Corner of Choice – Cloud of Witnesses

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IDOK DEVOTION for Monday, September 10, 2007

Pray for the Peace of Israel

Hebrews 12: 1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Cloud of Witnesses. I thought of this verse as I was reading a novel on Friday. I have not read a book just for the pleasure of reading in many years. Everything I have read for a long time now has been as you might expect Scripture, devotional books and Bible study work books. But I sat down with a novel on Friday morning and watched the screen of my mind as this love story played – Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. If you want to take a trip without leaving home, a Christian Novel is a great way to do that. Anyway, back to Friday morning. As I was watching Michael interact with Angel, not the name given her by her mother but one that she would eventually grow into, sitting on the edge of my seat I found myself ‘praying’ he would do the right thing. I wanted so much for him to continue manifesting the godly traits I had seen in him since our introduction. And there he was standing at the Corner of Choice, exasperated, frustrated, fired-up, and let-down, wondering what am I doing here and what am I going to do now? As he stood outside the Palace contemplating for the first time in his life to get rip-roaring drunk, I pleaded for him to resist. And when he walked on by, I let out a sigh of relief! And at that moment, I believe, the Holy Spirit reminded me of ‘Cloud of Witnesses’. I was Michael’s witness; his victory was important to me. I wanted him to be victorious; seeing him fail would have grieved me.

You and I have witnesses that sit on the edge of their seats daily watching us at the Corner of Choice; which way will we turn – left or right? I believe these witnesses can be identified as the Angelic host (both holy and unholy) and two groups of people – our brothers and sisters in Christ and the unsaved of the world. Michael is only a character in a book and yet I wanted him to win. I wanted him to remain faithful to God. Can you imagine how much the Angels of God want us to win? Can you envision how they must stand ‘breathless’ at times hoping with all that is within them that we make the right choice? Can you envision how the unholy ones must ‘celebrate’ when we come to the Corner of Choice and turn LEFT instead of RIGHT? Can I envision how it grieves you or discourages you or troubles you when I approach the Corner of Choice and turn LEFT? Can you envision how it grieves me when you approach that Corner and turn LEFT? But in all this Cloud of Witnesses there is ONE more that we must considered – Our Triune God? What does He experience when we turn LEFT? What does HE experience when we turn RIGHT? Please ponder this and in your pondering, pray. Pray for a Revelation from Him that will encourage you daily to turn Right at every Corner.
Michael was only a character in a book but he has been a great reminder to me that I am ‘Character’ in Father’s Eternal Book and I have a Cloud of Witnesses watching, daily; so do you.

Father, it’s been a good weekend and I thank You. Thank You for Francine Rivers and this experience that You have given me in the words of her book. I pray for our IDOKs that we will take to heart this Cloud of Witnesses and this command from You to lay aside, to turn away from these sins that cripple us, wound us and grieve You. Holy Spirit cause us to ponder this not for a ‘guilt trip’ but for encouragement and strength to make right choices and daily grow stronger and stronger in faith, stronger and deeper in love with You. Thank You for Zela’s report that her grandfather is better and has returned home and now we pray for Zela that this illness that has come upon her will soon be gone. And we continue to pray that Becky and Bill and all the family will be comforted as they grieve; may their grieving be holy and may their assurances of seeing Jody again be firm. Send along side people to help them in practical ways especially this first year. All of us reading these words and praying alongside have more on our minds than space to write and even though it is not all spelled out here, You know and You care; of that we are confident and in that confidence we come with these Janie B. 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. John and Sandy

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 answering on behalf of each of these, especially our IDOK Troops; keep them safe and bring this war to a successful conclusion we pray and bring each of them home to us safe and sound and more in love with You than when they deployed. And Holy Spirit since You have reminded me I believe, we pray for any of them who have not yet exchanged their sins for Your Righteousness – please help them do that soon and it is in Jesus name we pray. Amen and Amen.
As I post this it is 79°F and sunny expected to get much hotter as the day goes along in Baghdad, Iraq
& the time there is 7:51 AM ADT – on September 10, 2007


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