Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 17

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore” (Psalms 121:1-8).

Today’s Morsel:  I seem to get more calls at the church from people asking for help at Christmas time than any other time of the year.  I wonder if they think that people are more generous during Christmas than at other times?   Where do you look when you need help?  Do you look to the church, others, or do you look to God?  The psalmist said, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved.”  He knew where his help came from.  The Lord.  And he said that the Lord would not suffer him to be moved.  As Christians, we should realize that God is our helper, we need to know that our help comes from Him.  The Psalmist tells us, “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Psalms 50:14-15).  Writing to the Hebrews Paul states, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5-6).  Do you know where your help comes from?  You can depend on God.

Sing: I trust in God, wherever I may be; upon the land or on the raging sea.  For come what may from day to day, my Heavenly Father watches over, over me.
I trust in God, I know He cares for me; upon the land or on the stormy sea.  Though billows roar, He keeps my soul.  My Heavenly Father watches over, over, me.

Thought For Today:  Our help comes from the Lord.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 16

“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:1-7)

Today’s Morsel:  Pride seems to be center stage these days. Parents tells their kids they are proud of them.  Teachers tell their students they are proud of them.  Coaches tell their athletes they are proud of them.  Commanders tell their soldiers they are proud of them.  And if we are not careful, we can allow that pride to enter our hearts and cause us to think more highly of ourselves then we should.  Paul told Timothy that in the last days men would be proud (2 Timothy 3:1-2). To me, pride is one of those downhill snowball affects.  It starts out small but increases with the more accolades that are given and received.  Solomon tells us that everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.  He goes on to tell us, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, …” (Proverbs 6:16-17). God hates pride.  We must not allow pride to become a part of our lives.  When we are told how good we do things, we must remain humble before our God and others.  A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit (Proverbs 29:23).

Sing: What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus.  What can make me whole again?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow; no other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Thought For Today: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

Monday, January 15, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 15

“For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality” (2 Corinthians 8:12-14).

Today’s Morsel:  Today in America and around the world we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King has been labored as a champion for Civil Rights for all.  In his famous "I have a dream speech," he cried from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, "One day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed...that all men are created equal."  Dr. King was speaking to a crowd of 250,000 black and white Americans that shared his dream of equality.  As a Baptist minister, he knew the scripture stated that God created everyone equally and that man did not have the right to change it.  I believe that he knew that if he could get those who say that they are Christians and those who knew what the constitution of America stated to listen, then there would be a change with equality within the land for all people, regardless of race, creed, or origin.   In writing to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul wanted them to understand equality.  He told them that at the present you can provide more because you are blessed while other churches are not.  Yet he wanted them to know that that could change and they could become dependent on others.  The same is true with how we treat people.  James tells us, “If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors” (James 2:8-9).  We never know when the shoe might be on the other foot.  Jesus said that we should always do unto others as we would have them do unto us.  

Sing: You’re my brother you’re my sister, so take me by the hand, together we will work until He comes; There’s no foe that can defeat us, when we are walking side by side, as long as there is love, we can stand.

Thought For Today:  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Jesus Christ).

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 13

"Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak” (Psalms 12:1-2).

Today’s Morsel:  I preached a message many years ago from this passage entitled, “Where Have All The Good Men Gone?”  My wife and daughter still joke about it today because at the time they say the title was a downer; perhaps it was the setting!   I usually try to preach with edification as I know that folks need encouragement, but I may have to preach it again because this scripture seems to be on center stage in the church as well as in the world today.  God told Ezekiel, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30).  You see, to be a godly man is to reflect Jesus Christ in one’s life.  It is to be a man that will stand upon every vow that he takes.  It is to be a man with integrity and uprightness.  It is to be a man with strong character and commitment to follow Christ. It is to be a man that will lead his family in all the ways of God.  If you fit the above categories, you are a godly man and the one that God and the world need and are looking for.  We need good and godly men in our world today.  I ask again today, Where have all the good men gone?   

Sing:  To be like Jesus. To be like Jesus. On earth I long to be like Him.  All through life’s journey, from earth to glory, I only ask to be like Him.

Thought For Today: His character is reflected in your actions (Parker).

Friday, January 12, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 12

“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad” (Proverbs 12:25)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the most important gifts that came with the Holy Ghost, and is probably not used the way that it should be, is the of the gift of exaltation.  Ask yourself, how many of you when you wake up in the morning begin your day by saying to yourself, “I’m going to see how many people I can make happy today?”  Probably none of us do this.  But think about how many people we could impact if we used this gift. Sometimes, by just listening or offering to purchase someone a meal we could change a life.  Sharing a clean humorous joke or helping someone with a task or chore.  The right words spoken at the right time can reach down inside and pull hurt from folks if used right and lifting them up.  Solomon said that heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.  We have been given power to know how to speak.   We must realize that death and life are in the power of our tongue.  If we listen to hear and not answer, we can help a whole lot of folk.  Purpose to use this gift from God for the remaining 354 days of 2018!  What a powerful gift we have been given to impact our world.  

Sing:  Say the name of Jesus.  Say the name so precious.  No other name I know, that can calm your fears, dry your tears and wipe away the pain.  When you don’t know what else to say, and you just can’t find words to say, just say the name.

Thought For Today:  Death and life are in the power of the tongue. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 11

“In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain? For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright” (Psalms 11:1-7).

Today’s Morsel:  They say that if you see a crack begin to form in the corner of your house, the foundation or the cornerstone was not laid properly and that there isn’t much you can do from that point but pray that it doesn’t get worst. David asked the question that if the foundation be destroyed what can the righteous do?  There has been a move lately in many nations to remove the foundation by which it was established.  Solomon admonished, “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set” (Proverbs 22:28).  If the gospel of Jesus Christ that was set forth by the apostles of Jesus Christ on the Day of Pentecost in 30 AD, the foundation of the church, is removed what can the righteous do?  I believe as Isaiah said, that when the foundation is destroyed, the foundations of government are despised and disregarded; judgment is perverted, and justice stands afar off; the doctrines and principles of religion are derided and subverted; so that there is no standing, either in a political or religious sense (See Isaiah 59).  Therefore, we must ensure that we are preaching and teaching truth so that people’s lives are built on something solid and that there will be no shifting or cracks.  On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand!  

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 God my Savior.  Standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God.

Thought For Today: Keep standing for truth.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 10

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:22-27).

Today’s Morsel:  The older I get; the more my flesh seems to locate more pain.  Sometimes I want to complain about it, but then I think about Job, the Disciples of Christ, Paul, and Jesus Christ Himself, and I say to myself, it’s just weakness leaving the body.  Paul said, "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." In other words, we are in a world of misery and death.  David said, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all” (Psalms 34:19). Paul told the church at Thessalonica, “But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention” (1 Thessalonians 2:2).  The apostles preached the word with much contention, and the Gentiles received it in much affliction and the Holy Ghost (1 Thessalonians 1:6).   Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.  Gird up your loins and be ready, we are going to have painful situations and circumstances while we wait for Jesus to come, so we might as well get used to it and see it as weakness leaving the body.  

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

Thought For Today:  Pain is just weakness leaving the body. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 9

“And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve. And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it…And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:11-14;20-24).

Today’s Morsel:  Many have tried to determine why Jesus cursed the fig tree when it was not the time for figs to be on the tree?  The tree had leaves but no figs.  In some places, figs grow on the fig tree before the leaves.  This isn’t a story to make you think that Jesus doesn’t know what He was doing, nor is it an error in His word; He’s God, and He created the fig tree, so He knows when the tree should bear. The story isn’t about no figs on the fig tree and Jesus being hungry.  The story is to draw our attention to the importance of believing when we pray.  As we see Jesus’ answer to Peter when Peter told him the tree was withered away that he cursed.  To which Jesus replied, “Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."   Faith requires you to simply take God at His word.

Sing: Faith can move mountains, Mountains of fear and of doubt.  Faith can move mountains, so why don’t you try your faith out.

Thought For Today:  Faith requires you to take God at His word.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 8

“And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant. But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused. And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD. In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing. And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way. But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him. And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed. But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither. And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow” 
(2 Kings 5:15-27).

Today’s Morsel:  The story of Naaman the leper is not only a story of hope, healing, and deliverance; but also a story that shows us what happens when God’s servants desire riches and material things than Him.  When Elisha refused to take gifts from Naaman the Syrian, his servant Gehazi ran after him to take it for himself.  And he lied to Naaman to obtain them.  But when he returned to his master, Elisha, Elisha asked him where he had been.  He again lied and told him nowhere.  Elisha replied and told him, "My heart didn’t go with you. I saw when Naaman turn to meet you.  Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and olive yards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?  The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed forever."  And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.   Leprosy is often associated with sin.  I wonder just how many people are running after Satan, going after riches and material possessions not realizing they are bringing sin upon themselves and their children forever.  Not realizing that God's heart is not with them, and that judgment will come upon them.  Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and He will add everything else you have need of.   

Sing: There are millions in this world who are craving the pleasure earthly things afford, but none can match the wondrous treasure that I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.
Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord! Come and quench this thirsting of my soul; bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more, Here's my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

Thought For Today: Nothing compares to God’s riches.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 6

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Today’s Morsel:  Why is it that we put our trust in things and others over God?  We get into an airplane, fly at 35,000 feet in the air, trusting the aircraft and pilot and give it no thought.  We get into our automobiles, drive 70-80 Miles Per Hour, trusting in the tires, brakes, and other gadgets and don’t give it a second thought.  We go to the doctor, listen to what they say, allow them to tell us what to do, then take and we trust their opinion.  Yet when it comes to God, who has our best at heart, died so that we could live,  we question His existence and His ability to heal, deliver, provide, and save. We fret and worry over situations that come our way, rather than trust that He has a purpose and a plan and has our expected end in mind.  We must get to the point that we trust God always and not lean unto our own understanding. 

Sing:  I trust in God, wherever I may be, upon the land, or on the raging sea.  For come what may, from day to day, my Heavenly Father, watches over, over me.  And I trust in God, I know He cares for me, upon the land, or on the stormy sea.  For come what may, from day to day, my Heavenly Father watches over, over me.

Thought For Today:  Trust God. He knows what He’s doing.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 5

“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7:8).

Today’s Morsel:  If you follow football, I’m sure you have seen s0me disappointed faces when a team who is ahead lost in the last few seconds of a game.  Those that were rejoicing and excited about a possible win over their opponent, found themselves holding their heads in unbelief of their team's loss.  Every finger pointed, and every word spoken again their opponents must now be eaten.  Micah states, ““Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7:8).  This should be the attitude of every born-again believers.  You must let Satan and his demonic force know that you aren’t going to stay down when you get knocked down.  They need to know that you will get back up; and that God will be with you in every situation and circumstance that looks dark and bleak.  We are more than conquerors, we WIN!  

Sing: There is power in the name of Jesus!  There is power in the name of Jesus!  There is power in the name of Jesus! To break every chain, to break every chain, to break every chain.

Thought For Today:  Love will still pick you up.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 4

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also” 
(Matthew 23:25-26).

Today’s Morsel:  When I enlisted in the army, one of the tasks that every soldier had to do during basic training was to pull “Kitchen Police” (KP).  Even when performing the duty, they called us KPs.  One of the duties that all KPs wanted to avoid was pots and pans because this was the most tedious duty in the kitchen.  Somehow, I seemed to find myself on that team.  And the cooks would always check the inside of the pots and pans after they were washed to ensure that they were clean before the pots were put away or used again to ensure their cleanliness.  Jesus told the religious leaders that they were cleaning the outside first instead of the inside.  He said they looked clean without, but their insides were still a mess.  He told them to get the inside clean first and then the outside would be also.  Each of us must make sure that we do not only appear as Christians outward, we must be Christians first inward.  True Christians cleanse their inward man first.  The Word is still the best cleansing agent.  Allow it to cleanse you from the inside out.

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

Thought For Today: The Word is still the best cleansing agent. (Parker) 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 3

“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war” (Job 38:22-23)?

Today’s Morsel:  I like snow.  And here in Wisconsin where I live, we seem to get our share of it.  I don't think it would be winter if we didn’t have snow.  When Job was going through his troubles, he wanted to see God so he could present his case.  When God began to question Job, God asked him, “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war.”  God shows us that He has a purpose and plan for everything that He’s created.  Snow here is represented as something which is laid up like a treasure and kept in reserve for use when God will require it.  The simple appeal to Job here is whether he could explain the phenomena of snow and hail.  Could he tell how they were formed?  Where they came from?  How they were preserved, and how they were sent forth to execute the purposes of God?  The idea is that all that pertained to the snow was distinctly understood by God and that these were facts which Job did not know of, and which he could not explain.  Let’s be careful what we may want to ask God.  He may ask us some questions in return that we don’t know the answer to.  So learn to trust God and just enjoy the snow!

Sing:  Have Thine own way Lord, have Thine own way, Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.  Mold me and make me, after Thy Will, while I am waiting yielded and still.

Thought For Today: God’s ways aren’t ours.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 2

“Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God” (Romans 7:1-4)

Today’s Morsel:  Marriage vows are important to God. And Paul uses this analogy to show how the law works.  He said that as long as a married couple is alive they are bound by the laws of their marriage vows.  But if one of them dies, they are not.  It takes two to tango.  When we die, Paul said, we are not bound by the law.  When we see our sin and repent of our sins, we die to the wrongs of those sins and this world, and we no longer need a rule book to tell us right from wrong because we are dead.  Because we are dead, doing wrong should no longer be in our life.  We now live the rest of our life unto Christ.  

Sing: The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul, the testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple, more to be desired are they than gold, much fine gold, sweeter also than the honey and the honeycomb.

Thought For Today:  Dead people don’t do wrong (Parker)

Monday, January 1, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 1

“And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank” (Genesis 32:22-32).

Today’s Morsel:  Did you get ahold of God before you crossed over into this New Year to see what God wanted you to do?  Jacob had to cross over the forge Jabbok, but he needed some answers.  While he wrestled with the Lord all night until the breaking of day, Jacob held on even in pain and suffering and came away with three new promises. First, he would have a new name, Israel.  Second, he had seen God and his life was preserved.  And third, he would have a new walk.  What promises did God have for you for this new year?  Did you spend time with Him to find about them?  

Sing: Victory ahead!  Victory ahead!  Through the blood of Jesus, there's victory ahead.  Trusting in the Lord, I hear the Conquer's tread, by faith I see the victory head.

Thought For Today:  Remember, you have never passed this way before.
HAPPY & BLESSED 2018!