Tough Skin or Servant Heart

IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2008

I’ve been thinking. Tough times do not come to make us tough but to make us like Jesus – ‘servants’.
I Peter 4: 12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
Hebrews 12: 1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Tough times come and sometime those tough times are so grievous that we wonder why. Why am I having to endure this. If you know that the tough time is NOT the result of personal sin, then KNOW this, it is so HIS GLORY can be revealed in you. And even if it is a result of personal sin, if we will repent and seek His Face, His Glory will still be seen and we can still experience exceeding joy.
Look again who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Tough times, adverse situations, circumstances that we would rather avoid are a part of this life, they were a part of Jesus’ earthly life – MUCH MORE than we will ever experience and yet He ENDURED. Did He like it? NO. The Word says He despised the shame of it but He endured it. And as He was enduring He looked forward to the JOY that was to come.
Do you have a tough time you are enduring right now? Please take heart and focus on the JOY that is to come; focus on His Glory being revealed and you will be glad. And in all that focusing, your ‘servant heart’ will be developing rather than a ‘tough skin’.
Hebrews 4: 14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Father, thank You for these Words of encouragement today. Thank You Holy Spirit that You are here with us to help us do the focusing we are called to do. Help us look beyond the tough times and look at the Joy You have for us. Help us be jealous over Your Glory, so much so that we will not give place to allow tough times to hid Your Glory to be revealed in us.
Again we pray for complete healing for Allison; for comfort for the Kinard Family; comfort for Ms. Alla Mae; healing for WC and for Richard and strength for Emma and the family; conviction and repentance for Oprah and on through each name listed here we pray for Your Best for them.
Thank You again today for the heart comfort and safety for our IDOK Troops. We pray for their protection – mind, body and spirit. We pray for the Peace of Israel and Father, guard Your People here in America that we will be an influence to keep America standing with Israel. And we pray for America that You will have mercy on Her; that You will grant grace and space for Her to repent. We pray You will have mercy on us in these presidential elections; we pled for the removal of those from places of power that will corrupt This Nation and turn Her more and more against You. We pray for us, Your Church, that You will revive us; fill us, pour out Your Spirit as You have said and cause us all to Proclaim Your Word for Jesus sake.
Allison. Kinard Family. Alla Mae. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. Oprah. Chris B. Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Odessa H. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Tonya and family. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. 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 Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and family. 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. Chuck. 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 and Baby. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew. Cindy, Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about
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. Brant W. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G. Kyle N.
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
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
On their way home: Hawk. Lyndon A.
Civilian in Country – Lee.

As I post this it is 91°F and haze in Al Taji, IQ & the time there is 3:47 PM AST – on May 8, 2008

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