The Need For Commendation

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 10:18

For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

O-bservation:

The Apostle told us what every true "Follower of Jesus" should already know. We don't live our lives for the applause of men, but for the applause of only One. His name is Jesus. If we fail to receive His commendation then no other commendation is worth pursuing.

A-pplication:

No one can deny that it feels good to be commended, approved, or applauded by one's fellow humans. I'll be the first to admit ... I'd rather someone say, "I like you and think you're a wonderful person," than for them to say ... "You're an idiot!" Here's the rub. When we begin to play for man's applause, character is challenged and scruples are in danger of being tossed out the window. The Bible says, "People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). Obviously man's priorities are nowhere near that of "Almighty God." But the "Almighty" has set the game plan. His rules or lose. On the other hand, the word also says to give honor where honor is due (Romans 13:7). Here's where we as humans cannot fail. When we truly honor one another, "The Need For Commendation" is met.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You for the opportunity to live completely for your approval. I ask this AM that You will help me honor my fellow man. Everyone needs encouragement, and I want to be that encourager. Amen
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There Are Some Things You’ll Never Know

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S-cripture:

Acts 1:7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.

O-bservation:

When Jesus ascended the Mount of Olives for the final time before His ascension, His disciples thought it was just another walk in the park. They asked Him, “Are You getting ready to set up Your earthly kingdom?” He said, “God the Father is in charge of all of that!”

A-pplication:

Some questions need to be left on the table. We try to understand the times and the signs of the times, but then we proceed to giving dates it will happen. Jesus was saying in this passage, “There Are Some Things You’ll Never Know!” Why? Because it’s in God’s hands. Immediately after this verse Jesus said, “But you’re going to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit very soon. Wait for it!!” In other words, Jesus was saying, “I have power you need right now for what I’m calling you to do. After that, you will be given information on a need-to-know basis!” Those things we think we need to know, only the Father really knows. Consequently, “There Are Some Things You’ll Never Know.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m content this AM to trust You on a Need-To-Know basis for my future. I’m in Your hands and I’m thankful that I am. Amen
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The Need For Humility

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S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 11:30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

O-bservation:

St. Paul had just finished an amazing defense of his message and ministry. He had come under ridicule from charlatans who claimed to be apostles. At the end of his defense he said, "I'd much rather boast of my weaknesses."

A-pplication:

It's almost as if Paul surprised himself at how powerful a defense of the Gospel he gave. It appears that he kind of woke up out of his oratory and remembered "The Need For Humility." That's not to say that Paul wasn't being humble, but his nature was to always yield to whatever Jesus wanted and not what he wanted. Here's the question; what do you want? What do WE, as believers, really want? I believe I'm being honest when I say I want to yield to whatever Jesus wants. For that to happen there will always be "The Need For Humility."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, It You need me to sweep floors or stand before kings and argue for the sake of the gospel, I'm ready to do whatever YOU want. Amen
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I Am Willing!

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S-cripture:

Mark 1:41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”

O-bservation:

Jesus was responding to a man with leprosy who had asked the Lord if he would be willing to heal him. Jesus simply said, "I Am Willing!" And then he healed him.

A-pplication:

The power of this passage is the power of the Gospel. It's the fact that disciples of Jesus follow their Savior's response to this hurting man with leprosy. I was trained by men and women who always said, "I Am Willing!" When my father couldn't help someone because he lacked the skill needed, he would find someone who could. Much of the world turns and walks away at need. It's something governments can't handle, a political persuasion can't handle, and a greedy man or woman can't handle. No! Only Jesus people are equipped to handle real need, because they are people who follow their Master's response. If ever you wonder what our response to human need should be, remember, "I Am Willing!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, "I Am Willing!" Amen
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Jesus, You’re All I Need

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S-cripture:

Psalm 16:5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.

O-bservation:

King David speaks for all of us when he says, "Lord, You are my portion. Whatever I have, You alone have made me secure."

A-pplication:

I really don't see these as major things that most of us call the "Big Sins." More than likely these were little things that should have been made right at the time. A simple, "I was wrong, will you forgive me?" Or, "I wish I wouldn't have said that." Or, an evil thought clouded your mind for an hour. Things kinds of things should be brought to the cross each time. However, stuff happens and we forget. After awhile they tend to layer. Like David, every once and awhile we should say, "Jesus, Please Forgive Me For What I've Forgotten About."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Please forgive me for what I've forgotten about. This is a new day and I want a clean slate. Amen
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