No Fuel No Fire

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Proverbs 26:20 Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

O-bservation:

Solomon said that if there is no wood for a fire, the fire will burn out. Likewise, he said if there is no gossip involved, the quarrel will quickly die down. In other words, “No Fuel No Fire.”

A-pplication:

This is a classic case of one thing needing something else to survive. A fire needs fuel to be a fire. A flashlight needs a battery to shine. A car needs gas to run. A toaster needs electricity to toast the bread. A quarrel needs a gossip to remain a quarrel. Each illustration mentioned dealt with inanimate objects except for the last one. The others need human intervention for the intended purpose of each to perform, but the last one involves humans completely. Let’s face it, humans fight for silly reasons. And once they start a fight one of them either destroys the other or they decide to make peace. Whether it’s to conquer the other or give up the argument in the end, it’s a decision. Inanimate objects don’t make decisions. Whatever the purpose of the object, either God controls the object (i.e., the sun, the moon, the stars) or a human initiates the purpose for the object. (i.e., wood, gas, electricity). Here’s the point. Humanity has a lot to say about what happens on this side of heaven based on the Lord giving humankind a free will. So if a quarrel is happening, and someone is fueling that quarrel through continual gossip, that person can choose to stop the quarrel by doing away with the fuel. “No Fuel No Fire.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I’m asking You to help me do away with the fuel that burns things that don’t need to be lit. Amen
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An Ambition For Quietness

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Thessalonians 4:11 And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you.

O-bservation:

St. Paul was very concerned that the young church at Thessalonica had become a church full of busybodies. They were known for talking about each other's business. Paul told them they needed to work for a living, and pursue a life of quietness, minding their own business.

A-pplication:

It's true that this group of people Paul was writing to had quit their jobs and were waiting for the coming of the Lord. Once a person is idle and not working, they have a tendency to start talking. Certainly I've known people in my life who were known as the "Town Gossip." Work has always been the antidote for a "busy mouth." When one’s attention is on detail and getting a job done, at the end of the day there's no time for gossip. It is God’s will that each of us develop "An Ambition For Quietness." In this regard, it would mean we have developed a passion for hard work and and a purposeful conclusion to our work. At the end of the day, it's every Believer’s ambition to one day stand before Jesus and hear Him say, "Well DONE, my good and faithful servant."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm asking you this AM, to help me stay on point with my mouth shut. Help me honor You in the Quietness of effort today. Amen
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