Because … They Don’t All Know

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Matthew 21:10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

O-bservation:

This is a remarkable passage. Jesus entered into Jerusalem at the end of His 3 1/2 years of ministry and most people didn't know "Who He Was." The reason this was remarkable is because from where I sit after being raised in Christianity, I would have thought that everyone in Jerusalem knew who Jesus was. I mean He had healed so many in that city. He had sometimes taught daily in the Synagogue. He was a pain in the back to the Pharisees in that city. But the truth is, not everyone knew who Jesus was. And so they asked ... "Who is He?"

A-pplication:

We must never assume that all of our world, our country, our state, or most of all our city has heard the "Good News." There are millions around the world who have never heard of Jesus. This fact is ON ALL Christians. All of us must band together and carry our fair share of "The Load." "The Load" I'm referring to is the task of delivering the "Good News" about Jesus to people locally and around the world. This ongoing mission, which all true "Followers of Jesus" are engaged in, must be dedicated to bringing down the walls of sin and rebellion that are keeping precious souls separated from Jesus. We must tell the world about Jesus, because ... "They Don't All Know!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, You told us that if we followed You, You would make us "Fishers of Men." I'm amazed that so many people just don't know who Jesus is, much less where my church is. Please bless me while I fish today. Amen
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When You’ve Done Nothing Wrong, You Can Preach The Word With Authority!

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S-cripture:

Acts 25:8 Then Paul made his defense: “I have done nothing wrong against the Jewish law or against the temple or against Caesar.”

O-bservation:

Paul was on his way to Jerusalem and didn’t know what awaited him there. But it’s for sure neither the Jewish or Roman rulers wanted him to go there. Along the way they stopped in Caesarea, and there Paul was able to witness and share the gospel with two Roman governors and King Herod Agrippa of that region.

A-pplication:

Paul’s ultimate goal was to get to Rome before he died and encourage the churches along the way there. He was firm when he said, “I’ve done nothing wrong against the Jewish law. I’ve done nothing wrong against the temple of our Jewish faith. And… I’ve said nothing against the Roman Caesar.” One of the reasons I believed God gave Paul all of his wishes was “When You’ve Done Nothing Wrong, You Can Preach The Word With Authority!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I ask you this am that you would lay your hand upon me and anoint me to preach in a way that people know I have nothing to hide! Thank you, Jesus - Amen
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What Compels You?

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S-cripture:

Acts 20:22 And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.

O-bservation:

Paul said in the next verse that the one thing he did know was that he would suffer and be imprisoned along the way to Jerusalem. But he also said that he was COMPELLED BY THE SPIRIT TO GO TO JERUSALEM. The question at hand is, “What Compels You?”

A-pplication:

St Paul was a unique human being. He had reached somewhat of a high echelon of education so that as a young man in the Jewish Rabbinical system, he had few equals. We know that after his salvation and writing half the New Testament, he was a single man. However, many believe that before his salvation, he was married, his wife got sick, and that he tarried in Tarsus until she passed away, and then he set out. Either way, Saul, who became Paul after his salvation experience, moved at the Savior’s beck and call. Here, he says the Holy Spirit had compelled him to go to Jerusalem. Oh, that you and I could be so immersed in our Savior’s call that we could always say, I am compelled by the Holy Spirit!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to hear your voice today so that what I do would be a result of the fact that you had COMPELLED ME TO DO IT! Amen
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Everything Great Starts SMALL

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Zechariah 4:10a "Who dares despise the day of small things?"

O-bservation:

When the people of Judah were released to go back with Nehemiah, Ezra, and Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, they were met with great opposition. The opposition saw the great task ahead of them and the impossible smallness of the returnees’ capabilities. But Zerubbabel knew that only by the power of the Spirit would it be accomplished. He also knew that "Everything Great Starts SMALL!"

A-pplication:

No matter how large your personal dream may be, it will have to have a plan attached and it will begin humbly. In other words, just about every personal dream starts SMALL. A giant redwood begins as a tiny seed. A twelve-foot alligator is hatched from an insignificant little egg. The "Freedom Tower" in Manhattan is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and includes 3.5 million sq. ft. of space, but it all started with a set of plans on an architect’s desk. Perhaps you have reached a wall on your own Dream and feel like the beginning is small and you can't move forward. Don't give up today, God is with you. Besides, "Everything Great Starts SMALL!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You for the dream You have entrusted me with. I know it's a small beginning, but You have GREAT things ahead for me. Amen
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It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Matthew 21:11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

O-bservation:

When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem riding on a donkey, people threw palm branches at His feet and cried Hosannah. Many wondered who He was, but the city people said, “This is the famous prophet Jesus from the small town of Nazareth.”

A-pplication:

At the beginning of Jesus of Nazareth’s ministry, some questioned..” Can anything good could come out of Nazareth?” The truth is that Nazareth was a small country town about 40 miles from the “Sea of Galilee.” Certainly, no one of high scholarship came from there, and by in large, it was somewhat looked down upon by the big city people of Jerusalem. However, the big city was conquered in the end by the “King of Kings,” who started as a small-town country boy. Never let anyone challenge your background when God has laid His hand upon you. Most of God’s great leaders started small and finished large. Remember, “It’s Not How You Start, But How You Finish.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I’m so thankful for my Christian upbringing. Help me finish strong with You at the helm of my life. Amen
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