Where Do You Think It Came From?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Chronicles 29:14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”

O-bservation:

Before David's death, he prepared the treasury of Israel to be able to fund the Temple his son Solomon would build. More than enough came in, and instead of gloating King David said, "Where Do You Think It Came From? Everything that we gave, You Lord, gave to us. Who are we? Without You we wouldn't have anything to give."

A-pplication:

This is a beautiful passage in the Bible because there was evidently great AWE among the People of Israel because of the massive offering that had been given. In the middle of the AWE, David basically said, "Where Do You Think It Came From?" Anytime you feel the urge to complain when it comes your time to be GENEROUS, just STOP! Then ask yourself the question, "Where Did That Come From?" Because, whenever we begin to complain about having to be GENEROUS, that's when the feeling of ... "I Did This" ... begins to set in. That was the hard lesson King Nebuchadnezzar had to learn. King David never had to learn that lesson. He knew, everything he had ... "Came From The Lord!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm far from being as good as King David, but I will say this ... I have NO doubt in my heart where my supply came from. You, Lord, are my source! Amen
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Who Am I?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Samuel 7:18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”

O-bservation:

At this time in the life of King David, he was facing a respite from all of his trials and tribulations. It was during this season of his life that he began to think about building God an earthly Tabernacle. God spoke to David through his Prophet Nathan. Nathan told David that he was going to establish his house and lineage forever. However he said, "You, David, will not build me a tabernacle but your son will build me a permanent place after you're gone.” David agreed and in time Solomon, David’s son, built a tabernacle for the Lord to dwell in. But upon hearing the plan, David said, "Who Am I, that you would think of me in this fashion Mighty God?”

A-pplication:

In relationship to our great God, all of us who are "Followers of Jesus" should respond with a "Who Am I" kind of statement whenever and for whatever God chooses to bless us for! David's "Who Am I" line is a daily reminder that no matter how high up the "Honor Roll" we score, the best response to any earthly favor we may receive from people, should always be, "Who Am I?" I don't really deserve your kindness. It's really only because of everything that Jesus has done for me that I can even continue. Really, seriously ... "Who Am I," that you would be so kind?

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, As I look over my life today and the hundreds of times You rescued me, and loved me, and cared for me, all I can say is ... "Who am I?" I love You Jesus! Amen
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What Does It Take To Believe?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Matthew 27:53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

O-bservation:

This event follows immediately after the resurrection of Jesus. The Bible says in the preceding verses that when Jesus died on the cross the veil in the Temple was split and holy people who had died and were laid in tombs came back to life. Three days later, they went into Jerusalem.

A-pplication:

Whenever I read this little-preached passage, I always ask, “What Does It Take To Believe?” Think about it. Doesn’t it stand to reason that if Jesus was seen in and around Jerusalem by 500 different people over a 40-day period following His resurrection, and if a number of well-known holy people who were “formerly dead” and in tombs were seen in and around Jerusalem at the same time, wouldn’t that be reason enough for a national revival? But ... it didn’t happen. Sure there was Revival after the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, but the case for Christ has always been a slow-moving, organic change in certain individual’s lives through the centuries. At the same time, more folks have chosen not to believe the facts. Because in the end it comes down to a simple act of FAITH. Faith always makes the difference when it comes to “Following Jesus.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, It seems like a hundred years ago since I first followed You. But just like the day I began, I will continue to walk by faith and not by sight again today. Amen
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Everything Great Starts SMALL

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Zechariah 4:10a "Who dares despise the day of small things?"

O-bservation:

When the people of Judah were released to go back with Nehemiah, Ezra, and Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, they were met with great opposition. The opposition saw the great task ahead of them and the impossible smallness of the returnees’ capabilities. But Zerubbabel knew that only by the power of the Spirit would it be accomplished. He also knew that "Everything Great Starts SMALL!"

A-pplication:

No matter how large your personal dream may be, it will have to have a plan attached and it will begin humbly. In other words, just about every personal dream starts SMALL. A giant redwood begins as a tiny seed. A twelve-foot alligator is hatched from an insignificant little egg. The "Freedom Tower" in Manhattan is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and includes 3.5 million sq. ft. of space, but it all started with a set of plans on an architect’s desk. Perhaps you have reached a wall on your own Dream and feel like the beginning is small and you can't move forward. Don't give up today, God is with you. Besides, "Everything Great Starts SMALL!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You for the dream You have entrusted me with. I know it's a small beginning, but You have GREAT things ahead for me. Amen
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Leaders Go First

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Ezra 2:68 When they arrived at the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site.

O-bservation:

When King Cyrus took over Babylon he felt led of the Lord, though not a Jew, to have a number of the Israelite people return to Jerusalem. When the group arrived back, the leaders first gave an offering of over 300 thousand dollars to put the temple back together.

A-pplication:

"Leaders Go First." That's what needs to be acknowledged here and now. These folks were all but completely broke. They had been slaves in Babylon. The scripture says it took over 42 thousand folks to come up with that money. They were broke, but they gave what they had. As a leader, my first question in assessing a situation is always, "What needs to be done here?" If that's your heart, you'll always hear from the Lord the next step to take. But when He speaks it will always require you or me, the leader, to go first. "Leaders Go First."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm asking this AM that You would help me be driven by the need, more than by people's opinion. Amen
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