:14)

Today’s Morsel:  I keeping telling myself that I need to lose weight.  But I keep having trouble getting away from me and just doing it. Or should I say, getting away from those things that keep putting the pounds on me.  Things like cookies, pie, cake; not to mention the lack of exercise.  What is it about getting away from us that makes it so hard?  Why do we have such a hard time bringing us under subjection?  Someone takes a parking spot that we were waiting for and self gets in the way.  Someone says or does something that we don’t like, and self-rises.  We know that we must control our self, but sometimes we allow that old man to rule again.  Solomon says that if we do not have control over our own spirit, then we are like a city that is broken down and without walls.  We can overcome self.  We just need to purpose and do it.  

Sing:  To be like Jesus!  To be like Jesus!  On earth I long, to be like Him; all through life’s journey, from earth to glory, I only ask, to be like Him.

Thought For Today:  A good man is satisfied from himself.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 March 16

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:3-4).

Today’s Morsel:  The Lord told Moses, “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them” (Exodus 6:3).  Isaiah said that Jehovah is everlasting strength.  Jesus Christ is the Lord JEHOVAH, which is, and was, and is to come; self-existent, eternal, and immutable; and in Him is strength, as well as righteousness for His people.  He is everything that we can want for.  He bears up under every temptation and affliction.  He can withstand every spiritual enemy, exercise every bit of grace that is needed, and discharge every duty.  This strength is everlasting and will always continue in Him.  When we are weak, He is strong.  Jehovah, the self-existent, eternal; the I AM that I AM.  He will keep you in perfect peace, if your mind is stayed on Him.

Sing:  Jehovah Jireh, my provider, His grace is sufficient for me, for me, for me.  Jehovah Jireh, my provider, His grace is sufficient for me.  My God shall supply all my need, according to His riches in glory.  He shall give His angels charge over me; Jehovah Jireh careth for me, for me, for me.  Jehovah Jireh careth for me.

Thought For Today:  His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 March 15

“And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live” (Deuteronomy 8:2-3).

Today’s Morsel: When we read the account of the children of Israel’s deliverance, we see that they spent 40 years in the wilderness because of the hardness of their hearts.  If they would have been obedient to God and the man that He had chosen to lead them, they could have made the journey much sooner.  Prior to their entrance into the promise land, Moses did a recap for them so that they would remember the things that God had done for them so that they would not forget.  This was a new generation. Most of the older generation had died in the wilderness. And so he felt a need to recap what had happened.  He told them that God had lead them the 40 years they were in the wilderness, because God wanted to see what was in their heart.  But none the less, he said, God lead them.  God provided for them all the while He was leading them.  If you ever feel as though you are in the wilderness, God is still leading you.  It may be His way of humbling you, proving you, and seeing what is in your heart; just remember that the steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord, and He delights in his way.

Sing: I’m following Jesus one step at a time, I live for the moment, in His love divine.  Why think of tomorrow, just live for today, I’m following Jesus, each step of the way.

Thought For Today:  The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord and He delights in his way.