IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2008
I have a low setting book shelf to the left of my computer desk and a few days ago I was attempting to return a book to this low rise shelf without getting out of my chair. Naturally this placed me at not only an awkward angle but also an improper height for the task. In addition to nearly falling out of my chair I knocked over several of the other books as I wrestled with the one I was replacing. About that time I thought dummy, why didn’t you just get up out of your chair, squat down and approach the bookshelf head on.
Do you sense a spiritual application coming on here? I do.
How often do we ‘create’ more work for ourselves and disrupt other matters in the name of expediency? Rather than taking the easy way out in controversial situations, why don’t we move up, squat down and meet that thing head on? I think one reason is we don’t want to leave our ‘comfortable chair’. Another reason could be we want to get menial and/or unpleasant tasks done quickly with as little effort as possible. Lets face it, we don’t like to be uncomfortable and we don’t like to be bothered with matters of non-interest to us. And at least one of us has a deep reluctance for head on, face to face, eye to eye confrontation. Such requires me to move up in my thinking (that is think with the Mind of Christ) squat down (that is humble myself – accept that His Way is Right) and meet that thing head on with assurance that He in due time will reward my actions.
My goal was to put the book away with as little effort as possible in the least amount of time. I failed. I failed because easy way outs and short cuts almost always lead to time consuming detours and back tracking.
When will we ever learn to just do it right the first time? To stand up when the need is presented, kneel before our Father, reach out our hand to His and face these issues with humility and trust? Trust that He in us and through us will expediently get that book back on the shelf? Can we, will we commit ourselves to no short cuts, leaving our comfort zones and humbling ourselves to whatever holy level it takes to get the job done?
4 “ The Lord GOD has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.
5 The Lord GOD has opened My ear;
And I was not rebellious,
Nor did I turn away.
2 Timothy 4:
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lost heart.
We have added the Kearney Family this morning as they are grieving the physical death of a Dad. And we have added Kathy S. She has a life threatening medical condition.
Father, thank You for allowing us the privilege of prayer; thank You that You hear and You answer. Thank You Lord Jesus for giving us Your Righteousness. And we pray this morning for the Kearney Family, we pray for peace and consolation for them; we pray they will receive Your Strength. For Kathy S we hardly know how to pray. As we think about her condition, what she and her family must be experiencing, such fear and dread and uncertainty and yet certain that unless treatment is found she will die such a painful death – Father, have mercy on her and her family. For Your Glory intervene and show Yourself Mighty on her behalf. And for these others we continue to intercede for Your Glory and their good. And we continue to pray for our IDOK Troops, for their safety and protection in mind and body and spirit and for their safe return to family and friends. And Father, others are coming to mind; others with addictive practices that can only be broken, they can only be set free if they will admit they have sinned and be willing to turn away from those sins and embrace You and we pray they will. Holy Spirit pursue them like the Hounds of Heaven and if we can help move us Lord. We pray for the Election of Your Choice for President; we pray for Repentance for America; for the Peace of Israel, for a successful conclusion to the war and for the awakening and revival of Your Church. And Lord, for each and every IDOK I pray we will embrace Your Strength to move up, kneel down and face today head on in Your Name. Amen and Amen. Kearney Family. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Kaitlyn T and Family. Bev and family. Tonya and family. Rick Burgess and family. 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. Rachel B. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. 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. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. 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. Andrew.
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. Justin G. (Hawk and Lyndon A – home for R&R)
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: 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. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.
As I post this it is 63°F and smoke in Al Taji, IQ & the time there is 4:01 PM AST – on February 7, 2008
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