Dead Faith

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

O-bservation:

All throughout this chapter, James, the brother of Jesus, makes his case that The Christian Life is a call to action. All faith produces action, and if there is no act of service not only to Jesus but also unto our fellow man then one's faith is ... "Dead Faith."

A-pplication:

All of Christianity is a call to service. Ten of the original twelve Apostles served their way to a martyr's grave. To read through Christian history and realize the "Exploits of Faith" accomplished for Jesus by our ancestors is utterly astounding. In our own family, my wife's auntie lived in a mud hut, without running water, in a village in Burkina Faso for 35 years. Why? She did it to teach children and their parents about Jesus. She also did it to cure them of their ills. She helped teach them how to read and write. She also taught them the arts and sciences. She never married, yet during her life she raised over 200 orphaned children by herself. How did that happen? Her Faith resulted in action. She didn't have "Dead Faith," she had a faith that had to act. When I move in action I want to please Jesus, but I also want to WIN the world to my Lord. One thing I don't want is ... "DEAD FAITH!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, If there is 1 ounce of "Dead Faith" in me this AM, I am now laying it on Your altar. I want nothing to do with "Dead Faith." Amen
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I Want ALL Of THAT

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Isaiah 30:15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

O-bservation:

In speaking for the Lord, Isaiah reproved the people of Israel because they had played the part of a headstrong child. He said, "All you were required by God to do when you messed up was to Repent, Calm Down, and Rest. Also you were asked to Stop Talking and 'TRUST ME.' But you would have ... 'NONE OF IT!'"

A-pplication:

If Jesus is your Lord, He is your Lord when you're really good and really bad. When we're really bad there is "Damage Control" that must be dealt with, and only Jesus can really handle the "Damage Control." The last thing the Lord needs during the period of "Damage Control" is a bunch of us wanting to lead our own restoration. #NOT! But it happens every day with people who keep striving and worrying and sweating the process. It also happens when we often times shoot our mouths off in hopes of trying to defend why we did what we did. The Lord is saying to all of us right now, "I will save you, I will give you rest and I will restore you! Now here are my conditions: REPENT, REST, STOP SHOOTING YOUR MOUTH OFF, and TRUST ME!" Here's my response to Jesus today ... “I Want ALL of THAT!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, In reminiscing over my past failures this AM, I can't even count the times I've "MESSED UP." So many times I've tried to defend myself by shooting my mouth off. I realize that only YOU can really defend me and save me and restore me! AND ... "I Want ALL of THAT!" Amen
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Poor And Needy

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Isaiah 25:4 You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall.

O-bservation:

For the duration of this chapter, the Prophet Isaiah gives Praise to the Lord. He's especially thankful to God for His loving care for the "Poor And Needy." He states that in their hour of distress, God is ... "Someone To Run To."

A-pplication:

I've often stated in these "AM S.O.A.P. Devo's" that we are all "Poor And Needy" in comparison to Jesus. We can't seem to match His Grace extended in our direction. We can't pay enough or save enough in relationship to Jesus. In light of His Grace lavished upon us, we are "Poor And Needy." The challenge for all of us is to accept His Grace. Too often we approach God in our own human understanding, with an "I've Got This" kind of attitude. In time we all need a refuge in our Distress, a shelter from the Storm and a shade from the Heat. The truth is ... "We've Got Nothing!" We're just "Poor And Needy." Jesus is ... "Someone to Run To." Make sure you start the day running to Jesus.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I acknowledge that I am "Poor And Needy." With Your help I will start and finish my day ... "Running To YOU!" Amen
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It Won’t Shake

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Hebrews 12:28,29 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

O-bservation:

This information given to us by the Holy Spirit, through the pen of the author of Hebrews, tells us that we have been given (and it is ongoing) a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. So our only response is a "Holy Awe," with Thanksgiving unto our Great God. After all, He is an all-consuming fire.

A-pplication:

The last line of this passage speaks of the Omnipotence of Jesus. He is: All Powerful, All Consuming, and Unshakable! Think about it, our RELATIONSHIPS with friends and even close family members get shaken. Our BELIEFS evolve through the years. We loosen up on some things and tighten up on others. Our DOCTRINES sometimes shift. What we used to think was important, now may not be that important. However, the one thing that won't be shaken is the Kingdom of Almighty God. THAT ... just keeps coming at us ... who believe. "IT WON'T SHAKE!" So, what should our response be in an ever shifting, ever shaking world to our God whose Kingdom will not be shaken? Humbly Thank and Worship HIM, who is simply "ALL POWERFUL!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I am AWED by YOU this AM. I stand amazed in Your presence my dear, All Powerful JESUS! Amen
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An Unworthy World

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Hebrews 11:38a The world was not worthy of them.

O-bservation:

The writer lists a group of people in biblical history who have been labeled as members of ... "The Hall of FAITH." After going through a brief history of a number of those "HEROES of FAITH" he says, "The world was not worthy of them."

A-pplication:

Too often journalists and editorialists, radio show hosts and TV news anchormen produce daily information that sounds a whole lot like that of yesterday and the day before and the month and year before that. Bad news in the form of thieves, villains, murderers, terrorists, rapists, and other forms of debauchery are promoted each day to a national audience drunk on filth. And then there are those who, by faith, move forward to live against the tide, rise above the waves, and soar higher than the storm. For all of this, they are the unknown and unsung heroes of a "Lost Society." More often than not, if they ARE discovered they are laughed at, ridiculed, and mocked as "Do-Gooders." Even so, they "Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called them" (Phil. 3:14, paraphrase). We "Followers Of Jesus" are proud of them! AND ... it is our desire to be numbered among them in the face of ... "An Unworthy World."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I am reminded that You became a curse to a watching world as You hung on that cross. The world was unworthy of You, yet You loved us anyway. Help me love people anyway. Amen
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