Leaders Go First

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Ezra 2:68 When they arrived at the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site.

O-bservation:

When King Cyrus took over Babylon he felt led of the Lord, though not a Jew, to have a number of the Israelite people return to Jerusalem. When the group arrived back, the leaders first gave an offering of over 300 thousand dollars to put the temple back together.

A-pplication:

"Leaders Go First." That's what needs to be acknowledged here and now. These folks were all but completely broke. They had been slaves in Babylon. The scripture says it took over 42 thousand folks to come up with that money. They were broke, but they gave what they had. As a leader, my first question in assessing a situation is always, "What needs to be done here?" If that's your heart, you'll always hear from the Lord the next step to take. But when He speaks it will always require you or me, the leader, to go first. "Leaders Go First."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm asking this AM that You would help me be driven by the need, more than by people's opinion. Amen
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When You’re Sorry For Those Who’ve Done You Wrong

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S-cripture:

Isaiah 21:3 At this, my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.

O-bservation:

Isaiah, the prophet, lamented in this chapter about the coming destruction of Babylon. God gave him a vision window into what was on the way for this dreaded nation of Babylon. But, when the man of God saw it, he did not rejoice that by this vision coming to pass, his own people would be able to return to their homeland. No! The devastation was so repulsive to the man of God that he wept for his dreaded foe.

A-pplication:

“When You’re Sorry For Those Who’ve Done You Wrong,” it proves that your faith is more than just a creed you live by. Even while prophesying against Babylon for many years and being scorned for doing so, Isaiah broke under compassion and sorrow when he saw what God would do to them in the coming days. Our Christian faith must be a faith that compels us to love when we are hated and embrace when we are rejected, and pray for when we are cursed. If we’re not living that kind of faith through the power of the Holy Spirit, then we must check our motivation to see where we’ve gone off the rails. I hear a lot about tough love but what is really needed is tough faith.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help my faith to be even stronger than my love if need be, to see those who would do me wrong come to faith in Christ. At the end, that’s all that really matters. Amen
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Just Repent

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Isaiah 13:19 Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the pride and glory of the Babylonians, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.

O-bservation:

Isaiah, the prophet of God, predicted that just like Sodom and Gomorrah, Babylon's great nation/city would fall. Nebuchadnezzar was a ruthless king. What he built in Babylon was beyond description. This great king built the city into an art, literature, and science center. It became the splendor of the Middle East and the envy of the Assyrians. Yet Babylon became so full of itself that it imploded. In one night, under the rule of Belshazzar, the Medo-Persian ruler came in and destroyed it. Quite like Sodom and Gomorrah.

A-pplication:

I don’t believe it had to be that way. I truly believe I will see Nebuchadnezzar in heaven. His change from Daniel chapter one to the end of Daniel chapter four is one of the greatest conversion stories ever. After seven years of living like an animal (which Daniel had foretold would happen), he was restored in every way to his kingdom. When he was, he gave glory to God. Here was a heathen king who truly repented and served the God of Israel. Why can’t that happen for a nation? Why can’t that happen for the vilest person you know? I say it can. It’s all summed up in these two words. “Just Repent!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, If You can change a man as vile as Nebuchadnezzar, You can certainly change any man or woman. I’m asking You today to help my friend who reads this post and me to never give up on anyone, but instead help us to believe in the salvation of everyone! Amen
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Who Is This Mystery Babylon?

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S-cripture:

Revelation 18:19 “They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’”

O-bservation:

This event happens late in the seven-year tribulation period and just before Christ returns to the earth with the armies of heaven to defeat the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and the rulers of the earth. They will all be chained to hell, the scripture tells us in Revelation 19. But “Who Is This Mystery Babylon?”

A-pplication:

Remember this is a vision John the Beloved saw some two thousand years ago. He did not even have the map of the entire world in his head at that time. He didn’t know of the seven “so-called” continents of the world when he wrote. Places like America had not been discovered when John wrote. But here are some of the things John says he saw about mystery Babylon in Revelation 18. It’s from this city that the world's wealth has evolved (vs. 3, 11-15, 19, 23b). It is a huge port city (vs. 17-19). It’s a major party center with world-renowned musicians and entertainers (v. 22). This city did everything possible to stand against the gospel (v. 24). I will not wager a guess, but I can tell you this: if Jesus comes today, in my estimation, we’re only seven years away from this great city being annihilated in ONE HOUR (vs. 10, 17, 19). Why don’t you and I not worry about which city it is that the prophet saw, and instead pray that God will send one more great revival to bring about an in-gathering of last-day souls as we have never seen before?

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, All I can focus on this AM are people who really need Jesus. I’m asking you to send such a revival that the entire world will know who You are, and if they reject You, at least they had a chance! Please, Lord, one huge in-gathering of souls is what I’m asking for today. Amen
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While In Babylon

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Romans 13:2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

O-bservation:

Here, St. Paul lays down the Christian mandate for civilians who are “Followers Of Christ.” He says, “Obey Them!” Anything having to do with rebellion against them will only bring judgment on the believer. Those who don’t follow Jesus have no stake in this matter, but those who do must obey. Why? God Himself has established leadership.

A-pplication:

If every believer in Jesus in this country and around the world would follow scripture and follow history, they would know that for the true believer, there has always been suffering for those who would follow Jesus. All of us who follow Christ are misplaced in whatever country we live in because we are truly citizens of another country whose builder and maker is the Lord himself (Heb. 11:16). While on earth, any country could be known as Babylon. In the book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar stole from, burned, and ravaged the city of Jerusalem and brought many Jewish slaves back from their homeland to live in Babylon. Jeremiah had prophesied this would happen in Jeremiah 29. He said, “When it does, settle down, build houses, get married, plant gardens, and pray for the peace of Babylon. Because if it prospers, you will too.” This is not a time for an earthly war that Christians make. Instead, it’s time to make the best of your life in Christ, “While In Babylon.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know war will come in time but help me not to be the person who brings war. You have called me to be a peacemaker at every turn. I’m not taking earthly sides; I’m always taking Your side. Help please, Jesus. Amen
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