Wednesday, June 30, 2010

2010 June 30 - Morning Manna

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:1-8).

Today's Morsel: The story is told of a man who was hunting and he came upon a bear. When he raised his rifle to shot the bear, the rifle jammed and would not shoot. The man began to run, and the bear ran after him. As the bear got closer to the man, the man stopped and knelt to pray to God for protection. To the man's surprise, the bear also stopped and knelt to pray. The man prayed, "Thank you Lord for saving me." The bear prayed, "Thank you Lord for this food I am about to receive." (Humor is the best medicine.)

Jesus said that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. When we maintain a consistent prayer life with Jesus, it keeps us connected to the power source of our encouragement and motivation. Our spiritual light burns brighter and we become more of a witness of His mercy and grace. For me, prayer always seems to leave me full of life, excitement, and satisfaction. When I'm finished praying, having a good talk with Jesus and listening to the Lord, I come away with a calm assurance that no matter what the outcome of my prayers are, I'm confident that all things will work together for the good to them who love God and to them who are the called according to His purpose. I just get that peace that passes all understanding. And I know that if God is for me, then who can be against me? Jesus said that men ought to always to pray and not give up or give in. In other words, don't stop praying when our answer doesn't come when we think it ought to. We must remember, quitters never win and winners never quit. We win in Jesus, so don't quit. As the writer of Hebrews admonishes us, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). Remember, Jesus said, "All things are possible to him that can believe.

Sing: Someone is praying for you! Someone is praying for you! When you feel all alone, and your heart would break in two, remember, someone is praying for you!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2010 June 29 - Morning Manna

And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die. And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there. For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us. Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life. And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it. Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household. So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were. And he called the porters; and they told it to the king's house within (2 Kings 7:3-11).

Today's Morsel: What are you doing with the good news that has been given to you? Are you holding it to yourself, or are you sharing it with others? Jesus said that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him to preach the gospel to the poor...and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18-19). The apostle Paul said that now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation. People are seeking for answers to their life and their dilemmas. The gospel is the news that they need to hear. The gospel can bring change and hope to any situation, Jesus is the answer for the world today. The lepers said, "We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household." They knew that if they didn't tell someone, some bad things could happen to them. Remember, if you know about Jesus and you don't tell others about Him, Jesus will hold you responsible for not telling them. Don't hold the Good News in, but go tell everyone you meet.

Sing: There's a call come ringing o'er the restless waves, send the light, send the light. There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save, send the light, oh send the light. Send the light, the blessed gospel light, let it shine from shore to shore. Send the light, the blessed gospel light, let it shine forever more.

Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 June 28 - Morning Manna

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints"(Ephesians 6:10-18).

Today's Morsel: When I was a Drill Instructor, our motto was "The more sweat in peace, the less blood in combat." How much of the enemy's darts do you think you can handle? I think that a lot of born again believers do not realize that they were born again to get into the battle. I believe that many of them thought that once they gave their lives to Jesus, everything was going to be a cake-walk in the park. Spiritual warfare is real. But you were born again to fight against the kingdom of darkness. So make sure you prove each piece of your armor daily. One of the worst things that can happen to a soldier in battle is to have the enemy coming against you and find that part of your battle-gear doesn't work. All of the armor God gave you is for defensive measures, other than the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God. The Sword is our offensive weapon and we use it to fight. When things start coming against you, know that you were born for this battle and you are equipped to fight it.

Sing: When in service for my Lord, dark may be the night, but I'll cling more close to Him, He will give me light. Satan's snares may vex my soul, turn my thoughts aside, but my Lord goes ahead, He lead whatever betide!

Oh I want to see Him, look upon His face. There to sing forever, of His saving grace. On the streets of glory, let me lift my voice, cares all passed, home at last, ever to rejoice!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

2010 June 26 - Morning Manna

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6).

Today's Morsel: When people are looking for something that they can't find, my wife with her wit and humor says, "I bet it will be in the last place you look!" Are you looking for Jesus today? I bet He'll be in the last place you look. He's not far from any of us. We just need to open our understanding and call upon Him as He is as close as the mention of His name. Jesus doesn't play hide and seek. He is open before all of us. But what I have found is that many are looking for Him in all the wrong places. They look for Him by seeking out the perfect church. Churches aren't perfect because they are made up of people. They look for Him in the right preacher. Preachers are human and so they have issues, too. If you really want to find Jesus, you have look for Him with all your heart and you will find Him. Care to look again?

Sing: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness. And all these things shall be added unto you, Hallelu! Hallelujah!

Friday, June 25, 2010

2010 June 25 - Morning Manna

If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences (Ecclesiastes 10:4).

Today's Morsel: One of the things about spiritual warfare is the enemy of your soul will try to root you out of your place. Solomon said, "If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place." Satan is the ruler of this world, and he is going to do everything in his power to root you out. He will come against you with false accusations, threats, lies, sickness, visa disapprovals, or physical attacks, but you have to stand your ground. A soldier's first general order is, "I will guard everything within the limits of my post, and quit my post only when properly relieved." If Jesus hasn't relieved you or sent a replacement for you, stay put. Solomon also informs us, "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small" (Proverbs 24:10). If you give up when things start to come against you, you don't know Jesus well enough yet and your relationship with Him is not solid. Nothing should be able to separate you from what He has called you to do. The Lord said through Isaiah the prophet, "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD" (Isaiah 54:17). And, "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him" (Isaiah 59:19). We have much assurance from our Lord. God will never leave you, so don't leave your post, but rather "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11).

Sing: The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run in to it, and they are safe. The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run in to it, and they are safe.

Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be the name of the Lord most high. Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be the name of the Lord most high!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

2010 June 24 - Morning Manna

Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went (John 6:14-21).

Today's Morsel: Are you aware that when you allow Jesus to come into your life, He can immediately change any situation you may have? The disciples were in a storm, but when they received Jesus into their ship, immediately they were at the land where they were going. They were no longer in the storm of life or danger. Have you considered inviting Jesus into your life today? It could make all the difference whether you will keep having to endure the storm that is raging in your life, or if it comes to an immediately halt. I believe you will receive the latter. What about you?

Sing: Though the storms keep on raging in my life, and sometimes it's hard to tell the night from day. Still there lies a hope within that's reassured, as I keep my eyes upon the distant shores; I know, He'll lead, me safely to, that blessed place, He has prepared; but if the storms don't cease, and if the winds keep on blowing in my life, my soul has been anchored in the Lord!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

2010 June 23 - Morning Manna

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited (Jeremiah 17:5-6).

Today's Morsel: It has been stated that the majority of people who say that they are born again believers do not walk by faith, but rather walk by sight. They trust more in man and in themselves than God. They run very low on patience when things aren't in their best interest. It was also stated that if the Christian would stop and do an evaluation of himself, he could see that he is not truly trusting in God, but in others and himself over 75% of the time throughout the day. Many say that they trust God, but really they trust in themselves. It was also stated that the majority of believers only get to a true point of trusting in God when they think that life may be about to expire. The Lord said, "Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." David said, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God"(Psalms 20:7). Isaiah said, "Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength" (Isaiah 26:4). Where is your trust today? I pray that it is always in the Lord.

Sing: I trust in God, wherever I may be, upon the land, or on the raging sea; though come what may, from day to day, my Heavenly Father, watches over, over, me.

Chorus: I trust in God, I know He cares for me; upon the land, or on the raging sea, though billows roll, He keeps my soul; my Heavenly Father, watches over, over me.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

2010 June 22 - Morning Manna

I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? (John 5:43-47)

Today's Morsel: Have you ever used the statement, "If I had known, I wouldn't have done that." Or "If I had known, I would not have lent it to them." We often do things without thinking them through, and we sometimes make bad decisions because of it. And so we say, "If I had known..." Paul told the church at Rome, "But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. " (Romans 10:18-19). It has been over 2000 years since Calvary, and today some seem to not have heard about it. How much time do you spend studying Old Testament scriptures? I heard a preacher once say, "If you try to understand the New Testament of the Bible without having an understanding of the Old Testament of the Bible, it's like showing up for the second act of a play and having missed the first act; you are clueless as to what the play is all about." You will never understand that Jesus is God manifested in flesh without knowing Old Testament scripture. Jesus told the people that Moses wrote about Him. Moses penned the first five books of the Bible, which are known as the Pentateuch. They were clueless, the same as many today. Jesus told His apostles, "If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake" (John 14:7-11). If you really want to know who Jesus is, you have to search Old Testament scriptures and have an understanding of them. Do you know Him?

Sing: He was there all the time, He was there all the time, waiting patiently in line, He was there all the time.

Monday, June 21, 2010

2010 June 21 - Morning Manna

Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me (John 5:33-39).

Today's Morsel: There is nothing more enjoyable than searching scripture. The Word of God has everything in it. If you need hope, it's there. If you need encouragement, it's there. If you need friendship, it's there. If you need an understanding in the decision making process, it's there. If you need knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, it's there. Jesus left nothing that we would have need of out from His word. He is the Word made flesh (John 1:14) and He is our Creator (Colossians 1:16), He left nothing that we would have need of out of the Bible. Jesus said, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." The scriptures point us to Jesus, the giver of eternal life and He gives life more abundantly. If your life isn't full of joy and excitement, search the scriptures. Jesus said, " These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full" (John 15:11). The only life that should be boring and dull is a life without Jesus. For in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalms 16:11).

Sing: Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus, daily let me go; higher, higher, in the school of wisdom, more of grace to know.

O deeper yet, I pray, and higher every day, and wiser blessed Lord, in Thy precious holy word.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

2010 June 19 - Morning Manna

And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found"  (Luke 15:11-32)

Morsel: Jesus said "When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil"(Luke 11:2-4). We should always want God's will to be done on the earth the same as it is in heaven. Jesus said that heaven rejoices over one sinner that repents. The story of the prodigal son isn't as much about the son as it is the father. What we see is a very compassionate father. We see a father who displays love, kindness, and concern for his children and one who is willing to restore, even if they've done wrong. Do you need forgiveness today for your mistakes? Well, you have a heavenly father that will forgive you if you ask of Him.

Sing: Heavenly Father, I appreciate you. Heavenly Father, I appreciate you. I love you, adore you, I bow down before you, Heavenly Father I appreciate you!

Friday, June 18, 2010

2010 June 18 - Morning Manna

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation (Psalms 91:11-16).

Today's Morsel: I've often wondered why Satan chose this passage of scripture to tempt Jesus when he took him up into the holy city and sat him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone" (Matthew 4:5-6). Did he not know that being God, Jesus was aware of the scripture more than he was? One of the scriptures the devil likes to ues against Christian to keep them drinking, is the one where Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana (John 2: 1-11). They say, "See, Jesus turned water into wine and therefore, it is okay to drink it." You must obtain wisdom in God's Word before you act. Many people fail to read what Solomon said about drinking when he said, " Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise"(Proverbs 20:1). Then he said, "Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again". (Proverbs 23:29-35). Do not err my brethren, we are to not be ignorant of Satan's devices.

Sing: I command you Satan in the name of the Lord, to pick up your weapons and flee, for God hath given me the authority to walk all over thee.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

2010 June 17 - Morning Manna

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne (Revelation 4:1-2).

Today's Morsel: When I was a kid, and we went the State Fair, and there was this maze called "The Crazy House." It had many doors that you walked through the doors to try and find your way out of the maze. Often when you went through the door that you thought would lead you out, you ran into a dead end and would have to return and start over. The apostle John said, "I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne." He said there was an open door and he heard a voice talking with him and saying, "Come up hither and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter." Do you want to know what the end will be? Well, don't stay where you are, but rise up higher in the things of the Lord and allow Him to show you through His word what shall be hereafter for your life. Habakkuk said that the Lord would cause him to walk upon his high places ( Habakkuk 3:17-19). There are higher places that Jesus is trying to take each of us. He said, "Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls."(Jeremiah 6:16). The higher we go in the Lord, the more rest we will have from our trials and troubles.

Sing: Lord lift me up, and let me stand, by faith on heaven's table land. A higher plane, than I have found, Lord plant my feet on higher ground!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

2010 June 16 - Morning Manna

But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do (Luke 17:7-10).

Today's Morsel: The Boy Scouts Of America's Creed says, " On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." How would you say that you stack up to this creed in your daily walk with God? We must all fulfill the duty that Jesus sent us to do. The Great Commission is a must for all believers. Jesus said that when we have done all the things which are required of us, to say that we are unprofitable servants. To work for Jesus in His vineyard should be seen as a high honor. Do you look at going to church, reading your Bible, witnessing, supporting missions, tithing, and giving to the work of the Lord of your time and talents as part of your duty? One of the things we must realize is that we cannot be delegate responsibility. We can only be given authority, and responsibility comes with our authority. When you were baptized in Jesus name, it gave you the authority to operate in His name and on His behalf. Therefore, the things that I mentioned afore becomes your duty and responsibility to do. Let me encourage you today, don't leave any task that Jesus asks you to do undone. The current payment may not seem like much, but the retirement benefits are out of this world!

Sing: Jesus use me, O' Lord, don't refuse me, surely there's a work that I can do; and even though it's humble, Lord help my will to crumble, though the cost be great, I'll work for you.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

2010 June 15 - Morning Manna

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities (Psalms 103:10).

Today's Morsel: Do you get angry when you don't get what you deserve? When you don't get a raise on your job and you know that you've earned it, do you get angry? What about a promotion? Do you ever wish you could have what you deserve? Well, what about punishment for your sins? What if God was to reward us for those, would you want the punishment? The Psalmist said that God hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities (Psalms 103:10). He also said, "If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared"(Psalms 130:3-4). God doesn't reward us according to our sins. Because if He did, we would all be in lots of trouble. The next time you feel that you should get what you deserve, be careful. Jesus said, "Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth"(Luke 12:15).

Sing: They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint, teach me Lord, teach me Lord, to wait.

Monday, June 14, 2010

2010 June 14 - Morning Manna

The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed (Psalms 103:6).

Today's Morsel: In This scripture, the word oppressedcomes from the Greek word, âshaq, aw-shak'. which means to press upon, that is, defraud, violate, deceive, used , do violence to or wronged. Because Jesus is the righteous judge, He will execute judgment for us. Vengeance is mine saith the Lord. Therefore, when others do us wrong, defraud, or misuse us, we shouldn't take matters into our own hands, but allow God the time to handle our case for us. Jesus said, in your patience possess ye your soul (Luke 21:19). We can lose out if we take matters into our hands, because we will look to get even instead of being fair. If we judge others who wrong us, our judgment towards them will be much more severe. Knowing this, Jesus tells us through the apostle Paul these words: "Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:20-21). Always remember that Jesus' ways are not ours. And neither should our ways be the ways of the people of the world.

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

Friday, June 11, 2010

2010 June 12 - Morning Manna

The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see (John 1:43-46).

Today's Morsel: Do you ever look at people and in your mind say, "There is no help for that person, he/she is a lost cause?" What we sometime sees may not be what Jesus sees. When Samuel went to anoint the new king of Israel, he was looking at outward stature. But God told him that God doesn't look on the outward, God sees a man's heart. When Phillip told Nathanael that they had found Jesus of Nazareth whom Moses and the Prophets did write about, Phillip was probably somewhat shocked because the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem Judah and come forth from there and not Nazareth. And so Nathanael's comment to Philip was really how can light come out of darkness? And Phillip said, "Come and see." If you really want to see how Jesus can transform a person from darkness to light, come and see. I'm a living witness of how God can take a person who walked and lived in darkness and transform them into a person of light. With man things are impossible, but with God, Jesus said, all things are possible. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12). When Jesus created the heavens and the earth, the first thing he said was, "Let there be light." No matter where people are from, there is always something good there. We just have to look for it.

Sing: Only believe! Only believe! All things are possible, if you only believe.

2010 June 11 - Morning Manna

And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. (John 1:32-33).

Today's Morsel: The story is told of a lady who was once talking with a gentleman in small talk. The man ask the lady if she had read a certain book. The lady said no, but that she thought that she had a copy of it at home and that she had been wanting to read it, but just had not founded the time to do so. The man told her that he was the author. After their discussion and conversation, the lady went home, found the book, and began to read it. She enjoyed it because she had met the author.

John records that John the Baptist bare record saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost." John didn't know Jesus until he saw the Spirit of God descending upon Jesus. Then John realized what was told him by God, and he knew that it would be Jesus that would baptize with the Holy Ghost. The Apostle Paul didn't know Jesus until he met Him on the road to Damascus. Luke records, "And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do... And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized" (Acts 9:3-6;17-18). Many people say that they know Jesus, but you really won't know Him until He baptizes you with the Holy Ghost.

Sing: I've got the Holy Ghost, down in my soul, just like the Bible says. I've got the Holy Ghost, down in my soul, just like the Bible says. Well, I've been to the water and I've been baptized in Jesus name, my soul got happy and I'm so satisfied. I wouldn't take nothing for my journey now, just like the Bible, just like the Bible, just like the Bible says.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2010 June 10 - Morning Manna

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. (Psalms 37:37).

Today's Morsel: The psalmist calls for us to mark the perfect man. In other words, take notice of the man that is complete in Jesus and himself. Notice the man that isn't easily angry or who isn't discontent. Notice the man that doesn't have to always be first and one who prefers others more than himself. Observe the man that is humble and not self exalting, and one who walks in his integrity. Mark the man that is true to his word, his family, and his God. As these men are rare these days, you will need to be aware of them and follow them as they follow Christ. If you are void of peace in your life, these are the men you need to observe as their end is peace. Let me encourage you today, mark Jesus, as He is perfect and upright and He will keep you in perfect peace as you keep your mind on Him.

Sing: Peace! Peace! Wonderful peace! Coming down, from the Father above. Sweep over my spirit, forever I pray, in fathomless, billows of love.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

2010 June 9 - Morning Manna

Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? (Ruth 2:10).

Today's Morsel: Do you ever wonder that with all the people in the world, why God chose you? Just what was it about you that God took notice of you? Ruth asked Boaz, "Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?" She wanted to know why she had found such favor in his sight. Have you fallen on your face and asked Jesus why He is showing you such grace? Paul said "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). Is it because of your faith in Jesus? Is it because your faith is not wavering when trials and circumstances come your way? Is His favor of you because of your commitment to the work of the Lord? Just why has God taken notice of you? Boaz answered Ruth and said unto her, "It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust" (Ruth 2:11-12). If you will notice, one of the first things Ruth said when Naomi told her she was free to return to her people was, "Your God will be my God, and your people shall be my people." Boaz told her, "Because you have come to trust under the wings of the Lord God of Israel, the Lord recompense your work and reward you a full reward." He said it was because Ruth chose to trust the God of Israel. When you learn to trust God as Ruth did, you too will find great favor and grace in His eye.

Sing: Grace! Grace! God's Grace! Grace that will pardon and cleanse within! Grace! Grace! God's grace, grace that is greater than all our sins!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

2010 June 8 - Morning Manna

And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness (Colossians 3:14).

Today's Morsel: Super glue has advertised itself as the glue that will hold almost anything together. Its says that once bonded it is a strong adhesive. Paul said that when we put on charity (love) it is the bond of perfectness. It is a uniting principle that controls our actions and attitudes. It's the ligament that holds the joints together. We are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord"(Ephesians 2:20-21). Love is the bond of completeness. Without love we are nothing. When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves, it not only makes us complete, but the entire body as well. Paul said, "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave 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. Charity never faileth" (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). Super glue says it will bond together almost any surfaces. This being the case, then our love should be as super glue and bond us to Christ and together with brethren of like precious faith. Jesus said, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35)

Sing: I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more, but the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry, from the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help, love lifted me! Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help; love lifted me!

Monday, June 7, 2010

2010 June 7 - Morning Manna

And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven (2 Kings 2:9-11).

Today's Morsel: The transition between Elijah and Elisha was unique in that it was ordained of God. But when Elijah asked Elisha to ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee, Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. How many of you would like a double portion of Jesus' Spirit? Joel said that God would pour out of His Spirit upon all flesh in the last days (Joel 2:28). When the 120 were filled with Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter preached that this was that which the prophet Joel had prophesied would happen (Acts 2:1-17). The apostle Paul wrote to the church at Romans," But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you"(Romans 8:11). The word "quicken" here comes from the Greek word, zōopoieō which means to (re-) vitalize (literally or figuratively): - make alive, give life. Jesus said I came that they might have life. He came to quicken us by His Spirit. The Spirit makes us alive and gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6), Paul said. Are you alive? What gospel were you saved by?

Sing: Baptize me Jesus, with the Holy Ghost, I shall have power, your word says so. Satan is busy, trying to turn me around, but I've determined, to stand my ground. But I can't do it, I can't do it, not until you fill me with the Holy Ghost!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

2010 June 5 - Morning Manna

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any  (1 Corinthians 6:9-12).

Today's Morsel: Would you say that because something is lawful it is alright to do it? I fear, as Paul said, that many Christians are being beguiled by the serpent the same as Eve was through his subtilty, and their minds are being corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3). They fail to realize that just because something is lawful (legal), it may not be expedient. In other words it may not be good and profitable for you. We are citizens of our countries, and there are things that at certain ages that we can do, these things are legal for us to partake of. But we need to ask ourselves if it goes against the Word of God? We must become judges of ourselves based on the Word of God. I asked a young lady once, "If I told you that I was a Christian, what would you use to measure me to determine if I really was a Christian?" She listed a few things. Then I told her, "If I say that I'm a Christian, then measure me based on the Word of God, because that is what Jesus is going to use." Jesus Himself said, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day" (John 12:48). The world's laws and ways will never make you a Christian.

Sing: I have decided, to follow Jesus! I have decided, to follow Jesus! I have decided,to follow Jesus! No turning back, no turning back.

The Cross before me, the world behind me! The Cross before me, the world behind me! The Cross before me, the world behind me! No turning back. No turning back.

You can take this whole world, but give me Jesus! You can take this whole world, but give me Jesus! You can take this whole world, but give me Jesus! No turning back. No turning back.

Friday, June 4, 2010

2010 June 4 - Morning Manna

And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things (Matthew 21:23-27).

Today's Morsel: The story is told of a lion that went through the jungle roaring proclaiming his authority as king of the jungle. He would roar and scare the other animals. One day he came to a giraffe and roared and said, "Who is the king of the jungle?" The giraffe was fearful and said, "Why of course you are Mr. Lion." The lion pounded his chest and said to him, "And don't you ever forget it." Then he came to a group of monkeys. He roared and said to them, "Who is the king of the jungle?" The monkeys were fearful and said, "Why of course you are Mr. Lion." Again, the lion pounded his chest and said to them, "And don't you ever forget it." And then he came to a herd of elephants and he roared and said, "Who is the king of the jungle? " To the lion's surprise, one of the elephants reached out with his trunk, grabbed the lion, and threw him into a tree. The elephant picked him up again and smashed him to the ground. Then he took him and tossed him into the river. When the lion had gained his composure and dragged himself from the river, he crawled up to the elephant and said, "Listen, just because you do not know the answer is no reason for you to get all mad about!"

When the religious leader questioned Jesus of His authority, Jesus responded in kind with a question. And because they could not answer His question, Jesus told them he would not answer their's; to which they became angry with Him. If someone were to ask you where you obtain your authority to preach the gospel, do you know the answer? Your authority to preach doesn't come from man. Your authority to preach was given to you by Jesus when He commissioned the believers "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. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:15-18). To pastor a church you may need man's authority, but to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, that authority comes from Jesus only. So if you are born again of the water and the spirit get busy, the world needs to hear about Jesus!

Sing: I serve a risen Saviour, He's in the world today; I know that He is living, Whatever men may say; I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him, He's always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and He talks with me, Along life's narrow way. He lives, He live, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives: He lives within my heart.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

2010 June 3 - Morning Manna

"Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad" (Psalms 126:2-3).

Today's Morsel: When I was in the military, I had a sergeant give me some very good advice. He and I were on duty together one night and he began to tell me about preparation for marriage and how to ensure that I always had food in my house, a roof over my head, pay my bills on time, and how treat my wife and children. He shared with me many things that have helped me immensely in my life. Another thing he told me that I have never forgotten, was to never take a laxative and a sleep pill at the same time!!

The psalmist said, "When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream, and our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing." Sometimes you may feel that you are held captive by your situation, but God will turn it around the same as he did Job and the children of Israel if you stay faithful to Him. When God brings you out of captivity, it is your time for testimony. It's time for you to share and to show others what great things the Lord has done for you! Has Jesus made you free? Then you need to start telling people what He has done for you and singing of His goodness so others may be encouraged by you, and given hope that they, too, can be made free from their captivity.

Okay, you can go ahead and laugh, because I'm sure that by now you got what I said at the end of the first paragraph.

Sing: The joy of the Lord is my strength. The joy of the Lord is my strength. The joy of the Lord is my strength. The joy of the Lord is my strength!

He fills my mouth with laughter, HA!HA! HA! He fills my mouth with laughter, HA!HA! HA! He fills my mouth with laughter, HA!HA! HA! The joy of the Lord is my strength!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

2010 June 2 - Morning Manna

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light (Psalms 36:9).

Today's Morsel: What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you surprised at what you see? The mirror reflects what is put into it. The Bible says that in thy light shall we see light. Ponder this for a moment. The psalmist said, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path"(Psalms 119:105); "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple"(Psalms 119:130). John said, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world"(John 1:1-9). He further stated, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12). When we understand that the Word is light, and when we look into its pages, we immediate see Jesus, the light of the world. As He is the Word made flesh (John 1:14). What do you reflect to others? Do people see Jesus in you?

Sing: Light of the world You stepped down into darkness, opened my eyes, let me see. Beauty that made, this heart adore You, hope of a life spent with You. (chorus)

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.

King of all days, Oh so highly exalted, Glorious in Heaven above. Humbly You came to the earth You created, All for love's sake became poor. (Chorus)

Bridge: I'll never know how much it cost, to see my sin upon that cross! (3X) (back to Chorus)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

2010 June 1 - Morning Manna

And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him (Luke 23:8).

Today's Morsel: As I read today's passage, what immediately comes to my mind is the lion before the fox. When the religious leaders told Jesus that Herod would kill Him, "Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected" (Luke 13:31-32). Jesus called him a fox. A fox is sly and sneaky. Paul told the church at Philippi to beware of dogs. A fox is of the dog family the same as hyenas and wolves. Jesus said beware of false prophets which come unto you in sheep clothing but inward they are raving wolves. Jesus refused to answer Herod; he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate (Luke 23:9-11). What is your purpose for wanting to see Jesus? Do you want to see Him because He is your Lord and Savior, or are you one of those that is always looking for miracles? Aren't each of us all miracles? Friend, I want to see Jesus because He's the one that died for all.

Sing: I dreamed of a city called glory, oh so bright and so fair. When I entered that gate I cried, "Holy", The angels all met me there: They carried me from mansion to mansion, and oh what sites I saw. But I said, "I want to see Jesus, He's the One who died for all." (Chorus)

As I entered the gate of that city, my friends all knew me well. They showed me the streets of Heaven; such scenes too numerous to tell; I saw Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Mark, Luke and Timothy. But I said, "I want to see Jesus, He's the One who died for me." (Chorus)

Then I bowed on my knees and cried, "Holy, Holy, Holy." Then I clapped my hands and sang, "Glory, Glory to the Son of God."!