Saturday, August 5, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 August 5

“And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man” (2 Samuel 12:1-7)

Today’s Morsel:  Courage is the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous.  Courage comes in two forms: Physical and moral.  Physical courage is conveying bravery when facing physical pain, hardship, death or threat of death; while moral courage is the ability to make the right decisions when in situations of popular opposition, shame, scandal, discouragement, or personal loss.  Moral courage is the courage to act upon moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences.  Many men displayed courage on the battle field during past and current battles.  It took great courage for Nathan the Prophet to call King David on his sins.  Not only did he display physical courage, but moral courage as well.  Courage is seen when you follow your conscience instead of “following the crowd.”   When we refuse to take part in hurtful or disrespectful behavior toward others. When we are willing to sacrifice our personal gain for the benefit of others.  When we speak our minds even though others don’t agree.  When we take complete responsibility for our actions and our mistakes.  When we follow the rules, and insist that others do the same.  When we challenge the status quo in search of better ways, and when we do what we know is right regardless of the risks and potential consequences.  Courage is the character trait of those who are more concerned about what Jesus thinks of them rather than others.  

Sing:  If God be for us, who can be against us?  If God be for us, who can be against us?  If God be for us, who can be against us?  Just have faith in the power of His Word.

Thought For Today:  Ain’t scared! 

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