God Is Concerned About You!

Manna For Today: Friday, December 6, 2019

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.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Think About God’s Goodness!

Manna For Today: Thursday, December 5, 2019

Psalm 25:1-5O LORD, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

This Psalm echoes the sentiment of all hearts who long for God and know the deep dark abyss of trouble. I appreciate that in its instruction to us, it begins with what we should always begin with; that is, giving ourselves to God.

What good purpose does our lives serve if they are not in the hands of God and at His service? Psalm 25:2 reveals another truth; we will not give our lives to God if we do not trust Him.

We have all felt the sting of disgrace and hear the cheers of some at our own peril. Yet Psalm 25:3 suggests that there is a sense in which our trust in our God elevates us above the possibility of disgrace and that the deceitful among us are the ones who will experience the same.

Psalm 25:4-5 shows us how to go forward in treacherous times. I need God to direct my steps to the “right path.” He alone can tell me which decision I should make and what position I should take.

His truth is my leader, therefore, I surrender to it. He is my master instructor and the horn of my salvation. That is all I need in every detail of my life.

Finally, He is the only reason I have an expectation of any good in my life. My constant friend is He; my refuge from what troubles me; my on time God!

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Trust Our God!

Manna For Today: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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.

Psalm 62:6He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

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!

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Let’s Fight For Excellence!

Manna For Today: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Fighting for excellence is:

1. Believing God’s Word above everything else.

Romans 3:3-4For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, and may overcome when You are judged.”

2. Refusing to settle for anything.

Isaiah 1:19If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.

Matthew 8:13Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

3. Giving no place to Satan in our lives, homes, churches or cities.

I Peter 5:8-9Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

Ephesians 4:27… nor give place to the devil.

4. Being an example of excellence in everything we do.

Proverbs 12:26The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Ephesians 5:1Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.

5. Fighting for the fulfillment of God’s vision in our hearts.

Proverbs 29:18Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.

II Timothy 4:7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Weapons For Our Warfare

Manna For Today: Monday, December 2, 2019

Weapons are critical to success in warfare. It will not suffice to just have a weapon, but the right weapon, for the context you are warring in, can assure your success.

On one occasion Jesus tells Satan “it is written” while on another Jesus says “this kind only can be moved through fasting and prayer.”

The devil uses weapons in an attempt to defeat believers. His arsenal includes sin, sickness, poverty, divorce, doubt, accidents, fear, worry, apathy, offense, depression to name a few.

Our weapons include the following:

1. The Name of Jesus

Mark 16:17-18And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

Philippians 2:9-11Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

2. The Word of God

Ephesians 6:17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Matthew 4:1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

3. Our prayer

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…

Matthew 18:18-19Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

4. Our confession

Mark 11:23For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

II Corinthians 4:13And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.

5. Our worship

Luke 4:18“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

Matthew 18:20For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

Psalm 22:3But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.

We must not become:

a. Complacent

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

b. Religious

II Timothy 3:5…having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

c. Deceived

John 8:31-32Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Victory In Christ Jesus!

Manna For Today: Sunday, December 1, 2019

Everyone loves to see victory; whether team or individual, we all want to see the gold medal draped around the neck of some deserving person.

In our own personal lives, most people want to be victorious in every detail; no rational person wants to lose.

Thank God the Bible is replete with scriptures outlining our path to victory. It begins with Jeremiah 29:11 [For 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].

I believe we can count on God’s Promise to give us a future and an expectation of getting what we hope for.

Even in the most difficult of trials, Deuteronomy 20:1-4 assures us that, God is there in a unique way to ensure our victory.

Deuteronomy 20:1-4 When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people. And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’

I Corinthians 10:13 helps us understand the scope of our victory; [No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it]. Our victory, according to the text, is a bar none deal.

In I Corinthians 15:57, we discover where our victory comes from; [But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ].

I John 5:4 tells us victory is our birthright; [For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith]. It goes on to say that our faith is pivotal in our victorious outcome.

Today, my friend, allow these scriptures to aid you to accept God’s promise of a future for you in Jeremiah 29:11, God’s unique involvement in your struggle in Deuteronomy 20:1-4, the unlimited nature of our victory in I Corinthians 10:13, and the birthright to victory in I John 5:4.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Let the Peace of God Keep You!

Manna For Today: Saturday, November 30, 2019

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. 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!

Remember,  you are loved!

Peace and blessings!