You Choose

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Luke 18:14b For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

O-bservation:

These are the words of Jesus and I won’t take the time this AM to give you the context of this passage but just to say that this scripture was one of Jesus’ core values. That’s true I believe, because of the words of St Peter Jesus’ beloved disciple. Peter said, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)

A-pplication:

In both of these bible verses Jesus placed the end result squarely in our laps and is basically saying, “You Choose!” In other words the law of the harvest is set firmly by God, yet we still have a personal decision that determines the outcome. If we choose to exalt ourselves we will be brought down or humbled. If we choose to humble ourselves, we will be exalted. God is not making you choose one or the other, because the conditions have already been established. So what will it be today? Choosing the way of the arrogant through self-promotion, or choosing the way of the humble by way of serving others? “You Choose!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This choice for me comes to me I think maybe ten times a day. Through the years you have helped me to choose the way of the humble. There have been times when I haven’t and my harvest was just awful. I’m so glad I’ve learned my lesson. Thank you Jesus, Amen  
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He Lifts My Head Up

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 3:3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

O-bservation:

In this Psalm, David was aware of the many enemies he had encamped around him. He said in this one verse that his God was always the one who would be his protector and the one who always lifted his head up, in the midst of trouble.

A-pplication:

You can usually tell if a person is moving forward in victory or being buried by defeat based upon the location of their head. Oftentimes I will see a person who is moping around with their head sagging towards the ground. Immediately I know that life has got them down! On the other hand, when I observe an individual with a spring in their step and their head lifted high, it makes me feel as though he or she is walking in faith that something good is just around the corner. With God’s help I want to be the second person because, “He Lifts My Head Up!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, With your help today I will not walk in unbelief with my head down. NO! You are the one who lifts my head up in all circumstances. Thank You! Amen
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What Am I Full Of?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Luke 6:45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

O-bservation:

Here St. Luke tells us that whatever comes out of our mouths, in the form of words, is a result of what our heart is full of. If our heart is full of evil, then evil will be spoken out of our lips. If our heart is full of good, then good will come from our lips.

A-pplication:

It’s obvious that our heart is a reservoir for either good or bad things. Thoughts, meditations, motivations, and determinations are all stored in the heart of a man or woman. As I’ve often said, the “Heart” in scripture, is the place where our decisions are made. We only act upon what is lodged in our heart. So today the question you must ask yourself is simply, “What Am I Full Of?” Only you can make the decision on this matter if change is needed.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I pray this AM that you would help me to maintain a pure and grateful heart. That’s what I want to be full of. Amen
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What’s Your First Thought?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Luke 4:22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

O-bservation:

After Jesus had read from the word of Isaiah in the temple one day, He told the people that what He had just read to them was coming to pass at that very moment as He was speaking. The “First Thing” that came out of their mouths was, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

A-pplication:

Whenever you see or hear a miracle taking place, “What’s Your First Thought?” These people, upon hearing a miracle in their presence, asked right away, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” I believe they were thinking, “If we can make Him less than what He is by identifying Him with a poor carpenter here in our area, others will have to acknowledge that this Jesus is definitely not God.” When I asked the question “What’s Your First Thought,” it’s because when Jesus does something in our lives our First Thought is the most important thought. It will determine if we win or if we lose. You see, if you want to minimize Jesus you can. But that will only hurt you. Everything we can do to make Jesus BIGGER on our watch is what is really important. “What’s Your First Thought?”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want my First Thought to always be ... “I believe You Jesus!” Amen
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Too Little Too Late

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Luke 23:47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”

O-bservation:

After Jesus had hung on a cruel cross and endured excruciating pain for the better part of a day, he died. Shortly after, one of the soldiers walked by the cross, looked up, thought about it and said, “This was definitely a good man.”

A-pplication:

If there was ever a time where the statement “Too Little Too Late” applied, it is with this soldier who did nothing to change anything, but instead uttered an inconsequential word we already knew. That seems to be the order of our present day. People will make a personal un-thought out statement, post it on social media, and walk away like they did something worthy. They’ve done nothing but draw the applause of a few of their friends, or the rage of someone else they don’t know. This could be called the “Too Little Too Late” generation. There was a time when dreams, rolled up sleeves, and hard work produced a harvest, but now it’s supposed to come instantaneously, with little or no effort. But that’s not the way history works. If the soldier really thought Jesus was a good person, he should have done something ahead of time to keep the tragedy from happening. But instead we get his post that cost him nothing.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I remember you saying, “If anyone wants to follow Me,” that we would have to take up our cross and follow You. I’m ready. There’s always been a cost. Amen
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