Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 21

“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another” (Romans 14:19).

Today’s Morsel:  When you get into an argument with someone, do you ever stop and consider what you are in an argument about when you are supposed to be representing Christ?  How can so many born-again believers, who are supposed to be walking in the Spirit, find themselves so quickly walking in the flesh?  Aren’t we supposed to be the ones that know the Prince of Peace?  Aren’t we supposed to be the ones that are following after those things that make peace?  We aren’t supposed to be involved in strife.  Strife is of the devil. So the next time you feel as though your discussion with someone is about to turn into an argument, stop, walk away, and take a praise break so that you aren’t offended.

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

Thought For Today: Take a praise break so that you are not offended.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 20

“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” (Matthew 5:38-42).

Today’s Morsel:  A man came to church once, and after service, he asked if I could give him a ride home.  I told him sure.  When we arrived where he lived, he asked me if I would be willing to take him to another house to meet a friend, to which I agreed. Then on our way, he asked me if I would be willing to take him to Walmart so that he could buy some food.  Again, I agreed.  I know what some of you may be thinking.  You probably would have said, “No way.”  I will be honest with you.  I did think to tell him that, but something inside of me just kept saying, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  No, he didn’t pay me.  But with a big smile on his face when I took him back home he said, “Pastor, thank you so much for doing this for me.  This has meant a lot to me. May God bless you very much ”  Jesus said, “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.” Are you willing to go the extra mile?  Go in Jesus name.  

Sing:  When I’ve gone, the last mile of the way, I shall rest, at the close of the day.  For I know that there is joy that waits my heart and my soul; when I’ve gone the last mile of the way.

If I walk, in the pathway of duty; if I seek for His sheep that’s already gone astray. I shall see, the Great King in all His Glory; O’ Lord, when I have gone the last mile of the way.

Well, when I’ve gone, the last mile of the way, I shall rest, at the close of the day.  For I know that there is joy that waits my heart and my soul; when I’ve gone the last mile of the way.

Thought For Today: We never know what awaits us at the end of the journey (Parker)

Monday, November 19, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 19

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).

Today’s Morsel:  There’s an old saying that when you point a finger at someone else’s wrong, you have four more pointing back at yourself.  It is easy to see the faults of others.  But how do we deal with our own?  Paul said that there is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.  When we have been born again of the water and the spirit, we don’t look for the wrongs in others to condemn and chastise them, we look for how we may bring them out of darkness into His marvelous light. When we realize what Jesus said, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17); we are less likely to condemn ourselves and won’t condemn others.  We seek to help and build others, not condemn.  

Sing:  Create in me a clean heart, O’ God, and renew a right spirit with me.  Create in me a clean heart, O’ God, and renew a right spirit with me.  Cast me not away from Thy presence, O’ Lord.  Take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me, the joy of Thy salvation and renew a right spirit within me.

Thought For Today:  Don’t ever condemn yourself. It’s not of God. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 17

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 3:8-12).

Today’s Morsel: I have seen so many people who say that they are Christians yet they will not tithe their income to God.  You know, I hear many of those same people complaining about how Satan is always doing this and doing that to them.  Many of them have little or no joy, and they are often without contentment.  And so I often wonder if this is the reason for their dilemma?  The Lord said if we tithe, will I not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes.  (Malachi 3:10)   "And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD” (Leviticus 27:30).  We can’t pick and choose which scripture we want to live by as a Christian. We must be doers of all of God’s word and not just hearers only.  Want to be blessed?  Live by the word.  

Sing: Give and it shall be given, good measure pressed down shaken together and runneth over.  Give and it shall be given, when you give, you give to the Lord.

Thought For Today: The tithe is the Lord’s. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 16

“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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers”
(Acts 2:38-42).

Today’s Morsel:  According to church history, over 2,000 years ago on the Day of Pentecost Peter preached his first message to the people in Jerusalem, and over 3000 people were baptized that day when they heard what he preached.  His message, as far as we can tell, was no more then the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.  Some folks received it, and others rejected it.  And if we follow history, it would be this same message, about Christ, that would cost these apostles their lives.  What do you think was so bad about Jesus that it caused some to be so upset, that they were willing to kill people for sharing with others about a man who was willing to die, so that others could live and have eternal life?  It really wasn’t the message, it was the name associated with the message.  As Jesus said, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake” (Luke 21:17).

Sing:  There’s just one, one, one; one way to God. There’s just one, one, one; one way to God. There’s just one, one, one; one way to God, baptized in Jesus name.

Thought For Today: “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).

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 15

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:1-5).

Today’s Morsel:  Do you remember the day that God called you out of darkness to His marvelous light?  Really if you focus on the first five verses of Genesis chapter 1, you can see God’s plan for implementing the new birth experience.  Notice, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Notice it was without form and void.  That is like so many lives today.  They are empty and confused, and they see themselves as worthless.  There is darkness everywhere we turn.  There is ignorance, sorrow, wickedness, and obscurity in so many lives.  But notice, God moved upon the face of the deep and said let there be light and there was light.  Every life is empty and void without God’s Spirit being upon and in it.  Yet once you are filled with His Spirit, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).  Jesus is the light that will get you out of darkness.

Sing:  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.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 14

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).

Today’s Morsel:  If someone were to ask you what does it mean to serve the Lord, what would you tell them? Joshua was saying to the people, If this is going to be troublesome, a burden, a weariness, and not a pleasure and delight to you to serve the Lord, then, choose you this day whom you will serve.  He said to them:  If you have found a better Lord and Master, a better Savior and Friend, a better Father and God whom serving him will be more pleasant and profitable to you, then move out and draw fire. But, he said, As for me and my house I haven’t found nor located such a one, and so I’m sticking with what I know is good and profitable for me and my family (My wordings).  What about you?  Is Jesus the best thing that has ever happened to you?  If so, then serve Him with a pure heart and serve Him fervently.

Sing:  I never had it so good before.  I never had it so good before.  Looking back on how things used to be, God has really been good to me.

Thought For Today: The ball is in your court.  It is your turn to serve!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 13

“But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” (Numbers 13:31-33).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the greatest enemies to peace is fear.  And fear is usually preceded by a heart that complains a lot.  People who complain a lot are really those who help the enemy with his goals.  The children of Israel had complained so much in the wilderness that they couldn’t see themselves being victorious in anything that they tried to do.  When they went to spy out the promised land, they returned with an evil report.  It wasn’t a negative report, it was an evil report.  The reason it was evil was that it went against what God had said.  As anything that goes against the Word of God is evil because its origin is Satan.  That’s why fear is evil, it is from Satan and it torments you (1 John 4:18).  The ten spies' report was all evil.  Nothing good was said.  They just focused on the evil and it destroyed the faith of the people.  They made no mention of the how the land was flowing with milk and honey as God had said.  So be careful what you report because God isn't pleased when His people give their enemy more glory then Him.

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

Thought For Today:  Control your complaining because it has the tendency to discourage others.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 12

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me” 
(John 14:1).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that I am noticing more and more each day is just how troubled folks really are.  There are so many whose minds seem to be troubled about many things.  I believe that most peoples' physical problems are caused by their mental state.  I believe that if we can get people’s minds clear and stayed on Jesus, they can deal with their physical infirmities.  Daniel said that the enemy’s goal is to wear out the saint of the most-high (Daniel 7:25).  If Satan can get you to focus on the world and what is taking place in it, he knows that your mind will be troubled and you’ll lose your focus. Therefore, to keep him from defeating you, why don’t you get into the habit of daily prayer, praise, and worship to God.  And don’t you worry about the things of the world, let God handle that! 

Sing: When I look into Your holiness.  When I gaze into to Your loveliness.  When all things that surround become shadows in the light of You.  When I find the joy of reaching Your heart. When my will becomes enthroned in Your love.  And all things that surround become shadows in the light of You.
I worship You.  I worship You.  The reason I live, is to worship You.

Thought For Today: He’ll keep you in perfect peace if you keep your mind on Him.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 10

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

Today’s Morsel:  I have become so concerned for my nation that I’m about to run out of prayers for her.  The foundation that she was built upon seems to be coming a part at the seams.  Betsy Ross, who is credited with sewing the flag, would probably be saddened if she saw what is happening to it.  But this is nothing new.  Daniel had already prophesied, “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. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end” (Daniel 7:25-26).  The attacks against righteousness will not cease.  So what do the righteous do if the foundation is destroyed?  We stay the course.  We keep preaching the infallible word of God. We keep reaching for the lost and having compassion on others.  We just keep building the wall, because the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church.

Sing:  Standing on the promises of Christ my King.  Through eternal ages let His praises ring.  Glory in the highest I will shout and sing.  Standing on the promises of God.
 Standing, standing, standing on the promises of Christ my savior.  Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God.

Thought For Today: Stay the course.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 9

“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him” (Nahum 1:7).

Today’s Morsel:   Someone said that Jesus is better than Campbell Soup, He’s MM-MMMM-Good!  Of the adjectives that the writers of the Bible seem to use to describe God, they always seem to use the word good. David would say that He is more to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold.  Asaph would say “Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart” (Psalms 73:1).  Because God is no respecter of persons, He is good to all whose heart is pure towards him.  God is good even if others aren’t.  You can’t take away from God who He is, it is just part of his nature.  Where do you go in time of trouble?  The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous can run in to it and be safe.  All because He is good.

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

Thought For Today: God is good.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 8

“For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:8-11).

Today’s Morsel:  What do you do to make your love grow more in Christ and towards others?  I’m often taken aback when I hear people say that they went to a church and did not feel love.  Now, I can understand this if the person knows nothing about Christ, and they don’t feel love from those who say that they do know Him.  But if the person who makes the statement confesses to being a Christian and says such, then I have a problem with that statement because they should not be seeking for love but giving love.  God is love, and as His child we give His love to others.  Paul told the Philippians that he prayed that their love may abound more and more in knowledge and in all judgment.  In other words, as their love abounded, so their knowledge would be increased, and their judgment in spiritual things would be better informed and established.  Some Christians are more affectionate, and less knowing, while others are more knowing and less affectionate.  Therefore, when our love for Christ grows our knowledge and judgment should keep pace.

Sing:  I love Him. I love Him. Because He first loved me. He purchased my salvation on Calvary.

Though For Today: The more you love the more you’ll know.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 7

“When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee” (Proverbs 2:10-11).

Today’s Morsel:  How much do you value the gospel since you have been born-again?  I’m afraid that many so-called Christians are not aware of what the gospel came with.  In writing to the Hebrews, Paul stated, "But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak” (Hebrews 6:9).  When you became born-again, wisdom should have entered your heart and mind.  Again, Paul stated, “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance…” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).  The gospel makes a man or woman wise and discreet in their everyday living, and in their conduct and manners.  The discretion that the gospel gives will put you on guard to watch yourself and direct you to watch against every error, and every false way.  And so, Solomon says, discretion will watch over you to keep thee from every pernicious way of wrong doctrine and its teachings.  If you want to see eternal salvation, then you must allow discretion to preserve you and understanding keep you.

Sing:  Jesus hold my hand; Lord I need Thee every hour. Through this pilgrim land, protect me by Thy saving power.  Hear my feeble plea, O’ Lord look down on me.  When I kneel in prayer, I know I’ll meet you there. Blessed Jesus hold my hand.

Thought For Today: Keep discretion around your neck.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 6

 “Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him” (Proverbs 27:22).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that I liked when I was stationed in the military in Japan was they would have ceremonies where we pounded rice into mochi, Japanese rice cakes.  The rice was pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape.  It was time-consuming but fun.  Solomon said that the same way that you can grind and pound wheat into bread, and it will still be wheat, so the same will be with a foolish person. You can grind and pound him with the word of God and yet he will not depart from his foolishness.  The same way that wheat must be pounded and ground into bread, you can do the same to a fool and he’s still going to remain a fool.  And so, he says, “Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7).  In other words, if he won’t accept the word of God, leave him alone. Why you may ask?  Because fools make a mock at sin and you can become like him - foolish.

Sing: He was wounded for our transgression, He was bruised for our iniquities. Surely, He bore all our sorrows and by His stripes we are healed.

Thought For Today:  The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God…” (Psalms 14:1)

Monday, November 5, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker -2018 November 5

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?” (John 3:1-10).

Today’s Morsel:  Sometimes the best way to get the answer to the questions that you may have is to ask someone.  Sometimes even in meetings or Bible studies, people will have questions, but they will not raise their hand to get clarification to their lack of understanding because of fear.  Nicodemus knew that Jesus’ teaching was something deeper than he understood.  He knew that he was missing something and that he did not have a clear understanding of what Jesus was talking about or referring to.  And so he went to Jesus by night while others could not see him.  Sometimes people will do this is meetings or studies, they will wait until others are gone and then they will ask the instructor to clarify their questions because they don’t like to appear "stupid". After Nicodemus' discussion with Jesus, he was converted to a believer in Christ (See John 7:50-51; John 19:39-40).  So we see that his questions were not "stupid", but just the opposite; his questions lead him to a clearer understanding of truth.  Do have confusion or questions about the word of God?  If so, why not get alone with a pastor or teacher that you trust and get your questions answered.

Sing: Show me the way, that I may walk with You.  Show me the way, that I may talk with You.  The cry of my heart is to know You more, live by the touch of Your hand, stronger each day, show me the way.

Thought For Today:  The only dumb question is the one not asked.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 3

“By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone” (Proverbs 25:15).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that lawyers try to teach their clients when they are facing trial before a jury is to use kind words and present themselves in a remorseful way.  It’s amazing to me how many people who think nothing of the ways of Christ seem to want them when they are in trouble.  Wouldn’t it be much better if they used them before they needed them, so they wouldn’t have to be coached how to use them when they are in trouble?  Solomon said that a soft tongue breaketh the bones.  One of the reasons that most parents will not spank their child when they have done wrong and the child starts crying and says through tears that they are sorry, is that it touches the parent's heart.  In writing to the church at Corinth, Paul states: “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).  Godly sorrow works repentance!  True remorsefulness can be seen and brings about change,  so don’t think you can fake it.  

Sing:  Hear my cry O’ God, attend unto my prayer. From the ends of the earth will I cry unto Thee.  And when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I, so much higher than I.

Thought For Today: A soft tongue defers anger.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 2

“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8-10).

Today’s Morsel:  I often ponder on which one of the fruits of the Spirit does it seem that most Christians are deficient within their lives.  And to my sad surprise, I seem to come up with the same answer, most struggle with all of them.  Why do so many struggles with the development of God's character within themselves?  Why aren’t they reproducing?  Jesus tells us why in Luke chaper 8.  He said that His word is falling by the wayside, it is falling on rocks and among thorns.  In other words, the people once born-again are not letting go of the world and its ways.  They are not committing themselves to the things of God.  They are still inundated with cares and concerning of this life and it is choking the word from them.  If we desire to be like Christ and display His character in us, then we must repent and commit to Him and His ways or we will die.

Sing:  Change my heart O’ God, make it ever new. Change my heart O’ God, may I be like You.

Thought For Today: Christian character requires His seed in you.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 1

“But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing” 
(1 Peter 3:14-17).

Today’s Morsel:  I seem to encounter many folks today who seem to be plagued with troubled minds.  They say that they are having trouble sleeping at night. They just don’t seem to be able to rest well.  They are troubled about things they’ve done wrong in the past. Troubled about things that others are saying and thinking about them.  Troubled about their families, churches, and loved ones.  Troubled about promotions and job concerns. They are like Martha, troubled about many things (Luke 10:38-42).  Peter says that we ought to have a good conscience.  You see, a good conscience is a focused conscience.  It is a conscience that has hidden God’s word in their heart.  Isaiah said that He will keep you in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him (Isaiah 26:3).  The best way to keep a clear conscience is to stay focused on Christ because in this world there are going to be those things that will trouble you, yet when your mind is fixed on Jesus He keeps you in perfect peace.  Always remember, if your heart condemns you, God is greater than your heart (1 John 3:20).

Sing:  I've got my mind made up to serve the Lord. I’ve got my mind made up to serve the Lord. I’ve got my mind made up to serve the Lord, I’ve got my mind made up to serve the Lord.

Thought For Today:  A troubled mind is an unfocused mind.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 31

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat” (Genesis 3:1-13).

Today’s Morsel:  Most Christians do not have a clear understanding of this story which was written for our learning.  If you will notice, the overall premise here is how Satan works to get us to go against God’s word and to cause us to think that there is no consequence for disobedience to God’s word.  Eve knew what God had said.  But she allowed herself to be tricked into thinking that nothing would happen.  Somewhat like today. More people are listening to what Satan says and his ways, than what God says.  God’s word tells us, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11).  Halloween represents darkness and we must understand that.  If you have been born again of the water and the spirit, you are the children of the day, you are not of the night nor the ways of darkness.  Satan's ways are dark and deceptive.   Jesus said that if your light be darkness, how great is that darkness (Matthew 6:23)?  Don’t choose the ways of darkness for a piece of candy.  Remember it was the partaking of the forbidden fruit that got Adam and Eve kicked out of the Garden of Eden.  Choose Christ and His ways, and He will keep you out of darkness.

Sing:  This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.  This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let in shine.   

Thought For Today:  Don’t let the treat trick you.