Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 December 31 - Morning Manna

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth. He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet. He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah. God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness. The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.
(Psalms 47:1-9)

Today's Morsel: One of the things that the communist nations feared and have tried to get America to do away with is the so called, "Defense Shield." Many American leaders saw this as a way to protect America from incoming missiles from their enemies. Shields are for protection. During olden times of warfare, soldiers went into battle with shields. They were for their protection. David told Goliath, "You come to me with a sword, spear, and a shield, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Host." Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God. And he says that above all, we should take the shield of faith wherewith we shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (Ephesians 6:10-18). The psalmist said that the shield of the earth belongs unto God. In other words, God is our protector. He is our defense. David said, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler" (Psalms 91:1-4). Jesus said, "The Word is truth, and I am the truth"(John 14:6; 17:17). Therefore, having this understanding, we can see who protects us in the earth. "Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee" (Psalms 84:9-12). "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him" (Proverbs 30:5). If you put your trust in Jesus, you don't have to worry about darts from your enemy. Jesus has you covered.

Sing: I am covered, covered, covered by His blood, walking by faith, living in love; I am covered, covered, covered, by His blood, Jesus has rescued me.

Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 December 30 - Morning Manna

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. (Proverbs 1:10-19)
Today's Morsel: When I was in the army, they went to a new financial program thing called, "The One Fund." In other words, we were able to draw funds for use from one central source which was designed to make things operate easier. My wife always says that she's part of the one fund - what her's is her's and what's mine is her's (humor). Investors will tell you to not put all of your eggs into one basket, but to diversify. I have seen places where folks work for group tips. All the workers place all the tips in a jar until at the end of the day, and then they divide them equally among everyone who has worked that day. The problem here is that someone may not work as hard as another person. Solomon cautions that if sinners entice us, we are not to consent. Sinners always want you to be in full support of what they are doing. Not only in joining with them with money matters, but many others things, too. We must not allow ourselves to be drawn away from the right way. There is a thing called "guilty by association," and many have suffered because of it. Paul informed Timothy, "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses" (1 Timothy 6:9-12). If you are going to have one purse, make sure it's with Jesus, because He's the only one that will give you a fair share of the profit with equity.
Sing: Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 December 29 - Morning Manna

"Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost"
(1 Corinthians 12:3).

Today's Morsel: I have noticed that because our world has lost its focus and has removed God from just about everything we do, there are books being written today that are trying to show people how to deal with stress, lose weight, plant a garden, care for animals, get out of debt, or find a health remedy. Very few books stress the importance of developing a strong relationship with Jesus, the One who can solve their problems. When books are written about Jesus, many authors choose their wording carefully as to not offend. The Apostle Paul wasn't concerned in his writing about Jesus Christ if it offended or not. Paul left no doubt in any mind as to what he meant when he wrote letters to the church. Paul wanted the church to know that just because Jesus was nailed to a cross (tree), that they should not think that He was accursed, as this was the law. He wanted them to know that it takes the Holy Ghost in a person's life to understand that Jesus Christ is Lord. In the Greek this translates as, kurios koo'-ree-os, which means: supremacy; supreme in authority, that is God, Lord, master, Sir. Until Jesus is given His rightful place in a person's life and allowed to be Lord over that life, stress, low self-esteem, and a lack of understanding are going to control that life. "For without me ye can do nothing. Jesus said in John 15:5. "The Lord said through the Prophet Isaiah, Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it"(Isaiah 43:10-13). God will work if you will let Him. Be sure you don't look elsewhere for your answers.

Sing: He is Lord; He is Lord; He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord. Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 December 28 - Morning Manna

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
(Nehemiah 8:10)
Today's Morsel: Nehemiah, who spearheaded the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem, told the people after their work was finished, " Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength." There is nothing like sitting down eating and drinking after you have finished a project that at the first seemed as it would take you forever to complete. When it's all over and you look back, you rejoice for what you've accomplished. This wasn't an easy task for Nehemiah and those with him. Especially when you had to be on your guard because of your enemy and someone is trying to stop you. But Nehemiah stayed focused realizing that he was doing a great work. And when it was done, he wanted the people to never stop rejoicing for what they had done. He told them to remember that their joy in the Lord would always be their fortification and defense. Paul told the church at Philippi, "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:4-7). Like Nehemiah, Paul wanted the church to know that if they would joy in the Lord and allow their lives to reflect Christ, that God's peace would always be with them. When fiery trials come against you while you are doing a great work, remember that the joy of the Lord is always your strength.
Sing: Joy to the world, the Lord is come; let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 December 27 - Morning Manna

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:2).
Today's Morsel: Do you now or having you ever owned a dog? Have you ever noticed how faithful they are? You can leave them home all day long by themselves and when you come home, they will lick your face and jump on you because they are faithful. You can put them out in the cold for barking when you tell them not to, and when you let them back in, they will still show their faithfulness and loyalty. When Balaam was asked to come curse the children of Israel, and God placed an angel in his pathway to prevent him, the donkey he was riding saw the angel and did everything to prevent the angel from killing Balaam. Scripture says, "And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay. Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive" (Numbers 22:27-33). His donkey was faithful to him. We can learn a lot from God's creation. The Greek word here for stewards is the word: oikonomos,oy-kon-om'-os , which means: a house distributor(that is, manager), or overseer, that is, an employee in that capacity; by extension a fiscal agent (treasurer); figuratively apreacher (of the Gospel): - chamberlain, governor, steward. Jesus said that if you are not faithful in the little things, who will give to you that which is yours.
Sing: O' come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; come and behold Him, born the King of angels; O come let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, I come , let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.

Monday, December 26, 2011

2011 December 26 - Morning Manna

And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15-17)
Today's Morsel: The Bible says that when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, there was a multitude of the heavenly host that joined with the angel that proclaimed the birth of Christ. The writer of Hebrews lists them as ministering spirits sent forth to ministers to the heirs of salvation ( Hebrews 1:14). Angels are seen throughout scriptures in strong support of what God desires to do in the earth. Jacob saw them descending and ascending upon a ladder from heaven to earth. They appeared to Abraham and even stood by Paul on the ship to Rome. Jesus told Pilate that He could call for a legion of angels if we needed them (my wording). Elisha told his servant that there were more that be with us than that be with them. Both Isaiah and John saw the heavenly host worshipping God around the throne. Both Elizabeth and Mary had the messenger angel Gabriel appear to them to tell them of their miraculous births. Michael, the warrior angel, appeared to Daniel to tell him why he was late in his arrival to his prayer, and Jude said that Michael just rebuked the devil when he contended about the body of Moses (Jude vs. 9). Angels are everywhere watching out for our well being. Knowing that we have such an heavenly force with us, we should not be afraid to take the battle to the enemy. It's time to mount up!
Sing: God's got an army, it's marching through the land, deliverance is their song, there's healing in their hands, with everlasting joy, and gladness in their hearts, well, in this army, I've got a part!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

2011 December 24 - Morning Manna

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
(1 John 1:1-2)
Today's Morsel: Luke wrote to Theophilus, "Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed" (Luke 1:1-4). Luke begins to set in order the things from the beginning. John said, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). He said that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, the Word of life. Paul said, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (1 Timothy 3:16). The same One that was in the beginning in Genesis 1:1, was also the same One that became flesh and dwelt amongst us ( John 1:14). The child that was born in Bethlehem, was the one that Isaiah said would be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). As you celebrate this holiday season, know that it was set in order from the beginning and fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Sing: It's all in Him, It's all in Him, the fullness of the Godhead, it's all in Him; It's all in Him, It's all in Him, the Mighty God is Jesus and it's all in Him!

Friday, December 23, 2011

2011 December 23 - Morning Manna

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (Matthew 1:18-25)

Today's Morsel:  Do you like to take risk?  Some times life can put us into some risky situations.  When the economy began to bottom out, many people risked whether to leave their money in the bank or take it out; to refinance their homes or leave them as is.  Each time we take a flight or get into our cars to drive, we are taking a risk.  Some risks we know, while others we never even consider.  Joseph was taking a big risk with taking Mary to be his wife being already pregnant.  How in the world would he be able to tell people that they did not commit fornication before their marriage.  How would he be able to explain that this girl is with child and he had nothing to do with it.  This was a big risk for him.  His reputation as a carpenter and even a godly man in his community was at stake.  The only way this could be pulled off was that Joseph, like Mary, had to have had a strong relationship with the Lord.  Their strong relationships with the Lord was essential in order for them to hear the message from the angel of the Lord that this thing was being done by the Lord Himself.  Under Jewish law, both Mary and Joseph could have been stoned.  But Joseph was willing to take the risk and make Mary his wife in the face of being stoned, being talked about, being rejected, and even being labored a sinner.  What about you, would you have taken this risk for God?  When God chooses you to be a part of  His plan, you don't have to worry about the risk nor what others will think or say about of you.  He will make the way.

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.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 December 22 - Morning Manna

"Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth "(Micah 5:1-4).

Today's Morsel: Last year, the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl. The city of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the smallest city in America with a National Football League winning team.  The population of Green Bay is only about 105,000 people.  But it keeps producing winners.  There have been many great leaders that have come from small cities and towns.  Scripture says, "Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see" (John 1:44-46).  They knew through scripture that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, as nothing had been mentioned of Nazareth. And so when Phillip said, Jesus of Nazareth, Nathanael more or less rejected it until Jesus told him, "Before Phillip called thee under the fig tree I saw thee."  Immediately, his eyes were opened to truth.  Zechariah said, "For who hath despised the day of small things" (Zechariah 4:10)?  Micah, the prophet, had prophesied that out of Bethlehem Ephratha, though little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of it would come forth Him that would be ruler in Israel.  Such a little town, but a great leader and Savior would be born there.  Bethlehem was the city of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz, where Obed was born, who was the grandfather of King David, who was the lineage line to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  This is why Jesus was often referred to as the son of David.  And because God had chosen this lineage line, it would be only right that He come to earth in the city where the King He had chosen after His own heart had lived.  Jesus wants to be born in your city, church, and home, so don't think that it is to small.

Sing:  O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie; above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by: Yet in the dark street shineth the Everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years, are met in thee tonight.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2011 December 21 - Morning Manna

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory"
(1 Timothy 3:16)

Today's Morsel: When the angel told Mary that she would conceive and bear a child, "Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:34-35).  Mary was a pretty sharp girl.  She knew that  a woman couldn't have a child without a man.  Even if it is artificial insemination, she knew that the seed has to come from a man.  Because this impregnation would not be a normal impregnation with man and women, but by the power God (Holy Ghost) overshadowing the  woman, the child would be called the Son of God. Thus, inside of Mary's womb, would be God Himself.  Even though Joseph would serve the purpose as the earthly father, the real father would be God Himself.  And many, like Mary, have questioned how can this be?  But as Jesus said, "With man this is impossible, but with God, nothing shall be impossible."  So don't try to figure this out with your natural mind, as you never will. God's ways aren't our ways.  John wrote, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1;14).  He wanted us to know that God came to earth as a human.  Jesus said, "And no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him" (Luke 10:22).  John said, "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also" (1 John 2:23).  "Do you know the Son?  Then you should have know the father also," Jesus said.  And Paul said it best when he wrote, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."

Sing:  The Mighty God is Jesus, the Prince of Peace is He, the Everlasting Father, the King Eternally, the Wonderful in Wisdom, by whom all things were made, the fullness of the Godhead, in Jesus is displayed.
It's all in Him, it's all in Him, the fullness of the Godhead, it's all in Him; it's all in Him, it's all in Him, the Mighty God is Jesus and it's all in Him.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2011 December 20 - Morning Manna

And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day. Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.
(1 Samuel 8:10-22)

Today's Morsel:  The taxing of  people has been around for a long time.  When Israel wanted a king like everyone else, the Lord told Samuel to tell them that one day this king would begin to tax them.  He would begin to take away from them things for his own use.  So really, we don't have a lot to complain about today when it come to taxes as it was the fault of people before us.  Those who asked for a king instead of letting God rule over them.
Luke records, "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn" (Luke 2:1-7). God used this same thing, taxing, that He told His people Israel that their king would us against them, to bring about His plan upon the earth.  Joseph and Mary were out of country, but God's plan was that this child was to be born in Bethlehem, the city of David.  And thus, God used the taxing method to take them back to where the prophets had said that the Messiah would be born.   

Sing: Go tell it on the mountain, over the hill and everywhere, go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.

Monday, December 19, 2011

2011 December 19 - Morning Manna

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.(James 1:17)

Today's Morsel: For the past few weeks, I've been seeing the mailman drop boxes at my door.  I know I haven't ordered anything, and so I'm assuming that my dear children are starting to send gifts for Christmas to their loving Dad/Grandpa/Papa/Poppie.  
James tells us that every good gift and perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the father of lights.  When God robed Himself in flesh and came to the earth to save mankind, He was the greatest gift. On the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter told the people if they would repent of their sins, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins, that they would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38).  Paul, writing to the church at Corinth, told them to covet earnestly the best gift.  And that gift was love, because God is love (1 John 4:8).  The best gift is love, but the greatest gift is the Holy Ghost. When we allow God's love to rein within us, and we show forth that love to others, we are displaying the best gift.  When we allow the Holy Ghost to lead and guide us, we are displaying the greatest gift.  You can't put a price tag on the gifts from God.  No amount of money can buy them. "And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money"(Acts 8:18-20).  You can't purchase anything from God, it's already paid for.  His gifts are free and they are the best and greatest.  How many of them do you want today.  Jesus said that you have not, because you ask not.

Sing:  So have a super-duper Christmas with Jesus this year, super-duper Christmas spreading good cheer, when you are down, your frown, will soon disappear, so have a super-duper Christmas with Jesus this year.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

2011 December 17 - Morning Manna

Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways
(Haggai 1:5-7)
Today's Morsel: If someone were to ask you why you are doing what you are doing, what would you tell them. Often, we don't consider what we are doing and why we are doing it. Sometimes we just go with the flow. Solomon said, "He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls" (Proverbs 25:28). How often do you consider your ways? When is the last time you just sat down and considered eternity? If you died right now, where would you spend eternity? What if you lost everything you own, what would you do? The Lord said that we should consider our ways. Are you one that agrees with others that you know aren't telling the truth? Are you one that says that you are a Christian, but you know within you there are many things that aren't like Jesus? Are you one that has trouble with faithfulness, commitment, dedication, and follow through? Are you one that gets mad easily? Are you one that nothing satisfies you or you seem to never be content with what you have or who you are? The Lord says that we are to consider our ways. He said that, "You have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes." Is God speaking to you today? Then I say that it's time you consider your ways.
Sing: Take me back! Take me back, dear Lord, to the place, where I first received you; Take me back! Take me back, dear Lord, where I first believed.

Friday, December 16, 2011

2011 December 16 - Morning Manna

Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. (Luke 21:14-18)

Today's Morsel: I love listening to people discuss political debates. Often, I just find myself laughing when someone says, "I can't believe that they brought those things up about a person after such a long time." I just want to say, didn't Jesus tell us, "For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad" (Mark 4:22). Jesus was saying that we need to settle some things in our hearts.
And some of those things are:
  • The church is going to always be hated by the world.
  • There's always going to be attacks against anyone that calls themself a Christian.
  • Evil seducers are going to wax worse and worse.
  • Perilous times are going to come.
  • People are going to give heed to seducing spirits and doctrine and devils.
  • Earthquakes and famines are going to be in divers places.
  • Wars and rumors of wars are going to take place.
  • You are going to be lied to, hated, schemed against, and cheated. And people who say that they are born again, are going to walk out on you and accuse you.
So settle it in your heart now, so that when it come, you aren't surprised. In all of this that is to come, Jesus will still be God. The gospel will be preached to the whole world. Jesus will still heal and deliver. He will still be there when you call, and He will work on your behalf if you let Him.

Sing: I know the Lord will make a way for you. I know that Lord will make a way for you. If you live a holy life, shun the wrong and do the right, I know the Lord will make a way for you.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 December 15 - Morning Manna

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint"
(Isaiah 40:29-31)
Today's Morsel: Do you ever hit one of those points where you become discouraged and you start to feel as though you have no one you can talk to or that no one seems to care? What would you say this is or why do you think it happens? Would you say it is a attack from the enemy or you just lost focus?I believe that it is the latter, as the devil has no power over us. Often, in this fast pace life, it is easy to lose focus on what you are doing and not wait upon the Lord. Many times, we allow the things of God to become second or third instead of first place and we are soon out of whack. Isaiah said that the Lord will give power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. When we become weary in well doing, we become powerless. God's power is still there, but we forget to offer praise and stir it back up. We want to sulk instead of worship. The call here by the Lord is to wait when we don't know what to do. David could have immediately went after the men who took his family at Zitlag. But he didn't. He waited until he and his men were through being weary and faint hearted. You see if they would have taken matters into their own hands without waiting on the Lord, they no doubt when have done foolishly. We must learn patience. Learn determination. Learn commitment. And above all, learn to keep our flesh under subjection until God does what He desires to do within us. And then we will see that our strength is renewed and made perfect in Him. "In your patience possess ye your souls," Jesus said in Luke 21:19.
Sing: Thy that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint, teach me Lord, teach me Lord to wait.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2011 December 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:For all the schooling that I've had, I've never been in a class where the teacher didn't tell us, "Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you, because one day you might need it." During my Army training, "First aid" was a continuous subject that soldiers had to become proficient in as we never knew when we would have to use it on others or even ourselves. Paul told Timothy, "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee" (1 Timothy 4:16). The doctrine of Jesus Christ and His apostles will not only save us, it will save others that hear it as well. Paul goes on to tell us, "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). Many people today are losing or have already lost their hope of living. If Scripture gives us hope, why don't we inform them before it's too late. When I'm counseling with folks, I always try to get them to read the Bible and apply what they read because I know it will make a difference in their life. Paul also says that, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Because the scriptures are God-inspired, if we follow them, they will give us life. Take hold to instruction, correction, chastisement, discipline, and doctrine, it saves us.
Sing: When in service for my Lord, dark may be the night, but I'll cling more close to Him, He will give me light, Satan's snares may vex my soul, turn my thoughts aside, but my Lord goes ahead, He'll lead wherever betide.

O' I want to see Him, look upon His face, there to sing forever, of His saving grace, on the streets of glory, let me lift my voice, cares all past home at last ever to rejoice.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2011 December 13 - Morning Manna

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
(1 Timothy 2:1-3)
Today's Morsel: I often wonder what things God would do if we forgot about our needs and just focused on the needs of others in our prayers. For the next 30 days, I would like you to focus on someone you know, someone that you would like God to make a change in their life. If they call you during your 30-days ofprayer time, don't tell them you've been praying for them, but just be a listening ear. When you pray, just ask God to bless them. Ask Him to bless them in whatever area that may come to your mind. Nothing else. Do it for five to ten minutes each day and see what God will do in their lives during that 30 days. The Lord said, "If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land"(2 Chronicles 7:13-14). Prayer is an invitation for God to work in the lives of people.
Sing: Someone is praying for you! Someone is praying for you! When you feel you're alone, and your heart would break in two, remember someone is praying for you.

Monday, December 12, 2011

2011 December 12 - Morning Manna

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalms 46:1)
Today's Morsel: Each year during the Olympics, many men complete for the strongest man title by lifting weights. These man display their strength and abilities to outlift their opponent for the title, to be known as the strongest man in the world. But are they really the strongest? Jesus said that all power in Heaven and earth was given unto Him. With His finger He casts out devils. A man's strength is not determined by his ability to lift weights, but rather by his character. If you were to take inventory, how many people do you know that you can call on in the times of trouble and they will be there for you. If you were able to list someone, then these folks are rare and you should classify them as true friends. The psalmist said that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. You see, God is a safe haven, sanctuary, shelter, and our protection. He covers us with His feathers and under His wing, we can trust Him. When His spirit is within us, it gives us the strength that we each need. We should never need to pray for strength, as it is always with us. We just need to stir up the gift of the Holy Ghost within us to have the strength we need. Because He is in us, His presence is with us. No matter the trouble, trial, or circumstance, He is as close as the mention of His name. So don't fret when trouble comes. But rather remember, "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving" (Colossians 2:6-7). And then, "Speak to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"(Ephesians 5:19-20). Jesus is a friend who won't leave you.
Sing: God is, my refuge and strength, my refuge and strength; my refuge in time of trouble. God is, my refuge and strength, my refuge and strength; my refuge in time of trouble. And He will hide me, under the rock, under the rock, under the rock, and He will hide me, under the rock, and I'll be safe in the times of trouble.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

2011 December 10 - Morning Manna

Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man. For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (Psalms 43:1-5)
Today's Morsel: It is amazing how quick darkness flees when light is present. You can walk into a dark room and turn on a light and instantly the darkness is gone. The only place the darkness remains is in those places where the light cannot penetrate. When one's heart is darkened, there is an absence of light. Paul said, "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them" (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). When we understand the Gospel, we understand that it is about Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. Those who follow Him will not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 1:3). The Psalmist prayed that God would send out His light and His truth that they may lead him and bring him to the holy hill and the tabernacle. The light on the tower at an airport is to lead planes to their runway. When the light is sent out, it shows the way. Jesus said that we are cities set upon a hill that cannot be hidden. Therefore, we must let our lights shine that men can see our good works and glorify God. We are to shine so that others may see the way. When we understand that Jesus is both The Light and The Truth (John 8:12; John 14:6), we must live our lives so that He shines through us. When we spend time in His presence, His light will be renewed in us and then shine through us.
Sing: In His presence is fullness of joy, at His right hand, pleasure for ever more, oh what fellowship divine, I am His and He is mine, in the presence of the Lord, is fullness of joy!

Friday, December 9, 2011

2011 December 9 - Morning Manna

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? (Psalms 42:1-2)

Today's Morsel:Many people do not understand how easy it is to dehydrate. The two types of dehydration, chronic dehydration and acute dehydration, can be caused by many things. The most common causes are: flu, vomiting, diarrhea, blood loss, malnutrition, and plain old failure to replenish liquids lost from sweating and urination (not drinking enough water). Many illnesses and diseases can trigger acute dehydration due to the increased body temperature and sweating that usually occurs. This is why your doctor tells you to drink plenty of fluids when you are ill. Your body uses fluids to expel toxins as well as to keep your system flexible, lubricated and running smoothly. Dehydration and blood pressure problems often go hand-in-hand due to the loss of electrolytes. Symptoms of dehydration are: Thirst, lost of appetite, skin flushing, dark colored urine, dry mouth, fatigue or weakness, chills, head rushes.
David said, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God." When we do not get enough of God, we are going to spiritual dehydrate. The woman at the well askED Jesus to give her the water that He offered so that she would never thirst nor have to draw water again. The Holy Ghost is that living water that we need so that we never thirst again. It is the refreshing after a hot and weary day. It is the new wine that is given last at the wedding feast. As born again believers, we should never thirst for living water. We just need to prime the pump and allow the Holy Ghost to flow freely within us.
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 waters did abound.
Drinking at the springs of living water, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy; drinking at the springs of living waters, oh wonderful and bountiful supply.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

2011 December 8 - Morning Manna

Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber. And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria. And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them? And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: wouldest thou smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master. And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.
(2 Kings 6:8-23)

Today's Morsel: After desert Storm/Desert Shield began in Iraq in 1991, many of the Iraqi's were taken prisoner by the allied forces. They were being carded off to prison camps in cargo truck by the load. Many of them were hungry and malnourished from a lack of care from their leaders. One of the first things the allied forces did was to give them water to drink and food to eat. Many of these men were very appreciative for the way that they were being treated. After the war, they were returned home to Iraq. When the King of Syria wanted to attack the king of Israel, Elisha asked God to blind them. And then he lead them right into the camp of their enemy. When the king of Israel ask if they should kill them, Elisha told them, "No. Feed them." And so after the men held a great feast prepared for them, they were allowed to returned home and the Syrians came no more into the land of Israel. What would you have done to your enemies. Would you have taken a more drastic measure against them? Scripture says that if our enemy hungers, to feed them, and if they thirst, give them water to drink, and so shall we heap coals of fire upon their head. In every situation, we have to remember the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." And since God isn't willing that any should perish, we have to adjust our thinking to His Word. Do you have any enemies? This is the best way to rid them from you.

Sing: Here's my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord, come and quench this thirsting of my soul, bread of heaven feed me till I want no more, here's my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2011 December 7 - Morning Manna

My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. (Proverbs 3:11-12)
Today's Morsel: When you were a child and your parents were about to spank you, did they ever say to you, "This is going to hurt me more then it's going to hurt you?" I use to think, "How can it hurt them more than me. I'm the one getting the whipping." God corrects us through His Word. This is why many times in church, when the Word is preached, it exposes our inward thoughts and actions, or the wrong deeds we've done, and we feel a deep sense of remorse and it causes us to repent. The writer of Hebrews informs us, "And we have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?"Hebrews 12:5-9). Therefore, we need disciplining and reprimanding for our wrong. Solomon tells us, "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell"(Proverbs 23:13-14). When we truly love our children as God loves us, we will correct them so that they are being bent in the right direction. Moses told the children of Israel, "For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt" (Deuteronomy 7:6-8). When we are born into the family of God, we can expect correction to come from our heavenly Father, Jesus, when we do wrong. And there is no respecter of persons, we will all receive His correction.
Sing: Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little to ones to Him belong, they are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

2011 December 6 - Morning Manna

"My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path" (Proverbs 2:1-9)
Today's Morsel: My daughter-in-law called us one day to tell us that she had gotten a metal detector. I asked her what she was going to do with it? She said, "I'm going to look for treasures." Many people have purchased such an item and have found many things. Things such as lost coins, rings, keys, weapons, and the list goes on and on. What if we could purchase an item that found wisdom, knowledge, and understanding? I wonder how many people would purchase it. Solomon said that if we were to cry after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. These things are within our Bibles and within our reach, but we must be zealous to locate them. We must dig around in the Word to find the hidden things of God, as "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God" (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). As one gold miner exclaimed, "There's gold in them there hills!
Sing: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you, hallelu, hallelujah.

Monday, December 5, 2011

2011 December 5 - Morning Manna

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: (Proverbs 1:8)
Today's Morsel: Have you ever made the comment, "If I knew what I know now back then, I would have done things differently." How many times would you say that when you were young your parents told you things to do and you thought they were dumb, and so your didn't do them only to find out later in life that they were right. It has been stated that you don't get old being a fool. The 5th commandment is the only commandment with a promise, Paul said, and it is, "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" (Ephesians 6:1-3). Paul also wrote to Timothy, that in the last days that men would be disobedient to parents ( 2 Timothy 3:1-7). Solomon calls for us to hear the instruction of thy father and forsake not the law of thy mother. This scripture not only applies to the natural, but to the spiritual as well. Paul told Timothy, "Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity"(1 Timothy 5:1-2). The mature and faithful elders in Christ, in the church, should be respected and listened to as a father and mother by the young and not so young, he said. Their advice, guidance, wisdom, and knowledge can aide many younger members in how to walked before God and to keep themselves pure from the snares of the enemy. Solomon said that if we will heed the instructions of a father and a mother, they shall be an ornament of grace unto our heads, and chains about our necks (Proverbs 1:9). In other words, they will keep you safe and your life will be secure. What would you change about your life if you could turn back the hands of time.
Sing: Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, then to trust and obey.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

2011 December 3 - Morning Manna

Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
(Jonah 1:5-8)
Today's Morsel:It's not uncommon when we are traveling and we want to break the ice with someone that we do not know, that we begin by asking them where they are from and what their occupation is. With today's technology and easy travel, people come from all parts of the earth and do many different things. I have met many people during my travels, and when I ask them where they are from and they tell me, sometimes I will say, I've been there before. They are often surprised. but the opportunity to communicate with them is made easier. If we know something about others' occupations, in some cases it makes it easier to witness to them. Commonality can and does open doors. The men on the ship with Jonah wanted to know where he was from and what he did that he could be sleeping and not be concerned that they were in danger of the seas. Joseph told his family to tell pharaoh when he asked them what their occupation was, to say they were shepherds. "And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me; And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have. And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation? That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians" (Genesis 46:31-34). This he considers desirable, on two grounds: first, because Goshen was best suited for pasture; and secondly, because the chosen family would thus be comparatively isolated from Egyptian society. They would be free to practice their religion without intervention by the Egyptians. Even though the Egyptians raise cattle and sheep, they did not sacrifice them to their god as the Israelites did. They saw them as sacred. If Israel represents the church, and Egypt represents the world, then our occupation must be shepherds, our people are to be the people of God, and our country is afar.
Sing:There's a country far beyond the starry skies, there's a city where there never comes a night, if we're faithful we shall go there by and by, tis the city where the Lamb is the light.
In the city where the Lamb is the light, in the city where there cometh no night, I've a mansion over there and I'm free from toil and care, it's in the city where the Lamb is the light.

Friday, December 2, 2011

2011 December 2 - Morning Manna

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. (Isaiah 38:1)
Today's Morsel: I have preached from today's passage, and my the title was, "If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do differently today?" Not a popular title, but one to cause us to consider. When God gave me this message, I immediately began to think what would I do, were there things that I should do or be doing. I thought about if I had a will in place. Had I told my family how much I loved them. Was I holding bitterness against any in my heart. Was I harboring ill feelings and unforgiveness. Many thoughts began to rush through my mind. Was my house in order. Not my natural house, but my spiritual house, since I am called the temple of God. I began to think if I had been building my life according to God's Word. Had I purged myself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. I even began to think of those who are on death row. Scriptures began to flood my mind of the unjust steward, the ten virgins, Belshazzar, Hezekiah. But none touched my heart as much as when Jesus said, "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh" (Matthew 24:42-44). What would you do differently today, if you knew you were going to die tomorrow?
Sing: I'm getting ready to leave this place, I'm getting ready for those gates of pearls, keeping my record right, watching both day and night, I'm getting ready to leave this place.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

2011 December 1 - Morning Manna

And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. (Genesis 28:10-17)

Today's Morsel: As a kid, I was never afraid to climb ladders, even when they were self made out of materials that we today would never be considered safe for climbing. As I have gotten a little older, I am not afraid, just a little more cautious about how high I'm will to go up on them. Especially if they are made out of materials that I don't think will hold me.

When Jacob was sent by his mother to live with his uncle Laban, he came upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed.
What is it about dreams that we are left wondering what they are all about? Joseph had a dream that his family would one day bow to him. Peter said that in the last days, old men would dream dreams. Solomon asked God to grant him wisdom to lead His people, and God gave him more than he had asked for, when he awoke it was but a dream. Jacob's dream speaks to the effect that we always have divine protection (Hebrews 1:14), and that we can always go higher in Christ should we so desire. But it is up to each of us to climb the ladder of success and victory. When John was on the isles of Patmos, he heard a voice saying unto him, "Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne" (Revelation 4:1-2). Habakkuk said that God would cause him to walk upon my high places. God wants each of us to come up higher in Him, and it starts with making up our minds to climb the ladder to victory and unto higher places in Him.

Sing: I am, climbing, Jacob's ladder! I am, climbing, Jacob's ladder! I am, climbing, Jacobs' ladder! Soldiers, of the cross. Every, rung goes, higher, higher! Every, rung goes, higher, higher! Every, rung goes, higher, higher, soldiers of the cross. O' sinner, do you, love my Jesus? Sinner, do you, love my Jesus? Sinner do you, love my Jesus? Soldiers of the cross.