Only Fear Can Stop You

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 19:9 There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

O-bservation:

Elijah had destroyed the Prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel and prayed to the Lord for rain. AND it Rained!! Then Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah within twenty-four hours when she heard what he had done. Upon hearing her threat, Elijah wilted with FEAR and ran for more than forty days to a cave in Horeb. That's when God asked him, "What are you doing here Elijah?"

A-pplication:

When God asked Elijah what he was doing in Horeb, He was in effect saying, “Elijah your time is up.” The one thing the Lord will not tolerate in an aged leader is FEAR. It's one thing to be alarmed as a young person who hasn't known the Lord for very long. However, for a seasoned veteran to run away in fear … the Lord lovingly looked for someone new to use. Elijah immediately sought out Elisha and called him into service. Not long after, Elijah was taken up in a fiery chariot to heaven. Yes, Elijah finished victoriously by the grace of God, but in the process he learned "Only FEAR Can Stop You."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, May FAITH be my portion all the days of my life! Amen
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The Worst King Ever!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 16:30 Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him.

O-bservation:

Ahab, the King of Israel, married a heathen woman named Jezebel and set up Baal worship in all of Israel. He was undeniably "The Worst King Ever" in Israel's history.

A-pplication:

You may be asking this AM, "How does a man become so evil?" My answer is that he had help. A few verses earlier, the scripture speaks of Ahab's father Omri. The scripture says of Omri, "But Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord and sinned more than all those before him" (vs. 25). Isn't it interesting that Ahab's father Omri had set such a high standard for evil that his son felt compelled to break it. Well he did break it. Ahab became known as "The Worst King Ever" in Israel. If children can be given a "Worst Whatever" example, why can't you and I decide that, with God’s help, we will determine to be the "Best Whatever" as an example for all those around us. I'll pray for you, you pray for me.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I really believe this AM that, with Your help, I can be the best ever for someone who needs an example to look up to. But ... only with Your help. Amen
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He’s Here

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 8:11 And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.

O-bservation:

When King Solomon had finished building the temple, he instructed the priests to bring the Ark of the Covenant into the Holy of Holies. The Ark housed the presence of the Lord. When they did, a cloud descended into the place so that the priests had to move back because of the presence of the Lord. In that instance, all of them knew ... "He's Here."

A-pplication:

In the next verse, Solomon prays and references his father David’s words in Psalm 18:11. David had said that God dwells in a dark covering. What is it that helps you personally know that "He's Here?" Is it a feeling? Is it a prescribed set of actions through the years that you have followed that once accomplished makes you know "He's Here?" Whatever it is for you, it's important that both you and I ask, seek, and knock until we know that right now "He's Here."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I don't want to take one step out of the front door this AM until I know you're with me. I can't operate without You! Amen
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Once Again, God Keeps His Promises

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 4:20 The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy.

O-bservation:

Here is the fulfillment of the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 22:17. God told Abraham that one day His descendants would be as numerous as the sand on the seashore.

A-pplication:

It took some 1,200 years for this promise made to Abraham, by God, to come to pass. But "Once Again God Keeps His Promises." What is it you're believing for? What is it that you've been waiting for? If God has made you a promise, then keep waiting and keep believing. It's understandable that some promises are for more than just your light bill. Don't hold God accountable for not saving your grandchildren if you're old and they're not in school yet. Abraham probably shook his head when God promised that his offspring would be as numerous as the sand of the seashore when he only had a few in his family. However, after seeing God keep so many promises in his life, he went to sleep in God knowing that "God Keeps His Promises!" Don't give up believing, you're God’s child too.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Lord, this AM I don't have much to hold on to except ... Your promise. For me, that's enough! Amen
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First Pray

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 22:5 But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”

O-bservation:

Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, visited the king of Israel, whose name was Ahab. When he arrived, Ahab asked Jehoshaphat to join his army so the two of them could go after the king of Aram and take back Ramoth-Gilead, which Ahab claimed was rightfully theirs anyway. Jehoshaphat agreed. However, he told Ahab, “We must First Pray!”

A-pplication:

In the story, Ahab was not a man of God, and Jehoshaphat certainly was a man of God. Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Of course we should pray, but there’s this one prophet who never tells me good things.” All the prophets agreed that Jehoshaphat and Ahab should attack Aram. But sure enough, this one prophet, Micaiah, warned Ahab that he would be killed if he went into battle. One of the other prophets went over and slapped him in the face. Then Ahab had Micaiah thrown into prison until he returned. However, when Ahab attacked Ramoth-Gilead, he was killed, and Jehoshaphat got out alive. It’s imperative that we put God FIRST in everything we do. The best way to do that initially is to always “First Pray.” The king who loathed praying and the Lord of hosts died, and the one who demanded they “First Pray” lived to tell about it! Always remember, in everything you do, “First Pray.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Here I am again this AM, and I want to “First Pray.” I really need You more than anyone or anything and am desperate for a fresh word to start my day. You’ve never failed me once, and I don’t expect You to fail me today. Amen
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