The 5 Keys To Having God’s Presence All The Time

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

O-bservation:

In St. Paul's final greetings to the Church at Corinth, he presents "The 5 Keys To Having God's Presence All The Time." He says rejoice! Make sure anyone who messes up is fully restored. Keep encouraging one another. Stay united and live in peace. If you do this, the God of love and peace will be with you all the time.

A-pplication:

When you think about "The 5 Keys To Having God's Presence All The Time," you must realize they are all decisions that you and I as "Followers of Jesus" must continually choose. It's obvious that rejoicing has to do with a positive, happy mental attitude. That's a choice. Restoring those who fall among you is a choice. Encouraging one another with good words is a choice. Staying united is a choice and living in peace is also a choice. Things don't just happen in order for us to live continually in the presence of God. The decisions we make and keep on making ... "Against All Odds" ... will determine our ability to feel God all the time. And ... That's what WE want.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I choose to Rejoice and to Restore my brothers and sisters when they fall. I also choose to be an Encourager, to choose Unity, and to Live at Peace. I sure can't do it without Your help. Please help me! Amen
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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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When You’ve Done Nothing Wrong, You Can Preach The Word With Authority!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 25:8 Then Paul made his defense: “I have done nothing wrong against the Jewish law or against the temple or against Caesar.”

O-bservation:

Paul was on his way to Jerusalem and didn’t know what awaited him there. But it’s for sure neither the Jewish or Roman rulers wanted him to go there. Along the way they stopped in Caesarea, and there Paul was able to witness and share the gospel with two Roman governors and King Herod Agrippa of that region.

A-pplication:

Paul’s ultimate goal was to get to Rome before he died and encourage the churches along the way there. He was firm when he said, “I’ve done nothing wrong against the Jewish law. I’ve done nothing wrong against the temple of our Jewish faith. And… I’ve said nothing against the Roman Caesar.” One of the reasons I believed God gave Paul all of his wishes was “When You’ve Done Nothing Wrong, You Can Preach The Word With Authority!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I ask you this am that you would lay your hand upon me and anoint me to preach in a way that people know I have nothing to hide! Thank you, Jesus - Amen
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The Gospel Is Not Always Convenient

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 24:25 As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.

O-bservation:

Paul had been taken to the beautiful seaside-city known as Caesarea, to await his sentencing for a myriad of trumpt up charges by the Jews. The governor of that region was named Felix. Oftentimes he would hear Paul’s testimony in many travels, as Paul was always testifying of the grace of the Lord Jesus. On one occasion, Paul was preaching on righteousness and self-control and the coming judgement, Felix became scared and said, “Let’s stop for now and when I find a more ‘CONVENIENT TIME,’ to hear you out, I will call for you.”

A-pplication:

When Felix asked for a more CONVENIENT time to discuss his sinful life, he was putting the emphasis on the wrong person. He should have been grateful that God had brought him a personal witness to lead him to Jesus. Instead, he put the emphasis on himself. He said, “Paul, it’s not convenient for ‘ME’ to listen to you right now. When ‘I’ find a more CONVENIENT time, ‘I’ will call for you.” But friend, when God comes calling, we’d better make time for HIM, because “The Gospel Is Not Always Convenient!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I have lots of things that are booked, but for me. But Lord, my calendar will always be cleared for anything you want to talk to me about. Amen
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What Compels You?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 20:22 And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.

O-bservation:

Paul said in the next verse that the one thing he did know was that he would suffer and be imprisoned along the way to Jerusalem. But he also said that he was COMPELLED BY THE SPIRIT TO GO TO JERUSALEM. The question at hand is, “What Compels You?”

A-pplication:

St Paul was a unique human being. He had reached somewhat of a high echelon of education so that as a young man in the Jewish Rabbinical system, he had few equals. We know that after his salvation and writing half the New Testament, he was a single man. However, many believe that before his salvation, he was married, his wife got sick, and that he tarried in Tarsus until she passed away, and then he set out. Either way, Saul, who became Paul after his salvation experience, moved at the Savior’s beck and call. Here, he says the Holy Spirit had compelled him to go to Jerusalem. Oh, that you and I could be so immersed in our Savior’s call that we could always say, I am compelled by the Holy Spirit!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to hear your voice today so that what I do would be a result of the fact that you had COMPELLED ME TO DO IT! Amen
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