Friday, August 31, 2012

2012 August 31 - Morning Manna

This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
(Psalms 119:50).
Today's Morsel: The hundred and nineteenth Psalm is the longest psalm in the Bible. It has 176 verses, and it is broken down using the Greek Alphabet. But if you will notice each stanza, each Greek Alphabet is used, in each section; the writer makes mention to the word; and in each section, he causes us to see just how important the Word of God is to us. Notice how this passage begins: ZAIN. 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. The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law. I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself. Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law. Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law. This I had, because I kept thy precepts. (Psalms 119:49-56). He said, don't forget your word to me God, because that is where my hope is. He says, when I am in depression, that is, when I am in gloom and despair and when agony is upon me and when I am in misery: - afflicted (-ion), and in trouble, he said, what You said in Your word to me, is going to be my help and my comfort. God's word is going to be your comfort when you are going through things in your life. We must have a daily intake of the word of God if we are going to stand in these last days. As Jesus said, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life" (John 5:39-40). If you are feeling low, remember the word will lift you up.
Sing: More to be desired are they then gold, much fine gold, sweeter also than the honey in the honeycomb.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

2012 August 30 - Morning Manna

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And 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: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:13-22)
Today's Morsel:These are great walls which have kept people separate from each other for years. And even today, people are building up walls around themselves. Not physical walls, but mental walls have been and are being built. Husbands and wives sleep in separate rooms because of disagreements, mistrust, hurts, abuse, and unfaithfulness. Even children live in homes where there are walls between them and their parents. Many people have built walls around their hearts and no one and nothing can get in. Their hearts are the stony soil that Jesus spoke of in Luke 8 when He said, "They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away" (Luke 8:13). Many people have put up walls of prejudice because of race, color, and national origin of another. But scripture tells us that God is no respecter of persons. Paul said that Jesus has broken down the middle wall of partition between us. When it comes to Christ Jesus, there should be no race division. When Jesus was crucified, the veil of the temple was rent giving us access unto the Father. There are no more walls to stop us from coming to God, so what's stopping you?
Sing: He set me free yes, He set me free. He broke the bars of prison for me. I'm glory bound my Jesus to see. Glory to God, He set me free.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2012 August 29 - Morning Manna

And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him. Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep. And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul. And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer. (1 Samuel 16:17-21)
Today's Morsel: I often wonder how people can love someone so dearly on minute, but yet hate them the next. How can two people who love each other so soon divorce? And I often wonder what got into King Saul's heart that he hated David and wanted to kill him. The Bible says that Saul loved him greatly. So what turned Saul's heart? It was an evil heart of disobedience. When we disobey God and His word, it isn't long before we begin to hate people. Our dislike for them is so soon displayed in our actions and words. Even in our political circles, people who spend millions and give much to their beloved candidates and shout how much they love them, are soon crying, "Kill him. Away with him." When Jesus road a donkey into Jerusalem, the people cried out "Hosanna, blessed is he that come in the name of the Lord." But a few days later they were crying "Crucify Him! Crucify Him! We won't have this man to rule over us." What happened and what changed them. Disobedience. Self-centeredness. Paul said, "For had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory" (1 Corinthians 2:8). He said if they had known who He was, they wouldn't have did what they did. How can so many people hate Christ? Because they are disobedient to the Word. For if they knew the Word, then they would know that Jesus dies for their sins. Love isn't predicated on feelings. It predicated on God.
Sing: I love you, I love you, I love you. What more can I say, but that I truly love you. And I'll try live my life so that it says it too, I love you, I love you, I truly love you.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2012 August 28 - Morning Manna

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him. (Job 13:15-16)
Today's Morsel: One of the things we don't see to much of in the church these days is Christian stability. It just seems as though it's easy for things to pull people from the church now days. Someone gets offended and they are gone. They don't like the music being played and they are gone. They don't like the minister's style of preaching and they are gone. A woman is placed into ministry and they are gone. People of a different race is allowed to attend, and they are gone. They get a runny nose and they stay home. They seem to find time for everything but God. Paul told the church at Galatia, stand fast in the liberty wherein Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again with the yokes of bondage (Galatians 5:1). He told the church at Ephesus, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (Ephesians 6:10). We have got to get our lives stable and not allow things to move us from the Lord. Daniel tells us, "And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time" (Daniel 7:25). The enemy of your soul is going to do his best to uproot you from the church. He knows that if you don't attend church, you are going to have weak faith and not make it to the other side. Job was a man of stability. Even though he was going through things in his life, he said, though God slay me, yet I will still trust Him and maintain my ways before Him. Job said, I'm not changing. My mind is made up and I'm not going any place. The Apostle Paul asked the question, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."(Romans 8:35-39). Don't allow anything to move you.
Sing: I 'm standing, standing, standing on the promises of Christ my Savior. Standing! Standing! I'm standing on the promises of God.

Monday, August 27, 2012

2012 August 27 - Morning Manna

But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value (Job 13:4)
Today's Morsel: I've noticed that there are more place with pharmacies these day to dispense drugs because so many people seem to be dealing with so many medical issues that they just can't seem to be control. Is it a money making business or is Satan fulfilling his agenda? Do we trust more in man for healing than we do in God? The psalmist tell us, "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man" (Psalms 118:8). Does Isaiah's message to us no longer have any value. "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). Do Jesus words to us no longer have any strength and encouragement for the believer? "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19). Job told his friends, "But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value." Somewhere, somebody has lied to people to make them think that they need to be on all types of medication. I believe that if physicians knew the answer to your condition, they wouldn't be practicing medicine! Trust the Lord, do not put your confidence in man.
Sing: A woman trying many physicians, yet grew worse, so to Jesus she came; and when the crowd tried to restrain her, she whispered these words through her pain.
Touching Jesus is all that matters, then your life will never be the same; there is only one way to touch Him, just believe when you call on His name.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

2012 August 25 - Morning Manna

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37)

Today's Morsel: How much is your life worth to you? How is it that we can know the value of material things and not know the value of our lives? Young girls and young boys are giving themselves away daily for sexuality not realizing the value of who they are. They don't consider their value. If you are young and reading this, it's worth the wait. How much is your crown of life worth to you? Paul said there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness (2Timothy 4:8). So how much is it worth to you. Are you willing to press on to obtain it even if it causes you heartache and pain in this present world? Jesus said, "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown" (Revelation 3:11). How much is your faith worth? Peter said, "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory"(1 Peter 1:7-9). We can't please God without our faith (Hebrews 11:6). So what's it worth to you? Jesus told Peter that He was praying that his faith would fail not (Luke 22:31-32). If Jesus was willing to pray for Peter's faith, it must be something of value to all of us. How much is your integrity worth? It doesn't seem to be worth much to politicians as we are always hearing them compromising. Job said, "God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me"(Job 27:5). Job knew that integrity was important and I pray that you understand that your integrity is important, too. And finally, how much are your children worth to you? Scripture says, "Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward" (Psalms 127:3). Many people don't understand as James said, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). If you have children, God gave you a good and perfect gift. Are they important to you? It has been stated that there are no bad children, just poor parents. What value do you put on all these things? You might want to think on these things.

Sing: O' how He loves you and me! O' how He loves you and me! He gave His life, what more could He do? O' how He loves you and me.

Friday, August 24, 2012

2012 August 24 - Morning Manna

If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. (Job 14:14)

Today's Morsel: Two buddies Bob and Earl were two of the biggest baseball fans in America. Their entire adult lives, Bob and Earl discussed baseball history in the winter, and they pored over every box score during the season. They went to 60 games a year. They even agreed that whoever died first would try to come back and tell the other if there was baseball in heaven. One summer night, Bob passed away in his sleep after watching the Yankee victory earlier in the evening. He died happy. A few nights later, his buddy Earl awoke to the sound of Bob's voice from beyond. "Bob is that you?" Earl asked. "Of course it me," Bob replied. "This is unbelievable!" Earl exclaimed. "So tell me, is there baseball in heaven?" "Well I have some good news and some bad news for you. Which do you want to hear first?" "Tell me the good news first." "The good news is that yes there is baseball in heaven, Earl." "Oh, that is wonderful! So what could possibly be the bad news?" "You're pitching tomorrow night." (Humor)
Many people make appointments, then find themselves rushing and hurrying to get to them. One would think that if the appointment is made, and it's posted on their calendars, people would leave in enough time to be at the appointment. It has been stated that most drivers on the road are stressed out and always seem to be in a hurry because they are running late for an appointment. Why do people do that to themselves? Job said that he would wait for his appointed time to come. Job knew that his situation would not always be the way that it was. He knew that even if he died, it would be changed. Even Bob and Earl knew that they had an appointment and we do, too. Paul said that for those who are born again and living a holy and separated life that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. He (Paul) told the church at Corinth and Rome, "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory" (1 Corinthians 15:51-54); "But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God"(Romans 14:10-12). We all have an appointment with Jesus. It is one appointment you want to be ready and prepared for. Are you ready?

Sing: We shall see the King! We shall see the King! We shall see the King when He comes. He's coming in His Power, we'll hail the blessed hour, we shall see the King when He comes.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

2012 August 23 - Morning Manna

Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. (Proverbs 23:23)
Today's Morsel: "Following a great sermon on lifestyle evangelism, one family thought they had better do something to witness for Jesus. So they invited their neighbours to dinner the following Friday night. When it came to the meal, the hostess was keen to show their neighbours that they upheld Christian standards in their home. She asked little 5 year old Johnny to say grace. Little Johnny was a bit shy. "I don't know what to say" There was an awkward pause, followed by a reassuring smile from the boy's mother. "Well darling," she said, " just say what Daddy said at breakfast this morning." Obediently, the boy repeated, "Oh God, we've got those awful people coming to dinner tonight. Please bless the meal."
Humor is the best medicine. So I hope you are feeling better after yesterday's and today's humor input. Believe me, I am serious about sharing the things of God with you!
Wouldn't it be neat if there were businesses that sold truth. When living in Japan, I was once told that if you offered a Japanese person a free class or schooling because they didn't have to pay for it, they would not consider it worth much or of importance and would not attend. I wonder if that is why so few of them are Christians, since it costs them nothing. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6); "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" (John 14:16-17); "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17); "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). When we understand that Jesus is truth and that He is the word made flesh and full of grace and truth (John 1:14), we can see the value of truth and why we must not let go of it. There are many things that we may own that are valuable to us, but there is nothing like the truth. Everyday people around the world are begging for Bibles because they want the truth. It has been stated that the Bible is the number one bestselling book every year, but yet it is the least read. Friend, the truth will make you free.
Sing: I love Him, I love him, because He first loved me, He purchased my salvation, on Calvary.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

2012 August 22 - Morning Manna

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:1-5)
Today's Morsel: As the boat was sinking, the skipper lifted his voice to ask: "Does anybody know how to pray?" One man spoke confidently in answer: "Yes, Captain, I do." The captain nodded. "That's all right then," he declared. "You go ahead and pray. The rest of us will put on life-belts. We're one short." Nothing like a little humor.
Prayer is essential to our livelihood. I have come to realize that more things are done through prayer than we could ever do physically. God still answers prayer according to His perfect will. We are just told to take our petitions to God and let Him work it the work the He desires, as He always knows what's best for us. From the time that man begins to call upon the Lord, He hears. Prayer has always been a part of man's life. Someone said, "As long as there are tests in school, there will be prayer in school even though the government has outlawed it!" And I will say, where sin doth abound, not only will Grace much more abound, but there will be a need for prayer. Paul told Timothy, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." If we all pray for God to give us leaders according to His heart, and ones that will lead according to His Word, we may just find some peace and tranquility in the world.
Sing: You pray for me, I'll pray for you, we are all a part of God's family. I won't hurt you, with words of my mouth, I love you, and I need you to survive.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2012 August 21 - Morning Manna

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
(Ephesians 6:10)
Today's Morsel: If you've ever noticed, most little boys like to play being super heroes. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, the Hulk. These characters give a young boy a desire to be strong and mighty. But sad to say, by the time they are teenagers many of them lose their want for power and strength. Strength and power is found in the character of a man. When a man lives by moral principles and follows a moral compass, there is nothing that can defeat him.
The apostle Paul wanted the church at Ephesus to remember who they were. And so he told them that the last words that he would leave with them was to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Paul knew that there would be a battle that they would face. But they must learn to stand strong in Christ when the battles raged. They must learn to be unmovable and unshakeable and that would require them to build a solid relationship with and in Christ. When we study and apply God's Word to our lives, and when we live and walk in His Spirit, there is nothing that can defeat us because we are built upon a solid ROCK - Christ Jesus.
Sing: I'm learning how to lean, and depend on Jesus. He's my friend, and He's my guide. I'm learning how lean, and to depend on Jesus, I found out, that If I would trust Him, He will provide.

Monday, August 20, 2012

2012 August 20 - Morning Manna

For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain”(1 Thessalonians 3:5)
Today's Morsel: Satan's favorite weapon that he likes to us is temptation. The Greek word for temptation is peirasmos (pi-ras-mos') which means solicitation, discipline, or provocation; by implication adversity. The Bible calls Satan, among the many names, the tempter. So the tempter is going to tempt you with temptations every chance he gets. He's going to solicit you to give in, to do wrong, to walk unworthy, to take matters into your own hands, to spend more than you have, be slothful, be complacent, and to be discontented. He's going to provoke you to rebel against authority. He's going to aggravate, irritate, frustrate, and annoy you to no end. I've heard people say, "But God won't put more on me than I can handle." But I don't find that to be true according to scripture. What scripture says is that with every temptation, God will make a way of escape that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Paul sent Timothy to know the state of the Thessalonica Church. Because he hadn't heard from them, Paul was concerned that Satan had tempted them and caused them to walk away from the faith. But he received a good report that they were still standing strong. Thank God for those who will stand in adversity. Solomon said, "If thou faintest in the day of adversity, thy strength is small" (Proverbs 24:10). In this walk of life with Christ, the tempter will try to solicit us to his side. But we must remember, as Jesus told him when He was tempted of him, that man does not live by bread, fame, things, and status alone (my wording), but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God. Is your mind made up?
Sing: I've come too far from where I used to be, since I met the Lord, I've been set free; no, I won't, turn back, now. Things I used to do, I don't do anymore, places I used to go, I don't go anymore; I've come too far; the enemies on my track, but I love the Lord and I won't turn back; no I won't, turn back, no, I won't, turn back now.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

2012 August 18 - Morning Manna

Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. (Jeremiah 20:9)
Today's Morsel: Have you ever had one of those burning testimonies that you just couldn't wait to get to church to tell someone? Do you remember when you first received the Holy Ghost how you felt? I don't know about you, but I felt this continual burning within me, and I felt so much love, joy, and peace coming from inside that I didn't know what to do. I didn't care who I came in contact with, I just felt that I had to tell someone, and I wanted to take the devil on that very moment. Is that how you felt? Is that how you still feel?
Jeremiah, within himself, didn't want to go tell anyone about God, but because the word of God is a flaming fire, Jeremiah said, "I was weary with forbearing and I could not stay." When the word of God is within you, you are going to want to tell somebody. As the men on the road to Emmaus said one to another, "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" (Luke 24:32). Scripture also says, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:1-4). It was like fire upon them. Fifty days earlier, Simon Peter had ran and hid because he didn't want to be associated with Jesus. But once the fire of the Holy Ghost fell on him, Peter and the other 120 couldn't stay within that upper room. They came into the streets of Jerusalem and began to preach Jesus Christ. If you have the truth of God's Word, you are going to tell somebody.
Sing: Burn in me, burn in me, Holy Ghost fire burn in me, yesterday's gone, today I'm in need, Holy Ghost fire burn in me.

Friday, August 17, 2012

2012 August 17 - Morning Manna

And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 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.
(Acts 9:1-5)

Today's Morsel: A few months ago, my doctor told me that I had a vitamin D deficiency. And so immediately he wanted to put me on a pill to increase my vitamin D. When I asked him if there was something I could do naturally he said, you could drink more milk, but then in a low voice tone said, maybe more sun. I guess he felt that since my skin was already dark that I wouldn't take that advice! I said, "Doctor, I'll be out in the sun soon cutting my lawn and working outside. Since I will be spending more time in the sun, I bet my vitamin D level will get better."  

Luke said of the apostle Paul's conversion, "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.' This light from heaven was none other than Jesus Christ himself. 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. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not" (John 1:4-10). "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). "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). And after Paul's conversion to Christ and the apostolic faith, he wrote, "Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:1-6). Are you walking in the light of His Glory?

Sing: Walking in sunlight, all on my journey, over the mountains through the deep vale; Jesus has said I'll never forsake thee, promise divine that never can fail.

Heavenly sunlight, heavenly sunlight; flooding my soul with glory divine, hallelujah, I am rejoicing singing His praises, Jesus is mine.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

2012 August 16 - Morning Manna

And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
(Luke 24:32-35)
Today's Morsel: John tells us that if all the books were written of the things that Jesus did, he supposes the world couldn't contain them. When we read our Bibles, not only are they the words of God, but they are also stories to show us the things that He did to increase our faith. "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope" Paul said. (Romans 15:4). The men on the road to Emmaus said, "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" There is something about spending time with Jesus that enlightens us to who He is and what He desires to do through each of us. Every sermon that we hear about Christ and the things that He did while on this earth should build our faith. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is filled with stories to lift us and encourage us so that we may understand that if God be for us, everyone else might as well be, too!
Sing: Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word, tell me the story more precious, sweetest that ever was heard; Tell me how the angels in chorus, sang as they welcomed his birth, Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good tidings on earth.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

2012 August 15 - Morning Manna

But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. (Hebrews 9:11-23)
Today's Morsel: Scripture says that we are fearfully and wonderful made. When we consider that we each have our own unique blood profile, finger prints, and eye pupils, it is intriguing. From both a natural and a spiritual standpoint, without blood we can't live. If a person's body is depleted of its blood or their blood becomes infected they can die. The Bible says that life is in the blood. T his is one reason why we are not to be a part of the world. Our blood can get tainted and we can die. God made us with this special fluid that without it we can't live. The Lord told Moses in preparation for the children of Israel to depart Egypt, "And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it... And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you" (Exodus 12:7;22-23). The blood was used to remit their sins. As long as they remained under the blood, they were safe. This is why baptism in Jesus name is so important to the new birth process. The blood of Jesus Christ remits us of our sins. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one" John said (1 John 5:8). Not only is Acts 2:38 a fulfillment of the Gospel of John 3:3-5, it also fulfills 1 John 5:8 and puts the blood of Jesus upon your life. Are you under the blood?
Sing: In sin I wandered sore and sad with bleeding heart and aching head, till Jesus came and sweetly said, "I'll take your sins away."
Thank God for the blood! Thank God for the blood! Thank God for the blood, that washes white as snow.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

2012 August 14 - Morning Manna

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:14-22)

Today's Morsel: One of the forms of sharing the Gospel in olden days was door knocking. The Jehovah Witnesses still practice this principle today and some other churches do as well. But you do not see it as much wthin the the church as you used to. Possibly this concept comes from our Savior when He said, "I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with Me." The door that Jesus speaks of here is your heart. And yes, even in your homes He desires to dwell with you. But because many hearts have been hardened through false teachings, abuse, prejudice, and people being wronged, many will not open up and allow Christ to come in. So how do we get them to open up so that Christ can come in since we are charged with taking the Gospel to the whole world. "And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will," Paul said (2 Timothy 2:24-26). You don't need to defend the Word of God, it will do it by itself. If we truly represent Jesus and not man, when we knock on someone's door as His representative, the True Light will shine into their hearts and the door to share the truth of the Gospel will be open.

Sing: The Savior is waiting to enter your heart, why don't you let Him come in? There's nothing in this world to keep you apart, what is your answer to Him?

Time after time He waited before, and now He is waiting again to see if you will open the door: O how He wants to come in.

Monday, August 13, 2012

2012 August 13 - Morning Manna

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
(2 Corinthians 11:3)

Today's Morsel: As a young boy, I always liked listening to Paul Harvey, "The Rest of The Story," on the radio. Here is something he quoted before his death many years ago and we didn't heed the warning.

If I was the Devil, By Paul Harvey

I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;

I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's effort, instead of God's blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that life of animals are valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;

I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the minds of every family member for my agenda;

I would attack then family, the backbone of any nation. I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movies screens, and I would call it art;

I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agendas as politically correct;

I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, the Bible is for the naive:

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;


SING: The devil don't like it, 'cause I'm) blessed like that. The devil don't like it, 'cause I'm blessed like that. The devil don't like it, 'cause I'm blessed like that, blessed like that, blessed like that.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

2012 August 11 - Morning Manna

Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. (Mark 16:9-14)

Today's Morsel: Sometimes, trying to get the Gospel across to people seems to be an insurmountable task. For some people to believe that Jesus died for their sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day is like pulling hens teeth. Many people believe that Jesus died and was buried, but the raising from the dead is hard for them to grasp. Even Paul tells us, "But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?" (1 Corinthians 15:35). The good news of the Gospel is that now Christ will appear to us and dwell in us. "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you," Jesus said (John 14:18). The Bible says that after Jesus' resurrection, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive and had been seen of her, believed not. Even Jesus' followers had trouble believing that He was risen from the dead. So if those who walked with Him and heard Him teach and preach had trouble believing that He had risen, then you can see why the task of getting people to understand the Gospel can be a somewhat difficult task for you. So how do we get people to understand the Gospel? Love! "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" Jesus said (John 13:35).

Sing: Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph over His foes; He arose a Victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever with His saints to reign, He arose! He arose! Hallelujah, Christ arose!

Friday, August 10, 2012

2012 August 10 - Morning Manna

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing"(Psalms 34:1-10).
Today's Morsel: It's amazing how much clearer things are when they are magnified with a magnifying glass or when they are seen though a microscope. Some people will magnify their stories and lies in hopes that you believe what they are saying to be true. I'm sure you've heard the story about the fish that got away, or the buck whose antlers were a twelve point rack. The more these stories are told, they are magnified. They are like a snowball rolling down a snow covered hill, they grew bigger and bigger.
The Psalmist calls for us to magnify and exalt the Lord together with him. First of all, we can't make God any bigger than He already is; He already encompasses the entire world. He's omnipresent, omniscience, and omnipotent. The psalmist is saying let's lift up the Lord together with our worship and with our praise so that others may be able to see our God for who He truly is. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. We must allow our sacrifices of praise to flow continually from our lips giving thanks unto His name. The more we worship God, the clearer who He is will appears to us. Care to try?
Sing: He's bigger than all my problems, bigger than all my fears, He is bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see. He's bigger than all my questions, bigger than all my thoughts. Yes, He's bigger than anything that I can or cannot see.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

2012 August 9 - Morning Manna

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)
Today's Morsel: One of the things most of us can agree on, is that when we see people walking down the street holding hands, they are usually in agreement at that present time. Whether husband and wife or girlfriend and boyfriend they are usually in agreement. And the same is usually true if we see people walking together, they are usually in agreement at some point. The psalmist says, "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity" (Psalms 133:1). Unity requires each of us to do our part to maintain the peace. Jesus Christ did everything He could while upon the earth to show us and to teach us how to maintain unity and to be at peace with each other. He said, "But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:37-48). The only way you will maintain unity and peace is to follow the Master's instructions.
Sing: Hand in hand with Jesus. Hand in hand we walk each day, hand in hand along the way; walking thus I cannot stray, hand in hand with Jesus, hand in hand we walk each day.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

2012 August 8 - Morning Manna

And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. (John 12:20-23)
Today's Morsel: I few weeks ago I was out on Facebook posting some morning mannas when I felt inspired to type in the names some old military friends to see if I could locate them. And to my surprise, one of them replied. I hadn't seen him in over 20 years. We were able to make contact, and even got together for some fellowship and reminiscing on old times. It's amazing how many people you can relocate with on Facebook.
Many people were looking for Jesus to come, but because He didn't come the way that many of them thought that He would come, He was rejected by His own when He came. They were looking for their Messiah, but not like Jesus. They wanted someone like King David, someone who would conquer the Romans. They wanted someone with machoism, not someone with compassion and kindness for their enemies. John said, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12). When certain Greeks came up to worship at the feast, the same came to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. I don't know about you, but when I go to worship, I'm like these Greeks, I don't go to see man, I go to see Jesus.
Sing: Living below in this old sinful world, hardly a comfort can afford; striving alone to face temptations sore, where could I go but to the Lord.
When could I go, O where could I go; seeking a refuge for my soul? Needing a friend, to help me in the end, where could I go but to the Lord.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

2012 August 7 - Morning Manna

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalms 11:3)

Today's Morsel: I like reading my Bible through each year. There's just something about gleaning new insight into the Word of God. There always seems to be something that I've missed seeing; each time I read through It, I see something clearer. For example, I've read today's passage many times and I have missed the "s" on the word foundation. So that lets me know that if the base things of God are destroyed, we are in some serious trouble. So what are these foundations? The first is Jesus. "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 3:11). The second is the teachings of the apostles and prophets. "And 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: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit" (Ephesians 2:20-22). So what foundations did the apostles and prophets layed? "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD"(Deuteronomy 6:4); "I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images"(Isaiah 42:8); "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour"(Isaiah 43:10-11); "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost"(Acts 2:38); "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12); "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14); "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Ephesians 4:4-6). Today, the devil is trying to destroy the church. If you've noticed the world is trying everything it can to remove the name of Jesus. So let me encourage you to heed Paul advice, "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him" (Colossians 3:12-17). As long as we keep Jesus in His rightful place, the church will be just fine.

Sing: I've anchored in Jesus, the storms of life I'll brave, I've anchored in Jesus, I fear no wind or waves, I've anchored in Jesus, for He hath power to save, I've anchored to the Rock of Ages.

Monday, August 6, 2012

2012 August 6 - Morning Manna

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
Today's Morsel: I have noticed that over the past few years, that there isn't a year that goes by that the auto industry doesn't do a recall for something being wrong with an automobile that they've made. It can be anything from an airbag not inflating, light not working right, or something as simple as a screw missing. Anyway, they see it as a safety issue and they want to repair it. But it has been stated, that people will not return their vehicles to get it fixed for free because many of them see it as an inconvenience of their time. And so they would rather operate in an unsafe mode. The manufacture of our life, Jesus, is doing a recall. Something has happened to the human race and they have become weary, worn, and sad. Somehow, this human element has become overworked, underpaid, oppressed, and stressed to the core. So Jesus is doing a recall for repairs since He did not make it that way in the beginning. The shop is located on A-L-T-A-R Street. (That's Altar Street.) It's there that you will find the needed refreshing, regeneration, and the renewing of your spirit. No appointment is needed. Just show up anytime, twenty-four hours day and seven days a week, and simply ask to speak to Jesus, the Chief Mechanic and He'll take care of the problem. I'll tell you, I took myself in, and boy did He do a major overhaul on every part of me for free in no time at all. From the time I knelt, I felt refreshing coming on and when I left, He told me that I had a guarantee for life. He also told me that to feel free to return anytime there was a problem.
Sing: All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I'll cling, in His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing. Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul's best songs; faithful, loving service, too, To Him belong.
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.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

2012 August 4 - Morning Manna

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Today's Morsel: When is the last time you've heard a good old fashioned message about the cross? If you were to ask most people to explain the cross and its purpose, you would probably be surprised at the answers you would get. Paul said to the church at Corinth, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God"(1 Corinthians 1:18). The cross was a symbol of reconciliation. It was to draw us back to God. Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me" (John 12:32). He further stated to Nicodemus, "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:13-15). The cross was a fulfillment of Scripture. And because the cross now gives us power, we should always triumph over all our foes. Therefore, as born again believers, every time we see a cross, whether it's being worn around someone neck, on a picture, or even out in the middle a field, it should immediately bring to our minds what Jesus did for us and the whole world at Calvary. That was to redeem us from our sins and to draw us back to Himself.

Sing: On a hill far away stood and old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame; and I love that old cross, where the dearest and best, for a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown.

Friday, August 3, 2012

2012 August 3 - Morning Manna

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (Revelation 21:1-5)
Today's Morsel: John gives us a glimpse of heaven in hopes to wet our appetite for what we can look forward to. Every time I read this passage, I get excited about my new location and home. It's amazing to me how many people talk about heaven, but I don't see too many tearing down the church doors trying to get there. It seem that more people are putting their stakes in the world than laying up treasures in heaven. Jesus said that we should not lay up treasure upon the earth because if our treasure are here, then that will be where we want to stay. I guess that explains why people aren't ready to go to heaven and are trying to live forever here on this earth; because their bank accounts are here, their houses are here, their cars, trucks, and boats are all here, and all the things that they like doing are here. Peter lets us know that this earth is going to melt with fervent heat ( 2 Peter 2:3:10). So why would anyone want to stay here? I don't like to be burned. I don't know about you, but I'm putting my treasure in heaven because that's where I plan on going for eternity. What about you? Are you ready?
Sing: Sing the wondrous love of Jesus, sing His mercy and His grace; in the mansions bright and blessed, He'll prepare for us a place.
When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we will sing and shout the victory.