Be The ONE

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 10:21a Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for.”

O-bservation:

Cornelius was a righteous man and a Roman centurion with authority, but did not know the God he was praying to daily. God chose Peter to be the messenger of “Good News” to Cornelius, who would be the gateway for all Gentiles to be saved. An angel led Cornelius’ servants to Peter’s house, and when they knocked on the door, Peter said, “I’m the one you’re looking for.”

A-pplication:

I could go ten directions with this story, but this verse is it for me. In my local context of Christian service, I have to ask myself the question, “Am I the ONE they’re looking for?” When a person in my community needs help, am I the ONE they can call on? We know Jesus is always the ONE, and in this case, Peter was the ONE. I know I want to be the ONE they can call on, but what about you? Why not decide with me today that for you and me, we will “Be The ONE!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today, I make this promise that with your help, I will “Be The ONE” for those who are in need in my community. Amen
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I’m Going To Trust The Lord

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 27:25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.

O-bservation:

These are the words Paul spoke to the people he was on board a ship with; they had been lost at sea for 14 days. An angel of the Lord had appeared to Paul in a dream and told him that everyone on the ship would be saved, even though the ship would be destroyed before reaching shore. Paul told the men to take courage because, “I’m Going To Trust The Lord.”

A-pplication:

The ship ran aground, and as it broke apart everyone jumped off the ship and somehow arrived safely on shore. What is breaking apart in your life today? Better yet, have you had to abort a safe arrival for a sure arrival instead? You may wonder what a sure arrival is. It’s the conclusion to a trip that began but plans were aborted when God stepped in. When God steps into crisis situations, He demands change that may not appear safe but will always end sure. In other words, you may not always look that good when you get there, but you’re going to get there right on time. What must you do to have a sure arrival? Simply go with what Paul decided on and say, “I’m Going To Trust The Lord!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I can’t count the many times you’ve brought me safely through the storm on a sure foundation and with a sure arrival in a way I least expected it to happen. That’s what has happened when I’ve said, “I’m Going To Trust The Lord!” Amen
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The REBEL Who Sought Convenience

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 24:25 As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.”

O-bservation:

Felix was the Governor of the region which housed Caesarea by the sea. Herod’s palace was there and St. Paul was being kept there under armed guard. When he finally was allowed to defend himself before Felix, the governor became so convicted in his spirit that he told Paul to come back at a more “Convenient” time.

A-pplication:

Whenever the Holy Spirit begins to convict people of their sin, hard-core rebels always look for a more “Convenient Time” to entertain such conviction. Why is that? Some believe this life is all there is and so it’s important to get all you can, while you’re here, by any means. When the idea of eternity is introduced into the discussion, “Convenience” is now pursued. In the end, Felix “The Rebel Who Sought CONVENIENCE” always found a way to find it. But he never found eternal life.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I left my rebellious ways long ago and never, from that point on, sought a life of convenience. Thankfully I found eternal life instead! Amen
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I Only Want To Finish The Race

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

O-bservation:

St. Paul knew, as he was heading to Jerusalem in his pursuit of Christ, that he would face great hardship in whatever life he had left. Yet he insisted that his life was worth nothing to him personally and he said, “I Only Want To Finish The Race.”

A-pplication:

The race Paul was referring to was his endless desire to live for Jesus and fulfill the mission the Lord had placed on his heart years before. Nothing else mattered. It’s always good to check the race we’re running. Is it simply for personal gain? Is it to build a huge brand here on earth? Or, is it to please the Lord in everything we do? If your answer is the latter, then like the Great Apostle you too can say, “I Only Want To Finish The Race.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, There are so many things that scream for my attention, and some of them have nothing to do with “The Race” you’ve called me to run. Help me this AM to finish my race. Amen
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Not Anymore

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 17:30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

O-bservation:

While on Mars Hill, St. Paul preached that there was a time in history when God overlooked certain failures of heathen people. BUT NOW Paul said it is God’s command to everyone that it’s time to REPENT.

A-pplication:

I’m not really sure how some want to interpret this, but in my estimation St. Paul is saying, “Now that God gave His one and only Son Jesus for our salvation, it’s time to receive this grace and get right with God! The clarity with which Paul preached this message was evident from the start. It leaves me wondering why so many beat around the bush with this great gospel. There once was a time when God may have winked at rebellious behavior, but “Not Anymore!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me preach with a clearer clarity concerning the times in which we live. I want to honor YOU more than fear people. Amen
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