The Only Boast That Matters

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

O-bservation:

In writing to the people of Galatia, Paul the Apostle was reminding them of those who had reverted to pharisaical ways of promoting the law. In fact, he said the people who are boasting are boasting about how many of You they've gotten to go through the act of circumcision. Of course this act was an outside act of the flesh to signal one’s conversion to Judaism. Paul said, "I can only boast in the Cross of Christ."

A-pplication:

"The Only Boast That Matters" is the boast one makes about the work Jesus accomplished on the cross. Jesus went from life to death on the cross in order for us to go from death to life on this earth. "The Only Boast That Matters" happens when you and I and other fellow "Followers Of Jesus" tell everyone we know about our Lord’s sacrifice on that cross. The more people hear about what Jesus did for them, the more they will want to give their lives to Him. Once that happens, they now have Eternal Life! It's easy to see that Paul the Apostle was right. Boasting in the cross of our Lord Jesus is really, "The Only Boast That Matters."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, There are two things that I want to say this AM. First, thank You for giving Your life on the Cross. Second, I will spend the rest of my life boasting in Your Cross. Amen
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I Needed That Thorn

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

O-bservation:

In the early part of this chapter, St. Paul spoke of how, early in his faith walk with Jesus, he had been taken up into the heavenly realms. This had happened by way of a vision. What he saw and experienced was so supernatural that he was not allowed to speak in specifics. His immediate temptation was to talk about it; however, the Lord sent what Paul referred to as a THORN in the flesh to trouble him. When he complained to God about it, the Lord said that HIS grace is sufficient to see us through any THORN. He told Paul that in his (Paul’s) weakness, God’s power is most experienced.

A-pplication:

There have been times in my life when I have been extremely ELEVATED in the position I served for the Lord. Let me make it clear when I say this that my elevations are personal to me, and in no way can they be like St. Paul’s in any way. Yet, each time it’s happened to me, something annoying has been sent to me to keep me from boasting about my elevation in the Spirit. Like the Apostle, I’ve asked God to remove it, and each time I’m drawn to this verse as God’s answer to me. Since this has continually happened in my life, and somehow I’m still standing by the grace of God, and I’ve always eventually said, “I Needed That Thorn!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I want to thank You for all the thorns along the way that have followed my promotions in the faith. Without the THORNS, I’m afraid the BIG HEAD may have followed, and who knows what would have happened. Well, of course, YOU DO! So thank You, “I Needed That Thorn!” Amen
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We Will Boast In Our Great God!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 44:8
In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.

O-bservation:

David, who was the king of Israel, was also called a man after God’s own heart. He was so attuned to studying God’s ways and knowing God and loving the history of his people and how his God had delivered them time and time again, that he had learned to so depend upon the Lord so as to make this statement, “We Will Boast In Our Great God!”

A-pplication:

What is so impressive about this great king is his humility. Oh, I know that David messed up and said and did some things that were way off base, but by and large, what’s so compelling is his love of God and his continual praise of the Almighty. Arrogant men and women don’t do that. They bring all the glory to themselves and, in time, crash and burn. So what do we learn from David? We learn that no matter how many victories or how prosperous or how many applauses we’ve received this past week, none of it leads to our greatness. It must all be turned back to the Lord because it is in Him that we live and move and have our being! So with King David this AM, why not join me in saying, “We Will Boast In Our Great God!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, You’re my EVERYTHING! I’m serious. There is No One like YOU! Today I will give You all the praise and applause because it is You who gives me strength! Amen
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Our Only Boast

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Corinthians 1:31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

O-bservation:

In this passage, the Apostle Paul referenced a directive from the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah. Actually, Jeremiah was giving a command from God Himself. “If you’re going to boast, boast only about Me.”

A-pplication:

How quickly I’ve been challenged by the enemy of my soul to forget this command of our Lord. I’m not sure if you’re like me, but I catch myself saying things like, “I did this” or “I was able to talk him into this.” Those sentences that start with the word “I” usually are coming, sometimes unknowingly, from a prideful or boastful place. Jesus’ brother James says it even more clearly, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or to that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that’” (James 4:13-15). Lately, in my Sunday messages I’ll catch myself saying “I boast only in the cross of Christ” (Gal. 6:14). That usually follows one of my “I did something great” sentences. It’s always going to be a challenge for the “Follower Of Jesus” not to put themselves first. However, that’s our opportunity to boast in our Savior and His sacrifice on the Cross. That must be “Our Only Boast!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, There is NO ONE like YOU! I will boast only in Your name. Amen
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The Only Boast That Matters

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

O-bservation:

In writing to the people of Galatia, Paul the Apostle was reminding them of those who had reverted to pharisaical ways of promoting the law. In fact, he said the people who are boasting are boasting about how many of You they've gotten to go through the act of circumcision. Of course this act was an outside act of the flesh to signal one’s conversion to Judaism. Paul said, "I can only boast in the Cross of Christ."

A-pplication:

"The Only Boast That Matters" is the boast one makes about the work Jesus accomplished on the cross. Jesus went from life to death on the cross in order for us to go from death to life on this earth. "The Only Boast That Matters" happens when you and I and other fellow "Followers Of Jesus" tell everyone we know about our Lord’s sacrifice on that cross. The more people hear about what Jesus did for them, the more they will want to give their lives to Him. Once that happens, they now have Eternal Life! It's easy to see that Paul the Apostle was right. Boasting in the cross of our Lord Jesus is really, "The Only Boast That Matters."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, There are two things that I want to say this AM. First, thank You for giving Your life on the Cross. Second, I will spend the rest of my life boasting in Your Cross. Amen
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