Saturday, September 21, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 21 September 2019


Phony
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” (Job 13:15-16)

Today’s Morsel:  Job seems to understand that sin will separate you from God.  I’ve heard people say that the reason they won’t go to church is that there are too many hypocrites in the church.  I find it amazing that those same folks can see the error in others, but not in themselves.  The mote in their eyes has blinded them to the truth.  Job said, I really don’t care about others, I care about me.  I must maintain my walk and way with God.  God will take care of the hypocrite as they shall not come before him. (my wording)  But God forbid if we miss the mark because we allow others to keep us from the house of God.

Sing: I was glad when they said unto me, I was glad when they said unto me, I was glad when they said unto me, come let us go unto the house of the Lord.

Thought For Today: Focus on Jesus and not the hypocrite. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 20 September 2019


Favoritism
If ye fulfil 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)

Today’s Morsel:  I like to tease with this young girl at church.  She’s really starting to grow in the Lord, and I like to tease her a little to get her to laugh.  I tell her, “Jesus loves you, but I’m his favorite.”  She quickly replies, “No way! God is no respecter of persons.  If you are his favorite so am I.”  Isn’t it reassuring to know that God loves everyone equally?  John said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)  If God is no respecter of persons neither should we be.  

Sing: Your 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, for as long as there is love we can stand.

Thought For Today: Don't allow skin color to hinder your love.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 19 September 2019


No Value
But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.” (Job 13:4)

Today’s Morsel:  When we lived in Asia, often times, our duties would take us to South Korea, where there is lots of shopping.  Vendors from around 3:30 pm to midnight each day would line the streets to sell their goods. Every vendor would try to lure you into their store or to their carts to get you to buy their products. Every so often, I would get asked by a vendor, “Do you want to buy a genuine imitation Rolex watch?”  I would just laugh and think to myself, Who would want to buy an imitation watch?  But sad to say, not only do we buy things that are an imitation, we buy things that are of no value at all.  Some people even settle for fake religion.  Nothing that is made in this world is real. Solomon states, “Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.” (Ecclesiastes 1:10)  Job told his friends that they were physicians of no value.  Their counsel to him wasn’t worth anything to help alleviate his pain and suffering.  If you’ve got folks in your life that keep leading you further away from Jesus, they are of no value to you, and you may want to discard them. Because the gospel is the only real thing in this world.  Buy the Truth and sell it not.  

Sing: It’s real! It’s real! I know it’s real, this Pentecostal blessing and I know, I know it’s real.  It’s real! It’s real! I know it’s real, this Pentecostal blessing and I know, I know it’s real.  

Thought For Today: The gospel is real.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 18 September 2019


Out On A Limb
And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away. And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.
 
(2 Samuel 18:9-10)

Today’s Morsel:  If someone goes out on a limb, they do something they strongly believe in, even though it is risky or extreme and is likely to fail or be criticized by other people.  We could say that Absalom went out on a limb. He tried to steal the kingdom from his father David, but his ploy failed because of poor counsel.  In Luke 14:28-32, Jesus said, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.”   There are many that take chances and succeed in their quest, while others fail and lose all.  If you are going to go out on a limb, make sure you get wise and godly counsel, or you could find yourself hanging from the limb like Absalom.

Sing: If it had not been for the Lord on my side, tell me where would I be? Where would I be?

Thought For Today: Always count the cost as every decision has consequences.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 17 September 2019


Initiative
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about initiative is acting in the absence of orders.  In other words, we see things that need to be done and we do it without being told or asked.  How many times have you seen the elderly trying to get to their seat and no one helps them?  Or that person in Walmart on the motor scooter that can’t reach the item that is on the top shelf?  What about the young mother trying to change her baby, and no one to help her with her other toddler?  Why don’t people take the initiative and help them?  Should not the ‘Golden Rule’ always be in operation in the lives of saints?  John said that we just don’t love in word, we love in action and in truth.  If I say I have truth and no initiative that’s an oxymoron.  Faith without works is dead.  Remember, you always reap what we sow.

Sing:  If I walk in the pathway of duty, if I work till close of the day, I shall see the Great King in all His Glory, oh yeah, when I’ve gone the last mile of the way.

Thought For Today: Faith without works is dead.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 16 September 2019


Quiet

He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” (Proverbs 17:27-28)

Today’s Morsel:  If you’ve noticed, when you go to the library they want you to be quiet, or use your inside voice.  In other words, they want you to be quiet so that you do not disturb others.  One of the problems with cell phones is people think they must talk louder to be heard.  They yell louder and louder not realizing that others may not want to hear their conversation.  Solomon said that even a fool is counted wise when he’s quiet, and those that know how to keep their mouth closed, and not tell everything that they know is seen as one with understanding.  Shhhhhhh! Quiet please. Others are listening.

Sing: Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me;  See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching, watching for you and for me.
Come home, come home, ye who are weary come home. Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling, Calling, O sinner, come home!

Thought For Today: The wise in heart shall be called prudent.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 September 2019


Cloak of Zeal

For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.” (Isaiah 59:17)

Today’s Morsel: If you have every watched a civil war movie, you will notice that those military leaders who are in authority, are sometimes clad with a cape or cloak. It was worn by military leader’s as a mantle that was thrown over the body, usually fastened on the right shoulder by a hook or clasp and suffered to flow in graceful fold down to the feet. In battle, it would be laid aside, or secured by a girdle about the loins.  It could also be used for warmth during periods of cold or placed around the female shoulders during periods romance if she became cold. When Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, to put on the whole armor of God, he doesn’t mention the cloak. Even though we are in a spiritual battle, the cloak is reserved for those in authority.  When the apostle John giving us a glimpse of the end time battle, he says, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-16) The word vesture, in the Greek, means cloak. And John says, that He, Jesus, is clothed with a vesture dipped in blood. The Captain of the Host is Jesus. And He will be clad with a cloak of zeal.  

Sing: For the Captain of the Host is Jesus, we’re following in His footsteps, no foe can stand against us in the fray.

Thought For Today: He will defend His saints?

Friday, September 13, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 13 September 2019


Respect

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
 (Romans 12:10-13)

Today’s Morsel:  Speaking of Jesus, Isaiah wrote in Isaiah chapter 53:3, when He would come wrote, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” In other words, the God of heaven, the King of Glory, the Savior of the world, would come, be hated, and would not be respected.  We may often wonder today why people and children have no respect for each other.  They have no apparent respect for their parents, leadership, and those in authority, much less themselves.  Paul wrote to the church at Rome that the church must be kindly affectionate one to another.  We must have respect towards others, ourselves, and most of all Jesus.  If we don’t respect how we look, act, talk, live, sit, dress, and conduct ourselves, chances are no one else will either.

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 it shine.

Thought For Today: “Respect your efforts, respect yourself.  Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.” Clint Eastwood

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 12 September 2019


Knowledge

“The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15)

Today’s Morsel: I had a man in the church that I pastored in Japan tell me that his wife thought the soap opera, “The Guiding Light” was a Christian program until she came into the church and found the truth (humor).   As the world turns, there are so many today whom we may think whose lives should be overflowing with knowledge because of their secular degrees yet they seem to be without any knowledge of God at all.  I’m not only talk about those in the world, I’m even talking about many in the church.  The Lord admonishes, “Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD” (Psalms 14:4); and He continues, “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it” (Isaiah 5:13-14); “For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.(Jeremiah 4:22)  Solomon said that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7).  A life without wisdom, instruction, and understanding is a life without knowledge.  As knowledge always proceeds wisdom, instruction, and understanding.  Don't be fooled, you do need The Guiding Light!  

Sing:  Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand, but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.

Thought For Today: Knowledge always proceeds wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 September 2019


Run, Dodge And Jump

For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.” (Psalms 18:29)

Today’s Morsel:  When I joined the army, one of the Physical Fitness Test Events we had to be proficient in was the Run, Dodge, And Jump.  There were two obstacles you had to run and dodge through and a six-foot-wide ditch between the two-obstacles that you had to jump across within a twenty-yard range. And you had to complete this cycle twice in less than one minute to pass the event.  If you went in the wrong direction when negotiating the obstacles, which had pointing arrows on them, or you stepped in the ditch, you were disqualified, and failed the event.  David was probably proficient in this event.  He said, “For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.”  There will be many obstacles and pits we will have to negotiate in our lives to stay focused on our eternal destination.  If we go in the wrong direction or we step in the ditch of false doctrine and worldly lust, and greed we will be disqualified.  So, stay in your lane and watch where you are going.  You don't want to fail.

Sing: I can run through a troop and leap over a wall, hallelujah, hallelujah.  Well, He’s the rock of my salvation, in Him there is no condemnation.  I can run through a troop, and leap over a wall, hallelujah, hallelujah.

Thought For Today: Stay in your lane and watch where you are going.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 10 September 2019


 Overflow
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” 
(Romans 15:13)

Today’s Morsel:  For the past few years, it seems as though a lot of rivers have been overflowing and causing much destruction and damage.  David wrote, Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.” (Psalms 69:1-2)  Are you in the overflow?  Paul prayed that God would fill us with joy and peace in believing.  Wouldn’t it be neat if everyone were to get filled to overflowing with joy and peace?  Isn’t it amazing that on the Day of Pentecost they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them the utterance?  That overflow of the Holy Ghost just flowed out of them.  If we are filled with His spirit, then how much love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, humility, and self-control is flowing out of us?  At the wedding in Cana of Galilee, when they ran out of wine, they were told to fill the water pots with water.  And they filled them to the brim.  I believe they said within themselves, if there is going to be a miracle, then let it be an overflow.  That's how I want my life to be, an overflow of the Spirit.  

Sing:  Fill me now, fill me now, Jesus come and fill me now; Fill me with Thy hallowed presence, come, O come and fill me now.

Thought For Today: They filled the water pots to the brim.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 September 2019


Listening

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” (Proverbs 12:15)

Today’s Morsel:  For about a month, each Sunday as we would leave the church, there was this truck in front of us with a bumper sticker that stated, “You can’t fix stupid.”  One of the things that I find when people are going through things in their life is many of them have a hard time listening to and accepting counsel.  The thing that keeps a wise man from becoming a fool is accepting Godly counsel.  A wise man is willing to be advised, desires to have counsel given to him, and he listens to it.  If we are not willing to listen when we are having issues, we may remain in our dilemma longer then we need to.  Solomon says, He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” (Proverbs 29:1)  In other words, don’t expect healing and deliverance if you aren’t going to listen to Godly counsel.  Stupidity hurts.

Sing: And he walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own; And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.

Thought For Today: Stupidity hurts.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 7 September 2019


Discernment

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 1:9-11)

Today’s Morsel: When we read the book of Proverbs, which is a book of wisdom, you will find that the author often speaks of the importance of discretion.  He says, “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)  Without discretion, we are not able to discern right from wrong.  Paul said that we need discernment to aid us in approving things that are excellent, so that we will be sincere in our walk and life, and without wrongdoing till Jesus comes again; so that we will be filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Him.  We need discernment in what we see and what we hear, and what we believe, or we will be a fool forever.
Sing: Show me the way, that I may walk with You. Show me the way, that I must live for You. The cry of my heart is to know You more, live with the touch of Your hand, stronger every day, show me Your way.

Thought For Today: Can you discern the times?