Thursday, December 8, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 December 8

“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her” 
(Luke 1:26-38).

Today's Morsel:  It is my opinion that all births are miraculous.  We see many births taking place throughout scripture.  Abraham and Sarah with Isaac.  The Shunammite women that Elijah spoke to.  Zachariah and Elizabeth with John the Baptist.  And Mary and Joseph with Jesus.  All of them had questions in their hearts when they were told of these miraculous births.  And even today, most people are confounded when it comes to their New Birth experience that Jesus spoke of, much like Nicodemus (see John 3),  You see, your New Birth Experience is the Holy Ghost in you the same way as it was Mary.  Mary was the first one to carry the gospel!  Have you experienced that New Birth experience?  Every New Birth is a miraculous spiritual birth by God.

Sing:  O’ holy child of Bethlehem, descend on us we pray; cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.  We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel.       

Thought For Today:  God desires to dwell in you!

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