IDOK DEVOTION for Friday, August 17, 2007

 In Discovering God’s Purpose for Your Life, by Beth Moore (this is not an endorsement of Beth Moore, just a teaching from her that prompted this post) she said:
“You must come to that place where you realize you really are something to God. And when you practice on-going sin in your life, you are quenching the glory of God which He so desires to reveal to you.” (Page 48).

As she was talking about our bodies, souls, and spirits and she related that life here on this sin-cursed planet scars and wounds and damages our bodies and our souls; she said:

“Nobody has touched my spirit. My spirit is untouched, virginal, chaste, one hundred percent without yeast. No one has victimized my spirit and I have never been able to defile that. Beloved, you have something and someone within you that is totally untouched and totally undefiled! Hallelujah!” (Page 49).

Let’s look at the verse of Scripture upon which this is based.

(NIV) I Corinthians 5: 7 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.     source

Let’s also read these from the KJV as that is the Translation my Greek Lexicon uses.

7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Hold this in mind, you are going to see it again.
KJV says AS YE ARE UNLEAVENED and it means the same in both translations.
Now let us see in the Greek what Father has said about us here.
To locate and define I use

The word Unleavened in Greek is a[zumo
Which is transliterated Azumos
And it means Unfermented, free from leaven or yeast of the unleavened loaves used in the paschal feast of the Jews
Metaph. Free from faults or the “leaven of iniquity” 

Do you see what I see there? FREE FROM FAULTS!

Before we finish this study, let’s look at two more words: LEAVEN and LUMP.
LEAVEN, and that Greek word is zuvmh
Transliterated it is Zume
And it means leaven Metaph. Of inveterate mental and moral corruption, viewed in its tendency to infect others

No real surprise there, huh?
Inveterate mental and moral corruption with a tendency to infect others — that sounds like our fallen human nature, doesn’t it?

Lump – in the Greek: fuvrama
Transliterated: Phurama
And meaning Any substance mixed with water and kneaded A mass, a lump Of dough Of clay

But we are not done with Lump yet.
Fuvrama is not the root word; fuvw is and
It is transliterated: Phuo
And it means: To beget, bring forth, produce To be born, to spring up, to grow To shoot forth, spring up

Hang with me here, we’re getting close.
The Scripture commands us to purge out the old LEAVEN; that inveterate mental and moral corruption that has a tendency to infect others.
What is inveterate? 1. Firmly and long established; deep-rooted 2. Persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual
That sounds like us apart from Jesus Christ; without Him, we with our SOUL and BODY persist in habitual sin.

Okay. Now how about the LUMP?
Something mixed with WATER and KNEADED but that is not all.
Not only is it mixed with WATER and KNEADED it is something that is begotten (beget), brought forth, produced, born, grow, shoot forth.
Oh, I like being a LUMP of UNLEAVENED!

How about that word kneaded: 1. To mix and work into a uniform mass, as by folding, pressing, and stretching with the hands: kneading dough. 2. To make or shape by or as if by folding, pressing, and stretching with the hands. 3. To squeeze, press, or roll with the hands, as in massaging: kneading a painful calf muscle.
Is this in any wise clear to you?

In Christ Jesus we are UNLEAVENED. Our spirit is that PLACE within our Frame that HOLY SPIRIT resides and that place is FREE FROM FAULTS. I confess, it is going to take me some time and much prayer to get my brain or my emotions wrapped around that thought!!!
Okay. Now for me to be the LUMP (that is this person who walks and talks here on planet earth with that FREE FROM FAULT UNLEAVENED living inside of me – WHO I REALLY AM — Oh my is that GREAT!) that He desires me to be, I have to be MIXED and KNEADED – the WATER of the WORD has to be poured into me and those persistent, deep-rooted, ingrained habitual sins have to be KNEADED – worked out of me; and that may require Holy Spirit within me to fold, press, stretch, shape, squeeze, roll, and massage me in order to bring me forth into that LUMP He desires and I desire me to be.
Let me stretch this just a little more.
When The Father brought us forth from death in trespasses and sins, He begot us, He brought us forth as a shoot coming from a root – THE ROOT of DAVID – Jesus The Christ. Revelation 22: 16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”   source

In summary, if we are going to be ‘little loaves of bread’ to feed the multitudes, we must submit the LUMP we are to the kneading of  Holy Spirit.

Prayer Request from Bev: Also, I am certain you have seen the reports of the severe earthquake in Peru. A few weeks ago, I would have just said “Isn’t that a shame?”. Well, now I have been there and know people in the area that was hit. I am requesting that the safety of those people please be put on the IDOK prayer list. I have some e-mail addresses and am trying to contact them, but so much of the electricity is off and there is very little cell service in the area. Isn’t it amazing how God changes our concept of what is important to us and what is not? I will let you know when I am able to get some information about the pastors and families of the Peruvians I came to love in the 10 days I was there.

Father, certainly first and foremost we praise You for Who You are and we thank You for the free of faults standing You give us in Christ Jesus. At this time we are coming with what seems to us urgent requests – the people of Peru, the Pastors, and families amid the earthquake, these are Your People and we are entrusting their well-being to You and we are asking You to give Bev some word from them.  In meantime give peace and assurance as she and others wait for news from them. And we ask for peace and consolation for Pastor Litton as he grieves the bodily death of his wife and the serious bodily injury incurred by his daughter. We hardly know how to pray in these cases. We know to trust You and rely upon the sure fact that You are moved with compassion for these even though we do not understand the why of these horrific events. Yet we know somehow You will be glorified and somehow You will bring good and You will bless everyone involved in these two tragedies and it is for this that we Praise You and wait upon You. Help us be encouraged and continue to rejoice in this message of Unleavened.
Again thank You for the IDOK Troops that are at home; we pray for continued adjusting and holy reflection for them and we continue to pray for our IDOK Troops still serving on Foreign Soils.
And so we especially pray for any of our IDOK Troops who have not been quickened in Spirit, that You will convince them of their need for salvation and we pray they will agree with You and be saved.
We still see the need for revival in America and we ask You to bring it on, Lord. And in addition to all this, we pray for these too that Your Will be done for each in all ways for Jesus’ sake.

As I post this it is 116°F with Scattered Clouds in Tikrit, Iraq & the time there is 8:34 AM ADT – on August 17, 2007


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