Friday, February 11, 2011

2011 February 11 - Morning Manna

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.(Genesis 6:1-8)

Today's Morsel:  So you think you are having a bad day."  In a hospital's Intensive Care Unit patients always died in the same bed on Sunday morning, at about 11:00 am, regardless of their medical condition. This puzzled the doctors and some even thought it had something to do with the supernatural.  No one could solve the mystery as to why the deaths occurred around 11:00 am on Sunday, so a worldwide team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents.  The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11:00 a.m., all of the doctors and nurses nervously waited outside the ward to see for themselves what the terrible phenomenon was all about.  Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books, and others holy objects to ward off the evil spirits.  Just when the clock struck 11:00, Pookie Johnson, the part-time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so he could use the vacuum cleaner.
Ever think that it can't get any worse?  Believe it or not, it has been worse.  So worse that God destroyed all living creatures upon the earth, all except Noah and his family and the animals he chose.  When God singled out Noah to help keep human history afloat, he was asking Noah to be obedient while everyone else was being evil.  It took Noah over 100 years to build the Ark. The Bible calls him a preacher of righteousness, and we don't see any of humanity saved but his own family.  Eight souls, the Bible says (1 Peter 3:20-21).   Could you have been obedient during this evil time?  Well things haven't changed that much.  As a matter of fact, they are worse.  Paul said that evil seducers shall wax worse and worse.  Yet these days of darkness and evil that we are living in are also days of opportunity for you to let your light shine.  What makes these days days of opportunity is the power of light in you to pierce through this darkness.  Jesus said, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12).  He said that we are lights of the world, cities set on a hill which cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).  But our light is dependant upon His light.  We should be asking ourselves what can we do to shine for Jesus in this darkened world.  Just how can I treat this crisis as an opportunity, and focus my light into this present darkness.  We need to ask ourselves when will we finally be ready to forsake everything that keeps us from being faithful follower to God, and make the adjustments.  If we don't do it now, when?  It's time that we live righteous in this present generation.
Sing: Lily of the Valley, let your sweet aroma fill my life.  Rose of Sharon show me, how to grow in beauty in God's sight.  Fairest of ten thousand, make me a reflection of your light.  Daystar shine down on me, let your love shine through me in the night.  

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