Monday, June 21, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 21 June 2021

 

It Is Good To Be Here

 

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.(Matthew 17:1-4)

 

Today’s Morsel:  Have you ever been in one of those church services where there is a mighty move of God, where people are being filled with the Holy Ghost evidenced by speaking in tongues, and they are being baptized in the name of Jesus, and you turn to someone and say, “I’m so glad I’m here to see this?”  Can you imagine what Peter, James, and John must have felt like on the Mountain of Transfiguration when they saw Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah?  I can see them saying, WOW!  Peter was so excited that he acclaimed, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.”  In other words, I would not have wanted to miss this for anything in the world.   That’s how it should be for everyone. They should be asking themselves, "What am I going to miss if I don't go to church?"  Can you imagine what Thomas would have felt like if Jesus had not returned so that he could witness the resurrection, after the other disciples had already seen Him? He may have lived the rest of His life in doubt. Let me encourage you, the next time you go to church, look at someone and tell them as you walk through the door, “It is so good for us to be here.”

 

Sing: In His presence is fullness of joy, at His right hand, pleasures forevermore; Oh, what fellowship divine, I am His, and He is mine; in the presence of the Lord, there is fullness of joy.

 

Thought For Today:  Any church service you miss may be the one that you needed most.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 19 June 2021

 

Salvation

 

And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.(Acts 16:22-34)

 

Today’s Morsel:  Throughout the book of Acts, we see the eagerness of the Disciples of Christ to get the gospel to the lost so that they could be saved.  No matter what they had to endure to preach the gospel, they went forth doing it and many were added to the church daily.  The gospel has not lost its power to change people's lives.  We must be willing to go share it at all cost and not worry about our comfort zone or life.  Paul and Silas were beaten and cast into prison for casting a demonic spirit out of a lady.  You would have thought the people would have been excited for her. But she was being used for others' personal gain.  Much like today.  But after God intervened with an earthquake, the jailer and his household were saved.  We too have been commissioned to go and share the gospel so that others may be saved.  Are you fulfilling your part?

Sing:  Everybody ought to know!  Everybody ought to know!  Everybody ought to know who Jesus is.  Everybody ought to know!  Everybody ought to know!  Everybody ought to know who Jesus is.  He’s the Lily of the valley; He’s the bright and Morning Star; He’s the fairest of ten thousand; everybody ought to know.

 

Thought For Today:  The harvest is waiting on you!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 18 June 2021

 

The Danger of Technology

 

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.(Psalms 101:3)

 

Today’s Morsel:  Technology is out of hand and it is destroying life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for so many.  Many have brought into its destructive ways and methods.  Children are no longer given an opportunity to be children because everything that an adult once only saw or knew about, a child now has it at their figure tips and can watch it at their unsupervised leisure.  Thus, the child is required to make choices at a young age that once only adults were required to do.  And we wonder why there is little or no respect for parents, authority, or themselves.  Children are committing suicide, because they are required to make adult decisions with a child’s mind, and they were not made by God to do this.  Solomon states, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” (Proverbs 29:15)  Many parents are asking themselves where they went wrong? Technology.  They did not control technology in the home.  The psalmist states, "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”  If you do not control technology, it will destroy you and your home.  May I suggest you take the first step to getting back on track to the simple life?  Get back to daily devotions with your children in the home before it is too late!

 

Sing:  Let’s talk about Jesus, the King of Kings is He, the Lord of all supreme, throughout eternity.  The great I am the way, the truth, the life, the door.  Let’s talk about Jesus more and more!

 

Thought For Today:  Don’t allow Technology to destroy your home.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 17 June 2021

 

Humility

 

He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.(Proverbs 15:32-33)

 

Today’s Morsel:  In the church, we like to focus on the fruit of love, peace, and joy, but often we overlook meekness.  Why is meekness and humility so overlooked?  Have we allowed Satan to make us think that we are somebody important?  Is the reason so many have such self-centered and narcissist attitudes because we have not taught enough about true humility and meekness?  The prophet Micah says that the Lord requires us to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before our God (Micah 6:8).  Peter calls for us to humble ourselves so that God can exalt us in due time (my wording). If pride is in your heart, rest assuredly that humility is not present.  If you want to know where God dwells, Isaiah enlightens us. “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.(Isaiah 57:15)  God dwells with the humble.  And Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.(Matthew 5:5)  Keep a close eye on pride, it usually comes just before you fall.

 

Sing:  O’ Lamb of God sweet Lamb of God, I love the Holy Lamb of God.  O’ wash me in Thou precious blood, my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

 

Thought For Today:  Before honor is humility

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 16 June 2021

 

Peace Like A River

 

For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

(Isaiah 66:12)

 

Today’s Morsel:  Have you ever just sat alone beside the river and watched and listened as the water's flow?  There is such peace and tranquility in the flowing of the river.  I believe that this is how God desires for our life to be, a life of peace and calmness without responding to the turmoil and unrest around us.  Life is not a puzzle to be solved, it is a gift to be enjoyed.  The Lord said through the prophet Isaiah, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.  Can you just imagine having this kind of peace?  Well, you can have it because Jesus is the Prince of Peace.  And Isaiah said, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.(Isaiah 26:3)  A life rooted and grounded in Christ is undisturbed, it is a life of perfect peace.  That is, the mind that has confidence in God shall not be agitated by the trials to which it shall be subject; persecution, poverty, sickness, want, or bereavement do not bring unrest to that life.   All can and will be calm as a river!

 

Sing:  I've got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul; I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

 

Thought For Today: Tranquility is found in Christ!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 15 June 2021

 

The Books

 

This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” 

(John 21:24-25)

 

Today’s Morsel:  I often wonder if John was speaking prophetically when he wrote, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.”  When I am asked to come to speak at certain events, they always ask me if I will send them a biography.  I ask them if they would like the long version or the short one.  You see if I give them the long, it is going to take a lot of pages because I like to tell what Jesus has done in my life.  If someone would have sat down and recorded the stories of everyone that has been born again of the water and the Spirit, who has been prayed for and healed, who has been delivered from drugs, alcohol, abuse, restoration of life, and so on, how many books do you think would have been written?  The Bible only contains 66 books of what Jesus and others did through Him.  But we know that when we are reading those 66 books, called the Bible, that is only a small portion of what Jesus did. These are the recordings not only while He was on the earth, but after He poured out His Spirit upon believers.  Never think that your life story is not important to the overall story of the gospel. When is the last time you updated your bio to show what Jesus has done in your life?  What will people say about your life when they read it?

 

Sing: He’s changing me, my blessed Savior, I’m not the same person that I used to be.  Well, it’s been slow going, but there’s a knowing, that someday perfect I will be.

 

Thought For Today:  Your life story is important to the overall story of the gospel.  When is the last time you updated your bio?  (Parker) 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 June 2021

 

Hooah!

 

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.(2 Timothy 2:1-4)

  

Today’s Morsel:  Today is the U.S. Army’s Birthday.  On 14 June 1775, Congress "Resolved, that six companies of expert riflemen, be immediately raised in Pennsylvania, two in Maryland, and two in Virginia… [and] as soon as completed, shall march, and join the army near Boston, to be there employed as light infantry, under the command of the Chief Officer in that army."  The delegates then prescribed an oath of enlistment that required the soldiers to swear: “I have, this day, voluntarily enlisted myself as a soldier in the American continental army for one year unless sooner discharged: And I do bind myself to conform, in all instances, to such rules and regulations, as are, or shall be, established for the government of the said Army.”  The next day Congress voted to appoint George Washington “to command all the Continental forces” and began laying the foundation for "the American army."

Paul, writing to Timothy and to encourage him, wrote, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” The duty of a soldier is that of compassion, resistance, obedience, submission, and servanthood.  Therefore, their oath of commitment cannot be taken lightly as others are depending on them for protection and freedom.  The only way that a nation can remain free is if its military does its job and does it based on its oath of enlistment.  Are you living up to your oath to support and defend the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Sing:  I may never march in the infantry, ride in the cavalry, shoot the artillery.  I may never soar over the enemy, but I’m in the Lord’s army.  Yes, Sir!

Thought For Today:  Happy Birthday, Army!