Saturday, February 17, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 February 17

“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” (Haggai 1:5-7).
Today’s Morsel:  Do you ever feel like you are losing ground in your walk and relationship with God?  Have you stopped to consider your ways?  What would you say is causing you to feel this way?  One of the things about problem-solving is you must first determine what is causing the problem before you can work on a solution to fix the problem.  The Lord told the children of Israel, “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.”  So, what was their problem that He issued such a stern rebuke?  Why weren’t they bringing in much after sowing much?  Why was their money running out? Why were they not full and warm?  It was because God’s house was being neglected.  He told them, “And ye run every man unto his own house. Therefore, the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands” (Haggai 1:9-11).  As the writer of Hebrews admonished us, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:19-25).  Are you neglecting the house of God?  Consider your ways!

Sing:  It’s the old ship of Zion, it’s the hope for the lost and dying.  It’s a soul-saving station, it’s the tower of salvation.
 Well, it’s the Church, triumphant, O Lord, and it’s built by the hand of the Lord.  I’m talking about the Church in the Book of Revelation, it’s built on a Rock, it’s got a firm foundation.  It’s been through the flood and it’s been through the fire, but one of these days the Church is going to move up a little higher.  Well, it’s the Church, triumphant O Lord and it’s built by the hand of the Lord.

Thought For Today:  Consider your ways.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 February 16

“And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD: Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD” (Lamentations 3:18-26).

Today’s Morsel:  I believe that one of the reasons people are often times despondent is because they do not stop and reflect on God’s goodness.  They keep focusing on where they are now, not on where God has brought them from and what He has brought them through.  Many of them think that they got to where they are on their own merits and strength not realizing that Jesus said, "For without Me you can do nothing."  They fail to realize that Jesus has brought them to this point and that He will continue to walk with them if they will just trust and believe in Him.  Jeremiah states, “And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD: Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”  He said that even though he felt that God wasn’t there, once he considered his life and where he was, he concluded that God was there.  He said that it was because of God’s mercies that he wasn’t destroyed. Don’t look at your situation and think that God isn’t there and is unaware.  He just might be waiting for you to acknowledge that He is there.   His compassions are new every morning.

Sing:  As I travel through this pilgrim land there is a Friend who walks with me.  Leads me safely through the sinking sand, it is the Christ of Calvary.  This would be my prayer dear Lord, each day to help me do the best I can.  For I need Thy light to guide me day and night, Blessed Jesus hold my hand.

Jesus hold my hand, yes, I need Thee every hour.  Through this pilgrim land, protect me by Thy saving power.  Hear my feeble plea, O’ Lord, look down on me.  When I kneel in prayer, I know I'll meet you there, blessed Jesus hold my hand.

Thought For Today:  His compassions are new every morning.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 February 15

“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee” 
(Titus 2:1-15).

Today’s Morsel: Paul’s instructions to his protégées Timothy and Titus was to teach and to preach sound doctrine. Paul knew Jesus had taught to beware of false prophets (Matthews 7:15).  He knew that the Judaizing teachers not only taught a false doctrine, but they led an unholy lifestyle as well; much like we see today.  He wanted Titus to act directly opposite to their teaching and lifestyle.  He wanted him to teach a sound and sacred doctrine, and the things which would proceed from it.  He must proclaim the truth and illustrate that truth by his life.  And that the people must not only be well instructed, but they must be holy in their lives as well, as sound doctrine always produces a good lifestyle. Principles are taught and practices often go hand and hand.

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 a knowing that someday perfect I will be.

Thought For Today:  Principles and practices often go hand and hand.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 February 14

 “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:  It has been estimated that billions of dollars will be spent around the world today on chocolate, cards, dinners, flowers, and jewelry all by people trying to express their love to others.  Shouldn’t these things be a daily occurrence since we know that God is love?  If these procedures were practiced daily, would we have less divorce and less hatred?  Paul said that love does not behaveth itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things, and that it never fails (1 Corinthians 13:5-8).  Jesus won’t fail you as He’s love (1 John 4:8).  If we really want to know what true love is, then we must allow Jesus to be in our lives.  Then and only then we will be able to express that love to others.

Sing:  I want to live the way that He wants me to live.  I want to give until there’s just no more to give.  I want to love, love till there’s just no more love.  I could never, never out love the Lord.

Thought For Today:  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (1 Corinthians 13:13). 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 February 13

 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” 
(John 3:14-16).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the biggest fallacies in many Christian’s life is that most them do not believe.  They think that that they can violate God’s Word and there be no consequences.  Israel could not enter the promised land because of unbelief, and Paul tells us to not allow that same evil spirit of unbelief to get into our hearts.  “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12).  Notice, he calls it an evil heart of unbelief.  If your mind is evil, your whole body is evil.  John said that for us to obtain eternal life, we must believe in Jesus Christ.  If you do not believe in Him, there is no righteousness.  “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Romans 4:3). Therefore, if we desire eternal life, we must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Sing:  I believe God, I believe God, that He will do, just as He said.  Trust and obey, believe Him and say, "I believe, I believe God."

Thought For Today:  Belief equals righteousness.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 February 12

“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do” (Acts 10:1-6).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about life is that we can often see what others ought to do, but we sometimes have trouble following through with what we ought to do.  We can become judgmental and critical with our followers who do not communicate with us, but at the same time, we refuse to communicate with those over us.  We can be stern with those under us who do not meet standards, but at the same time violate them ourselves.  When the angel appeared to Cornelius, he told him to send to Joppa, for Simon Peter, and he would tell him what he ought to do.  Cornelius did not delay but sent for him.  And when Peter came, he said, “And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:42-43).  He told him what he ought to do.  He told him to believe in Jesus Christ and he would receive remission of sins.  Cornelius was already a believer, but his sins were not remitted.  He needed his sins covered in the blood of Jesus.  And what was the results of him believing on what Peter told him he ought to do?  “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days” (Acts 10:44-48).  Even though Cornelius was a believer in Christ, he stilled need to be born-again of the water and the spirit as salvation is much more than just believing.   Are you a doer or merely a hearer of the word?

Sing:  If you will come to Jesus Christ today, He’ll take your sins away, He’ll take your sins away.  And keep you happy in His love each day, He’ll take your sins away.
He took my sins away, He took my sins away, and keeps me singing every day!  I’m so glad he took my sins away, He took my sins away.

Thought For Today: Do you know what you ought to do?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 February 10

“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?” 
(Matthew 16:13-15)

Today’s Morsel:  Everything in the life of a believer of Jesus Christ flows from them understanding who Jesus was.  This question must be clearly and fully understood by them, or they will always struggle in their walk with Him and desire to quit.  The revelation of Him is only given through fellowship, study, church attendance, and communion with Him.  When people backslide and walk away, it’s because of a lack of knowledge of Him.  When Jesus told his disciples, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you…Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, this is an hard saying; who can hear it?... From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. (John 6:53, 60, 66-69). When there is knowledge and a clear understanding of Christ, you won’t walk away from Him.  It’s only through a lack of knowledge and understanding that people walk away and destroy themselves (See Hosea 4:6, 1 Corinthians 15:34).

Sing:  The Mighty God is Jesus, the Prince of Peace is He, the everlasting Father, the King eternally; The wonderful in wisdom, by whom all things were made. The fullness of the Godhead in Jesus is displayed.

It’s all in Him, it’s all in Him, the fullness of the Godhead is all in Him; the mighty God is Jesus, and it’s all in Him.

Thought For Today:  Knowledge is powerful.