Running Won’t Help

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S-cripture:

Jonah 1:3a But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.

O-bservation:

Most people of Judeo-Christian faith know about the story of Jonah and the whale. The story begins with this one act of disobedience. God wanted Jonah to preach in Nineveh, but Jonah didn't want to and ran away from the Lord toward Tarshish.

A-pplication:

Trouble always awaits you on the other side of disobedience. When Jonah ran away from God, he hopped a ship headed for Tarshish. A storm came up and Jonah knew he was the cause. He had the Captain and his men throw him overboard and immediately the storm ceased, but a large fish swallowed Jonah. That spelled "TROUBLE!" God has a purpose for each and every one of us. Quite often, the purpose He has planned rubs some the wrong way. But here's the deal ... Jesus knows us. He made us. He knows what will bring us our greatest fulfillment and joy in this life. We didn't make us; instead we were made. We don't even remember anything until about three years of age. Yet our great God watched over us, grew us, fit us all together, and "He knows the way we should take" (Job 23:10). Perhaps you're struggling to follow the plan this AM, please hear me ... "RUNNING WON'T HELP!" What I've learned is, "Just Do It!" The joy of doing Jesus' will outweighs the trouble found on the other side of disobedience

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I want to joyfully jump into Your plan for my life. I've had enough trouble. Joy is what I'm looking for. Thanks for Your forgiveness along the way. Amen
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Trials Will Come

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S-cripture:

1 Thessalonians 3:3 So that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them.

O-bservation:

Sometime earlier, St. Paul had planted the church for the Thessalonians. It had been such a long time since he had last seen them that his heart longed to be with them. Paul and his associates had been through so many trials during that time, and Paul told his young church that they were in fact destined for even more to come in the future.

A-pplication:

The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus put off the Joy that was set before Him in order to first of all, "ENDURE THE CROSS!" (Heb. 12:2, paraphrase). Make no mistake about it, all of us as "Followers of Jesus" have JOY to look forward to. However, we must first go through some trials to get to the joy. One of the young ladies in our mission work in Miami has just signed an 8-year contract with the U.S. Army for med school. After four years of medical school, she will be stationed in a "war zone" for another four years. She knows that "Trials Will Come." So she has set her eyes on the end of the 8 years, and the JOY that will follow. Remember ... YOUR "Trials Will Come," but Joy awaits you after the trial.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm so thankful that you put off the JOY in order to ensure the cross for me. Help me remember that after my trials the JOY will come. Amen
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Don’t Let SALVATION Bore You

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S-cripture:

Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

O-bservation:

This verse comes from a famous chapter in Psalm where David, in writing, "Confesses" and "Repents" before the Lord of his sin with Bathsheba. He was so penitent that it didn’t matter to him that the whole world would have access to his woeful act for all of history. It was imperative in David's plea that the Holy Spirit would not be taken from him, and that the "Joy of His Salvation" would be returned to him. He wanted it to be just like it was at the beginning.

A-pplication:

So often the reason we mortals sin is because we have become BORED with LIVING. The "Same Old, Same Old" creeps in and surrounds us with an "Enslavement to the Routine." There is a piece of us that is labeled "Danger," and if it is not dealt with it will crave the Sensual, the Unrestrained, and the "Out of Bounds" territory no "Follower of Jesus" should be traveling in. It is in those times that the "Joy of Our Salvation" seems a million miles away. Yet the price and sacrifice that Jesus paid for our freedom from the unrestrained living that brings death should be at the forefront of everything we think and do. The sheer joy of knowing that we are free and delivered from an "Out Of Bounds" way of living must be what drives us each day! My friend, "Don't Let SALVATION Bore You!" Remember, that very JOY is what gives us strength.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, How very Thankful and Joyful I am this AM, that I've been set free and made clean by Your SALVATION. Amen
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This Father’s Great Joy

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S-cripture:

3 John 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

O-bservation:

John the Beloved is speaking of his disciples, who have followed Christ because of his influence over their lives. He calls them his children when he says, “My greatest joy as a father is when you walk in accordance with the truth.”

A-pplication:

As great a blessing as this wonderful Apostle was to the Body of Christ, I believe the Lord has blessed me and others in a greater way than John ever knew. I know that sounds preposterous and yet hear me out. Many leaders are a father or mother in two ways. They have a Spiritual Calling as a pastor. The people they serve, they do so in such a way that is fatherly or motherly in nature, taking care of those around them. But they also have biological children. They are their first calling. It has brought me the greatest joy imaginable to see my sons follow the truth, and to see the people I serve as a pastor also follow the truth. Dear John had no biological children that history records, so you can understand my double joy. It is “This Fathers Great Joy.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You this AM that You have helped me be a father to biological sons and a father to people who have allowed me to serve them as their pastor. I am doubly blessed because of YOU! Amen
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Whatever You Do, Keep Your Joy

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 137:3 For there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

O-bservation:

Israel had been taken captive by the people of Babylon. While in this state of captivity, their tormentors wanted to hear their joyful songs of praise.

A-pplication:

For "Followers of Jesus," there's always a song of joyful praise that we have unto our great God. And those who refuse to believe still want to hear our song and experience our joy. The people of Israel said, "How can we sing the songs of the Lord while we're in a strange land?" (v. 4). Here's the deal, our songs of joyful praise mean nothing if we can only sing them in places of familiar comfort. Instead, our songs are best sung in hard places. It's the joyful praise unto the Lord that will always turn heads and hearts. "Whatever You Do, Keep Your Joy!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Early this AM, You have put a song of joyful praise into my heart! I'm yours and I will sing today! Amen
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