Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 December 20

“And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother; Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams, Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals. And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove. And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these before thee? Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob's; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us” (Genesis 32:13-18).

Today's Morsel:  For the past few weeks, I've been seeing the mailman drop boxes at my door.  I know I haven't ordered anything, and so I'm assuming that my dear children are starting to send gifts for Christmas to their loving Dad/Grandpa/Papa/Poppie.   James tells us that every good gift and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights.  When God robed Himself in flesh and came to the earth to save mankind, He was the greatest gift.  On the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter told the people that if they would repent of their sins, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins, they would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38).  Writing to the church at Corinth, Paul told them to covet earnestly the best gift.  That gift was love, because God is love (1 John 4:8).  The best gift is love, yet the greatest gift is the Holy Ghost.  When we allow God's love to rein within us, and we show forth that love to others, we are displaying the best gift.  When we allow the Holy Ghost to lead and guide us, we are displaying the greatest gift.  You can't put a price tag on the gifts from God.  No amount of money can buy them. "And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money"(Acts 8:18-20).  You can't purchase anything from God, it's already paid for.  His gifts are free and they are the best and the greatest.  How many of them do you want today?  Jesus said that you have not, because you ask not.

Sing:  So have a super-duper Christmas with Jesus this year, super-duper Christmas spreading good cheer, when you are down, your frown, will soon disappear, so have a super-duper Christmas with Jesus this year.

Thought For Today:  What would you like for Christmas?

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