You Belong To God!

Manna For Today: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ephesians 2:19You are a member of God’s very own family and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.

Life can deal us a hand we never asked for; one with experience we’d rather not have, yet life happens. Situations are what they are and you are left holding that hand. What’s important from this point forward is not what hand you’ve been dealt but how you play the hand you have.

Enter Jesus, without regard for the hand you were dealt, He offers us membership in His divine family which will last forever. It just doesn’t get better than that. So exchange your hand for His invitation and enjoy your new family in Christ. It’s going to get better and better and better through time and eternity.

Check in with a brother or sister today with a kind word of encouragement or some other act of love.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Hello Peace Of God!

Manna For Today, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Philippians 4:6-7Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

What a wonderful opportunity presented here for us! No matter what my present reality, the peace of God is available to me right now. I have but to exchange my anxiety for prayer and petition; adding gratitude and presenting all of this to God.

Verse 7 assures me that God’s very own peace will be mine, transcending my comprehension and it (“the peace of God”) will protect my heart and mind which are now in Christ.

I don’t need a weapon, I need God! It just doesn’t get better than this, my friend!

Follow the template today:

1. Quiet yourself.

2. Exchange anxiety for prayer with request.

3. Present your anxiety to God.

4. Experience sweet peace and release as you take the limits off God by trusting Him.

Feel the burden lifting, sense freedom from the bondage and walk in your new heart and mind in Christ! Share your discovery with someone who may benefit from it.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

My Confidence Is In God…

Manna For Today: Monday, April 22, 2019

II Corinthians 4:18While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

How I see and process my life’s events are under God’s authority. Everything I see is subject to change, as a result, I no longer place my confidence in what I see but instead I place it in God.

My friend, be encouraged today; God is mindful of you and He is working things out on your behalf right now.

II Corinthians 1:20Jesus says yes to all of God’s many promises. It is through Jesus that we say, “Let it be so,” when we give thanks to God.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Outliving Your Death Sentence…

Manna For Today: Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

John 20:1Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

Early Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where they laid Christ. The Bible says that it was still dark when she came. Perhaps she came wanting to be near Him. In any event, when she got there, she found the stone taken away and Christ’s body absent. Mary, expecting to find Him there, panicked when she saw the open and empty tomb. She ran to tell the disciples her discovery. They ran to the tomb to find a confirmation of her message; He was no longer there. The Bible says, “Mary began to weep.” She did so because she thought the death sentence was sustainable. She even had a conversation with two angels and also Jesus Himself but didn’t know who He was at first. The Bible says, “she thought He was a gardener.”

Mary’s behavior, in many instances, can mirror our own behavior in processing death sentence in our lives. She thought it was final and therefore expected to see Christ’s body there the next day. The wrong perspective of a death sentence can cause us and others around us to place finality on something God has labeled temporary. Jesus never planned to stay in the decisions others were making for Him concerning His future. In fact, in John 2:19, Jesus said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up,” speaking of His death, burial and resurrection.

Understand, my friend, that God has already spoken life to the decision of death that you might encounter; Jeremiah 29:11 (“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”).

Our responsibility is to simply have the mind of God concerning ourselves so that when we are issued a death sentence we are not surprised when it is taken away. So when you look for Jesus and fail to see Him where He was the last time you looked, keep looking; He’s there and His angelic resources will accompany Him.

Dear friend, the sentence you’ve been given will not last, your situation is changing as you read this devotion. Don’t be empty-tomb minded; the word of God in 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.” Your mindset must be, “I’m coming out no matter where I am or how long I have been there.” God never intended for you to stay there. The Bible says, in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.

Choose to agree with God and not with your trouble. He is waiting to partner with you. Remember, He never loses!

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

This is A Weekend to Remember!

Manna For Today: Saturday, April 20, 2019

John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

“If I be…”

Jesus teaches us many things in His last days here on earth. These three words (“If I be”), though no more than two letters, are great in their capacity to instruct us.

1. The ‘ifs’ in life stand at the door of ‘do I’ or ‘do I not’ to the will of God.

• Jesus, in these final days of physical life on earth, is confronted with the ‘ifs’ of life.

• “My Father, if it’s possible, may this cup be taken from me.”

• We, like Christ, must ultimately surrender to the will of God; “yet not as I will but as You will.”

2. The ‘I’ in life is a resolved focus and commitment to God’s plan with a view of outcome or result.

• God’s will, in many instances, gives us focus, outcome or result but we must have the personal resolve that what God desires is what we desire.

3. The ‘be’ in life is God’s ultimate goal for us.

• God is more interested in our being than our doing.

• When we find ourselves doing more than we are being, we may be out of God’s will and soon will hit the wall we call ‘burnout.’

So when we are having a tough weekend:

• We surrender our will to His.

• Resolve to have His planned outcome.

• Focus more on being than doing.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

A Really Good Friday!

Manna For Today: Friday, April 19, 2019

Isaiah 53:7He [Jesus] was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.

This, for all mankind, is a really good Friday! Said to be the Friday preceding Easter Sunday and it’s the day Christ was crucified on the cross. We celebrate this Friday because His death was a sacrifice, enabling you and I to receive the gift of eternal life.

The pain and suffering He experienced were for our redemption and healing. It was our sin, shame and burden on the cross. We can’t really understand the gravity of change that is represented by the cross. What the devil and people meant for evil in killing Christ, God meant for our good.

We have much to celebrate! Thank God for His mercy and grace, for His love and kindness toward even those who are in tension with Him. What a mighty God we serve.

Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice and suffering; help us to show our gratitude through our service to others in your name.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

You Are Safe In Your God!

Manna For Today: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dear friend, no matter what you are going through right now, God can and will protect you.

Meditate on the following verses and be encouraged today.

Isaiah 54:17“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.

I Samuel 2:9He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength no man shall prevail.

Hebrews 13:6So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Proverbs 2:7-10He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path. When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul.

Psalm 16:8-9I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.

I am safe in Him because I’m protected by Him.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!