IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009
My beloved and I are gardening again this year, not traditionally this time, but in containers. And so far this year we are only into tomatoes, one squash plant, some leeks, and lettuce. Let us pray it grows. And so in line with gardening we are reading from Isaiah 5. 6 And I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned or cultivated, but there shall come up briers and thorns. I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
I think even novice gardeners or no gardeners at all can imagine some of the emotions of verse 6. If you have not been to Bellingrath Gardens lately, here’s a link: http://www.bellingrath.org/ Now imagine yourself standing in Bellingrath Gardens, it having not been pruned or cultivated, the once clean and manicured paths strewn with debris and everywhere instead of exquisite flowers there are briers and thorns defacing the grounds. What are your emotions at this sight? Magnify those beyond your imagination and we still will not even come close to the grief I believe the Holy Spirit experiences when He sees the People of God sending the Master Gardner away, refusing to accept His pruning and cultivating, refusing to drink in the Water of His Word.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin). 31 Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind). 32 And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.
In Christ, abiding in Him, living obedient lives at whatever season of maturity we are, we will be to Him Gardens of Beauty rather than the garden described in verse 6. The garden in verse 6 is a garden in such rebellion that He has given it over for a season to the consequences of sin for the purpose of correction and repentance. Verse 6 is NOT what I want for this little garden in Satsuma, Alabama.
Abba, even AWESOME does not come close to describing You. I am amazed at You. Holy Spirit I am in awe of You and the WORD You bring and give to us. I pray that each IDOK, each reader will be encouraged and corrected by Your Word as You paint it on the walls of our hearts and minds. You are so AWESOME. Thank You for meeting here with us day after day. And this morning we pray for the family of Ann J. You took her home sweetly and we are grateful and now we know You are there with her family to comfort and led them in holy grief to a new day. And Kathy and her family as they continue to wait for You to come for her Mother, we trust Your timing, we trust Your love and compassion and we pray for peace for the family. And Jodi thank You for allowing me the privilege of meeting her across this screen. Thank You that You are with her and Hawk at this time. You know the plans You have for them and I praise You that they are good and she knows it. You are so AWESOME. Thank You for every person on this list that we have the privilege by prayer to enter into the work and be a part of the miracles that You are performing in each of their lives. Thank You for what You are doing for Bernie today. I ask You to love on him today with such compassion and tenderness that his lips are filled with praise for You and his heart is overflowing with worship. Give Linda strength from Your Courts above. Keep our IDOK Troops safe and secure in mind, body and spirit. Protect and promote Israel. Keep those in government who want to harm Israel under Your watchful eye and thank You that none of them can go any further than You say. In my humanness LORD I want them stopped but not my will only Your Will be done. Holy Spirit I know You are up to some GREAT things in the hearts of people of Christian Faith and I want to be one of those that is a conduit to the people You are convicting and drawing to salvation. I want to be an instrument to the Body of Christ. Make it so LORD. Amen and amen.
A SPECIFIC UNSPOKEN. Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about. Mike and Vickie. Family of Ann J. Moriah and her family. Natalie. Kathy and family. Tommy and Raye. Doug. Woman of Sadness. Frank. 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)
Military at home – Tim. Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J. Lyndon A. Jason G. Captain Tran Josh.
And specifically those emotional/spirit wounds that only God and Time can heal
The Peace of Israel.
Revival in America.
As I post this it is 64°F and scattered clouds in Al Asad, IQ (Airport) & the time there is 5:35 PM ASTon March 4, 2009.