Happy Dad, Happy Family

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Chronicles 7:40a All these were descendants of Asher—heads of families, choice men, brave warriors and outstanding leaders.

O-bservation:

The Prophet Ezra is the writer of this book, and in recounting the Tribe of Asher he lists 4 qualities that the world is looking for in men today. The qualities of the "Men of Asher" were as follows: Patriarchal, the Best of the Best, Brave Warriors, and Outstanding Leaders.

A-pplication:

How does a family turn out so well? We know that Asher was the 8th son of Jacob, somewhere around 1920 (something) BC. We know Ezra wrote the first book of the Chronicles around 450 (something) BC. The name "Asher" means "HAPPY." We don't know why Jacob named his 8th son "HAPPY," after all he was the child of one of Jacob’s wives' handmaidens, Zilpah. But when he was born his Father said, “I'll name him ‘HAPPY!’" I know this ... good things come to HAPPY people. Just before Jacob died, he blessed his son Asher and said that he would be blessed with abundance and food befitting a King. Just before Moses died, he said that the tribe of Asher would be blessed with Prosperity. It's obvious that this man in history lived "HAPPY," and that way of approaching life produced men the world still longs for today! Here's the moral of the story ... "Happy DAD, Happy Family!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You that You give all who ask You, the "Joy of the Lord." Thank You today that You gave me a "Happy Family." Amen
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Always Stay Ahead Of The Game

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S-cripture:

1 Samuel 18:9 And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.

O-bservation:

This statement was made after David, King Saul's young warrior, was being lauded as the one who killed his "Tens of Thousands," while Saul, the King, only killed his "Thousands." Consequently, King Saul was left in a place of insecurity.

A-pplication:

The truth is that Saul waited TOO long to start watching out for potential successors who would try to supplant him. It started way back when King Saul had gotten into a pattern of disobeying God. I suppose you could say he was just lazy in doing the "Will of God," or half-hearted in following through with "God's Commands." He was a man who often took the easy way out vs. the more difficult way out. He was especially concerned about whether he looked good in the process. When self-promotion, self-sufficiency, and self-service become one's sole purpose, it puts that person way behind on God's timetable for Success and a Blessed Legacy. King Saul lived for the moment. His questions may have been something like this: "How do I look right now? What do people think of me right now?" His failure to produce a future vision for Israel was his demise. "Heavenly Vision" takes one's eyes off of oneself and puts them on people and the "Means" to help others. "Heavenly Vision" will help you to … "Always Stay Ahead Of The Game."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I asked today that my eyes would be lifted off of me and on to the future. Help me get my eyes on Your "Harvest Field," and just let me be one of Your workers please. Amen
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Our God, Our Stronghold

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S-cripture:

Psalm 9:9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

O-bservation:

In this short, 3-line verse, the Writer says that our God is the place where people who have been mistreated can go. He's also the place where you can go if you are in trouble.

A-pplication:

In my life, I have faced hundreds of times when I was either in trouble or being mistreated by someone. During those times, I needed a safe place to go. The dictionary defines the word "Stronghold" as a place of security or survival. Our God is a stronghold! It might seem strange to define God as a place, a noun, but our God is Limitless. He matches 2 of the 3 definitions of the word Noun. He is a Person and He is a Place. Because He cares for you and me so much, He has provided Himself as the Place where weary, hurting, downtrodden, broken, oppressed, terrified, betrayed, rejected, and unloved people like you and me can run to. In our deepest and most desperate times of existence, when Hope seems lost, when Dreams have been turned into Nightmares, and the Long and Winding Road has led to a "Brick Wall," our God stands with arms open wide to welcome us into His Place ... into "HIM!" "Our God, Our Stronghold." I'm headed there NOW!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I remember that ONE time ... Who am I kidding? I remember the 100s of times You have been "The Place" I ran to. Never once was the door locked. Thanks! Amen
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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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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

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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