I’ll Take You Back

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Hosea 2:19 I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.

O-bservation:

The Prophet Hosea had been instructed by God to marry the prostitute Gomer. Gomer was a type of Israel. God, like Hosea, would experience Israel's constant backslidings in favor of other gods. Hosea would experience the unfaithfulness of his wife, Gomer, with other men. It was an illustration for Israel and "Followers of Jesus" for all time. Even so, here we see the Lord telling Israel ... "‘I'll Take You Back!' I will restore your righteousness and make it work. I'll do this with love and sincerity."

A-pplication:

The days of fighting and waging war against the "Enemy of Our Souls" for our faith will never end, however the days of operating with anything less than Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness towards others are over! Whether it's a parent, a spouse, a son or daughter, or a close friend, our only option is GRACE. I have wronged others to my shame, but have always asked forgiveness through the years. Most all of them have forgiven me, but there were a few who cut me off forever. That hurt me but I believe it hurt them even more. When you forgive and receive people back into your fold who have wronged you, something in you gets healed. The best way is Jesus' way. He's always been the first to say ... "I'll Take You Back!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, There is deep gratitude in my heart this AM that You have never rejected me and have always forgiven me. Help me follow Your example to take others back. Amen
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All I Have Is My Word

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Galatians 1:20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.

O-bservation:

The churches in Galatia that St. Paul was writing to were probably started by him. If not, he had certainly been with them from the beginning. The Galatians had begun to turn back on their original way of living and Paul was appealing to them to return to what he had originally taught them. But he begins it all with an impassioned line, "I'm not lying!"

A-pplication:

At the end of the day all we "Followers Of Jesus" have is our word. We can't promote the gospel as a way to make money, or impress your friends, or be applauded. All we have is our own testimony of what Jesus has done in our lives and ... "If I was changed, you can be too." That's our selling point. Truth, honesty, and sincerity of faith has always won the day in the past. You must believe me on this. "All I Have Is My Word! I'm not lying."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, After over four decades of following You I can truly say, "You really changed me." I know that if You can do it for me, You can do it for anyone. Amen
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