Saturday, April 21, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 April 21

“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:1-5)

Today’s Morsel:  I think one of the toughest things for some people to deal with is their wounds.  Some wounds are caused by ourselves while others may be caused by someone else.  Physical and verbal abuse can leave lasting wounds in a person and many people do not know how to deal with them.  When Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan, he said, “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead” (Luke 10:30).  Notice, this man's wounds were caused by someone else.  Luckily for him, someone came by to help him.  You may not realize it, but as Mordecai told Esther, who knows whether you have been brought to the kingdom for such a time as this (Esther 4:14).  One of the gifts of the Spirit is the gift of healings, which I believe are physical, emotional, and spiritual.  Do you know how to deal with and to help others with their wounds?  You see, you were not just saved for you, you were saved to assist and help others recover as well.  Jesus said that you shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.  Use the Holy Ghost that is in you to help others heal.  

Sing: He was wounded, for our transgression, He was bruised for our iniquities.  Surely, He bore all our sorrows.  And by His stripes, we are healed.

Thought For Today:  Be the change!

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