Friday, May 31, 2013

2013 May 31 - Morning Manna

Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:41-52)
Today's Morsel: Do you ever wonder if Jesus got a spanking? Even though He was twelve years old when mentioned here, I think Mary and Joseph may have given him a pretty good scolding for His actions. Scripture says that after this, He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but His mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. He became submitted to his parents, and as a result of His submission, He matured and grew in both wisdom and favor with God and man. W hen we are submissive to those over us, we too will gain wisdom and grow in favor with God and man. Submission isn't about someone lording over you, it's about gaining an umbrella of protection for your soul. Even though Jesus was God in flesh, His examples for us is how to respect authority over us, especially our parents. If we follow His example, we will grow and mature in Him.
Sing: Make me what I ought to be, help me to be more like Thee. Bid me come up higher, till Thy face I see, Lord, help me to be more like Thee.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

2013 May 30 - Morning Manna

And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. (2 Chronicles 20:20)
Today's Morsel:Many people seem to be concerned about what is going on in our world today. Many ask themselves what it will be like for their children and grandchildren? Should we as born again believers be concerned about these things? The scripture tells us to believe in the LORD our God, and we shall ye be established; and if we believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper. We must get to the point in our lives that no matter what everyone else is doing, we are established in who our God is and who we are in Him. God doesn't change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As He told Peter when he asked Him about John's life, "Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me" (John 21:22). When we believe what God's Word tells us, it will come to pass. So no matter what is going on in this world or in the lives of others, don't allow it to uproot you and pull you away from the things of God. Our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
Sing: I believe God, I believe God, that he will do, just as he said. Trust and obey, believe Him and say, I believe, I believe God.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

2013 May 29 - Morning Manna

In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (Proverbs 14:26-27)
Today's Morsel: It seems as though the more the wicked are in authority, the more confidence he has within himself then in God. He fails to realize that he shall soon be cut down like the grass. Even Asap almost found himself slipping away because of the wicked (Psalms 73); but when he went to church and heard the Word of the Lord, he knew that the wicked are in slippery places. Just because it seems that the wicked have the upper hand, fret not little flock, they shall soon be brought down. The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is strong confidence. In other words, the person who reverences and respects God understands that God will supply all his needs. He understands that God is the giver and the taker of life and that it is He that sits upon the throne of judgment. Solomon tells us that confidence in an unfaithful man is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint. They are both painful. But when we respect and give honor to our God, not only will we be confident and have a fountain of life flowing out of us, but our children will also have a place of refuge for themselves too. Always remember, you are the best example for your children and grandchildren.
Sing: I've got a river of life flowing out of me, it makes the lame to walk and the blind to see; it opens prison doors, sets the captives free, I've got a river of life flowing out of me.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2013 May 28 - Morning Manna

A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. (Proverbs 14:30)
Today's Morsel: How secure are you in your walk with God? A sound heart is like medicine, or a cure; it delivers, it heals, it's wholesome and it's able to spring back when it is hurt. When our heart is firm and grounded it gives us life. Solomon said that out of our heart proceeds the issue of life. Therefore, if we want to have a life that is overflowing and abundant while we are in this flesh, we have to ensure that our heart is focused on the things that are most important. A sound heart does not envy what others have or their achievements. A sound heart rejoices with them. A sound heart knows that where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. A sound heart does not lust nor think evil of any. When our hearts are focused on Jesus, He will keep us in perfect peace. If your life is without the fruit of the spirit, your heart isn't going to be sound. But a heart that is content and satisfied with the things that it has, will be unmovable and unshakable. 
Sing: I've got my foot on the rock and my mind's made up, though I walk through the lowly valley, though I drink from the bitter cup; when the devil comes a knocking trying to show me an easier way, I stand right, flat on my feet; I throw my, head in the air; I look him, straight in the eye; I say, my foot's on the rock and my mind's made up.

Monday, May 27, 2013

2013 May 27 - Morning Manna

"And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect"(Hebrews 11:32-40).
Today's Morsel: Today we celebrate "Memorial Day" in America. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veteran's Day. Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember those men and women who died while serving in theUnited States Armed Forces. Whereas, Veterans Day is to honor all service members, both those who died or are still living.
The Book of Hebrews calls our attention to many we should remember and honor for their devotion to duty and ultimate sacrifice so that you and I may be free. The writer makes mention of many who died while in the service of the Lord. And even today, many are giving the ultimate sacrifice to make others free. History tells us that all of Jesus' disciples were killed all but the apostle John. Each of them gave their lives that we could hear the truth of the gospel and be made free. But no one was more willing to die then our Captain of the Host, The Lord Jesus Christ. He gave His life that you and I could live. And so as you celebrate this Memorial Day, please don't forget to honor our Savior, Jesus Christ. Because, if He had not died, where would we be.
Sing: He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt, I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away; And now I sing a brand new song, "Amazing Grace", for Jesus paid a debt, that I could never pay.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

2013 May 25 - Morning Manna

Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab. And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramothgilead. And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war. And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day. Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand. But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him? (2 Chronicles 18:1-6)

Today's Morsel:  It amazes me how many people believe what they hear from the media. As I heard a man once say, a half truth is a lie.  Most news casters are not reporting firsthand information, they are telling you what someone else said.  This is why you must have the facts before you draw your conclusion on matters and issues.  Remember, there is two sides to every story. Maybe this is why the Lord told us , "At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death."(Deuteronomy 17:6).  Paul told Timothy, "Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses" (1 Timothy 5:19).  He said you need two or three witnesses.  When King Jehoshaphat joined himself to king Ahab, Ahab asked him to go to battle with him.  But Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD today. Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand. But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?  John tells us, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world" (1 John 4:1-3).  If you are one of those who believes everything that someone tells you, you may wind up in a mess. John said that we need to try the spirit whether they be of God. Remember, all that glitters isn't gold.

Sing:  Just a closer walk with Thee, grant it Jesus is my plea, daily walking close to Thee, let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Friday, May 24, 2013

2013 May 24 - Morning Manna

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly"(Proverbs 14:29).

 Today's Morsel:  We hear a lot about road rage, terror attacks and shootings.  Why does there seem to be so much anger?  Does it seem that you are becoming short tempered lately?  Does it seem that things are making you upset and uneasy when you hear it or are caught up in it.  I've noticed that people in the church are starting to allow anger to invade their homes and lives.  Husbands are yelling at their wives. Wives are yelling at their husband.  And the children are yelling at their parents and after each other.  Where is all this anger coming from?  It's coming from what we are listening to and from others, from what we are observing on the worldwide web, from what we are listening to on the  radio, and what many are watching on the television.  Today's social media seems to be upsetting about everything.  Solomon tells us that he that is slow to wrath is of great understanding.  In other words, he's not drawn into such foolishness.  James tells us, "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls" (James 1:19-21).  If you listen carefully, you will not be drawn into anger.  You will be able to discern good from evil and be able to walk away from foolishness.  As the Department of Transportation used to say, " Buckle up, the life you save may be your very own!"  This includes our lips.

Sing: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of this earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

2013 May 23 - Morning Manna

"And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much. And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day"
(2 Chronicles 20:22-26).
Today's Morsel: One of the things I always like about the valley is that everything seems to be green and beautiful. I seem to find more things in the valley then I do on the hill top. In the valley, I usually come across streams, different flowers, different trees, and even see different creatures. Granted there are great things on the hill top, but peace and serenity seem to come to life in the valley. David said, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever" (Psalms 23:4-6). To some, the valley is a scary place. But when you know that God is there with you, there is no need for fear. The Bible says that when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them an abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much. And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day. The word Berachah means, "Blessings." This place was called the valley of blessings all because God destroyed their enemies for them and left much spoil for them. When you allow God to fight your battles for you, you too will receive the spoil of your enemies and be blessed of God.
Sing: We are blessed, we're blessed, we are blessed, we are blessed; we have shelter, food, and clothing and we are blessed. We are blessed, we're blessed, we are blessed, we are blessed, we don't deserve it but yes we are blessed.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2013 May 22 - Morning Manna

"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:1-16)
Today's Morsel: When I was in the army, I had many things I could use to adjust a soldier's attitude when they didn't do what they were told. We could use administrative punishment, but my favorite was, "The School of the Soldier." The School of the Soldier was training conducted on the weekend during the soldier's free time, the time they were supposed to be off duty. But because some didn't do what they were supposed to do, I would take their weekend and free time away for training. The training I gave them would be according to the infraction that they had committed. It was always so amazing to watch soldiers become humble and adjust their attitude when they knew their free time was going to be taken away.
Jesus' teaching on what is called, "The Sermon on the Mount", was a message about our attitudes and how we should live our lives. Some have said that Jesus taught us these beatitudes so we could improve our attitudes, as people do not have a positive or negative attitude, but rather a good or evil one. If we say that we are Christians, then our attitude must be a good one. Even those with an evil attitude can adjusted them into good ones. The Psalmist said all they have to do is take heed to the Word of God. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word"(Psalms 119:9). When people obey God's Word, they will change. This is why the beatitudes are so important for us to learn and to know. God's Word will accomplish what He sends it to do. And today many need attitude adjustments. That's why home Bible studies and daily devotions are so important, they help to adjust our attitudes.
Sing: He's all I need, He's all I need, Jesus is all I need. He's all I need, He's all I need, Jesus is all I need.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

2013 May 21 - Morning Manna

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead (Luke 16:19-31).

Today's Morsel:Every so often, I like to give folks a wakeup call. Have you considered eternity lately? Webster defines eternity as time without beginning or end. A very long or a seemingly very long period of time. There will be no end to eternity. What plans are you making for that time? There is a leadership quote I use in my book, "A Reflection of the Man in the Mirror,”which says “ If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” If you don't make plans on how you will get to heaven, you really don't plan on going to heaven. Let me ask you, how’s your dash? You know, that line on your tombstone between your date of birth and the date of your death. Because the day you were born doesn't matter nor does the day you die, what matters is what you did in-between those two dates. If we are not careful, we can take our eyes off Jesus, and put them on things that really don’t matter. Just what are you doing to get yourself ready for eternity? Whether we like it or not, if the Lord tarries, one day we are all going to die. And the question is, where will you spend eternity? Peter said, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless"(2 Peter 3:8-14). If I were you, I would keep this at the forefront of my mind because it's going to happen when we are least expecting it to happen. Have you considered eternity lately? What are you doing to prepare for it?
Sing: I'm getting ready to leave this world, I'm getting ready for those gates of pearls, keeping my record right, watching both day and night, well, I'm getting ready to leave this world.

Monday, May 20, 2013

2013 May 20 - Morning Manna

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee"
(Proverbs 4:7-9)
Today's Morsel: Someone once asked, "How do you get wisdom?" And the reply was, "Don't do what you see other people doing that is wrong and what gets them into trouble." In other words, learn from other's mistakes. But today, so many people seem to be void of wisdom. They keep doing the same wrong things over and over again. You ask some people why they did what they did to get them into trouble and they have no idea. You ask some people why they married the person they married and they have no idea. Solomon said that we need to get wisdom. And not only that, but we need to get an understanding to go along with it. You can have all the education in the world, but there is nothing worse than being an educated fool. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. Wisdom, when used right, will promote and bring you honor; but foolishness will destroy you.
Sing: Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus daily let me go; Higher, higher in the school of wisdom, more of grace to know.
O' deeper yet, I pray, and higher every day, and wiser, blessed Lord, in Thy precious holy word.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

2013 May 18 - Morning Manna

"Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith"
(2 Thessalonians 3:1-2).
Today's Morsel: Do you every stop and consider how many people are praying for you? There is nothing like knowing that you have a prayer covering when you are going into a new area of work, a job interview, surgery, travel, or even just day-to-day life. Just knowing that others are praying for us should give us peace of mind. John said, "And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand" (Revelation 8:3-4). Paul told Timothy, "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; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:1-5). When we pray according to His will, things will happen.
Sing: Hear my cry O' God; attend unto my prayer, from the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, and when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to that rock, that is higher than I, so much higher than I.

Friday, May 17, 2013

2013 May 17 - Morning Manna

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9)
Today's Morsel: What we think determines who we are and the shape of our future. Our expectations, accomplishments, happiness, and very being are determined by what we allow to fill our minds. Paul told the church at Philippi: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8). We must guard our thoughts. Solomon said, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23). All of life's actions flow from our thoughts. This is why the Bible says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). In today's world, so much can come into our minds that prevent us from thinking about those things that are pure and noble that Paul spoke of. Paul said that our minds must be fixed on God. If our thoughts aren't fixed on the Lord, we can find ourselves imagining all kinds of problems, situations, and dilemmas. We may start thinking we don't have enough money, or that we don't have the right kind of status, spouse, car, job, etc. In other words, we turn within instead of without. We see all the things we don't have rather than what we do have. Peter tell us, "For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God"(1 Peter 2:19-20). So let me encourage you, don't become weary. Do what you know is good and right even if the world rejects you.
Sing: I've got Jesus on the inside working on the outside, oh what a change in my life! I've got Jesus on the inside working on the outside, oh what a change in my life! I've got Jesus on the inside working on the outside, oh what a change in my life! Oh what a change, in my life!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

2013 May 16 - Morning Manna

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. Andall nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:8-12)
Today's Morsel: There seems to be so much controversy about paying tithes into the kingdom of God. Why is tithing a doctrinal teaching point; and why is it essential to you? Tithing teaches us money management and discipline. If you cannot manage your finances it will cause you indebtedness, distress, and discontentment which leads to, in so many cases, sickness, divorce, lying, cheating, stealing, and even death. It causes sin. Paul said: "For sin shall not have dominion over you" (Romans 6:14). Malachi asked, "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse." What comes to your mind when you think of being cursed? Evil to the point of being despicable. Stubborn to the point of causing irritation or annoyance. Bothered, a pest. Without peace in your life. Fear. Torment. Money tests your heart. Your faith. Your attitude. Your love. Paul told 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" (1 Timothy 6:9-10). Notice, because of the love of money, many have caused themselves hurt. What kind of hurts? Stress, discontentment, indebtedness, divorce, sickness. All because they fell in love with money. Isn't it amazing that we allow the world to tell us that when we eat out that we should leave at least a 20% tip based on the total of our bill to the wait-staff and we don't question it. But when it comes to the church, we question giving God 10%! James said, " My brethren, these things ought not so be." If you don't give God what is rightfully His, He has no problem taking it. Ask Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, who sold a possession, and kept back part of the price (Acts 5:1-2). You cannot put a dollar amount on the value of your life.
Sing: Give, and it shall be given, good measure, pressed down shaken together and running over; give, and it shall be given, when you give you give to the Lord.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

2013 May 15 - Morning Manna

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest. (2 Kings 4:1-7)

Today's Morsel: Oil can serve many purposes. We use oil for cooking. We use oil for lubrication. We put oil in our car to reduce friction. You may not think that oil is important in your car until you see smoke coming from your exhaust pipe, or you hear metal beating against metal. Or that little red light comes on in your car dash board which says, "Check your engine oil." Most engine oils starts to breakdown between 3-5 K miles. This is why auto companies request that you change your oil every 3-4 K miles. But it all depends on the type oil you us, too.
When the woman's sons in our scripture were about to be take for payment, she went to Elisha for help. He asked her what she had in her house. She said that all she had was a pot of oil. To her, it wasn't much, just a pot of oil. I'm sure she was thinking within herself, "What does that have to do with what I need to deliver my sons?" You see, God's ways are not our ways. The same way Elijah had told the woman that God said the barrel of meal would not waste neither the cruse of oil fail until God sent rain upon the earth, he wanted this woman to know that her little pot of oil would meet her need. But it required that she put her faith in action. And so he told her to go get as many vessels as she could find, go into her house and start pouring. She stepped out on her faith and she did what the man of God told her to do and she was able to meet her requirements to deliver her sons and to live. Do you step out on faith when the man of God tells you something to do to meet your need, or do you try to figure out another way? James said that faith without works is dead.

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.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2013 May 14 - Morning Manna

And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.
(2 Kings 2:23-25)
Today's Morsel: The younger couple invited their aged pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having. "Goat," the little boy replied. "Goat?" replied the startled man of the cloth, "Are you sure about that?" "Yep," said the youngster. "I heard Pa say to Ma, 'Might as well have the old goat for dinner today as any other day." (humor).
I always like it when I see ministers who can have fun with children. Often, children don't think that they can have fun with ministers because many ministers take themselves too serious. I would hate to think that any child is afraid of me as a minister. Elisha seems to be a minister that could not handle being teased or being made fun of. Granted, children should be taught how to give honor and respect to the ministry, but they should also be taught not to be afraid of the ministry as well. If a child becomes afraid of the ministry, they may miss their calling of God. Scripture says, "At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea" (Matthew 18:1-6). Solomon said, "The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice" (Proverbs 23:24-25); Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate"(Psalms 127:3-5). Children should know that it is a joy to serve the Lord, and this begins by seeing adults who have fun serving Him.
Sing: Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world; red and yellow black and white they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Monday, May 13, 2013

2013 May 13 - Morning Manna

"Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved" (Psalms 55:22)
Today's Morsel: When my wife and I were missionaries and we went to churches to present our missions field in hopes to gain support for the work of God, the pastors would often say to us, "Come share your burden with us." I knew what they meant; they wanted us to share with them why we felt God had called us to a certain area of the world and for what purpose. I don't believe that any of us should be carrying around burdens, since we are told to cast them upon the Lord. I think the call of God should be carried with excitement and not as a burden. I think we should be so excited about what God is doing that others will want to join the team. If I say that it is a burden, then many may say, "Why do I want to be a missionary if it is a burden." I don't read where Pau, in all his missions trips, said that it was a burden for him. He said, "But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel"(Philippians 1:12). He told the church at Corinth, "But be it so, I did not burden you" (2 Corinthians 12:16). Paul wasn't carrying around any burdens and we shouldn't be either. If I have burdens, I'm bound to burden someone else. Are you burdened with something today? Are you worried about your health? Are you wearied about your children? What about your job? Are you worried about whether the things you've depended on will be around when you reach retirement age? Is the past weighing you down? The psalmist and Peter both tell us to cast our burdens and cares that weight us down on the Lord (Psalms 55:22 and 1 Peter 5:7). If we keep carrying things around that weigh us down, pretty soon they may just crush us.
Sing: Are you weary, are you heavy hearted? Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus. Are you grieving over joys departed? Tell it to Jesus alone.
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus, He is a friend that's well known; you have no other such a friend or brother, tell it to Jesus alone.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

2013 May 11 - Morning Manna

And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. (Acts 9:1-9)

Today's Morsel: It's great hearing how far technology and how advanced medicine has come when dealing with optometry. People who could not see, are now being able to see. And those who have struggled with their eyesight are now able to obtain medical procedures to help their vision. But when Paul was struck blind on the road to Damascus, these procedures were not in place for him to obtain his sight back again. He would only be able to see again through a miraculous means. Jesus said that he was anointed to recover sight to the blind (Luke 4:18). When Jesus sent Ananias to Paul, Ananias said to him, "Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God" (Acts 9:17-20). Not only did Paul receive his natural sight again, but he also received spiritual sight as well. Many people today are blinded by the light of God's Word and they can't see where they are going. They need someone to pray for them that they may receive their sight. Therefore, when God sends you to them, you must be ready to pray for them, and to declare to them the correct way. Remember, "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. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ"(2 Corinthians 4:3-6)
Sing: Open the eyes of my heart Lord. Open the eyes of my heart, I want to see You, I want to see You. To see You high and lifted up, shining in the light of Your Glory, pour out Your power and love, as we sing holy, holy, holy; holy, holy, holy, I want to see You.

Friday, May 10, 2013

2013 May 10 - Morning Manna

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.(1 Peter 2:1-10)
Today's Morsel: When I was a kid growing up in North Carolina and living in the country, we would walk along the road and pull this weed that we called a "sour weed." We would suck on it, and out of it would come this juice that was somewhat sour, but tasted sweet after you swallowed it. Maybe that's why Solomon said "The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet" (Proverbs 27:7). Peter tells us, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." When we are willing to suck from God's Word, we can obtain a clear understanding and get the true meaning of what is being said so that we can apply it to our lives and grow spiritual and not be barren in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. David tells us to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). He said that God's Word is sweeter than the honey in the honeycomb (Psalms 19:10). When we desire the sincere milk of God's Word, we will be able to stand in the times of adversity, affliction, and anguish, because our spiritual bones will be strong. Friend, there is honey in the Rock for you.
Sing: Oh, my brother do you know the Savior, who is wondrous, kind and true, He's the rock of your salvation. There is honey in the rock for you.
Oh, honey in the rock (oh, honey in the rock), Sweet honey in the rock (sweet honey in the rock), Oh, it tastes just like honey in the rock, Go taste and see if the Lord is good, Oh, it tastes just like honey in the rock.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

2013 May 9 - Morning Manna

And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem: And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt he with fire. And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about. (2 Kings 25:8-10)
Today's Morsel: People are often aghast when a church burns to the ground or someone breaks in and destroys the property inside a church. It's like taking the wind of faith right out of people's sails. Folks immediately give credit to the devil for doing it. They say, "The devil is trying to destroy what God is doing!" And I have heard others say, "Man, I wish it had happened to our church, because we sure could use a new building." Hummm! Many people aren't aware that when you lose a church you sometimes lose people, because people lose their faith in the transition and while waiting for a new building. Any place that is used for ministering and teaching God's word you should never want it to be destroyed. These places become land marks for some people. They become special places that they can talk about and share with their children as places that they received their salvation and truth.
Scripture says, "Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem: And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt he with fire." Can you imagine? He burnt the house of the Lord. Why would they burn the house of the Lord? Because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. It was a place of worship. It was a place of sacrifice to their God. And the king of Babylon knew that if the Lord's house was destroyed the people's hope and faith would be destroyed. Even today in our own country of America, so many seem to be against the church and the things of God. But thanks be to God that we are the church of the living God. It's not a natural building, but a living temple; because we are the temple of the living God. And there are no fiery trials or temptations that can destroy us. As our King told the apostle Peter, "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). Jesus knew that the enemy of Truth would destroy the natural building, and so He showed the Apostle John New Jerusalem wherein dwelleth rightousness. Aren't you glad that that's where you're going?
Sing: It's the old ship of Zion, it's the hope for the lost and dying, it's a soul saving station, the tower of salvation! Well, it's the church, triumphant, O Lord, and it's built by the hand of the Lord.
I'm talking about the church in the Book of Revelation, it's built on the Rock, it's got a firm foundation, it's been through the flood, and it's been through the fire, but one of these days, the church is gonna move up higher. It's the church triumphant, O Lord, and it's built by the hand of the Lord.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

2013 May 8 - Morning Manna

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Today's Morsel: I often wonder, if we don't sometime miss understand the scripture. I believe that many, when quoting and reading today's passage, fail to hear the words, "to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Even though people receive salvation through repentance, water baptism in Jesus name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost, it doesn't mean that they are called according to His purpose. Yes, we are all called to be witnesses of God. But is that God's specific purpose for you? Do you know what God's purpose is for you? I have asked people why they chose a certain career path? And they say to me, "That is what my parents wanted me to be." So really, that path may not have been God's purpose for their lives. Many children enter the ministry (which is a good thing), yet that may not be God's purpose for their lives. When relating his converstion to the king, the Apostle Paul said, "And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me"(Acts 26:14-18). Paul said that Jesus told him, "For I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee." Paul was chosen for a specific purpose and I believe this is why he said this to the Romans "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Paul's original purpose that he had for himself was to arrest and persecute Christians. And by all indications, Paul loved God. But was arresting and killing Christians God's purpose? No! God's purpose for him was totally different than what he expected. Solomon tell us to get both wisdom and an understanding. Paul wanted us to know that if we truly love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, that when God calls us for a specific purpose, then all things will work out according to the purpose God called us for.
Sing: For thou art great, and doest wondrous things! Thou art God alone, teach me Thy way, oh Lord. I will walk in Thy truth, unite my heart to fear Thy name, I will praise Thee, oh Lord, my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Thy name, forever more.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

2013 May 7 - Morning Manna

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
(Galatians 5:16-18)
Today's Morsel: In the game of tug of war, the goal is to pull your opponent across the line. If you every notice in this game the closer your opponent pulls you closer to the line, the harder you have to pull to keep him from winning. So I conclude that the harder the enemy is pulling, the harder the world seems to be pulling you, the harder your flesh seems to be pulling, then the harder you have to pull the other way toward Jesus. Just as in the game of tug of war, you always put the bigger guy on the end of the rope to serve as your anchor. Paul said, "That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec" (Hebrews 6:18-20). Jesus is our anchor. He's on the end, so we don't have to worry about being pulled across the line and losing as long as we hold to His unchanging hand. His word and His promises are yea and in Him Amen (1 Corinthians 1:20). So the next time you feel the world and your flesh pulling you, ask yourself, "Am I walking in the flesh or the Spirit" If we walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. We won't be pulled away from Jesus, we will be drawn closer to Him.
Sing: Hold to God unchanging hand, hold to God's unchanging hand, build your hopes on things eternal, hold to God's unchanging hand.

Monday, May 6, 2013

2013 May 6 - Morning Manna

He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? (Matthew 16:2-3)
Today's Morsel: So many seem to be confused about the weather. People are starting to complain about the weather more and more. Sad to say, even saints of God are starting to complain about what God is doing. If we study God's word and apply it to our hearts, we should never complain about what God is doing. We should be awake every morning and by saying, "This is the day the Lord hath made I will rejoice and be glad in it." If God wants to send tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, snow, sleet, rain or ice, as His child, it shouldn't faze me, because I know that all things work together for the good to them that love God and to those that are the called according to His purpose. If we pray for God's perfect will to be done, then why are we complaining about the weather. Jesus told us "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken" (Luke 21:25-26). God has a purpose for what He is doing with the weather, so don't try playing the weather man or else you will become confused and disheartened. "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain" (James 5:7). Don't complain, the farmer needs the rain as much as he needs the sun.
Sing: Rain on me! Rain on me! Holy Ghost shower, rain on me; yesterday's gone, today I'm in need, Holy Ghost shower, rain on me.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

2013 May 4 - Morning Manna

Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me. And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father. (1 Kings 2:28-31)
Today's Morsel: I've noticed that most Christians sacrifice at the altar, but fewer die at the altar. We give our offerings, pray, and even stand around the altar, but few die at the altar. The sacrifice was killed and placed upon the altar. If we are called to be living sacrifices, then when we come to the altar, we should be ready to die. Once I die to this world and my flesh, I am no longer pulled and tugged by them to draw me away from the Lord. The reason sin is not to have dominion over you, is because you should be dead to sin. And that should have happened to you at an altar of repentance, as repentance is death. Death to this world and oneself. So if we are dead, Paul said that we should not serve sin. In so many ways, we may have to die daily the same as Paul did. (I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily - 1 Corinthians 15:31.) When Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and told Joab, Thus saith the king, Come forth. Joab said, "Nay; but I will die here." Joab said was saying, No, I will die right here at the altar. When I die at the altar by myself and to myself, the second death will have no power over me.
Sing: Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? Your heart, does the Spirit control? Only be blest and have peace and sweet rest, as you yield Him your body and soul.

Friday, May 3, 2013

2013 May 3 - Morning Manna

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)
Today's Morsel: Often when we are waiting for an answer it can become taxing and even stressful. I know of men and women who say, "I prayed but God doesn't seem to be coming through for me." Even Daniel was starting to feel like God wasn't answering him. But once the angel arrived and told him why, Daniel was content with his answer. I believe that if we would pray for God's will to be done, we wouldn't be stressed while we are waiting for our answer to come. Elijah knew it was going to rain, but he needed confirmation from God. And so when his servant told him, "Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand;" he said, "Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not"(1 Kings 18:41-46). John the Baptist was also wanting and answer. "And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me" (Luke 7:19-23). And when John got his answer from Jesus, he said, "I must decrease he must increase." So if you are waiting on an answer from God, " Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD" (Psalms 27:14).
Sing: Learning to lean, I'm learning to lean, I'm learning to lean on Jesus; Finding more power than I ever dreamed, I'm learning to lean on Jesus.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

2013 May 2 - Morning Manna

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:1-10)
Today's Morsel: To be redeemed is to be bought back. Jesus was willing to redeem us knowing that many would still deny Him and reject Him. I once went to a livestock auction and I watched as auctioneers sold herd after herd of livestock to men who had no idea if those animals would live or die. But they put their faith in those animals to reproduce and make more of their kind. In so many ways, this is what Jesus did for us. He was willing to redeem us, putting trust in us that we would do what is right. Even with His disciples, He was willing to take them and train them. Some stayed with Him and turned their world upside down, while others rejected Him and walked away. But even the backslider in heart are starting to make their way home today. So let me encourage you, if you have a loved one not serving God, don't give up, keep praying because the redeemed of the Lord shall return to the church with singing. The price for their redemption has been paid.
Sing: Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, and every lasting joy shall be upon their head. They shall obtain, gladness and joy, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion, and every lasting joy shall be upon their head.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

2013 May 1 - Morning Manna

Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. (Psalms 78:1-8)
Today's Morsel: Story telling has been around for quite some time. Information of things of the past is being shared each and every day. Every time I go home with my family, my brothers and sisters always like telling my wife and children things that I did as a kid. I guess that's one way for my kids to learn and maintain information about their Dad to pass on to their kids. Each generation must share the truth of Jesus with the next generation. For over 2,000, the stories of Jesus have been shared around the world. Missionaries continue taking the gospel to every village, hamlet, and jungle around the world. Sunday school teachers, pastors, evangelist, and spiritual trainers are continuously telling the story of Jesus. The great commission was so that others would have a knowledge of Jesus and what He did to save a lost and dying world. Aren't you glad that someone told you about Him? Are you doing your part to spread the story to others?
Sing: Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word, tell me the story more precious, sweetest that ever was heard; tell how the angels in chorus, sang as they welcomed His birth, Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good tidings to earth.