Jesus Keeps His Promises

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Mark 16:6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

O-bservation:

Very early on the Sunday morning following the crucifixion, some of the women who had been with Jesus during His ministry went to the tomb. But an angel said, “He is not here for He has risen.”

A-pplication:

One of the reasons I love this passage is because it reminds us that, “Jesus Keeps His Promises.” He had told his disciples that He would be killed and after three days He would resurrect. That’s exactly what happened here. The women believed in Jesus, but it is obvious they didn’t believe Jesus. He had never given them a reason not to believe Him while He ministered on earth, but that’s while He was alive. Now He was dead. They must have thought, “How can a dead person keep His promise?” They evidently had forgotten as well that Jesus claimed to be God. So once again the women didn’t believe Jesus. However, that morning everything changed for those women. They discovered that Jesus was God, and that He did come back on the third day, and most of all they learned that, “Jesus Keeps His Promises.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to thank You this AM for always keeping Your promises. I believe You! Amen
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If You’re Willing, God Will Make A Way

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 5:18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.

O-bservation:

Peter and other Apostles had been thrown into prison because of the jealousy of the Chief Priest, his associates, and members of the Sadducee party. Their jealousy was a result of the mighty miracles the Apostles had worked in their midst.

A-pplication:

There is absolutely no evidence that the Apostles began to shrink back in fear at any time. In fact, with each persecution or imprisonment they encountered, their faith seemed to strengthen.  Such was the case here in Acts 5. In the middle of the night, an angel of the Lord opened the door for them and they walked out free. The angel said, "Speak boldly about your new life in Christ in the temple courts tomorrow." I believe if those Apostles would have been crying in that prison asking God why, the angel would have never opened the doors that night. Instead the Apostles were willing to do whatever God wanted. It seems like they lived with these words at all times, "If You want us in prison we'll stay in prison. If you want us on the streets preaching, we'll do that. We're willing to do whatever You want Lord." Nothing has changed in that regard for a true believer today. "If You're Willing, God Will Make A Way!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I have only one thing to say this AM. I am willing! Amen
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Even If God Is With You

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 6:15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

O-bservation:

Members of the “Synagogue of the Freedmen” in Jerusalem falsely accused the deacon known as Stephen, and they stirred up the people and teachers of the law. Consequently, they brought Stephen before the Jewish ruling council known as the Sanhedrin. When they looked upon him, his face looked like the face of an Angel.

A-pplication:

When I read this passage—and like many other verses in my Bible, I have it underlined—I always believe Stephen looked like an Angel because God truly anointed him in that hour. When the authorities asked Steven to give an account of himself, he preached one of the most thorough and anointed messages in all of the Holy Scriptures. However, when he finished, the authorities and crowds were so incensed that they had Steven stoned with rocks until he died. He became the first follower of Jesus to be martyred. Remember, he was anointed so that his face looked like that of an Angel. This story from the Bible reminds us that “Even If God Is With You,” carrying your cross for Jesus is not always easy.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today, as every day, I am resolved that “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” I didn’t choose to follow You so my life would be easy. No! I chose You so my life would have meaning and purpose. Amen
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A Lesson On Worship

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Revelation 22:9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophet’s and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

O-bservation:

As The Revelation was coming to an end, John the Beloved fell in worship at the feet of the angel who had shown him such majestic visions of the future. Immediately the angel said, “Don’t do such a thing. I’m a servant just like you and the historical prophets. Please only worship God!”

A-pplication:

This is an important “Lesson On Worship.” Let’s not try to drill down into what happened here because you can imagine what you would have done if you had been John receiving this incredible vision. He didn’t know what else to do. He most likely had no money, or he would have offered it to the angel. He was exhausted, and certainly any words of wisdom he might have had seemed elementary to what the angel had already given John. So he fell down and worshipped the angel. We would have probably done the same thing. So, what about today? There are so many voices here on earth from the Lord, but the applause they receive could be interpreted as worship of that individual. Let’s be careful to thank the Lord for our dear instructors and be quick to worship God alone! And as we look forward to the New Year tomorrow, remember that He alone is worthy!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I can never worship You enough. I sometimes run out of words in my admiration and adoring of you. Your majesty is never-ending, and Your supply is why I’m breathing today. Thank You for this great year. Amen
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Heaven Is Not An Option

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Revelation 22:3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.

O-bservation:

his was another view John had of Heaven when the angel took him there. When he saw Heaven in all of its fullness, he saw that there was absolutely NO CURSE whatsoever in HEAVEN! He said that the throne of God and the Son would be in the city, and the servants of God would serve Him there.

A-pplication:

If you have time today, you should read Revelation 21 and 22. I’m saying this because when you read what awaits you in Heaven, it doesn’t take long for you to decide that “Heaven Is Not An Option.” Please hear me when I say the choice between HEAVEN and HELL is our choice alone. But when you read through the Bible and see what HELL will be like, and then people who will choose HELL, you will decide in a second that “Heaven Is Not An Option.” If a person thinks that they will delay their decision, they’ve already decided. A couple of days ago, I watched a person on the news walk up to a police car and shoot both police officers and run. The point I’m making is that we have no promise of tomorrow. If the decision is on hold, or wait, or maybe tomorrow, the decision has already been made. However, from my vantage point, “Heaven Is Not An Option.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m so grateful that I never saw Heaven as an option I could take or leave. As a young man, I chose Heaven because it’s just not an option. To me, it’s the only choice because I don’t want to die. Only in Heaven will I live forever. Amen
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