Wednesday, May 2, 2012

2012 May 2 - Morning Manna

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Today's Morsel: When we think of wind, we often think of that cool breeze that blows upon us. In the church we think of the Day of Pentecost when there was a mighty rushing wind. Even though wind can be good for us, it can also be disastrous, catastrophic, devastating, and even terrible. In many ways, wind can be very destructive or very harsh. We know what happens when hurricanes, tornados, or typhoons come upon the lands. They can demolish an entire city. But how does winds affect the church? Paul said that the fivefold ministry was so that we would not be carried about with every wind of doctrine. In other words, the truth of the gospel will prevent you from being destroyed. Some people ask why there are so many churches. There aren't many churches. There is only one church, but there are many doctrines. Paul told the church at Rome, "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them" (Romans 16:17). Destructive winds of false doctrines are blowing. You need to make sure that you are building on the sure foundation or else you're going to suffer loss.
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it" (Matthew 7:21-27).
Sing: The wind is blowing again! The wind is blowing again, just like the day of Pentecost, the wind is blowing again.

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