Monthly Archives: August 2017

TODAY’S MANNA for Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017

I am cleansed by the Blood of Jesus, are you?

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:7 King James Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE(s)…
How are we cleansed from sin? My Bible says we are cleansed from sin by the Blood of Jesus! Not by anything we (you or I) can do on our own! Not by anything the church or elders or priest does. We are cleansed when we extend our faith to trust in God’s grace and then walk in the light through Jesus. When we believe with our heart and confess with our mouth Jesus as our Lord and then let Him guide & direct our lives. That’s what a Lord does, they control your lives. The light that is the Truth given us in the Word of God then directs our paths. The more we walk in faith, in the light of His Word, and the more we fellowship with one another, the more He will have fellowship with us. And while Jesus’ death was a “once for all,” the cleansing power of His Blood goes on and on and on as long as our hearts are in tune with His and we walk in the light of His grace.

MY PRAYER…
Holy Father, Loving Father, thank You for the gift of Jesus and the cleansing power of His blood, shed through His death on the cross for me. Help me today to live a more dedicated life, to understand and receive the cleansing and renewing that His blood through His death has made possible. Thank you for the assurance that as I seek Your will for my life and live out Your plan for my life, You have, through Jesus, also forgiven me of my sins and cleansed me with His blood and made me a new creature in Christ Jesus . In Jesus’ name I pray and offer You all thanks and glory forever.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Tuesday Aug. 15, 2017

Are you the Righteousness of God in Jesus?

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Righteousness: “To be in right standing with God.” Why? Because you are so good, never do anything bad or wrong? Because you’ve never broken the law? Because you go to church every Sunday? No way! Nothing you could ever of yourself do would make you righteous before God. It took Jesus, the Son of the Living God, to be our righteousness. That’s right, without Him we are nothing! We are what we are because of Jesus and His Blood that was shed for us on God’s Heavenly Altar. Know and then we need to dare to boldly declare what the scriptures say you are in Him:

(2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV) For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
(Ephesians 4:24 KJV) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
(2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Are you born again of the Spirit of God, then you have put on the new man. God’s righteousness, that’s what the scriptures say, not what I say. We are the testimony of how holy, just, and gracious He truly is, because in Jesus, we become God’s righteousness! We are to be the image of God to the world. I am the righteousness of God! Go ahead, say it!

MY PRAYER…
Thank You, Father, for making me righteous through the blood of Your Son. As I consecrate myself unto You, I know that You are at work in me, sanctifying me, setting me apart for Your use. May people see in me a reflection of Your holiness, justice, love, grace and mercy. Through Jesus, who sacrificed Himself for my sins, that I may be the righteousness of God in Him, I pray.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Jesus bore ALL your sin, sickness. disease, and poverty!

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:5-6 New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
I don’t know how Jesus could stand up under the weight. He had my sin, your sin, the world’s sin for all of time, all placed upon Him so we would not have to bear the consequences of it. But in that sacrifice, as horrible as it was, we find ourselves healed, cured (past tense here folks!) of every sickness and disease known to mankind today and all those yet to be named. But most important of all we were cured (past tense) of the most awful disease known to mankind, a sin-sick soul. Can you imagine what it must have been like to have ALL the sin, sickness, disease, and iniquity of the world, past, present, and future, placed upon His body at one time. And this, so that we would not have to bear it ourselves. In its place, He has left us a transforming peace that passes all understanding. The ability to walk in divine health, to be prosperous in all we do, and most importantly to be the righteousness of God through Him. And ALL of this is already done, we don’t have to wait for Him to do it! It’s DONE! We just have to reach out and receive the Gift of God into our lives.

MY PRAYER…
Father of all mercy and grace, fill my soul with the wonder of Your grace. Let me not forget the precious cost of Your love. Stir within me the constant and abiding memory of Your redemptive grace. Help me, Father, to be always conscious of the price paid for me at Calvary that day. Thank you Lord Jesus for all You have done for me.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Sunday Aug 13, 2017

Have you received The Messiah?

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and he carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:3-4 New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
The prophet Isaiah spoke of what Jesus would become and do for us many many years before He actually did it. Jesus was everything that God was and yet He became as a man (He laid aside His Deity) to help us, to become our example of how to live before God. The prophet Isaiah said we didn’t even notice what He did for us. It was as if we did care what He did. His own people even rejected Him and then had Him crucified. They just assumed He deserved it, and so they did not even repent of their deeds. Their Messiah came to them in answer to their prayers, but they saw Him not because their hearts were hard, their eyes were blind, and their ears didn’t hear what He had to say to them. And so then they murdered Him. But there was something about that sacrificial story that finally grabs our hearts and calls us home and we find in Him not only a Savior, but first a Lord, then a Healer, a Deliverer, a Friend, and a Servant and finally He is our Savior.

MY PRAYER…
Almighty Father, Your plan to redeem me takes my breath away. It suspends me in complete awe. You took the most highly prized possession in heaven and sacrificed Him for me. How and why You chose to take Your precious Son and expose Him to such public disgrace and humiliation I will never comprehend. But this I do know: You love me with an everlasting love, a love that goes beyond my comprehension. I pledge to You that I will serve You with all of my body, mind, soul, and my strength in thanks for His great sacrifice. Father, take me and use me for Your Glory. Lord make the changes in me that are necessary for me to become a vessel that You can use for Your glory. Through Jesus name, I pray.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Saturday Aug 12, 2017

Are you represented by the “Greatest Lawyer of all time?”

Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Hebrews 1:3 King James Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Jesus was God with us. No imitation, no look alike, no knock off, or clone. He was, “The Word made Flesh”, God with us (Emmanuel). To this day, He sustains creation with His word — so much for “Mother Nature.” But now “God with us” (Emmanuel) has paid for our sins and is not just God with us, but God for us at the Father’s side. He sits at the Father’s side to ever make intercession for the saints (those who are the ones who believe in Him and have a day to day personal relationship with Him, not those who know about Him). We who believe in Jesus are all saints, not just those that certain religions have canonized and called saints. We (ALL Believers in Jesus ) are saints to God. And Jesus (God), He turns to the Father and says: “Father, Pastor Duane (insert your name here if Jesus is your Lord), He’s one of mine Dad, I paid for him! He’s covered by My Blood.” He’s innocent of every charge the Devil brings against him. The debt has been fulfilled his sin has been removed, washed away by My Blood forever!

MY PRAYER…
Precious Lord, as You have so many times in the past, take my humble human words and bring them to the Father as my friend, my mediator, and my brother. Thank You for Your sacrifice, which gave me my total salvation (body mind and soul). Thank You for Your sustaining presence in our universe. Thank You for Your daily intercession on our behalf. Thank You for being God for me at the Father’s side and God in me here on earth. To the glorious, majestic, and holy God, who sent Jesus as my Savior, be glory, honor, and adoration forever and ever, in Jesus’ Name.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Friday Aug 11, 2017

Have you received the Grace of God?

He, Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 4:25 – Romans 5:2 King James Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Jesus was delivered for our offences (He was an innocent man), He was raised for our justification (something we can’t do for ourselves), and then He provided us access into the Grace of the Father! Jesus stands before Father God and declares to the Father: “This one (Pastor Duane) is mine Father, He has believed in Me.” How much more could He love us than this? And this He did when we were yet sinners! Are you still yet a sinner? Before we had made Him our Lord and Savior. Jesus has actually saved every man women and child in the earth already by His death on the Cross. They just haven’t all received that salvation yet. We only need, by our faith to reach out and take that which He has already provided. Don’t ask Him to do it again, He’s already done it once and made it available to us. Just receive it!

MY PRAYER…
Most Holy Father, Your love for us could not have been displayed in any better way than what You did for us. Taking on flesh, laying aside Your Deity, and becoming a human spirit, a human soul, and a human body, so that as one man’s disobedience (Adam in the garden) brought sin and death to us all, one Man’s obedience (Jesus at the Cross) could bring us righteousness, justification, abundance of grace, and that we might reign in life through Your Holy son Jesus. In the all powerful name of Jesus I praise you and glorify you forever.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Thursday Aug 10, 2017

Do you have access to the Grace of God?

Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:2 New King James Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Our access to the grace of God is through our faith in Jesus. Nothing else we do can provide us with access to that grace. Not our works, not our church attendance, not our denominational beliefs, and definitely not how ‘good’ we are. The only way we have access to the grace of God, the only way we can come to know God is through Jesus Christ and our faith in Him. In reality it is only Jesus Christ and Him crucified for you and your believe in that, that will give you entrance to God’s Grace. Do what you may, do what you will, but if you don’t have faith in God through Jesus Christ. If you haven’t made Jesus “The Lord” of your life, you’ll not enter in to God’s grace and His rest, nor shall you see or enter into the Kingdom of God and eternal life.

MY PRAYER…
Most Holy Father, thank You for Your Grace and Your mercy through Your Son Jesus. No other way is open to You except through Him. You made it so clear in Your Word. Spoken by the very mouth of Your own Son Jesus, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6) I thank You Father for giving me the way, the truth, and the Life through Jesus Christ. For I, who was once dead in sin, have been made alive through Jesus, my Lord and my Savior. I give Him all the glory and honor, that in Him I may also glorify You. In Jesus’ name, Father, I pray.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Wednesday Aug 9, 2017

Do you know the Redeemer personally?

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
Job 19:25 New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
We, the Children of God, should know that our Redeemer will return in triumph and victory for His Bride, the Church. Hallelujah, what a day that will be! But only for those who have known and fellowshipped with Him regularly. Those who have had a day to day personal relationship with Him. He’s not coming back for someone who has just known of Him or about Him or even someone who has done much works in His name unless they have known Him personally day to day. There are many church goers who fit this category, that He is NOT coming back for. They go to a service now and then and they know about Him, but they don’t know Him. There are even some ministers in the pulpit who only know about Him from seminary, you need to know Him. Remember He said: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name have cast out devil, and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Mathew 7:21-23) No, only those who have spent time in His Presence everyday will witness His Glory at His return. Only those who have a personal relationship with Him will be received into His Presence on that day and be taken up in the air to meet Him and to their new home in His Father’s house. You must know Him personally! Going to church does NOT make you a Christian, just like being in the garage does not make you an automobile! Being in the presence of and knowing Jesus as your Lord and then being like Him in all you do and say, makes you a Christian.

MY PRAYER…
Glorious Father, I look forward to the day of Your victorious and triumphant return to this world. Until that day, I pray that Your Kingdom will be reflected in my church, my family and my life for Your glory. Lord I ask that You help me to be all You have called me to be and that You will empower me to be able to walk worthy of Your calling. A vessel fit for the Master’s use. In Jesus mighty name, I pray.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Tuesday Aug 8, 2017

Do you know the “Friend of sinners”?

The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.
Luke 19:10 New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
“The Friend of Sinners.” Of all the things Jesus was called, I believe that possibly this was His favorite. Jesus answered them and said, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Now while Jesus said sick, He was actually referring to those who did not know Him and His redemptive power. How will the sinners hear about Jesus and His mighty work on the Cross unless we befriend them and tell them the Good News, that Jesus loves them! We need to be known also as “the friend of sinners”. This does not mean that we need to be like them, just that we show them the Love of God/Jesus and tell them the “Good News.” That we introduce them to Jesus. That we make sure they know the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

MY PRAYER…
Father, while I know You hate sin and the havoc it creates in our lives, I am so thankful that when You came to earth You were not our judge but You were our friend. You came to be our Savior, to buy back that which was lost. I promise to live today more aware of Your love for the lost because I know what it means to be found, to be bought with a price. Lord I pray that You would anoint me with the oil of Your Holy Spirit and with Your fire and the power that comes from the Holy Spirit, that I might be worthy to go forth into Your harvest and labor for You. Lord increase my territory, make my path to cross with those who need to know about You and give me mighty boldness by Your Holy Spirit just like You did in the book of Acts. Lord I know that Your Word says You are the same yesterday, today, and forever, therefore I know that this same Holy Ghost power is available to me also, just as it was to those in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. I thank You Father for giving me the power to change and to be a powerful witness for You. Through Jesus my Lord, I pray.
Amen

TODAY’S MANNA for Monday Aug 7, 2017

Are you in the River of God yet?

And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
Ezekiel 47:3-5 King James Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
Are you in the river yet? Come on, step into The River of God. The waters are refreshing, they are never ending, and they bring forth life. Have you taken the step of Faith yet? He’s calling you into the river, don’t stand on the bank. Come on, jump in, the river is here. As you begin to wade into The River of God you will soon discover something. There is no limit to God’s River! His River has a beginning, but no end. A river so vast that you cannot pass over to the other side. You have to learn to swim and allow your self to be carried away in the flow of His River. It has no limits, it has no end, it never finishes, it just goes on forever. Come on in, God’s waiting for You.

MY PRAYER…
Holy Father in heaven help me to appreciate Your River. Father, by Your grace, let me not be a dry bank setter, help me Lord to just get in and get wet. Lord I know Your river is here, and I know its for me, Lord help me to take that first step and get in. Lord I know, that once I’m in I’ll not want to get out. Father I thank You that You have not asked us to do something that You have not already equipped us to do. For You have given us Your grace and Your strength to cope with the things of this world. All You ask is that we trust in You. You have given us a river of life if only we will just step in. Help us to step in, In Jesus’ name I pray.
Amen