Quiet Confidence

Manna For Today: Monday, January 20, 2020

Habakkuk 3:19The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet and makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility].

Every day we are presented with unforeseen climbing opportunities. The mountains of our lives are inescapable and often difficult to traverse. Thank God for Jesus who gives us strength to reach the summit of every challenge. Take great comfort in the thought that He is the Source of your strength, and has given you a spiritual pedicure that enables your feet to be adapted to walking on the peaks of challenge and responsibility.

Go forward today, my friend, in the quiet confidence that is the result of instruction from the Master Mountaineer.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

I will Rise!

Manna For Today: Sunday, January 19, 2020

II Corinthians 4:7-9 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…

I’m so glad that God chose to put the precious gift of the Holy Spirit in our frail vessels. It serves as a constant reminder of who He is and who we are not. The power is His and the victory is His, yet in ‘His-God-Like’ way, He uses those tools to enable us.

When we are afflicted in so many ways, crushed by life’s circumstances, confused, threatened by despair, wrongly mistreated or even struck down, in us is a superior response of God that pushes back to the end that, what should have or could have taken us out is unable to and we rise!

Tap into God’s glory today, my friend. Rise above whatever may be confronting you, speak those words inspired by none other than Him, “I will rise,” then do it. Get up, stand up and go forward in Him.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

God Is Our Divine Leader

Manna For Today: Saturday, January 18, 2020

There are many in our current context with the title of Leader associated with their names. Our problem is that people can be effective in some areas of leadership and ill-equipped in others.

God’s leadership is never in question. He is able to lead us through difficult places.

My friend, if you live long enough you will find yourself in difficult places. Deuteronomy 8:2 says, “And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”

Thank God for His leadership through the difficult places. God leads us like a mother bird. Deuteronomy 32:11 says, “As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings.”

Recall a time when you know you were on the wings of your loving God, carrying you to safety.

God also leads us in a plain path. Have you noted that sometimes life’s paths get cluttered by stuff placed there by you and others?

The Bible says in Psalm 27:11, “Teach me Your way, O LORD, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.”

Sometimes the only way to get your path clear is to enlist the assistance of your loving, kind and omnipotent Heavenly Father.

Read Psalm 139:7-12 and meditate on the fact that you can never get away from your God; that’s His level of commitment to you!!

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

There Is NO Condemnation In Christ…

Manna For Today: Friday, January 17, 2020

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.

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.”

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.

So, we just find out what God wants us to do in any situation and we do it; that’s walking in the Spirit!

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. Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

God’s “Even Though”

Manna For Today: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Judges 13:3The angel of the LORD appeared to Manoah’s wife and said, “Even though you have been unable to have children, you will soon become pregnant and give birth to a son.”

We often wrestle with our inability to control our environment or circumstances, whether they are related to our children, spouse, finance, health, future, business or job, education, etc. It seems just about the time we think we have a handle on things something beyond our ability to control comes up and we find ourselves in the familiar place of uncertainty. At some point we realize that what has caught us by surprise was not at all a surprise to our Father. In fact, He incorporated even the difficult challenges of our lives into his plan of growth and development for us and others.

In Judges 13:3, God spoke to Manoah’s wife, Samson’s mother to be, using two profound words that changed not only her destiny but the destiny of all of Israel. The words are “even though.” Verse 2 reveals to us that she was “unable to become pregnant.”

What do you do when God tells you to embrace possibility in what has been impossible to you? You simply say, ‘yes’ understanding that God’s plan and purpose for your life will come to fruition in spite of your environment or circumstance. I believe that there is an “even though” in God for all of us.

What is it that you have struggled with in the past but would love for God to do this year? Find His purpose in the thing you desire, exchange your plan for His and get ready for the ride of your life “even though.”

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Inside Out vs. Outside In

Manna For Today: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Judges 13:4So be careful; you must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food.

What do you do when God comes to you and tells you, “I am going to use you to end your greatest challenge in your life and the lives of many others?” You listen intently to what He says next.

“So be careful!” What was He warning Samson’s mother to be careful of? Be careful of what she allowed inside from outside sources.

We can find parallels in our lives. Proverbs 4:23 tells us, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” This is another warning to be careful because outside influences can be detrimental. Take a moment right now and allow God to reveal to you where your watch might be strengthened and ask your Father for help in accomplishing the same.

Share your discovery with a trusted brother or sister in the Lord to whom you can be accountable. Perhaps they may share with you some needs of their own.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Persevering Under Trial

Manna For Today: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

There is probably no more significant quality to growing your faith than perseverance. God enables us to persevere no matter what happens. Every obstacle becomes a classroom for the believer to move the needle of growth toward greater experiences of victory in Christ.

Consider the following scriptures that aid us in our classroom during times of overcoming obstacles, difficulties, trials and tribulations:

1. Christ enables our steady pace as we walk in Him.

Romans 12:12Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

2. Perseverance is a divine privilege given to those who dare to believe!

Colossians 1:11-12We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light.

3. Timing isn’t everything but the right time is.

Galatians 6:9So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

4. Develop a clear vision of your reward so that in your most difficult times it becomes your motivation to persevere.

James 1:12God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

5. Resist weariness with every fiber of your being when it protests against doing good.

II Thessalonians 3:13As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.

My friend, find a way to move forward every day of your life. If you are willing to take the pull God will get you through.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!