The Reason For Miracles

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Luke 5:26a Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God.

O-bservation:

This is the story of four men lowering their friend who was paralyzed into a packed house by way of a hole in the roof. They lowered him on a mat with ropes at each corner of the mat directly in front of Jesus. Jesus first told him his sins were forgiven. This infuriated the religious leaders who heard it, so Jesus then said, “Rise take up your mat and walk.” The man immediately got up and walked. When it happened, the Bible tells us, “The Reason For Miracles.” Upon seeing the miracle, the people “GAVE PRAISE TO GOD!”

A-pplication:

Some may think that miracles happen by the hand of God in order to attract people to Jesus. While that may be true to a point, the scripture says that if we lift Jesus up as followers of Christ, “HE WILL ATTRACT PEOPLE TO HIMSELF!” (Jn. 12:32) Others believe that if God does a miracle for a friend of theirs, maybe he could do a miracle for them in the future. But the truth is it’s not about what Jesus can do; it’s about what he’s already done. His sacrifice on the cross and his subsequent resurrection from the grave assures us that all things are possible with God. When the paralyzed man got off the floor and walked that day, it caused people to STOP and give praise to God. We serve the only true and living God in the universe, and there is nothing, absolutely nothing, He cannot do! So my friend, stop what you’re doing right now and give God some praise with me! That’s “The Reason For Miracles!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m ready to praise the Lord. What you have done for my family and me and my friends is reason enough to praise you all day long. There is nothing else I have to give, but I’ll NEVER be reluctant when it comes to praising you. Amen
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Can You Imagine?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Luke 4:21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

O-bservation:

Jesus had been tested by the enemy in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights. After passing that test with the help of God's written word, the devil left him. His next stop was back home in Nazareth. Upon entering the synagogue, the crowds were anxious to hear his words. After reading the passage from Isaiah 61:1,2 which had been written approximately 700 years earlier he sat down in the synagogue looked at the people assembled there and said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

A-pplication:

“Can You Imagine,” being one of the listeners in the temple that day, when the young man Jesus said he was the answer to Isaiah’s 700-year-old prophecy? A few verses down the text, Jesus said, “No prophet is accepted in his hometown!” But I’m trying to put this passage in context, and I’m not sure if I had been sitting in that temple that day that I would have believed him either. John, the gospel writer, said, “He came to that which was HIS OWN, but his own did not receive him.” How can you be so impressed with your own neighbor that you can say, “You know I believe he is the Son of God?” Sure the people were wrong, but “Can You Imagine” being them that day? They loved him, they wanted him to win, but the Son of God? Remember these words this AM. If it was then, or it is now, it still takes FAITH to accept Jesus as the Son of God. Back to John, the gospel writer, he continued his words in the same passage I wrote earlier and closed by saying, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12) “Can You Imagine” such a gift?

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Many years ago I came to believe that you are the Son of the living God. That’s when I received you as my personal Lord and Savior. Indeed it is the greatest gift I have ever been given. Amen
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A Revival Of The Family

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Malachi 4:6 "He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction."

O-bservation:

Malachi was the last prophet to prophesy in the Old Testament. Malachi made his prophecies somewhere around BC 460. We know his prophecies occurred just a bit after Ezra and Nehemiah had done their work for the Lord. Even though we know that Israel experienced revival to a degree during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, it wasn’t complete, and we see Malachi’s warning. He said if there isn’t “A Revival Of The Family” soon, destruction is coming.

A-pplication:

In many ways, the revival Malachi was speaking about never came about. After this prophecy was made, there were 400 years of silence from God in heaven to the people on earth. I’m telling you, that sounds like complete destruction to me. The next time we hear the Lord speak in Scripture, it’s through an angel to Mary. Today, once again, the Lord is moving throughout the globe to see if young people will love their parents and if parents will love their children as they should. The more we see families breaking apart, the more one feels that destruction is waiting at the door. So join me in prayer today and never stop asking that we would see “A Revival Of The Family.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m moved with compassion to pray and seek Your face as never before for “A Revival Of The Family.” I remember as a young man during the days of the Jesus Movement when thousands and thousands of young adults came to Christ and families were healed. Please, Lord, do it again! Amen  
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Remember Me Lord

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S-cripture:

Nehemiah 13:14 Remember me for this, my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.

O-bservation:

In this final chapter of the book by his name, Nehemiah beseeched his God in heaven, whom he believed he had served well. Then, he recounted a list of the things he had done for his Jewish people and for the Lord, and throughout the chapter, he says, “Remember Me, Lord.”

A-pplication:

It’s important we don’t forget that in Nehemiah’s day, they were still living under God, based on their keeping of Moses’ Law. There was no Jesus, the Son of God, who would come to earth and sacrifice His life for the salvation of humankind. There was no understanding of the grace of God to forgive. All a man or woman could do in prayer was list their good deeds in hopes that, perchance, the Lord would give them entrance into heaven one day. The difference between you and me and Nehemiah is that we, as Followers of Jesus, never have to pray and say, “Remember Me, Lord.” Instead, we pray and say, “Remember What Jesus Did, Lord.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m grateful this AM for the price You paid that I may have eternal life. I am Yours, and You are mine! Amen  
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The Lord Of YOUR Valley

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 20:28
The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.’”

O-bservation:

The king of Aram, Ben-Hadad, had threatened the King of Israel, Ahab. Yet when it came time for battle, the Israelis throttled the Aramaeans and defeated them. The Aramaeans decided that they would have a better plan the next year. When the year came back around to fighting, the Aramaeans said that the Israelites God was a God of the hills but not the valleys. So this time, they tried attacking them in the valleys, and the small band of Israelites destroyed a hundred thousand in one day, and a falling wall crushed another twenty-seven thousand Aramaean soldiers.

A-pplication:

The Aramaeans truly believed that the God of Israel was only a God of the mountains, but that He was not “The Lord Of The Valley.” In other words, if they could attack the Israelis in the valley, they would surely prevail. What actually happened was that God gave them such a routing that Israel once again was victorious. Here is the thing I want you to know today: your God is Lord of all and Lord of everything. There is NOWHERE on this planet that He has any kind of limitation. He is the Lord of the mountaintops, and He is Lord of your money, your disease, your troubled marriage, your children, and your property or lack thereof. But never forget, He is “The Lord Of YOUR Valley.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m grateful this AM that You have everything under control. You are limitless and have all power in all that You do. Today I’m blessed to know that You are The Lord Of All My Valleys! Amen
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