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    The Daily Manna

    From time to time I have posted reprints of "The Daily Manna" by Pastor Paul Kirby, but I got to thinking that some here might enjoy a daily devotional.
    So I asked his permission and he gave it, so I decided to see how it goes.
    No comments or replies are needed but you may if you wish, however, he will not be able to reply as he is not registered on this forum.



    3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy
    place?
    4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul
    unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
    5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of
    his salvation. Psalm 24:3-5

    We all know that salvation is of God through the life, death, and resurrection
    and ascension of His Son. We also need to know that we have a responsibility
    once we are saved to live the life of one that is. David writes that those that
    will ascend into the hill of the Lord is he or she that has clean hands and a
    pure heart. That is, those who understand that God alone can save and that they
    were not saved at all by their own merits. We are all expected to live holy
    lives. I know that this seems harsh to some but to me it is a blessing to know
    that I have that God-given ability to do so. God promised me in His written
    word that He would saved me from my personal sins and that He would cleanse me
    from anything that was not righteous. To cleanse means to purify and to make
    whole again. Sin had destroyed me but God has restored me. He resurrected me
    to live again in Christ and by Christ and through Christ. The wages of sin is
    death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.
    So many just don't get it. Once God saves us, He expects us to live a life of
    life and not death. Sin is death but righteousness is life. It is not that God
    expects us to be perfect in the eyes of our fellows, He expects us to have that
    perfect desire to please Him with our lives and a perfect desire to win others
    to Him. We have, by salvation and sanctification, entered into God's holy hill.
    That hill is called Zion. Zion is the church. The church is what God added you
    to the very moment you received forgiveness for your sins. At that moment you
    was redeemed by the blood of the Lamb of God and God added your name to His
    church rolls. That church membership is what counts. When the end of time
    comes either for us individually or as the collective body of Christ, this is
    the book that God will look into to see if our name is there. If it is not
    there it will not matter wherever else it might be.
    Question is, are you saved by the blood of the Lamb of God? The question is
    not whether you are a church member unless that church is God's church and I
    don't mean that in any denominational sense. My hope and pray is that all that
    read this Manna is redeemed and members of the church of the living God.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    I will extol Thee, O Lord; for Thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes
    to rejoice over me.
    2 O Lord my God, I cried unto Thee, and Thou hast healed me.
    3 O Lord, Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: Thou hast kept me alive,
    that I should not go down to the pit.
    4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of
    His holiness.
    5 For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour is life: weeping may endure
    for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:1-5

    Ok. Yesterday is history and tomorrow is future and all I have is the moment I
    exist in now. That is it. Every breath I take in and heartbeat that pushes
    life through and into my body is history once it occurs. I cannot go back to
    yesterday and do it over in order to live it better and I cannot go ahead into
    tomorrow to get ahead of the things that that day will bring into my life. All
    I can do is live now and once I have said that it becomes part of history. All
    I have in my life that is permanent and timeless is God the Father and God the
    Son and God the Holy Spirit. He has lifted me up, He does lift me up, He is
    lifting me up, and, He will lift me up.
    So many people live as though they achieve life on their own. They live as
    though life is owed to them and that life is not a debt to God that must be
    paid.
    Every breath we breathe is a gift from God. Every drop of blood that courses
    through our veins brings life from that breath. These moments are precious and
    not just the days and the weeks and the months and the years. For them, we owe
    God a deep debt of gratitude for If God did not enable and allow every heartbeat
    they would not occur and if God did not produce the rain and the sunshine in the
    right proportion we would not have food on the table. Every moment of every day
    should be a moment of praise. We should live praise but, sadly, so many don't
    even pause for a few seconds every day and give praise to Lord. So man assume
    that the next breath will come and the next beat of the heart will happen and
    that life will go on today as in the past and tomorrow as it did today. This is
    an illusion perpetrated by self. We don't want to think about the end of our
    lives here in this world but the end will come as surely as the sun will rise
    and set on this day.
    When you come to the end of this life, what then? What will you have to offer
    God in a way of explaining the lack of gratitude for His gift of life to you?
    How will you explain to Him that you never took the time to praise Him either as
    an individual or in a group setting? How are you going to explain that? Oh,
    you will attempt to but you will not be able to and the reason is that there is
    no excuse you can offer Him for the lack of praise. You didn't offer it to Him
    because you didn't have it in your heart. The gavel of eternity will come down
    from the Judge in eternity and He will say to those who did not fear, reverence,
    love, and praise. His words will be, "Depart from Me your workers of iniquity,
    I never knew you."
    I would rather take the time now to show God gratitude than to wait until this
    life has come to an end to try to explain to God why I did not have any in my
    heart toward Him. God's mercy does endure forever but so does His justice.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom He has
    chosen for His own inheritance.
    13 The Lord looketh from heaven; He beholds all the sons of men.
    14 From the place of His habitation He looks upon all the inhabitants of the
    earth.
    15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; He considers all their works.
    16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not
    delivered by much strength.
    17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his
    great strength. Psalm 33:12-17

    Isn't it strange what people have a tendency to took to for health, safety, and
    security in this world today? When I was a child a war was raging. It was
    called World War II. I had uncles on my mother's side and my father's side of
    the family engaged in combat during that war. Some were in the U.S. Navy and
    others in the U.S. Army and all did their part and all came home. We are so
    thankful to God that they did. While they were "over-there" a star was placed
    on a banner at the church where we went. For all of those "stars" on that
    banner prayers went up to God to keep the men well and to get them home. All of
    those men did come home. God honored the prayers of His people.
    Today, our nation has forgotten those days and the God of heaven who helped us
    in that war to win. We did not win it alone. Without God's participation we
    would not have won it, we would have lost and would be occupied by either Japan
    or Germany to this very day.
    Those were simpler days. At the public school where I attended, every day began
    with a prayer for those fighting the war and the pledge of allegiance to the
    flag was recited. Even those who were not church-going Christians seemed to
    know the value of those prayers. Today, we have substituted prayer for
    propaganda and Bibles for bullets. Can anyone honestly tell me that they
    believe our nation is better off? I doubt it. Our nation is on the brink of
    anarchy in the streets and chaos in the home and in the halls of our schools.
    Most of out school teachers today are afraid to teach the truth and most
    certainly the truth about God.
    We will not be saved by any one of those politicians who are running for the
    presidency. No one is coming to our rescue once the enemies are at the door.
    We have told God to "go away" and He has gone and we are left to fend for our
    selves. All I can say is, God have mercy on our souls.
    Don't you think it is about time to invite God back? I do. May we have enough
    sense to do this before it is too late to do it.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
    Psalm 34:3

    Most of the best times I have had in my life have been those I had with the
    church. Corporate worship interests me. Since I was a child, my mother had me
    in church services, mostly Sunday School and AM worship. At times we went to
    service on Sunday evenings and now and then we went to what was called cottage
    prayer meetings and mid-week prayer meetings that were held at the church
    meeting house.
    I can recall some of the older saints and their testimonies at these prayer
    meetings. I remember the prayers and how that they all knelt as they prayed.
    In those days, no one stood up to pray. And, when they prayed they had one
    person lead out in prayer and others prayed with them simultaneously. Some
    prayed very loudly and others almost at a whisper and some even under their
    breath. Some would even shed tears and some would get very happy. You see, in
    those days it was no shame to express emotions when talking to the Lord.
    I was privileged to not only attend but to help with holding a tent meeting down
    in Kentucky when I was only fifteen years old. It was with our current pastor,
    Brother Jesse Jones and a young evangelist named Coy Rigney. Brother Coy was
    only twenty-nine at the time and not married yet. He was in love with a girl
    named Pauline. She later became his wife. They are still living but getting
    along in years. Right now he is approaching 90 years of age. Oh, those were
    the days. Worship was real then and devotion to God was real as well even
    though it was hard.
    I was young and impressionable and idealistic. You know what? Except for the
    young part, not much has changed. I still can be impressed and I am still an
    idealist if you are talking about the true church of God. I believe in it
    because I can still find people to worship with that have a heart filled with
    love and hope and dreams and aspirations for Christ. Jesus is the only hope for
    this old world today. I was young and now I am aging and I have yet to
    experience one time when God did not come through for His people. I still say,
    "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together." I still want
    you to come and worship God along side of me. I want to hear the excitement in
    your voice and I want to see the enthusiasm on your face as we worship the Lord
    side by side. We can do this, you know. We can if we are willing to set self
    aside and to seek Him and His will together. If you love the Lord, come and
    worship Him with me. It would be such an enjoyable moment and an unforgettable
    one too.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
    Psalm 34:4

    Fear is the biggest hindrance to us all. Most of our fears are irrational and
    have no basis in truth. Fear of the future, fear that the past will someday
    catch up with you, fear that our finances will not be sufficient to get us
    through our retirement years or even get us to them, and, added to these are the
    social fears, health fears, and fears added to fears.
    Fear keeps us from testifying in public and fear keeps us from giving to the
    church, fear keeps us from putting ourselves "out there" for the Lord. David
    says, "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
    What is it that you might be afraid of that keeps you from being the person that
    God wants you to be? I might say here, don't be afraid of being afraid, you are
    human and all humans are afraid at one time or another.
    A friend of mine owns a machine shop. He told me the other day that he had lost
    a major customer. He didn't know what he was going to do. My response was that
    God will provide. That's an easy answer but it is a truthful answer too. God
    does provide.
    Faith is the opposite of fear. Faith compels us to take that leap into the fire
    knowing full well that God will protect us from it if that is His will and, even
    if He doesn't, we will not bow down to the gods of this world. Because of our
    faith, we would rather be thrown into the den with the lions than to cave to a
    law of man that calls for us to compromise one tittle of the laws of God. Faith
    will drive us to do the courageous thing for Christ.
    In today's world it would be easy to cave to our fears and to pull in the
    sidewalks and to lock the doors and to hide behind the four walls of the church
    buildings where we worship. We cannot do that if we want to be warriors of the
    cross of Jesus Christ. Where our fear is, we must take that to the Lord. He
    will hear us and He will deliver us from those fears just as He did for David.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    1 Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that
    fight against me.
    2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
    3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say
    unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
    4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be
    turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
    5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the Lord chase
    them.
    6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the Lord persecute
    them.
    7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause
    they have digged for my soul."
    Psalm 35:1-7

    This Psalm is written about one who has been falsely accused and greatly
    misunderstood by his peers. If you read it all the way through (and I recommend
    that you do), you will find that the innocent person who has gone our of his way
    to help others is now the target of their criticism. This is quite often true
    even in our time.
    We all have had to suffer these misunderstandings and even outright lies being
    told about us by a people or a person that we have gone to great lengths to
    help.
    Why this is I cannot say except that when you help another person then they feel
    a sense of indebtedness to you and their conscience begins to work on them when
    they cannot repay that debt. They then turn on you as though you are the reason
    for their guilt. It has happened to me and it will likely happen to you if you
    are one of those that has had a habit of coming to the rescue of others in need.
    Someone has said that one of the best ways to loose a friend or to alienate a
    close relative is to lend them money. I have made a it a habit not to lend any
    one money with any expectation of it coming back to me. That way, when it does
    not come back, I am not disappointed nor am I offended.
    I used to work in a small garage in Southern Indiana. The owner of that garage
    did a lot of work on credit. Many of those who came to him to get their farm
    equipment repaired or their automobiles and trucks, could not pay him for the
    work that he did for them. He would let them make payments on the work whenever
    they got the money. Consequently a lot of them conveniently forgot that they
    owed him this money and never paid. He told me one time that it was not so bad
    that they owed him money. What offended him the most is that they went out of
    their way to avoid him altogether. When they would drive past his garage, they
    would turn their heads and look the other way to avoid even looking in his
    direction. That hurt him more than their neglecting to pay the bill they owed
    him.
    God expects us to pay our debts and not to take offense at those we are indebted
    to. When we pray to Him, we ask Him to forgive our debts and He will if we are
    willing to forgive the debts of those who owe us. It works both ways and one
    will never be forgiven if they will not forgive. Our defense is God and our
    debt to Him is more than we can pay and He knows it so, He forgives it.
    May God help us all to be more understanding and forgiving or one another as we
    move through this life so that we can inherit from God what He wants us to have
    in eternity.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
    10 All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the
    poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him
    that spoileth him? Psalm 35:9-10

    Being rich does not equal to being happy. It doesn't equal being miserable
    either. The amount of wealth a person has actually has very little to do with
    their personal happiness. Happiness, as they say, is the Lord. Are you happy?
    The Apostle Paul, a very wise man, wrote centuries ago that Godliness with
    contentment is great gain. (I Tim. 6:6) What did he mean by that. He also
    wrote this: "I have learned whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content"
    (Philippians 4:11). David wrote that he felt his joy all the way to his bones
    because his joy was in his salvation and not in his status or in his great
    wealth. David's joy that went all the way to his bones was based in his personal
    relationship with God.
    I am going through a very stressful time right now. Don't we all feel the
    stress?
    We live in a world where we have instant communication so that if a Palestinian
    kid knifes an Israeli soldier, we hear about it immediately. That is part of
    the problem but not all of it. We also live in a world that does not know what
    to make of all of the things that are happening. I have so many people who say
    to me that the Lord just have to come back soon to save us from ourselves. My
    response to that is that there is still too much work to be done to save those
    that are still lost and if He returns they will remain lost forever. Who wants
    all of these people to be lost and to spend eternity in hell? I don't. Some of
    these people are my children, grandchildren, cousins, nephews, nieces, in-laws,
    and other family and friends. I am not praying for the soon return of the Lord.
    I am not praying He doesn't return soon. I am praying that before He returns
    this world will experience a new Holy Spirit awakening revival. I am praying
    that God will shake heaven and earth to shake out of all the family trees those
    who can be saved. He knows who they are. He loves them and wants them to be
    saved.
    My joy is in my bones and my bones tell me that God is good, He is great and
    mighty to save. I love Him so and long to see Him soon but not so soon that I
    miss another opportunity to win another convert to Christ. Like the Apostle
    Paul and like so many other Christians, I am constrained between two opinions,
    to go on home and be with the Lord or to remain here to do as much good as I can
    before I go. I will leave the length of my earthly life to the Lord for I know
    that I will have an eternity to spend with Him once this life is done. In the
    meantime I want to be faithful to His call and His purpose for my life.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
    13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my
    soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
    Psalm 35:12-13

    It is easy to be misunderstood and misrepresented. It is also very easy to
    misunderstand and misrepresent the motives of others. This is why Jesus
    cautioned us not to be quick to judge others. The problem is that we normally
    have a beam in our eye while we are attempting to remove a speck of dust from
    their eye. This beam is very often a personal bias or a social prejudice. We
    must be ever so careful when judging the merit of another person's life.
    Having said that, it is also true that no matter how much you do for some folks
    it will never be enough to win them over to Christ. Last Sunday during the AM
    service, a lady came into the church not to attend church but to seek help with
    her rent on her room at a local motel. My wife was called out into the narthex
    of the church to help. She took money our of her own purse and assisted the
    lady and the lady promised my wife that she would return on Monday and bring the
    money back to her. Following the service, my wife explained to me what was
    going on in the narthex during the service and told me that she had helped the
    woman out and what she promised to do. I told her not to hold her breath while
    waiting for the money to come back, it likely never will.
    How many people we have helped down through the years I cannot say. There have
    been so many. Most of them asked for the help with a promise to repay the debt
    as soon as they arrived at some destination somewhere. In forty-three years of
    ministry I have only had two people keep that promise. I never expect the debt
    to be paid and am pleasantly surprised when it is and have not been pleasantly
    surprised very often.
    Here is the thing. God knows my heart and He keeps supplying. I don't know
    that I have ever lacked a thing that I need because I helped someone else in
    their time of need. God also knows that I am not a wealthy man. We church of
    God pastors are not known for our wealth. Most of the congregations of the
    church of God movement are not wealthy congregations and even if they were it
    appears that their philosophy when it comes to their pastors is that no pastor
    should be wealthy. A pastor serves better when he is poor than he would if he
    were wealthy. That probably is true.
    What I lack in this world's wealth is more than made up in the spiritual things
    of life. I have a treasure trove of friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.
    I have also made a lot of enemies because I will not compromise God's truth.
    Many that I have helped in a variety of ways have turned on me and forsaken me
    over the years. That hurts and I can sense David's pain in what he wrote which
    is the Scripture that I share with you in this Manna. But, we go on and our
    nature is to continue sharing the Gospel and a few dollars and a car or two and
    other things to those that need it. Why, because the love of God is real and it
    is not a fašade that covers sins, it is a love that keeps giving to us and, so,
    we keep giving to others.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    9 For with Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light.
    Psalm 36:9

    Well, here we go. Yesterday evening I received a phone call from the nursing
    home where my mother is housed. The call was not good. Mom is in failing
    health and is near to the end of her life here on the earth. I have no clue how
    soon she will pass over into God's great abode but the word "hospice" entered
    the conversation and I know what that means. Mom is ready. She has fought a
    more than good fight and she has run the race in faith, not in her own ability
    to win it, but in God's ability to bring her to the finish line a winner. She
    is almost there. I am proud to be one of her five sons and one of her seven
    children. A sister, Nancy, died when she was 2 years old.
    My mother's children will indeed rise up and call her blessed. We were poor but
    wealthy, lacked formal education but never wisdom, would never have won and
    popularity contests but basked in the warmth of mom's love. I still say that
    "mom" is among the sweetest titles given among men.
    In today's Psalm David writes the truth. With God is the fountain of life and
    in His light we shall see light. We have life here but it is only temporary.
    In Christ we have eternal life. I can recommend Christ to anyone without
    needing to qualify Him to that person. Jesus is qualified by His pre-existence
    and His existence here as one among us and as the Messiah of God and as the
    sacrificial Lamb of God and as the only begotten Son of God and as the promise
    of God for life and light forever. One day He will come again and one day He
    will bring us all to the home where our fellow saints have and are going. In
    the meantime, we have to suffer the losses of fellowships with them as they go
    ahead of us, not to make a way for us for Christ has already done that. They
    are there cheering for us though. I have a lot of reasons to want to make haven
    my eternal home and no reason at all to make hell that place.
    Don't feel sorry for us, pray for us that we will be faithful to God in all of
    this. That is what is important to my mom and what should be most important to
    us.
    God bless and go and have a great day.
    If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Rom12:18)

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    Prayers for you mom and you and your family.
    INGOer #18,319

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