No More Forgiveness

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Samuel 15:35

Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.

O-bservation:

This is a sad commentary on the life of King Saul. In chapter 11 of this book, he was made King over Israel. In chapter 12, the Prophet Samuel scolded the people of Israel for having demanded a King. In chapter 13, Saul sinned by offering a burnt offering that was reserved only for Priests. In chapter 14, he made a decree that involved having his son Jonathan executed for a crime Jonathan didn't know was a crime. Consequently, no one in the country followed the King's decree and Jonathan's life was spared. Now, here in chapter 15, King Saul sinned by not having Agag, the King of the Amalekites, killed. Samuel had to do it and God regretted having made Saul King of Israel. Samuel never visited Saul again, though he prayed and mourned over him till the day he (Samuel) died.

A-pplication:

God wasn't suggesting that He (GOD) had made a mistake when He made Saul King. No! God regretted that Saul refused to change. Saul was so attractive and such a valiant warrior, but he refused to "Get It!" Someone once said, "Stupid Is as Stupid Does!" An earthly King is NOT God. He's just a man with authority, and when he continues to operate as God, in time, there's just ... "No More Forgiveness" for that. Eventually, we are all called to grow up and do the will of God. Thankfully today, because of Jesus, there is even GRACE for us "Hard Headed Folks."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I don't want to go my own way today. I want Your will to be my PURPOSE for living. Amen
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The 5 Keys To Having God’s Presence All The Time

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S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

O-bservation:

In St. Paul's final greetings to the Church at Corinth, he presents "The 5 Keys To Having God's Presence All The Time." He says rejoice! Make sure anyone who messes up is fully restored. Keep encouraging one another. Stay united and live in peace. If you do this, the God of love and peace will be with you all the time.

A-pplication:

When you think about "The 5 Keys To Having God's Presence All The Time," you must realize they are all decisions that you and I as "Followers of Jesus" must continually choose. It's obvious that rejoicing has to do with a positive, happy mental attitude. That's a choice. Restoring those who fall among you is a choice. Encouraging one another with good words is a choice. Staying united is a choice and living in peace is also a choice. Things don't just happen in order for us to live continually in the presence of God. The decisions we make and keep on making ... "Against All Odds" ... will determine our ability to feel God all the time. And ... That's what WE want.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I choose to Rejoice and to Restore my brothers and sisters when they fall. I also choose to be an Encourager, to choose Unity, and to Live at Peace. I sure can't do it without Your help. Please help me! Amen
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Know Your Boundaries

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Samuel 13:9

So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering.

O-bservation:

Saul had only recently been anointed as the first KING in Israel's history. The Prophet Samuel, who had led the nation, stepped aside from his position as leader but maintained his position as High Priest of Israel. Immediately after Samuel handed over the reigns of leadership to Saul, Saul in turn offered a burnt offering to the Lord as though he were the King and Priest of Israel. Because of this unconscionable act, God’s judgment came on Saul.

A-pplication:

Just because you excel at one thing doesn't mean you excel at everything. Just because God has anointed you for one specific ministry, doesn't mean He has anointed you for every kind of ministry. Perhaps it's true that Saul had not had enough training for his position as King. But what he did by offering a burnt offering to the Lord was strictly forbidden for anyone outside of the "House of Levi," and in particular "The Priest." Saul was a powerful fighter and farmer from the house of Benjamin. Unfortunately, Saul never did grasp his BOUNDARIES as King. He continually moved into arenas that were not called for. Because of his actions, his lineage ended on his watch. Imagine a King with no one to succeed him because of God's judgment. The one thing we can all learn from King Saul's failure is ... "Know Your Boundaries!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I ask that You would help me stay focused on the Giftings and Ministry You have blessed me in. Amen
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His Own

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Samuel 12:22

For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.

O-bservation:

This was part of the farewell speech given by the Prophet Samuel to the People of Israel. In this speech, he reaffirms the fact that God will never reject the Israelites, because He is pleased to call them "His Own."

A-pplication:

Like the Israelites of old, we "Followers of Jesus," better known as "The Church," have been grafted into this same promise God gave them. This of course happened through the marvelous sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross and His physical resurrection from the grave three days later. Because of this indescribable gift, God is pleased to call us "His Own." Oh yes, we have all failed. We have all sinned and come up short of God's glory. But in spite of all of our failures, mess-ups, rebellions, stupid mistakes, and even "Oops I did it agains," God Still Loves Us! And even though His heart breaks like any father of a wayward child, at the end of the day our Father in heaven is pleased to call us ... "His Own!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I am amazed You still love me. After all my failures You still care for me and call me "Your Own." I'm just amazed. Amen
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The Need For Commendation

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 10:18

For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

O-bservation:

The Apostle told us what every true "Follower of Jesus" should already know. We don't live our lives for the applause of men, but for the applause of only One. His name is Jesus. If we fail to receive His commendation then no other commendation is worth pursuing.

A-pplication:

No one can deny that it feels good to be commended, approved, or applauded by one's fellow humans. I'll be the first to admit ... I'd rather someone say, "I like you and think you're a wonderful person," than for them to say ... "You're an idiot!" Here's the rub. When we begin to play for man's applause, character is challenged and scruples are in danger of being tossed out the window. The Bible says, "People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). Obviously man's priorities are nowhere near that of "Almighty God." But the "Almighty" has set the game plan. His rules or lose. On the other hand, the word also says to give honor where honor is due (Romans 13:7). Here's where we as humans cannot fail. When we truly honor one another, "The Need For Commendation" is met.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You for the opportunity to live completely for your approval. I ask this AM that You will help me honor my fellow man. Everyone needs encouragement, and I want to be that encourager. Amen
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