Friday, May 14, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 May 2021

 

Who Did Hinder You?

 

Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?(Galatians 5:7)

 

Today’s Morsel:  I have heard people say, “I could have won if they had not done that to me.”  Or “I was going to go along, but when I saw who else was going, I decided not to go.”  Others can stop you temporarily, but you are the only one who can do it permanently.  Paul said that you did run well, who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth?  I have seen it so many times in the church, people allow what others think of them to affect their outcome in life.  Let me ask you a few questions. Who is keeping you out of church?  What about being the Christian that you know that you ought to be?  What about living a holy and godly life? Think about it.  Others may hinder you, but you are the only one that can do it permanently.

 

Sing:  I’m running for my life, I’m running for my life, I’m running for my life, I’m running for my life; if anybody asks you, what’s the matter with me, tell them that I am saved, sanctified, Holy Ghost filled, and water baptized; I've got heaven on my mind and I’m running for my life.

 

Thought For Today: Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.(1 Corinthians 9:24)

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 13 May 2021

                                                             EnLarge Your Plans

And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.(Genesis 13:14-17)

 

Today’s Morsel:  It is reported that Dwight Moody’s farewell words to his sons as he lay upon his deathbed were:” If God be your partner, make your plans large.”  Abraham was known as the friend of God.  God had promised to bless him beyond measure.  Can you imagine this relationship between Abraham and God?  Everywhere your eyes can see, God said, I have given it to you. WOW!  Notice what God told Joshua after the death of Moses. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.(Joshua 1:3-5)  As soon as you became born-again of the water and the Spirit, you should have enlarged plans, because the same promises that God made to Abraham are available to you as well.

 

Sing:  Every promise in the book is mine, every chapter, every verse, every line; all are blessings of His love divine, every promise in the book is mine.

 

Thought For Today:  “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.(Isaiah 54:2-3)

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 12 May 2021

 

Availability

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)

 Today’s Morsel:  I like Isaiah chapter 6, and I often wonder why someone had to die before Isaiah was about to see the Lord.  The Lord says that we could find Him when we have sought for Him with our whole heart.  Have you prayed and told God that you were available for whatever He desires of you?  What if God desired you to go to some remote location? Would you be available, or would you need to check with someone else first?  When God sent Elijah to Elisha, scripture says, “So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee? And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.(1 Kings 19:19-21) God never asks about our ability or our inability, just our availability.  If we are not available when He calls, we may not get another chance to do what He desires of us to do.

Sing:  Here I am Lord, here I am; I give all myself to you, here I am.  Here I am Lord, here I am; let your spirit work through me, here I am.

 

Thought For Today:  God doesn’t usually cast a mantel on a man who isn’t available when He calls (Parker)


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 May 2021

 

Rank

 

But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.(Luke 12:48)

 

Today’s Morsel:  When I was in the military, we operated under two promotional systems:  Rank and Grade.  Rank was based on our status, position, and responsibilities.  Grade was based on pay.  Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.  Rank went from Private to Command Sergeant Major.  Grade for pay went from E-1 to E-9.  With each rank came more authority, responsibility, and trust.  Scripture states, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”  As a Christian, we should be more concerned with rank than grade.  When God gives you rank, it means that He has reposed special trust and confidence in your abilities to do His will through your life.  Do not worry about the pay grade, your reward is in heaven.

 

Sing:  I’m going to serve the Lord any way that I can.  I’m going to serve the Lord any way that I can.  I’m gonna serve in the morning, serve Him all day long.  I’m gonna serve the Lord anyway that I can.

 

Thought For Today: “Rank does not confer privilege or give power.  It imposes responsibility.”

Monday, May 10, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 10 May 2021

 

The Quality of Wisdom

 

I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.(Proverbs 4:11-12)

 

Today’s Morsel:  You know, I have come to realize that when God places His Spirit in us, He gives us everything that we need. Paul tells us that Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God and the power of God.  So when Christ is in us, we have both wisdom and power.  Wisdom to make right choices and decisions, avoid danger, and correct our situations.  We have the power to stand against evil, to walk away from people, and we have the power to even turn the other cheek.  Think about it. As Solomon states, “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee” (Proverbs 2:10-11)  It has been said that “Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.”  Think about it, wisdom will prevent us from getting into situations that can cause us harm and danger.  So many things came with our salvation.  If you do not know what came with yours, you might want to recheck the book.

 

Sing:  Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus, daily let me go; Higher, higher in the school of wisdom, More of grace to know.

O deeper, yet I pray, and higher every day; And wiser, blessed Lord; In Thy precious holy word.

 

Thought For Today: “Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 8 May 2021

 

Remove the Cobwebs!

 

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

 

Today’s Morsel:  How much time do you spend seeking joy and happiness.  They are free, but most people don’t look for them.  Some of the most depressing people, they say, are those that work in the circus, a clown, folks who go to church often, schoolteachers, those who have some of the best jobs in the world, stand-up comedians, and those who teach end-time prophecy.  One could look at this list and say that these should be some of the happiest people in the world.  But for some reason they are depressed.  They should be filled with laughter and joy every day.  But sad to say, they are not.  Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart.  God desires that we have a merry heart.  Have you ever noticed that most of the children's nursery rhythms, or children's songs, require you to interact with motions that will make you laugh at yourself?  Is this why Jesus said that we must become as little children or we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven?  Laughter is good medicine.  Depression is usually caused by not enough laughter and not doing enough to cause others to laugh with us.  So, go ahead and get rid of those cobwebs over your heart by having a good laugh. Remember, the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

Sing:  Smile a while and give your face a rest, raise your hands to the One you love the best. Turn around to someone new, shake their hand, and smile.

 

Thought For Today:  “Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart.”

Friday, May 7, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 7 May 2021

 

Success

 

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.(James 1:12)

 

Today’s Morsel:  It has been stated, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."  How many obstacles have you had to overcome to get where you are today?  The children of Israel had to wander 40 years in the wilderness before they were able to go into the promised land.  James states that the man that endures temptation when he is tried, shall receive a crown of life, which God has promised to all of them that love Him.  To reach success it requires ‘u’.  If we are not successful in life, or we do not reach success, then it’s because we could not overcome the obstacles in our way and things impede us from reaching our goal.  Keep striving to overcome and receive the promises God has given you.   

 

Sing:  You’re going to make it, you’re going to make it, you’ve got what it takes to win.  And I know that you’re going to make it.  I know you are going to make it; just as long as you and Jesus stay friends.

 

Thought For Today:  Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 6 May 2021

 

The Danger of Obeying Man Over God

 

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
  
(Luke 6:46)

 

Today’s Morsel:  Why is it that people will listen to man and they will not listen to God.  For the past year and a half, man has listened to man telling them what they can and cannot do.  Wear a mask, separate yourself from others, wash your hands, and stay home.   I am afraid that for some, they are allowing man to destroy their faith right before their eyes.  “A new study has revealed that nearly a quarter of the U.S. population is currently experiencing symptoms related to depression - that’s roughly three times the number before the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic began. According to Catherine Ettman, a doctoral student in public health at Brown University and lead author of the study, which was published in the American Medical Association journal JAMA Network Open. “We were surprised at the high levels of depression," she told National Public Radio.  “These rates were higher than what we’ve seen in the general population after other large-scale traumas like September 11.  Hurricane Katrina, and the Hong Kong unrest."   In nationwide surveys conducted before the pandemic, 9 percent of respondents reported depressive symptoms, the researchers found.  Once the pandemic started, that percentage soared to 28 percent.  Ettman pointed out that there are a variety of factors that are likely driving the surge in levels of depression, which can include “fear and anxiety around COVID, as well as the dramatic economic consequences.”   But the increase of depression and anxiety can also be caused by listening to man and not to God's word. For example, man has told us to separate ourselves from each other.  But God’s word says, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.(Hebrews 10:25)  God said it is not good for man to be alone. Man says to wash your hands.  But God’s word says, “These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.(Matthew 15:20)  Wear a mask.  But God’s word says, “And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.  But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. (Exodus 34:33-34).  Who are you going to listen to?  If you are going to obey the laws of the land, that is one thing; but it is much better to obey the word of God.

 

Sing: Jesus! Jesus! You know what's best for me.  So lead on, Jesus, I'll go wherever You lead.

 

Thought For Today:  Be more concerned with what God thinks about you than what people think about you.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 5 May 2021

 

Ability

 

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.(Proverbs 11:5)

 

Today’s Morsel: One of the things about ability is it will enable a man to go to the top, but it will take character to keep him there.  In one’s own wicked way, which he has chosen and delights to walk in; he shall stumble therein, and fall to ruin and destruction, into hell and damnation.  Jesus said that “if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.(John 11:10)  Ability refers to being able to do something, which means that if a person can do something, they have the ability to do it.  Men are often elected for a job based on their skills and talents.  The good man, not blinded by passion, follows a safe and direct path of life; but the wicked, led by his own evil propensity, and losing the light of conscience, stumbles and fails.  And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.(Isaiah 35:8)  Remember,  ability can get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

 

Sing:  Oh, there’s a highway to heaven.  None can walk up there but the pure in heart. Oh, there’s a highway to heaven, walking up the King’s highway!

 

Thought For Today: “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness.”

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 4 May 2021

Windows to Your Heart

 

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.(Matthew 12:34)

 

Today’s Morsel:  If corruption reigns in the heart, it will spring forth through the mouth.  What is inside of us will surely come out.  Where there is an abundance of wickedness in the heart, vile language is sure to spring forth.  Jesus says you cannot get good fruit from a corrupt tree nor can you get corrupt fruit from a good tree.  James tells us that we cannot get sweet water and bitter from the same fountain, nor can any fountain yield both saltwater and fresh (my wording, see James 3:11-12). If you want to know what is in a person (the heart), listen to their words, because words are the windows to one’s heart.

 

Sing:  Open the eyes of my heart Lord, open the eyes of my heart, I want to see You, I want to see You.  To see You high and lifted up, shining in the light of Your glory. Pour out Your power and love, as we sing holy, holy, holy; I want to see You.

 

Thought For Today:  Your words are the window to your heart.


Monday, May 3, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 3 May 2021

 

The Majority

 

And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
(2 Kings 6:15-17)

 

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that we learn through scripture is that there are more that are with us than that are with those who are against us.  Sometimes we may think that the majority is right. But God’s ways are not our ways, and nor are His thoughts the same as our thoughts.  Moses says “For their rock is not as our Rock(Deuteronomy 32:31); If one can put a thousand to flight two can put ten thousand to flight (Deuteronomy 32:30).  God plus one (you) is always a majority and God is always right.  So, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?(Romans 8:31)  Stick with God and you are always on the winning side.    

 

Sing:  All hail the power of Jesus' name let angels prostrate fall.  Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord of all. Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord of all.

 

Thought For Today:  God plus one (you) is always a majority!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 1 May 2021

Killing Fear

 

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

 

Today’s Morsel:  A definition for fear is that it is False Evidence Appearing Real.  The thing with fear is it can make things seem bigger than they really are.  John said that fear torments.  Fear can plague you and put you in a state of depression, misery, and sadness if you do not defeat it.  The reason many folks fear is that they do not witness their faith with others.  If Christians would follow Peter’s advice, “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…” (1 Peter 3:15) they would overcome fear.  So, how do we kill fear?  Again, John said that there is no fear in love.  Because God is love, we must allow Him to retain His rightful place in our life.  The stronger our love in Christ is, the weaker our fear of others and of situations will be.  Face the things you fear and the death of fear is certain.

 

Sing:  Fill my way every day with love; as I walk with the heavenly dove.  Let me go all the while with a song and a smile.  Fill my way every day with love.

 

Thought For Today:  Face the things you fear and the death of fear is certain.


Friday, April 30, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 30 April 2021

 

Stand For Something

 

And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.(Isaiah 7:9)

 

Today’s Morsel: It has been stated that if you do not stand for something you will fall for anything.  If we do not stand firm in our faith and beliefs, we will not stand at all.  Let me let you in on a little secret. The world is going to do foolish things. They are going to implement laws and rules that they themselves will someday realize how stupid and dumb they were.  Therefore, we are called to love not the world nor the things that are in it.  We must stand on the principles of morality, honesty, decency, and ethical living.  This world is not your home.  Yes, you have to live here but you do not have to do what they do.  As Solomon states, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.(Proverbs 14:34)  People who are willing to forgo principle for privileges will someday lose both.

 

Sing:  Standing on the promise of Christ my King, through eternal ages let His praises ring.  Glory in the highest I will shout and sing, I'm standing on the promises of God.

 

Thought For Today:  Kneel to pray, but stand firm in your faith.