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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The Need For Commendation

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 10:18

For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

O-bservation:

The Apostle told us what every true "Follower of Jesus" should already know. We don't live our lives for the applause of men, but for the applause of only One. His name is Jesus. If we fail to receive His commendation then no other commendation is worth pursuing.

A-pplication:

No one can deny that it feels good to be commended, approved, or applauded by one's fellow humans. I'll be the first to admit ... I'd rather someone say, "I like you and think you're a wonderful person," than for them to say ... "You're an idiot!" Here's the rub. When we begin to play for man's applause, character is challenged and scruples are in danger of being tossed out the window. The Bible says, "People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). Obviously man's priorities are nowhere near that of "Almighty God." But the "Almighty" has set the game plan. His rules or lose. On the other hand, the word also says to give honor where honor is due (Romans 13:7). Here's where we as humans cannot fail. When we truly honor one another, "The Need For Commendation" is met.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You for the opportunity to live completely for your approval. I ask this AM that You will help me honor my fellow man. Everyone needs encouragement, and I want to be that encourager. Amen
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The BEST Sorrow In The World

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

O-bservation:

Here the Apostle tells us that “The BEST Sorrow In The World” is “Godly Sorrow.” He said it leads to repentance, but “Worldly Sorrow” brings death to everything around us.

A-pplication:

At this writing, there have been an avalanche of catastrophes in this country and beyond that have brought about great sorrow everywhere. In turn, it has resulted in people being so sorrowful that they have given beyond their means to help out people they don’t even know. This is an example of Godly Sorrow working for the good of humankind. On the other hand, we’ve seen a rash of brutal mass killings. So much of it has brought about Worldly Sorrow, which in turn creates thousands of posts and blogs and vlogs on social media that only result in more angst. Why not choose Godly Sorrow for a world that is desperate for help. Our Heavenly Father sent His only Son, Jesus, out of Godly Sorrow in order to redeem the world back to Him. That’s “The BEST Sorrow In The World.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Because of Your great love for me, help me move this AM into a broken world full of Godly Sorrow. Amen
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The Difference Between Life And Death

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 3:6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

O-bservation:

Paul, the great Apostle of the New Testament, gave the Church at Corinth a definitive affirmation on his apostleship and stated that it was not a competency based on the law, but of grace. “The Difference Between Life And Death” is defined by two words, “Grace and Law.”

A-pplication:

Jesus told us in scripture (Matt. 5:17) that He hadn’t come to destroy the law, He had come to fulfill the law. He is the perfect antidote that makes His TRUTH go down with joy. Jesus versus Abraham is really a discussion between “Get To” or “Have To.” The “Have To” version of our faith at times becomes unbearable if all that is ever preached is the law. In fact, Paul says it “KILLS” The power of the Spirit. The result of God’s grace is that it gives “LIFE.” The challenge for every “Follower Of Jesus” is that we represent our Savior so that those looking on really know, “The Difference Between Life and Death.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me represent You all day today as the LIFE-giving Savior You are. Amen
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It’s Always Been YES!

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.”

O-bservation:

Paul the Apostle made it crystal clear in this passage that the Gospel of Jesus is a victorious gospel. It’s not “yes” today and “no” tomorrow, “It’s always been YES!”

A-pplication:

While it may be true that the books of the Old Testament aren’t necessarily in order as it relates to a timeline, it certainly promotes a straight line to Jesus. From the beginning, and even before the world was made, Jesus was destined to die for the souls of men and women. The Godhead has always said “YES” to that mission. Heaven also said “Yes” to the birthing of the Church on the Day Of Pentecost, and that through the Church God would write a love story featuring redemption and eternal life. These promises and actions in history up to now have never wavered; God’s promises do not change! For humankind, “It’s Always Been YES!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I can never thank You enough for Your willingness to say YES on my behalf. I will always be Your servant. Amen
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