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) 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 October 16 - Morning Manna

He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good. (Proverbs 19:8)

Today's Morsel:  As I get older, I find myself praying more for the wisdom of God.  I often find myself now studying God's word more than just reading it.  For the past 30 plus years, I have been reading the book of Proverbs every day.  I feel that this is a book of wisdom for men.  I was talking with a minister friend of mine, and I told him, Yyou know, just out of nowhere it seems that God gives Solomon a nugget of gold to drop right in the middle of a passage that doesn't seem to apply to anything I was reading about."  For example, I had read the book of Chronicles  for years, and then Bruce Wilkerson, comes along and stumbles across the prayer of Jabez and makes million. "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested" (1 Chronicles 4:10).  Look at the wisdom in this passage.  All he did was pray and ask God to bless him and enlarge his coast, keep him from evil, and God granted it to him.  This wisdom was found stuck right in the middle of a bunch of names.  So if we aren't careful, we can read right across wisdom.  I don't know about you, but I am going to keep searching for the wisdom in God's word.  I want to be rich in the things of God so that I may find what is good and know how to do what is good. "But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased" (Hebrews 13:16).

Sing: He gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by, oh what a love between my Lord and I; I keep falling in love with Him, over and over and, over and over again.


Thought for Today: A soul without knowledge is not good. (King Solomon)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 October 15 - Morning Manna

And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them,  How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
(Luke 2:48-52)

Today's Morsel: As I was studying the word of God the other day,  it says twice in Luke chapter 2, that Mary hid the sayings in her heart (verses 19 and 51).  What about you, do you keep what people tell you in your heart?  In 2 Chronicles 20,  King Jehoshaphat had to remind God of what He had said to them. "And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help" (2 Chronicles 20:5-9).  When is the last time you prayed and reminded God of what He said.  God is not a man that He should lie, so remind Him of what He said. You are not going to offend Him.  I think He will be pleased that you know what He says to you in His word.  Mary knew who He was based on what she heard the shepherd tell her about Him, and Jesus himself.  And so when they needed wine atthe marriage in Cana (John 2), she just told the servants, "Wwhatsoever He says to you to do, do it."   Do you know Him?  Have you hidden the sayings of Him in your heart?

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: The word hidden in your heart today, could mean the difference between life and death tomorrow (Parker).

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2014 October 14 - Morning Manna

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life
(Genesis 3:22-24).

Today's Morsel:  God's creation was very unique.  The Bible lets us know, "Out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil"(Genesis 2:9).  If we will notice the two trees spoken of here in the midst of the garden:  The tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  These two tree represent 2 things.  First, which is heaven, the tree of life, and second, the world, which is the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  And it was the latter tree that God told Adam to not partake of.  Some have asked the question, why?  Even though all the trees were pleasant to the eye and good for food, one had evil associated with it.  You see, the world is pleasant to the eye, and it has many good things in it for us, but it also has much evil associated with it as well.  Because most people do not possess the spirit of discernment, they are not able to discern the good from evil.  What they may think is good for them, they may soon discover it was evil and then it is too late.  John tells us, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world" (1 John 2:15-16).   Notice the three things associated with the world, which are the weapons of Satan.  Lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and the pride of life.  Satan told Eve that she would not die if she partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil but that she would become a god, knowing good from evil.  His statement was partially true. and partial truth is a lie. And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil. But he didn't say that she would become a god.  Satan told Eve, you will become as gods.  In other words, you will be able to decide for yourself.  You will be able to make your own choices in life. You'll be able to do what you want.   And we see the results of their decision to listen to Satan, and  her and Adam's disobedience today.  Unless man is willing to take hold of the tree of life and live forever, God said he will die; both naturally and spiritually.  The only hope for man today is Jesus, the Tree of Life.  More and more are partaking of the forbidden fruit and they are dying.  We have received the charge from Him.  "And he said unto them,  Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:15-16).  The gospel was designed to bring us all back to the Tree of Life that we may live.  Are you doing your part?

Sing: This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through, my treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue, the angels are beckoning me, from heavens open door, and I can't feel at home in this world anymore.

Thought for Today: The gospel still works, so share it.