Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 May 23

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin” (Romans 6:1-7).

Today’s Morsel: One of the things you learn quickly in the military is what certain acronyms mean.  The military is big on acronyms (abbreviations), because it can help confuse the enemy.  For example, PCS is a Permanent Change of Station; the service member is departing and isn’t coming back.  And so for the church, I like to use acronyms, too.  A few examples are - For SIN: Standing In Nastiness.  For SINNER: Standing In Nastiness Not Even Resisting.   Paul said that if we have died to sin, then we should not be having any part in sin.  Solomon states that we should not let our heart envy sinners: but be in the fear of the LORD all the day long.  For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off” (Proverbs 23:17-18).  Don’t think sinners are going to escape.  There’s an end, and God only knows the day and the time it will occur.  “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 1:20-23).  You can be assured that no sin shall enter there (heaven).  

Sing:  He took my sins away, He took my sins away, and He keeps me singing every day; I’m so glad, He took my sins away, He took my sins away.

Thought For Today:  Do not envy sinners, there’s an end!

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