Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2014 November 26 - Morning Manna

What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people. (Psalms 116:12-14)

Today's Morsel:  If we would fulfill all our obligations, people would see who we really are.  Solomon said, "Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay" (Ecclesiastes 5:5).  We must fulfill our obligations.  If we say to Jesus that we will serve Him if He helps us, then we need to fulfill our vow.  The apostle Paul, lets us know that God always fulfills His vows.  He states,  "It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself"
(2 Timothy 2:11-13); "For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise" (Hebrews 6:13-15).  The Bible also lets us know that God is not a man that He should lie.  "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19).  The Psalmist said that he would take the cup of salvation and pay his vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people.  If you are looking to obtain eternal salvation, then you must pay your vows.

Sing:  He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away, and now I sing a brand new song amazing grace, for Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.

Thought for Today: How would you like to be Christ's cup bearer?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 November 25 - Morning Manna

There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease (Ecclesiastes 6:1-2).

Today's Morsel:  Every day I hear of some evil that has taken place in the world.  We even list men and women as being evil.  We say that the person has an evil spirit.  But Solomon said that there is an evil common among men and it is an evil disease.   He said that evil is a man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wants nothing for his soul.  When a man has riches and wealth, he often times does not see his need for Christ.  His trust is in his wealth.  He does not consider that his soul will be lost.  His riches, wealth,  and honor can give him a sense of self-pride and self-security.  James ask, "What doth it profit a man to gain the whole world and to lose his soul."  And Paul said that the love of money is the root of all evil.  Job said, "If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much; If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness; And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above" (Job 31:24-28). Remember, your soul is more important than riches, wealth, and honor.

Sing:  Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of this earth will go strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

Thought for Today: Remember, your soul is more important than riches, wealth, and honor.

Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 November 24 - Morning Manna

Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. (Matthew 26:36)

 Today's Morsel:  A man asked me if Jesus is God why did He need to pray.  I told him to give you an example. Jesus wanted to stress to us the importance of communication with Him.  Jesus was all about example setting.  Everything that He did was for our learning.  Even Paul told the church at Rome, "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope"(Romans 15:4).  Jesus wanted us to have hope as well and so he instituted prayer.  Stop and think about how much better you fell when you pray.  Think about your outlook after you have prayed.  After they pray, most people will say, Thy will be done.  Jesus' example was the same.  He wanted to avoid the cup, but after praying for this, He said, "Nevertheless, not my will, but Thy will be done."   Prayer always changes our attitude.

Sing:  Hear my cry O' God, attend unto my prayer, from the ends of the earth will I cry unto to Thee.  And when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to that Rock that is higher than I, so much higher than I.

Thought for Today:  Prayer still changes us.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

2014 November 22 - Morning Manna

And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. (Matthew 20:29-34)

Today's Morsel:  I like observing parents when their toddler is crying nonstop.  The parent is trying to find out what the problem is by continually asking what is wrong, but the child keeps crying and the parent just gets more frustrated.  The parent knows that they can't help if they don't know the problem. But the child, for some reason, can't stop crying long enough to tell them.  You can't solve or help solve a problem if you don't know what is wrong. These blind men in our scripture text could have called out to Jesus all day and not had their need met if they had not answered His question.  He asked them, "What will ye that I shall do unto you?"  And they said, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened."  And so Jesus opened their eyes.  Paul said, "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" (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).  You can't have your spiritual eyes opened if you don't tell someone the problem.  Many people have problems, they are crying out for help, but they won't tell anyone what the problem is because of shame and fear.  If you want Jesus to help you, you are going have to tell Him the problem.

Sing:  Are you weary are you heavy hearted, tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus. Are you grieving over joys departed? Tell it to Jesus alone.
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus, He is a friend that's well known; You have no other such a friend or brother, tell it to Jesus alone.

Thought for Today: Problem solving begins with knowing the problem.

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 November 21 - Morning Manna

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
(Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Today's Morsel:  My pastor and his wife were visiting us here in Wisconsin, and she wanted to see the grave of  Bella Boyd.  Belle Boyd played the role of spy as if the war were a lighthearted game of charades.  And she lived as if she were fashioning her days into the plot of a romantic story. During her lifetime she could have read about herself in at least two historical novels, although neither did justice to her dashing exploits.  The zestful Miss Boyd became an espionage agent when she was seventeen, and served the Confederacy throughout the war, in Dixie, the North, and England as well.   I often wonder what kind of legacy will I  leave behind.  I ask myself often if I'm I do enough for Christ so that others will remember what they will hear and read about me.  Solomon said, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."  Once we die, there will be nothing we can do. Always remember, what you do for Christ will last.  All else in vanity.

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

Thought for Today: What you do for Christ will last. All else in vanity.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 November 20 - Morning Manna

"He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform" (Romans 4:20-21)

Today's Morsel:  I often wonder why alcohol makes people stagger when they are drunk.  This stuff really messes up a person's equilibrium and the world hasn't figured that out yet.  They want to ban and bar everything but alcohol.   Even on the Day of Pentecost, they accused the apostles and the others in the upper room of being drunk.  I think they may have been staggering all over the place.  I have seen many Christians drunk on the Holy Ghost.  This is the best high you can have because there are no hangovers, and the cops can't arrest you for driving drunk.  Paul said that Abraham did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in the faith giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  Notice, unbelief makes you stagger.  It causes you to sway back and forth in your faith.  It causes you to be double minded and unstable in all your ways.  People who can't make up their minds whether they want to serve God are not usually suffer from the spirit of unbelief and find themselves staggering.  But those who take God at His word and walk by faith, have very good balance.  

Sing:  Standing on the promises of Christ my King, through eternal ages let His praises ring. Glory in the highest I will shout and sing, standing on the promises of God.
Standing! Standing! Standing on the promises of Christ my Savior.  Standing! Standing! I'm standing on the promises of God.

Thought for Today: Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 November 19 - Morning Manna

And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. (2 Samuel 5:19)

Today's Morsel:  Every man, at one time or another, seeks advice for direction and guidance.  We have pastors, teachers, counselors, mentors, commanders, sergeants, all whom God has placed in our paths to give us advice and direction.  But we must always seek God and His word, to ensure that the advice and direction that is being given is according to His word and is good for our life.  As Solomon said, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12).  I find that throughout scripture, when other kings wanted King Jehoshaphat to help them in battle he always said, "Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire of the LORD by him...?"  2 Kings 3:11 is just one of the examples.  What Jehoshaphat was saying was, what does God say and what does He think about it.  David said, "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon him while he is near."  David wanted to know if God was with him before he went into battle.  And his son Solomon would later write, "Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war" (Proverbs 20:18).  If you are facing a battle, have you sought the Lord for His counsel and direction?

Sing:  Seek Ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you, Allelu-Alleluia.

Thought for Today: Every man at one time or another seeks advice for direction and guidance. (Parker)