Who Ministers To You?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 101:6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me.

O-bservation:

As the King of Israel, David had many people under his rule of order who didn't keep the rules. He had people he had to be concerned about, but his focus was not on them. He made it very clear that his attention was on people who were faithful. People he could really count on dominated his attention. Not only that, he said, "The ones who live faultless and blameless lives before the Lord, those will be my pastors. Those are the only ones I will allow to minister to me."

A-pplication:

As the years pass, I'm more aware than ever before that it's important who we let into our personal territory. There are plenty of folks out there who would like access to you, but for the wrong reasons. The question is: "Who Ministers To You?" Whoever spends the most quality and quantity of time with you will have influence with you. In addition, you will find yourself becoming like the one you let minister to you. None of us have an excess of turns Around The Sun. "Who Ministers To You?" The answer is: those You let in! CHOOSE WISELY.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Let me choose wisely the ones I allow into my private world to minister to me. I want to stay on the path that You, Lord, have chosen for me. I'll need ministers to do that! Amen
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Mingling

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S-cripture:

Psalm 106:35 But they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs.

O-bservation:

King David recounts Israel's history of "Rising and "Falling" in their relationship with God. On one such occasion, and there were many, they began to "MINGLE" with the people of the country they had been called to dominate. When they began to "MINGLE" with foreign people of other gods and ways of worship, they did not encourage them to accept their God and customs, instead they (Israel) adopted the practices of the foreigners.

A-pplication:

The word "MINGLE" means: "To become mixed, blended, or united." In the Old Testament, no matter how unfair or unjust it may appear to we mortals, God would often have His people (Israel) destroy everyone they conquered! In no way did God want His people to "MINGLE" with the people they had conquered. In Deuteronomy 7, God told Israel not to marry outside of the house of Israel, because the Israelites would not convert the foreign people to their ways, instead the opposite would happen. In the New Testament, Jesus said in Luke 19:13, "Occupy till I come." This has been translated as ... "Set up shop and take over till I get back." In other words, never has God wanted us to MIX with the system of the world! Instead, God has called us to lead people out of their darkness and into His marvelous light of Salvation. Anything less has to do with "MINGLING."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, As I move into the "Marketplace" to do business today, may I remember that my call is to introduce people to You. Only when people encounter You, will they ever really get it. Amen
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His Own

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Samuel 12:22

For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.

O-bservation:

This was part of the farewell speech given by the Prophet Samuel to the People of Israel. In this speech, he reaffirms the fact that God will never reject the Israelites, because He is pleased to call them "His Own."

A-pplication:

Like the Israelites of old, we "Followers of Jesus," better known as "The Church," have been grafted into this same promise God gave them. This of course happened through the marvelous sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross and His physical resurrection from the grave three days later. Because of this indescribable gift, God is pleased to call us "His Own." Oh yes, we have all failed. We have all sinned and come up short of God's glory. But in spite of all of our failures, mess-ups, rebellions, stupid mistakes, and even "Oops I did it agains," God Still Loves Us! And even though His heart breaks like any father of a wayward child, at the end of the day our Father in heaven is pleased to call us ... "His Own!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I am amazed You still love me. After all my failures You still care for me and call me "Your Own." I'm just amazed. Amen
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Don’t Cry Over Hard Work

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S-cripture:

Exodus 1:12,13 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites, and worked them ruthlessly.

O-bservation:

As the book of Exodus opens history tells us that hundreds of years had passed since Joseph had died. A new Pharaoh had arrived on the scene and knew nothing of Joseph and his exploits. That continued for generations. What the Pharaoh did notice was the fact that the Hebrews were multiplying to the point that he became afraid. So he worked them harder and harder with slave masters over them. However the more intense the work and pressure that was applied to the Hebrews the more the Israelites multiplied.

A-pplication:

Tough times produce tough people. With ease, comes over-fed spineless folks who somehow feel entitled. At this point in history Israel was developing into a lean mean fighting machine. It was happening without them knowing it. The more they were overburdened the more they multiplied. In time they became a threat to those in control. You probably know the rest of the story how Moses was raised up to set his people free. But I want to bring it home to you right now. All I want to say is, “Don’t Cry Over Hard Work!” Something good can come out of it! It certainly was true for the Israelites and it will be true for you. Keep working.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This morning as I contemplate this story and this truth I want to say Thank You! Thank You for helping me go through tough times and hard work. Thank you that in time I learned that my work is my worship unto you oh Lord. Amen  
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What A Life

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S-cripture:

Genesis 47:31 “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

O-bservation:

Jacob, now known by God as Israel, was about to die. Before he did he asked his son Joseph to swear to him that when he did die, his son Joseph would have his bones taken back to Canaan to the cave that his grandfather Abraham had purchased from the Hittites. Joseph swore to his father that he would surely do as he wished. Then Israel leaned on his staff and worshipped the Lord.

A-pplication:

The name Jacob means “DECEIVER” and the name Israel means “let God prevail,” because Jacob had wrestled with the angel of the Lord and would not let him go until God blessed him. From that point on Jacob, now Israel, followed the Lords leading in his life. At every turn God blessed Jacob. At the end he was able to see his family firmly established and was now ready to meet the Lord. As he leaned on his staff and worshipped, we might say that Israel was about to go to heaven and hear the Lord say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” When I look at the life of Israel I can only say, “What A Life!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, With this passage in our hearts this morning I now turn to the friend of mine who is hearing this word with me. I ask that You would help both of us live a life that one day we will hear you say, “Well Done!” Amen  
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