Do The Loving Thing

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 12:7 They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.”

O-bservation:

Solomon had died and his son Rehoboam had taken his place. Another leader named Jeroboam had rebelled against Solomon and had escaped to Egypt. Now Jeroboam returned from Egypt to Israel upon Solomon's demise. The people of Israel wanted to make Rehoboam king, but first ask him to lighten the load his father Solomon had put on them. He said, "Give me three days to consider your request." When Rehoboam asked the Elders of Israel what they thought, they said, "If you will just serve these people and give them a favorable answer they will serve you forever." But instead the young man rejected the word of the Elders and said, "I'll make it harder on Israel than my Father did."

A-pplication:

Right after this, Jeroboam split Israel off of Judah and the two were divided for many years. Rehoboam made the mistake that too many young leaders make. He thought that "Titles" were the key to effective leadership. But when it comes to leadership, Actions speak louder than Words or Titles. For a leader to think that it's about him or her means they're defeated already. It's always about the service you're willing to give to others. Always ... "Do The Loving Thing."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You that You showed me as a young man that Leadership is always about Serving and doing the "Loving Thing." Amen
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Consider What God HAS Done!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Ecclesiastes 7:13a Consider what God has done.

O-bservation:

Here is the wisest man who ever lived pontificating on issues relating to wisdom and observations that he has made throughout his life. All of a sudden, as if he himself is amazed, certainly overwhelmed, Solomon stops and says, "Think about everything our great God has done."

A-pplication:

Certainly we mortals have a tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on a fairly regular basis. As hard as some may try, they can only see the glass half empty. Things are bound to get worse. The day hasn't even reached noon yet and I've already had more trouble than I can fit in a week. I'm sure you have more original lines than I've presented here, but once in a while we should stop and say, like Solomon, "Consider What God HAS Done!" A person can talk all day long about the bad stuff, but that's because we often miss the gorgeous sunrise that started the day. The fact that the earth’s atmosphere was just right so we didn't burn or freeze to death again today is also a good thing. Oh, and the air was just right for breathing, and yes we ate again. Before you jump off the nearest cliff, "Consider What God HAS Done!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Because there's just too much to put into words today concerning Your greatness, I won't minimize it with my peanut problems except to say You're great and I thank You. Amen
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Bite Your Tongue

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Ecclesiastes 5:2 Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

O-bservation:

Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived and the King of Israel, discussed “Position, Position, Position” in this short verse. It's not about who you THINK you are that is being discussed here, it's more about who and where you are.

A-pplication:

I think you would probably agree that so much gets said that just shouldn't be said. The wisest man who ever lived said, "Don't be quick with your mouth to speak. In fact don't spend a whole lot of time thinking in your heart what you're going to say next." Even Jesus said, "When you're in trouble, don't worry about what you're going to say, because I'll give you the words in that moment" (Matthew 10:19, paraphrase). But what's amazing about this verse of wisdom is that Solomon said, "God is in heaven, you are on earth, so don't say much." The point is God has this massive understanding of what's going to happen next. He has it set up and He's in control. And yet, too often our words spoken in haste can circumvent the flow of God's will. I don't know how else to say this, but here I go: Learn to ... "Bite Your Tongue." Perhaps a shortage of our words will open up a greater flow of God's grace today.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want my words to reflect Your will today. That means You won't be hearing much from me. Amen
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The Key To Prosperity

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

O-bservation:

When you "Cover Up" your sin, the ability to prosper diminishes. However, when you and I are Honest about our Dishonesty and repent of our sin, not only does prosperity return but mercy becomes our continual companion.

A-pplication:

It's easy to become complacent concerning our own failures and weaknesses. We can begin to approach sin with a nonchalant attitude as if to say ... "It's no big deal, who am I really hurting anyway?" But so often when that approach is taken the BIG "Cover-Up" sets in as well. So in a personal way we lie to ourselves, but deep down we know it's wrong, thus the "Cover-Up." The "Cover-Up" always seems to be an easy fix to an immediate mountain of inner turmoil. But the truth is, the easy fix is to deal with it now by way of confession and repentance. All confession and repentance does is set us free and hurt our pride. But isn't pride what got us in trouble to begin with? I for one am always ready to say "Good Riddance" to pride and sin. I'm always ready to prosper, and I know "The Key To Prosperity" is a clean heart before God and man.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I am encouraged to move toward my destiny. Because You have set me free from the BIG "Cover-Up," I'm prospering and I'm traveling with Mercy as my continual companion. Amen
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The Best Praise

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Proverbs 27:2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.

O-bservation:

Indeed this is WISDOM speaking. Don't praise yourself. Instead let someone else speak unprovoked about how wonderful your many accomplishments really are.

A-pplication:

It's always better if you are the "Guest of Honor" to have someone else introduce you. When they talk about how great you are, no one will think that you sent the host your own biographical sketch to read. Instead everyone will think that everyone else in the room knows all of this wonderful stuff about you except for them. They will actually wonder why they haven't already known of your greatness. Isn't that better than going up to the lectern and telling everyone how fabulous you are? You KNOW it is!! When any of us try and "Toot Our Own Horn," it all sounds like blah, blah, blah and furthermore, blah, blah, and not only that, but blah, blah, blah. On the other hand "The Best Praise" comes from friends and family who know you well, including all of your flaws, and yet still truly admire your good works and humble living. Not only that, but they're willing to go on record in praise of you. That's much better than your own blah, blah, blah, self praise. I think we're all with Solomon on this one; we want ... "The Best Praise."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Ultimately we are all called to Praise and Worship You alone. And yet You have told us in Your Word to "Give honor to whom honor is due." I will refrain from Self Praise, but will honor my Brothers and Sisters who have earned heaven's approval. Amen
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