Our Secret Place

Manna For Today: Saturday, September 22, 2018

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When we were children we had a secret place in which we hid from the other children. We thought they would not find us there; we had a sense of immunity and safety in that place.

Do you remember how quiet it was there? All the distractions from the outside were eliminated, you could hear your heart beat there, you were aware of the rhythm of your breathing and nothing else mattered in those moments of safety and solitude.

In time, the children you played with would find you and break into your place of rest and you would have to find another spot because the former was now compromised.

Friend, I have great news for you. There is a Secret Place you can go into that can never be compromised by outside influence no matter what they are.

The Bible says in Psalm 91:1-4, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”

So what is the difference in this Secret Place and others you’ve had in the past?

1. It is a place you live in and not just hide in.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2. Your roommates in this Secret Place are comfort, relief, help and hope.

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”

3. Freedom is a staple in this Place.

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.

4. In this Place, you are surrounded by His divine protection.

He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

So what do you do to get to the Secret Place? You do nothing! Jesus has made the way.

Ask the precious Holy Spirit to guide your journey there and, once there, never leave!

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Where Do You Walk, Stand And Sit?

Manna For Today: Friday, September 21, 2018

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Among the many things that impact the blessings of God in our lives are where we walk, where we stand and where we sit.

The Bible says in Psalm 1:1, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.”

The words “walk, stand and sit” all hold the same inference of residency, dwelling or lifestyle. In other words, folks who do not practice taking up inordinate time with ungodly counsel, sinner’s path or those with scornful behavior are those who will be blessed, according to God’s Word.

But it is not enough for us to just avoid these pitfalls. Psalm 1:2 tells us “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.”

It is an encouragement for us to practice the spiritual disciplines of reading and meditating on God’s Word daily.

In Psalm 1:3, we see the result of having done so; [He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper].

The Word of God is to the Believer what water is to a tree; productivity is inevitable and prosperity is assured.

Allow these three verses of Psalm 1 to be your meditation today and listen for the voice of the Spirit as you do. I believe He has a Word just for you.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Moving Forward in a Crisis…

Manna For Today: Thursday, September 20, 2018

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One of the most debilitating effects of a crisis is what I call the “shut down” syndrome. There is something about challenge that reaches crisis level that causes people to internalize to the point that many completely “shut down.” Some can get into a kind of depression but whether or not one experiences depression the net effect is the same.

People stop their normal routine and suffer from a lack of forward momentum. The benefit of moving forward on a daily basis cannot be over emphasized. If you are in a crisis that has caused you to shut down, what I am about to share with you is of great importance and can be the difference in your outcome.

Take note of these observations that will aid you in moving forward in a crisis:

1. Your crisis has not stopped your ability to create influence.

Luke 2:52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

• Confess this scripture as your reality daily.

2. Your crisis has not stopped your ability to inspire trust.

Proverbs 3:5Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.

• To harvest trust, you must sow seeds of trust.

• You cannot give what you don’t have.

3. Your crisis cannot shut your window of opportunity.

Romans 8:31, 37 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Sometimes what seems to be down is actually the way up.

4. Your crisis cannot stop you from ridding yourself of needless weight.

Hebrews 12:1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

• Get ready to run the race God has set before you.

Dear friend, prepare yourself for running like you have never run before. God has great opportunities ahead of you so don’t you dare quit on God; He will never quit on you!

Meditate on these keys and incorporate them into your daily thoughts until they are a part of your thinking.

Prepare yourself for a wonderful ride with God!

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

God Has Claimed You As His Own!

Manna For Today: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Psalm 23:1, 4 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

In many instances possessions reflect that there is an owner or possessor. Our dogs, cats, horses and birds reflect the care, or lack thereof, we’ve given them. Fearful animals are sometimes the result of confidence not instilled by the owner through his or her husbandry.

In other words, the way we are cared for shapes our relationship with fear.

When our care is competent, resourceful and nurturing, we grow to reflect the same and are seldom fearful people. In the same way, if our care is incompetent, un-resourceful and debilitating, in most instances we will grow to be fearful and un-resourceful people.

Perhaps this concept can be seen in David’s statements in Psalm 23; “The Lord is my Shepherd” and then his later declaration, “I will fear no evil.” Whose he was gave shape to who he was.

Because David belonged to God or the Lord, his fearfulness was in check.

So who do you belong to? If you answer you are the Lord’s, then fear has no stake in your life.

Meditate on that fact: “If I belong to the Lord, fear has no stake in my life.”

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Weeping Won’t Last…

Manna For Today: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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One’s emotional footprint can be a statement of how well we navigate turbulent waters. All too often we allow the emotions of a moment or season to define us, sometimes for life. Scripture indicates that God’s emotional footprint as it relates to anger is far outweighed by the footprint of love, favor, grace, mercy or forgiveness.

Psalm 30:5 speaks to this point: “For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

So how do we shrink our negative emotional footprint?

  • We don’t allow short-term setbacks to blur long-term vision.
  • We remain motivated even through tough times.
  • We never ever give up.
  • We learn from our mistakes and reference those lessons frequently.
  • We don’t allow falls to turn into chronic fails.

1 Peter 5:10In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.

Dear friend, know that you are making progress and are one step closer to your victory.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

Be Strong & Courageous Today!

Manna For Today: Monday, September 17, 2018

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Deuteronomy 31:6Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

The goodness of God cannot be measured, His mercy and grace have no boundary.

He encourages us to become what He enables us to be; ‘strong and courageous.’

He gives us a sense of freedom and well-being no matter who they are who threaten us; ‘do not be afraid or terrified because of them.’

He’s there with us when we need Him; ‘for the Lord your God goes with you.’

He doubles down on His commitment to us; ‘He will never leave you nor forsake you.’

How wonderful is our God! Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!

New Mercies Daily!

Manna For Today: Sunday, September 16, 2018

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Lamentations 3:22-23Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

This text says it all. The only thing left for us to do is to come to Him with hearts filled with gratitude that His mercies are an endless supply.

Today, come close to your Heavenly Father and receive all you need. Find someone else in need and lead them to drink from the sweet waters of His mercies.

Remember, you are loved!

Peace and blessings!