Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 January 11

And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life. And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died…And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son” (2 Kings 4:17-20;32-36)

Today’s Morsel:  There are many CPR methods that may be used to restore life to the body.  Life restoring methods begin with knowing the procedures and which ones to use in each case.  We see that Elisha used the mouth to mouth resuscitation method to restore life.  But what method do we use when the church body is dead? Paul said that it is the Spirit that giveth life (2 Corinthians 3:6).  Therefore, the Spirit of God must be in operation and able to have free course in every church for there to be life.  Ezekiel said, “The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army” (Ezekiel 37:1-10).  If the church is going to be the mighty army of God, it must have the Spirit of God in operation. Are you a part of the church?

Sing:  Holy Spirit rain, rain down on us. Holy Spirit rain down on us.  Like a mighty wind, blow in this house, baptize me with the Holy Ghost; like a mighty wind, blow in this house, baptize me with the Holy Ghost. Holy Spirit rain, rain down on us.

Thought For Today:  Life restoring methods begin with knowing the procedures (Parker)

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