No More Forgiveness

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Samuel 15:35

Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.

O-bservation:

This is a sad commentary on the life of King Saul. In chapter 11 of this book, he was made King over Israel. In chapter 12, the Prophet Samuel scolded the people of Israel for having demanded a King. In chapter 13, Saul sinned by offering a burnt offering that was reserved only for Priests. In chapter 14, he made a decree that involved having his son Jonathan executed for a crime Jonathan didn't know was a crime. Consequently, no one in the country followed the King's decree and Jonathan's life was spared. Now, here in chapter 15, King Saul sinned by not having Agag, the King of the Amalekites, killed. Samuel had to do it and God regretted having made Saul King of Israel. Samuel never visited Saul again, though he prayed and mourned over him till the day he (Samuel) died.

A-pplication:

God wasn't suggesting that He (GOD) had made a mistake when He made Saul King. No! God regretted that Saul refused to change. Saul was so attractive and such a valiant warrior, but he refused to "Get It!" Someone once said, "Stupid Is as Stupid Does!" An earthly King is NOT God. He's just a man with authority, and when he continues to operate as God, in time, there's just ... "No More Forgiveness" for that. Eventually, we are all called to grow up and do the will of God. Thankfully today, because of Jesus, there is even GRACE for us "Hard Headed Folks."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I don't want to go my own way today. I want Your will to be my PURPOSE for living. Amen
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Whatever You Do, Make It Right!

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S-cripture:

Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

O-bservation:

Jesus had just told His disciples that when they prayed, if they BELIEVED, they would receive what they were believing for. Then He said, "But if while you're praying you remember you wronged someone, first go make it right, and when you come back God will forgive you."

A-pplication:

Forgiveness is a chain breaker. No matter how much any of us try to cover a wrong or bury a grudge, nothing works like forgiveness. And if you or I have wronged someone we need forgiveness. But what happens when we ask forgiveness and it isn't given? That's ok, it was our desire to make it right! When it's in our hearts to make it right, chains are broken and freedom is ours! So today ... "Whatever You Do, Make It Right!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I love praying with a clean heart slate! Please show me today the person I've wronged, I want to make it right! Amen
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We Could Never Stand That

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 130:3a If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

O-bservation:

Here is the situation and the question in one sentence. The Psalmist said, “Lord if you kept a record of each of our sins, who could ever stand such a thing?” Now here’s my answer to this question. “We Could Never Stand That!” Now let me qualify this. There is a record, but the record only pertains to unconfessed sins. Once you confess your sins, the Lord erases that from your record. If he didn’t, we would be so burdened down with past sins that the weight of it all would crush us.

A-pplication:

Here’s the truth. God will never let too much come upon us that we are crushed. Instead, he will always make a way to escape so that we can bear anything that has kept us from true freedom in Jesus. (1 Cor. 10:13) Otherwise, “We Could Never Stand That!” But this AM, I’m thinking of those who just refuse to receive the Lord’s forgiveness. What do they do? They layer sin and layer sin and layer sin to the point that the load becomes too heavy to carry, and they either die of a heart attack or some other disease befalls them. Some decide to check out early because suicide is rampant in this country. Yet there are those who won’t stop until they connect with their Lord. When they do, the answer becomes so clear. They yield to God, and Jesus forgives them and gives them eternal life. What an exchange!! If that hadn’t happened in my life many years ago, I have no idea where I’d be today. Because the sin was piling up and layering, and as you already know, “We Could Never Stand That!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m so glad you found me. In fact, where would I be if Jesus didn’t love me? Amen
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Manasseh Got Saved!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Chronicles 33:15 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city.

O-bservation:

Of all the Kings in the history of Judah, perhaps Manasseh was the worst. He ruled for 55 years, and he was a wretched man. He erected all the high places of worship to foreign gods like Baal and consulted with witches. He burned his children in the fire as human sacrifices to get gods that were made by the hands of men to hear him. God said, “I’m going to have you taken by the King of Assyria with a ring in your nose to be a captive in Babylon!” When this happened, Manasseh repented and begged God for mercy. So the Lord heard his cry. God had him returned to Jerusalem, where he literally operated as a truly righteous man of God. If this had happened in the book of Acts, we’d have to say that, “Manasseh Got Saved!”

A-pplication:

The Old Testament shows the grace of God in ways that are simply remarkable. Most modern-day, as well as older theologians, agree that it’s likely that we’ll see Manasseh in heaven! The scripture tells us that Manasseh killed so many of his countrymen that the blood flowed from one end of Jerusalem to the other. (2 Kings 21:16) Yet, it appears that God forgave him, and in New Testament terminology, “Manasseh Got Saved!” Let me ask you a question this AM. What is it that you won’t forgive yourself for? I find that too often, God is more than willing to forgive us for our sins and failures, but we just won’t forgive ourselves. What is it that you could have possibly done that would keep God from forgiving you? Remember, if God forgave Manasseh, he could surely forgive you. Stop playing God over your sin and failure. Remember, “Manasseh Got Saved!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m excited. I’m excited because if you could forgive Manasseh, surely you will forgive me and my friend, who is reading this post today. There’s nothing too difficult for you. I’m grateful that there’s nothing that my God can’t do. Amen
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Unimaginable Forgiveness

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Hosea 3:3 Then I told her, you are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.

O-bservation:

Hosea had been told by God sometime earlier that he was to marry Gomer, a prostitute. She was to represent the waywardness of God’s people Israel and her constant leaving of the one true God, Jehovah, in order to chase heathen gods. So he did, and he had children by Gomer, and then she left Hosea and went back to the streets to once again live the life of a harlot. Not long after, God comes to Hosea and says, “I want you to go a find your wife in the streets and bring her back to you again. He obeyed the Lord. God had told him to forgive her and move on. He said to her that she was not to live as a prostitute any long but that she was to give herself only to him and he would do the same.

A-pplication:

This story is all about “Unimaginable Forgiveness.” Think of what Hosea had to go through to bring his wayward wife back to him. He began by obeying the Lord and married Gomer, a known prostitute. They had children together, and all the while, she is trying to figure out how to get back to the streets. Finally, she breaks free of her husband Hosea to go back to the way she used to live. And she was truly entangled in her lifestyle. But God said to the prophet, “Take Gomer back so that I can show Israel that no matter what I’m willing to take her back as well.” Certainly, Hosea was still reeling from what God had told him to do originally, and now the mother of his children, who is walking the streets as a prostitute, is once again to be Hosea’s, only earthly love. He is to track her down and say, “come Home.” He did and took her unto himself. That is what the Lord has done for you and me over and over again. That’s why I call it, “Unimaginable Forgiveness.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I love you as my Lord and Savior this AM. There have been a few times I’ve considered throwing in the towel concerning my relationship with you because of temptation. However, this story is one of many in your Word that keeps me standing strong. Thank you for your grace. Amen  
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