IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009
Who doesn’t. There’s good news. You have already heard it but maybe we need a reminder today.
James 1: 5 If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. 6 Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.
Okay. A few questions. Is there a pending situation in which you do not know what to do? If so, would you agree that you are deficient in wisdom to handle the situation? Yes? Good. Here’s your promise. If you will ask, ABBA will give you the wisdom to handle the problem. How cool is that?! But that is not all He says. He says He will not give you just enough to get by but He will give liberally. We know what liberally means don’t we? You know what I think? I think God is the ONLY ONE who is smart enough to be liberal. Okay — better not chase that rabbit. Liberally, according to free dictionary.com means:
Tending to give freely; generous: a liberal benefactor.
B. Generous in amount; ample:
So as much wisdom as is needed for ANY given situation or problem, He will give to us. Next, He says He will give wisdom without reproaching or faultfinding. Oh, I love that. Have you ever experienced asking a friend for some advice and along with the advice came a stern lecture, more like condemnation, for what you did to cause you to get in that mess in the first place? Makes you want to not ask, doesn’t it? See what ABBA said: without reproaching or faultfinding. He will not do that to you. You know what I think He figures? If you have come to the place that you have humbled yourself enough to ask Him, you already know what you did wrong. That doesn’t mean He will not at some juncture, sit and talk with you about it but when He does, if you have accepted His gift of wisdom, you won’t feel condemned, just loved! Oh, I like this!
Now verse 6. As we said, wisdom is a promise from God. However, DADDY GOD is WISE enough to know that for this promise to do us good, it must have a condition attached to it. And what is the condition? We have to ask Him in FAITH. We have to believe He WILL give us the wisdom when we ask. That’s not an unreasonable condition, is it? So what would stop us? Good question. Got an answer? Lets read. Mark 9: 23 ” ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
And the answer is? Yep, that’s it. And what did the father say? HELP. And what did Jesus do? HE HELPED! He healed the son, which means to me He also helped the father believe. This tells me if I ask, He will help me believe too. Is that what it says to you?
So, got a problem? Need wisdom? ASK! And you shall receive.
Dear Father, this is good. So good to sit and ask and receive. Thank You. By the time this devotion reaches the screens of our IDOKs they may need some wisdom. But You already know that. You also already know if we will be asking in faith or asking that You help us overcome unbelief. And according to what we read here, You will do it. I pray that we will dare to ‘test’ You on this; no doubt You will prove faithful to us. I don’t know the family well at all but I know their kind of grief and so I pray for comfort for the Hollingsworth Family at this time, during the visitation time and the memorial service. I pray sweet memories will be passed around and comfort and peace will be garnered from those memories. I pray they will experience holy laughter too; it’s such a healing gift in time of sorrow. And when the tears flow let them be soothing tears and as You Word says You will catch each one of them. And I’d like to think LORD you will return them someday as healing rain that they can bear to someone else when that life’s terrain is parched. You are so awesome to comfort us so we can comfort others. May we be comforting servants I pray. Again, thank You for the help You have given Jodi and Hawk at this time. Their faith and strength encourages me and others too I am sure. And as I am thinking of it for persons in cramped quarters, expand the love so even cramped is fun. Please continue to keep our IDOK Troops safe. I almost always say mind, body and spirit because I want the whole of them to be whole and I know often it is the feeding of lies that causes the most damage. So help them put on the full armor You provide so they will be fully protected. You know the email I sent to President Obama today and even as I think about having sent it, the thoughts that come are, ‘he will not even see it. He certainly will not read it.’ And that is mostly likely so but I said what was truth and I am asking that it bear fruit with someone, somewhere and I am leaving that to You. I don’t know what will become of America. This reminds me of David and how he fasted and prayed asking You to let his son live here with him but You said no and You took the baby to live with You. David asked not knowing what You would do, but he asked anyway. So am I. I don’t know what You will do, I don’t know what people will yield to You to allow You to do within them but still I pray because I know You care and I know You will not allow one soul that really wants to repent to go without Your Message getting to them. And I sure would like it if You would fire me up to doing the telling and not just the telling with words but with actions to back up those words. I think there are some other IDOKS who are saying the same. Help us encourage each other in this today. One more thing before I sign out this session for now, this list of names below, even if we don’t read everyone of them everyday, will You please let them know You are and that whatever they need You are ready and willing to supply it to them, especially wisdom. Thank You ABBA. Amen and amen for now. We love you. You are so AWESOME.
And Father, now just before we email this I pray for Melinda, that’s a big need I think, at least to me but not to You. That’s so good to know and so thank You for making a way for Melinda in all ways. And for Shay, particularly now protect her, give Your angels charge over her that no evil come near her and give her the glorious blessing of seeing souls re-birthed into Your Kingdom and ABBA if You will send her a godly ‘brother’ who can be her husband. I love You 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, Kevin and 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 75°F and haze in Baghdad, IQ (Airport) & the time there is 3:18 PM AST on March 6, 2009.