Remembering Back – Looking Forward

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IDOK DEVOTION for Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Pray for the Peace of Israel

What’s it been – six years? Six years since we watched with our eyes what our minds refused to believe – planes flying into twin towers, destroying lives and dreams. What can we say on this anniversary?
Our God still reigns and we know every soul who trusted Him in the aftermath of this tragedy has found Him faithful!

I’ve been preparing a Wednesday Night Bible Study for our Young Folks at Myers. They delight us in that they like Study Guides – Work Sheets and so we by Father’s Grace prepare them. Read with me one of the sections of Scripture that we will be looking at with them in a couple of weeks.
I John 5:
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.
10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

These things have been written that we may KNOW we have Eternal Life.
And on this anniversary of so many lives lost to physical death, don’t we need to remember and rejoice in the Assurance that in Christ Jesus we have ETERNAL LIFE? Don’t we need to Remember and confirm again that we KNOW that even though we die, we will live!
John 11: 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

Let us not forget the tragedy of September 11, 2001 but lets move on in the TRIUMPH of Christ Jesus until each of us either close our eyes here and open them there or until we look up to see from whence came that Trumpet Sound.
I Corinthians 15: 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Father, thank You for this morning that has already begun, help us make the most of this day. Help us redeem this day for Your Glory. Thank You for the promises You have given us in Your Word. Thank You for Eternal Life given us in You Christ Jesus. And we pray for those families of physical lives lost six years ago; we pray that they will seek You today for comfort and purpose and meaning. We pray for America that She will yet be revived; that She will remember that She was oh so willing to pray for a few days after 9-11 and that She will pray again. And we Your IDOKs come praying this morning for ourselves and for those listed here
Zela . 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 that You have and are willing to provide every need; help each of us to discipline ourselves to receive. As other times we pray for our IDOK Troops that You keep them safe in mind and body and spirit; that You convince those who are not yet convinced that You are the ONLY Saviour and they need You. Bring them all home safe and sound to us we pray. And all this we ask based solely upon the Blood and Righteousness of Jesus. Amen and Amen.
As I post this it is 104°F and sunny in Baghdad, Iraq & the time there is 3:55 PM ADT – on September 11 , 2007

I don’t know the Author and you have probably read it before but ponder this again:

The Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside Us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed,Arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride,Superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,Kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
“The grand son thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?
“The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”


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