IDOK DEVOTION for Friday, August 31, 2007
Pray for the Peace of Israel
Just a few words today, I think. Read with me Hebrews 11: 1-6 (NKJV)
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Two points: verse 3 – by faith we understand or could we say by faith, because of our faith, it makes sense to us – it’s just a FACT to us that Father spoke the World into existence; that He took NOTHING and made EVERYTHING. By Faith we can rest in that, we don’t lose sleep over it; we don’t worry about it; it’s just a fact. He said it and that’s enough for us. I like that. It’s just sits right with me.
Point 2: He is a REWARDER of those who diligently seek Him. Now this just makes it for me! And in His Grace, He has already brought this to mind as I was praying with someone I love so much and I was able to share with my loved one what I am about to share with you. There it is in black and white our God REWARDS those who diligently seek Him. It is a FACT. Just as much as it is a fact that this Universe exists and He created it; it is a FACT that He REWARDS people, any people – red, yellow, black and white – He REWARDS those who diligently seek Him.
This word ‘REWARDER’ in the Greek is akin to the word we use for ‘hire’ or ‘wages’.
Look with me at Matthew 20: 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’
In this passage Jesus is giving a parable, an earthly illustration to impart a Spiritual Truth. And in this parable He says the Landowner is hiring folks to work in his vineyard and he tells them to go in and work and that whatever is right, they will receive in wages. In other words, it is a sure thing, you work, you receive.
Our God and Father is a REWARDER to those who diligently seek Him. And we don’t have worry about it, or lose sleep over it. It is a FACT when we seek Him diligently, when we hunger for and feed on His Word and then put it into practice in our day to day ins and outs what we have read, we WILL receive from Him what is RIGHT. He will NOT short change us; He will not withhold from us what is right and good. I like this! It’s a FACT that I am putting FAITH in. How about you?
Some prayer reports: Jen was able to sit up in the living room Thursday afternoon — continue to pray!
Janie’s surgery went well and she looked ‘wonderful’; still waiting for test results but the family thanks you for your prayers.
If you will, be reminded to pray for Chuck at 9:00 a.m. Friday. Chuck is a young man who has made some poor choices and at 9:00 Friday morning he will learn more of the extent of the consequences for those poor choices. His mother is standing by his side – please pray for them.
Father God, I am delighted with this Word today. And I am confident that it is a FACT. Lord, thank You that I have faith in You. Thank You for giving me faith in You. You are AWESOME. I am so glad You did not give up on me and yet do not give up on me. Thank You. And now I pray that I will more and more diligently seek You; not for what I will receive, even though I will, but because Lord I want to KNOW You more and more intimately. Lord, I want to be a woman that You can trust with Your Glory. Make it so. And for each and every IDOK who has this heart, I pray for them too that we will be women and men that You can trust with Your Glory. Thank You. And now we come to our list of names – people in need of Your Glory. People in need of seeing You Manifested in their days and nights and we know that is Your desire to be their Rock and their Salvation in every trial, hardship, illness and disease and so Lord we entrust these to You today for just that. And for our IDOK Troops too; keep them safe and sound in mind and body and spirit and bring them home to us more in love with You than when they deployed. And we again pray for revival in America and we pray for 2008’s Presidential election. Father, bring Your choice for President to the forefront and put him in the Oval Office and Lord reveal him to Your People and move us to do what we can do to bring his election to be. Lord, help us be not afraid to introduce our politics to You; let us not believe the lies of Satan that our Faith in You has no place in politics. You are the ONLY ONE who can save this Nation from self-destruction and we as Your people are calling upon You now to use us to bring America to repentance. Thank You Father and in Jesus name we pray. And thank You for these reports; thank You for what You are doing. We know You can still remove all the cancer and allow Jen to continue here with us; yet all we ask is for Your Glory to be revealed and for You to be lifted up in her. Thank You Father.
W.C. The Ellis Family. Bev. Ed Litton and family. People of Peru. Vickie. Lisa W. John Thomas. Cole. Melannie and family. Taylor & family. Anita. Kathy. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Jennifer and Kevin. Cathy. Toy and family. Katelyn. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Jennifer L and family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Randy and Vivian and Chase. Chris. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Martha F and Bob. Rev and Mrs. Carpenter. Allyson and Glen and family and Kaitlyn. Brittney and Kersten and family. Marcia and Larry and family. Sharron and girls. Frankie and girls. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa and Brad and family. Cindy K and family. Cindy L and family. Chuck. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Jenny. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Christian. Cecil. Laura and family. Mary. Doris. Chassidy. Lisa M and Family.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild. Every IDOK Pastor and Family. Every IDOK church. Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops -Shaun. Ethan. Tommy. Christopher. Raul. Desi. Robert. Billy. Josh. George. Jonathan. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Tommy T. Brant W.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Military at home adjusting – Tim. Lee. Mack. The 226. Troy. Danny. Drew. Brad.
Civilian in Country – Mike.
As I post this it is 82°F and Smoke in Balad, Iraq & the time there is 7:05 AM ADT – on August 31 , 2007
I am probably going to take Monday (Labor Day) to play but will plan to meet you back here on Tuesday, September 4. Jerry and I hope you have safe, blessed and holy weekends, celebrating with family and friends.
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