Who are you CLINGING to?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 63:8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

O-bservation:

In a world that was constantly closing in on him, King David made a statement of who it was he was holding onto for strength and sustenance. He called out to his Heavenly Father and said, "I 'CLING' to you; your right hand upholds me."

A-pplication:

Whatever you hold onto with an unusual "GRIP" is usually what you're trusting in, to some extent. Certainly we've all met people who have a "tight hold" on money. And when their money begins to slip through their fingers, panic sets in. Recently, a woman came to me and said, "I don't want to keep going on, my husband left me for another woman." As we spoke, I learned that it had happened 20 years ago. She had lost her grip on a relationship that she had trusted in, but she still couldn't stop "CLINGING" to it. Her ex-husband was now married to someone else and had a whole new family! These examples could go on endlessly, but the truth is ... Jesus will never slip through your fingers if you CLING to Him! "Who Are You CLINGING To?"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM as I look back, I feel like I've been clinging to You all my life. I can tell You this ... I'll CLING to You until I see Your face. Amen
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PRAISE BREAK

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 35:18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.

O-bservation:

For the most part, Psalm 35 is a deep cry from King David's heart to God. He appeals to his Heavenly Father to step up on his behalf against his oppressors from verses 1-17 and from verse 19 to the end of the chapter. However, in this one verse, verse 18, David stops the crying in order to Praise and Thank the Lord. He not only does this in Church but also in the Marketplace.

A-pplication:

"Followers of Jesus" are not unlike everyone else on the planet. Every person alive has a continual series of challenges that has to do with the "Fall of Man" in the "Garden of Eden." What makes us different from the rest of the human race is that we have spiritual weapons we can employ should we choose to use them. Two of those weapons are mentioned here. They are: GRATITUDE and PRAISE. In the middle of every evil force David was facing, he stopped. It's like he took a "Praise Break." The words of this verse seem so Out Of Place in the context of the whole chapter. Yet, this chapter typifies our very existence today. At every point, we are desperate for Our Father's intervention. So don't forget to ... "Stop And Praise Him." In fact, now would be a great time for a "PRAISE BREAK!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I just have two things to say this AM. Thank You and Praise You!! Amen
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Our God, Our Stronghold

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 9:9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

O-bservation:

In this short, 3-line verse, the Writer says that our God is the place where people who have been mistreated can go. He's also the place where you can go if you are in trouble.

A-pplication:

In my life, I have faced hundreds of times when I was either in trouble or being mistreated by someone. During those times, I needed a safe place to go. The dictionary defines the word "Stronghold" as a place of security or survival. Our God is a stronghold! It might seem strange to define God as a place, a noun, but our God is Limitless. He matches 2 of the 3 definitions of the word Noun. He is a Person and He is a Place. Because He cares for you and me so much, He has provided Himself as the Place where weary, hurting, downtrodden, broken, oppressed, terrified, betrayed, rejected, and unloved people like you and me can run to. In our deepest and most desperate times of existence, when Hope seems lost, when Dreams have been turned into Nightmares, and the Long and Winding Road has led to a "Brick Wall," our God stands with arms open wide to welcome us into His Place ... into "HIM!" "Our God, Our Stronghold." I'm headed there NOW!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I remember that ONE time ... Who am I kidding? I remember the 100s of times You have been "The Place" I ran to. Never once was the door locked. Thanks! Amen
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Don’t Trouble Your Heart

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

John 14:1a Do not let your hearts be troubled.

O-bservation:

Before Jesus told His Followers about His future plans for them (which included Heaven), He told them not to let their hearts be troubled.

A-pplication:

How many folks do you know personally who are living in an unstable situation? Anything that causes a sense of instability can cause stress, pressure, and insecurity, which can turn you old before your time. That's why Jesus said "Don't Trouble Your Heart." If we have the opportunity to do something else, then we must do something else. Because Jesus doesn't want us stressed out! We as "Jesus Followers" have access to everything Heaven has to offer today. He has promised peace that passes all understanding. Today, take the PEACE and "Don't Trouble Your Heart."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, With Your help I will access Heaven’s peace today, so I can leave my stress on the way. Amen
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If You’re In Trouble

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 69:17 Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.

O-bservation:

I’m not quite sure what kind of trouble David was in when this verse was written. However, this was a cry from David’s heart that he often uttered in his darkest hours before the Lord. He acknowledged earlier that he had made mistakes and was being mocked by his people. Yet, in his time of trouble, he reminded God that he (David) was God’s servant and asked God to please get him out of the mess he was in.

A-pplication:

“If You’re In Trouble,” I would encourage you to do what David did. He turned toward the Lord in his hour of need. He didn’t consult twenty different people. If he had done so earlier, there is no indication of that. And if he did, it hadn’t worked. He, instead, cried out to God! That should always be our first move in times of trouble. Next, David acknowledged that he was not the king; he acknowledged that God was the king of him. He said, “I am your servant.” Anytime we approach the Lord, whether in good times or not so good times, we must approach Him as His servant. Finally, David praised God after begging the Lord for help. As if to say, “No matter how you respond to my urgent plea, I’ll always praise YOU!” There you have it. “If You’re In Trouble,” turn to God and cry out to Him FIRST. Second, make sure you approach Him as His servant. Last, praise the Lord no matter what!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This morning, I’m blessed to say that I don’t feel as though I’m in trouble right now. However, I’ll do today what I’d do if I were. First, I’m crying to You as my source of help. Second, I am and always will be Your servant. Finally, I’ll praise in the good times and the bad times. Only You are worthy of my praise! Amen
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