The 4 Corners Of True Fulfillment

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Isaiah 30:15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.

O-bservation:

In this passage Isaiah gave Israel "The 4 Corners of Fulfillment." He said (1) Repentance and (2) Rest were the keys to SALVATION and in (3) Quietness and (4) Trust is our STRENGTH.

A-pplication:

Unfortunately, at this time in Israel's history the people of Israel were not buying "The 4 Corners of Fulfillment," offered by the Lord. They had better ideas. But their better ideas left them enslaved and broken. What else could any of us want but a sense that we're really Saved and we're full of Strength? Seriously, if we have assurance of those two life components, we Win! How do we receive Salvation and Strength every day? God says, “Stay in the state of having a Repentant heart and just Rest. And ... Live in Quietness and Trust that Jesus has you covered.” Those are "The 4 Corners of Fulfillment." Don't let anyone talk you out of them today.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, With Your help, I will start my day with repentance and rest and quietness, and trust that once again You have everything under control! Amen
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The Sinner Who Wasn’t Sorry

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Exodus 10:17 Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the Lord your God to take this deadly plague away from me.

O-bservation:

These are the words of the Pharaoh of Egypt to Moses and his brother Aaron were being used of God to wrest the people of Israel from his control. This was now the eighth plague that God had brought upon Egypt as punishment for what they had done to God's people. Finally, like had happened the previous seven plagues, Pharaoh said, “I beg you, I have sinned against your God and you, please ask your God to stop this plague of locusts!” So Moses did, but Pharaoh never changed his ways. You could say he was “The Sinner Who Wasn’t Sorry.”

A-pplication:

How many times have you had a friend or possibly even a family member who was addicted to bad behavior? It seems like they said a thousand times that they had messed up and needed help, but when you got the person help they never changed. I know I’ve dealt with hundreds of similar situations in my life. What is it that keeps them chained, so to speak? I believe that true repentance is about regretful or SORRY for what you have done. But the Pharaoh in this story wasn’t. Neither are most of the people who keep returning to their chains. Sometimes there’s a host of people who are ready to help but help is never received because, they’re just like, “The Sinner Who Wasn’t Sorry,” mentioned in this bible story.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m glad that many years ago, I finally saw the error of my ways and was truly repentant and SORRY in my heart. With your help, I was able to put days between the old chains and my new life. In time I was completely free of bad behavior. All because of you! Amen
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Lord Says It All

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 9:5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.

O-bservation:

Saul, who was later renamed Paul by the Lord, was on his way to Damascus to arrest Christians for rebelling against Judaism. On that road, he saw a bright light that blinded him, and he was knocked off of his feet by this light. He heard this loud voice from heaven say, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” That’s when Saul said, “Who are you Lord?”

A-pplication:

I’ve often preached from this passage over the course of my long ministry career. When Saul asked, “Who are you Lord,” he knew that whoever he was dealing with was in charge of him. Seriously, think about that. Saul gets blinded by the light of someone radiating that kind of power and who also yells from heaven a question, “Why are you persecuting me?” There was no doubt in Saul’s mind that “If I live through this, whoever made this happen will indeed be my Lord.” He was calling his new Master Lord before he had truly met the Master. Few people ever get introduced to Jesus Christ in such an uproarious way, yet it’s also true that no one outside of Christ has had a bigger impact on the Kingdom of God in the age of Grace than this great man. “Lord Says It All!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, On this brand new day, I feel even more excited about serving you after reading this passage. You are my Lord from the first time I made the decision to follow you. Even though I haven’t turned the world upside down like St Paul did, I’ve never wavered from your Lordship in my life. Amen
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The Lioness Cried

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Ezekiel 19:1-2 “Take up a lament concerning the princes of Israel 2 and say: “‘What a lioness was your mother among the lions! She lay down among them and reared her cubs.

O-bservation:

This whole chapter of Ezekiel 19 is a lament or a cry over the young princes of Israel. Yet, when the prophet speaks of Israel, he’s really speaking of the nation of Judah at that time or the Jewish nation. The lioness in this chapter is Judah, the Jewish nation. The young princes are the kings that followed Josiah, who was the last righteous king to rule in Jerusalem before King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took them all as exiles to Babylon. The young princes were the following; Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah. All of them were just bad. And that’s why “The Lioness Cried.”

A-pplication:

This is a sad sad story. The question that comes from this ancient lament is simply, if the lioness in this chapter is crying, then is my nation the lioness, and is my nation crying today? Certainly, America unlike Israel is not God’s chosen people. Yet historically we have been known as a strong Judeo-Christian nation. But today our hidden sins as a people have become known to the entire world. Where we were once adored we are now scorned, and who is crying now? Better yet are we crying for our sins? It doesn’t appear that there is much crying at all. One group is saying, there’s nothing good about this country and another group says we can be great again. However, there is no greatness without total repentance. There is no hope outside of Jesus. In Ezekiel’s day “The Lioness Cried,” but whose crying now?

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m sending up a lament, a cry for America this AM. There’s no more that can be done for a nation that won’t come clean with her Maker. Please, Lord rend the heavens and come down. Amen
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How Could I Have Been So Stupid?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Jeremiah 31:19 After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.

O-bservation:

This is the corporate prayer of the people of Israel prophesied by Jeremiah. He saw a day when the Lord would bring them back to their homeland from their captivity. As he saw them, he heard them speak in unison these words which included, “After I had run from God in sin I finally repented. When I realized what I had done I beat my breasts in shame thinking to myself, ‘How Could I have Been So Stupid?”

A-pplication:

In the original writings, the Hebrew word used could be interpreted, stupid. That’s what the nation was saying in Jeremiah’s prophecy. And the truth is that all sin is a temporary, if not terminal state of insanity. When someone runs away from the loving arms of the Lord for some thrill that lasts for only a very short time, it’s insane. Yet this was the state that Israel and the people of Judah found themselves in. They were, and they acknowledged they were, “Stupid,” to have run away from the love of God. I can’t tell you how many, and there have been so many, who through the years have told me, “Rich, I’m back with Jesus. I ran for so long, and wasted so much of my life. ‘How Could I Have Been So Stupid?” And they don’t even speak Hebrew.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Wow! As I read this passage from the words of Jeremiah this AM, I thought back to my young years of being STUPID. Thankfully it was not a long time. Thank God I didn’t waste too much time, before I ran to your arms in repentance. But for a long time, whenever I would remember my past I used to say, “How Could I Have Been So Stupid.” Thank you for taking me back. Amen  
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