Monday, March 12, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 12

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's” (1 Corinthians 6:9-20)

Today’s Morsel:  When I was an Army Drill Instructor, one of the subjects I liked teaching was Basic Rifle Marksmanship.  Part of this training was to teach the soldiers how to apply immediate action procedures should their weapon fail to fire during combat.  After explaining the procedure and allowing the soldiers to practice them and also testing them on them, they were never to forget them.  To me, this is what most of Paul’s letters to the church are.  They are teaching us how to apply immediate action on the battlefield.  We are in a war whether we think we or not.  And we need to learn the immediate action procedures so that when we encounter a situation that could be detrimental to us, we know exactly what to do. Sometimes Paul tells us to flee.  In other words, run.  Other times, he tells us to stand strong.  While other times, he tells us to pray and to trust God.  We never know what we will encounter.  But if we know the correct procedure to apply, we will be victorious every time.

Sing:  O’ victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever.  He sought me and He bought me with His redeeming blood.  He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him.  He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood.

Thought For Today:  Immediate action can save your life (Parker).

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