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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