Thursday, December 13, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 13

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Today’s Morsel:  Sometimes when we read scripture, we can get sidetracked by the adjectives, adverbs, or nouns instead of whom the writer is writing about. Somewhat like when we read Matthew 28:19, which says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  If we are not careful, we can think that we are doing what was said and miss what we were commanded to do.  You know the old saying, “I know you think you understood what I said, but I’m not sure you understood what I meant.”  For example, Isaiah said "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."  If you will notice, both Isaiah and Matthew use the word, ‘name’ instead of the actual name of the person they were talking about.  Therefore, we must get an understanding of the one whom they are talking about when they say 'name'.  Well, the apostles John and Paul help us with our understanding. “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him”  (1 Corinthians 8:6); “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).  His name is Jesus.  

Sing:  His name is Wonderful, His name is Wonderful, His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord. He's the Great Shepherd, the Rock of All Ages, Almighty God is He. Bow down before Him, love and adore Him. His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord.

Thought For Today: The truth shall make you free.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 12

“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. 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 43:7-11)

Today’s Morsel:  Are you really a true witness for Christ?  John wrote, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full” (1 John 1:1-4).  If we are His witnesses shouldn't we Him?  If we are His witnesses shouldn't we believe in Him?  If we are His witnesses, shouldn't we testify of Him before others?  If you know where the righteousness, goodness, truth, and salvation is, don’t hide it, tell it.  To me, Christmas is the best time to be His witnesses by all those who say that they know Him.   Let's go tell others about the Savior who they are celebrating this season.  

Sing: I love my Savior, He loves me too; I’ll seek His favor in everything that I do.

Thought For Today: The Day of Pentecost brought forth witnesses.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 11

"Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy." (1 Chronicles 29:9) 

Today’s Morsel:  Do you ever wonder why there are so many scriptures about rejoicing for the Christian? Well, the answer lies in the fact that God has given you a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.  Take for example that your team is losing and in the last two minutes they come back and win.  Suddenly you are no longer disappointed, but excited.  You have a smile on your face and you are elated.  You feel good about yourself and your team.  You are on your feet celebrating and rejoicing!  Well, if you understand this, then you should understand why God wants you to offer praise continually with your lips.  You are not a loser, nor does your team lose.  We win.  We’ve read the back of the book.  So stop giving in to the spirit of defeat and learn to rejoice.  Scripture says that the people offered willingly.  Nobody made them do it.  They did it willingly and David rejoiced that they did.  When you offer praise willingly and rejoice willingly because you love God, He rejoices that you do.  Don’t you always want to please God?  Then put on the garment of praise and rejoice!  

Sing:  Rejoice for the steps of a righteous man they are ordered of God, they are ordered of God.  Rejoice for the step of a righteous man they are ordered of God.

Thought For Today:  Praise still works.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 10

Today’s Morsel:  Throughout the Bible, when God spoke to men, many of them wanted a sign that He had talked with them.  Abraham’s servant prayed for God to honor the signs He had chosen to help him in the selection process for a wife for Isaac.  Gideon wanted a sign from God that he had been chosen by God to lead Israel.  Isaiah said, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  From just reading this verse, there would be no indication of any kind of a sign given.  A virgin having a child would be no big deal, as that is how children are supposed to be born, by virgins and not fornicators.  But the sign is found in the phrase of what she would call his name. Immanuel, which being interpreted is God with us. What sign are you waiting for?  An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, Jesus said (Matthew 12:39).  “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).   There’s your sign.  He is all the sign we need.  

Sing:  Emmanuel!  Emmanuel!  His name is called, Emmanuel! God with us, revealed in us, His name is called Emmanuel.

Thought For Today:  Immanuel, God with us.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 8

“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 3:1).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things we learn from scripture is that we must become doers of God’s word and not just hearers.  We know that God will come again as the angels told the apostles (Acts 1:10-11).  As born-again believers, we have been commissioned to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord (Mark 16:165-18).  We are now the voices in the wilderness. We are now the ones that must make straight the highway in the desert for our God.  We are now the sons and daughters that must prophesy and prepare His way, to give knowledge of salvation to the people for the remission of their sins.   The apostolic message preached by Peter on the Day of Pentecostal hasn’t changed (Acts 2:38-42).  It’s the message that we must proclaim and that everyone must hear and obey if they are going to be ready when He comes.  Have you received the Holy Ghost since you have believed?  Be a doer of the word.  

Sing: He’s coming soon, He’s coming soon, with joy we welcome His returning.  It may be morn, it may be night or noon, we know He’s coming soon.

Thought For Today: Get ready, Jesus is coming to town.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 7

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118:24).

Today’s Morsel:  I think that one of the reasons most people hate Monday is because they do not rejoice in it. David said, 'This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."  He didn’t identify which day was made by God, he knew that God made every day.  David knew that no matter what it was or what was taking place, whether it was a good day or an evil day, it was the day that God had made, and he was going to rejoice it.  I guess if we rejoice in the Lord always, we’ll enjoy the day.  Therefore, I conclude that whatsoever God does, whether it is to heal the sick or to allow to die, to break down or to build-up, to deliver, to provide for, or to give newness of life, it was already in His plan for that day and we should just rejoice in it.

Sing: This is the day!  This is the day! That the Lord hath made, that the Lord hath made.  We will rejoice, we will rejoice, and be glad in it, and be glad in it.  This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.  This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord hath made.

Thought For Today: Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 6

“O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth” (Psalms 96:9-13).

Today’s Morsel:  Paul Revere has been credited with giving the warning that the British were coming.  It was to alert the ‘Minutemen’ that the British forces were headed their way.  The Psalmist, many years before, had also given a warning to the people of the coming of the Lord.  His warning is repeated twice in the Psalm to show the certainty of Christ's coming and the importance of it, and the reason there was for joy and gladness because of it.  His coming was to save sinners, to procure peace, pardon, righteousness, and eternal life for all and therefore should be a source of great joy.  As Paul told Timothy, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15).  Aren’t you glad that He forgave you of your sin?  “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” Jesus said (John 15:11).

Sing:  I have found His grace is all complete He supplies my every need.  While I sit and learn at Jesus’ feet, I am free, yes free indeed.
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory, full of gory, full of glory.  It is joy unspeakable and full of glory, and the half hath never yet been told.

Thought For Today:  The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 5

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified” (Isaiah 61:1-3).

Today’s Morsel:  In his writing, Isaiah seems to expose Jesus Christ from the things that he would do when He came to the earth.  He seems to understand that the Messiah would come with a mission.  Not just to bring salvation, but also to restore that which the enemy had tried to destroy.  Luke would write, “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 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. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:14-21).  Aren’t you glad that this scripture is fulfilled in your ears and that you can receive restoration and salvation because of Christ’s coming?  What a revelation.  

Sing: He’s all I need!  He’s all I need!  Jesus is all I need!  He’s all I need!  He’s all I need! Jesus is all I need!

Thought For Today:  Revelation always proceeds transformation (Parker)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 4

“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee” (Proverbs 4:1-9).

Today’s Morsel:  In today’s world, so many seem to be void of wisdom in their lives.  For those who are born-again, it must not be so.  Paul told the church at Corinth that Jesus Christ was the wisdom and power of God (1 Corinthians 1:24).  Wisdom is the principle thing.   The most important thing in all religion is to know the one true God and what he requires of us.  We must know the purpose for which He created us.  To this, we must also know Jesus Christ and why He was sent.   He was sent to save His people from their sins.    No child of God should ever be void of wisdom.  A life that is void of wisdom is a life without Jesus Christ.

Sing:  Who is this who for our sorrow offers comfort and relief, bringing sunshine to the dark and shadowed life?  Saying softly, “Cease repining lift thy soul above its grief, let the peace past understanding still the strife.”
It is Jesus! Jesus!  Sad ones weep no more!  He will heal the brokenhearted, open wide the prison doors.  He is able to deliver evermore.

Thought For Today:  The deeper you go in Christ, the more wisdom you will know (Parker).

Monday, December 3, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 3

“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:1-2).

Today’s morsel:  The report of the coming Messiah was not accepted by everyone, somewhat like today. You can tell people that Jesus is coming again, yet many will not believe your report.  Isaiah said that Jesus would grow up as a tender plant and as a root out of the dry ground.  He goes on to tell us, “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious” (Isaiah 11:10).  The apostle Paul would inform us, “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people” (Romans 15:8-11).  The Jews did not receive the report, and for this reason, Jesus was not manifested to them as the promised Messiah.  Whose report will you believe?  I choose to believe the truth of God's word.

Sing:  Whose report will you believe? We shall believe the report of the Lord?  Whose report will you believe? We shall believe the report of the Lord.  His report says I am healed.  His report says I am filled.  His report says I am free, His report says victory.

Thought For Today:  Whose report will you believe?

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 1

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” 
(Genesis 3:15).

Today’s Morsel:  When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden by disobeying God and they ate of the forbidden fruit, the serpent is punished more severely for being the culprit.  He is cast to the ground and made to eat dust.  To eat dust is a sign of defeat.  God told the serpent that there would be a seed of a woman that would come and bruise his head.  Now the parable is this, Jesus said the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11). John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:1,14).  The one that would come to bruise Satan’s head would be Jesus Christ Himself, God manifested in flesh.  Satan is defeated through the birth of Jesus Christ.  

Sing: We have heard the joyful sound: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!  Spread the tidings all around: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!  Bear the news to every land, climb the steeps and cross the waves.  Onward! ‘Tis our Lord’s command; Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Thought For Today:  You can always smash Satan’s head with the word (Parker)