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S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Joshua 15:19 She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs. O-bservation: This is the story of Aksah and her father, Caleb. Caleb was one of the two spies who came back to Moses with a positive report and Joshua. Many years had passed, and at the age of 85, Caleb went to Joshua and demanded the property promised to him by Joshua. Joshua gave him what he asked for. To receive the promised gift, he would have to drive out the inhabitants of the land. At one point, he offered his daughter, Aksah, in marriage to any man who would march against and defeat a certain group of people. Othniel, one of his warriors, took the offer and defeated the people living in the land. So Aksah married Othniel. She wanted her husband to ask her father for certain springs that were near the property her father had already given the two of them, but while she was on her donkey talking to her husband, her father walked up to them. He...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Joshua 11:23 So Joshua took the entire land, just as the Lord had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war. O-bservation: God had told Moses what He wanted to be done related to the territories the Israeli people were moving into. Moses was able to take Israel to a certain point, but then he died, and Joshua had to finish the job. Joshua destroyed every nation the Lord had told him to and moved the Israeli people to inhabit the freshly conquered territories. When he had finished distributing the lands to each of the tribes of Israel, the Bible says, “Then the land had rest from war.” A-pplication: With a simple look back in time, it is evident that any great nation in world history has gone through battles to conquer and then hold the space it occupied. In each historical account, that nation experienced what King Solomon called “A Time For War And A Time For Peace” (Ecc. 3:8b). Why is that? I believe that in every human, there is this search for MORE. In Israel’s case and the conquering...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Joshua 9:26 So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them. O-bservation: This is the story of Israel’s neighbors, the Gibeonites. They lived near Israel, but the people of Israel did not know it. Israel was still finding its way to Jerusalem and the territory of Judea that they would call home. The fear of God was so on the neighboring countries, and even those farther away, that all the nations trembled when they’d heard what Israel had done in Jericho and AI. The Gibeonites lied to Joshua and told him they were from a far-off land. So Joshua made a vow that he would not harm them. Later the people found out they had been lied to by the Gibeonites, who lived right next to them. The Israelites wanted to kill them, but Joshua protected them and made them woodcutters and water carriers for the Israelites.   A-pplication: If you’re wondering “What The Fear Of God Can Do” this AM, here’s a great example. The Gibeonites had become so terrified after seeing the Israelites easily destroy the people of Jericho and AI that they devised a plan to appear as if they were...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Psalm 69:33 The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people. O-bservation: King David was at one of the lowest places in his life. All through this Psalm, he bemoans his circumstances. His voice had become weary from calling out for God’s help. Yet, in this verse, David had found hope. He declared that God is always on the side of his people and especially “Those With Needs Who Live In Bondage.” A-pplication: I don’t know how to say this, but this Psalm is especially for you today. I can’t count the many times in my life when, like David, I have felt as though I was so NEEDY and living in BONDAGE. Yes, that’s right, you heard me say it. Me, a minister of the gospel! I can remember times where there wasn’t a good decision to be made because any decision would mean certain peril. In every situation, the Lord Almighty brought me out. Why? I think it’s because, as in the throes of despair as I was, He saw in me a deep love and desire for Him. I don’t boast in that, I have no other answer, and I speak...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Joshua 4:21-22 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’” O-bservation: Joshua had seen the miracle of the Jordon River split so the people could walk across on dry ground. He asked 12 of his best men to go into the Jordon, which remained separated, and pull up 12 large stones. He had them placed in Gilgal and told the Israeli people that whenever their children asked them, “Why are these stones here?” they were to tell their children this story throughout history. A-pplication: Children are all about stories. I’ve got news for you. Moms and dads love stories too. Did I mention grandparents and really, really old folks love stories too? Everyone, it seems, loves a good story. Yet this story had a deeper meaning. God wanted these stones to be a reminder of what He had done for His Israeli people through the ages. They would all know that He had split the Red Sea for Moses so the people of Israel could exit Egypt, but He wanted a story told about the smaller Jordon...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Joshua 2:24 They said to Joshua, “The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.” O-bservation: Let’s back up about forty years before, when Moses, fresh out of Egypt, sent the twelve spies into Jericho to spy out the land of promise. When they came back, ten of the twelve brought a bad report saying, “There are giants in the land, and we looked like grasshoppers in their sight!” Now that whole generation had died off, including Moses, save Joshua and Caleb, the two who brought back a good report the first time. Joshua sent a few men in to spy out the same territory again. When they got back, they told Joshua, “God has surely given the entire land to us, and all of the people there are melting and full of fear because they know we’re coming. A-pplication: You may already know the story, but just like the younger spies reported to Joshua, the Israelites did conquer the land. What changed? I believe the new generation had decided to change their minds about the Lord. Their parents had decided to trust ten negative spies...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Deuteronomy 33:29 Blessed are you, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will tread on their heights. O-bservation: Many theologians believe that Old Testament Israel is the New Testament Church. In some cases, God certainly has promoted the Church with unparalleled growth since He began the church on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Yet Israel is still unique as God’s love towards the nation is still very much in effect. These people, known as Israel, certainly have been saved by God through the ages. And to be quite sure, “God’s Not Finished With Israel!” A-pplication: Yes, the Jewish people, by and large, have rejected Jesus as the Messiah since His death, burial, and resurrection from the grave over two thousand years ago. Yet a time is coming where that will no longer be the case. The scripture says after His first coming to earth, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name,...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. O-bservation: In the very first chapter of the first letter to the young church at Corinth, St. Paul states the main reason why Christ sent him. He hadn’t come to make a name for himself or have the biggest numbers in his ministry or even preach something attractive and popular. NO! Jesus sent him to preach the gospel of the good news of Jesus. Paul said he didn’t have much wisdom and certainly not much eloquence, but that was because he didn’t want to take the people’s eyes off of the great sacrifice Jesus paid for their sins. His ministry, simply put, would be all about “The Power Of The Cross.” A-pplication: What is it that has had the greatest impact on the world in this present age? It is “The Power Of The Cross!” Those who claim Christ worldwide number over two billion people and that number is rising every day. What is it that is so appealing to the common person? Is it the uniqueness...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this was you will fulfill the law of Christ. O-bservation: St. Paul lays down the Christian’s new view of “burden-bearing.” There was, at this time, the law of Moses for all Jews to fulfill. But Paul calls the Church at Galatia, and thus the Church for all time, to bear another’s burdens. When we do, we will be fulfilling the “Law of Christ.” What is that law? It is the law of love. The law of Christ’s love goes to the point of dying for a friend if called on to do so. A-pplication: Here’s what Jesus said in John 15:12-13, “My command is this: Love each other, as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” You may be asking right now, “Are you serious?” The answer would be, “These are the words of Christ!” Burden bearing for the Follower Of Jesus always costs the burden-bearer something. It has to do with going out of one’s way to help. The help to be given would be helping someone who is hurting physically, mentally, or morally. What is...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Deuteronomy 27:6 Build the altar of the Lord your God with fieldstones and offer burnt offerings on it to the Lord your God O-bservation: This was Moses’ command to the people of Israel. Upon crossing the Jordon river in their pursuit of the Promised Land, they would build an altar at Mount Ebal to offer sacrifices for their sins. A-pplication: Joshua fulfilled this command by Moses in Joshua 8:30-35. Half of Israel’s people sat on Mount Ebal, and the other half of Israel sat on Mount Gerizim. There, in the valley between the two mountains, Joshua built the altar at Ebal. It was there that Joshua read the curses and the blessings Moses had prophesied if the people rebelled and when they obeyed. This all transpired after the battle of “AI.” They were approximately 40 miles north of Jerusalem. The altar of Ebal became known as the Mount of curses, and Mount Gerizim became known as the place of blessing. The power of the altar at Mount Ebal was that God’s people knew it as “A Place To Make Things Right.” That’s what altars were often about in the Old Testament. When Jesus came and laid His...