Make God’s Will Your Will

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Hosea 10:12 Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.

O-bservation:

Our great God addressed Israel during Hosea the Prophet’s time. But now He is addressing you and me for our time. He says to us that if we will invest purity in all that we do, we will reap His never-ending love in return. Jesus also, however, reminds us that this pursuit Never Ends. There will always be "Hard Places" in our hearts that we must deal with on our knees, laying our lives at the altar of God's Grace. In time, He will pour purity in and over everything we do

A-pplication:

That is the will of God for your life and mine. Sow purity, seek the Lord for the places in our hearts that are not so pure, and in time His purity will begin to overshadow everything we do and everything we are. Once we do that, we CAN'T ever STOP doing that again. Our life on this side of heaven is never a life that we should take for granted. It's by the Grace of God that we live and move and have our very being. So while we live under the umbrella of God’s purity, we've got to wake up and do the same thing again tomorrow. Everyday just ... "Make God’s Will Your Will."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I am reminded that it's never over till I meet You one day in heaven. So I choose again this day to make Your will my will. Amen
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Running Won’t Help

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Jonah 1:3a But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.

O-bservation:

Most people of Judeo-Christian faith know about the story of Jonah and the whale. The story begins with this one act of disobedience. God wanted Jonah to preach in Nineveh, but Jonah didn't want to and ran away from the Lord toward Tarshish.

A-pplication:

Trouble always awaits you on the other side of disobedience. When Jonah ran away from God, he hopped a ship headed for Tarshish. A storm came up and Jonah knew he was the cause. He had the Captain and his men throw him overboard and immediately the storm ceased, but a large fish swallowed Jonah. That spelled "TROUBLE!" God has a purpose for each and every one of us. Quite often, the purpose He has planned rubs some the wrong way. But here's the deal ... Jesus knows us. He made us. He knows what will bring us our greatest fulfillment and joy in this life. We didn't make us; instead we were made. We don't even remember anything until about three years of age. Yet our great God watched over us, grew us, fit us all together, and "He knows the way we should take" (Job 23:10). Perhaps you're struggling to follow the plan this AM, please hear me ... "RUNNING WON'T HELP!" What I've learned is, "Just Do It!" The joy of doing Jesus' will outweighs the trouble found on the other side of disobedience

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I want to joyfully jump into Your plan for my life. I've had enough trouble. Joy is what I'm looking for. Thanks for Your forgiveness along the way. Amen
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A Lethal Altar Call

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Jeremiah 26:8 But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the Lord had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized him and said, “You must die!

O-bservation:

Jeremiah told the leaders and people of his day everything the Lord had commanded him to say. As soon as he finished and it was time for the altar call, they said, "Let's kill him!"

A-pplication:

What do you do when you have absolutely done exactly what God has told you to do and you are wholeheartedly rejected? This passage of scripture is an example of what I call a "A Lethal Altar Call." In other words, not everything the Lord asks us to do will work out the way we think it should. But just because your work efforts for the Lord and immediate outcomes seem to be a complete disaster doesn't mean you're out of the will of God. When we read this piece of history from Scripture, we would all agree that Jeremiah was in the will of God. But conventional wisdom at the time said, "You're an idiot!" By the way, they didn't kill him for this. Still, I'd rather be in God’s will even though sometimes it could be lethal.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me fear You more than man. Amen
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God’s Great Desire

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 81:13a If my people would only listen to me.

O-bservation:

Here the Lord spoke to his beloved Israel and told her how much he would do for her if she would just listen to him. Because Israel refused to listen to the Lord, as a nation, Israel was always in a bind. For some reason, this nation of God didn’t want the God who had chosen her to be his people. Instead, God’s chosen people were always chasing other gods. You can hear the pathos in these words of our Lord.

A-pplication:

How many times have you done something really stupid and thought to yourself, “I should have listened to Lord instead of myself?” I know I have. When my sons were little, I would tell them what I wanted them to do. Most of the time, they were willing to obey. However, there were times when I spoke real direction into their lives, and they would do the opposite. They would always be absolutely shocked when the consequences of their choices came home to hurt them. “God’s Great Desire,” is that his people would simply listen to him. Now I know that it isn’t enough to listen to the Lord if we’re not going to obey what he says. In fact, in this case, obeying proves we’re listening. Maybe that’s why Israel didn’t LISTEN to the Lord because it wasn’t in her heart to OBEY the Lord. In time Israel was dispersed all over the globe because of her disobedience. It didn’t have to be that way, but it happened because Israel refused to give the Lord what he wanted most. Today, I’m asking you to join me and listen to what the Lord has to say to us. When he speaks, we will obey. That’s “God’s Great Desire.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m standing, ready to hear your voice. When you speak, I WILL LISTEN. Because I’m willing to listen, I’m also letting you know that I am also ready to obey. Amen
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But If God’s In It

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 5:39 “But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

O-bservation:

Peter and others of the Apostles had been ministering throughout Jerusalem and were thrown into prison for preaching. God delivered them out of prison in the night, and they were found ministering in the temple the next day. When they were hauled before the authorities, the Pharisee leader, Gamaliel, stood and said, “Let these men go. If their purpose is of human origin, it will fail. ‘But If God’s In It,’ you won’t be able to stop them, and you will only be fighting God!”

A-pplication:

I feel in my heart I’m writing to someone this AM who has been under severe attack from the enemy for doing the will of God. Maybe you have taken a stand at work for the gospel’s sake. Could it be that you have been asked to join a team of people you know are out to do wrong but have said, “NO,” and now you’re fearing reprisal from them? And what about the young man or young woman who takes a stand for Jesus in their public school and is disciplined for it? These are case scenarios of people who want to do right, but now they’re in trouble for it. So here’s what I say, you may face discipline for doing right, “But If God’s In It,” you will be victorious and exonerated when it’s over.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m praying specifically this AM for my friend who is reading this devotional. Please, Jesus, see them through the difficult situation they presently find themself in so You may receive all the glory. Amen
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