Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 September 1 - Morning Manna

Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Today's Morsel: When I was in the military stationed in Okinawa, we took a flight to Hawaii.  But the military plane we were on stopped in Guam first.  While sitting in the airport, a Guamanian came up to me and began to talk with me.  He began to ask me about certain topics, and every subject that came up he knew something about it. From sports to politics, he was well versed.  But when he found out that I was a pastor, and the subject of Christianity came up, his knowledge was somewhat lacking.  The Lord told Jeremiah, "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD."  God isn't impressed with our worldly knowledge.  He wants us to know Him.
Sing:  The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You.  The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You.  I want to know You more, I want to know You more, the greatest thing in all my life is knowing You.
The greatest thing in all my life is loving you...
The greatest thing in all my life is serving you...

Thought for Today:  Both wisdom and money are defenses.  The difference is wisdom gives life. (King Solomon)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2014 August 30 - Morning Manna

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.
(Hebrews 6:1-3)
Today's Morsel: If you were to get out of the way and let Jesus do what He wants to do in your life, where could you be in Christ.  One of the reasons I believe that many folks struggle in their walk with Christ is that they keep self in the way.  Jesus told us in His word, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple"(Luke 14:26-27).  The word hate here means to love less.  In other words, all of the those mentioned by Jesus have to be loved less than Him or we can never be His disciples.  But what I have found is when my love for Jesus is first, my love for others is increased through Him. If you want to be perfected in the things of Christ, put Him first and order will come into your life.
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: If perfection is your goal, it's obtainable. (Parker)

Friday, August 29, 2014

2014 August 29 - Morning Manna

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 1:20-25)

Today's Morsel: Talking with a pastor friend of mine, he was sharing with me how because of his health that his neighbors now come over and ensure that their trash is taken out and that their trash cans are returned after they are emptied.  To me, that's what true compassion is all about, helping someone else with their trash.  You see, so many folks have so much trash in their lives that they don't know where to turn for help or how to get rid of it.  But Jude lets us know that we must have compassion, making a difference in others lives: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.  If you think of all the trash that Jesus has helped you with, you should be willing to help someone else get theirs out too.   Have you taught a Bible study lately?

Sing: Thank you Lord for saving my soul. Thank you Lord for making me whole. Thank you Lord for giving to me, Thy Great Salvation, so rich and free.

Thought for today: Every Christian should be a Sanitation Engineer. (Parker)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 August 28 - Morning Manna

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. (Job 14:1)
Today's Morsel: Speaking with the men here in the church a few weeks ago about how to handle trouble when it comes into their lives, I listed for them a few things that they needed to be aware of and do.  First, I told them troubles are going to come.  Job lets us know that right up front.  He said, "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble."  So having an understanding that troubles are going to come, we need to be proactive and prepare for them.   The second thing I told them was that it is essential for them to keep a strong relationship and trust in Christ during their troubles.  Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me"(John 14:1).  So to deal with troubles when they come we must retain the trust factor so that we do not give in. Solomon said, "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small" (Proverbs 24:10).  Isaiah lets us know that God will keep us in perfect peace if our minds are stayed on him (Isaiah 26:3).  I believe that the majority of our upheaval is caused by a lack of contentment in our lives.  Therefore, I told them that we needed to be as Paul when he said, "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content"(Philippians 4:11).  When we are content, our troubles are few.  And finally, I told them that we must have a consistent life of prayer, worship, and praise to God. The Bible said that Job sacrificed to God daily and when his troubles came, he was still able to worship.  So if you want to be able to handle troubles when they come, be proactive with daily devotions to God and when the troubles come you'll still be able to praise God. 
Sing: How great is our God.  How great is His name.  He's the greatest one forever the same.  He rolled back the waters, of the mighty Red Sea, and He said I want to lead you, so put your trust in Me.
Thought for today: You can't have trouble without U. (Parker)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 August 27 - Morning Manna

A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
(Proverbs 29:23)
Today's Morsel:  My wife and I were doing our morning devotion as we try to do together every morning and we came across a passage about humility.  And a thought  came to my mind about how to have and maintain humility in my life.  The thought was, "Hum a song of thanksgiving while you serve others."  Think about it.  You are thanking God through inward song for your ability to serve others.  Matthew records that during the last supper, they sang a hymn before they went out into the Mount of Olives the night that Jesus was arrested to be crucified (Matthew 26:30); and John records that Jesus arose up and began to wash their feet (John 13:13-15).  An example of true humility.  I would not be surprise if Jesus was still singing while He washed their feet.  If we keep self out of the way, we too can all be humble servants.

Sing:  We fall down we lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus. The greatness of mercy and love at the feet of Jesus. We cry holy, holy, holy; we cry holy, holy is the Lamb.

Thought for Today: "A humble spirit is like the cream in milk"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 August 26 - Morning Manna

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. (1 Corinthians 9:24)
Today's Morsel: Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to enter the race.  You can't win if you never get in the race.  Paul said that we have to run in order to obtain the prize.  Even though you may not be as fast as others, once you enter this spiritual race endurance is what matters.  I've seen people who enter a race; some walking, some running; but they all know that they have to cross the finish line to be able to say that they have completed the race.  As Paul told Timothy, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing" (2 Timothy 4:7-8).  Have you entered the race? Do you have your eyes set on the prize?  If so, always remember, your salvation is nearer than when you first believed.
Sing: Lord, I'm running, trying to make a hundred, ninety-nine and a half won't do.
Thought for today: You must be present to win.

Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 August 25 - Morning Manna

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
(Galatians 6:7-8)
Today's Morsel:  Most problems in our lives are caused by wrong choices and decisions.  This is why we must choose wisely when it comes to people, places, and things for our lives.  By all account, Lot's decision to choose the plains of Jordan because they were well watered seemed like a great choice and decision to him, but when we read the end of the story we see that his choice and decision cost him dearly.  King David's choice and decision to lie with Bathsheba may have seemed like a good decision to him at the time, but the end of the story was devastating.  How much thought do you put into your decisions before you do them?  Do you make decisions and choices based on what you see others doing?  If you could take an eraser and erase the number one bad decision you have made in your life, what would it be?  If the law of sowing and reaping are always in effect, then we have to choice carefully.  Seek the Lord first in all your decisions. 

Sing: Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you, Alleluia, Hallelujah