IDOK DEVOTION for Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I don’t know the young man’s name but his teaching of Ephesians 6:10 -18 was OUTSTANDING. He gave an illustration of a Dad getting ready to go out to dinner with his family; everyone is dressed in appropriate attire for the festive evening and Dad comes out in a red plaid shirt that should have been washed 3 days ago, blue ragged shorts, black socks pulled up just below the knees of his very white legs and sandals. Mom says, ‘Is that what you are going to wear’? We all know the answer to that one.
Each day we get up we go to our closet and we choose something to put on and then we go to the mirror and if we don’t like what we see we go back to the closet and we choose something else to wear.
And then the Young Man gave another example: Someone has wronged you AGAIN! And you decide this time, I am not going to take this anymore; and so you begin to formulate in your mind just what you are going to say. And when you know just how you are going to ‘chew’ them out; and you are just about to open your mouth and let it fly, The Holy Spirit of God says to you: ‘Is that what you are going to wear?’
What we do in the physical directly affects the Spiritual.
When we look into our ‘spiritual mirror’ and we don’t like what we see – what do we do?
Do we say, “oh, well. That’s just the way I am, nothing I can do about it.”
Or, do we say, “well I’m not going anywhere special today, this will be okay for today.”
Or, do we say, “I’m too tired; this is too hard.”
Or, do we say, “I deserve to wear what I want; I earned this.”
See what I mean? In the physical – we would change those unbecoming, non-flattering clothes. Will we change our Spiritual Clothes? Basically, we have two sets of spiritual clothes: one, our filthy rags with which we were born and, two, The Spotless Robe of Righteousness given to us at our Re-Birth (Salvation).
Isaiah 61: 10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
Isaiah 64: 6 But we are all like an unclean thing,
And you understand this righteousnesses in this verse is the best, the most noble, the most gracious act we can perform in our own natural ability and strength is still a filthy rag compared to the righteousness of Christ Jesus.
And so when we look in the ‘mirror’ and we don’t like what we see, what are we wearing? That’s right; those old filthy rags. As a Child of God we can NEVER really be satisfied wearing those old filthy rags of the flesh. SO! GO CHANGE!
It is as simple as going to the closet and choosing another garment. Choose to wear The Robe of Righteousness that you were given at Salvation. Choose to put on the WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD and with His Armor, you (and I) will be able to withstand the fiery darts and the trials and the temptations of the Evil One and our own flesh. You (and I) are going to make that decision today! Which is it going to be — Rags or Riches? And by the way, putting it off for another day to decide for the Riches is the same as a blatant choice for the Rags!
Father, thank You; it has been a beautiful 3 day weekend. You have been with us; You have lavished us with Your Presence and with abundant blessings and we are grateful. And we thank You for the Robe of Righteousness with which You have clothed each of us who have received Your Blood Sacrifice as our very own. And now we pray for wills to put off the rags of our flesh and to live and abide in the Righteousness of Jesus. Thank You for the latest good report concerning Jennifer and the report from Bev – the IV is out and she continues to improve – thank you Father. And we pray again for WC that You will get him through this season of annual difficulties with a marked improvement over last year’s season. And as we look over this list with various situations, some life threatening, some not, but all of them real and all of them important to those making the request and for many we know not what to pray, we know what we think would be good but Lord we confess Your Glory is what is ultimately important and so it is for that we ask. Thank You for lighter consequences for Chuck than could have been and now as he prepares to spend those years of incarceration, we pray he will fully surrender himself to You and we ask You to protect him from eternal harm. Thank You for our IDOK Troops for the safety and protection You have given each of them and we pray for this protection to continue until each and every one of them are safely home. And we again pray specifically for any IDOK Soldier who has not received Your Gift of Salvation, Holy Spirit convict and convince that one or ones that hell is real and You have provided the way of escape for them – help them accept You as Savior and Lord. And we are grateful to come again on behalf of this Nation and ask for revival; for Your Spirit of Conviction and Repentance to fall heavy and if You can use IDOK we would be so grateful in Jesus Name and for His Sake we pray. Amen and Amen.
Zela and her Grandfather. 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. Laura 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 haze in Balad, Iraq & the time there is 7:23AM ADT – on September 4 , 2007
HIS MINISTRY TO YOU