Thursday, November 1, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 1

“But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing” 
(1 Peter 3:14-17).

Today’s Morsel:  I seem to encounter many folks today who seem to be plagued with troubled minds.  They say that they are having trouble sleeping at night. They just don’t seem to be able to rest well.  They are troubled about things they’ve done wrong in the past. Troubled about things that others are saying and thinking about them.  Troubled about their families, churches, and loved ones.  Troubled about promotions and job concerns. They are like Martha, troubled about many things (Luke 10:38-42).  Peter says that we ought to have a good conscience.  You see, a good conscience is a focused conscience.  It is a conscience that has hidden God’s word in their heart.  Isaiah said that He will keep you in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him (Isaiah 26:3).  The best way to keep a clear conscience is to stay focused on Christ because in this world there are going to be those things that will trouble you, yet when your mind is fixed on Jesus He keeps you in perfect peace.  Always remember, if your heart condemns you, God is greater than your heart (1 John 3:20).

Sing:  I've got my mind made up to serve the Lord. I’ve got my mind made up to serve the Lord. I’ve got my mind made up to serve the Lord, I’ve got my mind made up to serve the Lord.

Thought For Today:  A troubled mind is an unfocused mind.

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