Monthly Archives: December 2017

TODAY’S MANNA for Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

Have you commanded your angels today?

For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Psalm 91:11-12 New King James Version

You do know that you have angels that are assigned to you for your use and benefit, right?
Well, it’s time we set the record straight about angels. Angels are not kid stuff, they’re not cute little fat babies with long blonde hair and bows and arrows in their hands. They are not those of our family that have gone on to heaven before us. Human beings do NOT become angels when the go to heaven, we are already ‘saints’ here on earth in daddy’s eyes once we become a Christian! Angels are a separate created being, a creation of God the Father just as we are, but they are a separate creation. They are real, they are big, they are powerful, and they are God’s messengers and His warriors! They are also spirit beings like God. That’s not what I say they are, that is what God’s Word says about them and we need to set the record straight about who they are. And, if you are a believer, they are a vital part of your life. They are available to us for our protection and to do our bidding, as long as it’s in line with God’s Word. (“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they (the angels) not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation (believers)?” (Heb 1:13-14 KJV) ) Are you born again, are you a believer in Jesus Christ, if you are then you have angels at the ready, waiting for you to beckon them to do something. I think it’s time we start calling on them to assist us in the things of God. They are standing by at the ready, but can not do anything until you tell them what to do! I use them on a regular basis. They have always came through when my requests lined up with God’s Word! I have seen them work on my behalf more than once, after I commanded them into action. They can not do anything for you until you command them in line with God’s Word!

Lord I thank You that You have given Your angels charge over me, that they keep me in all thine ways. I thank You that I can speak forth Your Word and the angels of heaven will go forth to harken unto that word and make it happen. Lord I thank You that when I am weak You are strong and Your angels will come and minister to and for me. Help me to understand the true meaning of Your Word, Your Covenant, and Your Promises. Help me Father to use those tools, including Your angels, that You have given me to use in this life. In Jesus mighty name, I pray.

TODAY’S MANNA for Saturday Dec. 16, 2017

God is not your problem, He is your answer!

Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? Prudent, and he shall know them? For the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
Hosea 14:9 King James Version

A wise man understands the ways of the Lord and His wisdom is the wise man’s wisdom, a prudent man knows the ways of the Lord for the Lord is His Shepherd. Why would a wise man want to understand or know the ways of the Lord? Because the JUST shall walk in the ways of the Lord (the just shall live by faith!), not just talk it, but live it every day. Are you one of the ‘Just’? Have you been ‘Justified by Jesus? Then I would think you would want to know of the Lord and have His wisdom in ALL that you do. How does one understand and know the ways of the Lord? Through His Word, through a personal daily relationship with the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. If you want to understand and know God’s will for your life, you have to read, study, and meditate His Word for yourself daily. You have to have a personal, daily, no constant relationship with Jesus! You have to be filled with His Holy Spirit (the Teacher, the Guide, the Counselor, The Helper) so that He can give you revelation of the Word of God. You have to pray and fast regularly and listen to the voice of God when He speaks to you. You can’t rely on someone else’s reading, speaking, or experiences, you must get in there and find out for yourself, truly experience God, and let God speak to you through His Word and His Spirit. God can’t do anything for you until you release your faith for Him to work through you. God is not your problem like many people think, He is your answer!

Father I pray that You open the eyes of my understanding and flood my heart(my spirit man) with the hope of Your calling for me, that You reveal to me what is that glorious inheritance You have given to Your saints and heirs of salvation. That You reveal in my heart the exceeding greatness of Your power given to us who believe according to the working of Your mighty power. That power that You demonstrated in Christ when You raised Him from the dead and seated Him at Your own right hand in the heavenly places. Far above all the principalities, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named (this includes all disease and sickness and poverty and bondages), not only in this world, but also in the world which is to come. Thank You Father, that I have dominion, through Jesus, NOW IN THIS WORLD over all disease and sickness and poverty and bondages. How You, Father, have put all things under Jesus’ feet and have made Him the head over the Church, which is His body, yes WE are HIS body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Father for this reason, seeing the greatness of this plan of Yours, by which I am built together with in Christ, I bow my knees before You and give You all praise and all glory forever and ever.
In the wonderful name of Jesus I pray.

TODAY’S MANNA for Friday, Dec 15, 2017

Will Jesus declare you as His before the Father?

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
Galatians 3:11 King James Version

Nothing, absolutely nothing that you can do will justify you in the sight of God. No works of the “Law”, no being “goody two shoes”, not even caring for the poor and homeless can justify you before God. Not depriving yourself and living poor and destitute, not inflicting self pain and suffering, nothing. Not strapping a heavy wooden cross to your back and traveling around the country side, NOTHING you can do justifies you. You can keep every one of the Ten Commandments, “the Law”, all your life and still not be justified in the eyes of God. There is only one thing that justifies you before God and that is your faith in believing what Jesus Christ has already done for you through His death, burial, and resurrection and making Him the Lord of your life! This being done, Jesus will then stand before the Father on our behalf and proclaim, “Father, Pastor Duane, he’s one of mine!” So that brings up the next question, are you one of the just, are you one of Jesus’ that He will declare before the Father as His? Have you made Jesus the Lord of your life? Do you live by faith or by the ‘works’ of the “Law”, the works of the flesh, and the works of the religious ones (Pharisees and Sadducees were religious ones, they were not the just)? The Bible says: “The just shall live by faith!”

Precious Father, I know that I was not worthy for You to justify. But You loved me so much that You gave Your very best to pay for my sin. You sent Your mercy and Your grace through Your Son Jesus, when You sent Him to take my place, there on the cross. You sent Him to bear my punishment, my sickness, my disease, and my poverty. All these are results of the curse I was under because of the “Law”. I didn’t deserve your grace, I didn’t even ask for it. But You did it anyway and all You asked was I believe in Your Son, believe that He died, was buried, and was raised on the 3rd day for me. You only asked that I believe that You exist and that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek after You. Father, I love You and I give You all praise and glory forever. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray.

TODAY’S MANNA for Thursday Dec. 14, 2017

Are you displaying the fruits of Christian faith?

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless indeed you are disqualified.
2 Corinthians 13:5 New King James Version

When a person says they are a Christian what they are really saying is that they are in “The Faith” of Christianity. Christianity is “The Faith”. They are saying that Jesus lives and flourishes inside them. They are saying they are Christ like in all they do and say. They are saying they have a day to day personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, that they really know Him! In fact you cannot be a Christian, saved and going to heaven unless you are in faith and abiding in Christ and His Word. For it is by grace through “faith”, that you are saved (Eph 2:8). You are not a Christian just because you go to a church on Sunday morning, or once a week and have a Bible on your bookshelf or coffee table. No, you are a Christian only because you have Christ living inside you, because He is your Lord, because you are fellowshipping with Him daily, and because you are living a Christ like lifestyle everyday. Knowing about Christ Jesus will not make you a Christian, you must personally know Jesus. Christian means Christ-like or Christ-inside! Are you displaying the fruits of that faith? We should be, if we are calling ourselves Christians. Or are you an actor (hypocrite), pretending to be holy and a Christian, going to church on Sunday, but then living like the rest of world the rest of the week. The fruits of your life will show us and the world, and God which you are. You can not hide your fruit, especially from God.

Father, I just want to thank You that You have sent Christ to me as an example of how to live the live of faith. You said in Your Word that the “just” shall live by faith. So if I am just (in right standing with You because of what Jesus did for me) then I need to be living by the faith. Father, let Your Holy Spirit give me the want to, the strength to, and the power I need to live by faith in You and what Jesus has already done for me. Strengthen me day by day as I walk with You. Lead and guide me into the “Christ-like” life style everyday. Show me those things that need to change and be removed from my life. Draw me ever closer to Your side. Help me to become God inside minded and to walk and talk as Christ did always. In Jesus’ name I pray.

TODAY’S MANNA for Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

What kind of sowing are you doing?

The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
James 3:17-18 New International Version

Now I know why righteousness is so hard to find: there aren’t many peace sowers! Just watch those around you and you’ll see what I mean. Heavenly wisdom is full of the fruits of sacrificial action, the action of sowing in peace. That’s a powerful reminder to me that wisdom is not what you know, but indeed it’s what you sow! AND, in knowing what not to sow. Because you can’t change the spiritual or natural laws of “sowing and reaping!” You will reap what you sow. Are you sowing for a loving peaceful harvest? Or are you sowing worldly wisdom, which really isn’t wisdom in the long run, but is instead folly. God wants us to embrace His Godly wisdom, not the world’s wisdom.

Holy and Wise Father, thank You for demonstrating purity, peace making, consideration, submissiveness, mercy, good fruit, impartiality, sincerity, and most of all love through Your Son Jesus. I ask You to continue to fill me with Your power and the courage to demonstrate those qualities as I seek to live more like Jesus.
In Jesus’ name I pray.

TODAY’S MANNA for Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Does God’s light shine forth from you?

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
Ephesians 5:8-11 New King James Version

We must let His light shine forth from us, not our light we have none of our own, but the light of the Lord that is within us. Oh, how Jesus loves to give good gifts to us. He has given us a Helper, a Teacher, a Guide, a Comforter, and a Counselor to help us cause that light to shine forth. Call on the Helper, the Teacher, the Spirit of Truth, and find out what is really acceptable to the Lord. Call on the Helper to strengthen you with His power and might so that you can stand against the works of darkness and expose them, not fellowship with them. You can’t be a beacon if His light don’t shine through you! In order for His light to shine through you must first make Him your Lord!

All Mighty Father, Thank You for sending us the Holy Spirit through Jesus. Thank You for not leaving us alone, but instead giving us a Helper, a Comforter, a Guide, a Teacher, and a Counselor. Help us Lord to be strong and strengthen us Lord through Your might by the Holy Spirit that is within us. Lead and guide us Holy Spirit into all truth that we may be filled with all the fullness of God in our inner man. That we may bring glory to the Church and to Christ Jesus for ever and ever. In the mighty name of Jesus, Lord I ask and pray and I give You all glory and honor forever.

TODAY’S MANNA for Monday Dec. 11, 2017

Nothing is impossible with God!

The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. – Luke 18:27

Right now you and I are standing face to face with situations in our nation that need to be changed. Some of those situations look totally impossible. But they’re not. Because this country belongs to God. He’s the One who brought the United States of America into existence. He had a special purpose for it. He needed a country where the gospel could be preached freely and not suppressed.
It was God Himself who stirred the heart and mind of Christopher Columbus and planted within him the dream of charting a new course to the West. Columbus said so in his own journals: “It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There’s no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures….”
Who brought Christopher Columbus to America? God brought him. This is God’s nation. He raised it up, and it’s not going to be taken away from Him. He had America formed for a reason and that reason is His plan for us not some man’s.
The next time you’re tempted to look at situations in this country as impossible, remember who it belongs to. Remember that we are to humble ourselves and pray for our country. Then you can discover America just like Christopher Columbus did—by faith. Did you know that the USA was right in the middle of JERUSALEM?

Glorious God and Almighty Father, I look forward to the day when people from every language, tribe, and nation, join with the angels and the 24 elders around Your throne and worship You in joyous praise. I am anxious to see the mansion you have for me in Your House. Father, help us to become one with our brothers and sisters around the world, that we might worship You as Your church, not many different churches. Lord, help us to reach our neighbors and share You with them. Lord, prepare us, prepare our hearts, for that glorious day when You come to take us home to be with You forever! Lord, we give You ALL praise and ALL glory forever.

TODAY’S MANNA for Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Know this: God has not given us a spirit of fear!

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18 New International Version

What is there to fear about man, he can only kill your mortal man he cannot kill your spirit. What is there to fear if God sent His Son to die to redeem us? What is there to fear if we know we cannot be separated from the love God has for us in Christ Jesus? What is there to fear if God is on our side? What is there to fear except ourselves? Since we are His children, rather than run from Him in fear, we need to bow before Him in reverential awe and thanksgiving, knowing that He who hears our prayers is also He who loves us and casts away our fears. We need to run to God not from Him. We need to run into His protection always. His protection is awesome and always available. You need to read and meditate on Psalm 91. You need to make this your place of refuge in life’s storms.
Fear is the opposite of ‘Faith’, you cannot be in faith toward God if you are in fear.

Loving Father, I thank You that I can revere and worship You without fearing Your wrath. Thank You that I can revere Your word and yet not be terrified by my inadequacies and failings. Thank you that I know from Your Word that when I mess up I can run to You and ask for and receive forgiveness. May Your love in me produce a closer likeness to Your holiness, righteousness, justice, and mercy than all the laws, threats, and judges in this world combined.
Through Jesus, who ransomed me from sin, I pray.

TODAY’S MANNA for Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Have you received the Helper?

If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:15-18 New King James Version

Oh, how Jesus loves to do good things for us. For those who believe in Him. Notice that He was talking to believers and not the unsaved, those who love Him and have made Him their Lord. He said He would send another Helper. A Helper, the Spirit of Truth, the Comforter, The Paraclete (Advocate), The Counselor, The Guide, The Teacher, The Holy Spirit. Notice He said you had to receive the Helper, The Holy Spirit! Jesus made sure we would not be alone. He had the Father send us back not just a good gift, but the best gift! A gift that the world, those who have not made Jesus their Lord, can not receive, know, use, or see. But we have Him, He dwells in us so that we are not alone (orphans). He is the promise that Jesus will return for us in that “Great Day”! Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed? Many have not. You must receive Him by Faith, and that is subsequent to the “new birth”. He was Jesus’ promise to all who believe!

Precious Lord Jesus, Thank You for sending us the Holy Spirit. Thank You for not leaving us alone, but instead giving us a Helper, a Comforter, a guide, and a Counselor. Thank You Lord for sending the Spirit of Truth to lead and to guide us until You return for us. Thank You Father that on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit was given for all those who would believe and those who receive will be baptized in fire and with power.
In the name of Jesus, Lord I give You all glory and honor.

TODAY’S MANNA for Friday Dec. 8, 2017

Do you wear the shield of faith in God’s Word?

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
Psalm 18:30 New International Version

He is a Shield whose Word can be trusted, His Word is always true and will never return void. His Word will always accomplish that for which He has spoken and sent it and when we speak it and send it in Faith it will do the same for us. If His flawless Word for us is to accomplish what He sent it to do and His presence is to be our shield and our defense from the enemy, then we must take refuge in Him, trust in and rely on Him, . We can NOT believe what we see, hear, feel, taste, or touch in this world around us. Neither can we believe the reports of others. If they are not in line with His Words, they are but false reports! Only His Words are the “True Report.” Even and especially when they do not line up with the natural reports we are receiving from other sources. God’s Word even asks: “Whose report will you believe?” Remember, God calls those things that be not as though they were. And then they are!

Holy Father, I thank You and praise You for who You are and what You are. I thank You Lord that You are a loving Father, whose only desire is to give good things unto His children. I thank You my God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I trust my soul and future to You. You are my strength and my shield and I pray that Your name will be exalted in my life. Thank You Lord for protecting and guarding my family, my church, and myself from the Evil One and for keeping us physically safe and whole as we serve You in this race. Help me Lord to increase my faith. In the name of Your Holy Child, Jesus, I pray.