The Lord Is…

Manna For Today: Monday, January 27, 2020

Psalm 27:1The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

David fills the space of ‘is’ in his life with the Lord. This is critical because who or whatever we give that space to possess incredible power or influence in and over us. We are, in essence, exposing ourselves to all they have capacity to do, good or bad. When God fills the space of ‘is’ in your life note the blessings that are available to you simply because of who He is.

In the text above, He is our illuminations, happiness, clarity; He is our liberty, deliverance, freedom, welfare and prosperity. He is our fortified place, our defense, force and stronghold. Note how fear is eliminated when the Lord occupies the space of ‘is’ in our lives.

Establish, right now, with the words of your mouth the ‘is-ness’ of the Lord in your life. Confess this scripture, commit to memory and when fear tries to return you can insert it and live in the benefits and blessings of the Lord.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

God’s Immeasurable Goodness!

Manna For Today: Sunday, January 26, 2020

Deuteronomy 31:6Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

The goodness of God cannot be measured, His mercy and grace have no boundary. He encourages our being what He enables us to be; “strong and courageous.”

He gives us a sense of freedom and well-being no matter who they are who threaten us; ‘do not be afraid or terrified because of them.’

He’s there with us when we need Him; ‘for the Lord your God goes with you.’

He doubles down on His commitment to us; ‘He will never leave you nor forsake you.’

How wonderful is our God!

Remember you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Go Through To Get To

Manna For Today: Saturday, January 25, 2020

James 1:2-4Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Difficulty has its place in life and is often a prerequisite for success or accomplishment. Our Heavenly Father takes it to another level instructing us to consider our struggles as opportunities for joy. The reason we may find this idea hard to embrace is because our focus is obscuring the view to outcome or end result. None of us would reject being perfect, complete and needing nothing. It’s the vehicle we must travel in to get through there that we find problematic.

My friend, focus on the outcome and allow that to be a source of joy that enables you to endure the discomfort of the vehicle. Arriving at your destination far outweighs any challenge you may experience in getting there.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Worry or Pray, Choose Today!

Manna For Today: Friday, January 24, 2020

Philippians 4:6-7Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Thank and praise God in advance for all of the wonderful things He is doing in your life. Get ready for your next blessings! His love and concern for you never cease.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Careful What You Ask For

Manna For Today: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Matthew 14: 28-32Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.

How easy it is for us to ask God for that which may be more challenging than we anticipate. We climb out of familiarity into the unfamiliar and begin to move toward Christ. At some point we are met by challenges or responsibilities that may intimidate us and we ask God to save us again from what we fear will certainly destroy us.

Of course God is there and either pulls us out or brings us through, and we learn how doubt can rob us of victory. Note in verse 32, “When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.”

When we climb back in our boat, whatever it may be, be sure to get in with Christ. He is able to manage our storm.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Go Now…

Manna For Today: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Matthew 11:28-30Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Jesus invites us into the divine plan and purpose of God for our lives. It just doesn’t get better than that. Note who He is extending the invitation to; everyone who is tired and weighed down by life’s issues and, when we come, He offers immediate relief and rest.

Note what He instructs us to do; to get yoked to Him. A yoke is a device that connects a person to someone else. After we are connected, He instructs us to become learners. Note the nature of the teacher; He is one who values humility and gentleness. Don’t miss the fact that in verse 28 He gives us rest but in verse 29 He assures us of the grace with which we will be able to move forward with Him; in ease and light.

Light can have dual meaning of illumination and of little weight. If you find yourself weary and weighted down, start the cycle again and learn, find rest, get enlightened and lose weight.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Can You See Me Now?

Manna For Today: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Hebrews 12:1-2Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Keeping our eyes on Jesus is offered to us as a part of a multifaceted strategy for running with endurance the race God has set before us.

Verse 1 suggests consultation with those who have ran before us.

• Weight loss for momentum gain

• Removal of stumbling blocks

• Commitment and specific focus

Verse two instructs to focus on our Champion who manages our faith and has provided the example needed to successfully overcome future pain and shame we may encounter.

Finally, we are assured of being in His company around God’s throne because we agree with Paul’s state of desire in 2 Corinthians 5:8 [We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord].

So the question we need to answer today is the one He is asking us daily, “Can you see me now?”

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!