Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2014 September 9 - Morning Manna

How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street. The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! (Lamentations 4:1-2).
Today's Morsel: As born again believers, sons of God, God compares us to gold.  He makes an exclamation as to how is the gold become dim!  If you ever notice, nothing is placed upon gold.  Gold is always placed upon something else.  If you mix anything with gold, it can cause the gold to become tarnished and lose its firmness and value.  Every item in the holy of holies, in the temple, was either made of gold or overlaid with gold; a portrait of the things in heaven.  As sons of God, we are compared to gold because we must be pure in order to enter heaven.  John tells us, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure" (1 John 3:1-3).  If we hope to see Jesus, we must be pure.  So let me encourage you, don't mix yourself with this world and the things of it, it will cause you to become of no value to God.  If you are planning on seeing Jesus, John said you must purify yourself. "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:19-21).  These things will cause you to become dim and keep you out of heaven.  They will tarnish you.   As Paul also told Timothy, "But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart" (2 Timothy 2:16-22). Remember, gold is designed to shine, so let your light shine every day and do nothing to cause dimness.
Sing: This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Thought for Today:  Don't let the world take away your luster (Parker)

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