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S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings. O-bservation: When you read this entire chapter, once again, David is in trouble. Evidently, he had run out of anyone who could really help him. When someone such as this great leader runs out of earthly people to help, one really only has the Lord to turn to. Like a little boy, this powerful man says to the Lord, “Please keep ME as THE apple of your eye. Also, hide me in the shadow of your wings.” A-pplication: The world as we know it today is far larger than anything David could have imagined. Yet even in David’s time, he’s asking a lot. He’s asking that the God of the universe keep HIM, DAVID, as THE apple of God’s eye! Wow! That’s a tall order. But let me ask you a question. Have you ever been in such a mess, or such a challenge, or in such trouble that you had the courage to demand of God that He get SMALL and make you and you alone THE apple of His eye? I have. That’s what we little humans...

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: 1 Samuel 17:26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should define the armies of the living God?” O-bservation: Young David had brought supplies to feed his brothers, who were supposedly fighting in King Saul’s army to defeat the Philistines. When he arrived at the battle, no one was fighting because a giant named Goliath had challenged Israel to send out a man who would fight him. Men told David that whoever won would not have to pay taxes again, and he would also be given the king’s daughter to marry. Immediately David had the courage to fight the giant. A-pplication: It’s a fact that David could hit a bird in flight at two hundred yards with his slingshot. He is what was referred to in that day as a SLINGER. Armies would have men who were part of the cavalry, men who were foot soldiers, and men who were SLINGERS. When David saw what was happening and that everyone was afraid of Goliath, and probably because he was naive and didn’t know...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Matthew 1:22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said to the prophet. O-bservation: In Isaiah 7:14, God promised through the prophet Isaiah that one day Jesus would come. Some 700 years later, Jesus was born. In the year in which I’m writing this post, 700 years ago puts us at 1321 AD, which pre-dates Columbus discovering America by 171 years! You must believe with all of your heart that our beloved Lord truly is “THE Promise Keeper!” A-pplication: I was on the phone with a good friend last night for quite a while. It’s one of those friendships that go way back. We were reminiscing about the decades of ministry the two of us have shared and how good the Lord has been to us. Then out of nowhere, he reminded me of the time I had broken a promise to him. He laughed about it, and truly it was a small thing. But he remembered it. When he reminded me, I remembered. After I hung up, I felt terrible because my promise was my word. When I broke my promise, it meant that maybe I couldn’t be trusted. I had a hard...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 2 Corinthians 13:1 This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” O-bservation: St. Paul was a follower of Jesus, yet he was also fully Jewish in his ethnicity. He understood the Jewish Torah, and Moses had stipulated this law in Deuteronomy 19:15. So this was not new to St. Paul, but it may have been new to the young, largely Gentile group of Christians Paul was speaking to. He stated he had heard that some were living in sin, and once back in Corinth, he had determined he would hold a trial to see if there were ample witnesses who would affirm some’s actions. This is about “A Matter Of Judgment.” A-pplication: Whenever one speaks of “A Matter Of Judgment,” that person must also be concerned with “A Matter Of Justice.” Judgment must always follow what is just in the eyes of the affirmed law. If something established is not JUST, in time, it must be changed. Paul was looking at this matter of judgment from what he felt was a historic, JUST rule of law that stated before a case can be judged...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Chronicles 3:10a Solomon’s son was Rehoboam. O-bservation: King Solomon of Israel, the son who succeeded his father, King David, had 700 wives and 300 concubines. But the only son of King Solomon mentioned in the Bible was Rehoboam, who succeeded him as king. “Poor Kid!” A-pplication: Certainly, Rehoboam was not a “Poor Kid” financially. In fact, he had to be the wealthiest kid in all of Israel. But he was a “Poor Kid” because I believe he lacked the love of his father. Let’s look at Solomon’s to-do list. First, he was the king. That fact alone kept him busy. Second, he built the Lord’s temple, known as Solomon’s temple, and then he built his own home, which was bigger than the Lord’s house. In both cases, it took the greatest and strongest men in Israel to pull it off. But what truly amazes me is that he had 1,000 women to care for in every way a man is supposed to care for just one woman. Rabbis believe Solomon could have had 100 children because Ecclesiastes is his look at his own life as an aged man. He mentions a man in Ecclesiastes 6:3 as...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Chronicles 1:10 Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on earth. O-bservation: Many believe Nimrod was the founder of the Tower of Babel. Before God destroyed the earth and the human race, save for Noah’s family, the earth was suffering from: The “Sons of God” marrying women on this earth (Genesis 6:1:)! The offspring of such unions were giants. This had to do with the 1/3 of heaven’s fallen angels who rebelled with Lucifer (mentioned in Ezekiel 28:12-17 and Revelation 12:4). Then God destroyed the earth with a flood but spared the human race through Noah’s family. NIMROD WAS NOAH’S GRANDSON! A-pplication: People who have a hard time believing that fallen angels could have sex with earthly women have no problem with Mary, the mother of Jesus, being impregnated by God! Both of the Judeo/Christian faiths require FAITH!!! Either way, in this passage Nimrod had been raised by his father, Cush, who was Noah’s son. Evidently, Cush never pushed Nimrod to believe in the one true God. His desire to build the Tower Of Babel, many believe, had to do with his penchant for bringing the Sons of God (fallen angels) to...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Samuel 9:27 As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—“but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.” O-bservation: The day before this event, the prophet Samuel heard from the Lord that Saul, from the tribe of Benjamin, would be Israel’s first king. Samuel had Saul come for dinner that night. After dinner, Saul spent the night at Samuel’s house. At daybreak, the man of God called Saul to the rooftop, and they spoke awhile. As they headed downstairs, Samuel said to the future king, “Send your servant ahead, but you stay. I have a message from God for you!” A-pplication: I’m sure that Saul was becoming well-known before this event occurred. He was definitely a man among men. Scripture tells us he stood head and shoulders above every other Israeli soldier. Some say Saul could have been seven feet tall! So he had a natural aura about him and was a compelling figure. Whoever his servant was, I’m sure Saul accepted him as more of a friend....

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: Psalm 72:7 In his days may the righteous flourish and prosperity abound till the moon is no more. O-bservation: This was part of King David’s prayer when he asked God to endure his kingdom until there was no more moon shining in the heavens upon the earth. That didn’t happen because Solomon didn’t reign that long, and his son lost the ten northern tribes of Israel. This is not the issue I want to bring. David further stated (vs. 13) that because of this great prosperity God was giving him, he would take care of the weak and needy. The question is, “Which Comes First.” A-pplication: When David took care of the weak and needy, it was after God caused the righteous to flourish and prosperity to abound during his reign. The best way to help the weak and needy in any society is from a position of wealth. At least, that is conventional wisdom. The truth is, what really comes first for a nation or a community to prosper is when the righteous flourish. When the righteous flourish, good things happen in a community or a nation. When greedy leaders, or poor leaders, or lousy leaders...

S. O. A. P. Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional! S-cripture: 1 Samuel 5:11 So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, “Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it will kill us and our people.” For death had filled the city with panic; God’s hand was very heavy on it. O-bservation: This is the story of Israel’s sin under the leadership of the priest Eli and his wicked sons. The Israelites were defeated in battle, and Eli’s son Phinehas was killed. Eli heard his son had died, and the Ark of God had been stolen by the Philistines and taken to Ashdod and placed in the temple of Dagon, their god. When he heard this news, Eli fell over backward, broke his neck, and died. A-pplication: The next part of the story is a warning to be applied by all of us at all times. Never put your faith and trust in anyone other than the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Why? Here’s the answer. The morning after they placed the ark of the covenant in Dagon’s temple, the people went into the temple to see...