Live What You KNOW!

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Philippians 3:16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

O-bservation:

St. Paul was not only the church planter of the first churches throughout Asia Minor, he was also their Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher. He said this to the Philippian church, and it's still a warning to us today. Here it is ... "Make sure in your daily walk with The Lord that you live up to the knowledge of Jesus you've already learned.”

A-pplication:

Years ago, I read a line by the great Baptist preacher Dr. Vance Havner. He said, "Many people want to be taught the 'Deeper Life' in Christ when they still haven't learned to live the 'Simple Life' in Jesus." In other words, in your pursuit of a greater knowledge of Jesus don't walk away from the rudiments of the "Fruits of the Spirit" and the "Sermon on the Mount," which are fundamental to our daily walk with Jesus. Being a "Jesus Follower" doesn't look arrogant or appear condescending in any way. Conversely, the life of a Christian is a joyful, energetic, attractive life that compels people to pursue Jesus as passionately as you do. So before you yield to the temptation to travel the road of spiritual "One-upmanship" ... "Live What You KNOW!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to be faithful in living the basics of my Christian faith. Help me to pursue You with diligence and all humility is my prayer! Amen
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Can An Enemy Change Their Ways?

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Philippians 3:18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.

O-bservation:

St. Paul had just told the people at the church in Philippi to keep watching their leaders for direction, because many people were actually enemies of the cross of Christ..

A-pplication:

One of the most difficult things to walk away from after deciding to follow Jesus is “OLD FRIENDS.” Try as you will, many of them will not follow Jesus. Of course we are directed in the New Testament to leave our past behind and run to our bright future in Jesus. But for some that’s difficult to do, because some of those relationships have lasted for years. Yet they are the very ones who are now enemies of the cross of Christ. Some of my pre-Jesus friends followed Jesus with me, but the ones who wouldn’t I left behind because they kept my eyes off of Christian leaders who could help me grow in Jesus. That’s what I wanted most. I really wanted to know and grow in Jesus. I guess what I want to say is, don’t take too long deciding, “Can An Enemy Change Their Ways?”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I’m thinking of folks I had to leave behind in order to follow You. I’m glad I did. Even though I left them, I know You didn’t. I expect to see some of them, one day, in heaven. Amen
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Jesus, The HEAD of the Church

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Philippians 2:3a Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.

O-bservation:

Paul the Apostle makes it very clear that our purpose as "Followers of Jesus" is not self promotion. Anything that we allow to swell our heads because of personal accomplishment is not in keeping with God's will.

A-pplication:

Immediately following this command of Paul, he states what having the mind of Christ is like. Then he tells us what Christ was willing to do in obeying the will of His Father. He humbled Himself and died on a cross. Not only was it perhaps the most excruciating way to die in history, but it also carried with it a curse and humiliation and outright shame. When I read this verse, sometimes I think the Apostle Paul wrote it for Western Civilization TODAY! In Colossians 1:18 Paul said, "Jesus is the HEAD of the Church.” Of course we know how He achieved such a lofty position. We in turn are battling the challenge of selfish ambition and vain conceit. May we remember that our Big head must not get in the way of "Jesus, The HEAD Of The Church."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I yield my will and way wholeheartedly to YOU! Amen
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No Matter What!

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Philippians 1:27a Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

O-bservation:

St. Paul was writing from prison. He knew the church at Philippi had suffered as well for Jesus’ sake. That's why he said to them, "No Matter What" live in a way that brings honor to Jesus Christ.

A-pplication:

If you're like me, there have probably been times in your life when someone claimed to be a "Follower of Jesus," however, based upon the way they lived and the things they said you tried to steer clear of them.  That's exactly what the Apostle was cautioning all believers for all time to be concerned about. Paul said, "Whatever Happens." That's the same as "No Matter What!" It was said with emphasis. My question is, what hope do we have as Jesus People if our life in no way matches what we're preaching? The world is looking for men and women who are true to their Christian witness. Nothing has changed in over 2,000 years. So with the Apostle Paul I will say it again, "No Matter What," live in a way that brings glory to Jesus Christ.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I call upon Your name again this AM to help me practice what I preach. "No Matter What!" Amen
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The Light You Have

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Philippians 3:16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained

O-bservation:

All of us are probably like the people who were part of the young church at Philippi. They wanted more information about how to live this new life of faith, yet they had made tremendous mistakes in living the part they had already learned. So here, St. Paul said, “Let’s, first of all, live up to The Light You Have!”

A-pplication:

I’ve used this illustration, I’m sure, over the past eight years or so that I’ve been writing these daily devotionals. When Jesus first met the disciples after the resurrection, the scripture tells us that they were scared. He walked in and showed them His hands and feet. When they saw the nail prints, they were glad it was the Lord. But Thomas was not there the first time. The next time they met, Thomas didn’t believe because he hadn’t seen Christ’s witness the first time. So Jesus had to cover old territory before Thomas said, “My Lord and My God!” I often hear people say, “I don’t like my church because the Pastor isn’t deep!” The challenge many times is that the people are so lax in their commitment that the pastor is always covering old material because the folks aren’t living up to “The Light They Have!” In other words, Paul was saying, “I’ll give you more once you’re obeying what I’ve given you!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m grateful that You have carried me along until I GET IT! Sometimes this Christian life is so different from our natural inclinations from our old way of living. But no more for me! With Your help, I’ll live up to “The Light I Have!” Amen
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