The Worst King Ever!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 16:30 Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him.

O-bservation:

Ahab, the King of Israel, married a heathen woman named Jezebel and set up Baal worship in all of Israel. He was undeniably "The Worst King Ever" in Israel's history.

A-pplication:

You may be asking this AM, "How does a man become so evil?" My answer is that he had help. A few verses earlier, the scripture speaks of Ahab's father Omri. The scripture says of Omri, "But Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord and sinned more than all those before him" (vs. 25). Isn't it interesting that Ahab's father Omri had set such a high standard for evil that his son felt compelled to break it. Well he did break it. Ahab became known as "The Worst King Ever" in Israel. If children can be given a "Worst Whatever" example, why can't you and I decide that, with God’s help, we will determine to be the "Best Whatever" as an example for all those around us. I'll pray for you, you pray for me.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I really believe this AM that, with Your help, I can be the best ever for someone who needs an example to look up to. But ... only with Your help. Amen
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Since When Is The Man Of God Your Enemy?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 21:20 Ahab said to Elijah, "So you have found me my enemy." "I have found you," he answered, "because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of the Lord."

O-bservation:

Ahab was the wicked king of Israel. Yet he knew Elijah well, and he knew that Elijah would be on his trail should he rebel against the Lord. He rebelled anyway. Remember, this is the same Elijah who had faced off with Ahab before. Elijah had called for a three-year drought in Israel because of their waywardness, and it happened. He had the prophets of Baal slaughtered when he called fire out of heaven on Mt Carmel. This infuriated Ahab's witch wife, Jezebel. But now, Ahab had wanted a vineyard which belonged to one of his constituents named Naboth. However, Naboth wouldn't sell it to him. Ahab went home crying like a baby. His wife Jezebel had Naboth killed so Ahab could have Naboth's vineyard. God told Elijah to visit Ahab and tell him that his days were numbered. When Elijah showed up at the king's door, the king said, "So you have found me my enemy!"

A-pplication:

"Since When Is The Man Of God Your Enemy?" That's the most logical response to this king's statement. Don't you want to be a leader who yields to the God of the universe who created you and everything in the universe? It would seem intelligent to follow that God and his earthly spokesperson. Yet, when your heart is so puffed up with pride and self-absorption as was Ahab's, you may actually believe that you can compete on some level with that God! That was Ahab's downfall. In time Elijah's prophecies came to pass, and Ahab and his witch wife came to an end. I can tell you this, the man or the woman of God will never be my enemy.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I only want to do your will this AM. When I read this passage of scripture, my first thought was what fools Ahab, and his wicked wife were. I don't want to ever be in competition with you, dear Lord. I'm totally yours to yield to whatever you have for me. Amen
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First Pray

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 22:5 But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”

O-bservation:

Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, visited the king of Israel, whose name was Ahab. When he arrived, Ahab asked Jehoshaphat to join his army so the two of them could go after the king of Aram and take back Ramoth-Gilead, which Ahab claimed was rightfully theirs anyway. Jehoshaphat agreed. However, he told Ahab, “We must First Pray!”

A-pplication:

In the story, Ahab was not a man of God, and Jehoshaphat certainly was a man of God. Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Of course we should pray, but there’s this one prophet who never tells me good things.” All the prophets agreed that Jehoshaphat and Ahab should attack Aram. But sure enough, this one prophet, Micaiah, warned Ahab that he would be killed if he went into battle. One of the other prophets went over and slapped him in the face. Then Ahab had Micaiah thrown into prison until he returned. However, when Ahab attacked Ramoth-Gilead, he was killed, and Jehoshaphat got out alive. It’s imperative that we put God FIRST in everything we do. The best way to do that initially is to always “First Pray.” The king who loathed praying and the Lord of hosts died, and the one who demanded they “First Pray” lived to tell about it! Always remember, in everything you do, “First Pray.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Here I am again this AM, and I want to “First Pray.” I really need You more than anyone or anything and am desperate for a fresh word to start my day. You’ve never failed me once, and I don’t expect You to fail me today. Amen
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The Lord Of YOUR Valley

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 20:28
The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.’”

O-bservation:

The king of Aram, Ben-Hadad, had threatened the King of Israel, Ahab. Yet when it came time for battle, the Israelis throttled the Aramaeans and defeated them. The Aramaeans decided that they would have a better plan the next year. When the year came back around to fighting, the Aramaeans said that the Israelites God was a God of the hills but not the valleys. So this time, they tried attacking them in the valleys, and the small band of Israelites destroyed a hundred thousand in one day, and a falling wall crushed another twenty-seven thousand Aramaean soldiers.

A-pplication:

The Aramaeans truly believed that the God of Israel was only a God of the mountains, but that He was not “The Lord Of The Valley.” In other words, if they could attack the Israelis in the valley, they would surely prevail. What actually happened was that God gave them such a routing that Israel once again was victorious. Here is the thing I want you to know today: your God is Lord of all and Lord of everything. There is NOWHERE on this planet that He has any kind of limitation. He is the Lord of the mountaintops, and He is Lord of your money, your disease, your troubled marriage, your children, and your property or lack thereof. But never forget, He is “The Lord Of YOUR Valley.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m grateful this AM that You have everything under control. You are limitless and have all power in all that You do. Today I’m blessed to know that You are The Lord Of All My Valleys! Amen
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That’s What The World Thinks Of Us

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 18:17
When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”

O-bservation:

Three years earlier, the prophet Elijah had declared a famine and a drought over the land of Israel. Things had gotten so bad that Ahab, the king, was having a hard time keeping his own animals fed and watered. God told Elijah to meet with Ahab and that He was going to make it rain again. When Ahab, the wicked King of Israel, saw Elijah, he called the man of God the “Troubler Of Israel!”

A-pplication:

Isn’t it just a wonder that at the end of the day the devil’s crowd seems to always associate we “Followers Of Jesus” as the trouble makers in their lives? We’re the ones who feed the hungry, clothe those who are poverty stricken, visit the sick, and go to those who are imprisoned, and still we’re the “Trouble Makers” in their opinion. Here was Elijah, the man of God. The prophet through whom God communicated His truth to the people of Israel, yet he’d been hiding in private to escape the wrath of Ahab and his prophet-killing wife Jezebel. Elijah was there to let Ahab know that God was going to remove the drought and make it rain again, but before he could Ahab took a shot at him and called him Israel’s troubler. Not much has changed today. “That’s What The World Thinks Of Us!” We’re considered the troublers in our nation. But don’t give up, my friend, because the scripture says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up!” (Gal. 6:9). No matter what the world thinks of us, we must keep on doing good!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thanks this AM for strength in keeping on doing good. With Your help I will not quit! Amen
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