Who Made It?

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Hebrews 3:4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything

O-bservation:

The writer is establishing the fact that nothing just happens. Things don't just appear out of nowhere. If you see a house standing, it's because someone built the house. The power behind this single verse is that it's one thing to build something, it's an entirely different thing to have built EVERYTHING. God is the builder of everything and He is greater than all things.

A-pplication:

Arrogance usually results when a person takes credit for something they didn't make happen. Anyone who is guilty of such a matter is living in a very small world. God invites all of us to look around. All of humanity's creations dwarf when laid in front of the backdrop of the Grand Canyon, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Colorado River, and any of the oceans of the world! Humans build stuff and then blow their own stuff up. What remains is what God built, which can't be blown up. So if limited, peanut humanity built the Eiffel Tower, who really built it? Not only did God make heaven and earth, He also made everything in it. That's including Humankind! So now, since we know who really made "The Tower," the next time you hear someone boast of their own accomplishments you need to ask ... "Who Really Made It?"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I thank You this AM for the ability You have given me, but all I'm taking credit for is my sin. Thank You that You forgive me and continue to bless me. Amen
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Gifts That Build Up The Church

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Corinthians 14:12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.

O-bservation:

Jesus was the founder and St. Paul was the architect of the Early Church. Here Paul instructs the Church at Corinth to use their spiritual "Gifts That Build Up The Church."

A-pplication:

Certainly we've all witnessed people in the body of Christ who seem to be "tootin’ their own horn," like my Father used to say. That's not what the Apostle is directing here. He is admonishing all of us who love Jesus to build and not take away from the Church. I've been to some church gatherings where it was obvious someone had literally sapped all the life out of the place. Our lives as "Followers of Jesus" should revolve around and in the local church. I've often said it should be our other home. So whatever we can do, we must do it to offer "Gifts That Build Up The Church."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm thankful this AM for Your church. I'm thankful that our family has been so blessed by Your church. Help me to always bring spiritual gifts that build up and don't take away from Your church. Amen
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Use Both Hands!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Nehemiah 4:17b
Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other.

O-bservation:

This is the story of Nehemiah and the people of Judah rebuilding the wall surrounding Jerusalem. While they were doing the work, they were constantly under threat of attack by angry locals who had gained power while the Israelites were held hostage in Babylon for seventy years. Nehemiah was the leader of this initiative and laid out a plan for his workers to build with one hand and fight with the other hand if need be. They were certainly taught to “Use Both Hands.”

A-pplication:

As a boy, I loved playing the outfield, whether it was hardball or softball. I was a good outfielder. But I loved to catch a fly ball with one hand. Though it is common today in the big leagues, my father and my coaches would scream at me, “Use Both Hands!” The truth is the Lord gave us two hands for a reason. In this story, the men of Judah used one hand to work with and one hand to fight with. It was Solomon who said, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Ecc. 9:10a). There is so much to do for our Lord and so little time to get it all done that whatever it is He has called you to do, “Use Both Hands!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m ready to use everything You’ve given me with all my heart to accomplish what You’ve called me to do. With Your help, I will not waste time, and neither will I make a halfhearted effort. No! I’m ready to “Use Both Hands!” Amen  
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Gifts That Build Up The Church

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Corinthians 14:12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.

O-bservation:

Jesus was the founder and St. Paul was the architect of the Early Church. Here Paul instructs the Church at Corinth to use their spiritual "Gifts That Build Up The Church."

A-pplication:

Certainly we've all witnessed people in the body of Christ who seem to be "tootin’ their own horn," like my Father used to say. That's not what the Apostle is directing here. He is admonishing all of us who love Jesus to build and not take away from the Church. I've been to some church gatherings where it was obvious someone had literally sapped all the life out of the place. Our lives as "Followers of Jesus" should revolve around and in the local church. I've often said it should be our other home. So whatever we can do, we must do it to offer "Gifts That Build Up The Church."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm thankful this AM for Your church. I'm thankful that our family has been so blessed by Your church. Help me to always bring spiritual gifts that build up and don't take away from Your church. Amen
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I Just Wanted To Build You Up Today!

S. O. A. P.

Here's your 90 second AM devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

O-bservation:

This is a fantastic word from the Apostle Paul. He actually encouraged the young church at Thessalonica to keep on encouraging one another and to build each other up. He said, "You've been doing it ... so just keep on doing it!"

A-pplication:

I want to build you up today. I'm sure you get torn down, ripped apart, and talked about like the rest of us. But in fact, that's just a part of life (Ref. John 16:33). But I'm not here for that. You're a wonderful person. How do I know that? Because you're reading a “Morning Devotional!!” Who does that? YOU DO! You're concerned about other people. How do I know that? Because you're reading a MORNING DEVOTIONAL! If you keep on reading these, and I'm sure you will ... you will begin to get a Morning nudge from the Holy Spirit about how you can help people even more. That's what the WORD does. I encourage you today ... keep loving God, keep loving yourself, and keep loving people. We have enough Haters out there, but you're not one of them. "I Just Wanted To Build You Up Today!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Right now I pray for my friend who is reading this AM Devo. Bless them and encourage them to keep on building others up! Amen

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