IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2008
18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints,
19 and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength,
20 which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms,
Would you like to know what these verses said to me today? Good, ‘cause I’m gonna tell you.
The FIRST thing a soul needs to KNOW about God is ‘He raises the dead.’
And I believe this is true AT salvation and throughout the Christian Life. A lost soul must come to believe and KNOW that God Almighty can raise the dead; that He did raise Jesus The Christ from the DEAD. Let me be BLUNT: any and every accountable soul that does not KNOW God the Father raised His Son Jesus Christ from the dead to live again, that soul is lost. Moreover, unless that soul has their mind changed prior to their physical death they will spend eternity in a place called HELL. It’s as simple as that. The FIRST thing we MUST know about God is He raises the dead.
But I said throughout the Christian Life, didn’t I? Remember Martha? Remember when her brother Lazarus was ill and she and her sister Mary sent for Jesus and Jesus did not show up until after, four days after Lazarus had died? What did Jesus say to her when she was ‘disputing’ with Jesus (Have we ever disputed with Jesus? No, not gonna chase that rabbit today.) about taking the stone away from the cave where Lazarus’ body had been laid?
Lets get in on a little of that conversation, starting in verse 23 of John 11: Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Did you see that?! Just believing that Jesus is the Christ and that He came into this world IS NOT ENOUGH!! Lets listen to more of their conversation in verse 39: Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
What was it that Martha needed to believe? Didn’t she already believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Go back to verse 25. Jesus said to her, I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE.
Again I say, in all our Christian Life if we will KNOW that our God raises the Dead; that our Savior, Jesus the Christ, is ALIVE from the DEAD – we can then believe ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH HIM – and even if our situation has been DEAD and stinking 4 days already – still ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH HIM.
By the way the number 4 in Biblical Numerology means Creation. Could it be those stinking situations in our lives are there to raise something in us? Could it be Jesus waits ‘4 days’ when we call on Him regarding a certain matter in order for a new Creation to come alive in us or someone else?
Yes, I am certain the first thing we MUST KNOW about our God is HE RAISES THE DEAD. We must know that to be saved and we must know that to live this Daily Christian Life. Hallelujah! Father raises the DEAD!
P.S. This post script is added a few hours after I put this devotion ‘to bed’ to wait for mailing to you tomorrow (Thursday) morning. At the writing of this P.S. I just moments ago received a video via email and I am passing the link on to you. When you view this Internet Video, even more than before you will KNOW that our Father raised our Jesus from the dead and IDOK is His Ministry to You and to me. Praise Him! Praise Him!
I love crying holy, grateful tears!! See you back here for prayer in just a bit. The video is about 6 minutes. — Thanks Betty for being Father’s instrument of confirmation and blessing to me!!!
Thank You Father that You raised Christ Jesus from death to life for us; thank You that You are still raising the dead; that each time a heart says yes to salvation in Jesus You raise the dead again. Thank You that the mortal bodies of all who have died or will die will be raised to immortal bodies. Thank You Lord Father. And since all things are possible with You; that You are all powerful, all knowing and all wise and always LOVE, we bring each soul whose name appears here and we are looking to You to see the dead raised; to see hearts and minds and bodies revived and whatever else You want to do for these.
Lawson Family. Mrs. Dobbs. 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. Katelyn (B). 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. Tiffany & Makayla. Andrew.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
And for our IDOK Troops we are again praying for their protection of mind, body and spirit; we ask You to encourage them today and at the time appointed bring them home to us safe and sound. We pray for the Peace of Israel, for the Repentance of America, for the Election of Your Choice for President – move people to vote according to Your Choice Lord, and we pray for Your Church – revive us Lord for Jesus sake. Amen and amen.
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 44°F and overcast in Al Asad, Iraq & the time there is 3:49 PM AST – on January 10, 2008
HIS MINISTRY TO YOU