I’ll Take You Back

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Hosea 2:19 I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.

O-bservation:

The Prophet Hosea had been instructed by God to marry the prostitute Gomer. Gomer was a type of Israel. God, like Hosea, would experience Israel's constant backslidings in favor of other gods. Hosea would experience the unfaithfulness of his wife, Gomer, with other men. It was an illustration for Israel and "Followers of Jesus" for all time. Even so, here we see the Lord telling Israel ... "‘I'll Take You Back!' I will restore your righteousness and make it work. I'll do this with love and sincerity."

A-pplication:

The days of fighting and waging war against the "Enemy of Our Souls" for our faith will never end, however the days of operating with anything less than Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness towards others are over! Whether it's a parent, a spouse, a son or daughter, or a close friend, our only option is GRACE. I have wronged others to my shame, but have always asked forgiveness through the years. Most all of them have forgiven me, but there were a few who cut me off forever. That hurt me but I believe it hurt them even more. When you forgive and receive people back into your fold who have wronged you, something in you gets healed. The best way is Jesus' way. He's always been the first to say ... "I'll Take You Back!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, There is deep gratitude in my heart this AM that You have never rejected me and have always forgiven me. Help me follow Your example to take others back. Amen
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Back To Bethel

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

S-cripture: Genesis 35:1 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.

O-bservation:

Bethel was the place that Jacob had originally seen a stairway to heaven while he slept one night while running from the wrath of his brother Esau. It’s where God spoke to him. The original location was named Luz. When Jacob moved into Canaanite territory, he purchased a piece of land from Hamor, the leader of a place called Shechem. Now something terrible happened to Jacob’s family. His only daughter Dinah had gone out to meet the women of the land, and Hamor’s son was attracted to her and raped her. The head of Shechem, Hamor, tried to reason with Jacob’s sons and asked them to let his son marry Dinah. Instead, the sons of Jacob killed every man of Shechem. (It’s a long story). God then spoke to Jacob and said, “Have your sons and their families leave all of their foreign gods here and go “Back To Bethel.”

A-pplication:

You see Jacob’s sons had fallen prey to the temptations of the devil. God said, “Jacob, get your family ‘Back To Bethel,’ and I’ll cover for you.” In other words, repent. What about you today? Do you need to go “Back To Bethel?” I’ve had to, many times in my life, but only you can answer that question for yourself. I hope you will.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know there have been times where I didn’t measure up to your call on my life and I had to go back to my own personal Bethel. I’m so blessed that each time you have forgiven me. Thank you Jesus! Amen
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Jesus Really Does Want To Forgive

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Jonah 3:10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

O-bservation:

This is the story of Nineveh turning to God in repentance after Jonah preached in the street and warned them that God was going to destroy them in just forty days.

A-pplication:

When the people of Nineveh heard Jonah’s message, they began to fast and pray. Even the King of Nineveh humbled himself and prayed. God turned from His promised destruction and forgave them. If God would totally forgive a rebellious city like Nineveh, surely if we will fast and pray and seek Him He in turn will forgive our cities as well. Please believe this AM, "Jesus Really Does Want To Forgive."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I'm so thankful that You're a loving Savior. Thank You that even at my worst You're still willing to forgive me. Amen
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I Will Rise

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Micah 7:8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.

O-bservation:

This is a very unique passage of scripture. The reason I say that is because in the previous chapter, the prophet Micah spoke for God and prophesied that God was lodging a charge against the sins of Israel. But now, in this chapter, the prophet Micah also speaks about Israel’s response to God’s accusations and to her enemies, most likely Babylon and Edom. “Don’t even think about gloating over me. Yes, I have failed, and I have fallen but soon, “I Will Rise!” Israel further responded by saying, “I’m presently sitting in darkness, but the Lord will be my light.”

A-pplication:

Micah continued to speak for Israel and give praise to the Lord, and also prayed to God. I think it’s very appropriate here to say that there will be times when you and I have gone off the rails, so to speak, or certainly failed the Lord in some way. It’s in those times that instead of running for the closest and sulking like a little child would do, that we instead would find the courage to lift our chin and throw our shoulders back and, in faith, say, “I Will Rise! Not in an arrogant way, but in a faith-filled way, knowing that our God is a loving and forgiving Lord. The temptation is always to give up and say, “That’s it! I’m sure it’s over. How in the world can God keep forgiving me for this kind of failure?” But it was Jeremiah who said, “His mercies are new every morning.” He’s never going to stop loving you and me! His desire is to forgive because he wants you and me to forgive as well. So this AM, get up and get out of that, “I’ve messed up again” mode and say with me. “I Will Rise!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m so glad you are the lover of my soul. I’m thankful that it is in the deep of your heart where your desire to forgive really comes from. I know I’ve asked you a million times to forgive me. But this AM I’m also ready to say right here and right now along with my friend who is reading this, that with your help….” I Will Rise!” Amen  
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Don’t Fight It!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Matthew 5:25 Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.

O-bservation:

This is a really good common-sense instruction from our Lord. In this great “Sermon On The Mount,” Jesus instructs all of his followers to make peace with the person you have wronged while there’s still time. Don’t stretch it out, and don’t try to appear as though you have done no wrong. Make peace. Get it taken care of before they take you to the judge. In other words, “Don’t Fight It!”

A-pplication:

There is in most of us the desire to be right. I’m talking about that inner feeling that you’re on the right side of the moral argument. Yet, sometimes, if we’re being honest, circumstances arise that put us on the wrong end of the argument. It is in those times that Christian humility must override our need for Christian correctness and give in before the situation is beyond our own control and we wind up in court. This is exactly what Jesus was promoting in this passage of scripture. One of the greatest opportunities lies in our willingness to admit our mistake and even take it on the chin if need be in order for the situation not to reach a boiling level. If Jesus were here right now, he’d say to you and me, “Don’t Fight It!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, My personal moral compass hates to have to admit I was wrong. Even more so, say, “I am sorry will you forgive me.” However, today as I read and reread this passage of scripture, I know it’s your will for the humbleness of heart to prevail in interpersonal disagreements. Help me, Jesus, to just walk away. With your help, I will. Amen  
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