Author: Rich Wilkerson

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Matthew 3:5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordon. O-bservation: John the Baptist was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy given by Isaiah hundreds of years earlier. He was a different kind of religious figure. He dressed in camel hair and wore a leather belt. His diet consisted of locusts and wild honey. He evidently lived in the wilderness of Judea because that’s where he preached on a regular basis. It meant that the people had to go to where he was to hear his messages. A-pplication: You’d have to say that what John the Baptist accomplished in a relatively short period of time was what we commonly refer to today as REVIVAL! Can you imagine someone as different as him, who had to rely on a camel to die to be clothed and ate bugs and honey as a steady diet would be appealing in any way? Just like Jeremiah, who had been called from his mother’s womb to be a prophet to the nations, John too had been anointed and called from his mother’s womb to be the forerunner to Jesus Christ, God’s Son....

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Leviticus 16:34 “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.” And it was done, as the Lord commanded Moses. O-bservation: These were the words of the Lord to Moses, the leader of the Israelites. He told him all the laws of the season of Atonement, and then he told Moses that this would last from here on out so mass forgiveness for the entire nation would be given by the Lord. He did this so the people of Israel could start with “A Clean Slate Every New Year.” A-pplication: The season of Atonement in the fall of the Jewish calendar is a celebration of the Jewish new year. It is made up of three parts: the “Feast of Trumpets,” “Atonement,” and the “Feast of Tabernacles.” It has to do with deep repentance, the bringing of one’s best offering, and the remembrance of the 40-year Jewish sojourn in the wilderness. The power of this particular season for the Israelis was a sense in all of their lives that their sins wouldn’t carry over into the new year. They could have their sins...

When you think of winning, what do you think about? I often think of sports. The winning goal, the winning shot, the winning home run. Winning is the ultimate goal for every athlete. It’s the reason for doing what they do. Well, love for the game or sport should play in there, but we live in the age of winning. Winning isn’t just for athletes though. You and I are given the opportunity to win every day at something much more important than sports. We get to win at life. What we need to realize is that life is not a competition and winning is not a solitary pursuit. I know, our society says we have to be the best, do the most, and work the hardest to win. But that’s just not true. God put each of us on this earth to do three things: be in relationship with Him, be in relationship with others, and to win the lost back to God. So if those are the things we need to do, how do we win at life? We focus on three areas: Gratitude and Thanksgiving Gratitude is a natural reaction to fully understanding and embracing the Divinity of God. When we...