Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2015 September 30 - Morning Manna

"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (Hebrews 11:8-10).

Today's Morsel:  When Abraham was called of God, he went out looking for that heavenly city.  By all accounts, Abraham dedicated himself to the things and service of God.  He is called a friend of God.  When God called him, he departed.  When God calls us, we must not be double-minded but must become as our father Abraham, and start looking for that heavenly city whose Builder and Maker is God.  Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us (John 14:1-4).  Like the people at Babel, we must begin building, not with brick, but upon our lives in righteousness.  We can find that city, when we are diligent in seeking for Him with our whole heart.

Sing:  I'm going to a city there'll be no more night. I'm going to a city where Jesus is the light. The trumpet's gonna sound, and I'll be called away, I'm going to a city someday.  

Thought for Today:  Endurance is one of our greatest survival skills.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2015 September 29 - Morning Manna

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (1 John 2:15-18)

Today's Morsel: It has been stated, "If you want to live in this world, equip yourself with a heart that can endure suffering."  This world isn't going to reward you anything but heartache and hardships.  Jesus knew this and we see that scripture constantly calls for us to separate ourselves from this world.  Paul admonishes us, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1).  If you are suffering today, ask yourself, "Am I suffering because of a love for the world?"   Peter said, "For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing" (1 Peter 3:17).  Whatever you do, don't allow your suffering to be because of worldliness and a love for it.

Sing:  Jesus hold my hand, Lord I need Thee every hour, through this pilgrim land, protect me by Thy saving power; hear my feeble plea, oh Lord, look down on me, when I kneel in pray, I know I'll meet You there, Blessed Jesus hold my hand.

Thought for Today:  "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" Jesus Christ  (John 16:33)

Monday, September 28, 2015

2015 September 28 - Morning Manna

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: (Isaiah 26:3-4)
Today's Morsel:  I have come to realize that most people who say that others are driving them crazy it is because they give them the keys to do it.  Most people have unrest because they trust others instead of Jesus.  If God will keep us in perfect peace, shouldn't we keep our focus on Him.  Let me encourage you, for the next month, no matter what you are facing, just keep your mind on Jesus and don't share your concerns or feelings with anyone but Him.  And see how you feel at the end of the month's time.  Jesus hasn't lost His power over situations and circumstances.  We simply have to keep our heart and mind stayed on Him.

Sing: Lord I give you my heart, I give you my soul, I live for you alone, every breath that I take, every moment I'm awake, Lord have your way in me.

Thought for Today:  Keep your eyes on Jesus, because He is the Prince of Peace.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

2015 September 26 - Morning Manna

For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
(2 Corinthians 5:4-11)

Today's Morsel:  I know that this may come as a surprise to some folks, but I'm changing my teaching.  For years I have taught that not everyone will go to heaven.  Well, I find in scripture that isn't true.  Everyone will go to heaven.  But the question is, will you get to stay there?  Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:10, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his bodyaccording to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. "  You may get to go there, but will you get in and get to stay?  You may stand before Jesus, but will you be found worthy.  Will your name be in the book of life.  Will you be found to have lived a life of peace toward all men and holiness (Hebrews 12:14)?   Will you be found born again of the water and spirit (Acts 2:38)?  "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:31).  Yes, we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ someday.  Are you ready?

Sing:  For above all else, I must be saved. For above all else, I must be saved.  Lord whatever you have to do to me, don't let me be lost for eternity, for above all else, I must be saved.

Thought for Today: There are no second chances when you stand before Christ. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

2015 September 25 - Morning Manna

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).

Today's Morsel:  We find that the tree of life is found both in the front of the Bible and in the back of the Bible (Genesis 2:9; Revelation 22:2). But the book of life is found only in the back of the Bible (Revelation 20:15).  And the answers as to how to get your name in the book of life isn't found in the back  of the book, it is found only in the book of John and Acts (John 3:3-5 and Acts 2:38). Have you searched to find out what you must do to get your name in the book?  Is your name written there?  Look it's in there, right in the word of God!  Search the scriptures, you can find the way to eternal life within its pages.

Sing: Lord, I care not for riches, neither silver nor gold; I would make sure of heaven, I would enter the fold. In the book of Thy Kingdom, with its pages so fair, tell me, Jesus, my Savior, is my name written there?
Is my name written there, on the pages white and fair? In the book of thy kingdom, is my name written there?  

Thought for Today: "In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back."  Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, Peanuts. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

2015 September 24 - Morning Manna

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? (Proverbs 1:20-22)

Today's Morsel:  If there has ever been a time that we need the Spirit of wisdom, it is today.  Not worldly wisdom, but Godly wisdom.  We all need to learn how to have discretion; tact, diplomacy, and good judgment in these last days. This technological age is causing more Christians to lose their walk and good name than we would care to hear.  "Have my people no knowledge," said the Lord.  If you've read my book, "If God Be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?", then you know that Satan has instructed his demonic force to invent innumerable schemes to deceive you. Paul told Timothy that in the last days evil seducers would wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).  You have to have wisdom in these last days. Deception abounds!  So let me encourage you, read your Bible daily and become a doer of God's word and not a hearer only.  If you don't, you will be deceived.

Sing:  Hold to God's unchanging hand, hold to God's unchanging hand; build your hopes on things eternal, hold to God's unchanging hand.

Thought for Today:  Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get an understanding (King Solomon).    

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

2015 September 23 - Morning Manna

And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 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 7:12-14)

Today's Morsel: The Encarta dictionary defines a sacrifice as the giving up of something valuable or important for somebody or something else considered to be of more value or of importance. Are you willing to give yourself away so Jesus can use you?  Paul said that we should present our bodies as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2); and he said to offer unto God the sacrifices of praise continually with the fruit of our lips giving thanks unto his name (Hebrews 13:15).  When Solomon finished dedicating the temple, the Lord told him, "I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice."  God chose it as a house of sacrifice to Himself because God was pleased with it.  When we live our lives holy and set apart from this world, God will be well pleased with us and will choose us to be a house of sacrifice to Himself.  We will only choose to present ourselves as a living sacrifice to Him if we believe that He is higher and of more value than we are.

Sing: Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary; pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I'll be a living, sanctuary for You.

Thought for Today: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God"  (Apostle Paul; Romans 12:1-2)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2015 September 22 - Morning Manna

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7)

Today's Morsel:  As a father and pastor,  I have become very concerned for our women and young ladies today.  I don't understand why some of them feel that they have to have equality, that they have to act like men, look like men, or present themselves in such a risqué way to rise in status in life.  Paul said that in the last days, men would creep into houses and lead captive silly women laden with sins, that they would be led away with divers lusts.  But Solomon's mother told him of a virtuous woman,  "strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.  She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her... Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised " (Proverbs 31:25-28;30).  My prayer is that our Christian women will hold fast to the teachings of the Word and not be led astray through the lusts this world is presenting to them.  That they will not be silly woman laden with sin, but rather the virtuous women Solomon's mother spoke of; women whose price is far above rubies.  

Sing: Something beauty, something good, all my confusion, Jesus understood, all I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something, beautiful out of my life.

Thought for Today: "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised" ( King Solomon). 

Monday, September 21, 2015

2015 September 21 - Morning Manna

And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:57-62)

Today's Morsel:  Being farmers in North Carolina, I observed my father from early morning to late in the evening plowing the fields.  It seems that he knew what he needed to do during the day and he didn't look back once he started.  Sad to say, too many people start a project or establish a goal, and never follow through to completion. Perhaps this is because they fail to establish short range goals and they fail to understand that there are some tough steps in every project.  Jesus is very clear in today's parable. We can find all the excuses we want for the reason that we can't follow Him right now, but those same types of excuses can render us unfit to enter the Kingdom of God, as opportunity usually only knocks once.  

Sing: I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.

Thought for Today:  Tired arms and calloused hands are a sign that you held to the plow. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

2015 September 19 - Morning Manna

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 40:1-5)

Today's Morsel:  No matter where I go across the fruited plains of North America, there is a lot of road construction going on.  I thank God for anyone who has the foresight to see that our roads and bridges need repairing for our safety.  And because they are man made, they will always be under construction. The same holds true on the road to success.  Arnold Palmer said that it is always under construction. There are always going to be potholes and pitfalls that we can fall in to.  But we must be alert and use them to help us to reach our goals.  Isaiah said, "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God."   Now is the time to get our life ready for the soon coming of the Lord.  Now is the time to go down to straight street and see Ananias, like Paul, so that your eyes can be open to truth (Acts 9). When Jesus returns, He's going to be looking for those who are in the straight path.  As He said through the Prophet Jeremiah, "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls" (Jeremiah 6:16).  Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow the road may be out.

Sing: Oh there's a highway to heaven, none can walk up there, but the pure and heart. Oh there's a highway to heaven, walking up the King's highway.

Thought for Today: "The road to success is always under construction."  Arnold Palmer.

Friday, September 18, 2015

2015 September 18 - Morning Manna

Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. (Micah 7:7-9)

Today's Morsel:  One of the things you learn about how to fly a kite is that you have to run into the wind to get it to lift up to fly.  We must remember this same concept as Christians when it relates to our trails, troubles, and unwanted circumstances.  If you run into them with your arms lifted in praise to God, you'll overcome them quicker.  But if we run away or flee from them, we will never overcome them.  Micah encourages us to tell our enemies to not rejoice over us when we fall, because we shall rise.  "Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me."  Always remember, kites rise against, not with the wind.  Your trials are meant to strengthen you and lift you higher in Christ, they are not meant to defeat you or beat you down.

Sing: I can run through a troop and leap over a wall, Hallelujah! Hallelujah; I can run through a troop and leap over a wall, Hallelujah! Hallelujah;  Well, He's my Rock and my salvation, in Him there is no condemnation, I can run through a troop and leap over a wall, Hallelujah! Hallelujah.

Thought for Today: Kites rise against, not with the wind (John Neal)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

2015 September 17 - Morning Manna

All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee. (Deuteronomy 8:1-5)

Today's Morsel:  One of the things that we always were assured of on military road marches was that we were going to come home with blisters on our feet.  There were times that I have had so many blisters on my feet from road marches that I could hardly stand up to walk.  But not the children of Israel.  They wandered in the desert for 40 years and Moses said that their feet did not even swell.  They had no blisters from what I can tell.  God not only looked out for their provisions, He looked out for their feet.  And not a pedicurist or podiatrist anywhere in the desert, that I read about!  Where have we gone wrong?  All we hear about today is people with bad feet.  A man told me that his feet were barking so bad that he thought they were beagles chasing rabbits. (Humor).  Moses told the children of Israel that they should remember all the way which the LORD thy God led them the forty years in the wilderness; that it was to humble them, and to prove them, to know what was in their heart, whether they would keep His commandments or not.  He told that that God had humbled them, and suffered them to hunger, and fed them with manna, which they knew not, neither did their fathers know; all so that He might make them know that man does live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.  They were to remember that for forty years their clothes did not get old, and that their feet did not swell.   You can read this account and know that when God places you on a journey, you don't have to worry about anything.  He will provide for you and He will take care of you, no matter how long the journey lasts.

Sing: Walk with me Lord, walk with me, Walk with me Lord, walk with me; while I'm on this tedious journey, I want Jesus to walk with me.

Thought for Today:  Is there anything to hard for the Lord? 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

2015 September 16 - Morning Manna

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (Psalms 19:9)

Today's Morsel: I often wonder why when parents ask their children if they took a bath or shower and the kids says yes, the parent often times will check the back of the child's ears.  What is it about behind the ears that makes parent thinks that the child is clean?  What if the child just washes their face and ears because they know that that is going to be the place the parent will check so they will be classified as clean?  David said that the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.  When we reverence and respect God, it should keep us clean and unspotted from this world.  It should be a daily practice for us to remain clean at all cost.  If we are not careful, playing, working, and living in this world we can become so accustomed to it, that we will soon not fear God and we will take on the world's ways.  And those ways will make us unclean.  "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world", James said (James 1:27). How's your religion?  Are you staying unspotted?

Sing: I want to be washed in the Blood of the Lamb, I need a cleansing from the fountain. My soul is hungry, I need a cleansing within, I want to be washed by the Blood of the Lamb.

Thought for Today: A soul unspotted by the world is a trophy of God.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

2015 September 15 - Morning Manna

Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's:) (1 Chronicles 5:1-2)

Today's' Morsel:  When we look at the genealogy of Christ, we see some unique names that may cause us to wonder how they got there.  We know that Rahab was a harlot, but yet she's listed in the genealogy line.  One may become confused and ask the question, if Jesus was God's Son, then why would He be born with a harlot in His lineage line?  The answer lies in the fact that the right to the throne has nothing to do with genealogy or the birthright, but with God Himself.  He is sovereign and He can do whatsoever He desires.  If  genealogy would have been followed, Reuben would have received the birthright of his father Jacob.  But because of Reuben's sin, it was given to Joseph.  The right to the throne came through the line of Judah because he prevailed over his brethren.  His father Jacob had told him,  "Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be" (Genesis 49:8-10).  From Judah would come the chief ruler.  Not by genealogy or birthright, but after the order of  Melchisedec. "For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.... For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec" (Hebrews 7:1-3;14-17).  David ruled, not by genealogy or birthright, but of God, out of the tribe of Judah.  It is not your lineage that Jesus is impressed with, it is your new birth blood-line that He looks at.  That is what gives you access to the Kingdom.

Sing: When I look into Your Holiness, when I gaze into Your loveliness, and all things that surrounds become shadows in the light of You; I worship You, I worship You, the reason I live, is to worship You.

Thought for Today: The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Monday, September 14, 2015

2015 September 14 - Morning Manna

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
(Acts 2:37-42)

Today's Morsel:  From what we see in scripture, the life of Simon Peter is somewhat unique.  We can pick up on a lot of his character and attributes.  By all accounts, Peter is hard and callous until his encounter with Jesus.  And then we see his heart becoming softer and more mellow the more he sees what Jesus does and the more hears His teachings.  This hard and calloused man finds himself weeping and crying after he denies his Lord; which shows us that a relationship with Jesus will give you a heart of compassion.  We see that he is able to take corrective criticism from his coworker and fellow apostle Paul (Galatians 2:11-14).  He seems to be in tune with the Spirit after Pentecost when he is sent to the house of the first Gentile converts in Acts 10; to pray for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Ghost in Acts 8; and put Ananias, along with Sapphira his wife on the carpet for lying in Acts 5.  And He was not afraid to stand up for what he believed to be truth n (Acts 2:37-42 and 4:12.  If you are afraid to take a stand for truth, you may want to reread the first 10 chapters of the book of Acts, and the first and second epistle of Simon Peter.  Yes, Peter denied the Lord three times, but he also walked on the water, and unlocked God's salvation plan to the church on the Day of Pentecost.  Just because you make mistakes without the Holy Ghost in your life doesn't mean that you aren't still profitable to God after you receive full salvation.  Jesus desires to use us for His purpose and Kingdom.

Sing: There's just one, one, one; one way to God; There's just one, one, one; one way to God; There's just one, one, one; one way to God; Baptized in Jesus Name!

Thought for Today: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

2015 September 12 - Morning Manna

"Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God. Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion. Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark. And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up. Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude. And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims: For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above. And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day. There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt"
(2 Chronicles 5:1-10)

Today's Morsel:  When King Solomon assumed the kingship from his father David, he desired to build a house for the Lord as his father David had instructed him.  And we see that once the temple was built, they were commanded to bring in the Ark of the Lord and put it in its place.   And scripture says, "There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt."  But wait.  God had instructed Moses to put three things in the Ark for a memorial and witness.  Aaron's Rod that budded, The Pot of Manna, and the Table of Stones.  But now we see that from Moses' leadership to Solomon's leadership, two of the item are missing; Aaron's Rod and the Pot of Manna.  Aaron's Rod represents the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25), and the Pot of Manna represents the Bread of Life (John 6:35).  But once the Temple was built, which temple you are, all one now needed was the Word of Life (1 John 1:1); which was represented by the Table of Stone.  Paul told Timothy to preach the word (2 Timothy 3:1-2).  If the church preaches Jesus, all bases are covered and nothing is missing.  

Sing: I believe in a hill called Mount Calvary, I'll believe whatever the cost; and when time has surrendered and earth is no more, I'll still cling to that old rugged cross.

Thought for Today:  "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away" (Mark 13:31). 

Friday, September 11, 2015

2015 September 11 - Morning Manna

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. (1 Corinthians 9:16-22)

Today's Morsel:  Probably some of the most misunderstood scriptures by some, are those of the apostle Paul's teachings.  Even Peter tells us that if you aren't rooted and grounded in truth and Christ you can misunderstand Paul's writings to your own destruction.  "And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction" (2 Peter 3:15-16).  While reading 1 Corinthians 9:16-22, some folks misunderstand Paul's writing and think that one should not live their convictions or the doctrine of Christ to win the lost.  This is a great misunderstanding of Paul's teachings.  No woman in her right mind is going to become a harlot to win harlots.  Or become an adulterous woman to win an adulterous woman.   And no man in his right mind is going to become an alcoholic or drug dealer to try and win a man who is an alcoholic or a drug dealer.  Becoming all things to all men does not mean becoming like them.  When Paul says that he is became all things to all men that he might win some, he was referring to not elevating himself above other people based on their status, race, national origin, or condition in life, but keeping himself in a place of humility.  We must keep ourselves humble and not think more of ourselves than we ought.  There were many Jews that held fast to the law because they didn't know that Jesus came to fulfill the law.  But Paul knew the law, and he knew that it was fulfilled in Christ.  And so to win Jews that were under the law, he would not use words of discouragement but rather those of humility in his teachings to win them to Christ.  The same way with the Gentiles and or those that were weak.  To the Gentiles, he did not make them feel as though they were less than the Jews (See Galatians 2:11-15; 3:26-29); nor those that were weak.  When you understand truth and live truth, you must also learn how to present that truth in love to everyone who may not know Christ as you do.  It doesn't mean that you have to take on that person's life style or become like that person to win them.  Rather it means that you allow the love of Christ to be seen in you.

Sing: Let me walk in the gospel light. Let me walk in the light, in the great gospel light, let me walk in the gospel light; till my journey is over, and I travel no more, let me walk in the gospel light.     

Thought for Today:  If light becomes darkness, how great is that darkness?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

2015 September 10 - Morning Manna

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:20-22)

Today's Morsel:  I'm afraid that Jesus is making Himself available, but we are not.  We are praying, "Come by here Lord Jesus", but we are not home to answer when He comes.  We are sending out a plea for Him to come and to heal, but we are taking our sick somewhere else.  We are inviting Him to the wedding, but we don't give Him the seat of honor because we are too busy with everyone else's feelings.  We are asking Him for the miraculous, but we are not willing to wait for it.   Jesus is making Himself available, but we are not.   He said, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."   The lame man at the Gate called Beautiful, and the blind man at the exit of Jericho made themselves available.  And they both got what they needed; healing.  If Jesus is knocking, then you have to open the door to your heart and let Him in.

Sing: Let Him in; Let Him in; open up the window, open up the door, and let Jesus come on in.

Thought for Today: Jesus won't come in without being asked.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

2015 September 9 - Morning Manna

And Jesus answered and said unto him,  Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. (Luke 4:8-13)

Today's Morsel:   Satan is the creator of temptation. We must learn how to recognize temptation, avoid temptation, endure temptation, and overcome temptation.   Satan will use anything from food, music, media, pride, jealousy, envy, money, and sex to tempt us.  No one is exempt.  Not male or female. Not young or old.  Not black or white, Spanish or European.   Not the religious or even the non-religious.  Satan doesn't care who you are, his goal is to cause you to give in to temptation.   James lets us know that every man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed (James 1:12-13).  The biggest things being pushed by the media today is food and sexual innuendos to entice you,  because these things appeal to the flesh for instant gratification.  As my son in law pointed out in his Sunday school lesson a few weeks ago, "Why do you need a half dressed woman to advertise mustard?"  It's all to draw you away through your own lust.  We must recognize temptation for what it is and avoid it.   Solomon admonishes us, "Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:10-18).  We must obey the word of God and stay in the path of the just.  John said,  "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death" (Revelation 12:9-11).  They overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb and their testimony.  We must be living testimonies in the earth.  If Satan tried to get Jesus to do wrong, knowing that He was the son of God, he's coming after you who are also sons of God (1 John 3:1-3).  Don't think you are exempt, be alert and aware; your enemy walks about seeking whom he may devour.  Don't be his next prey.    

Sing:  Are you washed in the blood, in the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb? Are you garments spotless? Are they white as snow? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Thought for Today:  Satan is still afraid of the Blood of Jesus.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

2015 September 8 - Morning Manna

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: (1 Peter 2:9)

Today's Morsel:  As I'm driving down interstate 90 here in Wisconsin, my eye is always drawn to the billboard with penguins on it with one of the penguins being green.  The caption says, "Different from the rest."   I think this may be what Peter is trying to get us to see.  He is trying to get us to see that we are to be different from the rest.  He said that God has chosen us to be peculiar (distinctive) from the rest.  Maybe this is why Jesus said that we are to be cities set upon a hill that cannot be hidden.  Maybe this is why He tells us to let our light shine that men may see our good work and glory our father which is in heaven.  Even God is different from the rest.  "To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?" (Isaiah 46:5).  Therefore, God cannot be co-equal, co-existent, or co-eternal with any other.  Aaron was to be different from the rest of the priests.  Even his garments were called holy garments to make him different.  We are called to be holy; holiness is being set apart from the rest for the Master's use.  God has chosen us to be peculiar people, unique and set-apart for Him.   I don't know about you, but I'm not ashamed to different from the rest.

Sing:  He chose me! He chose me! Out of all the people in this world.  He chose me! He chose me! And He can use me, till He uses me up.

Thought for Today: Holiness means to be set apart.

Monday, September 7, 2015

2015 September 7 - Morning Manna

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. (Ezekiel 18:4)

Today's Morsel:  The media has been pushing the new movement of "Black Lives Matter."  But don't all lives matter?   I think so and so does God.  The Lord said through the Prophet Ezekiel, "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine..." ( Ezekiel 18:4).  If lives matter to God, then shouldn't those same lives matter to the parents that gave birth to them?  And should they not train those lives in the ways of the Lord so that they can live?   If the home, churches, schools, and communities do not set a moral compass for children to follow, no program without a godly basis is going to stop the loss of life.  The only antidote to stop the loss of life and this crazy downward spiral is the Word of God.   Paul said in Ephesians 6:1-9, "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. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him".   Jesus said, "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets" (Matthew 7:12). The "Golden Rule" still works, as well as all the instructions from the Bible.  We need to value all lives, and build our lives on the word of God.

Sing:  All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, in His service daily live.
I surrender all, I surrender all, all to Thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

Thought for Today: The Golden Rule still works.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

2015 September 5 - Morning Manna

My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men. Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. (Proverbs 23:26-35)
Today's Morsel: There have been more people destroyed because of alcohol then we can number. Homes have been destroyed.  Peoples' lives, hopes, and dreams have been lost because of alcohol.  The world will tell you that it's okay to drink.  And that is what the devil wants, for you to indulge in his cesspool of filthiness.  Alcohol prevents you from thinking straight (Proverbs 31:5).  It causes you to make wrong decisions (Proverbs 23:33).  It will causes you to lose your inheritance by keeping you out of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  And it will cause you to think that you are something when you are not (Proverbs 23:35).  Once the fruit of the vine is turned fermented, it has the power to impair your vision and your thinking.  And the more of it you drink, the more impaired you become.   Paul admonishes us, "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:17-18).  If you are going to be drunk, Paul said, then be drunk in the Spirit.  The same way they were accused of being drunk on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:13-21). If you are drunk on the Holy Ghost, you don't have to worry about waking up with a hangover, nor do you have to worry about making wrong decisions because you will be led by the Spirit.  And Jesus will never lead you astray. 

Sing:  Fill 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.

Thought for Today: "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1).

Friday, September 4, 2015

2015 September 4 - Morning Manna

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. (John 6:53-66)

Today's Morsel:  What is it about hard sayings that people don't like?  Often what I find is that hard sayings hurt if we do not understand their meaning, or if we think that they apply to us.  For example, when I joined the army, one day my Drill Instructor called all of us a bunch of  yard-birds.  Well, being from the south, I thought that he was calling us a bunch of chickens.  At first many of us were offended by it, until we learned that the true meaning was to be an "untrained soldier"; which we were at that time.
When Jesus told the people, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day,"  scripture says that, "Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?"  From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.  They couldn't handle the saying.  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, "Will ye also go away?  And Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life" (John 6:67-68).  I guess those who are chosen by man will be offended at hard sayings and will walk away.  While those who are chosen by God will continue on until they gain an understanding of what is truly being said.  May I ask, which one are you?  

Sing:  Trials dark on every hand and we cannot understand, all the ways that God will lead us to that blessed promise land, but He'll guide us with His eye and we'll follow till we die, we will understand it better by and by.
By and by, when the morning comes, and all the saints of God are gathering home, we will tell the story how we've overcome, we will understand it better by and by.

Thought for Today:  "If you don't crack the shell, you can't eat the nut." (Persian Proverb)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

2015 September 3 - 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. (Proverbs 2:1-6)

Today's Morsel:  When my wife and I were  missionaries, on one of our deputation travels, we were able to mine for gold in California.  No, we didn't find any, but it was fun trying.  I'm amazed at the number of scriptures in the Bible that tell us to search for the things of God.  I often wonder why God wants us to search for the things about Him in His word?  There is a great Bible study called, "Search For Truth" that helps to bring you into an understanding of God and His creation.   Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 3:16 that Jesus being God in flesh was a mystery; "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".  Therefore, to understand this valuable information, we must be willing to spend the required time to search the scripture to find out this awesome and powerful knowledge of God.   Jesus even tells us to search the scriptures and that we would find out that they were all about Him (see John 5:39-40).   Solomon said that knowledge is given to those who are willing to search for it.  He wrote, "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."  How much of God do you want to know?  If you don't know who God is now, chances are, He probably won't know who are you later.  Always remember, most new discoveries happen because of long research.  So search the scriptures, and see what treasures you can discover.
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.

Thought for Today:  Most new discoveries happen during research.  So search the scriptures. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2015 September 2 - Morning Manna

The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised. The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD. (Obadiah 1:1-4)

Today's Morsel:  Have you heard the latest rumor? Why do rumors seem to spread faster than truth?  Why do we not evaluate rumors to see if they are true before we tell them to someone else?  Many folks' good character have been destroyed because of someone else's rumor about them.  Obadiah said that they had heard a rumor from the Lord.  "Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved" (Matthew 24:4-13). Jesus said that there are going to be rumors in the last days, but we must not allow them to shake us.  We must still remain focused and keep our eyes on the prize.  Everything that can be shaken will be shaken, don't be one that's shaken away from truth in the last days.  

Sing:  There's a sweet, sweet, Spirit in this place, and I know that it's the Spirit of the Lord. There are sweet expressions on each face, and I know that it's the Spirit of the Lord.
Sweet Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly Dove, Stay right here with us, filling us with Your love, and for these blessings, we lift our hearts in praise, without a doubt we'll know that we have been revived when we shall leave this place.

Thought for Today: Don't be drawn into the rumor mill. Rumors are called lies. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015 September 1 - Morning Manna

My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. (Psalms 7:10-12)

Today's Morsel:  A few days ago, I wrote about the value of everyone reading the Bible.  Most people do not understand that not only is God a God of righteousness, but He is also a God of judgment. Scripture lets us know that the wicked and the nation that forgets God shall be turned into hell.  "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" (Psalms 9:17).  But because God is just, Peter said that He's not willing that any should perish but that all would come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  "Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live. Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal. When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby. Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways" (Ezekiel 33:12-20).   We must repent, do what is right, and God will be a defense for us.

Sing: When I think of the goodness of Jesus, and all He has done for me. My soul cries out, hallelujah, praise God for saving me.

Thought for Today: Repentance still works.