I’ve Got To Get YOU Into My Life

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Chronicles 13:3 Let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we did not inquire of it during the reign of Saul.

O-bservation:

Approximately seven years after the death of King Saul, David asked the leaders of Israel if they thought it wise to return the Ark of God from the house of Saul's son Abinadab. They agreed it was time. David said, “Then let's do it because we never even asked about it during Saul's reign.”

A-pplication:

Somehow King Saul was unimpressed with the presence of God in his life. If we're not careful we can operate as though we're the ones making things happen. Nothing can be further from the truth. As "Followers Of Jesus," we live in desperation for the presence of God in our lives daily. As David was preparing to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem, which became known as the City of David, he must have prayed to the Lord one day and said, "I've Got To Get YOU Into My Life." He had to have the Ark back. Until the day Jesus says my time is up I want to live with a constant desperation for the Lord that says, "I've Got To Get YOU Into My Life."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Please stay with me! Amen
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They Wanted To Play God!

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S-cripture:

1 Samuel 5:11 So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, “Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it will kill us and our people.” For death had filled the city with panic; God’s hand was very heavy on it.

O-bservation:

This is the story of Israel's sin under the leadership of the priest Eli and his wicked sons. The Israelites were defeated in battle, and Eli’s son Phinehas was killed. Eli heard his son had died, and the Ark of God had been stolen by the Philistines and taken to Ashdod and placed in the temple of Dagon, their god. When he heard this news, Eli fell over backward, broke his neck, and died.

A-pplication:

The next part of the story is a warning to be applied by all of us at all times. Never put your faith and trust in anyone other than the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Why? Here’s the answer. The morning after they placed the ark of the covenant in Dagon’s temple, the people went into the temple to see that Dagon had fallen on his face before the ark. They put him back up on his pedestal. The next morning he had fallen once again, but this time his head and hands had broken off before the ark! At once, heavy sickness and disease and tumors fell upon the people of Ashdod. They moved the ark to Ekron, and the same thing began happening there. The people of Ekron begged the Philistine leaders to send the Ark of the Covenant back to Israel, which they did. The problem with the Philistines in this story was, “They Wanted To Play God!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, May I always remember the first commandment given to Your people. I have always operated that there is no other God but Jehovah! I worship You, and I honor You this AM! Amen
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The Ark Of The Covenant

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S-cripture:

Hebrews 9:4b This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.

O-bservation:

In the book of Exodus, God gave Moses strict instructions on how He wanted “The Ark Of The Covenant” constructed and what would be placed inside. It was constructed to house the presence of the Almighty. It was carried on staves by the priests of Israel whenever they packed up and moved to their next campsite. It was also carried into battle. It let the people know God was always with them.

A-pplication:

In the New Testament book of Hebrews, the writer reminds us of three important artifacts in “The Ark Of The Covenant.” First, the ark housed the “Pot of Manna.” This artifact reminded the people of Israel that there would always be PROVISION whenever His presence was with them. The manna in the wilderness never failed. God’s provision and His prosperity were always there. The second artifact was the rod of Aaron that budded. This miracle happened when Moses went before the Pharaoh, demanding that he let God’s people go. Aaron’s rod represented the AUTHORITY of God. Finally, in “The Ark Of The Covenant” lay the tablets on which the 10 Commandments had been etched. The 10 Commandments represented the CHARACTER of God. There you have it. As believers, we are all in need of God’s PROVISION, His AUTHORITY, and His CHARACTER. Even in the New Testament, these characteristics and promises of God remain. As long as we invite Him into our lives, these three promises of God will always be present with us.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I am more than grateful for Your PROVISION, AUTHORITY, and CHARACTER operating in my life daily. Without Your presence, I do not want to attempt life on my own! I need You! Amen
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This Fat Man Didn’t Sing, But It Was Over

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S-cripture:

1 Samuel 4:18
When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell backward off his chair by the side of the gate. His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man, and he was heavy. He had led Israel forty years.

O-bservation:

Eli had been the priest and judge of Israel for 40 years, and he was 98 years old when the Philistines defeated Israel. His sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were killed, and the Philistines stole the Ark of the Covenant. When Eli was told of these events, he fell over and, in the fall, broke his neck and died because the Bible says he was FAT.

A-pplication:

It’s funny how, in this story, Eli’s FAT body was an indication that his leadership was tired and lazy. I’ve already recounted earlier how his sons were immoral blasphemers of the most High God. At the age of 98, a man should be given a pass, but not when his moral lax has impacted his sons and left a nation wondering what to do. Now, in the final loss of his forty-year career, he gets news that his two sons were dead, but it was the next line that killed him. They reported the Ark of the Covenant had been stolen. He fell over, broke his neck, and died. He was FAT, that’s often an indicator of a lack of discipline. “This FAT Man Didn’t Sing, But It Was Over.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I don’t want to get so used to my position that I assume everything I’m doing is good. This AM, I’m taking inventory on my life. Help me, Lord, to be fit and ready mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically, for the battles that lie ahead. Amen
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“I Can’t Live Like This!

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S-cripture:

2 Samuel 7:2b He said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

O-bservation:

King David had finished building a beautiful palace for himself, and when it was finished a strange sense of conviction flooded his soul. He said to himself, “I Can’t Live Like This! Here I am living in this lap of luxury and the ark of God has no permanent residence.”

A-pplication:

When I read this passage of scripture, it always wakes me up to question myself and my motives. David, of course, was expected by his people to live like a king. In their estimation, there was nothing too good for their king. But after David had built everything just like he liked it for himself, he couldn’t seem to live with himself. Sometimes I feel that way. Sometimes I feel like I’m so blessed, but what have I done for my wonderful savior lately? And of course, how could anything we do for the Lord be enough after all He’s done for us? Right? But we can’t look at it that way. Let’s make sure that we, as servants of the Lord, put Him first. We can always justify more stuff for ourselves, but eventually we have to come to the place where we say, “I Can’t Live Like This!” Jesus, I owe You everything.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know You Don’t Need my stuff, You want my service. I realize that we, Your followers, are Your hands and feet to folks that need Your help. Help me to do all I can for whomever I can as long as I can! Amen
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