I WON’T HURT YOU

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Corinthians 8:13 Therefore, if what I eat, causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.

O-bservation:

In the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians eight, St Paul deals with the matter of meat offered to idols and a knowledgeable Christian eating that meat. In other words, as Paul wrote to Titus, “To the pure all things are pure,” (Titus 1:15), he was now saying to believing Christians, but if what I do offends or “Hurts,” a new believer by what they see me doing, then rest assured, “I WON’T HURT YOU!” In fact, Paul said if that’s the case, I’ll never eat meat again.

A-pplication:

I truly believe that the simple application here is that Paul was more interested in new believers getting their feet firmly planted in the life of Christ, that he was willing to forgo anything that gave him public pleasure in order to help the new believer flourish. That isn’t to say that he wanted all new believers to become legalists in their Christian walk, but rather he wanted all new believers to really become established in their Christian walk. Consequently, all of us should approach new believers with this personal resolve that says, “I WON’T HURT YOU,’ while you’re adjusting to your new life in Christ. In fact, follow me as I follow Christ.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I’m aware that I’ve walked this life in You out for many years while a number of young in the faith believers are adjusting to their new life in Christ. Help me lovingly serve them while they learn to walk in Your ways. Amen
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There Will Always Be WORK!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Joshua 13:1 When Joshua had grown old, the Lord said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.

O-bservation:

At the end of Joshua's life the Lord said, "You're old and there's still WORK to be done!"

A-pplication:

In Genesis it was God's plan for Adam to steward His creation. In other words, from the very beginning God's plan has been for man to WORK. It's in our WORK that we are able to do our greatest WORSHIP unto the Lord. When Adam got his eyes off of the Lord, his WORK became drudgery. But it doesn't have to be that way. 2 Timothy 2:12a says of we "Followers of Jesus" that “If we endure, we will also reign with him.” And of course that also means WORK. Here Joshua was at the end of his life and he had done an amazing job of leading Israel, but God’s word to him was, “You're old and there's still so much land to take!” God's word to Joshua is His word to us today, "There Will Always Be WORK!" It's God's plan for humans.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Good morning! I've got my sleeves rolled up again. I'm ready to WORK! Amen
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Establish The Work Of Our Hands

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 90:17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.

O-bservation:

Earlier, King David asked the Lord to teach him to number his days. Because, he said, the average man lives to be 70 or 80 years of age. Consequently, he was asking here for what he had done in this life to be remembered.

A-pplication:

The longer I live the more I'm reminded of the words of the Lord to the original man in scripture, Adam. After he sinned, God told him that he had come from dust and to dust he would return. Every man knows that his days have an expiration date attached to them. If you are like David, it is your desire that never a day will go by that hasn't been well spent. Even more than that, there comes a cry from our hearts, "Please, Jesus, Establish The Work Of Our Hands!" In other words, Lord, let what I've done for You have helped someone even after I'm gone.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, It is my heart’s cry today, like King David, that You would "Establish The Work Of My Hands." Amen
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Spread The Work In Order To Spread The Word

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Acts 6:7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

O-bservation:

The sixth chapter of Acts records the institution of the ministry of deacons in the church. The Apostles had been so overwhelmed trying to care for the daily duties of "Church Work" that they were in jeopardy of neglecting the Word of God. When they appointed deacons to handle the "Church Work," everything grew MORE.

A-pplication:

It's true, "Spread The Work In Order To Spread The Word." Whenever and wherever leaders have opened the door for people to have greater opportunities to serve, more people find it necessary to stay planted in the house of the Lord. When people are planted in the house of the Lord they flourish (Ps. 92:13)! When people begin to flourish as a result of obeying the Lord, they feel indebted. There's a sense of spiritual payback. Spiritual connection to one another and the House of the Lord is somewhat like a Holy Spirit combustible force that is attractive. But it all starts when leadership "Spreads The Work In Order To Spread The Word."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me to create more avenues of service for the people I lead. I want to “Spread The Work In Order To Spread The Word!" Amen
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WORK It Off

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Proverbs 6:3 So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go—to the point of exhaustion— and give your neighbor no rest!

O-bservation:

King Solomon was redoing and reframing a challenge that had occurred at the hands of his son. His son had put up security for his neighbor and shaken hands on the deal. In other words, he had given his neighbor his word. His father said, “You’ve been trapped by your own words. Here’s what you must do: WORK It Off!”

A-pplication:

Solomon told his son, “You can’t run from your mistake.” He told him that he would have to work night and day, day and night, to earn the money it would take to pay the security. In other words, he would have to “WORK It Off!” How many times today do we pay for someone to do a job and they leave it half finished? You call them and call them, and it never gets done. Or you pay someone to fix your yard, but the more you pay the worse it looks. These are the days that Solomon would have cursed in his day. You don’t build a Temple for the Lord or a palace for yourself that has been acclaimed the world over as a work of extreme high culture and perfection if you put up with folks who don’t intend to keep their word. I’ve heard people say, “Well, they aren’t getting paid that much!” Yes, but that’s what they agreed to work for! The next time you owe someone something that you can’t pay on time, work night and day until you’re able to “WORK It Off!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM I’m asking You to help me keep my word. When I’m asked to do something and I agree to do it, help me not to sleep until I’ve “Worked It Off!” Amen
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