FAITH=RIGHTEOUSNESS

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Genesis 15:6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

O-bservation:

Abram had no son, but he had a promise from God that his offspring would match the number of stars in the sky. When he believed that promise, God said Abram was a righteous man. "FAITH=RIGHTEOUSNESS."

A-pplication:

This passage in Genesis is repeated throughout the Bible. Psalms, Romans, Galatians, Hebrews, and James all reference this passage. Why? When a man or woman decides to have FAITH in God, immediately God imputes RIGHTEOUSNESS to them. Yes this is only the beginning of a growing maturity as a "Follower Of Jesus," yet it is true that immediate FAITH in God results in immediate RIGHTEOUSNESS from God. It's not so much what we DO, it's more about in whom we BELIEVE. Noah had faith in God, and because of it he received favor from God, but perhaps Abraham was the first to believe the "PROMISE" from God. God called it a lasting covenant and Abraham believed. In an earlier post, I talked about you and me still receiving the blessing from the covenant God made with Abraham 4,000 years ago. I'm so glad "FAITH=RIGHTEOUSNESS."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I've learned that before righteousness there first needs to be FAITH. This AM my faith is in You! Amen
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Dead Weight

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Genesis 13:14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west.”

O-bservation:

This verse follows Abram’s separation from his nephew, Lot. Abram had taken his nephew out of Harran with him out of the goodness of his heart when Abram’s father, Terah, passed away. He had already been called of God and had heard God promise to make of him a great nation. But still, Lot had nowhere to go once Abram left for Canaan’s land. So Abram took Lot with him. But Lot created problems for his Uncle Abram to the point that his men began to war with Abram’s men. Abram finally said, “You take the land of your choosing, and I’ll take what’s left.” Lot chose Sodom and Gomorrah, and Abram took the leftovers. Lot was nothing more than “Dead Weight” to his uncle. Once the “Dead Weight” was gone, the Lord began to speak to Abram again about his future.

A-pplication:

Today happens to be my anniversary to the lovely Robyn! We’ve been talking about what we need to keep, and what is “Dead Weight” that needs to go to Goodwill, and who to empower moving forward in this new year. Sometimes, if we’re not careful, we’re packing things and people along on the journey with us that don’t bring much to the table. Instead of building your life, they’re actually “Dead Weight!” If you are willing to lose the “Dead Weight” in your life, I predict you’ll begin to hear from the Lord again. Just like Abram did.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank you for helping me through the years with people who have bought into the mission you’ve given me. Without that, there’s no way we could have built anything we have for Your glory. Thank You that the “Dead Weight” from yesterday is no longer dragging us down. Now, if I could just work on my closet! Amen
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Never Settle For Second Best

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Genesis 11:31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.

O-bservation:

This story occurred while Abram’s (aka Abraham’s) father Terah was still alive. It’s not as if Abram had a choice in the matter, for in those days, the Patriarch of the family made those kinds of decisions. The scripture says they set out for Canaan, but they settled in Harran. It may have been a nice place to live, but their initial plan wasn’t to stay there. The next verse says that Terah died in Harran.

A-pplication:

I’m not saying this is what happened, and no one will ever know, but here’s a thought. Could it be that Terah got sick and died in Harran because he settled for second best? How many times have you known somebody who had a dream but never reached that goal, and the discouragement and despair and depression claimed their lives in time? I’ve known at least five people in my lifetime that such a situation ended up killing them. God spoke to Abram and told him that He had a massive plan for Abram’s life. Abram would need to move to a land God would give him, and God would give him a people from his lineage that would shape the world. Abram was listening. Abram was able to accomplish what his father couldn’t do, and the rest is history. “Never Settle For Second Best!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today, I’m giving You praise because you have given me a vision in life, and You have enabled me to accomplish that vision. Certainly, there is so much more. And I’ll not stop until it happens. But, with Your help, I’ll never settle for second best. Amen
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Me FIRST

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Genesis 13:11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company.

O-bservation:

Abram had been gracious enough to take his nephew Lot with him to the new land God had promised him. God blessed and prospered Abram, and that blessing spread to Lot. Each of them developed large herds of sheep and employees to watch over them. But in time, Lot’s men began to quarrel with the men of Abram. Abram finally told his nephew they would have to split their relationship to save their businesses. Lot chose the prime land and left his uncle with the troubled land.

A-pplication:

Today marks my wife and my 48th anniversary! That’s right. I wish I could say we got married when we were only elementary children, but that wouldn’t be true. It has been a blessed run together. I can tell you that. Early on in marriage, I remember Robyn telling me, “Rich, never forget when people respond to you, it will usually carry with it a, ‘What’s in it for me?’ question. People always put ‘Me FIRST!’” I was young and naive, and I was surprised to hear her say that. My dad’s entire message to me was always “wait your turn.” But the more I’ve lived, I’m pretty sure Robyn was right. That truth sure is lived out in Lot’s life. His entire life was “Me FIRST!” When his uncle gave him a choice, he chose the best property leaving his older uncle to work the tougher territory. I don’t have time, but you know that choice he made turned out to be the land of Sodom and Gomorrah. Just because something appears superior on the outside, be careful, because when you operate with a “Me FIRST” mentality, what looks great on the surface could be filled with trouble.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me today to KEEP putting others first instead of myself, as Dad taught me. I’ve learned that the more time I have to judge a situation, I usually make a better choice in the end. Amen
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It Sounded Good At The Time

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Genesis 16:2
So she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

O-bservation:

In the previous chapter, God and Abram had a discussion, and Abram reminded God that although God had promised to build him into a mighty nation, he still didn’t have a son. Undoubtedly, Abram had shared his conversation with the Lord with his wife, Sarai. Now we read that Sarai had an answer to their dilemma. She told Abram to sleep with her servant girl, and she could build a family that way. I’m sure to Abram, “It Sounded Good At The Time.”

A-pplication:

How often could you and I look back on a time in our lives where we wish we wouldn’t have made the decision we did? I can remember several times. But for both of us, we’d probably say, “It Sounded Good At The Time.” How many times have we felt that the Lord spoke to us, yet we tried to MAKE it happen on our own with some crazy idea that really didn’t agree with what God had promised? “It Sounded Good At The Time,” but now we’re in a fix. God promised to make Abram’s offspring as numerous as the sands of the seashore, but certainly not through a slave girl. When we try to do God’s will in a human way, it doesn’t always work out. When He speaks, we must let Him have His way in making the miracle happen.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m Yours this AM. The times I tried to make things happen on my own sounded good at the time, but just turned into a total MESS. Thanks for taking my MESSES and turning them into a Message! Amen
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