Saturday, July 11, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 July 2020

Sinning Willfully

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” (Hebrews 10:26-27)

Today’s Morsel: Any man or woman can commit a mistake, yet none but the foolish will continue in it.  When we make a mistake, we can repent and ask God to forgive us.  But if we recognize our error and continue in it, it is foolishness.  To sin willfully is to know that what you are doing is wrong, continue doing it, and then expect that good will come of it.  Once we come into the knowledge of the truth and we understand that truth, our sins should only be those that we are not aware of.  They should not be any of those things that we are aware of and have repented of because we are already aware of the truth.  If we think that we can do it and repent and that God will forgive us, we may be taking God for granted.  Scripture tells us to give no place to the devil.  (Ephesians 4:27)  If you give Satan one opening into your life through sin, he will take complete control of your life.   Do not think that ignorance of the scripture is going to allow you to go free.  You must study to show yourself approved unto God.  That is your responsibility.  Calvary calls for you to live a life of purity. Purity of heart, mind, and soul.  Calvary calls us to remain set apart for Jesus!

Sing: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross; Till my trophies at last I’ll lay down.  I will cling to the old rugged cross and exchange it someday for a crown.

Thought For Today: Ignorance of scripture only worsens your sins (Parker)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 10 July 2020


 Your Place In The Kingdom

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
 (Jeremiah 29:11)

Today’s Morsel:  I often sit and wonder how much talent is going to the grave each day that has never been used for God’s kingdom that He intended it to be used for. I wonder what could be accomplished by those who have so much zeal for the world and not for the kingdom of God.  But I guess that is where we who are born-again come in.  We must learn to reach for the lost and recover them out of the snares of the devil who has taken them captive at his will.  Each of us has a purpose in this world and we need to find out what it is or we will be miserable until we do.  As Paul asked the Lord Jesus, "Lord what will You have me to do?"  As He spoke through the prophet Isaiah, “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.(Isaiah 54:16)  God is the one that gives us the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do things.  Do not waste your talents and abilities on this world. Pretty soon, Satan is going to replace you, then what?  So where is your place in God’s Kingdom?

Sing:  Jesus use me, Oh Lord don’t refuse me.  For surely there’s a work that I can do.  And even though its humble, Lord, help my will to crumble.  Though the cost be great I’ll work for You.


Thought For Today: Don’t waste your talents for Satan

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 July 2020


A Failure In The Home

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.(Ephesians 6:1-4)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the greatest failures in the home is children who disrespect their parents, grandparents, and each other.  When children are not taught by their parents at the earliest age to respect them and others, it will someday be a reflection on the home.  Children are a heritage from the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward.  And so He requires parents, especially fathers, to train them up correctly.  I have found through observation and study that children who disrespect their earthly parents will disrespect God as well.  Giving children liberty does not mean that you allow them to disrespect you.  Their first lesson taught them should be that of obedience and the second should be that of respect.

Sing:  I’ll say yes, Lord, yes, to Your will and to Your way; I’ll say yes, Lord, yes, I will trust you and obey.  When Your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I'll agree and my answer will be yes, Lord yes.

Thought For Today:  Respect… Yes, Sir and Yes Ma’am

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 8 July 2020


Weight Restrictions

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.(1 Timothy 6:7)

Today’s Morsel:  If you have flown lately, you know that they have weight restrictions on your luggage unless you are willing to pay for excess weight charges.  I have seen people (including myself in times past), having to remove or shift things around because their bags are overweight.  Why do people feel that we need to carry so much when they travel?  I hope that you know that there are weight restrictions to the burdens you may be carrying.  You were not made to carry more than you can handle.  That is why scripture tells us to cast all our cares on Jesus because He cares for us.  If you are burdened down with the cares of this life now, chances are you will not be able to get off the ground when the trumpet sounds in the rapture.  Why not unpack and lighten your load now!  “For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.(Psalms 90:9-10)  I think I’m going to change my license plate to 9010FLY.

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:  Lighten the load!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 7 July 2020


Repair the Roof

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.(Proverbs 6:6-8)

Today’s Morsel:  I’m sure some of you, like me, have seen construction workers or home builders working in the rain and you ask yourself, "Did they not check the weather for the day before they began?"  Or you see people who keep driving in a snowstorm or rainstorm when they are told that it is hazardous driving conditions and to stay put.  Listen, the time to repair the roof is when it is not raining and the sun is shining.  You do not need a degree to figure that out.  Just observe the ants.  You can learn a lot by watching God’s creation.  James admonishes us, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.(James 1:5)  Keep your relationship with Jesus intact and you will know when to go, what to do, and when to stay put.

Sing:  I lean on You Lord!  I lean on You Lord!  For the things that I need I lean on You.  When I don’t know, just what to do, I’ve got the faith You’re going to see me through; You supply my every need and I lean on You.

Thought For Today: “The time to repair the roof is when it is not raining, and the sun is shining.”

Monday, July 6, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 6 July 2020


Long Life
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.(Proverbs 3:1-4)

Today’s Morsel: As I sit and visit with the elderly that I meet, many of them tell me great stories and things about how their lives have been so blessed.  And then, on the other hand, I meet those who tell me about how terrible their lives have been.  Some tell me how good God has been to them, while others tell me how terrible life has been to them.  Some of them say, "Well I guess that God is punishing me for my wrong."  While others say, "I cannot wait to see what heaven will be like."  Same age group.  And so I ask myself what is the difference? Solomon admonishes us, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.(Ecclesiastes 8:11-13)  He continues by informing us, “If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.”   (Ecclesiastes 6:3)  And Isaiah admonishes us, “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.(Isaiah 3:10)  You can live long and have a blessed and prosperous life because it is promised to you.  But on the other hand, if your life is not filled with goodness and righteousness, there will be anguish and unpleasant days ahead.  The Psalmist admonishes us, “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.(Psalms 34:11-14)  So I guess the quality of my life lies in what I pursue.

Sing:  I have decided to follow Jesus.  I have decided to follow Jesus.  I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.

Thought For Today:  Seek peace and pursue it.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 4 July 2020


Independence

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.(John 8:31-36)

Today’s Morsel:  Independence Day, the Fourth of July,  is a Federal Holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776.  The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states.  The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.  There have been many people placed in bondage and have had their freedom taken from them.  But Jesus came to make us free.  Are you free today?  Jesus says that if we continue in my word, then we are His disciples; indeed, and we will know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  And if He makes us free, we will be freed indeed.  You can be free if you put your trust in Jesus and allow Him to free you.  You can say as the apostle Paul, “But God be thanked, that we were the servants of sin, but we have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered us. Being then made free from sin, we became the servants of righteousness." (Emphasis mine) (Romans 6:17-18)

Sing:  He set me free yes, He set me free.  He broke the bars of prison for me, I’m glory bound my Jesus to see.  Glory to God, He set me free.

Thought For Today: Freedom … No more shackles or chains.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 3 July 2020


Trust

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.(1 Chronicles 28:9)

Today’s Morsel:  You know there are many things that we put our trust in for use to make it through this life.  We trust the electric company to provide us with electricity for our homes and business. We trust that our city will provide us with clean and safe water to drink.  We trust our banks to secure and keep our money.  We trust our vehicle's GPS to get us to the right location.  We trust airplanes to get off the ground and take us to our destination and our luggage to make it there as well.  We trust the doctor to give us the right diagnosis and trust our pastor to teach us and lead us in the right way.  But when it comes to God, some folks have an extremely hard time trusting Him because they say they cannot see Him.  Yet these same people do not realize that they cannot see the electricity flowing through the line, nor understand how the GPS works. You see they fail to realize that none of these things would work and be developed without God.  Therefore, Solomon admonishes us, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.(Proverbs 3:5-6).  It is better to trust in the Lord than to put your confidence in man.

Sing:  I trust in God, wherever I may be, upon the land or on the rolling sea.  For come what may, from day to day, my heavenly Father watches over, over, me.
 And I trust in God, I know He cares for me, upon the land or on the raging sea.  For come what may, from day to day, my heavenly Father watches over, over, me.

Thought For Today:  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2 July 2020


Discretion

Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.(Deuteronomy 11:26-28)

Today’s Morsel:  Having discretion gives us the ability to choose and to make right choices and decisions.  But sad to say many today are void of it. Solomon states “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)   The Gospel will make a person wise and discreet in the business of salvation, and in their conduct and manners; and the discretion it gives them will put them on guard, and direct them to watch against every error and every false way.  And so the words may be rendered, "discretion will watch over thee;" to keep thee from everything pernicious in doctrine and practice.  Discretion will ensure that we receive the blessings of the Lord.  But indiscretion and rashness will cause a lack of good behavior, speech, and judgment.  Both blessings and cursing are of the Lord. Choose wisely.


 Sing:  Show me Your ways that I may walk with You, show me Your ways, I put my hope in You; the cry of my heart is to love You more, to live with the touch of Your hand, stronger each day, show me Your ways.

Thought For Today: Both blessings and cursings are of the Lord.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 1 July 2020


When God Doesn’t Answer

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the greatest things that I have found since becoming a born-again Christian is to know that God will come through for His people.  I know that when God does not answer according to our ways and time it can become a heartache and cause doubt for some.  But for those of us who know him, we should not be discouraged but encouraged that we have an opportunity to carry our needs and the needs of others to the Lord.  God is not obligated to answer the way that we want him to.  He is only obligated to hear our request.  Should He choose to answer or not is totally up to Him.  His ways and thoughts are not the same as ours.  We should be confident that he does hear us. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.(1 John 5:14-15)  Rest assured, God always hears, and He always answers in His perfect way.  

Sing:  Leave them there, leave them there; take your burdens to the Lord, and leave them there.  If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out.  Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there.

Thought For Today: Prayer still works!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 30 June 2020


What A Savior

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. 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. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.(Isaiah 53:1-12)

Today’s Morsel:  I believe that the greatest chapter in the Bible that expresses Jesus' salvation for us was written by Isaiah in this 53rd chapter of his book.  I believe that this chapter was the backdrop for the gospel message, the foreshadow of Calvary, and the salvation for every soul.  Everything that Jesus went through in His life and ministry was outlined by Isaiah in this chapter.  In Acts Chapter 8, verses 26-35, Scripture states, “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.(Acts 8:26-35)  Even the eunuch received his understanding of this Savior and his need for salvation on a dusty desert trail on his way home. What about you? Do you understand who this Savior was and is?  It is all very clearly written in The Book for us to understand.  

Sing: O, what a Savior, O, hallelujah, His heart was broken on Calvary.  His hands were nail-scarred, His side was riven, He gave His life-blood for even me.

Thought For Today:Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.(Acts 4:12)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 29 June 2020


Badly Cheated

Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.(John 12:42-43)

Today’s Morsel:  Over my lifetime, I have seen a lot of people who are badly cheated because they want to be popular with their boss or supervisor, that they are willing to forfeit their character just to be accepted and liked.  When you forfeit an ounce of principle for a pound of popularity, you get badly cheated.  Scripture says that the people loved the praise of men more than the praises of God because if they confessed Jesus they would be put out of the synagogue.  If someone does not care or like you because you are a Christian and love Jesus, tough.  You should not compromise who you are to fit in.  If you forfeit your character, what will those who know you say?  Believe me, when God removes those who hate you for standing for Him from their position, if you have compromised your character, you will be left looking foolish before others.  Don't compromise to fit in, the shoe will never be a comfortable fit.  

Sing: I know whose I am, I know whose I am, I know whose I am, I am Yours, I am Yours. I know whose I am, I know whose I am, I know whose I am, I am Yours, I am Yours.
 You are mine; Jesus You are mine. You are mine; Jesus You are mine.

Thought For Today: The man that pays an ounce of principle for a pound of popularity gets badly cheated. 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 27 June 2020


Friends

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.(Proverbs 18:24)

Today’s Morsel:  Do you remember that little old song that says, “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold?”  How do we make friends? One of the best ways I know is by showing compassion, and another is by the Golden Rule.  Just think, if you made one new friend each day, and that person made one new friend, and each of you shared your new friend with each other, how many friends would you have at the end of a week?  Friendship ought to be mutual and reciprocal, just as it was between David and Jonathan. Why are there so many in the church who are friendless?  How did we allow the enemy to divide us? Aren’t we supposed to be the family of God?  Scripture tells us that in order to have friends we must show ourselves friendly.  I guess that old saying is true, “One reason a dog has so many friends; he wags his tail instead of his tongue.”

Sing:  I am a friend of God!  I am a friend of God!  I am a friend of God, He calls me friend.

Thought For Today: Make a new friend today.  

Friday, June 26, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 26 June 2020


Empty

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.(Jeremiah 2:13)

Today’s Morsel:  When my wife and I went on our first missions trip to Mongolia, you could put your hand out and get a ride with just about anyone with a car.  But what we found was that the gas gauge in most of those cars we got into would register empty. The light would be flashing. When I asked our guide if the driver was not afraid of running out of gas, she said, "No. They only put enough gas in to get them to where they need to go in case the car breaks down, they wasted their money on gas they won't be able to use."  You know, I think this is how some people in the church operate. They only get enough of Jesus to make people think that they are Christians.   They get just enough to get by with.  They do not fill up to the brim for fear that they may have to share Him with others.  They are trying to do it their own way, as the Lord said, by digging their own well.  Sadly, they do not realize that you cannot fill an empty bucket at a dry well.

Sing: I thirsted in a barren land of sin and shame, and nothing satisfying there I found.  But to the blessed cross of Christ one day I came, where springs of living water did abound.  Drinking at the springs of living water, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy.  Drinking at the springs of living water, a wonderful and bountiful supply.

 Thought For Today: You can’t fill an empty bucket at a dry well.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 25 June 2020


The Price of Greatness

But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”  
(Matthew 23:8-11)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the signs of a True Cross Bearer is the trait of servant-hood.  A servant leader is one who puts others before himself.  He has a servant’s heart.  His overall purpose is to serve.  Yet today it seems that few, if any, want to serve.  They want everyone else to serve them. And some of them even get angry when the service does not measure up to their standard.  And yet few if any of them are willing to serve in the same capacity as the ones who are serving them.  As Jesus told His disciples, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.(Matthew 20:25-28)  The price of greatness is when you take responsibility to serve.

Sing: Jesus use me, O Lord don’t refuse me, for surely there’s a work that I can do.  And even though its humble, Lord help my will to crumble; though the cost be great I’ll work for You.

Thought For Today: The price of greatness is servant-hood.