Our Freedom In Christ…

Manna For Today: Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

Among the many beautiful blessings of a life in Christ is freedom from condemnation. Guilt is a major challenge that people struggle with daily. The struggle continues in most lives because people remain vulnerable to Satan’s assault on their minds regarding past failures.

The Bible says in Isaiah 43:25 (God speaking), “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”

Now friend, if God chooses not to remember your sins, you don’t have to allow the enemy of your soul to torment you with daily reminders of your past.

We can live a life in Christ free from condemnation and guilt that cripples our forward momentum. It’s the benefit every believer receives from being ‘in Christ.’ All we have to do is to not “walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” To walk in this context simply means to have an awareness of what God has told you to observe and do.

Friend, begin your freedom walk today and take authority over the attack to your mind by taking responsibility for what you are allowing to stay there.

II Corinthians 10:5 says, “…casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

Cast down anything that is not Christ-like and replace it with the Word of God. Start today and enjoy your walk in Him.

Peace and blessings!

You Are Chosen!

Manna For Today: Monday, October 24, 2016


Very early in life we learn the sting of being alienated. It happens as children decide they no longer want to play with us or as we get older we may not be selected to be a part of something our peers are engaged in; sports, cheerleading, various groups and activities.

Some people, as adults, still suffer from wounds received in childhood related to others overlooking them as their choice. It doesn’t stop when we become adults; we are rejected in many ways and we can allow that rejection to shape our lives and livelihood.

In the midst of all this potential rejection rises someone who chooses you when He has not been your choice.

John 15:16 says (Jesus speaking), “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

Friend, if no one else in life ever chooses you, if you are a believer, you have been chosen by Jesus Christ, Himself. I don’t know about you but for me, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

I begin to understand David’s question, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” A loose translation would be, “Why do you have any interest in me at all?”

Not only has Christ made us His specific choice but He has also appointed us to the ministry of productivity and that with sustainability. If that is not enough, He then invites us to ask the Father for whatever we need in His name and assures us that the Heavenly Father will give it to us base on our use of His name.

What a privilege and opportunity being His choice has afforded us!

My friend, think on these things today. You are God’s choice and nothing and no one can ever change that. Say it with me now, “GOD CHOSE ME!”

Peace and blessings!

When Forgiving Is Difficult, Forgive Anyway!

Manna For Today: Sunday, October 23, 2016


Matthew 18:21-22Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Sometimes forgiving can be a difficult task; some hurts are so deep that it may even feel inappropriate to forgive. What that kind of thinking fails to do is to consider what forgiveness does for the one who is forgiving.

Our scale of benefits related to forgiveness is all too often tilted in the direction of the recipient of the forgiveness. There is much to gain by the forgiver.

What would the life experience be for the jailer if he or she never left the job? In the same way not forgiving someone for a wrong they have done keeps you captive and bound.

Alexander Pope said, “To err is human, to forgive is divine.”

Mark Twain said, “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

Jesus says for us to forgive “…up to seventy times seven.”

Matthew 6:14-15 says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

So what do you do when forgiving is difficult? You forgive anyway and you do it now. You initiate, you facilitate and you benefit and give God glory!

Peace and blessings!

Be Relational…

Manna For Today: Saturday, October 22, 2016


As we seek to become kingdom builders, let us remember that we need to be able to relate to people.


1. Be Relational.

I Corinthians 9:19-23For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

2. Be Extraordinary; practice believing God to move in your “not yet realm.”

Ephesians 3:20Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Philippians 4:13I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

3. Love like God loves unconditionally.

I Corinthians 13:13And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Romans 12:9Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

I Corinthians 13:4-8Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

4. Be Alert to opportunities God gives you to connect with people.

I Peter 5:8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Ephesians 6:18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

5. Take responsibility for being a kingdom builder.

Mark 16:15And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Romans 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

Romans 1:14For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike.

6. Expect favorable outcome as you interact with others.

Mark 11:24Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Proverbs 10:28aThe hope of the righteous will be gladness…

Peace and blessings!

The Measure Of God’s Love!

Manna For Today: Friday, October 21, 2016


God’s love for His people is multifaceted and unparalleled. The Psalmist says in Psalm 27:10, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me.”

In John 3:16, we see the gravity of God’s love for people through what He was willing to give for us; His only begotten Son [For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life].

God’s love is unchangeable according to John 13:1 where the Bible says, speaking about Christ’s love for us, that, “…He loved them to the end.”

We can find out the level of love one has for us when that love costs something. Christ’s love embodies the characteristics of sacrifice; He volunteered to sacrifice Himself for you and me.

A truly awesome statement of the love of Christ for us is found in His own Words. Jesus says, in John 15:9, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”

It just doesn’t get any better than that! The cast that shaped the love we are loved with is the one God used to love His Son, Jesus.

Today, my friend, carry this heritage of Divine Love with you and when you are tempted to feel rejected in the future, remember Who Loves You!

Peace and blessings!

Faith Sees…

Manna For Today: Thursday, October 20, 2016


Faith sees through the eyes of hope!

1. Faith engages God in every situation.

Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

2. Faith is a believer’s reality.

Mark 11:23-24I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

3. Faith sees challenges in the proper perspective.

II Corinthians 4:18So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

4. Faith always sees my need as God’s responsibility.

Philippians 4:19And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

5. Faith is my connection to stability.

Psalm 62:2He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.

II Corinthians 5:7For we live by believing and not by seeing.

6. Faith is the key that opens God’s reservoir of resources.

II Corinthians 1:20For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

My friend, pray today that God will help you see in the same way that faith sees. Begin to see yourself in the same way that God sees you and enlarge upon that in every detail of your life.

Peace and blessings!

Resting In God’s Love For You!

Manna For Today: Wednesday, October 19, 2016


I John 4:8-11Those who do not love do not know God because God is love. God has shown His love to us by sending His only Son into the world. God did this so we might have life through Christ. This is love! It is not that we loved God but that He loved us. For God sent His Son to pay for our sins with His own blood.Dear friends, if God loved us that much, then we should love each other.

Think today about the ways in which God is love to and through you!

• It tells us what God did; He sent His Son.

• It tells us who Jesus is; He is sinless.

• It tells us what Jesus bore; our sins.

• It tells us who we are; the righteousness of God.

• It tell us where we are; in Him.

Peace and blessings!