Sexual Holiness

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Thessalonians 4:3, 4 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable.

O-bservation:

St. Paul prefaces his words to the young church at Thessalonica with this line. "It Is God's Will." What follows is an uncompromising statement, "You must be sanctified and you must avoid sexual immorality in order to live an honorable lifestyle before the Lord and others."

A-pplication:

This word sanctified has to do with separating ourselves from sin and unto God. One is given the grace of God in order to do so. But at the same time, one's will must be exerted for this to be accomplished. You don't have to be a rocket scientist, or some "Religious Judge Of A Person," to recognize a lot of "Hitting On" in a flirtatious or sexual way even within the body of Christ today. Paul taught us UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF ALMIGHTY GOD, to avoid it! Erase it from your approach to living. It is not an Honorable or Holy thing for a man or woman of God to engage in. When it comes to our sexuality, our God demands from all of us His Followers, "Sexual Holiness."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know You have called me to "Sexual Holiness." Just help me run my race and stay in my lane. I want to do the will of God in this matter. Amen
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Trials Will Come

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Thessalonians 3:3 So that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them.

O-bservation:

Sometime earlier, St. Paul had planted the church for the Thessalonians. It had been such a long time since he had last seen them that his heart longed to be with them. Paul and his associates had been through so many trials during that time, and Paul told his young church that they were in fact destined for even more to come in the future.

A-pplication:

The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus put off the Joy that was set before Him in order to first of all, "ENDURE THE CROSS!" (Heb. 12:2, paraphrase). Make no mistake about it, all of us as "Followers of Jesus" have JOY to look forward to. However, we must first go through some trials to get to the joy. One of the young ladies in our mission work in Miami has just signed an 8-year contract with the U.S. Army for med school. After four years of medical school, she will be stationed in a "war zone" for another four years. She knows that "Trials Will Come." So she has set her eyes on the end of the 8 years, and the JOY that will follow. Remember ... YOUR "Trials Will Come," but Joy awaits you after the trial.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm so thankful that you put off the JOY in order to ensure the cross for me. Help me remember that after my trials the JOY will come. Amen
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A God PLEASER

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Thessalonians 2:4 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

O-bservation:

Paul the Apostle affirmed his ministry to this young church in Thessalonica. He had reminded them earlier of the hard work in the face of impossible odds that he and his associates had led among them. Not only that, but he reminded them that they had had fabulous results with no impure motives or trickery on their part. The Apostle said, "We weren't "Pleasers of Men," instead, we only wanted to be ... 'God Pleasers!’"

A-pplication:

All of us must check our Motives and our Agenda daily. The question must always be, "Is our mandate a heavenly one, and are our motives pure?" Never, ever will EVERYONE approve of your actions, whether you're wrong or right. Consequently, it's important that you and I operate to please the Lord. Men and women will judge you while they're shaking your hand with a smile. People refuse you, abuse you, and use you. However, I prophesy over you today that you will have incredible results in the face of "Impossible Challenge." There is one condition; this will come to pass only if You are ... "A God PLEASER!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I dedicate myself to forever be "A God PLEASER!" I love people, but I will live to worship You alone. Amen
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Jesus Is Coming, Be ENCOURAGED!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

O-bservation:

St. Paul, the writer of this letter, had just finished telling the people that Jesus was soon to return. He told them what it would sound like and what it would look like, and then he said it again, “Jesus Is Coming, Be ENCOURAGED!”

A-pplication:

What’s going on in your life this AM? I know people whose marriages are at critical mass today. I also know folks who recently lost a loved one. Some have a spouse fighting in a foreign war today. Still others have faced a recent financial crash. The first thing I’d say to them, and to you, is simply that whatever you’re facing you will in time overcome. You’re not going to hurt forever. Healing is coming soon. The second thing I want to say is, “Jesus Is Coming, Be ENCOURAGED.” That’s right, just like the early Christians encouraged themselves with the thought that “Jesus Is Coming,” we too should know that soon, and very soon … “Jesus Is Coming, Be ENCOURAGED!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know this AM that to some this idea that You’re coming soon seems old and outdated. But for me, the very thought of Your soon return encourages me. Amen
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Remembered As Servant Leaders

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Thessalonians 1:3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

O-bservation:

In his first letter to the Church at Thessalonica, St. Paul let them know how they were remembered by Paul’s Team. He said, “you have a huge work ethic motivated by your FAITH.” He also let them know that their continual labor was indeed a labor of LOVE, and that their endurance was inspired by HOPE. Most important, their Faith, Hope, and Love was all because of Jesus.

A-pplication:

As a pastor and church leader, I know first-hand that it’s impossible to pay everyone in cash money to do the work of Jesus. There’s two reasons I say that. First, there’s just NOT enough MONEY! Second, our service unto Jesus is a labor of love for our wonderful Lord. Oftentimes you can trust a volunteer sooner than you can trust a hireling. That doesn’t mean people shouldn’t get paid to work in the Lord’s service, but the ones who do usually get paid less than they would in the marketplace. It’s doubtful anyone got paid at all in Thessalonica, and because of it the Gospel spread quickly. It still spreads quickly when people want to be, “Remembered as Servant Leaders.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, After all these years, I don’t want to be remembered as a professional minister. What I want is to be “Remembered As A Servant Leader.” Amen
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