I Have a GOOD Word For You Today

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Jude 1:2 Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

O-bservation:

Jude was the half-brother of Jesus, also known as Thaddeus. He called himself the Servant of his Brother, Jesus. Jude is often pictured with an axe because it was with an axe that he and Simon the Zealot were both martyred in Lebanon for the sake of his Master/Brother Jesus. He wrote a one-chapter book of the Bible that is powerful, but starts with these kind words ... "Mercy, peace, and love is what I want you to have abundantly" (paraphrase).

A-pplication:

Usually when you see someone coming in your direction who is suffering you can read it on their face. Their body language screams, "Can I take about three hours of your time to tell you what I'm going through?" But here's a man who suffered greatly for the cause of Jesus. Instead of starting out with a frown or scowl or a lecture on how he had faced the traumas of this life, I can see Jude as the "Joyful Handshaker." He was the one who, when he had a powerful thing to say—"Contend for the faith!" (v. 3), "Build yourselves up in your most holy faith" (v. 20), and "God can keep you from falling" (v. 24)—would start with a big smile as if to say, "I Have A GOOD Word For You Today." And then he said, "Mercy, peace, and love to you, so that there is more than enough!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I ask You this AM that You would help me not get bogged down with the cares of this life. No matter what I'm faced with, let me face others with a "Good Word" and a smile. Amen
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Praise Brings Peace

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S-cripture:

2 Chronicles 20:30 And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.

O-bservation:

From the time Jehoshaphat took over as king of Judah from his Father Asa, there was victory in Judah. Scripture says the reason for the victory was, "The Lord was with him because he walked in the ways of his forefather David, and he didn't serve foreign gods but only the God of Israel." Yes there were issues in Jehoshaphat's life, but at the end of his life there was PEACE in Judah.

A-pplication:

Why the PEACE? Probably the best thing any of us can do is to leave things better than we found them. Whether it's a messy room we enter or a messy nation we someday lead, our goal should be: "Real leaders make things better not worse!" That was the pursuit of Jehoshaphat. His father, Asa, was a great example to him as a Father but failed at the end of his rulership in Judah. It must've been in Jehoshaphat’s mind and heart to improve things when he became King of Judah. On one occasion, the army of Judah had to face an impossible task of fighting the combined Moabite and Ammonite armies. These nations were bigger and stronger than Judah. But after receiving a word from the Lord, Jehoshaphat marched his army out against his enemies singing songs of PRAISE to God!! God turned Judah's enemies on themselves and Judah won. The next time you're up against a huge foe, begin to PRAISE the Lord. Why? Because ... "Praise Brings Peace." You will leave the place better than you found it after Praising.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I already know my plan of attack today. With Your help I will PRAISE my way, all the way to PEACE. Amen
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We Need Uplifting Peace

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S-cripture:

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification

O-bservation:

This entire chapter gives us an understanding of what WEAK "Followers Of Jesus" and STRONG "Followers Of Jesus" look like, and how to understand each of them. Paul said we must all strive for PEACE and we must do everything to LIFT each other up EMOTIONALLY.

A-pplication:

There is no doubt that "Followers of Jesus" 2,000 years ago and "Followers of Jesus" right now this AM are often put down, lied to, slandered, and taken advantage of. It's just what happens to people who have chosen to follow Jesus. Probably the most difficult thing for many Believers to accept is that many times the slander and the putdown’s come from other Believers. With this in mind, we are commanded to make PEACE our first priority. We are to be Peacemaker's in every challenge we are presented with. Not only that, but Paul commands us to do whatever it takes for everyone at our table to be Edified, or "Lifted Up," in the faith. The Bible way is to produce uplifting Peace all day every day. We've all failed slandered and criticized. It's not something any of us are proud to have done, however Jesus people don't need to look and operate like the world. No! "We Need Uplifting Peace!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I know that everything You do for me is to bring me to a place of "Uplifting Peace" in my life. You have WON in my life. I'm at Peace and I am lifted up! Amen
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A Man of Prayer

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S-cripture:

Psalm 109:4 In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.

O-bservation:

King David, once again, was overwrought by people surrounding him with their jealousies. He offered his friendship, they responded with accusations, as jealous people always will. David's one weapon against those accusations was his Prayer Life.

A-pplication:

David was such "A Man of Prayer" that verse 24 of this chapter tells us his knees were too weak to hold him up because of his constant fasting. The fasting had caused his body to become thin and frail looking. David had vast armies, armed guards, and personal assistants, yet he felt his oppressors squeezing the very life out of him. In the middle of it all, he said, "I am ... 'A Man of Prayer!" In other words, nothing on this planet seemed to bring him peace of mind from his oppressors except his Prayer Life! Prayer alone split the Red Sea for Moses, brought fire from heaven for Elijah, sent the stone directly to the giants forehead for David, and put the Lions to sleep for Daniel. And in this passage, prayer held David's oppressors at bay. We don't know the names of all of David's enemies and oppressors, but most of us know something about David ... "A Man of Prayer." What do you want your legacy to be? Multi-Millionaire? Philanthropist? The most prosperous person in town? Those all have a place, but I would love for my legacy to be like that of King David. He was ... "A Man of Prayer."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I offer my life to You this AM in prayer. I know I am nothing without Your touch and grace and favor on me. I will seek You humbly for Your help alone. Amen
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Strength And Peace

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

O-bservation:

King David knew the gifts he had received from the Lord. Most likely they were too numerous to count, however right here he recounts two of them. "Strength And Peace."

A-pplication:

What do we really need? Some long for fame and worldly applause. Others believe they are desperate for influence and authority. Still others have appetites that cry for instant gratification. The truth is, we need food and a limited amount of shelter, which would include clothing. Beyond that, what do we need? Well if having a relationship with Jesus is already a given, I suggest that what we really need is what God promises He will give us in this passage. Everyone needs a sense that they have enough STRENGTH to make it through another day! Strength is exactly what the Lord is offering today. After that, we all need a sense of PEACE. The peace I'm looking for is found in a quiet solitude of assurance that Jesus has everything under control.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I receive Your "Strength And Peace" today. Amen
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