Monday, September 26, 2011

2011 September 26 - Morning Manna

"And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man"(1 Samuel 10:6)

Today's Morsel: What do you look for in a person when they tell you that they are a Christian?  Do you look for a character or personality change?  Do you look for a wardrobe change?  What about action and speech changes?  Just what do you look for?  Samuel told Saul that once the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, he would be turned into a new man.  Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19).  Paul also said, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). Therefore, we should see a major change in people if they have the Spirit.  We should no longer be conformed to the world, but we should be transformed in the spirit of our minds.  And if our minds are transformed and changed to be like Christ, then we will become what He wants us to become, His sons (Proverbs 23:7).  Are you new?  Can people see the Love you have for God and for others?  Can they see the feeling of great happiness and pleasure that you have about yourself and who you are?  Are you able to deal with situations and circumstances that come into your life and into your way that aren't pleasant and pleasing while retaining your peace?  Are you patient and kind towards others?  Do you still believe in God's ability when all hell breaks loose in your life, or do you fly off the handle and start murmuring and complaining? Is it always about you, or do others come before you?  Just how much humility is displayed with you?  Can you maintain your self-control and self-restraint in operations where others speak ill of you and do things you don't like?  Are you really a new man?  The proof is always in the pudding!
Sing: There's a new man walking in my shoes, I don't do the things I use to do.  Cause there's a new man walking in my shoes!

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