IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009
Link to a Word: http://salemnet.vo.llnwd.net/o29/lifetoday/swf/2009/02/90218.htm
Hope you will be able to listen.
As I begin, this Wednesday afternoon is far spent; a short time remains to be prepared for Wednesday night services. I have enjoyed Joyce Myers, Beth Moore and I just heard a delightful story as told by John Hagee. He was preaching that we must ask and keep on asking until we receive. He said when his daughter was 4 she asked that her birthday present be an inside dog. He said no. He said no again when she was 5 and 6 and 7 and 8. But when she was 8, he preached a Sunday morning sermon that God gives us the desires of your heart. So on their way home, she asked him if he believed that sermon. Of course he said yes. She told him the desire of her heart was to have a dog. He again told her no. But in curiosity he asked her what type of dog she wanted. She said a Pomeranian. And as he recalled Pomeranians were priced at $500. So he felt quiet comfortable when he told her he would not buy her a Pomeranian but if someone GAVE her one she could surely have it. She was delighted and she began to draw pictures of herself walking and feeding and playing with her dog. Monday morning he went to work and midmorning his wife called him and said guess what. She then gave him the delightful news that Mrs. So And So just called and said she would really like to give their daughter a Pomeranian for her birthday. At that point he was certain he had been ‘set up’ but a few phone calls revealed Mrs. So And So just felt impressed to bless the child with one of her puppies. So they brought the dog home and his daughter said, “Daddy, what are you getting me for my birthday?” To which he replied, “the dog”. She quickly said, “Oh no Daddy. The Dog is my present from GOD. So what are you getting me?” For the next 12 years that dog blessed the Hagee family and most all ‘Daddy’ Hagee.
Let me give you one more story about being persistent. This one comes from Matthew 15. 22And behold, a woman who was a Canaanite from that district came out and, with a [loud, troublesomely urgent] cry, begged, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is miserably and distressingly and cruelly possessed by a demon!
23But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, Send her away, for she is crying out after us.
24He answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25But she came and, kneeling, worshiped Him and kept praying, Lord, help me!
26And He answered, It is not right (proper, becoming, or fair) to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.
27She said, Yes, Lord, yet even the little pups (little whelps) eat the crumbs that fall from their [young] masters’ table.
28Then Jesus answered her, O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you wish. And her daughter was cured from that moment.
Here is a woman who by tradition and custom should not have received anything from Jesus but she kept on asking and He gave her what she asked. How could it be that she had such great faith? Romans 10:17 tells us faith comes by hearing the Word of God. I think this Canaanite Woman had heard the Word on the street about Jesus, the testimonies about His kindness and His mercy and she chose to believe. She chose to believe all the way through to receiving. I wonder if sometimes we give up before we receive because we don’t really believe He is good and He is kind. Whatcha think?
17 The Lord is [rigidly] righteous in all His ways and gracious and merciful in all His works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth.
Father God, You promised Your Word would not return void so we open ourselves to hear and receive Your individual messages to us. I am grateful for each soul who reads these words and who prays along with us. Holy Spirit take our petitions and make them acceptable; make them prayers that will be heard and answered according to Father’s will. Protect our IDOK Troops. Forgive America’s People; forgive our leaders and please give this nation space and grace to repent. Give Israel Your favor and make Her victorious over all Her enemies. Comfort, heal, save and rescue each one listed here according to Your Will. Amen and amen. Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about. Natalie. Tommy and Raye. Woman of Sadness. Jeanette. Mia and family. Joy and Evan. Gina. Francis T. Cathy T. Cathie R and family. Jacqueline and Sons (River and Jackson) Emily. Walt. Phillip. Margie and Craig. Sandra. Terry and family. Dot B. Julia O. Ann C. Stan and Jowanna and Family. Carolyn. Mary. Mabel. Amy and her Girls. Joan. David T’s Family. Kimberly. Shay and Emma’s Kids (orphanage in Zambia) Ministry. Susan D. Jason A and his mother. Wayne B. Melinda H. Trisha. Patti’s Family. Brennan and his family. Joshua. Branson. The O’Brien family. Kim and her Fiancee. Jonathan. Mabel’s Aunt Lou. Heather and Brandon. Bernie and Linda. Darlene and Torkel. 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. 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. 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. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Erin. Alan. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Lance. Candance and Family. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Andrew and Daughters. Lee. Sharron and family, Linda and family, Bev and Family, Mollie B. Friends at work.
Public and Private School Teachers.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family. Every IDOK church.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Brant W. Christopher R. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G. Michael K. Sgt. Bozicevich. Bay N. T. Palin. John L. Richard M. Adam M. Bobby G. (added 12/16/08) Tommy T.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Brandon B. Kyle N. (3/26)
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George. Travis N. Hawk. Justin G.
Injured: Lukas S. (11/30/08) http://www.strafford1st.com/page25/page26/page26.html
Military at home – Tim. Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J. Lyndon A. Jason G. Captain Tran Josh.
The Peace of Israel.
Revival in America.
As I post this it is 45°F and smoke haze in Al Taji, IQ (Airport) & the time there is 7:04AM AST on February 19, 2009.