Get GOOD

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

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

O-bservation:

King David was quick to give us the secret about how to "Get GOOD" in our life. He said those who are generous and lend freely are those who will "Get GOOD."

A-pplication:

When you think of "Good Things," you usually think of happy and successful children, financial blessing and stability, no fear, and a confidence in the Lord. All of these things and more are given in this chapter to people who are generous and lend freely. You don't have to be wealthy to be generous or to lend freely. There was nothing my father had that he wasn't willing to lend to someone. He was the most generous man I've ever met. And today his children are blessed, as are his grandkids. Why? Because he had found the key to "Getting GOOD" in his life. GOOD seemed to always find my dad. What about you today? Have you sometimes felt like GOOD has left your address? Decide with me today to be generous and lend freely to those in need. That's the key to "Get GOOD" back in your life.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, With Your help I want to be a "Generous Lender." Amen
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Living With An Open Hand

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 145:16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

O-bservation:

Here King David of Israel said of our God that he lives with an “open hand” towards every living thing that he has created. That would include we humans, animals, and plants. God’s “Open Hand,” represents his heart and the actual character of generosity. A closed hand would say, “It’s mine to keep,” but his open hand says, “It’s mine to give.” When you really recognize the heart of God and his open hand policy, it would suggest that all of us should choose “Living With An Open Hand.”

A-pplication:

There was a long period in my life where I truly believed that ownership was everything. To be able to own your own house, car, business, etc. But the closer I get to going to heaven and seeing Jesus someday, I realize that I own nothing and that whatever I have will leave my hand and enter someone else’s hand of ownership when I die. I know what you’re thinking. “Yeah Rich but I’m not dead yet!” However, there are so many people who could be called “dead people walking,” because they have a closed hand on everything God has entrusted them with. Two things happen when you close your hand on what you think is YOUR STUFF. First, there’s no way for God to give you more because your hand is closed. Second, what you have isn’t helping the world around you. It may be accumulating, but it’s just sitting. Why not join me, and let’s start the “Living With An Open Hand,” way of doing things? I promise you the blessings are pouring down as I write.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I am so thrilled that you taught me a number of years ago to open my hand to others’ needs instead of closing my hand and thinking only of my needs. You taught me to live with an “Open Hand,” just like you do towards the needs of others. Amen
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Don’t Take It All

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Deuteronomy 24:19 When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

O-bservation:

Moses sets a plan in place for passive giving for the people of Israel. He said, “If you’re harvesting your field and you see that a single sheaf was missed, leave it for the poor.” This whole chapter is about leaving some for the poor, the widow, the fatherless, and the foreigner. It wasn’t a hard gift God was asking for. It was a passive gift that said, “Don’t Take It All!”

A-pplication:

This was how my father and mother raised me as a small child. If someone serves you somehow, leave something behind for them that you won’t really miss. Today I was driving through the coffee shop drive-through window, and I was hoping I had enough for the coffee without having to put the debit card through. I had enough change left over that amounted to a large gratuity. I just gave it all. Because what good was that one dollar’s worth of change going to do me. But maybe it helped the young man working the window today. That’s passive giving. It didn’t cost me much of anything. There are different kinds of giving, and some will really cost you. But if you have this one established principle in your life, giving becomes delightful. It’s simple, “Don’t Take It All!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This morning, I’m thankful that You are an extravagant giver. That’s who I want to be! But because I have the principle from this passage established in my life, I believe someday I will be an extravagant giver. It all starts with “Don’t Take It All!” Amen
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Something’s Gotta Give

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Ezekiel 38:8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.

O-bservation:

Whenever you are professionally taught in a theological university or seminary, the professors will tell you in every class that when studying the scripture to read it in context first! In other words, what was happening on that day that would cause the reader to understand what was being said? After that, you are taught to read the passage for enduring truths and prophetic words that could impact present-day life. This passage really had little bearing on the listeners of that day because Israel was already decimated and scattered everywhere. So, it appears this was truly a word for far into the future.

A-pplication:

I believe it can be safely said that the Early Church fathers would have been somewhat clueless when they read the Revelation of John, and certainly this passage. In fact, it wasn’t until late in the nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century, and now to the present, that perhaps this passage is making sense. Many modern theologians believe this chapter forecasts Russia’s eventual invasion of a peaceful unwalled city of Israel, particularly Jerusalem. Along with the nation of Russia, they will bring their usual allies in that region of the world and attack. But before that attack happens, God will completely level and destroy them. Whether it happens like that or not, it’s becoming more and more evident that “Something's Gotta Give.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me reach my immediate friends and neighbors with the Gospel while I still have breath! I know time appears to be short, and that “Something's Gotta Give.” Give deliverers the courage and the strength to live boldly for Jesus. Amen
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The People Of God Want To Give

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Chronicles 24:10 All the officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly, dropping them into the chest until it was full.

O-bservation:

When the young boy, Joash, became king of Judah, he desired to restore the temple which had deteriorated under the rule of the ungodly kings who preceded him. He directed the priests to collect money from the people to restore the temple. They failed to do so. Consequently, Joash commissioned a big box to be constructed for the people to drop their free will offerings so that the temple could be restored. Regularly, the box was filled and brought in to be banked. The people gladly gave until the funds were raised and the temple was repaired.

A-pplication:

Here’s what I’ve learned through the years: “The People of God Want To Give.” You will always have people complain that all the church does is ask for money. But those are the ones who do not give. Or when they do, they do it begrudgingly. They live in a perpetual state of guilt because they know that the few times they pray, it’s for God to give them something, but then when it’s time for them to give, they are offended that God would ask of them. Some of the greatest times in the church that I pastor here in Miami are the times we invite the people to GIVE. When they do, there is always joy in the camp. You may be asking, “Why is this?” I say it’s because “The People Of God Want To Give!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank you for trusting Your people to fund the work of God locally and beyond during our watch! I mean that with all of my heart because I, along with Your people, want to give! Amen
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