Philistines Don’t Go Away!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Samuel 21:15a Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel.

O-bservation:

It's not for me to give an actual count of just how many battles were fought between Israel and the Philistines. But I can tell you this ... the more you read the Old Testament, the more you begin to think that there must have been hundreds and hundreds of battles through the years. And as David approached his last personal battle, the scripture says, "Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel." I'm sure the people of Israel must have thought ... "Philistines Don't Go Away!"

A-pplication:

Every time Israel defeated the Philistines, there could have been a sense of relief as in, “That's it; we finally defeated them!" But in time the Philistines always seemed to recoup and attack the Israelites again. The Philistines were to Israel what TEMPTATION is to "Followers Of Jesus." Every time we defeat or resist temptation, BOOM, momentarily or in days or weeks it presents itself in another way. It just never quits coming at us. St. Peter was Jesus’ right-hand associate while on earth, and Peter said, "Beware of the devil. He's like a lion wanting to devour everyone. Resist him and stand your ground, because every 'Follow Of Jesus,' experiences the same attacks" (1 Peter 5:8,9, paraphrase). Until we see Jesus face-to-face, we must remind ourselves that we as "Believers" are always VICTORIOUS, but "Philistines Don't Go Away!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I am up early, ready for battle against the enemy. I know it's going to be full on, all the time. But with Your help Oh Lord, I'm in it for the "Long Haul!" Amen
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People Are Watching

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Samuel 4:1 When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.

O-bservation:

Abner, who had been the head of Saul's army, immediately moved to install Ish-Bosheth as King upon the death of King Saul. David was King of Judah and Abner knew that David was anointed to be King over all of Israel, but he tried to keep the "Old Guard" in place. Abner became disenchanted with Ish-Bosheth in time, and went over to David's side. But the head of David's army, Joab, and his brother Abishai killed Abner to avenge the killing of their brother Asahel by Abner. When Ish-Bosheth heard that Abner was dead, he knew he would be next. But his nation was watching him, and when they saw him "Lose Courage" they became alarmed and greatly distressed.

A-pplication:

No matter how High or Low you may feel you are on the so-called "Food-Chain," there's always someone just under you who is looking to you for some amount of LEADERSHIP. One of the main components of Leadership is COURAGE. Should you lose courage, as a Leader of One or One Hundred, remember ... "People Are Watching." And in that moment great distress will come upon them. When God gives you the "Mantle of Leadership" in times of great challenge, keep your Chin Up, your Shoulders Back, and Move Forward. You are anointed for such a time as this, because ... "People Are Watching!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know You have placed me in a position where people are counting on me today to keep going with No Fear. When the fear comes, HOLD me Up and PUSH me Forward. Amen
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I Feel The Same Way Today

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Samuel 22:47 The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!

O-bservation:

At this writing King David is nearing the end of his life. As you read this verse, it appears as though David is more convinced of His God than he was at the beginning of his life. "I Feel The Same Way Today."

A-pplication:

As I read this passage this AM, I thought to myself that David wrote what he thought about the Lord nearly 3,000 years ago and "I Feel The Same Way Today!" God hasn't changed! He's still alive! He's still my God, my Rock, my Savior! Never a day goes by that I don't think, "Where would I be without the Lord?" Before I think a thought, say a word, act out a deed, it's always there: What does the Lord think about this? Is He pleased with me? AM I exalting Him today? AM I promoting Him today? You may be thinking, "Rich get real!" But ... He really is Alive. He really is my God, my Rock. and my Savior!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know You're always there. You're always attentive to my cry! Thank You that after all these years You're still the One I can count on! Amen
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Do Something

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Samuel 13:21 When King David heard all this, he was furious.

O-bservation:

King David had just heard that his son, Amnon, had raped his half sister Tamar, the full sister of Absalom. Amnon had her thrown out of his house and she was living with her brother Absalom in shame. David was furious, but DID NOTHING.

A-pplication:

Never allow injustice in your midst to go unchallenged. David knew his son Amnon had done wrong, but he did nothing in the form of discipline to rectify his sin. Later Absalom killed his brother Amnon, and Dad David still did nothing to discipline his son Absalom. The Bible says if we sow to the wind we will reap a whirlwind (Hosea 8:7). Absalom eventually rebelled against and split his father's kingdom. In the process, David’s associate Joab killed Absalom. Whenever a disturbance breaks out in your home or mine, it isn't God’s will that we sit back and "Do Nothing." Certainly if we move forward and "Do Something" God will intervene in our challenge. It's not enough to do nothing, ALL of US must "Do SOMETHING!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, With the challenges I'm faced with today, help me be proactive and not inactive when it comes to dealing with injustice around me. Amen
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Just Admit It

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Samuel 12:13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.

O-bservation:

David had committed an act of adultery with Bathsheba and that was just the beginning. When Nathan the prophet went to his house and confronted him David ADMITTED IT.

A-pplication:

In my life, there's been nothing worse than living with a load of guilt. You can get out of bed, get dressed, fix yourself up, get breakfast, kiss your spouse, and go to work, but it doesn't feel good. Over time it just grows worse and worse. Eventually the best thing to do instead of operating as though everything is "COOL" is ... "Just Admit It." Oh it's going to be tough. You'll have to give an account. Depending on the level of offense, it will take time to repair the hurts caused from the wrongdoing. But in time things will mend. Yes, there will be remaining scars, but it will be over. We can keep hiding it, but like I said some time ago in an earlier post, "You Can't Paint Rust." Hiding sin eventually rusts or rots through. Why not "Just Admit It" today.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You for a clear conscience this AM. It's not always been that way. When I fail help me always to "Just Admit It." Amen
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