IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2008
And we KNOW that is true and we claim that this morning for us all.
But there was a time I did not believe that about God… Especially for me… Maybe for someone else. There was a time that I thought as the quote this morning from Paul Little reads: Some people think that God peers over the balcony of heaven trying to find anybody who is enjoying life. And when He spots them He yells, “Now cut that out!”
That concept of God is blasphemous! So when you cross paths with one who has that concept of Our Father (that He is the Supreme Kill-Joy) tell them ‘NOW CUT THAT OUT!”
Lets look at Romans 15:
Verses 5 and 6: Now may the God who gives the power
(just look at that… Is that glorious or what… He gives POWER… He and we… We can do what these verses command us to do! He gives the POWER of PATIENT ENDURANCE to US!!)
Of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement,
(encouragement for us WILL be supplied to us this very day! – let’s not choose to miss it!)
Grant you to live in such mutual harmony
(very important that we REMEMBER POWER here!! AND CHOICE — He and we — we can do this! He and me have gone to meddling now… Right?)
And such full sympathy with one another,
(this one is not as hard is it? At least for brothers and sisters we like)
In accord with Christ Jesus, That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
And what is the point of all this? Why do we want to choose to receive the encouragement that He will supply today? Why do we want to choose to live in harmony with one another today? Why will we sympathize with one another today? Why will we unite hearts today??? So that – we the Church – The Body of Christ – His Representatives, here on this planet to a Lost and Dying World — will with one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). NOW that’s worth doing! That’s worth getting up for in the morning!
Nope! My Daddy God is NOT a Supreme Cosmic Kill-Joy!! We have far too much fun together for that to be even remotely true. Have fun with Him today and enjoy HIS POWER in YOUR life!
Father, we thank You that You are MORE FUN than anyone else in the Universe, were it not for You we would not even know what fun is; thank You. Thank You for my email family; thank You for teaching us so faithfully each and every day; thank You for the honor and the privilege of meeting with us daily; thank You for being You with us. I pray for each and everyone that their day today will be kissed by Your Presence and they will KNOW they are loved and I pray that we will receive encouragement today and we will make right choices today; that we will live in harmony according to Your Power within us and that we will cry with those who cry and we will laugh with those who laugh and most of all that we will glorify YOU today. And Father, very importantly I pray for those we love who do not yet know You that today they will see YOU in us and they will believe for Jesus sake. Amen and amen.
And to that today we add that we are coming with the Lawson Family and the Local Congregation there grieving this separation from her and we pray for comfort for them. We pray for a speedy recovery for Makayla and for strength for Tiffany and the family. We pray for Bro. Bob and Ms. Martha for strength to rest on Your changing Grace and Wisdom, Lord. And we pray this surgery that Ms. Martha is scheduled to have that it will be performed with skill and accuracy and that she will recover.
And we call the names of others to You Lord as listed here; we are not privy to all the cares and concerns and we will so inadequate to know how to pray but we know and are sure that You know just what to do for each of them and we are certain that You Lord Jesus are interceding for us now and we are grateful. Thank You.
We ask that You protect our IDOK Troops today and that You encourage them, especially those who are suffering illnesses and injuries; I am specifically thinking of Drew and Anthony and asking You for recovery for them. Lord, please keep each and every IDOK Troop safe from harm in mind, body and spirit and bring each one home safe and sound; let us not loose one and we pray for a successful conclusion to this war soon. And we pray for Peace for Israel and for National Leaders to wisely support Israel; we pray that we would heed Your Word and bless Israel; we pray for Repentance for America; for the election of Your Choice for President; for an Awakening and Revival of the Church. And Lord thank You for Your Forgiveness and Mercy that we are in need of continually, especially me. Protect all our IDOKs today and help us rely upon You today; help us believe You today and rejoice in Your Goodness today. Amen and Amen.
Update from Helen (last night’s prayer request): Sis Lawson passed away about 10-10:15 pm. Please remember her family as well as her church family.
Makayla is out of surgery and Tif is waiting for her to wake up so she can go back with her but everything appears to be okay with her.
Mrs. Martha was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon and is expected to have gall bladder surgery. Please pray for she and Bro. Bob. Charles and Renee’. Dall T. Dylan. Mark, Margie & Duncan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Jason, Vicki. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. 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. 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. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glen and family. 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. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Mrs. Dobbs. Andrew. Tiffany & Makayla. Lawson 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 (foreign soil) – 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. Drew.
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. Brad. Tommy. Desi.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.
As I post this it is 48°F and mostly cloudy in Al Asad, Iraq & the time there is 4:06 PM AST – on January 8, 2008
HIS MINISTRY TO YOU