Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 16 January 2019

Grace

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

Today’s Morsel:  Not only is ‘Grace’ God’s unmerited favor in our lives, but it is also His divine influence working in our lives.  How we handle what we are going through and facing will determine how much of His grace is in us and how we see it.  I like to think of God’s grace this way:  It is His goodness, rest, assurance, compassion, and example that He has set before me for my good.  If His grace is sufficient, then we have nothing to fear or worry about.  So, rejoice!

Sing:  Grace! Grace! God’s grace.  Grace that will pardon and cleanse within.  Grace! Grace! God’s grace. Grace that is greater than all our sin.


Thought For Today:  Weakness equals strength in the Lord!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 15 January 2019

The Dream

“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:16-17)

Today’s Morsel:  Today, we celebrate and honor a man who was willing to sacrifice for all Americans, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King is not only credited for his many marches for equality and against racial injustice, but also for his ‘I Have A Dream Speech’ at the Lincoln Memorial, in August 1963.  What a great speech that should be read by all repeatedly.  Each year at this time, I am reminded why we must act to keep the dream alive.  And here’s why.  Because equality and justice are built when we work together, play together, and serve each other.  It helps us to resist and eradicate bigotry, disunity, and unrighteousness from our workplaces, military, schools, and communities.  We must continue to celebrate this day so that every generation will have knowledge of the progress we as a country have made and will live to make things better. And so that every generation will realize their role in keeping the dream alive.
Sing: My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.  Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrims' pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.

Thought For Today: “Let Freedom Ring!”

Monday, January 14, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 January 2019

The Gentle Touch

And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them” (Matthew 8:14-15)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the fruits of the Spirit is gentleness.  When I am praying for others, I often ask myself if I am being to be demonstrative.  One of the things that we find about Jesus in scripture is that sometimes He touched people without making a scene and they were healed.  I believe that when we are led by the Spirit of God, He will lead us to pray for others and to touch others in His name without making a scene. And when we do, it will be through that gentle touch that they will be made whole.  Scripture says, “And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her.”  He just touched her hand.  A gentle touch. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).  When we minister to others it is for them to receive from God, not for others to see us.  So they know He has touched them.  

Sing: He touched me, and O’ the joy that floods my soul.  Something happened, and now I know, Jesus touched me and made me whole.


Thought For Today:  The Fruit of the Spirit is gentleness. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 12 January 2019

Sight Without Vision

“And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” 
(2 Kings 6:15-17).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things I see a lot of in the church today is that folks have sight but no vision.  To have vision is to have divine communication, prophecy, and revelation.  It is without vision that one perishes. When Jesus asked His disciples who did men say that He was (Matthew 16:13)?  It was Peter who had vision. While the others saw Jesus, they did not know.  And Jesus said to Peter, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 16:17). Continual sin in a person who says that they are born-again, is a life without vision.  Clear your vision by seeking the Lord daily, drawing close to Him through prayer and reading of the word.  When you seek Him, you find who He is.  

Sing:  Open the eyes of my heart Lord, Open the eyes of my heart, I want to see You, I want to see You.  Open the eyes of my heart Lord, Open the eyes of my heart, I want to see You, I want to see You.  To see You high and lifted up, shining in the light of Your Glory.  Pour out Your power and love as we sing holy, holy, holy.  I want to see You.

Thought For Today: Sight without vision is dangerous (Parker)


Friday, January 11, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 January 2019

Divine Protection

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee” (Psalms 91:1-7).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about insurance companies is that they all offer you protection.  And they will all tell you they will be there when you need them.  Well, I have found that to not always be the case. Some of them will give you the runaround and never come through.  But it’s not that way with Jesus.  The psalmist said that God will protect us and deliver us. God won’t give you the run around when you need Him. He is always as close as the mention of His name. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).  Are you under the shadow of His wing?  He is a sure assurance.  You can trust in Him for protection.  

Sing:  I am covered, covered, covered by His blood.  Walking by faith, living in love. I am covered, covered, covered by His blood, Jesus has rescued me.


 Thought For Today: Your protection is in the name.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 10 January 2019

Battle of Life

“And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host. And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian” (Judges 7:14-15).

Today’s Morsel:  How do you feel when you overhear a conversation and others are talking about you?  This is what happened to Gideon.  He was chosen by God to lead Israel, but his confidence was not to the level of the task, and so God allowed him to hear what his enemy was saying about him to encourage him.  What battle are you facing today?  Sometimes when that still small voice you hear inside of you speaks to you, it may be God using your inner self to encourage you to the task He has chosen you to do.  Be still and listen to His voice today.

Sing:  Victory is mine!  Victory is mine!  Victory today is mine!  I told Satan, to get thee behind.  Victory today is mine.


Thought For Today:  God never calls us to a task that He’s not with us.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 January 2019

Strong Man Weak Man

“And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him” (Judges 13:24).

Today’s Morsel:  When most people hear about Samson, they relate him to his strength and his fall at the hand of Delilah and the Philistines.  Samson was blessed by God.  Therefore, he should have been strong in character, but he became foolish, putting his confidence in his strength and not in the ways of the God that gave him that strength.  Sad to say, many folks are like Samson today, strong in worldliness but weak in character and holiness.  Where do you fit on the scale?  Let's build our confidence in God and not in the fame and wealth of this temporary world.  

Sing:  He gives strength to me, as I worship Him, as my heart is filled with praise.  Jesus breaks the bands when I raise my hands, He gives glorious victory.


Thought For Today:  Know whose lap you are laying your head in.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 8 January 2019

Worshiping Dogs

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” 
(John 4:24).

Today’s Morsel:  The Greek word for worship is proskuneō (pros-koo-neh'-o), which means to kiss, like a dog licking his masters hand.  Most owners who have a dog as a pet realize how faithful they are by their continual kissing or licking of their face and hands. Throughout scripture, the Gentiles were seen and called dogs.  Now that you are born-again, what does Jesus, as your Master, use to determine your faithfulness to Him?  Are you willing to become like a dog and worship him as a dog does its master?

Sing:  I love you Lord, and I lift my voice to worship You.  O’ my soul rejoice, take joy my King, in what You hear; let it be a sweet, sweet, sound in your ear.
 We exalt Thee! We exalt Thee! We exalt Thee, O’ Lord. We exalt Thee! We exalt Thee! We exalt Thee, O’ Lord.


Thought For Today: Love and respect for Christ lead to true worship.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 7 January 2019

Skip or Dip

“And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean” (2 Kings 5:10-14).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about success is that it can make you prideful.  Naaman was a great commander and a man used by God.  So by all account, he was a successful person.  His problem was, he was a leper.  Yet when he was told where he could receive healing, he didn’t like the instructions given to him.  Go dip seven times in the Jordan river.  Elisha didn’t care if he dipped or not.  He could either skip or dip, it was his choice and his decision.  The same is true with us.  Jesus said, “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48).  Notice, Jesus isn’t going to judge you if you do or don’t do what His word says, He simply says, you’ll see and hear it again.  John said, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works… And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12,15).  We can either skip what God’s word says, or we can dip deeper into it and do it.  God has given us His word and He simply leaves that choice to us whether or not we obey what it says.  As for me and my house, we have chosen to obey.  

Sing:  Are you washed in the blood?  In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?  Are your garments spotless, are the white as snow? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


Thought For Today:  Skip or dip, the choice is yours.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 5 January 2019

Priority

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

Today’s Morsel:  Every time I go to purchase an airline ticket, they always want to know if I want to purchase priority seating.  When I ask what does that mean?  They say that you get to board first, and your seat will offer you more leg room.  Even though I might be treated more important by their standard, I always want to say to them, I don’t think that’s priority.  To me, priority is what Paul wrote to the church, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). Friend that’s priority boarding and seating.

Sing:  I’ll fly away, Oh glory! I’ll fly away.  When I see Jesus coming after me, I’ll fly away.


Thought For Today:  You won't have to worry about leg room on flight 416.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 4 January 2019


Disqualified

“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” (1 Corinthians 6:9-12).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about eternal salvation is that once you are born again, you cannot go back to your old ways and expect to enter heaven.  If you say that Jesus has brought you deliverance and salvation, what did He deliver and save you from?  The things you did prior to your deliverance and salvation may be lawful in this earth, but remember God’s ways aren’t like ours.  He has called us to come out and be separate.  

 Sing: I’m going through, yes, I’m going through.  I’ll pay the price no matter what others do.  I take the way of the Lord's despised few.  I started out with Jesus and I’m going through.


Thought For Today:  Don’t let the Green Grass fool you.  You can't fit in and get in!!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 3 January 2019

Admission

“Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:7-9)

Today’s Morsel:  I’ve noticed that the admission fees to get into the places that I want to see or visit are getting pricier.  But when I ask why, no one seems to be able to give me an answer.  We hear a lot of jokes about the apostle Peter being at the pearly gates letting people in, but I’m not sure that this is the case.  Jesus said I am the door.  That means the only way in is by Him.  He told Nicodemus, “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” (John 3:5).  That’s the admission charge; no one will just be able to waltz into heaven without being born again.  You can’t pay an admission fee for yourself or someone else to get in.

Sing: I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter his courts with praise.  I will say that this is the day that the Lord hath made, I will rejoice for he has made me glad. He has made me glad, He has made me glad, I will rejoice for he has made me glad. He has made me glad, He has made me glad, I will rejoice for he has made me glad.


Thought For Today:  You can’t pay for anyone to get into heaven.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2 January 2019

Spiritual Abundance

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

Today’s Morsel:  Often we hear in the political realm that one party is called liberals because they seem to want to give away everything for free.  We should not suppose that by giving liberally we will be impoverished and reduced to want.  But rather, we should confide in God who is able to furnish us abundantly with what is needful for our necessities.  God can impart to us those things which are needful for our welfare.  If we give liberally, according to His will, we can expect that God will furnish us with the means, so that we will be able to abound more and more.  Paul states in Acts 20:35, “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive”.  Therefore, we who give should have faith in God who can supply all our needs according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus.

Sing:  You, can’t beat God’s giving, no matter how you try.  For just as sure, as you are giving, the Lord is a giver on high.  The more you give, the more He’ll give to you; so, keep on giving because His word is true.  You can’t beat God’s giving, no matter how you try.

Thought For Today:  There are no limits in His storehouse (Parker)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 1 January 2019

A New Start

“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you” 
(Exodus 12:1-2).

Today’s Morsel: Every day that I live and get to see a new year, it reminds me just how good God truly is.  I know that I made some mistakes the year prior, but now I can start afresh and anew.  We have been given a chance for a new start.  The Bible tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). You have an opportunity to start over, so what are you going to do with this new opportunity the Lord has given you?

Sing: Hallelujah Thine to glory! Hallelujah Amen! Hallelujah Thine to glory! Revive us again.


Thought For Today:  Repentance… A New Start