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TODAY’S MANNA for Friday, July 28, 2017

We have been commanded by God’s Word to be compassionate, courteous, loving to our brothers

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; Not returning evil for evil, or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 3:8-9 New King James Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
We have been commanded by God’s Word to be compassionate, courteous, loving and a blessing to our brothers (this includes women). God wants us to live together in harmony and peace, to give forth the ‘Agape’ (God’s kind of love) love just as HE has called us to do. He does not want us to be like the world and get even with people when they are evil to us, but rather we are to bless them. In fact He has told us to set a table before our enemies. To pray for our enemies. If we will do so He says we shall inherit a blessing. Can you imagine the world inviting their enemies for dinner!

MY PRAYER…
Father, thank You for providing us Your Word as our Guide in our life. Our ‘Manual For Life’ is Your Word. Father, I confess that I have let my own over-sensitive carnal self be offended, and have often reacted with pettiness when my brothers and sisters in Christ have not treated me as I felt I deserved. I have let those world offend me at times. I know Jesus was treated rudely and shamefully by those he created and loved, so I know I shouldn’t be surprised. But Father, please help me to know when to challenge those who wound me with a loving confrontation and when to just ignore the barb and minister love to them. Father, help me be an instrument of Your love, peace, harmony, and unity. In Jesus’ precious name I pray.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Thursday July 27, 2017

Do you know and have the patience to wait for the Lord?

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Wait for it! Wait for it! Why do they always tell us to ‘Wait for it’?
If there is anything mankind, humans don’t like to do, it’s wait. Maybe that is why God is so interested in us learning to do it. There is something about remaining strong in tough times and remaining faithful when ill winds blow. So God gives us times of waiting (He doesn’t give us the tough times, We usually give them to ourselves!) to see if our search is really for Him or merely for something new. Press in to Him during these times and He will see you through! That’s really what wait on the Lord means, to press in and to serve Him! When you go to a restaurant the waiter serves you! He said if we would draw nigh unto Him that He would draw nigh unto us. To wait on the Lord means to press in to Him and serve Him, not stand back and do nothing.
(Heb 6:12 KJV) That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

MY PRAYER…
Loving Father, I know you have waited for me so many times. For me to show my faith, repent of my sins, to grow in holiness, to come to You in prayer, to act more mature, to give to those who cannot return my gift. Help me Lord as I wait for You to show me the way with my decisions, to meet my needs, and reveal Your presence in my loneliness. I really do seek You with all my heart. Father, as I press in to You I know You will show Yourself strong unto me. I know that You will meet me along the path as I draw near to You and You will be my buckler and my shield. Through Jesus, my Lord and King, I pray.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Wednesday July 26, 2017

Have you believed & confessed Jesus as Lord?

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10 New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
There is only one way to become a child of God and have eternal life in heaven. And there is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ, there is NO OTHER WAY! Imagine Jesus being proud of you! He said if we confess Him before others here on earth, He will acknowledge us before the Father in heaven. Imagine Jesus telling the Father God, “No, that one, Pastor Duane, (put your name here if Jesus is your Lord!) He’s mine Father, he comes with us!” Confessing that Jesus as Lord is simply acknowledging the truth according to the Bible. But, If Jesus is your Lord that means you have given Him overall authority and control of your life. A Lord is is one who is in full control of everything you do or say. That means He (Jesus) now has authority over you. He must be your Lord before He can become your Savior! For believers, it is even more than that, since at the close of time as we know it, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him as Lord. You can do it now by choice and live the abundant life till His return, or you can wait and then be forced to acknowledge Him when it is too late to make a choice. By the way, if you wait till it’s too late you will also suffer the same fate as the evil one – eternity in Hell instead of all eternity with Jesus in Heaven. We have a choice today! For us, confessing Jesus now is anticipating His triumphant return and until then we will share and enjoy that triumphant life here on earth awaiting His return! On Earth as it is in Heaven.

MY PRAYER…
Mighty God, Your Son, Jesus, is my Lord. I love Him and praise Him for His redeeming sacrifice and all that He has done for me. I thank Him for his conquest of death, hell, and the grave. I marvel at His sacrificial and triumphant grace. Jesus is my Lord. I know it sounds sweet in Your ears, Father, so I say it again. Father, Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Lord. Thank You for being so great that You could be so sacrificial. Through my Lord and Savior, Jesus, I offer this thanks.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Do you know what EVERY human being deserves?

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
We’ve blown it, we (mankind in general) because of Adam and Eve’s fall in the garden, have been born with a ‘sin nature’ and the reward for sin is death. You say, “But I don’t have sin in my life.” Wrong, the Bible (not me) says we all do at some point in time, if nothing else because of Adam’s fall in the garden. When death comes to man as a result of sin, we’re only getting what we deserve, what we’ve earned. Sin is rebellion against the God who loves us and gave us His most precious gift to redeem us from sin. Romans 14:23 says: “…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” If you are not in faith, believing in the Son of God (Jesus) and what He has done for you, you’re in sin, wow! If you’re not believing EVERY promise from God in His Word, The Bible, then you are in sin! Did you religious folks get that? Because ‘Faith’ believes God’s every Word! How then does one get faith? “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Notice it didn’t say by having heard once, but by hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing , and hearing , and hearing , and hearing , and hearing , and hearing , and hearing , and hearing. And what are we supposed to hear? The six o’clock news, the Kitsap Sun, the Chicago Times, the neighbor down the street, the Koran, Zen Buddha, or some other guru type teacher? NO, we are supposed to be hearing the WORD of GOD. God has given us a gift that is free — eternal life in Jesus Christ and every thing else in His Word. He gave it with only one qualifying requirement, that we believe in His Son Jesus and what He has ALREADY done (past tense) for us! We just have to, “by faith”, reach out and receive what is really already ours.

MY PRAYER…
Thank You, Father God, for loving me when no one else could or would. Thank You for sacrificing Your most precious gift so I could join You one day in heaven. Of all the gifts I’ve ever received, Yours is absolutely the best! I offer thanks to You through the gift that set me free and delivered me from darkness into the glorious kingdom of Your Son. In Jesus name!
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Monday July 24, 2017

Have you ever really just blew it?

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:23-24 New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
“I blew it man!” I’ve messed up. I’ve sinned against my friends and my family and most importantly of all, against God. Come to think of it, we’ve all blown it at some point in time, we’ve all sinned, whether we think we have or not. In fact, we were all born with a sin nature the moment we came into this world. We didn’t then and we don’t now measure up to God’s standard. We’re not divine and we surely haven’t arrived at perfection. We might be decent, but decent won’t make the grade with God. We might be good, but good won’t pass God’s righteousness test. Only those who are without sin, the truly righteous, make it past the grave into everlasting glory. How then can a mere man make it? Thank God that His grace has been freely given and the price for our sin was already paid by Jesus on the cross for us. While I “blew it” and you “blew it”, Jesus redeemed us! Jesus put away our (yours, you who don’t think you’ve ever sinned) sin. It was put away, forgiven and forgotten by the Blood of Jesus that we might be the righteousness of God through Him. There by securing a place in heaven for us for eternity.

MY PRAYER…
Kind and Loving Father, thank You for being so generous with Your grace. Thank You for loving Your children so much that You made a way for us where there was no way or hope. You sent Your only begotten Son, the treasure of heaven, to pay the price for my sin, for our sin, once and for all. May I be as passionate for Your righteousness as You were in redeeming me from my sin. Through the Blood of Jesus I ask this.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Sunday July 23, 2017

Do you truly understand forgiveness?

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
Luke 17:3-4 King James Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Forgiveness! God is very concerned about forgiveness. After all He forgave all of mankind! He is also concerned with un-forgiveness because if you hold un-forgiveness against someone, then He cannot forgive you. I didn’t say that, He did in His Word! If He can’t forgive you then He can’t hear you and if He can’t hear you then He can’t answer your prayers to Him either. Jesus even told Peter that he should forgive not just seven times, but rather seventy times seven in a single day (490). Forgiveness is the key to walking in fellowship with the Lord and with your fellow brothers and sisters. Forgiveness opens the door to the blessings of God. Don’t say: “I forgive you, but I’ll never forget what you did!” That is NOT forgiveness, you have NOT forgiven.

MY PRAYER…
Precious Father, thank You for giving me the power through Your Holy Spirit to forgive those who trespass against me. Thank You Lord, for forgiving me, for cleansing me of all unrighteousness through the precious blood of Jesus. Help me Father, to understand that I must come to You with a pure heart, because only with a pure heart will You hear my prayers. Now I know if You hear my prayers that You will answer them, for Your Word tells me this. Father, thank You for giving us the guidance and teaching through Your Holy Word to help us put away all un-forgiveness, strife, envy, and anything else that is not a part of Your Love. Lord by Your power that works within us, help us to walk in the same love for people that You have. In the Mighty Name of Jesus I pray.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Saturday July 22, 2017

Can you stand and praise God anywhere?

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Psalm 95:1-2 New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
What better way to express our joy than with laughter and song. We sing to the Lord because we are joyful and thankful for all He has done for us! Not what is going on in our lives and in the world around us. Our music is not inhibited or held back, but exuberant and as full of heart as it is of sound. We praise Him with our whole being, all that we are. Just like David danced in the streets before the Lord. You can do it at sports events and concerts and no one cares, try being that exuberant when you praise God and see what happens. Thanksgiving and praise to Him is what brings us into the Father’s presence and it is our joy at the knowledge of what He has done for us that leads us to praise Him. Even if we are not musically inclined it’s okay. He said in His Word we could make a joyful noise unto the Lord. It’s our hearts that matter, not what we sound like. Remember He said, He would inhabit the praises of His people.

MY PRAYER…
Most wonderful and glorious Father, thank you so much for sending Your Son and saving me from sin, death, and the law. Thank you for saving me and giving me the assurance, through your Holy Spirit, that I can come before you with exuberant and overflowing joy. Your love and grace have not only given me hope but have made me your child, a son and an heir. Hear my heart and be blessed by my sounds of praise. Through the mighty name of Jesus I pray and because of Jesus I will shout your praise forever and ever.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Friday July 21, 2017

Do you know how to receive God’s Blessings?

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
Exodus 15:26 King James Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Do you want the blessings of God in your life, do you want God’s divine health and healing in your life? He tells us in His Word how to get it. Trouble is most of us are too busy listening to the things (lusts and cares) of this earthly world to give heed to His voice and His will for us so that we can even know what He wants us to do. We don’t realize that He speaks to us in many different ways. Sometimes through a friend or co-worker, sometimes through an e-mail, or a phone call, sometimes by our Pastor, sometimes just by that still small voice in our spirit. That voice that most people call their conscious or their intuition. And always He speaks to us through His Word, His Word is always truth. Trouble is we very seldom listen, especially when we are too caught up in things that will one day (and soon) perish and pass away instead of laying up treasures and spiritual things in heaven. As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord! Oh let me also set the record straight. If you would study out the Hebrew/Aramaic of the verse above it actually says: “God will NOT allow to be put upon you these diseases, which I allowed to be put upon the Egyptians.”
God does NOT put sickness and disease on His people, but when His hand of protection is removed, then the sickness and diseases can and will come! The devil sees to that! Why would He put it on you if He is the God that heals thee? Don’t ever blame God for sickness and disease, find out instead why you are not under His covering and His protection from them.

MY PRAYER…
Father God, I thank You for giving us a choice in this life. We can choose Your way or we can choose the World’s way. You allow us to choose life or to choose death. But You tell us which one we should choose. Your way leads to life and health and all things that pertain to life and Godliness. The World’s way leads to sickness, disease, poverty, lack, death and eternal destruction. I choose life, Lord. I purpose from this day forward Lord to diligently pursue life and Godliness through You, Your Will for my life, and Your Word. Lord increase my strength in these areas through the power of Your Holy Spirit that I may have the power to overcome. Lord, help me to receive that which You have already provided through Your Son. Lord I receive Your healing and Your prosperity for myself and my family now here on the earth. Lord I realize that I can of myself do nothing, but that all things are possible through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. In Jesus name I pray.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Thursday, July 20, 2017

Do you seek first God and His Kingdom in all you do?

But I will sing of Your mighty strength and power; yes I will sing aloud of Your mercy and loving kindness in the morning; for You have been to me a defense (a fortress and a high tower) and a refuge in the day of my distress.
Psalm 59:16 Amplified Bible

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
So many things in our lives can be stolen away by natural disasters, aging, the cares of everyday life, the lust for things of this world, sickness, disease and death. Satan will take what ever opportunity we give him and he will exploit it, remember he only comes but to steal, kill, and destroy. Be careful that you do not leave even a tooth pick in the door for Satan to come through, he will wedge it open if you do! But God is immovable, un-stealable, un-corruptible, and unchangeable! When we invest ourselves in Him we can know our spirits are secure in His care, He is our fortress and a refuge. He changes not, nor will He ever leave us or forsake us as long as we press in and draw near to Him. If we seek Him and draw near to Him in the ’Secret Place’ He will hide & protect us under His wings (covering) from all that is going on around us. We must seek Him first and foremost above all else, yes even over our natural family, He is our Family. If we do, He said He will give us all those other things that everyone else is seeking. And He will be our Fortress and our Refuge.

MY PRAYER…
Precious Father, Rock of my salvation, thank You for being unchangeable and faithful. Thank You for being the source of my security and my future in a day of chaos and change. Thank You for being God. My God. You are my God and in You I place my life, my hopes, and my future. May You be glorified in all I do and say. In Jesus name I pray.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Can you worship God in and from the spirit?

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
John 4:24 New King James Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Genuine worship is a gift, it is something we are given by the spirit when we are born again unto God. Since God is spirit (a spiritual being), since He is holy, we cannot fully approach Him without the free gift of His grace, the cleansing of His Son’s Blood, and the blessing of His Holy Spirit. As Christians who received His Spirit when we were baptized into Christ and born again of God’s Spirit, we can now speak to Him and worship Him spirit to Spirit. In fact, we can ONLY worship Him in spirit, our natural man can not communicate with His Spirit. But we must also worship him in truth, the true knowledge of who He is and what He has done for us will cause you to worship Him from your heart (your spirit man). Through this worship by the spirit you will truly come to know and have a personal relationship with God the Father!

MY PRAYER…
Abba Father, by the gift of Your Spirit I come to You as Your child. Thank You so much for giving, Your Son to redeem me, Your Holy Spirit to make me a new creation, and filling me anew each and every day with Your Holy Spirit so that I can approach You with confidence and know You hear the concerns of my heart. Please accept the worship of my heart, of my words, and of my actions. May the things I do today be done in spirit and in true knowledge of who and what You are in my life. May I bring You glory and Honor forever.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
Amen