Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 April 25

“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate” 
(Revelation 2:1-6).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that I have come to realize is the world cannot get better until the church gets better.  If the church never gets back into her rightful place, the world will always be turned upside down and lost.  The Lord told the church at Ephesus, “I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”  The church must always have a love for God, reflect the love of God, and teach the love of God and the things of God.  “For God, so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” Jesus said, (John 3:16-17).  If the church leaves its love, it leaves Jesus; and if it leaves Jesus, then the world has no hope.

Sing:  It’s the old ship of Zion, it’s the hope for the lost and dying; It's a soul-saving station, it’s the tower of salvation. Well, it’s the Church Triumphant, O’ Lord and it’s built by the hand of the Lord.  I’m talking about the church in the Book of Revelation.  It’s built on the Rock, it’s got a firm foundation.  It’s been through the flood and it’s been through the fire, but one of these days, the Church is gonna move up higher.  It’s the Church Triumphant, O’ Lord, and it’s built by the hand of the Lord.

Thought For Today:  The only hope for the world is the Apostolic Church.

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