Saturday, August 1, 2015

2015 August 1 - Morning Manna

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
(2 Corinthians 3:17)

Today's Morsel:   As I was checking out at the store a few days ago, I noticed the cashiers name was Liberty.  And so to strike up a conversation, I said to her, "Are you free?" She said, " Oh yeah, I'm as free as a bird."  I said to her, "I notice your name is Liberty and that means freedom." She said, "I know, that's why I'm free."   
Many people think that they have freedom because of where they were born, what they have, or who they are.  But according to Friedrich Nietzache, "Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves."  Paul informs us that only where the Spirit of the Lord is do we have real freedom.  That being the case, then we must learn to abide in His presence all the time so that we do not forgo our freedom.

Sing: Holy Spirit Thou are welcome in this place. Holy Spirit, Thou are welcome in this place, Omnipotent Father of mercy and grace, Thou are welcome in this place.

Thought for Today:  Don't use your liberty as an occasion for the flesh! 

Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 July 31 - Morning Manna

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. (John 5:1-15)

Today's Morsel: So many people today seem to be laying on the porch at the pool of Bethesda.  They are as John said, a great multitude of impotent folk, blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.  But just like the man who was on the porch for 38 years when Jesus arrived, Jesus wants you off the porch.  Jesus did not ask the man if he wanted to be healed because He knew that his condition was caused by sin.  Rather, He asked if he wanted to be made whole.  You see, you can't heal sin.  You have to kill sin from your life because it is of the devil.  This is why the first step to salvation is repentance.  Sin must be first addressed and dealt with by you.  And then the next step is to be buried in the waters of baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.  Healing is only temporary, but wholeness is forever if you allow Jesus to rule and lead your life once He has made you whole.

Sing: He took my sins away! He took my sins away! And He keeps me singing every day.  I'm so glad, He took my sins away, He took my sins away.

Thought for Today: It's time to get off the porch! 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

2015 July 30 - Morning Manna

The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
(Psalms 118:14-17)

Today's Morsel: So many people seem to be confusing life with things.  And so, because they don't have an abundance of things they don't see the value of life.  Life isn't about what we have or don't have, it is about Jesus Christ.  The question doesn't make sense for someone to ask is life worth living?  If life wasn't worth living, we would ever have been born.  The reason so many don't see life as worth living is because they aren't applying themselves to a Godly purpose.  Jesus gave us life so that we could live and glorify His name.  The psalmist said, "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD."  He saw that his purpose for living was to be declaring what God had done. Sharing the gospel to set the captives free, and leading others into a right relationship and into the way of truth is a life worth living for us all.  If you don't think you have a purpose for living, just teach someone a Bible study and you will surely see that your view of life will change.

Sing: Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives all fear is gone. Because I know, He holds the future, my life is worth the living just because He lives.

Thought for Today: "Is life worth living?' The question does not make sense." Erich Fromm, German sociologist.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

2015 July 29 - Morning Manna

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:1-7)

Today's Morsel: Does it seem to you that God doesn't seem to matter to people anymore?  Why does it seem that so many of those who once loved God, don't seem to display that desire anymore?  Many seem to display the attitude of the church at Ephesus.  They have left their first love.  God doesn't matter to them.  They think they have it all together.  Many think that they know what love is until they are filled with God's Spirit.  And then they really understand what it feels like to be truly loved.  But then, because there isn't a nurturing of that love they don't want it anymore.  And so they walk away from their first love, God.  You see, when God no longer matters to you, nothing else really matters to you either.  You may think it does, but it doesn't because without Jesus you can do nothing.  Don't leave your first love.  Keep that first love alive and real in your life.  Always seeking Jesus, the giver of life.  He makes everything better, richer, and fuller.  Fall in love with Him every day.

Sing: I keep falling in love with Him, over and over and, over and over again; I keep falling in love with Him, over and over and, over and over again.  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: Love is really what you make it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015 July 28 - Morning Manna

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:13-17)

Today's Morsel:  Most people today are starting to wonder where so much evil is coming from. Why does it seem that evil is lurking on every corner and in many households. Well, the answer lies in the fact that most people have forgotten, or have never heard the two greatest commandments.  Those commandments are to love God and to love thy neighbor as thyself.  Satan knows that with the removal of the commandments and teachings about God in the schools and homes, he will create more evil in people's lives.  You see, when you remove God and His word from anything or anyplace, you remove love.   And when you remove love, you create an environment for hate and evil.   But we must continue in the truth of  God's word.  Love covers all sin.  So you beloved, keep yourself in the love of God and love His word.  People still need deliverance from sin, so preach the gospel, which is based on love.

Sing: I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter his courts with praise. I will say this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice for he has made me glad.

Thought for Today: The wicked shall not live out half their days.

Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 July 27 - Morning Manna

And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Luke 12:22-28)

Today's Morsel: Here in Wisconsin, they just recently raised the speed limit from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour on the interstate.  The people cried that they wanted to be like the other neighboring states that had their speed limit already set at 70 miles per hour.  Indian reformer Mohandas K. Gandhi said, "There is more to life than increasing its speed."  Even Jesus  seems to call for us to slow down and take a closer look at life (Luke 12:22-28).  Life isn't about speed.  Life is about enjoying your surroundings and the people you are with.  It's not about more stuff and more things and hurrying along.  So many people are departing this world never enjoying life because they are speeding through it.   Solomon the wisest man in the world said, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all" (Ecclesiastes 9:11).  And James admonishes us, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (James 4:14).   Life is short, therefore we need to slow down and enjoy it.  Don't be so busy making a living that your forget to make a life.

Sing: To worship You I live! To worship You I live, I live to worship You.  To worship You I live! To worship You I live, I live to worship You.  Oh, Oh, Oh,  Oh, Oh!  Oh, Oh, Oh,  Oh, Oh!

Thought for Today: "The faster you go, the more you miss" 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

2015 July 25 - Morning Manna

But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. (Acts 27:21-25)

Today's Morsel: Maintaining a spirit of cheerfulness in the storms of life is essential to making it to the other side.  When the people on the ship with Paul became discouraged because they felt that their lives would be lost Paul encouraged them to be of good cheer.  Paul wanted them to not lose heart and faith in their storm.  He knew that in order for them to succeed, they needed to stay cheerful. One of the reasons you need to remain cheerful in the storms of life, is if you are not cheerful, depression can set in and you take matters into your own hands and not wait on the Lord.  We see this with some of the men on board with Paul who tried to sneak out of the ship.  But Paul told them that except they abide in the ship they could not be saved (vs 30-31).  Even though we may not know the outcome of the storm, all successes begin with those who are cheerful.

Sing: We will sing, sing, sing, and make music with the heavens. We will sing, sing, sing, and be grateful that You hear us. When we shout Your praise, lift high the name of Jesus.

Thought for Today: Be of good cheer!