Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 June 29

 In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba. And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him. But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places. And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any man's heart to bring into the house of the LORD, Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found. But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house. Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house. (2 Kings 12:1-7)

Today’s Morsel: In today’s world, it seems that many want to be paid, but not do any work for that pay.  When Johoash became king, by all accounts he wanted to do what was right before the Lord.  He noticed that there were breaches in the house of the Lord.  For some reason the house of God had been neglected and he wanted it fixed as this was part of the job of the priest.  And so he told them to take the money and repair things.  But after twenty-three years, he noticed that the breaches were still not fixed.  And so he asked the priests why they had not repaired the breaches of the house.  And he told them that they would now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.   He said from now on, don’t take any money from the people for yourself; but what they give, you use it to fix the house of the Lord.  As ministers of the gospel, we must repair the house of the Lord for truth.  We are not hirelings.  As men and women of God, chosen by Him, we must not allow it to become dilapidated.  We must ensure that it is ready and well prepared at all times.   As He said through the prophet Haggai, “Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD” (Haggai 1:3-8). Have you considered what God chose you for?  “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30).  We must be diligent about the work He has called us to.  

Sing: When He calls we I will answer. When He calls me I will hear. When He calls me I will answer, I’ll be somewhere working for my Lord.
I’ll be somewhere working! I’ll be somewhere working! I’ll be somewhere working for my Lord. I’ll be somewhere working, I’ll be somewhere working, I’ll be somewhere working for my Lord.

Though For Today: Don’t ever let the fire go out in the altar!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 June 28

And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year. And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
(2 Kings 13:20-21)

Today’s Morsel:  The resurrection to newness of life can be seen in many stories in the Bible.  Paul said that the things which were written before were written for our learning (Romans 15:4).  In today’s passage of scripture, Elisha had died and was buried.  And there was an invasion of the land by the Moabites.  As they were burying a man, they saw a band of men coming.  And so they cast the man that was dead into the grave of Elisha so that they could flee.  When the dead man's body touched Elisha’s bones, he revived and stood up on his feet. Amazing!  This is what happens when we come in to contact with Jesus.  Once we touch Him, as the woman with the issue of blood did, we are going to be revived and stand up.  There is no way one can come in contact with Jesus and not stand up right.  People who say that they are Christian, and have an experience with Jesus should be full of life.  Paul told the church at Ephesus, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:1-6).  Friend, there is no newness of life without coming in contact with Jesus.  As Paul told the church at Rome, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:3-11).  Has your dead body touched His?  If it has, you are risen to walk in newness of life with Him.

Sing: Get up! Get Up!  Get up in Jesus name. The Lord is calling daily to those who would be saved.  Don't go down defeated while victory's here to claim, so get up, get up, get up in Jesus' name.

Thought For Today:  You can lay on a lie or you can stand on the truth.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 June 27

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
(1 Corinthians 10:1-4)

Today’s Morsel: What is it about all drivers when we look into our rear view mirror and see a cop car following us that we immediately obey the posted speed limit?  Or if we think that someone is following us, we get that uncertain feeling?  Paul told the church at Corinth that their forefathers were followed by Christ in the wilderness as a Rock. He said that they drank from that Rock that followed them and that that Rock was Christ.  I often wonder what that journey must have been like.  Why were they so discontented with what God was doing for them?  Why were they not satisfied with all the provisions that He was giving them?  Fighting for them.  Delivering them.  Showing them an abundance of compassion and mercies.  God was not impartial with any of them.  Paul said that they all had the same thing.  No one could say that God gave someone else more than them.  And I wonder sometimes why in the church today some think that God isn’t fair. Peter said, “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39).  If God calls you out, He’s going to care for you if you obey.  Paul said, “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec” (Hebrews 6:17-20). Friend, before Jesus ever called you out of the world, He knew the things that you would have need of, and you can be assured He will provide them for you.  You don’t have to be discontented.  All He asks is that we obey Him and His word and He will fulfill His promises.

Sing: Drinking at the springs of living water, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy. Drinking at the springs of living water.  Oh wonderful and bountiful supply.

Thought For Today: The best way to make a horse drink is to make him thirsty.  

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 June 25

But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. (1 Corinthians 4:19-20)

Today’s Morsel: One of the things that Jesus promised us was that we would receive power after the Holy Ghost came upon us.  Paul said that the Kingdom of God was not meat and drink, but righteous, joy, and peace in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17).   And then he told the church at Thessalonica, “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).  When we understand that the Holy Ghost came with power, we should understand that we have control over ourselves and over any situations that we may face.  When we have power, we can stand for right against wrong.  Good against evil.  Truth against err.  Paul said that the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. The Christian life, with all its achievements and all its hopes, is not in word, but in power.  It should not be about a matter of living, or of eloquence, or of expressions, but of transforming worth by the Holy Ghost in us.  As Micah said, “But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin” (Micah 3:8).  The Holy Ghost is power, my friend!

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

 Thought For Today:  The Holy Ghost is power!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 June 24

And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life. And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.
(2 Kings 4:8-23)

Today’s Morsel: One of the most important things that I like about the book of Job is not that he endured the things that he went through or even how God blessed him with more in the end, but rather his attitude when he received the evil reports of his loss.  The Bible said that Job worshiped God.  You see, I believe that Job prepared for the day of loss by sacrificing and worshiping God daily.  And when tragedy came, it did not stop his worship. The Shunammite woman was somewhat like Job.  She had prepared a place for the man of God beside her house. And when her son died, she could say, “It shall be well.”  You see, when you know that God has already worked a miracle for you in your life, loss doesn’t stop you from worshiping.  When you know that God has already brought you out from darkness into His marvelous light, loss doesn’t stop your worship.  When God has already worked a miracle in your life, you don’t lose faith in His ability to work on your behalf.  Job believed the dead tree could live as long as the roots were in the ground and it could sense water (Job 14:7-9).  The Shunammite woman believed that her son could live if she got to the man of God.  Let me encourage you, never lose heart over bad news or loss, as all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Sing: It is well, with my soul; It is well, it is well with my soul.

Thought For Today:  A soul well fed with the word of God will be well in adversity.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 June 23

Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
(1 Kings 8:12)

Today’s Morsel:  If you have noticed the condition of the world which we now live in, there is absolute total darkness taking place.  Sin has blinded the minds of so many.  People are blinded to the truth.  They are blinded to the gospel.  They have no knowledge of Christ and His love for them.  They are calling good evil and evil good.  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).  But Jesus said that He would dwell in thick darkness. There can never be an overabundance of darkness of sin that can block out the light of Christ.  If one cries out to Jesus with a sincere heart of repentance, he can find Him. Paul said, where sin doth abound, grace doth much more about (Romans 5:20). If you are a Christian, be not discouraged about all the evil that you see taking place in this world.  If you have a solid relationship with Jesus, you should still be able to see Him at work.  Light always expels darkness and you are a part of that light.

Sing: Every hour of the day, keep me dear Lord I pray, Let me walk in the gospel light: let me hold fast to Him, so my way won’t grow dim, Let me walk in the gospel light.
Let me walk in the light, in the great gospel light. Let me walk in the gospel light; till my journey is over, and I travel no more, Let me walk in the gospel light.

Thought For Today:  Jesus is still the light that gets you out of darkness.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 June 22

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
(1 John 4:7-11)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about understanding love is it should be seen in two ways.  Those whose conduct is in accordance with God’s word, and those whose conduct isn't.  Those whose conduct is in accordance with God’s word will strive to do the right thing at all times. And it is to these that we show Agape love towards.  But those whose conduct isn’t, will not strive to do the right thing.  And it is to these that we will show only benevolence love toward.  This is one of the reasons many people do not understand when we say, God requires you to love everyone.  Many will say, “But they did me wrong.  He treated me unfair. Or he or she was mean to me.  They abused me. How can I love them?”  This is where the second (benevolence) love comes in.  With benevolence love, you speak no evil against the person who wronged you, nor seek to bring them injury or harm.  You pray for them, asking God to remove their mean and evil spirit and to save them.  You wish them well and treat them with kindness and respect the way that you would want to be treated.  You do not respond in like-kind.  Jesus showed more benevolence love than agape love when He was on the earth.  The Lord said, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay."  But at Calvary, He displayed His Agape love for all.

Sing:  Years I spent in vanity and pride, caring not my Lord was crucified, knowing not it was for me He died, at Calvary.
Mercy there was great and grace was free, pardon there was multiplied to me, there my burdened soul found liberty,  at Calvary!

Thought For Today: Always see love through Jesus' eyes!