Self-Denial

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 132:1 Lord, remember David and all his self-denial.

O-bservation:

King David speaks of himself in the Third Person. He reminds God of what he's done for Him so that perhaps God will respond toward him, and all of Israel, in a more favorable way.

A-pplication:

This is the adult version of a little boy or girl coming to their "Loving Father" and saying, "Daddy I did this and this and this and it was really hard Daddy, so will you do this for me Daddy?" There is always in we humans the idea that we can "Do Enough" or "Work Hard Enough" and then God will grant us our prayers and desires. On the other hand, there are many positive things about "Self-Denial" for the sake of our Lord. The act of FASTING reminds us that He (Jesus) is more important than our APPETITES. The act of PERSONAL DEVOTION reminds us that He (Jesus) is more important than our TIME. The act of GENEROSITY reminds us that He (Jesus) is more important than our NEEDS. However, because of the sacrifice of Jesus, none of these acts of "Self-Denial" can get Him to love us more or do more for us. "Self-Denial" can be a good thing, but Jesus loves us anyway.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You today that there is nothing I can do to get You to love me MORE, or love me AT ALL. I know You love me. You proved that on the CROSS. Amen
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Finish What You Start

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

John 13:1b Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

O-bservation:

“John the Beloved” made it very clear that the men Jesus called and loved at the beginning of His earthly ministry were with Him at the end. The greatest statement is that Jesus loved THEM until the end of His ministry here on earth.

A-pplication:

Probably the best thing you and I can do is to always “Finish What We Start.” It wasn’t enough for Jesus to start loving people. That’s fairly easy for most of us to do. We meet someone and start loving them. By loving I mean we befriend them and try and stay in close communication. But how many times have you continued that friendship from early in life until the present? That’s what Jesus did. With all of their flaws, Jesus loved those He began loving until the day He ascended into heaven. And ... His love was deeper than friendship. It was an unconditional love until the end. Jesus’ message to you and me today is, “Finish What You Start.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, It’s my desire today, with Your help, to always finish what I start. Help me to love well to the end. Amen
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One More Thing About Love

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Corinthians 16:14 Do everything in love.

O-bservation:

St. Paul, in the closing words of his first letter to the Church at Corinth said, “Do everything in love.” There were directives and encouragements and warnings and a whole chapter on love in this letter, but at the close it was as if he was thinking, "I want to say One More Thing About Love.”

A-pplication:

You’re always going to have ignorant, uneducated, warring, psychopaths in this life who make it difficult on this side of heaven. You can’t get away from that in a fallen world. Yet Paul doesn’t acknowledge that when he addresses “Followers Of Jesus.” He doesn’t even say prepare to be abused or accused by such folks, he just says, “Do everything in love.” In other words, all you can control is you. You’re not ignorant, uneducated, warring, or psychopathic, NO! So “One More Thing About Love,” You are a “Jesus Follower.” That means that in our wildest moments of confusion based on circumstances, we choose LOVE.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I must admit, Love is a tough road. You know what I face. But it has served me well. With Your help, I will choose love. Amen
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What I’d Like To Say About Love

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Corinthians 13:8a Love never fails.

O-bservation:

St. Paul wrote the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians. You could write a book on these thirteen verses and it would be a 200 pager at least. The title of the book would have to be, “What I’d Like To Say About Love.” In this one line, he gives us the reason the world wants love so desperately. It’s because, “Love never fails.”

A-pplication:

The Greek Word for Love that is used throughout this 13th chapter is the word Agape. Agape love is a love that wills the highest good for the other person. It isn’t based upon what the other person can or cannot do back for the one showing Agape, because it is a love offered without any conditions attached. It never fails. Relationships, jobs, hopes, dreams, promises, opportunities, and money ALL fail—but LOVE Never Fails. When the mentions listed in the sentence above become larger personal desires than the mention of Love, I will guarantee you that you will be discouraged in time because failure will follow. However, if LOVE is your chief pursuit, no doubt you will find contentment. Because Love Never Fails and that’s “What I’d Like To Say About Love.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, You’ve already said to me this AM “Love Never Fails!” Thank You. Amen
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My Desire

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Corinthians 12:31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

O-bservation:

St. Paul had just finished an expose on the nine gifts of the Spirit, which are: Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Discernment, Tongues, and the Interpretation Of Tongues. But then he said, “eagerly desire the greater gifts.”

A-pplication:

At some point one would ask, what could be greater than what we’ve just read about? But still, if you’re like me you think, “well if there is something greater than those nine gifts of the Spirit that would be ‘My Desire.’” In the next chapter Paul speaks about the fact that the greater gifts are Faith, Hope, and Love, and that the greatest of these is LOVE. Of course! Certainly by now you’ve run into people who are truly gifted, yet if they lack the gift of LOVE you walk away feeling empty. Love fuels all the gifts. Love is, “My Desire.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to be full of the powerful gifts that only You can give, yet my real desire is to be full of Your LOVE. Amen
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