Where Do You Think It Came From?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Chronicles 29:14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”

O-bservation:

Before David's death, he prepared the treasury of Israel to be able to fund the Temple his son Solomon would build. More than enough came in, and instead of gloating King David said, "Where Do You Think It Came From? Everything that we gave, You Lord, gave to us. Who are we? Without You we wouldn't have anything to give."

A-pplication:

This is a beautiful passage in the Bible because there was evidently great AWE among the People of Israel because of the massive offering that had been given. In the middle of the AWE, David basically said, "Where Do You Think It Came From?" Anytime you feel the urge to complain when it comes your time to be GENEROUS, just STOP! Then ask yourself the question, "Where Did That Come From?" Because, whenever we begin to complain about having to be GENEROUS, that's when the feeling of ... "I Did This" ... begins to set in. That was the hard lesson King Nebuchadnezzar had to learn. King David never had to learn that lesson. He knew, everything he had ... "Came From The Lord!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm far from being as good as King David, but I will say this ... I have NO doubt in my heart where my supply came from. You, Lord, are my source! Amen
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God’s Presence = God’s Blessing

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Chronicles 13:14 The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his household and everything he had.

O-bservation:

During the priestly reign of Eli, the Philistines took the Ark of God out of Israel after they had defeated the Israelis soundly. But after several months, the Ark of God created such trouble for the Philistines that they decided to give it back to the Israelis with gifts. During the reign of King Saul, the Ark remained in Baalah in Judah and not Jerusalem. When David became King, he decided to bring the Ark of God back to Jerusalem. Along the way there was a problem. David became fearful of moving it any further and decided to leave the Ark in the house of Obed-Edom for three months. During that time, the home of Obed-Edom was Blessed Abundantly!

A-pplication:

The Ark of the Covenant represented the Presence of God. If you touched it you would die (1 Samuel 6:1-7). If you looked upon it incorrectly you would die (1 Samuel 6:19). The sign to all of Israel was that God's presence is holy and unapproachable. But the rest of the story to the Israelis was that if God's presence (The Ark) is with you, you will be Blessed Abundantly. After several thousands of years nothing has changed, except we don't know where the Ark is. But we do have "The Comforter" with us (The Holy Spirit). And when God’s Spirit is with you, His PRESENCE is near. Remember ... "God's Presence = God's Blessing." Ask Him to stay near you today.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I am asking You to stay close to me and show me how I can get closer to You. Amen
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Who’s With You?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Chronicles 11:9 And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord Almighty was with him.

O-bservation:

After King Saul's death, David became King over all of Israel. But it didn't happen overnight. At first, one of King Saul's sons, Ish-Boseth, became King over Israel while David remained King over Judah. Slowly but surely, Ish-Boseth's rule began to slip away from him and every day men from Israel fled to David's side. David became more and more powerful because God Almighty was with him.

A-pplication:

Seldom does a day go by that I don't hear someone speak on, or read something someone has written concerning "Building A TEAM." How to build a team. Key personnel to have on your team. When to use your team to launch your product. These are just a few subjects that draw a continual audience. As one reads of David's "Mighty Men," and eventually the massive army that he built, seldom does anyone mention that David had one "Team Member" who TRUMPED everyone and everything else. The Bible says, "David became more and more powerful, because God Almighty was with him." You can have the BEST personnel, but most of all you'd better have the CREATOR of your personnel ... God Almighty ... on your side.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I've told people my whole life that Jesus + Anybody = A Majority. Nothing has changed in my opinion. I'm so glad You're with me. Amen
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God Is FAIR!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Chronicles 10:13,14 Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

O-bservation:

Saul died and his tenure as King of Israel ended, along with his line of successors, because of his continual disobedience towards the Lord. Instead of inquiring of the Lord, he looked to a witch for spiritual guidance. So God had him destroyed and put David in his place.

A-pplication:

We live in an age where everything of a divine nature is judged by we humans on earth on the basis of fairness. Is God fair? Was that fair? Do you think he should have done that? And, based upon my limited understanding of God, my answer would be ... "Are we serious? Really?" These questions of fairness are posed by we finite little people concerning an all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-everywhere God. In Isaiah 55, God tells us that His thoughts are higher than ours and His ways are not our ways. The question should never be “Is God fair?” The question should be, “Why don’t humans obey?” And in our attempt to exonerate ourselves from our rebellious ways and put the blame on God instead, we actually prove our own "Spiritual Idiocy." Let's just hear it said by this not so smart person ... "God Is FAIR!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I yield to Your higher thoughts and ways. I realize that because of my tendency to disobey, You must do the right thing for everyone involved. Help me to stay yielded to You! Amen
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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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