Monthly Archives: January 2008

It’s Natural to Worry!

IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2008

This morning I am still thinking about yesterday’s Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment so I want to share it with you this morning and it reads:
Worthless Worry
Psalm 37: 25 I was young, and now I am old, but I have never seen good people left helpless or their children begging for food. NCV
Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. NKJV
We worry. We worry about the IRS and the SAT and the FBI….We worry that we won’t have enough money, and when we have money we worry that we won’t manage it well. We worry that the world will end before the parking meter expires. We worry what the dog things if he sees us step out of the shower. We worry that someday we’ll learn that fat-free yogurt was fattening.
Honestly, now. Did God save you so you would fret? Would He teach you to walk just to watch you fall? Would He be nailed to the cross for your sins and then disregard your prayers? Come on. Is Scripture teasing us when it reads, ” He has put His angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go?” (Ps. 91:11).
I don’t think so either.
From his book: IN THE GRIP OF GRACE

To me it sounds as though Max knows of what he is writing. I do too. Maybe that is why I am still thinking of it this morning. Maybe that is why I give it to you this morning. Maybe you know too a bit of worry. And I don’t blame you. It’s a natural thing for us to worry. It’s a SUPERNATURAL thing for us to NOT worry. And Praise our God and King, He has given us His Spirit to teach us to NOT worry and until then He holds our hands and gives us COMFORT. Hallelujah!
John 14:
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Father, thank You for Max and the words You gave him to write to encourage us, to remind us that You did not, have not and will not leave us alone in this world. Thank You for reminding us that You take care of the sparrows and You are taking care of us too. Thank You that whatever is on the minds of each of us today that YOU KNOW and YOU CARE and You have not left us comfortless. Oh, Father, help us receive Your Comfort; help us lean and rest our WHOLE frame upon You. So many Scriptures Lord are coming to mind; thank You! And I pray as our IDOKS read and pray today that You Holy Spirit will flood their minds with Your Word too – those Scriptures just right to speak to their worries and concerns. Lord God You are well able and You have a plan, a good one to help us and never harm us. Thank You Father. And now I am bringing this list of people to You and I am asking You to look close at each of them and their hearts and minds and needs and I am asking You to be YOU for them today in whatever it is. And I am asking You to protect our IDOK Troops today; to keep them safe in mind and body and spirit and I ask You to bring them home safe and sound. Father, let not one of them perish I pray. And please bring this war to a successful conclusion soon. And bring Peace to Israel; Repentance to America; and Lord Elect the President for America that YOU have Chosen and Father, revive Your Church – cause her to stand out and up for Jesus sake. Amen and Amen. Charles and Renee’. Dall T. Dylan. Mark, Margie & Duncan. Marsha’s grand-baby. A care-giver for Emily Grace. Kathy N. Kyle A. Jason, Vicki. Joseph Toomey and Family. Mary Ann. Mr. Nash. DeLois. Terri. Leah O. Patsy B. Kim T. Krystee. Rachel B. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. John Thomas. Cole. Anita. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Katelyn. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glen and family and Kaitlyn. Brittney and Kersten 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. Chuck. Jessie L. 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. Candance. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Justin G. Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside: Edward J.
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Drew. Brad. Tommy. Desi.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.
As I post this it is 63°F haze smoke in Al Taji, IQ & the time there is 4:03 PM AST – on January 4, 2008


HIS MINISTRY TO YOU