Always Stay Ahead Of The Game

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Samuel 18:9 And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.

O-bservation:

This statement was made after David, King Saul's young warrior, was being lauded as the one who killed his "Tens of Thousands," while Saul, the King, only killed his "Thousands." Consequently, King Saul was left in a place of insecurity.

A-pplication:

The truth is that Saul waited TOO long to start watching out for potential successors who would try to supplant him. It started way back when King Saul had gotten into a pattern of disobeying God. I suppose you could say he was just lazy in doing the "Will of God," or half-hearted in following through with "God's Commands." He was a man who often took the easy way out vs. the more difficult way out. He was especially concerned about whether he looked good in the process. When self-promotion, self-sufficiency, and self-service become one's sole purpose, it puts that person way behind on God's timetable for Success and a Blessed Legacy. King Saul lived for the moment. His questions may have been something like this: "How do I look right now? What do people think of me right now?" His failure to produce a future vision for Israel was his demise. "Heavenly Vision" takes one's eyes off of oneself and puts them on people and the "Means" to help others. "Heavenly Vision" will help you to … "Always Stay Ahead Of The Game."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I asked today that my eyes would be lifted off of me and on to the future. Help me get my eyes on Your "Harvest Field," and just let me be one of Your workers please. Amen
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The Lord Has Been Good To Me

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 13:6 I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

O-bservation:

For the first four verses of this Psalm of David, King David cries out to God as to how long before God will hear his cry. Then in verse 5 he gives up begging and starts praising the Lord. He finishes by saying, “The Lord Has Been Good To Me!”

A-pplication:

I wonder what would happen if we humans would stop complaining, begging, and accusing Jesus, and start praising him instead? You are reading this devotional on day +20 but, I’m writing this soap devotional on day +14 of my stem cell transplant. That means as of this writing that it’s been fourteen days since I had the transplant. But before any of this happened the Dr’s told us we wouldn’t see my blood start to move upward until day +14 and that is exactly what happened! Last night Robyn and I had communion together and asked the Lord to make the Dr’s prediction come to pass. And guess what? Jesus did it! That’s why I say… “The Lord Has Been Good To Me!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I have no complaints, or begs, or accusations for you this AM. NO! Only high praise and admiration for my wonderful Lord and Savior. Truly you have been good to me! Amen
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Willful Sins

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 19:13a Keep your servant from willful sins; may they not rule over me.

O-bservation:

King David was aware of sin and knew that he was susceptible to failure. However, the sin he was most afraid of was “Willful Sin.” That kind of sin meant that he knew what he was doing, would be, or was wrong, but would willfully choose to go against God anyway.

A-pplication:

Sin means to “Miss The Mark.” We have all sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God, the scripture tells us. I miss the mark often. Yet, it is not in my heart to miss the mark. There is the sin of omission which is the thing I failed to do. An example would be the Good Samaritan who did right and the other two, the priest and the Levite, who did nothing. But that’s not the sin David is speaking of here. No! He’s saying, “God please save me from willfully deciding to sin today.” Should you or I decide to go down that path, in time, sin will rule over us. With God’s help, I’ll stay away from “Willful Sins.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This morning, I’m just going to pray the same prayer that King David prayed. Lord, keep your servant from “Willful Sins.” May they not rule over me. Amen
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It’s Not That Bad

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 12:1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.

O-bservation:

This prayer was prayed by King David at a very distressful time in his life. Whatever trial he was facing, he made a generalized overstatement. He said, “There’s not a faithful person left on the planet and those who are LOYAL have vanished from all humanity!”

A-pplication:

Whenever I read this passage, I always say, “David, please lighten up! ‘It’s Not That Bad!” I’m reminded of Elijah when he had destroyed the prophets of Baal and then ran and hid. When God found him, he asked him what he was doing. Elijah said, “I’m the last God-fearing man on the planet! And now the people will kill me too!” God said, “I’ve got 7,000 folks who have not bowed a knee to Baal.” God was saying, “It may be bad, but ‘It’s Not That Bad!’” Don’t start talking today about how bad things are around the world like you’re the only one left serving God. Remember, today, there are 2.5 billion believers on planet Earth! Don’t give up. It may be bad, but “It’s Not That Bad!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank you that even though it’s bad all over the world, “It’s Not That Bad!” Our gospel faith is spreading rapidly around the world, and it’s through love and not with guns! I’m not giving up because “It’s Not That Bad!”
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The Little Things Matter

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Luke 16:10 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

O-bservation:

Jesus made it very clear that “The Little Things Matter.” How you and I handle “The Little Things,” will be a precursor to how we handle the BIG THINGS.

A-pplication:

I suppose I could have titled this short devotional, “The Root Of The Matter!” Because the little things we manage in our youth establish a ROOT for the way we will handle future success, be it big or small, as we age. Oh, it’s true that some kind of a wild event can happen to us, and it will throw us off course for the way we were heading but usually, habits start young. We either start with life’s ledgers firmly in place or we start fudging numbers early on. Never look at small beginnings as small beginnings. Instead remember - the way I do things now is the way I’ll do things when my biggest opportunities appear. That’s why, “The Little Things Matter!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, With your help again today Lord, I’m checking my life’s ledgers to make sure everything is properly in place. I’m getting ready for my big opportunity. Amen
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