Friday, January 8, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 8 January 2021


Which Way Are You Looking

And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.(Genesis 13:8-13)


Today’s Morsel:  Do you remember in school when the teacher would give you an exam and they would tell you to keep your eyes on your own paper?  Do you know why they did that?  Because others could be writing or choosing the wrong answer.  And if you were copying from them, you would be wrong, too.  Sounds like the church doesn’t it?  Just because someone says that they are saved doesn’t mean that you should just blindly follow them.  Look at their lifestyle and their character.  People can be wrong.  Paul told the church at Colossi, If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.(Colossians 3:1-2)  We must keep our eyes fixed on where we are going.  Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhereLot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. Notice, Lot looked on the plains of Jordan.  What Lot saw was an area that would provide water for his livestock.  An area that could be used to produce crops.  However, that look caused him to pitch his tent toward wickedness and evil.  When it was time to flee all that wickness, his wife looked back and became a pillar of salt.  When Peter took his eyes off Christ, he began to sink.  When David saw Bathsheba bathing, it caused him to commit sin and go against the word of God to do evil.  Which way are you looking?   I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.(Psalms 121:1)  Keep your eyes on Jesus.  


Sing:  I see a crimson stream of blood, it flows from Calvary.  Its waves which reach the Throne of God, are sweeping over me.


Thought For Today: I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.(Psalms 101:3)

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