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S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Isaiah 39:8 “The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.” O-bservation: Hezekiah is undeniably one of the greatest God-fearing kings in Judah’s history; however, he failed toward the end. The King of Babylon sent envoys with a letter from him because he had heard that Hezekiah had been ill. While there, Hezekiah showed these envoys the treasures in the palace and the storehouses of Judah. There was nothing of value that Hezekiah did not show these foreigners. When Isaiah the prophet asked him what he had shown them, Hezekiah said, “I showed them everything.” This angered the Lord. Isaiah said, “After you’re gone, everything that’s here will be taken to Babylon, and some of your own family members will be made eunuchs and will serve in the palace of the King of Babylon.” When Hezekiah heard these words, he thought, “Well, at least that won’t happen on my watch!” A-pplication: When you read this mental response from King Hezekiah, you are immediately stunned that a man of God of his stature, one who had accomplished so much for the kingdom of...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Isaiah 37:7 Listen! When he hears a certain report, I will make him want to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with this sword. O-bservation: These are the words of God through the prophet Isaiah. Some of King Hezekiah’s associates had been confronted by King Sennacherib’s (the Assyrian king) associates letting them know that either the King of Judah must join him or be cut down. They said, “Do not trust your God Jehovah to save you!” Before they reported these words to Hezekiah, their king, they first went to Isaiah to tell him what Sennacherib’s men had said to them. When Isaiah heard the report, he said, “Don’t be afraid of this man. He will hear a report that will cause him to return home, and in time he will be cut down with the sword.” A-pplication: The words of Isaiah are exactly what came to pass. It’s a long story, and I won’t go into it, but what Isaiah was saying to Hezekiah’s associates was, “Just TRUST God!” What is it that you are facing right now? Is it a money crisis? Is it a child crisis? Is...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 2 Kings 19:19 Now Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God. O-bservation: Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, had sent his messengers to give a message to Hezekiah, the King of Judah. The message was a threat against God himself. He ridiculed Hezekiah and the armies of Judah and demanded that they surrender before Sennacherib would come with his soldiers to destroy the people of God. This prayer is the conclusion of Hezekiah’s prayer to God Almighty. A-pplication: In my life, through the years, I cannot count the number of times I have read Sennacherib’s threats and Hezekiah’s desperate prayer to the Lord God Almighty. It is an arrogant heathen man laughing in the face of and daring the power and existence of our great God. Something wells up inside of me, holy anger, if you will, against the arrogance of the devil and his hoards. I am always so impressed that after Hezekiah heard the report of Sennacherib’s threats, he did not convene a meeting with his war council. Instead, he cried to God for help in desperation. Sennacherib, like Goliath...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 2 Chronicles 30:26 There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. O-bservation: King Hezekiah was the reason for all the rejoicing in Jerusalem at this point in history. He was the son of a godless king, yet he found the Lord and loved Him. On this occasion, Hezekiah had called for the reinstitution of the Feast of the Passover. It had been some 225 years since the people of Judaea or the northern tribes celebrated this feast. When it was brought back by Hezekiah, the joy of the Lord fell upon the people of Israel in such a way that it felt like heaven. That’s what happens “When REVIVAL Comes.” A-pplication: So often through the years, I’ve heard Christians question the need for true heaven-sent revival. I’ve even heard them say, “I don’t want to go back to that holiness approach where everything is a sin.” I always shake my head when I hear that. The reason I say that is because I believe people are tired of sin. I believe that people are worn out from asking, “Is...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: James 3:9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. O-bservation: We must note that the author of this book, James, was the half-brother of our Lord Jesus Christ. He’d watched how his perfect brother had lived while growing up. He’d seen how Jesus could tame His tongue and how he, James, could not. Nor could anyone he knew. In the next verse, James says out of the same mouth comes praise and cursing. He acknowledges that the tongue is “UNTAMABLE!” A-pplication: I’ve known men who, before coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, had a mouth that was so full of filth and venom that I had given up hope for them. But then they yielded their life to Christ, and their words became peaceful, loving, and filth-free. So what a person cannot do for themselves, Jesus can do. How does this happen? I believe in part it happens by the grace of our Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit. Grace says to the person, “I love you, I forgive you, I’m not mad at you.” The Holy...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Isaiah 32:5 No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected. O-bservation: This entire thirty-second chapter of Isaiah speaks about what a nation looks like when RIGHTEOUSNESS prevails. In this passage, Isaiah tells us that foolish leaders will no longer be called noble when RIGHTEOUSNESS prevails and real scoundrels will no longer be highly respected. A-pplication: Over the past number of years, I feel like my head has been spinning on my shoulders when I consider who the nations of the earth, including our own, have elected and or appointed to lead them. I know I’m speaking of a certain time in history, but so was Isaiah. We’ve heard the line, “We need change,” so much that when change arrives, it looks like something that has been here before. Which makes the line, “The more things change, the more things stay the same,” even more appropriate. Unfortunately, worldwide it appears that those in leadership across the board are fighting to protect themselves. Which begs the question, who really cares for the people? I’ll tell you this, Jesus cares for every human on this planet. When we as a body of people decide...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” O-bservation: These words by Isaiah were probably taken from the shepherd’s field. The Shepherd would often follow the sheep as they grazed and speak directions to them so that they would be safe while eating. Like sheep, the Lord follows us as “Our Unseen Guide,” speaking words of direction to us when we least expect it. A-pplication: How many times have you been in the “valley of decision” to coin a phrase, and you didn’t really know what path to take? I know I have had that happen to me more times than not. However, it has been in those times that I’ve often felt a presence in the room or wherever I am, and then a SENSE has come over me with the knowledge of what to do. I really believe that it has been the Lord giving me direction. It’s not that I wasn’t praying for direction. It’s just that I maybe wasn’t expecting such assurance at the moment. However, that’s the very way “Our Unseen Guide”...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Isaiah 28:16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.” O-bservation: Over 700 hundred years before Jesus’ ministry on earth, Isaiah shared this prophecy. He said that God would lay a cornerstone (Jesus) in Zion (Jerusalem or the Church) and that whoever relies on His cornerstone would never be wrought with worry again. A-pplication: At that time in history, when building a strong edifice of any kind, the builder would look for just the right large stone that would be the first stone laid. It was known as the cornerstone. Upon that sure stone, the rest of the building would be made secure. If you’ve ever been to the Middle East, every building appears to be made out of stone. But here, Isaiah is speaking of the coming Church that would be all-encompassing as the new Zion. This, of course, was to be spiritual in nature. Even so, the structure would need a sure foundation. Make no mistake about it, “Jesus Is The Chief Cornerstone.” Even St. Paul,...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Isaiah 24:23 The moon will be dismayed, the sun ashamed; for the Lord Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders–with great glory. O-bservation: This is an obvious prophetic word from Isaiah concerning New Jerusalem. It will be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who rules in that new heavenly place known as the New Jerusalem. It’s not so much that the light of the moon and the sun will dim or go out, as much as this is a side-by-side look at the brilliance of Jesus in comparison to the bright lights of the heavens. It causes one to ask, “How Bright Is Jesus?” A-pplication: This prophecy has to do with happenings after the Rapture. It has to do with events following the Tribulation. Finally, it occurs after the Battle of Armageddon when Jesus defeats the forces of hell itself. When John saw New Jerusalem coming down from heaven, he reported that the city has no need of the sun or the moon to bring it light because the glory of God lights the place up. He said the way it’s lit is through the Lamb of God (Jesus),...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Isaiah 19:2 I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian—brother will fight against brother, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom. O-bservation: Here is still another nation, Egypt, that had so sinned against God that He was against them. Through the great prophet Isaiah, He said that He was getting ready to stir things up between Egyptians in general, and then brothers, and then neighbors, and then cities, and finally kingdoms. Yes, the Lord Himself would stir up enmity against the people of the same nation, and indeed He did. A-pplication: As I read these sad prophecies this AM, about people who were against the love of God and how He was forced to stir things about among them, I thought to myself, “Why can’t we pray that God would stir things up in all of us to pursue righteousness?” I believe we can. I believe that for those family members who are fighting right now, we can pray that God will stir them up to relent and love each other again. I believe for that situation at work that makes you not want to leave the house this AM, we can pray that God will...