IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009
It has been a pleasant weekend; quick too. Saturday morning was a study and journaling morning and one of the things for which I prayed was a pure heart. A heart that does not crave accomplishments for the purpose of making me feel good about myself but rather for DADDY GOD’S glory. And making this request led me to my online Greek Lexicon to investigate the word PURE. And in part, it means clean, clear, free from corrupt desires, free from sin and guilt, free from every admixture of what is false; sincere, genuine, blameless, innocent, unstained with the guilt of anything.
I am convinced that in ‘position’ this is true of me (and you too). IN CHRIST, we are blameless and innocent because Jesus took our sins and gave us His Righteousness, but in ‘practice’ I have much practicing to do – hence my prayer.
And so continuing on with my study, I looked at various passages wherein the Greek word for PURE was used and I saw that in the Book of Revelation in a few verses PURE, CLEAN and CLEAR were used interchangeably. The following is a cut and paste from http://www.biblestudytools.com/ (with text boxes removed and fonts changed)
Greek Word: Kaqarovß
Transliterated Word: katharos
Book to Display: Revelation
Verse Count: 6
And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
And reading this on Saturday morning I found myself rejoicing (and I still am) when as best I could I visualized the Heavenly City to which you and I are going. From these passages I envision the street and the walls of the New Jerusalem are CLEAR. This must be so beautiful that even the Hope Diamond in comparison would be grotesque. And then imagine (as best you can) the brilliant glory of Jesus coming from the Throne and passing through those clear walls and floor (street). Mark 9: 2 Six days after this, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves. And He was transfigured before them and became resplendent with divine brightness. 3 And His garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller (cloth dresser, launderer) on earth could bleach them.
It is any wonder when this New Jerusalem comes to hover above the renewed earth, that there will be no need for the sun we now have? Revelation 21: 23 And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the splendor and radiance (glory) of God illuminate it, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations shall walk by its light and the rulers and leaders of the earth shall bring into it their glory.
Lets go back and read the meaning of PURE again: clean, clear, free from corrupt desires, free from sin and guilt, free from every admixture of what is false; sincere, genuine, blameless, innocent, unstained with the guilt of anything.
When we get HOME; there in that Glistening Place there will not be a stain, a trace, NOTHING, not one thing that is false, insincere, guilty, dirty, corrupt, evil — all of that, every last smidgen of it will be GONE FOREVER!! Halleluiah! Even So, Come, Lord Jesus!
Yes, ABBA, in the here and now I pray for a pure heart and in the here and now I thank You for the Glistening Place You have prepared for us. Do what You will with this revelation You have given us. Transform us into people with pure hearts with only one desire and that is to please You.
Keep us thinking and meditating on these passages of Your Word until we are able to live them.
Again we are praying for Doug, asking that You restore him to health and I pray for Claudia; this is tough on her; but You are faithful and You are able and I am counting on You for her. And we are praying for Caleb and his family. You know the need there and I am trusting You with it. I am trusting You with every soul listed here. I know You will not fail them in any way. I know You will not fail any of us; not our IDOK Soldiers, nor their families, none of us, Lord. You are faithful. Thank You for this ministry. Thank You for each IDOK and I pray each of them will sense You today with them, in them and FOR them. Our minds cannot imagine this Place You are bringing us to and the Place You have already taken many that we love so much but we are sure You Alone are worth it all. Amen and amen.
A SPECIFIC UNSPOKEN. Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about. Caleb and his family – Rob, Vaughn, Whitaker and Donoghue. Dora. Mattie. Jarrod. Donna P and her Dad. BETTY. Stack Family. Brenda and her family. David Y. Joshua A. Kim T and her parents. Martha McC. Tamra and Family. Rachel and family. Joe and Rose. Stellan. Darlene’s Sister. Tammy B and Family. Jackie K. Brian T. Ricky M. Linda and Family. Joe. Michael H. Linda W. Debbie W. Mike and Vickie. Natalie. Jacqueline and Sons (River and Jackson). Sandra Dot B. Julia O. Ann C. Stan and Jowanna and Family Mary. Shay and Emma’s Kids (orphanage in Zambia) Ministry. Susan D. Melissa and daughters. Jason A and his mother. Wayne B. Melinda H. Brennan and his family. Joshua. Mabel’s Aunt Lou. Heather and Brandon. Darlene and Torkel. W C and family. Maggie and Family. DeLois. Katelyn (B) J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Bay and family. Bill and Judy. Doug. Larry and Claudia and family. Callie. Ruth. Cynthia. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Chuck. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Mollie and family. Andrew and Daughters. Mollie B.
Public and Private School Teachers.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family. Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel.
Revival in America.
ABBA, I am posting this here in prayer as a daily prayer and I am praying as pure in motive as I know how today, asking that You by whatever ways and means You choose, see to the removal from office of every elected Official in Washington and all 50 States that is not sensitive to and is not inclined to work to preserve Judaeo-Christian values and the Constitution of this Nation in its Original Intent. Lord, I am so sorry that many (and thank You not all) offices of this Nation are filled with corrupt, reprobate-minded people who have no regard for You or Your Word and if I have done anything that has contributed to the election of these people, please forgive me and stop me from any further actions that will damage and bring this Nation to complete ruin. I pray Holy Spirit that You will stir the hearts and prayers of enough people to bring this Nation to repentance and will clean and cleanse the offices and the Officials of this Nation. Father God, please have mercy on us. Lord Jesus, clean Washington even as You did the Temple if need be. And Lord some weeks later since this prayer began we have word from one of those Alabama officials that he wants our prayers, that he is mindful of You, that he does love You and obviously he is well acquainted with Your Word. And ABBA I am so delighted and grateful for this man and for others like him, so for each of them (and You know who they are, Lord) we pray that You will anoint and empower them to stand firm and holy in these places of service You have given them and Lord please bring others alongside to stand with them and help them. And as he suggested move us to be involved in the political process with more than just our prayers according to the individual will You have for each of us. Again, Lord, thank You for this news, thank You for what You are doing. Amen and amen.
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. Justin G. Michael K. Bay N. T. Palin. Richard M. Bobby G. (added 12/16/08) Tommy T. Chad B (3/2009) Kyle N. (3/26). Jessica D. (4/09) Sgt. Vince Barrientos (5/2009)
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Brandon B.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George. Travis N. Hawk. Justin G. Tommy W.
Injured: Lukas S. (11/30/08)
Military at home, specifically those emotional-spirit wounds that only God and Time can heal – Adam M. Captain Tran. Josh. John L. Drew.
As I post this it is 75°F and clear in Al Asad, IQ (Airport) and the time there is 7:13 AM AST on June 8, 2009.