Leave Something

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Leviticus 19:10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.

O-bservation:

Here the Lord was instructing the people of Israel to be generous. In discussing how they were to harvest their fields and vineyards he said, “Leave Something for the poor and the foreigner who have little.”

A-pplication:

Have you ever met someone who was unwilling to round it off to the next dollar? By that I mean, let’s say you gave the person $10 and when they came back with $4.67 in change you said, “Oh just give me the four bucks back.” But instead of happily keeping the change they insisted on you taking the sixty-seven cents too because that’s what they’d require of you. God was telling Israel to round the corners off of their fields and “Leave Something” on those rounded corners for the poor. Don’t take it ALL. As followers of the most high God, we are called to be generous. Generosity is not about “trying to give” as much as it is about “leaving something lay.” If your heart is generous, then today, somewhere, somehow, just “Leave Something.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You this AM, Lord, for Your kindness to me. I know that everything I have in this life is because YOU gave it to me. Help me today to “Leave Something” for someone. I want to be generous. Amen
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The 4 GOODS

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S-cripture:

Psalm 112:5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.

O-bservation:

It could be said that no one in history, other than Moses, knew the Lord in the intimate way King David did. From his own personal experience he said, "GOOD" will come to the generous person who freely lends and operates with integrity.

A-pplication:

If you're a person of generosity, you have this to look forward to: "Good, Good, Good, Good!" The first Good is prosperity. The second Good is divine direction. The third Good is family salvation and honor. And the fourth Good is a life lived free from regret. I could spend all day with Scripture to back up every Good, but GENEROSITY is the key to all of it. You and I were placed on this planet to be a conduit of God’s blessing to others. When we fulfill this mission, we learn that Generosity really is our Privilege.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, All I can say this AM is its really GOOD to serve You! Amen
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Masking Jealousy With Fake Generosity

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Here's your 90 second AM devotional!

S-cripture:

Mark 14:5 “It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages, and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

O-bservation:

Like Matthew and Luke, Mark does not mention the name of the woman who bathed the feet of Jesus with her expensive perfume. It was "John the Beloved" who revealed that the woman was Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. Judas led the way in rebuking Mary for WASTING the expensive perfume on the feet of JESUS, when the perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor.

A-pplication:

Later in the story, John tells us that Judas didn't really care about the poor because he'd been stealing from the disciples "Joint Purse Account" (Jn. 12:6). Through the years, I've met many people who are a lot like Judas. At the root of everything they do is the "Sin of Jealousy." Judas was jealous of the other disciples’ commitment to Jesus. He just didn't have it. Judas was jealous of Jesus’ rising approval rating with the masses, when he himself was an obscure treasurer of the disciples limited "purse account." Judas was jealous of Mary's unusual generosity, when he himself was selfish and jealous of all the rest of them. Like Judas, I find many people today who are guilty of "Masking Jealousy With Fake Generosity!" They're often the ones who scream, "Why did you waste all of that money on an expensive church building when you could've given the money to the poor," only to find out later that they themselves don't support the poor. Decide again this AM that you will be GENEROUS. I promise, if you are JEALOUSY will never be your issue.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, With Your help today, I choose again to be GENEROUS. I don't ever want to allow jealousy to invade the secret places of my heart. Amen
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Tithing And Even More

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Here's your 90 second AM devotional!

S-cripture:

Leviticus 27:30 A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.

O-bservation:

Here once again Moses promotes the Old Testament law of tithing for the Jewish people. He tells the people that a tenth or a tithe of everything belongs to the Lord. Not only that but the tithe is holy to the Lord.

A-pplication:

I hear "Followers of Jesus" often debate the issue of tithing. Some say that it's strictly an Old Testament law and we're New Testament people living in the "Age of Grace." While it is true that tithing is not required in the New Testament, it certainly is a good place to start when it comes to being generous. Jesus said, "I didn't come to abolish the law I came to fulfill it" (Matthew 5:17). Many believers today, when they argue that tithing isn't required in the New Testament, fail to mention that the custom of the Early Church was that everyone had everything in common (Acts 2:44, 45). Most believers I know aren't willing to operate that way AT ALL! I think it's safe to say that today God probably requires "Tithing And Even More." Whatever you do, don't get stingy with God. Be generous! Because generosity is our privilege.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to say to everyone who will hear me ... "You own it all!" And I'm thankful that You let me manage a little piece of Your stuff. Amen
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You Can’t Hide GENEROSITY

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Here's your 90 second AM devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Timothy 5:25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.

O-bservation:

As has been said here before, good deeds are seeds for the fruit of goodness to be revealed in bigger measure. You cannot hide goodness. According to the apostle Paul, you can try to hide it but it will not be hidden for long, and certainly not forever.

A-pplication:

Good deeds are an act of generosity. A good deed is something that is given by someone from his or her personal banks of time, talent, and treasure. Anyone can keep everything they have in their three banks, but the truth is when they do their world gets smaller and smaller. Conversely, the world of the generous gets larger and larger (paraphrase: Proverbs 11:24). So every good deed is taken from one's personal bank and sown into someone else's life and world. And when it is, something of a supernatural germination happens to that generous deed and good returns to the sower and nothing can change that fact! Because ... try as you may ... "You Can't Hide GENEROSITY."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You that Your good deeds while on earth have grown into "Billions of Followers" through over two thousand years of "Jesus" history. It's just so obvious, "You Can't Hide GENEROSITY!" Amen  
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