Time and Water

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IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2008

I suppose you can tell I am spending a little time outside this week. You may recognize the object in the picture above as a piece of reinforced concrete that is customarily strategically placed on the ground to disburse the rain as it comes gushing off the roof of your house. Generally we think of concrete as some pretty tough stuff. We use in all sorts of construction projects: highways, bridges, foundations for homes, office buildings, etc.etc. Like I said, pretty tough stuff. But our pictured concrete was no match for two something(s) as simple as — you guessed it: time and water. And naturally, or is that super-naturally, when I studied our object today The Holy Spirit, I believe, gave me a spiritual analogy.
It has long been established in our Christian teaching that WATER is often used to symbolize The Word of God;
Ephesians 5:
26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

And the heart of un-regenerated man as STONE (or maybe ‘concrete’).
Ezekiel 36:
25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

And what I am saying to you today with my picture of broken concrete is that with Time and The WATER, the Holy Spirit of God can wear down the resistance of even the stoney-ist heart. Don’t give up on those for whom you are praying — and that includes you and those stubborn issues you are worried about.
Father, You are so good to us it is indescribable. Thank You; thank You for wearing down our resistance; thank You for replacing our hearts of stone with hearts of flesh. Thank You Holy Spirit for continuing to convict us until the stone was washed away and we believed. And we pray now for those in our lives who have not yet believed, continue to wear away the stoney heart. And we pray that we will be faithful to be instruments in Your Hands to channel the Water of Your Word in proper directions and proportions. This is a noble and great ministry to which You have called us and we pray we will be faithful — wear down any resistance that we have. Thank You Lord. We continue to pray for friends we love so much, asking for encouragement, strength, peace and healing. We pray for our IDOK Troops as we sit here Stateside and they are there in places we do not see or understand, we pray for Your Manifested Presence with them; love on them and protect them we pray. We ask too that You bring this war to a successful conclusion. We pray for the Peace of Israel; for the repentance of America; for the election of Your Choice for President; for the reviving of Your Church and for each of these to know Your Will and be willing to do it for Jesus sake.
Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Smith and family. Barber Grandsons. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Jeremy H. Pastor’s Widow and four children. Martin Family. Odessa H. Margie & Duncan. Kearley Family. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Bev and family. Tonya and family. Rick Burgess and family. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Patsy B. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. 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. 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. Cindy, Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
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.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III. Bay N.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside:
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.
As I post this it is 55°F and partly cloudy in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 7:26 AM AST – on March 20, 2008
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