Saturday, August 14, 2010

2010 August 14 - Morning Manna

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life (Proverbs 4:13).

Today's Morsel: A minister asked a little boy how to get to the Post Office. After the little boy told him, the minister said, "Why don't you come to church tonight? I'm giving instructions on how to get to heaven." After thinking a minute, the boy replied, "I don't think so. You don't even know how to get to the Post Office.”

Solomon said that we should get a firm grip on instruction and not let it go as it is our life. Solomon is speaking in regards to the Word of God. The Word of God gives us instructions and we must take heed to each of them. The writer of Hebrews tells us "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will." (Hebrews 2:1-4) There is only one plan of salvation. Jesus identified it in John 3:3-5 as being born again of the water and the spirit. And both the apostle Peter and Paul, along with the apostle John, reinforced it in the book of Acts and also in the epistles that they wrote in the New Testament. Instructions are guidelines as to how to put things together. And since we are building our lives so that we will fix into God's plan, don't you think that we should follow the instructions that He gives us? Peter tells us that we should love one another with a pure heart fervently (1 Peter 1:22). Jude tells us to build up ourselves on our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, and to keep ourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life; and to have compassion for people and to make a difference in others lives. He also said that we should save others with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh" (Jude 1:20-23). Therefore, we should monitor ourselves closely and be concerned for others as well. Jesus tells us to abide in Him, and let Him abide in us as we cannot bear fruit by ourselves. For without Him, He said, we can do nothing (John 15:4-5). A life apart from Jesus is a life that is a part. The Bible is a book of instructions for your life. Llet me encourage you to take hold of it and never let it go.

Sing: Something beautiful, something good. All my confusion, Jesus understood. All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful out of my life.

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