Your Joy Is In Christ Jesus…

Manna For Today: Thursday, September 29, 2016

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We must not confuse joy with happiness. Happiness is too often dependent on happenings and therefore limited in its sustainability.

The joy we speak of is a spiritual product and is sustained by a flame that cannot be blown or burnt out. It is eternal in nature and therefore transcends any context it may be required to operate in.

James 1:2-4 tells us to view trouble that comes our way as an opportunity for joy; that the testing of our faith grows our endurance. The end result will be our fully developed endurance and we will be perfect and complete needing nothing.

Nehemiah 8:10 further admonishes the people to not be dejected and sad; “for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Dear friend, the joy God has given us excels any challenge coming from the enemy of our souls.

So what do we do to produce joy and the subsequent strength in and for our lives?

Hebrews 12:2 tells us to “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” and that it was “joy set before Him that enabled Him to endure the cross, despising the shame and He is now sitting down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Friend, we look to Jesus taking our eyes off of our challenges and placing them on His Word, Work and Wisdom. Read the gospel and let Him instruct you in His Word, Work and Wisdom. I’m convinced joy will be the final outcome. Allow Jesus to bring you joy!

Peace and blessings!

Protect Your Heart…

Manna For Today: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Proverbs 4:23Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Overcoming in any detail of our lives cannot be accomplished without believing. It is probably one of the most important variables determining outcome in all our pursuits.

What we believe determines what we think; what we think determines our action and how we respond to life’s issues determine what we will receive in life.

It all begins with belief. That’s why Proverbs warns us to guard or protect our heart for it determines the course of your life.

My friend, if your current life course is an unacceptable one, the correction needed is not external but internal.

Go to your Father now and ask Him, like David in Psalm 51:10, to create in you a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you. When you do this, know that God is your comfort, relief, help and hope according to Psalm 91:1-16.

Peace and blessings!

With A Grateful Heart…

Manna For Today, Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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The Bible warns us that gratitude is something that will significantly evade those in our current cultural context.

II Timothy 3:1-2But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…

Self-consideration is the chief tool the enemy uses to dim the perspective of believers. The Bible, however, is replete with instructions related to gratefulness.

Philippians 4:6-7Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

I Thessalonians 5:18In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Hebrews 13:15Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Take a moment today to think about the many things for which we can be thankful.

Take another moment and with a grateful heart follow the instruction in Hebrews 13:15; give Him thanks!

Peace and blessings!

God’s Peace Is With You!

Manna For Today: Monday, September 26, 2016

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The Bible is replete with scriptures on the subject of peace. Jesus declares in John 14:27 that He leaves His peace with us and gives us His peace.

So how is it that we find ourselves with the absence of that which Jesus has given us?

We can answer the question with one word – WORRY!

The antidote to worry is simple. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!”

Why does God offer where we focus as an answer to peace question in our lives?

The answer is: whatever we focus on, we trust in!

Philippians 4:6-7 reads, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

This scripture is admonishing us to focus on God. What do we do?

•We tell Him what we need.

•We thank Him for all He has done.

•We keep our focus on Him and produce peace for our lives.

Dear friend, go to your Heavenly Father now with a renewed focus on Him and be at peace!

Peace and blessings!

Promises Of Our Heavenly Father

Manna For Today: Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Our gracious Father has made many promises to His children that place “water in our desert” experiences and “paths” when we find ourselves in the wilderness of life.

Meditate on the following promises made by your Heavenly Father then appropriate these promises in your life by confessing them as yours today and every day.

1. The comfort of His presence

Isaiah 43:2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.

It’s wonderful to know that He is there always but it’s life-giving to know in the most difficult season of our lives that He is always there.

2. All things work for the believers’ good.

Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

• How can we know what God will do in our future? By looking back and remembering all He has done in our past.

3. The sufficiency of Divine Grace.

2 Corinthians 12:9And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

• The lesson we learn from the woman caught in the act of adultery is that if Grace is in the room it’s enough; John 8.

Peace and blessings!

God Cares About You!

Manna For Today: Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Matthew 10:30“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

How can we believe that our God is omniscient and at the same time unaware of some detail of our lives? If indeed our Heavenly Father is all-knowing (and He is) and if He is concerned (and He is), we may often entertain fear needlessly.

Matthew 10:30 indicates a level of awareness and concern that is unprecedented. We love our children but have no idea of how many hairs are on their heads. When we are convinced of the love God has for us fear has to release its grip on our thinking.

Meditate on the following scriptures, commit them to memory and watch an awareness of God’s love for you grow.

Romans 8:37-39Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 2:4-5But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

Romans 5:8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Zephaniah 3:17The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

Peace and blessings!

Our Trust Is In Our God!

Manna For Today: Friday, September 23, 2016

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Our trust in our God related to every detail of our lives is not wasted; not because of what we see or have as outcome or result but because:

1. Our God is great, faithful, just and upright.

Deuteronomy 32:4He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.

2. Our God does what He says.

Numbers 23:19God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

3. Our God is our solid rock foundation.

Psalm 18:2The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

4. Our God does not change; what He is today, He will be tomorrow.

James 1:17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

You really can trust our Heavenly Father. What have you held back that you need to give Him now?

Meditate on these scriptures that speak to His nature and character and take that secret thing to Him today!

Peace and blessings!