Monday, May 28, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 May 28

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates” 
(2 Corinthians 13:5-6).

Today’s Morsel:  How do you feel when you are reading the Bible, or sitting in a church service, and the Word of God convicts you or exposes your hidden sin?  Do you brush it off or do you act to correct yourself?   The Lord is concerned for each of us.  He has a deep care and concern because He knows the end.  That’s why He chastens us by His Word.  As we see in His instructions to the children of Israel, through the Prophet Ezekiel, when He said, “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye” (Ezekiel 18:31-32). Let me encourage you.  Keep a strong hand on yourself and stay in the faith.  Eternity in hell is a long time.

Sing:  I’ll say yes, Lord yes, to Your will and to Your way.  I’ll say yes, Lord, yes, I will trust You and obey.  When Your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I’ll agree, and my answer will be yes, Lord, yes.

Thought For Today:  Self- examination for wrongs can keep you saved (Parker).

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 May 26

"But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises” 
(Hebrews 8:6)

Today’s Morsel:  Wikipedia defines a promise as commitment by someone to do or not do something.  As a noun promise means a declaration assuring that one will or will not do something.  As a verb, it means to commit oneself by a promise to do or give.  It can also mean a capacity for good, like a value that is to be realized in the near future.  We must remember that many of the things under the Old Testament were for the Jews only.  And the same held true for God’s promises.  They were for the Jews only.  The Gentiles were excluded.  They were called heathen, outcast, uncircumcised, dogs.  Few, if any, of the promises were for them.  Paul wrote, “ Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:11-13).  We were strangers from the covenant of promises without hope, and without God in this world.  Think about it.  Israel had many covenants of promises, and we had nothing.  But Paul  again wrote, “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: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7).  And now, he said, we are drawn nigh by the blood of Jesus Christ.  We are now one with Him through baptism and have become heirs according to the promises (Galatians 3:26-29).  The promises are now for everyone that is truly born-again.

Sing:  I’m so glad that I’ve been buried in the name of the Lord, in the name of the Lord, in the name of the Lord.  I’m so glad that I've been buried in the name of the Lord; since the name of the Lord has been revealed.

Thought For Today:  Baptism in Jesus name opens the door to the promises (Parker).


Friday, May 25, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 May 25

“Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected. And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”
(2 Chronicles 7:11-14).

Today’s Morsel:  I think that sometimes, many Christians fail to realize that God attached stipulations to His promises.  Many of them just read the promise and not the terms and conditions.  Somewhat like many who purchase things on credit.  They want the item but fail to read the terms and conditions.  When God told King Solomon, “I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  Most people stop there and they stand on that promise.  But God goes on and attaches some terms and conditions.  He said, “But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations” (2 Chronicles 7:19-20).  If you don’t know the terms and conditions of the promises, you will probably get disappointed.

Sing:  Standing on the promises of Christ my King, through eternal ages let His praise ring.  Glory in the highest I will shout and sing, I’m 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:  Always know the terms and conditions (Parker)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 May 24

 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD” (Psalms 27:13-14).

Today’s Morsel: One of the things I have learned with flying is if you have not developed the Fruit of the Spirit in your life before you enter those terminal doors to fly, your witness as a Christian will probably go out the window.  Every ounce of your fruit is going to be tested.  From check-in, to TSA, the boarding, and then in-flight services, Satan is going to test you.  So settle it in your heart now that you will wait on the LORD, you will be of good courage, and you allow Him to strengthen your heart, so that your good will not be evil spoken of, and that you will be a good example for Him.

Sing:  Learning to lean. I’m learning to lean. I’m learning to lean, on Jesus.  Finding more power than I ever dreamed. I’m learning to lean on Jesus!

Thought For Today:  Wait, I say, on the Lord.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 May 23

 “Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always. Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus” (John 12:1-11).

Today’s Morsel:  I like reading the story of the resurrection of Lazarus.  It shows that Jesus has power over death, hell, and the grave.  How would you liked to have been Lazarus?  You were dead, in a grave, Jesus raised you from the dead, and now people want to kill you again because it’s your fault that people are believing in Jesus? This goes to show how foolish some people are and how foolishly they think.  They said that it was Lazarus' fault that people were following and believing in Jesus, and he had nothing to do with it.  He was just probably happy to be alive.  When the Jews knew that Jesus was in the house of Simon, they came not only to see the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection from the dead, but to see Jesus, too. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus to death; because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.  Do you now see why some Christians are hated for being Christians?  They cause others to follow Jesus, who is The Way, The Truth, The Life; which Satan is never pleased about.

Sing:  We have heard the joyous sound, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.  Spread the news all around, Jesus saves, Jesus saves. 

Thought For Today:  Everyone who claims to be born again should draw people to see Christ by their new life.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 May 22

“And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD. Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness” (1 Kings 8:10-12).

Today’s Morsel:  I believe that one of the greatest aspects of our faith is being able to see God in thick darkness.  We must remember all the things that He’s done for us so that when we face the darkness (Satan’s demonic forces), we can still see Him at work before us.  Micah stated to his enemies, “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7:8).  And Habakkuk felt the same way when he spoke, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places” (Habakkuk 3:17-19).  Solomon said that God would dwell in the thick darkness.  We can be confident that no matter where we are God will be there also.

Sing:  Light of the world you stepped down into darkness, open my eyes let me see.  Beauty You made, this heart adore you, hope of a life spent with You.
Chorus: Here I am to worship; Here I am to bow down; Here I am to say that You're my God.  You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy, Altogether wonderful to me.

Thought For Today:  He’s there even if you cannot see Him!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 May 21

“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me” 
(Psalms 119:49-50).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that I find with the Bible is that it is true.  The word of God is quick and powerful.  There are so many passages of encouraging words of hope within its pages that I don’t understand how anyone can be hopeless and without encouragement.  The psalmist states that God’s word was His comfort in his afflictions.  We are all going to face afflictions (illness, sickness, diseases, and disorders).  But the psalmist lets us know that God’s word will be our comfort during these times.  Where do you find hope in your afflictions?  Have you looked into the word of God?

Sing:  No one can touch you like Jesus can.  No one can give you peace you cannot understand.  No one can bind your wounds with nail scared hands.  No one can touch you like Jesus can.

Thought For Today:  Jesus has not left you comfortless.