The Gift of Joy

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Hebrews 1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.

O-bservation:

The writer of Hebrews chose this passage from Psalm 45:7 to remind us that Jesus has been anointed as "The Gift of Joy" for every one of us."

A-pplication:

I can't tell you how many times (and they are too numerous to count) I have been privately depressed. Yes ... there ... I said it! I won't put my private depression on you, but I have met so many people who have confessed to me in coaching sessions the same thing. Every time I faced a time of private depression, my first thought is a prayer ... "Oh Jesus." In my life, Jesus has always been my "Oil Of Joy" for my own depression. I'm happy to report the depression doesn't last long because the gift of joy, Jesus, bathes the hurt, the sorrow, and the depression away. Friends can't do that, money can't do that, success can't do that, and even angels can't do that! Only Jesus can satisfy your soul. Do you have sorrow or depression right now? Say it with me. "Oh Jesus." He's "The Gift of Joy."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Your name is like heaven to me. "Oh Jesus." This AM, I long to be bathed with Your JOY. Amen
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Depression Can Be Tricky

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Matthew 11:3b “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

O-bservation:

While in Herod’s Prison, John the Baptist undoubtedly had become disillusioned and depressed. He had his own disciples go and asked Jesus the question, “Are you really the Messiah, or should we continue looking?”

A-pplication:

Can you imagine this cousin and forerunner of Christ asking such a question? Here was the very one God had ordained to prepare the way of the Lord. John knew his role. He was the one who baptized Jesus. He was the one who said “HE (speaking of Jesus) must increase and I must decrease.” But “Depression Can Be Tricky.” He had lived in the fields and open places, yet more recently John had been relegated to four walls, one of which had bars on it. The days were long and the nights longer. In time, he forgot who he was and who his cousin is. Whatever challenges you and I shall face in the coming days, let this one word stick. Keep your eyes and heart fixed on Jesus. He really is the one we’ve been looking for.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You that in You I’ve found what I’ve been looking for. Amen
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Depression Can Be Tricky

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Matthew 11:3b “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

O-bservation:

While in Herod’s Prison, John the Baptist undoubtedly had become disillusioned and depressed. He had his own disciples go and asked Jesus the question, “Are you really the Messiah, or should we continue looking?”

A-pplication:

Can you imagine this cousin and forerunner of Christ asking such a question? Here was the very one God had ordained to prepare the way of the Lord. John knew his role. He was the one who baptized Jesus. He was the one who said “HE (speaking of Jesus) must increase and I must decrease.” But “Depression Can Be Tricky.” He had lived in the fields and open places, yet more recently John had been relegated to four walls, one of which had bars on it. The days were long and the nights longer. In time, he forgot who he was and who his cousin is. Whatever challenges you and I shall face in the coming days, let this one word stick. Keep your eyes and heart fixed on Jesus. He really is the one we’ve been looking for.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You that in You I’ve found what I’ve been looking for. Amen
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