Invitations

IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2008
What we can learn from a dog: 8 Be loyal.

I was praying for someone this morning and a train of thought came to me that I hope I can pull together for you here.
An Invitation.
We send out invitations every day. I’m not speaking of the kind when we take pen to paper, sign our names and appeal to someone for their company at a specific event.
No, I am thinking in the realm of the spiritual.
Consider this: when we contemplate doing a certain thing it is as though we are walking to the front door of our home and when we determine yes we will do the thing, it is as though we have opened the front door and invited in a guest.
And who is the guest?
That’s a good question.
And the answer depends upon the type of invitation we sent.
Was our action a deed of compliance with the Word of God or did we set aside the Word of God with the deed?
When we make wrong choices about anything — what we say, where we go, who we go with, what we ingest into our bodies, what we read, what we look upon, what we listen to — with any wrong choice, we have opened our front door and given Satan an invitation to come in and dirty up, mess up, tear up and destroy our home.
And since he is NO gentleman, as well as being a piece of slime, he only needs a tiny crack to slip in.

Now, on the other hand, the Glorious Other Hand, when we listen to Holy Spirit as we walk the rooms of our home and we take the actions He directs we open the front door and we give Father an invitation to come in.
And He is such a Gentleman.
He comes only as far as we invite Him.
And as I think about it, in any room into which we do not invite Him, the ‘other one’ is most likely still messing in that room.
Wouldn’t it be wise of us and shouldn’t it be our joy to open the door to every room, every closet, every cabinet, every nook, and cranny and invite the Holy Spirit to clean, clean, clean and replace messes with order and beauty, mend and restore whatever is broken, build up and add on and greatly enhance the value of our home; so much so that it becomes the most admired house on the block?
Wouldn’t it be wise and in our best interest to send such an invitation?
I will send out invitations today. You will send out invitations today.
Let’s do our best to send our invitations to Father GOD and make sure that Satan and his wrecking crew are uninvited!


Psalm 84: 11 For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]!

Psalm 94:12 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law, 13 That You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity, until the [inevitable] pit of corruption is dug for the wicked.

Psalm 112:1 PRAISE THE Lord! (Hallelujah!) Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who fears (reveres and worships) the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. 2 His [spiritual] offspring shall be mighty upon earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Prosperity and welfare are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.

Proverbs 28:13 He who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes his sins will obtain mercy. 14 Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is the man who reverently and worshipfully fears [the Lord] at all times [regardless of circumstances], but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. 15 Like a roaring lion or a ravenous and charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

Revelation 1:3 Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who reads aloud [in the assemblies] the word of this prophecy; and blessed (happy, to be envied) are those who hear [it read] and who keep themselves true to the things which are written in it [heeding them and laying them to heart], for the time [for them to be fulfilled] is near.           source 

Father, You are so good to me. So good to IDOKs everywhere. You are AWESOME. We can not praise You enough for Who You are. And right now at this moment, we invite You to clean and restore and mend and build us as You Will and yes throw away and clear out, root up, burn and destroy anything within us that is not pleasing to You. You know our hearts, You know the needs and wants and prayers of these listed here and we commend each of them now along with Israel’s Peace, America’s Repentance, and the peace and safety of our IDOK Troops. Amen and amen. 

As I post this it is 55°F and partly cloudy in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 4:31PM AST – on December 12, 2008.
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