Thursday, May 9, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 May 2019

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
(Matthew 24:4-13)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the most important traits of character that a Christian must possess is endurance. None of us knows when Jesus will come again for us. I’ve seen many quit serving God because they feel that all things are continuing as they have always been; Evil men and women seem to be getting away with evil; Children seem to have become more rebellious; and the church seems to have only a few that are one-hundred percent committed to the things of God.  Jesus said that it takes endurance to make it to the end to be saved. You must not focus on what you see and where you are now, but your focus must be on what Jesus has promised and where you are going.  As Paul said, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body… For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”(2 Corinthians 4:7-10, 17-18)  You can make it if you make up your mind.

Sing: I’m going to a city, there’ll be no more night.  I’m going to the city, where Jesus is the light.  The trumpet's gonna sound and I’ll be called away; I’m going to a city someday.

Thought For Today: Endure hardness as a good soldier for Christ.

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