Lord, Teach Us To Be Offended!

IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008

Fifteen of Twenty Five – A Great Recipe:
15- No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

Well, if I had any doubts that Sarah Palin was God’s woman, which I didn’t, I certainly don’t now. Satan has brought out one of his viler tools to persecute Sarah. I heard via Fox News this morning that Larry Flynn has made a porn film with a Palin look alike. A porn parody I believe it is being called. The name of the film I cannot tell you as according to Fox it is so vile they cannot even speak it on the air. My prayer continues to be for Sarah that she will be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove when she deals with the lost souls who so eagerly give themselves to the causes of Satan. May Sarah find comfort and strength in the Words of Jesus. Matthew 5: 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
(PM update: Various Hollywood personalities are also from the cesspool openly before cheering crowds breathing out vile, reprobate verbiage against Sarah Palin.) Oh do I wish I could upset Satan as much as she is!!
I hope Sarah will not even give this ‘sewage spewing from hell’ the time of day. I hope she will stand firm in her faith and allow ABBA to fight this for her.
You know the amazing, mind boggling thing about all this? Even though Jesus hates the sin of pornography, the production of it, the selling of it, the viewing of it, any and all participation in it; He loves the sinner – even Larry Flynn, this Palin ‘look alike’, certain Hollywood personalities and the sin-sick souls who will give their eyes to viewing it. What a GOD He is!!
May I again remind us all that we have a mandate from our God to come out from among them and be separate? There was a movie made some years ago entitled The Time Changer. It was a good movie. It depicted the horror and disbelief a 19th Century Christian would experience if he encounter 20th century Christians. Yes, I said Christians. It was and is no surprise that sinners sin. What was so appalling to the 19th Century Christian Time Traveler was how much like the ‘world’ was the professing church in the year 2000.
Do we have the courage to be ‘different’? Do we have the courage to be ridiculed? Do we have the courage and the desire to live holy? Do we have the courage to walk circumspectly?
Lets read from Ephesians 5. We can only walk circumspectly if we are committed to imitating our God.
1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Verses 3 through 6 describe the practices of the unsaved. Hear Father’s command to us in verse
7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Do this and we shall live victoriously – do not do this and we are deceiving no one but ourselves.
Father, let not one IDOK be deceived. If we are partaking of any form of darkness, please expose it and reprove us of it. LORD, cause us to put away from us any unfruitful work of darkness. Lord Jesus we know Your Righteousness makes us holy in position but Holy Spirit it takes You washing us with Your Word to make us holy in practice. Holy Spirit somehow, however You will, turn us every way but loose. Don’t let us look even remotely like Satan’s crowd. Please put just a really bad taste in our mouths for the things of this world. Lord, teach us how to be offended. Teach us to hate sin like You hate sin. Teach us to hate it so much that to practice it is as repulsive to us as going for a swim in a septic tank. Lord, when people met You they changed. They either said Yes to You and came to love You or they hated You and turned away. We leave people like we found them, don’t we? I want to learn to do it Your Way – teach me Lord. Teach me to imitate You. And I pray for every willing IDOK, teach them too.
And Lord, love on our IDOK Troops for us today. Please keep them safe from harm in mind, body and spirit and bring them home safe and sound as soon as You will. Every name listed here has a face, Lord, and You know each face perfectly. Look upon their faces today and help each to look up in faith and see You today; see You providing for them just what they need. We still pray for Israel to be protected and come to the Peace You long to give them; we still pray for mercy for America, for grace and space to repent. We do not know if there is a spark left in Larry Flynn or these others; we don’t know if they have reached the point of no return – if they have not, Holy Spirit, we pray somehow, Lord, they will be yet saved. ABBA, my heart is troubled and I am weary. I think there are others like me and so I pray for us a better attitude, more praise, less worry and a whole lot more excitement about how Great and Awesome You are. Renew our strength and forgive us for our failure to rest these mortal bodies. I am sorry ABBA; help me and I will learn and do better. Amen and amen.

As I post this it is 75°F and smoke haze in Baghdad, IQ & the time there is 7:16 AM AST – on October 14, 2008
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