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That’s Not My Job!

IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2008
I am on my way to wellness. Thank you for your prayers.

As I begin this IDOK, Jerry is viewing some of the coverage of the Democratic National Convention. I watched all I could which was not much. It is not good for my health, neither my blood pressure nor my spirit. I cannot fathom the blindness of people. Have you ever seen a child whose conduct was so unruly, so mindless that in your flesh you could take hold of them and shake them, hoping in some way to stop their wrong behavior? That’s the way I feel as I begin this devotional writing. I want to grab hold of folks and shake some sense into them. But that’s not my job. I want to shout: “People, his name is Barack Hussein Obama! He is not an ‘American’! He is an Ishmaelite!” But that’s not my job. And further ‘they’ are not my audience; you are. And you already know this. What could I tell you about the political scene in America that you do not already know? What could I tell you about the rampant and blatant sin in America that you do not already know? Maybe my frustration to a lesser degree or not is your frustration. Maybe you want to get some folks told too. Maybe you want to enlighten them even as I do. But in this moment, that’s not my job. And I don’t know that Abba will ever give me a platform to tell Obama that he has offended me (and I suspect he wouldn’t care anyway). Or Katie Couric or many other media personalities that they too offend me. Obviously, tonight that’s not my job. And neither is it my job to talk loudly to the television – which tonight I have done. Father, forgive me. And when I left the television and came to my office, I was still speaking rather loudly and there was only one place I could go for calmness, for comfort, for hope, for help.
Psalm 37:
7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.
You can come to this place too. Whatever is overwhelming you, you can come and rest and trust your Abba. Fretting, only causes harm. And I have done enough of that already.
Continuing in Psalm 37.
18 The LORD knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD,
And He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the LORD upholds him with His hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the LORD shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
Because they trust in Him.
Whoever is elected President in November, these Scriptures are true. So what is my job? My job is to take to ABBA with my frustrations and trust Him to be GOD – always! And then maybe He will allow me to keep on sharing His Gospel which is our ultimate job – yours and mine.
Father, thank You. Fretting over Obama and thousands of other mis-guided people does not help me or them. Only You can change me and change them and that is what I am asking You to do. Thank You that whatever comes You are LORD, and You give Your People strength in times of trouble. Father, my concern for this election remains but I am choosing by Your Grace to not fret over it and by Your Grace allow You to take my frustration and make it productive for Your Kingdom. I continue to pray for America that You will pour out conviction and give grace and space for repentance. And I pray You will continue to expose the character of Obama and McCain too. Father, I am sorry this country is in such a state of sin. Please have mercy. And I am continuing to pray that America will stand with Israel. I pray that people in positions of power here in America who will not stand with Israel will be removed from office. Abba, this place is in such a mess only You can fix it and I know the time is coming when You will. And we are looking forward to that time. In the meantime, please protect our IDOK Troops and families; give comfort and wisdom and supply their needs we pray. And for these listed here we pray for their strength to increase, their faith to grow and their love for You to abound. We pray those who are sick to be healed. We pray for those seeking directions as to medical treatment, or debt management or mending relationships that You will guide them and they will follow. And for a family we believe to be members of Olive Baptist Church who are troubled on every side, we pray for strength and provisions. Thank You for being our ABBA. Thank You for forgiving us when we sin and act unbecoming. amen and amen. Tory. Davison and Mosley Families. Danni A. Bernie. Darlene. Edie G. Rachel. W C and family. Maggie and Family. Dylan. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Pattie S. Vickie. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn and Family. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. David & Allison. Jeanette and Earl and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten 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 andFamily. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Andrew. Lee. Sharron and family, Linda and family, Bev and Family,
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. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G. Kyle N. Michael K. Sgt. Bozicevich. Bay N.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil:
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George.Travis N. Hawk.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony.
Hospitalized: Captain Tran
Military at home adjusting – Tim. Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J. Lyndon A. Jason G.
Still praying but no recent update: Hector. Corpl. Light. Bradley T. Albert R III.
As I post this it is 89°F and partly cloudy in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 7:57 AM AST – on August 26, 2008
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