This Father’s Great Joy

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

3 John 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

O-bservation:

John the Beloved is speaking of his disciples, who have followed Christ because of his influence over their lives. He calls them his children when he says, “My greatest joy as a father is when you walk in accordance with the truth.”

A-pplication:

As great a blessing as this wonderful Apostle was to the Body of Christ, I believe the Lord has blessed me and others in a greater way than John ever knew. I know that sounds preposterous and yet hear me out. Many leaders are a father or mother in two ways. They have a Spiritual Calling as a pastor. The people they serve, they do so in such a way that is fatherly or motherly in nature, taking care of those around them. But they also have biological children. They are their first calling. It has brought me the greatest joy imaginable to see my sons follow the truth, and to see the people I serve as a pastor also follow the truth. Dear John had no biological children that history records, so you can understand my double joy. It is “This Fathers Great Joy.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You this AM that You have helped me be a father to biological sons and a father to people who have allowed me to serve them as their pastor. I am doubly blessed because of YOU! Amen
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We IMITATE What We Have EXPERIENCED

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S-cripture:

3 John 1:11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

O-bservation:

In this passage, John the Evangelist (or Apostle) likens the way we live to what we have experienced in knowing God. When he talks about Seeing God, he is actually speaking about Experiencing God. So if we've experienced God, we will operate in GOODNESS. If we have not experienced God, EVIL will be our practice.

A-pplication:

The truth is, "We IMITATE What We Have EXPERIENCED." Knowing God means we have experienced the wonderful Goodness of God and now know how to live and please Him. For those who have yet to know the Lord, they have no reference point for Goodness. They are left to live life on their own. A life without Jesus relegates us to operating only from our lower nature, which is rooted in selfishness and sin. The mission of every "Follower Of Jesus" has always been to introduce everyone we know to Jesus. Because, "We IMITATE What We Have EXPERIENCED."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me today to introduce people to Jesus, so they will know the best way to live and have eternal life. Amen
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Praying Victorious Prayers

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S-cripture:

3 John 2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

O-bservation:

John is writing to a man named Gaius. There are four different Gaius’ mentioned in the New Testament. Gaius in that day was like John Smith or another common name in our day. So we know John is writing to someone, but he is, in fact, writing to us all. His prayer was one of victory. He wanted his friend to have good health and physical prosperity, and he was sure his friend was already prospering emotionally.

A-pplication:

I want to be known for “Praying Victorious Prayers” for others. Anyone can pray a general prayer or a prayer for God’s will or a prayer that generalizes what a person may be going through. But here, the Apostle prays a victorious prayer that includes continued GOOD HEALTH over this man’s life. He also asks God to give the man real PHYSICAL WELL BEING similar to what he was already experiencing EMOTIONALLY. John could have said, “I pray that you would bless him,” and that would have been a good prayer. But that wouldn’t have gotten the man’s attention. When your passion is “Praying Victorious Prayers” over people, they pay attention to your prayer for them. And after you’re finished, they live to make your prayer become a reality in their life.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me continue to learn how to keep “Praying Victorious Prayers” over people. They serve a God who knows every part of them. Certainly, there is more You want to do for them than just bless them. Amen
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Just Be Good

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

3 John 1:11a
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.

O-bservation:

This is the last of three letters John the Beloved wrote to all “Followers of Jesus.” His main theme is that of loving others. In this passage, John says, “Don’t imitate what is evil, but what is good.” In other words, “Just Be Good.”

A-pplication:

I don’t think John is saying be perfect. NO! He’s simply saying when you see good being done by others, imitate what you see. “Just Be Good.” I know people who do not follow Jesus, but they are good people. By that I mean they are good-natured. They have a good attitude. They do good for anyone they come in contact with, and if you knew the people I’m speaking of, you would probably say, “Hey, those are really good guys.” Now, if people who don’t even follow Jesus can be good, why can’t loving Jesus people be good on a regular basis? Think about it. We’ve been forgiven. We’re filled with the Spirit of God. We walk in the light as Scripture tells us and we purposely shun evil. Those are all good things. When we see good, we must do good. “Just Be Good.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I am thinking about friends of mine who don’t follow You but who I enjoy being around because they are good people. If they can be good without being a follower of Jesus, then I know that today You will definitely help me to “Just Be Good.” Amen
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This Father’s Great Joy

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

3 John 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

O-bservation:

John the Beloved is speaking of his disciples, who have followed Christ because of his influence over their lives. He calls them his children when he says, “My greatest joy as a father is when you walk in accordance with the truth.”

A-pplication:

As great a blessing as this wonderful Apostle was to the Body of Christ, I believe the Lord has blessed me and others in a greater way than John ever knew. I know that sounds preposterous and yet hear me out. Many leaders are a father or mother in two ways. They have a Spiritual Calling as a pastor. The people they serve, they do so in such a way that is fatherly or motherly in nature, taking care of those around them. But they also have biological children. They are their first calling. It has brought me the greatest joy imaginable to see my sons follow the truth, and to see the people I serve as a pastor also follow the truth. Dear John had no biological children that history records, so you can understand my double joy. It is “This Fathers Great Joy.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You this AM that You have helped me be a father to biological sons and a father to people who have allowed me to serve them as their pastor. I am doubly blessed because of YOU! Amen
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