Thursday, August 16, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 August 16

“And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king David himself followed the bier. And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice, and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept. And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth? Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept again over him” 
(2 Samuel 3:31-34)

Today’s Morsel:  Are you dying foolishly?  Are you one of those who thinks that you will skate into the Kingdom of God when you die?  Peter told the people on the Day of Pentecost, 'Save yourselves from this untoward generation' (Acts 2:40).  In other words, while you have the means to do something about your salvation, now is the time to do it.  Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation.  Don’t wait and think that you will sneak in.  The thief on the cross isn't an indication that God will forgive you on your death bed or when you are ready to die.  Paul makes this point clear when he said, “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:26-27).  King David told Abner that he died as a fool. He said that he had the means to fight to save himself, but he didn’t.  If you are reading this, you have the means right now to go to Jesus for salvation and you can be assured that if you follow His plan for salvation (Acts 2:38, Hebrews 12:14), and live for Him, you will not die as a fool.  Yet not only will you not die as a fool, you will live a glorious life enjoying the abundant life He has for you here; a life of righteousness, peace, and joy.  Now is the day of salvation.  Today is the day to 'Save yourselves from this untoward generation.'

Sing:  I know am saved and I’m so glad about it, I’ve found the joy my spirit craved.  It is so real that I could never doubt it, oh praise the Lord I know I’m saved.

Thought For Today: Don’t die as a fool. Live as the wise.   

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