Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 October 24 - Morning Manna

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (Titus 1:15-16)

Today's Morsel: I never would have thought that I would see the day that we buy water to drink.   I notice that on every bottle it says, "pure water".  I bet it's not pure.  For something to be pure, it has to be the real deal.  It was pure when it came from God.  But now, because man has tampered with, it it isn't pure.  I think I would be just as healthy drinking out of the garden hose like I did as a kid, or drawing it out of a well with a bucket, as drinking it out of a plastic bottle.  Wasn't that plastic bottle recycled from something else.  Hhmmmm!
Paul told Titus to the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.  When our heart is pure, our whole life will be pure.  But if our heart isn't pure, then our life isn't going to be pure either.  Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8).  If our heart is not pure, clean, and wholesome, we cannot enter heaven. Sin can't enter there. Solomon tells us to keep our heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issue of life (Proverbs 4:23).  We must guard what we allow to come in.  A pure heart produces pure motives, pure thoughts, and a pure mind.  Our ways are cleansed by the word of God.  Therefore, we must allow the word take root within us.

Sing: Create in me a clean heart, O' God, and renew a right spirit within me; Create in me a clean heart, O' God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away, from Thy presence O' God; take not they Holy Spirit from me, restore unto me, the joy of Thy Salvation, and renew a right spirit with me.

Thought for Today: As a man thinketh in His heart so is he. (King Solomon)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 October 23 - Morning Manna

And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's. (Genesis 31:19)

Today's Morsel:  We hear a lot about identity theft these days.  I'm still confused as to why someone would want to steal someone else's identity for stealing and personal gain. Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.  And I believe that this caused a curse to her.  I also believe that too many Christians are taking on the identity of the evil one.  The church seems to be a place filled with complainers.  We seem to hear more about aches, pain, politics, and the wrongs of the world by Christians than we do the praises of the Lord.  That's taking on the wrong identity.  James wrote: "But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace"(James 3:14-18). Even Jesus said that ye shall know them by their fruit.  If we say that we are Christians, then our identity must be like Jesus.

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: Don't take on the wrong identity. (Parker)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 October 22 - Morning Manna

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Today's Morsel:  Most people in the church have probably heard this passage more than any other.  But few, if any, have come to accept it and live their lives according to it.  I do believe that inside of every Christian, there is that desire to trust God.  But for some unknown reason, we still put our trust in others over Him.  Is this wrong, or is it the way we were made?  Paul even wanted his thorn removed from his flesh.  But after God told him His grace was sufficient for him, he became a glorifying fool.  In other words, he turned his thinking into continuous worship.  The key to trusting God with all of our heart, is to remove our wants and replace them with only our needs, and to pray, "Not my will be done, but Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

Sing: I know the Lord will make a way for me; I know the Lord will make a way for me; If I live a holy life, shun the wrong and do the right, I know the Lord will make a way for me.

Thought for Today: Trusting God requires you to remove self. (Parker)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014 October 21 - Morning Manna

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:1-5)

Today's Morsel: I think that some folks think that just because they have become born again they have finished the race, not realizing that they have actually just entered the race.  To be born again doesn't mean that you have finished.  If means that you just entered warfare.  You weren't the Satan's enemy as long as you were not born again.  But now you are on his target board for being a trader.  And now you must decided who will be your commander and chief.  Once you are born again, you must learn how to live, act, and discipline yourself so you do not become a casualty of our own foolishness.  The Bible must become your rule and guide book of how to live.  You must now walk circumspectly, cautious, and watchful toward them that are without to avoid pitfalls that are set now by your adversary.  Being born again means that you have made a decision to start over and live the correct way, the way Jesus desires and commands you to live.

Sing: Born again, there must be a change in me, born again, just like Jesus said; Born again and all because of Calvary, I'm so glad that I've been born again.

Thought for Today: Born again does not mean you've crossed the finished line. (Parker)

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 October 20 - Morning Manna

And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so. (Judges 2:17)

Today's Morsel: What is it about old habits that are so hard for some people to break.  Even after some people are filled with the Holy Ghost, they still seem to have a hard time overcoming the power of sin.  Paul lets us know that Demas had even forsaken him for this present world.   I believe the determining factor is that one must make up their mind to keep themselves pure.  To overcome old habits, one has to cause their flesh to suffer until they have themselves under complete control.  A person must be willing to stand on their promise of not going back to the old way of life.  Scripture says that the children of Israel would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods.  They had become use to serving false idols and so when instructions were given to teach them how to live, they did not obey the commandments of the Lord and they turned out of the way of their fathers.  Old habits can be hard to break, therefore, we should make Jesus a "habit" and we will be able to serve Him all the days of our life.

Sing: I've got a made up mind, I've got a final destination. I'm gonna keep on pressing on, to my final destination; gonna burn all the bridges behind me, break all the ties that bind me, I'm gonna keep on pressing on, till I reach that home sweet home, that new Jerusalem.

Thought for Today: Old habits are hard to break, so make Jesus the main one. (Parker)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

2014 October 18 - Morning Manna

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:8-10)

Today's Morsel:  A few weeks ago, I purposed in my heart to memorize the eleventh chapter of the book Hebrews.  Memorizing the word of God is a hobby that I have taken on for myself to do many years ago.  I really like memorizing scriptures.  Not for showmanship, but to hide the word in my heart that I might not sin against God.  I usually start on a Monday and try to have a chapter or passage memorized by Friday.  But for some reason, Hebrews 11 was a difficult chapter for me to get memorized.  It was not because it was a hard chapter to memorize, but because I kept reflecting on the faith of those who are mentioned in it.  When I came to the part about Abraham, it kept hitting me about his faith.  I felt as though God was asking me in a question, "At what point in Abraham's life do you think he really started to trust Me?"  As I pondered on this, I felt that it was at Isaac's conception.  Scripture says, "Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised"(Hebrews 11:11).  You see when you are 90 and 100 years old and bear seed, you know that it is of God! And Abraham became known as the father of the faithful. Scripture also lets us know, "By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure" (Hebrews 11:17-19).  You see, when you move to that point of total trust in God, you are willing to give Him your very best.  Even if it's your promised child.

Sing: I trust in God, wherever I may be, upon the land or on the rolling sea, for come what may, from day to day, my heavenly father watches over, over me.

Thought for Today: Faith is just another word for acting on hope.

Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 October 17 - Morning Manna

 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:28-31)

Today's Morsel: The church at Rome seems to be a church that wanted to know more.  From the onset of the book of Romans until the last chapter, Paul, by all accounts, seems to have the pedal to the metal and in a full thrust for it seems to bring this church into a fuller understanding of Christ.  His sixth chapter is to reflect upon them that sin will kill you and that they should avoid it at all cost.  The eighth chapter is to let them know that if any have not the Spirit of Christ, they are none of His.  He also pushes for them not to lose their hope no matter what they are facing and going through in their lives. And because they are Christ's, all things will work for their good.  But then, he gives them what I like to call a shot in the arm.  He says to them, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"  The latter part of this scripture I have written a book on.  This statement, "If God be for us, who can be against us?" is powerful!  Paul is letting the church know that God is with His church at all times.  And that if God be for us, everyone else might as well be too.  Like Paul, I am confident just like he told the church in Philippi, "He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."  (Philippians 1:6).

Sing: If God be for us, who can be against us; If God be for us, who can be against us; If God be for us, who can be against us; just have faith in the power of the Lord.

Thought for Today: If God be for us, everyone else might as well be too. (John Grant)