Who Is A God Like YOU?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.

O-bservation:

Here we see the Prophet Micah standing back and giving praise to our great God at the end of his prophecy. Micah saw the mess all around him. He saw the consequences of Israel's sin and had prophesied her punishment, but he also saw God's forgiveness and willingness to bring Israel back into prominence.

A-pplication:

Micah was right. There is no God like our wonderful Lord! When I was little, I would mess up or disobey and my Father would discipline me. He was never smiling when he disciplined me. In fact, a couple of times he cried over me, but my Father loved me too much to stay upset with me. Within minutes he would say, "Hey Rich you want to go get some ice cream, or you want to go play catch?" Discipline is a part of love, but it's never at the heart of love. What's at the heart of love is love. God shows us love over and over again, and it just never ends. Undeniably sin carries its own wallop, but if we are truly repentant the next thing we hear out of God’s heart is something like, "Hey, you wanna get some ice cream?" He just doesn't stay angry. Really ... "Who Is A God Like You?"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm always amazed by You! Your love just keeps coming. The hard parts of my life I usually create for myself, but Your love is unstoppable. Thank You, thank You, thank You for never stopping! Amen
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UNDERDOGS … Guess Who’s On Your Side?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Micah 4:7 I will make the lame my remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever.

O-bservation:

Some believe this word from the Lord through the Prophet Micah has to do with the end of human government and the beginning of the government of the "Kingdom of God" here on earth. Still others believe the verse refers to the coming of the Christian Faith to the earth through Jesus, hundreds of years after this prophecy was given. Either way, the power of our Jesus is His great love for the down and out, the poor, and the broken. In other words, if you're one of the "UNDERDOGS ... Guess Who's On Your Side?"

A-pplication:

The Gospel of Jesus Christ never leaves anyone out. Jesus accepts all sinners, losers, weaklings, and even lousy bullies. Jesus was not only God at birth; He was also the offspring of the house and lineage of King David. At the beginning of his rise to power, David took a group of men who were in trouble, buried in debt, with bad attitudes (1 Samuel to 2:2), and turned them into the most powerful nation on earth at that time. Sound familiar? That's exactly what Jesus does for all of us who the world would call "UNDERDOGS." Jesus is not concerned today that you don't measure up in the eyes of those around you. No! He simply says to all of us, "Come to me all who labor and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28, paraphrase). In other words, Jesus is saying, "Bring all your mess-ups to me and I'll turn them into a message!" So hey, all you "UNDERDOGS ... Guess Who's On Your Side?" You got it! JESUS!!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Here's one of Your biggest UNDERDOGS just stopping by this AM to say THANKS for seeing in me what I couldn't see in myself! I love You Lord! Amen
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I Will Rise

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Micah 7:8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.

O-bservation:

This is a very unique passage of scripture. The reason I say that is because in the previous chapter, the prophet Micah spoke for God and prophesied that God was lodging a charge against the sins of Israel. But now, in this chapter, the prophet Micah also speaks about Israel’s response to God’s accusations and to her enemies, most likely Babylon and Edom. “Don’t even think about gloating over me. Yes, I have failed, and I have fallen but soon, “I Will Rise!” Israel further responded by saying, “I’m presently sitting in darkness, but the Lord will be my light.”

A-pplication:

Micah continued to speak for Israel and give praise to the Lord, and also prayed to God. I think it’s very appropriate here to say that there will be times when you and I have gone off the rails, so to speak, or certainly failed the Lord in some way. It’s in those times that instead of running for the closest and sulking like a little child would do, that we instead would find the courage to lift our chin and throw our shoulders back and, in faith, say, “I Will Rise! Not in an arrogant way, but in a faith-filled way, knowing that our God is a loving and forgiving Lord. The temptation is always to give up and say, “That’s it! I’m sure it’s over. How in the world can God keep forgiving me for this kind of failure?” But it was Jeremiah who said, “His mercies are new every morning.” He’s never going to stop loving you and me! His desire is to forgive because he wants you and me to forgive as well. So this AM, get up and get out of that, “I’ve messed up again” mode and say with me. “I Will Rise!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m so glad you are the lover of my soul. I’m thankful that it is in the deep of your heart where your desire to forgive really comes from. I know I’ve asked you a million times to forgive me. But this AM I’m also ready to say right here and right now along with my friend who is reading this, that with your help….” I Will Rise!” Amen  
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But As For Me, I Am Filled With Power

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Micah 3:8 But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.

O-bservation:

Here the prophet Micah had just finished railing against prophets from Israel and Judah who were in the ministry for their own personal gain. He then said, “But As For Me, I Am Filled With Power.” Of course, he gave the glory to the Lord for giving him the power to proclaim the sins of Judah and Israel to their very faces.

A-pplication:

Years ago, there was a huge billboard across my country promoting a certain oil filter. This was WAY before electric cars. The line that was on the billboard next to a picture of the oil filter said, “A Clean Engine Delivers The Power!” I think that’s what Micah, the prophet, was saying here. These other prophets had gotten off track and were now unrighteous prophets trying to deliver their truth while full of sin themselves. It just wasn’t going well for them, and I’m sure the people could see their hypocrisy. Micah, on the other hand, was full of the Spirit of God. He was an Old Testament holiness preacher and prophet. When he prophesied anything to these fellow prophets, he had no concern for what he was saying because he knew he was practicing what he preached. Today I pray for you that, like Micah, you will be able to say, “But As For Me, I’m Am Filled With Power!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’ve learned when I’m living right; I’m sensing the presence and the power of YOU at all times. Please help me live that way, I pray. Amen
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Make Your Own god? Really?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Judges 18:31 They continued to use the idol Micah had made, all the time the house of God was in Shiloh.

O-bservation:

This is the story of the Danites needing a place to call home, so they attacked a people of a little-known geographical location known as Laish. They burned it to the ground and killed all the people. On their way to do this, they stopped at the home of a man by the name of Micah. They took his handmade idols and his personal priest, threatening to kill him if he resisted. He turned with his men and went back home. The Danites were victorious and gave credit to the little Levite priest and their handmade gods.

A-pplication:

What in the world was a tribe of Israel doing stealing another man’s idols and claiming those idols as their own? That in itself broke several of the Ten Commandments of Moses right there. But get this. The Danites hired Jonathon and his sons to be their priests. Jonathon was the son of Gershon, who was the son of ... are you ready? MOSES!! Here they were, worshipping an idol made by the hands of a man they knew. And the grandson of Moses and his sons, Moses’ great-grandsons, were the ones who ministered. Not for the Lord, but for their own human-made gods. When I read this story, I say to myself, “Make Your Own god? Really?”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me please, Jesus, this AM to set such a mark that my grandchildren and great-grandchildren won’t have the guts to make their own gods and turn around and worship them! Please, Jesus! Amen
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