Somebody, Somewhere Knows What’s Coming Next

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Amos 3:7 Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.

O-bservation:

The Old Testament Prophet Amos made it very clear that God does nothing without first revealing it to His Prophets here on earth.

A-pplication:

Just as The Lord has given us many signs of His soon return in Scripture, this passage tells us that He also reveals events before they happen to His numerous prophets here on earth. I believe these men and women operate in every country, every region, and every city where people live. You may be thinking, "Well I don't know who they are where I live." Of course that part is up to each of us to search out. The scripture tells us that if we seek the Lord we will find the Lord (Jer. 29:13-14). Whatever you may believe about the ministry of the Prophet, it's important that each of us remembers that "Somebody, Somewhere Knows What’s Coming Next."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to know what's coming next. I know the signs You've given us in Your Word, yet I believe You reveal to men and women what's coming next. I'm ready to hear Lord. Amen
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Guilt Always Runs From Truth!

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S-cripture:

Amos 7:13 “Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom”

O-bservation:

These are the words of the High Priest of Bethel, Amaziah, who served under the leadership of King Jeroboam of Israel. He told Amos that this was the king's sanctuary, not of God, and to leave. He told Amos he should prophesy in Judah, but not to the ten-nation tribes with the king’s palaces in Samaria. The problem that Amaziah and King Jeroboam and all the wealthy Israelites were facing was that they had turned their backs on the God of Israel and were guilty. Never forget, “Guilt Always Runs From Truth!”

A-pplication:

Amos quickly let this rebel priest know that he had only come from his little farm in the south to this huge, spacious, and wealthy place because God had called him. He let Amaziah know that his resistance against Amos had no effect and that he must preach what God had sent him to declare. Do you see the difference here? One is a wealthy preacher with no message, and the other is a preacher with little or no means who is overflowing with the truth that must be delivered. One was running from the truth. The other was running to deliver the truth. Since “Guilt Always Runs From Truth,” the chase may take longer than expected, but the truth always wins. So keep running to deliver God’s truth as long as you live.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m so overjoyed this AM because You have filled me with TRUTH! I’m not scared, I’m not bound up, and I’m not guilty. Because of Your truth in my life, I’m running with a mission to end guilt. Help me today, I pray. Amen
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COMPLACENCY

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S-cripture:

Amos 6:1 Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come!

O-bservation:

Amos, the little farmer from the southern regions, had been called away from his farming by the Lord to prophecy over Israel. His statement to open his prophetic words had God’s booming voice declaring those who are complacent in Zion and those who are secure on Mount Samaria that judgment is coming.

A-pplication:

This happened during the most prosperous time imaginable for the people of Israel. Never had they had so much territory to themselves. All of this took place under King Jeroboam, the son of King Joash. These prophecies were directed to the wealthiest of the wealthy among the 10 northern tribes. They had taken their earthly wealth and somehow began to operate as though they were the source of their prosperity. They never heard the cries of the innocent and downtrodden. In time, the Assyrians came in and took them over as had been prophesied. COMPLACENCY is the beginning of the end. Whether in business, education, politics, or most of all, the church, COMPLACENCY is always at the center of the demise. Certainly, it’s also true of an individual family who turns their backs on the direction of the Holy Spirit. In time, things will change for the worst because of the spirit of COMPLACENCY! You and I are called to live boldly and unashamedly of our faith in Christ. Let’s continue this assault on the kingdom of darkness that we began long ago.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I refuse to live a life of COMPLACENCY! I have been called out of darkness into Your marvelous light, and I refuse to go back to those dark days! I love You! Amen
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Am I Ready?

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S-cripture:

Amos 4:12c Prepare to meet your God.

O-bservation:

If ever there was a prophet who came from almost nowhere, it was Amos. His prophecies against Israel are alarming. Yes, he did die a violent death at the hands of his adversaries for what he preached. Even today, people would most likely want him silenced. He reminded the people of Israel of the times God had severely judged them. However, even then they would not repent. Because of all of this rejection of the most high God, Amos said, “Prepare to meet your God!”

A-pplication:

As I write, it is summertime in my country. I look at social media and friends and acquaintances who are vacationing in exotic places around the world. Even I sit here early in the AM in South Florida beauty. Behind the beauty, there are broken people around the world. Have I done enough to bring them the good news they need? Have I reached beyond my comfort and into their pain enough to reach them with love? Have I given enough and cried enough and loved enough on their behalf? When I read Amos’ words this AM, “Prepare to meet your God,” right away, I titled this devotional “Are You Ready?” But then this still, small voice from heaven said to me, “Rich, instead of putting this on your readers you should put it on yourself.” So that’s what I’m doing this AM. Hence the question, “Am I Ready?”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know that someday I will meet you face to face and not just in my prayer closet. When I meet you, I want to hear you say, “Well Done.” I’m not sure I’m there yet, but I want to be. Help me gear up for more and not sit back and rest while people need You. Amen
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From A Small Town To An Eternal Stage

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Amos 1:1a The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa.

O-bservation:

Here we read the opening words of the book of Amos, written by Amos. He was one of the 12 minor prophets of the Old Testaments. Tekoa is a little Jewish village on the West Bank, in the Judean wilderness. It’s humbling to read that Amos mentioned himself as just one of the shepherds of Tekoa.

A-pplication:

This is the story of a shepherd proclaiming the judgments of God against both Israel and Judah, and yet he was from a very small place. What those two nations had come to live and operate as normal, this little shepherd saw as a gross violation of God’s Word. In time, history tells us that Amos died a violent death because of his scathing messages against people who should have known better. No matter what the people ended up doing to the prophet from Tekoa, God took him from “A Small Town to An Eternal Stage.” Whatever is in your heart to do or say from the Lord, please get it out. God uses willing vessels. Even if they’re from small places, He will promote them to big stages.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I trust that You will help me continue to proclaim Your Word no matter the cost. I have only sought to proclaim Your truth. It is true that I have served you in my life in relatively comfortable ease as it relates to the place from which I have served, yet I will not keep silent, no matter where You place me. Amen
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