RESIST

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 John 5:21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

O-bservation:

This word by John concludes the book of First John. There had been phony prophets and teachers in that day who were pulling the people away from the truth. John fought these falsities and concludes by saying, you must "RESIST" anything that pulls you away from worshipping Jesus.

A-pplication:

In this short sentence we see the challenge that lies before every "Follower Of Jesus." There is always the call from the Lord to move forward in love and purpose and passion to do the will of God. On the other hand, there is always the pull from the other side to check out what allurements entice one’s soul from hell itself. John the Evangelist writes, "Dear Children, keep yourselves from idols." He was saying "RESIST" the enemy's pull on your soul, because it only leads to death. So today, while you move forward joyfully in Jesus, keep "Resisting" the pull from the other side. It is in this battle that true Christian strength is developed.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I look forward to serving You with my whole heart AGAIN. Amen
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Light In, Dark Out

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

O-bservation:

John the Beloved writes that God is so full of light that His brightness leaves absolutely NO room for darkness at any time.

A-pplication:

Darkness has always been associated with the world below. Yet if there was no darkness it would impair humanity's need for rest. Not everything that happens at night is bad. It is important to note, however, that God is full of light. Darkness cannot overcome the light of our great God. In fact, it was the Lord who created light. So the sun and every star in the universe emanates from Him. Scripture tells us in Revelation 21:23, speaking of heaven, that there will be no need for light there because the glory of the Lord will illuminate the entire City of our God. When Jesus arrives into any situation, always remember it's "Light In, Darkness Out."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, It's nighttime while I write. Thank You for the promise of light! Amen
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Why Christmas?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 John 2:6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

O-bservation:

It's Christmas Day, and still many ask what's the big deal? "Why Christmas?" The Apostle John said that Jesus came to change the way people live.

A-pplication:

"Why Christmas?" Jesus came to love first, so we could learn to love first. Jesus came to give first, so we could learn to give first. Jesus came to serve first, so we could learn to serve first. Jesus came to be the answer, so we could learn to be the answer. Jesus came to disciple a group of friends, so we could learn to disciple a group of friends. Jesus came to show people how to elevate their thinking to a much better way of thinking, so we could learn to do the same. Jesus came to die for what He was born for, so that is why we would be willing to die for what He taught us to believe. "Why Christmas?" THAT'S WHY! By the way ... "Merry Christmas!!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to be just like You. I want to think, be, and do just like you did! Merry Christmas my Lord! Amen
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Merry Christmas

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

O-bservation:

John the Beloved was finishing up a short narrative about Jesus, well after Jesus had been crucified and resurrected from the grave and then ascended into heaven. John knew Jesus well as one of three men who formed Jesus’ inner circle. He finished this thought by telling us that Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for sin. Not only for you and me but for the whole world!

A-pplication:

By the way, “Merry Christmas!” That’s right! I can’t keep going without acknowledging that this is Christmas Day. It’s the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. But why He came is why I’m saying to you today that indeed it is a very “Merry Christmas!” Jesus didn’t come to this world as a gift from Father God for just a select few. No! Jesus came to abolish the sins of every man and woman on the face of the earth who will embrace Him as Lord and Messiah. That’s right. It’s not a forced embrace. Jesus has NO ROBOTS! It’s a decision every person must make that says, “I’m lost, I need a Savior, and I embrace Jesus as my Lord and Savior.” When any person makes that decision, after that, all they can say is, “Merry Christmas!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Every Christmas Day, I’m reminded why this is a Merry Christmas for my family and me. Our sins are forgiven, and eternal life is our future! Thank You for coming down so we can one day go up! Amen
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Just Confess It

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

O-bservation:

St. Peter is the writer of these words. Other than Judas, Peter probably failed Jesus more than any of the other disciples. During Jesus’ darkest hour before his crucifixion, Peter denied Jesus on three different occasions. Later, after His resurrection, Jesus met the disciples on the beach one morning and cooked breakfast for them. At that event, Jesus forgave Peter of his sin. Of course, Peter had confessed before Jesus that he truly did love him. In time Peter became the rock of the Christian faith through his evangelistic efforts, and he eventually died for the faith through martyrdom.

A-pplication:

Because he had been forgiven so much, Peter’s word in this passage to all who have failed Jesus is, “Just Confess It.” That’s right. Instead of standing back and acting as if nothing ever happened and employ a giant cover-up, “Just Confess It.” Yesterday I read in our local online newspaper of a former Miami Heat basketball player whose sports agent forgot to notify the Heat that the player was exercising his right to return to play for them after playing for them for four years. It cost the player three million dollars!! Instead of trying to cover it up, this agent immediately admitted that it was his mistake. He called the player and set up a payback plan to the player personally. It was only this year the agent paid back the entire three-million-dollar debt! The two have been very close friends through it all, and the agent gained many new clients because of his honesty. Sometimes confessing one’s sins costs big time, yet in time CONFESSION IS ALWAYS GOOD FOR THE SOUL. That’s why this AM I encourage you to, “Just Confess It!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m so grateful this AM that when I confess my sin, You are faithful to forgive my sin and everything else that goes with It. Help me to keep confessing to You! Amen
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