Wednesday, February 8, 2012

2012 February 8 - Morning Manna

Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (Galatians 4:15-16)
Today's Morsel: Often when we hear the word "Foes" we immediately think of those who are our enemies. When we trace throughout history and wars, we could identify our enemies and those who were suppose to be our allies. But in today's wars, this spiritual battle, the enemy has become hard to identify. Some say that they are our allies, only to find out that they are our foes. And when it comes to the church, our enemy seems to be hard to identify. But Jesus said, you shall know them by their fruit. When Jesus told the parable of the wheat and the tares, scripture says, " Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn" (Matthew 13:24-30). Notice that Jesus said, that the enemy has done this; but let them grow together and in the end, I will gather the tares and cast them into the fire. "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works" Paul said, (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). Yes, we have enemies. And yes, they are in the church. "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh" (Jude 1:20-23).
Sing: I'm a soldier, in God's army, and I'm fighting, claiming victory. I will not give up, I will not turn around, I'm a soldier marching heaven bound.

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