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S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 2 Chronicles 34:19 When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes. O-bservation: The king spoken of here is Josiah. His rule followed his father, King Amon, who was assassinated by his own officials. When it happened, the people of Judah rose and put those conspirators to death. They then made Amon’s 8-year-old son Josiah the king. He was a God-fearing reformist for that which was right. When he was twenty-six years old, he sent his officials to repair the temple in Jerusalem. When they did, they found the Book of the Law, which had been lost. When Josiah’s official’s read it to him, he was convicted and then terrified and tore his clothes and repented. Why did he react so radically? It was based on “The Remarkable Foreknowledge Of Our God!” A-pplication: 300 years earlier, the writer of 1 Kings prophesied that in time a man named Josiah would come and clean the idolatry and filth up in that place. You can see Josiah’s name mentioned in 1 Kings 13:2. Now imagine, 300 years later, this Book of the Law is found, and the men take it to King Josiah and read...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: John 4:38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor. O-bservation: Jesus was teaching His disciples how the work of the ministry and life in general works. He said “I’m sending you to reap where you have not worked. Other people have done the hard work and you will reap the benefits of what they’ve done.” A-pplication: I have taught my own sons through the years to stay Faithful to Jesus. Their great-grandfather Wilkerson had very little of this world’s goods. He was the father of ten children and was a traveling evangelist. He was the first in his family to accept Christ. ALL of his ten children became followers of Jesus. Each of them has served the Lord with gladness and has lived a very fruitful and prosperous life in comparison to their father. My mom and dad didn’t have a lot, but my siblings and I had all we needed to be successful because dad and mom remained faithful. As a family, we have talked about the fact that each generation has increased the previous generation’s work...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. O-bservation: Saint John gives us perhaps the greatest verse in all the Bible. At least I can tell you that it was for me as a boy growing up. It was the first Bible verse I learned, and it has been, in a loving way, drilled into my heart and mind ever since. No matter how deep I go into the study of the Word, either in my professional education or personal study, this verse is my anchor. And the beauty of John 3:16 is, “It Really Happened!” A-pplication: The scoffers worldwide have forever mocked the fact that God had a Son. Yet all of the Old Testament prophecies that Jesus would come were fulfilled in Him. The prophecies fulfilled and the amazing life lived on earth and teachings, and sacrificial death, and miraculous resurrection from the grave were all part of God’s love plan for you and me. But now, today, it’s not just an old tale of what happened over two thousand years ago. It continues to...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Psalm 107:9 For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. O-bservation: The Psalmist looks back over his life and the lives of his comrades and says that the Lord has met every need they’ve ever had. Whether it was a drink of fresh water or a belly craving food, he said the Lord has satisfied their thirst and given them good things to eat. So it causes us who really know the Lord to say, “Whatever You Need, He’s Got It!” A-pplication: When I think about the Lord, I think about all the help He’s given me whenever I‘ve had a need. I needed a loving home, and He had that for me. I needed faith, and He had that for me. I needed an education, and He provided one for me. I needed a job, and He has given me jobs. I needed a wife, and He supplied the best wife a man could ask for. I needed children, and Jesus gave me four sons. I needed encouragement, and He’s been my counselor and my encourager. I needed healing, and time and time again, He’s healed me. I needed forgiveness, and He’s...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” O-bservation: John the Baptist was related to Jesus. At the time of this event, John was much better known than Jesus was. John’s purpose, as stated in Scripture, was to be the forerunner of Jesus Christ. He was to preach repentance and prepare the way for the Lord. On this particular day, Jesus was revealed to Israel. John’s announcement was simple, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” A-pplication: If people would stop and take “Just One Look” at Jesus, they could literally be changed in one second. I can’t tell you how many times over the past nearly ten years of writing these daily posts that I’ve used the old song, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” to illustrate a point. So much of our trouble has to do with distraction. When we get our eyes off of Jesus and onto ourselves, our jobs, or other people, that’s called a distraction. And once we’re focused on anyone who is just as limited as we are,...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Isaiah 57:13c But whoever takes refuge in me will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain. O-bservation: The prophet Isaiah speaks for God, and in the previous portions of verse 13, he condemns the Israelites who have turned their backs on the Lord during their captivity in Babylon. He tells them that their combined idols cannot rescue them from the slightest winds of adversity. But then he tells the people, “If you take your refuge in the Lord, you will inherit the land and possess God’s holy mountain.” A-pplication: Obviously, in context, this was a prophetic word for the people living in Isaiah’s day and a future generation experiencing the same turmoil. Yet today, we as a people who once were founded on godly principles have as a nation collectively turned to other gods that are by nature no gods at all. I believe that this promise for the remnant who had not turned their backs on God during Isaiah’s day is a promise for all of us in our day who refuse to bow a knee to any of the Baal gods being offered by the devil right now.  It’s time that we stand firm...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Isaiah 55:11 So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. O-bservation: Isaiah lets us know that no word of the Lord is fruitless, ever! Whether we’re speaking Jesus, also known as the Word of God, or the Word originated by God coming down from heaven into the hearts of men, it matters not. No Word of God shall ever be dispensed by these means and return empty-handed. It never comes back void of fruit. Because “The Word of God Always Pays Off!” A-pplication: Whatever you have heard that may be negative about the Word of God, remember it is the Living Word of God. It’s not just a book written on paper. It’s not just bound by leather or paper-back. NO! It’s LIVING. That’s why you can read the same passage one hundred different times, and every time you do, a new revelation will come to you. You can find intrigue in this book. You can also be ready to give a wonderful testimony each time you read it, and every testimony will...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Psalm 92:13 Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. O-bservation: The Psalmist is speaking of those who have chosen the path of RIGHTEOUSNESS. He promises them that God will cause them to flourish, another word for prosper, if they will stay planted in the house of the Lord. It leaves me with this thought, “Whatever You Do Stay Planted.” A-pplication: Whenever I read this passage, I’m reminded of its New Testament parallel where the writer says in Hebrews 10:25 that it is important for Christians to meet regularly together and even more so since the return of the Lord is drawing near. There’s something that happens with consistent church attendance that becomes food for the soul and crafts our way of life. Just being planted in God’s house ensures in time that we will prosper as individuals and families. Since the pandemic, I have witnessed that people are not coming back to church en masse anymore. As I prayed some weeks back, I felt the Lord speak to me and say, “Go get new people saved, Rich. I want to prosper a whole new group of people who...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Isaiah 49:8 This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances.” O-bservation: This is a conversation between God the Father and the Son (Messiah). The Father says to the Messiah, “When the time is right I will answer your request and I, in the day of my salvation, I will send You to the people who have lost their way, and You will be my covenant for my people to bring back the promised inheritances to their fullest since they presently lie in ruins.” A-pplication: When I read of the prophet Isaiah’s messianic prophecies, the feeling I always get is, “It’s Always Too Soon To Quit.” Or better yet, “There’s Always Hope.” That’s what Jesus brought to the world when He came. Not just for the Jews but also the Gentiles. He leveled the playing field. In the Old Testament, Zion was the City of David or Jerusalem. However, in the New Testament, Zion is...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Isaiah 42:1 Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. O-bservation: Isaiah announces the future coming of the Messiah. Later on, in Isaiah 61, it is even more undeniable. But make NO MISTAKE, this is an announcement of the coming, in time, of Jesus Christ our Lord! As you read further in the text, this Messiah would bring light for the Gentiles, not just the Jews! It’s as if the prophet proclaims, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus!” A-pplication: So much was prophesied by Isaiah before it ever happened. He prophesied the rise of Babylon. He prophesied that the Medes and Persians would destroy the Babylonian empire a hundred and fifty years before it happened. But Isaiah’s most impressive prophecies have to do with the coming of our Lord, the Holy One of Israel, God’s Messiah. He is the lead Old Testament prophet, always promoting the future and  always telling the people to “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” They didn’t know what that meant in his day, but today we have a clear vision of what that...