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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.

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

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