Thursday, November 21, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 21 November 2019

The Joy of The Lord is My Strength

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.(Nehemiah 8:10)

Today’s Morsel: Sometimes I feel that many in the church do not understand where their strength comes from.  Why do I make this assessment?  Because I hear them during testimony time say, “Pray my strength in the Lord.” Or they say, “Pray that I will have the strength to deal with what I’m going through.” Nehemiah wrote that the joy of the Lord is our strength. And Isiah wrote, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.(Isaiah 12:2)  If we are told that at the mouth of two or three witnesses to let every word be established, why aren’t we all overflowing with strength?  Oh, I know, we have done like Israel and hung our harps on the willow.  We don’t want to sing the old songs of Zion (Psalms 137:1-3).  Your strength is in the Lord and it’s drawn from Him by our praise and worship.

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

Thought For Today: Don’t you hang your harp on the willow. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 20 November 2019

Don’t Look to Man When You’ve Asked God

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.(Ezra 8:21-23)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about faith is we must learn to trust God and believe in His word, or we will never see His power manifested in and through us. We say that we are born-again and that our God can do anything, but as soon as many people have an issue they run to man for their help and answer.  I believe that God wants us to learn how to wait on Him and trust Him so that we will have a testimony of His miraculous power.  Ezra wrote that they had told the king that the hand of their God was upon all them for good that seek him, but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.  So, they were not about to go back and ask him for a band of soldiers and horsemen to help them against the enemy in the way.  They proclaimed a fast to seek God and God answered them. Do you get the message?  Don’t tell people in the world that God can do anything and then turn to man for your answer.  If God can do anything, then we need to learn to trust Him and wait upon Him to answer.  “As without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.(Hebrews 11:6)

Sing:  I believe God, I believe God, that He will do just as He said.  Trust and obey, believe Him and say, I believe, I believe, God.

Thought For Today: Push back from the table every so often and seek God for your answer (Parker) 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 19 November 2019

The Word

Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude. And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims: For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above. And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day. There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.(2 Chronicles 5:6-10)

Today’s Morsel:  I have heard of many robberies and home break-ins and those thieves seem to make off with many things that they think are valuable and leave behind the things that are truly valuable, the Word of God.  Solomon wrote, “ For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.(Proverbs 8:11)  When Solomon dedicated the temple, and had the priest bring in the Ark of The Covenant, there was nothing inside but the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt.   Somewhere, someone removed the pot of manna and Aaron's Rod that budded.  Since anyone who touch the ark died, we can assume that God Himself removed those items.  Some may ask why He would remove them when they were to be a memorial for the people.  The reason is God Himself is the Word (John 1:1); He is the bread of life (John 6:35); and He is the Resurrection and the life (John 11:25).  So when you have the Word, Jesus Christ, God manifested in flesh, you have all that you will ever need.

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.
He satisfies my needs my needs supply; Jesus is all I need.  He satisfies, my needs supply; Jesus is all I need.

Thought For Today:Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.(Matthew 24:35)

Monday, November 18, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 18 November 2019

The End of The Wicked
So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; And enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.(1 Chronicles 10:13-14)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that I think many people are unwise and unlearned in is their understanding of the role of judges.  Judges interrupts laws and in some cases they mete out punishment to those who violate them.  King Saul was a continual violator of God’s word.  For some unknown reason he just fails to do what God said. And in so doing, scripture says, “So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; And enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.” God has no problem with removal of those who violate His word.  Scripture says, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.(Proverbs 29:1)  You don’t have to keep listening to the news, worrying, and thinking the wicked are getting away with anything.  There will come a day when they will have to stand before the Judge of all the earth, Jesus.  So we should pray that God will open their eyes that they too may behold the wonders out of His law so that they do not perish forever like Saul.

Sing: Send the light, the blessed gospel light; let it shine from shore to shore. Send the light, the blessed gospel light, let it shine forever more.

Thought For Today:  The wicked shall not live out half their days.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 16 November 2019

The Troubler
The sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah: which three were born unto him of the daughter of Shua the Canaanitess. And Er, the firstborn of Judah, was evil in the sight of the LORD; and he slew him. And Tamar his daughter in law bare him Pharez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five. The sons of Pharez; Hezron, and Hamul. And the sons of Zerah; Zimri, and Ethan, and Heman, and Calcol, and Dara: five of them in all. And the sons of Carmi; Achar, the troubler of Israel, who transgressed in the thing accursed.(1 Chronicles 2:3-7)

Today’s Morsel: We often read in scripture of certain men that troubled Israel.  In other words, they did things that caused hardship or the loss of others lives.  From this viewpoint, we can look through this same lens and see how many today have troubled their homes and churches.  When we fail to obey and do what God's word says, we are not only causing ourselves trouble, we may be causing others trouble as well.  As wrong always has evil consequences.  God had commanded Joshua that everything in the city of Jericho was accursed other than what He wanted him to bring out.  But Achan took of the accursed things and it not only cost others their lives during the battle of AI, but also him and his family as well (see Joshua Chapter 7).  As born-again believers, we should never be the cause of trouble to our families or the church.

Sing: I want to live the way that He wants me to live, I want to give until there’s just no more to give.  I want to love, love till there’s just no more love.  I could never, never out love the Lord.

Thought For Today: Don’t ever cause problems for others.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 15 November 2019

The Root of All Evil

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 5:20-27)

Today’s Morsel:  Money, money, money; money!  Okay, almost went worldly on you.  That was a song sung in the 60’s by a group called the O’Jay’s to stress the danger of money.  But of course, the apostle Paul had already told us, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.(1 Timothy 6:10)  When money becomes our love and the love of the church, evil is bound to happen.  Yes, we need money to live and to do things in our lives, but we must not fall in love with it.  Many today are suffering with ill health, sorrow, and pain because they allowed themselves to fall in love with money.  Somewhere along the line Gehazi, Elisha's servant, like Judas, fell in love with money and they both suffered because of their choice to go after it.  We must never allow money to take preeminence over Jesus in our life.

Sing: Jesus be the Lord of all. Jesus be the Lord of all. Jesus be the Lord of all, the kingdoms of my heart.

Thought For Today: Don’t allow money to control your heart. You control it.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 November 2019

Show Thyself A Man

Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.(1 Kings 2:1-4)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about leaving a legacy is what did others see in you.  When King David knew that it was his time to go the way of his fathers (death), he told his son Solomon, “Be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man.”  Manhood isn’t based on what the world classifies as a man.  Lifting 300-400 pound doesn’t make you a man.  Nor does birthing children.  It’s based on what God and His word says that He is.  Manhood is seen in the male species when he matures to Godly character, virtue, and morals.  David could use this phrase ‘show thyself a man’ to his son Solomon, because it was said by God of Him.  “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus.” (Acts 13:22-23)  God saw David as a man, and Jesus was of this man’s seed.  A man after God’s own heart means simply a man who would not be rebellious and disobedient as Saul was, but would do the will of God and keep His commandments.  Always remember, rebellion and disobedience destroys manhood.

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: “Manhood is seen in the male species when he matures to Godly character, virtue, and morals.” (Parker)  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 13 November 2019

Giants Keep On Coming

Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint. And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.
(2 Samuel 21:15-17)

Today’s Morsel:  When the spies that Moses sent to espy the promise land returned, they told him that there were giants in the land, and that they were as grasshoppers in their sight (see Numbers 13:33).  Years later, King David would kill Goliath, the Philistine's champion, and all the thought giants would be done away with.  But in David’s later years, he is almost killed by Ishbibenob a giant, which some think may have been the son of Goliath.  Maybe you have faced many giant problems or situations and you thought you had defeated them only to find out that some similar ones resurfaced and almost destroyed your faith and trust in God.  Giant problems and situations will keep coming after you to destroy you and your trust in God while you remain on this earth.  You must stay alert and not allow yourself to be overcome by them.  Jesus has your back, you pay attention to your front.

Sing: Lately I’ve been winning battles left and right, but even winners can get wounded in the fight.  People say that I’m amazing, strong beyond my years; but they don’t see inside of me, I’m hiding all the tears. 

They don’t know, that I go running home when I fall down. They don’t know who picks me up when no one is around.  I drop my sword and cry for just awhile, because deep inside this armor, the warrior is a child.
 I'm unafraid because his armor is the best, but even soldiers need a quiet place to rest, people say that I’m amazing, never face retreat, but they don’t see the enemies that lay me at his feet.
They don’t know, that I go running home when I fall down. They don’t know who picks me up when no one is around.  I drop my sword and cry for just awhile, because deep inside this armor, the warrior is a child.

Thought For Today: Stay alert.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 12 November 2019

When You Build Your Altar To Late
“And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say unto them, Bring me hither every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay them here, and eat; and sin not against the LORD in eating with the blood. And all the people brought every man his ox with him that night, and slew them there. And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built unto the LORD. And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them. And they said, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God. And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel? But he answered him not that day.
(1 Samuel 14:34-37)

Today’s Morsel: While Saul sat under a pomegranate tree because of fear, his son Jonathan and his armor bearer were taking the fight to the Philistine by the power of God. When Saul chose to build and altar to seek after God, he got no answer.  Saul seems to always find himself being rejected by God for his disobedience and poor leadership.  We must not wait until we are facing trouble to build an altar to seek God.  The Lord told Moses to inform Aaron and his sons that they never let the fire go out of the altar.  We must also come daily before our altar in prayer, worship, and praise, seeking  God for His direction and guidance.  If we seek Him daily and keep the oil and fire in our altar fresh, our disobedience against Him and His word will be greatly diminished.

Sing: Let the fire of my altar never burn out.  Let the fire of my altar never burn out.  Let the fire of my altar never burn out; make me house, make me a house of prayer.

Thought For Today: Don’t ever let the fire go out of the altar.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 November 2019

These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory. And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim. And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD. And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men. And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them, and had the name among three. Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three. And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow: And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear. These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men. He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard. Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash, Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite, Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah, Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite, Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.(2 Samuel 23:8-39)

Today’s Morsel:  Today we honor our military veterans. These are men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, the freedom of our allies, and others.  This day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, or Armed Forces Day.  Veterans Day is to honor and to pay tribute to all those who have served and are no longer on active duty.  Memorial Day is to pay tribute to all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while on active duty; and Armed Forces Day is to honor and pay tribute to those who are currently serving on active duty for our freedom. When we look at scripture, we see the list of thirty-seven of David’s mighty men.  These soldiers were willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedom of their nation Israel.  Like our veterans, history only shines a small light on what they accomplished to insure our freedom, yet we must never forget them.  As President Coolidge said, “The nation that forgets its defenders, will itself be forgotten.”  We must never forget our defenders.  Each day, let’s honor them by showing our appreciation and thanks for their sacrifice for our freedom.

Sing:  Thanks, Thanks, I give thanks, for all you have done. I’m so blessed, my soul have found rest, O’ Lord, I give You thanks.

Thought For Today: Freedom is not free!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 November 2019

The Virtuous Woman

And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.(Ruth 3:10-11)

Today’s Morsel:  What would you say is a virtuous woman? What measuring stick would you use to determine if she measures up?  Solomon wrote that 'her price is far above rubies.  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.' (See Proverbs 31).  Boaz told Ruth, “for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.”  Even though Ruth was poor, she displayed herself as a woman of excellent character and worth, which was seen by her conduct and behavior.  A woman, should never allow the world to define her, since God has already outlined what she should be.

Sing: O’ Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; and with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.

Thought For Today: A woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 8 November 2019

Honey in The Carcass

Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him. And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done. And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well. And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.(Judges 14:5-8)

Today’s Morsel:  I have found that if I want a good night sleep, all I need to do it eat a teaspoon of honey before I go to bed at night.  Jesus is known as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  John said that Jesus was the word made flesh.  David said that the word was more to be desired than gold, much fine gold, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  When we reach into the carcass of this Lion, and draw out from Him, we too will find something more precious than gold.  

Sing:  Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word, just to rest upon His promise, just to know thus saith the Lord.

Thought For Today: There’s honey in the rock for me.