A Fact of Faith

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.
God is Good!!


His Ministry to You

Repentance and Cake Icing!

IDOK DEVOTION for Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pray for the Peace of Israel

I was switching the television remote from one Christian station to another Christian station when I heard Kirk Cameron say and I am paraphrasing: we did not run to Jesus for a happy life. We ran to Him to escape the judgment to come.
In this world of ‘feel good Christianity’ that was good to hear. The Life of Christ within does bring ‘happiness’ to us and when we are living a holy life there is NOTHING greater on this earth. I appreciate Kirk’s words. Much of the Christianity preached today is about getting rich and feeling good. I confess I’d like to be rich and I certainly am grateful for any day that my physical frame feels as young and energetic as my spirit but monetary riches and being ‘happy’ is NOT a genuine reason for coming to Jesus.
I am glad Kirk and others have not forgotten that Scripture teaches we must REPENT in order to be saved. And after salvation and for continued holy living, we must submit our feet for washing (see John 13:3-11) as we get them dirty walking through this world. In other words when the Holy Spirit says, that was not right; you should not have done that — we immediately say You are right; forgive me and help me to not do that again. As long as we live here on this earth there will be a need for us to REPENT.

May it NEVER be that anyone ever gets the idea from any of our IDOK Devotions that salvation is saying a simple prayer, get rich and be healed.
Let me go on record right now by saying – we are ALL hell deserving sinners and apart from repentance and accepting the Free Gift of Eternal Life made available ONLY in Jesus Christ, we would ALL die and go to HELL. Not ONE will escape the judgment to come if Jesus Christ is refused as personal Savior and Lord.
And if there has never been a time in your life when you acknowledged by word or simple acceptance that you deserved hell and only Jesus Christ could keep you out of hell and moreover, you were willing to believe and trust Him to keep you out of hell, then based upon the Authority of the Bible – you are still in jeopardy of going there.
Let me briefly tell you about my Saving Encounter with Jesus. It was a Tuesday evening – November 18, 1975. I had all my life, on and off, worried that I would not make Heaven and with each year I had gotten progressively worse in this. By that Tuesday evening, I was afraid to live and afraid to die. You see most all my life I had bounced between two opinions: one, that I was not good enough for Heaven but not bad enough for hell; and second, that I had committed too many sins and I could not be saved – that I was void of faith, that I did not have the ability to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In other words, I feared I was doomed – that I could not be saved. Would you agree, I was a complete mess?!
And so a dear man of God (who is now with Him in Heaven) shared Scripture after Scripture with me. He did not tell me that my two other professions of faith were real and that I should just rebuke the devil and believe I was saved.
He did not tell me that I was good enough as I was for Heaven.
Rather, he agreed with me that in my natural state, apart from the re-birth experience, I did deserve to go to hell.
That was a first for me.
And it was the first time I agreed WITH GOD that He was right — I WAS a hell deserving sinner! But, because He loved me so much and did not want me to go to that place of judgment, wrath and, torment and if I would further agree with Him that Jesus Christ’s Blood shed on Calvary was enough to save even me, that He would immediately save me from the penalty of my sins. And for the first time I agreed with Him on all points, took a deep breath and it was so! I KNEW I was accepted, I KNEW I was forgiven, I KNEW I would not be going to hell and I KNEW I would be going to Heaven at my physical death. My prayer was simply Thank You for saving me.
Since that time, I have had to have ‘my feet scrubbed to the bone’ but He has never deserted me, He has never let me go and He continues to keep me saved. I do not fear going to hell and I am as certain for Heaven as if I were already there. And I KNOW all this is true because of what Jesus has done for me. How did I conjure up all this faith? I didn’t. He GAVE it to me! What more could I ask for?! What more could you ask for?
And now anything else He gives me is just icing (frosting, for some folks) on the cake . And guess what? HE has abundant ‘icing’ for all our cakes and He is willing to spread it on thick when we are ready and have been enabled to receive it.
Romans 3: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6: 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
Luke 16: 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Acts 4: 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
Romans 10: 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
I John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 8: 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Ephesians 2: 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Romans 8: 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

Father, I believe IDOKs who will read these words have said yes to You in Salvation but just in case there is one who has not or just in case IDOKs will pass this on to those they love who have not been saved, I am asking You to take Your Word written here and convict and convince those who read it of their need of You and give them grace and the will to believe You and receive Saving Faith from You for the salvation of their souls.
You know I am thinking of Jennifer and have been; the report is that she is more with You now than with us and all we can say is thank You for the beautiful woman she is, for the testimony of faith that will continue to live on here with us even after she is fully with You and removed from our sight. Thank You for the peace and yes even joy You are giving her at this moment. Comfort Kevin and the children and all who love her so dearly as they wait upon You and as they spend the moments remaining with Jen. We know that even now You could heal her and raise her up but more than that we desire only Your Will. Thank You Father.
And I pray for Bev that You will continue to heal her and restore her to health. I pray for Ed Litton and family that You will continue to comfort them and give them assurance that all is well and You are bringing good even in this tragedy. Especially comfort Ed’s daughter as she grieves her mother’s physical death. And we continue to pray for each one listed here for all needs to be met in Your Abundant Grace and Mercy for us all. Continue we pray to protect our IDOK Troops and please bring each and every one of them home to us safe and sound and more in love with You than when they deployed.

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 86°F and clear in Balad, Iraq & the time there is 7:47 AM ADT – on August 28, 2007

HIS MINISTRY TO YOU

Toddlers and English 101

IDOK DEVOTION for Monday, August 27, 2007

Pray for the Peace of Israel

It has been a back to back weekend and today may be short – a little rest is in order.

As Jerry and I were driving to Sunday morning service I was reminiscing other Sundays, lessons taught, comments made and etc. On the movie screen of my memories, I saw myself as immature and silly – even embarrassing. And before I could change scenes it was if the Holy Spirit began to correct and instruct me. He played another scene for me – a little girl learning to walk. She held on for the longest time to the coffee table and the sofa, gingerly inching her way around and then finally letting go she took a wobbly step, halted to balance herself and then a big smile; a wobbly step, halt and a big smile. And on and on she went. And me, what was I doing? Watching with glee, clapping and cheering. It was as if Father gently said, you watched your babies (and now your grand-babies) grow and every little step, every accomplishment was celebrated, even the tiniest achievement was applauded — remember? You would not have dreamed of being embarrassed by their efforts, nor would you have described their efforts as silly or immature. Why are you accessing your spiritual advances any differently? Why can you not humbly applaud those steps you made? I do.
And with that my thoughts turned to you, my dear IDOK Family. And I wondered if you have done the same; if you have criticized yourself as you remember your spiritual journey from infancy to where you are today? Have you looked back with embarrassment? Have you criticized your progress? Have you bemoaned that as a toddler you could not complete English 101?
Don’t!
Humbly applaud every step you have taken toward Jesus; humbly applaud every courageous step you have taken in Bible Study, in sharing The Word with others, every word of encouragement you have spoken to another, every unclean joke you refused to listen to, every gossip session you refused to take part in, every television program you turned off because of the unholy content, every movie theater you walked out of for the same reason – etc. Etc. Humbly applaud your progress and keep going – keep on keeping on!

10 “He found his people in desert country,
in a howling, wasted wilderness.
He protected him and cared for him,
guarded him like the pupil of his eye,
11 like an eagle that stirs up her nest,
hovers over her young,
spreads out her wings, takes them
and carries them as she flies. Deuteronomy 32:10-11[source

Philippians 1:And I am sure of this: that the One who began a good work among you will keep it growing until it is completed on the Day of the Messiah Yeshua. [source]

2 Peter 3:17 But you, dear friends, since you know this in advance, guard yourselves; so that you will not be led away by the errors of the wicked and fall from your own secure position.18 And keep growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah. To him be the glory, both now and forever! Amen. [source]

Father, thank You. Thank You for Your Daily Words to us. Thank You for your encouragement, thank You for the applause, help us accept with humility and gratitude for we know any steps to maturity in You we owe to You. Thank You. And now my mind turns to Jennifer and her family; I know Your Hand is upon them; I know they all are precious to You; I know You have a plan and I know You are carefully attending to each of them; Lord be so near I pray. And we come to with the Ellis Family and the tragedies they face – Lord, do what You will and help Emma as she walks in Your Leading. And Bev – thank You for the wonderful progress and we pray it will continue until she is fully restored. And these others we bring too for whatever is needed today and thank You that we can come and receive Your help


And our IDOK Troops we have them on our hearts too – wherever they are and whatever they need, You have for them and we ask You Holy Spirit to help them depend upon You. And we pray for their protection in mind and body and spirit and we pray that each of them will come home safe and sound and more in love with You than when they deployed. And all this we ask solely on the merits of Jesus our Lord.

As I post this it is 84°F and haze in Balad, Iraq & the time there is 7:13 AM ADT – on August 27, 2007

HIS MINISTRY TO YOU

A PLATFORM AND LOUD SPEAKERS

IDOK DEVOTION for Thursday, August 23, 2007

Pray for the Peace of Israel

I promised you when the Eastern Shore Women’s Ministry Web Site was up and running I would let you know. It is! Here is a link for you – just click and when the site opens, add it as one of your favorites and you will be ready for many return visits… Sign the guest book too, if you will. You might even let Linda know you are a fellow-IDOK.
www.easternshorewomensministry.com

As I begin this I am uncertain of where I am going with it and certainly I am clueless as to where we will close today.
Earlier, I was talking to my friend and our sister Bev. Who by the way she is home from the hospital (with a Central Line for Antibiotics) and doing so much better. On Sunday the doctors were not even talking about even speculating when she would be released and Wednesday she is home! Is our God AWESOME or what? And thank you for your work in this as you prayed for her.
So, she and I were talking about procedures and timing and a host of things related to this illness and about Father and His Hand in it all. As we talked, this thought came to mind: Healing(s) are for Father’s Glory.
I know, I know – Duh! That is not a novel thought. Hang with me here. Father is able to speak a word and if He does that disease, infection, whatever is GONE! And Scripture records for us some of the times that Jesus did exactly that. Here is just one example:
Luke 4: 38 Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. 39 So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.
And now, even as then, for some illnesses and diseases we seek natural medical attention and that is good, very good. And so I continued to think about Bev and all the tests and IVs and pumps and cultures and doctors and staff, etc. Etc. That has gone on to bring Bev to this stage of recovery. And I thought of others in my circle of friends who have survived cancer and are now doing well and I thought of others who are still enduring treatments and we are not seeing what we want to see. And on the heels of all these thoughts came a sense of knowing; a sense of God’s Sovereignty; a peace relating to His Glory and people and reaching them and touching them with Himself.
That’s what I believe sickness and disease and healing is all about. We live on a sin cursed planet and we get sick. That is a fact of life! Sometimes we get sick because we make poor choices.
Sometimes we get sick because other folks make poor choices and we get caught in their fall -out.
And sometimes we get sick just because of where we live — sin-cursed planet earth!
But, by whatever means, we as Father’s People fall ill, His Purpose in allowing the sickness, the length of the sickness, the natural medical recovery efforts taken, and the eventual healing by either medical means or by His Word, the purpose for it all is to manifest His Glory in order to demonstrate His Love for PEOPLE. Not just we, His sons and daughters; but all people, including those who have not yet come to know Him.
He uses our illnesses and diseases and the natural medical recovery avenues that we take for the purpose of getting His Message to the world that Jesus Saves! It’s all about His Glory and People coming to know that Jesus is the Savior.
Father, would not allow His sons and daughters to suffer the effects of this earth without an Eternal Heavenly Purpose.
And when the time is just right with events and people coinciding in just the right way, HIS GLORY PLATFORM is then fully ready with just the right amount of SPEAKERS for proclaiming what He wants to proclaim; it is then He gives recovery of the infection, illness or disease OR He takes His beloved child HOME!
So while we are here, we say this:
2 Corinthians 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
And in time, we will say this:
2 Timothy 4:6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
And through it all – TO HIM BE THE GLORY!!
Thank You Father, just keep WOW-ing us. To You be all the Glory. ONLY You are worthy of Glory!! Thank You. Thank You. Let me NEVER forget that ONLY You are worthy of GLORY. Bless this message, give it the Platform You desire and speak it as You desire it to be spoken. And Lord, we confess we are not You and we confess we do not know what You know and therefore, we cannot know what is best for these and so it is for YOUR BEST that we pray for these:
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.
And Your Best for our IDOK Troops we pray too and for their safe and sound return to us and for their love for You and their reverence for You to grow and grow and build and build and spread to everyone they know. Continue to protect them we pray in mind and body and spirit. Continue to deal with IDOKs as You will, continue to probe the respective churches we attend, continue to grow our respective pastors and stir this nation to repentance for Jesus sake. Amen and Amen.

As I post this it is 113°F and clear in Tikrit, Iraq & the time there is 7:30 AM ADT – on August 23, 2007

His Ministry to You

White Gloves and Lamp Stands!

IDOK DEVOTION for Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Pray for the Peace of Israel

I read something I want to share with you. I have been reading about Passover. A family begins to prepare for Passover by thoroughly cleansing the house of ‘leaven’; the whole family gets in on the cleansing but it is the Man (Father/husband) who makes the final inspection. He is responsible; he must ensure that all the house is cleansed (keep that in mind). After the cleansing of the home, the candles are lit and it reads this way: Lighting the candles
Once the house and the participants are ceremonially clean, the Passover seder can begin. The woman of the house says a blessing and lights the Passover candles. It is appropriate that the woman brings light into the home, because it was through the woman that the light of the world, Messiah Jesus, came into the world (Gen. 3:15)
I hope that strikes you as beautifully as it did me. I have such a sense of warmth, and love, and blessedness – a knowing that I am cared for as I type these words. How precious Father’s Daughters are to Him! Is it any wonder that Satan hates ‘woman’ so much? Is it any wonder that there is such a push, an all out war to pollute and destroy ‘woman’ and the mission she has been given by God? Look again – she brings light into the home. What does candle-light (lamp-stands – oil and wick) do for the home? Dispels darkness; lends an ability to see, to search and find (remember the woman searching for the lost coin? She lit a lamp to search. See Text below); gives a warm glow to the walls of the home; gives a sense of peace, even romance. And Satan, using the world, is out to do anything and everything imaginable to distort, destroy and kill each of these blessings.
What is the first thing you sense when you step across the threshold of a Godly Home? Notice I did not say CHRISTIAN Home, I said GODLY HOME. There are many Christian Homes – I was raised it one! But God intends more for us than just a Christian Home. A Christian Home can be a CARNAL home (see Text below) but a GODLY HOME is filled with the HOLY SPIRIT and Jesus is KING in such a home. And how did Jesus come to be in this world? You got it! Born of a WOMAN. Now do not run too far with this. I believe in the ORDER of the FAMILY. Look back at the order of preparing for Passover. Everybody gets in on the cleansing but the MAN (Daddy/husband) makes the final inspection. The Man is RESPONSIBLE before God for the condition of his home. But the Woman (Momma/wife) – oh she can do SO MUCH to bring the LIGHT of CHRIST into the home!! She needs to incorporate all the benefits of the lamp-stand into her home in order to bless the occupants who live there and guests who come to visit there.
I hope you love this as much as I do!! I hope you feel as blessed and honored and privileged and loved as Father has and is doing when He made you His Daughter. And you, Sons? Don’t you feel the same? Did He not honor you, privilege you and love you, when He gave you the ‘White Gloves’? Oh how AWESOME He is!!!
Luke 15: 8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? (NKJV)
1 Corinthians 3:2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? (NKJV)
There is so much more I see here, so much more to say. Pray that I will be faithful to develop it and put it on paper; but, I got to give you one more this morning. Remember above the mention of romance? Father made us sexual beings. He designed us that way for many reasons; one of those reasons for the majority is to birth children. But He also had other things in mind when He made us WOMEN. I confess it angers me at Satan when I see what he has done and continues to do to distort and destroy the beauty of Woman. For one, the exploitation of the female anatomy to sell cars, hamburgers and everything in between to be sure was hatched in the pits of hell to mar and degrade and eventually destroy the vessel God chose to bring Light to the World. And you know what – any male who would be pleased and/or entertained by this exploitation of woman is NO MAN! Sisters, I am asking you to pray and stand – hold your head up, square your shoulders and live your lives in modest holiness and godly pride. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the trash of this world that wants to reduce you to anything less that a vessel bearing the Light of the World! And Brothers, I am asking you to help us – put on those White Gloves!!

Father, You are WOW-ing me! MORE! MORE! I love You. Thank You.
Hear the names of these, your Sons and Daughters with illness and disease and grief and wayward children and grandchildren, and abused souls, fears and doubts, material needs, need of wisdom and direction, all this and more. We proclaim that You are our Provider and You are the God who heals us. You are our Savior, our Companion, our Friend. You are our Everything, help us live this way. Thank You Father for these and what You will do on their behalf:

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.

Thank You for the continued safety of our IDOK Troops and we pray for them that You will continue to protect them in mind and body and spirit and again we especially pray for any one of them who might not have said yes yet to Jesus for Salvation, protect that one and convince him/her of their need of salvation and Father, please bring them all home safe and sound, more in love with You than before they deployed. And Father, revive America, compel us to repentance and use IDOK if You will. Thank You for this ministry and this privilege in Jesus name. Amen and Amen.

As I post this it is 86°F and clear in Baghdad, Iraq & the time there is 7:49 AM ADT – on August 22 , 2007

Just in case some of you are unfamiliar with the meaning I am intending with ‘White Gloves’, I retrieved this from an Internet Site:
: : : : As I understand this phrase, it refers to an inspection of a room for cleanliness. The idea is that, if the room is sufficiently clean, The inspector would be unable to find a speck of dust, even if he/she were to don white cotton gloves and run a gloved finger along every surface. I seem to remember this phrase from the late 50s/early 60s. I wonder if it’s got a military origin or if it’s just a Relic from a TV commercial.

: : : It’s military. For many years, vicious NCO’s have used a white glove to test to see if the squaddies have got their barracks to Ridiculously clean standards. They would claim that it’s character-forming, I suppose.

Rest assured my IDOKS in Father’s Army the Standard of Cleanliness is not ridiculous and that Standard builds Everlasting Character that will one day walk the Street of Gold! Hallelujah!

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IDOK DEVOTION for Monday, August 20, 2007

This Monday morning came much too early but I am sure it is right on time; it is I who is running behind.
I hope you have had a restful weekend.

One thing in particular my Pastor said this weekend is with me this morning. He said we have lost something and I think he is correct. He talked about Jesus walking on the water. He talked about Jesus saying to the storm, “Peace, be still.” He talked about us reading those accounts in Scripture and we don’t say WOW any more. Where has our AWE gone?! I don’t like it when we read the Scripture and it is just words on a page. I like it when the words leap off the page and become alive on the screen of my mind and I like it even more when that “Scripture Movie” plays again and again at just the right moment.

So yesterday in Sunday morning worship, I said, “Lord forgive me and WOW me again.” I prayed that and I am still praying it because I know that my flesh has no ability and no desire to be WOW-ed by Him. I need His help. I know that my natural mind does not have what it takes to be AWED by Him. I also know that I must not approach Him seeking to be WOW-ed by Him for Wow-ing’s sake. I must seek to be WOW-ed by Him in order to KNOW Him more, in order to LOVE Him more, in order to OBEY Him more, in order to fulfill my mission here.
We are well familiar with these verses. They tell us that without Him we can do nothing and I believe that includes being WOW-ed and AWED by Him.
John 6:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
There is a key in these verses too – ABIDE. For me to be WOW-ed by Him, I must consistently ABIDE in Him and I cannot even do that without His help to. Do you get the idea that I can do NOTHING without Him? Me too. WOW!
Father, I appreciate the WOW this morning and I am asking You for more WOWs, not only for me but for any IDOK willing. And I am asking WOWs for these in all the areas they need You.
The Ed Litton Family. People in Peru. Vickie. Lisa W. John Thomas. Cole. Erby’s family. Tonya and family. Melannie and family. Taylor & family. Anita. Kathy. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Jennifer and Kevin. Cathy. Mitch and wife. 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. Troy. Desi. Robert. Billy. Brad. 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. Danny. Drew. Brad.
Civilian in Country – Mike.

And our IDOK Troops protect them, keep them safe in mind and body and spirit. Bring them home to us safe and sound. Save them. WOW them, Lord, just like us. Lord, WOW us with You, not for WOW-ing’s sake but because You deserve it, You are Worthy of our AWE and Lord, we NEED to be WOW-ed by You. We NEED to Worship You, we NEED to stay in constant AWE of You; that is the only way to keep us SAFE, the only way to keep us living holy lives; the only way we will ABIDE in You. WOW us Lord. WOW everyone of us. Thank You Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

As I post this it is 109°F and Sunny in Baghdad, Iraq & the time there is 4:21 PM ADT – on August 20, 2007

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