Does It Help Others

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Corinthians 10:23 I have the right to do anything, you say — but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything — but not everything is constructive.

O-bservation:

It’s true that the grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ has freed us from the law of sin and death. Yet, as believers, we are called to be holy examples of a faith-filled life to both believers and unbelievers alike. Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) So if a believer wants to insist that he or she has the right to do anything they want, they must approach that personal bend with the thought of everyone around them that they are called to influence for Christ. When one realizes that we are the ones who are called to live a life pleasing to the Lord, then a life that is beneficial and constructive to others now becomes our passion.

A-pplication:

I guess when you put this all together, the question becomes, “Am I here to do life on my own, or am I here to do life with others?” There are all but NO directives for anyone of us to live a life of a hermit in the Bible. Consequently, we believers are always being called by the Lord to be a positive influence on people around us. We were not born to live alone but in a community. I know you, and I will make mistakes, yet it is never our desire to purposely lead someone down the wrong path in order to fulfill our own desires for freedom. When asking yourself, “Should I or shouldn’t I,” probably the best answer at that moment is simply, “Does It Help Others?”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I have but one prayer this AM. I want my life to bless others and not hold them back in any way. Amen
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Have You Ever Had A Bad Day?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Jeremiah 38:6 So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.

O-bservation:

The King of Judah at this time was Zedekiah, and one of his sons was Malkijah. The son, along with a number of the guards and the king’s associates, implored Jeremiah to stop prophesying that anyone who stayed in Judah would be killed by the Babylonians, and only those who went to Babylon as an exile would live. Jeremiah refused to change what God had given him to tell the people. So, King Zedekiah had Jeremiah, the man of God, thrown into a muddy cistern that had no water in it, but instead had liquid mud. Jeremiah began to sink in the mud.

A-pplication:

Have You Ever Had A Bad Day? If you’re like me, I have no doubt that you’ve had a bad day here and there along the way. But, I want to remind you that God is just as much a part of your bad days as he is your good days. You’ve heard it said before that you must go through some kind of fire to get to the victory that is on the other side of the test. Then and only then can you truly elevate your life and future. Was Jeremiah able to get out of that cistern and get unstuck out of the mud? Of course, he was! The Lord sent one of the king’s associates to him and said, “What were you thinking putting the man of God in that cistern?” Immediately the King ordered Jeremiah to be pulled out to safety. In time the King had his eyes put out and all of his sons executed by Nebuchadnezzar, and he remained in Babylon till he died. The prophet Jeremiah? Well, he kept prophesying the word of the Lord. And yes, he was elevated, and hardly anyone talks about Zedekiah. EVER!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m asking this am that you would help me through my periodic fires in order for you to keep elevating me. I know there’s a test first and once passed there is a victory on the other side. Amen
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Things Are Not As Bad As They Appear

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Jeremiah 5:1 “Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.

O-bservation:

Jerusalem had so turned its back on the Lord that God said to Jeremiah, “Go all over the city. Search it. Comb the streets, and if you can find one honest person who is truly seeking truth, I will forgive the whole city!”

A-pplication:

God told Abraham that He would spare the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah if he could find 10 righteous people living there. Abraham couldn't find the TEN, and I doubt that Jeremiah found the ONE either. But here's a more positive spin on both stories. I remember reading about Elijah telling God that he was the last man on the planet who loved the Lord. God reminded Elijah that he had 7,000 people who had not bowed a knee to Baal. My point is this ... sometimes, "Things Are Not As Bad As They Appear." Today I hear Preachers and Prophets and the like say that things are WORSE than they've ever been. But I say ... Read your history. There have been many times in history where things are worse than they are right now. I live in a country where every week hundreds of thousands of churches proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. So before you run for the hills, remember other times in history. "Things Are Not As Bad As They Appear."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'd be kidding myself if I wasn't honest in saying that I'm very concerned about the sin that is going on all around me. However, this AM I want to thank You for all the great things You are doing around the world! Amen
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