Your Turn to Write – Subtitled Peak of our Potential Prowess

IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009

As I begin today, Monday, to write for Tuesday it is just minutes before 1:00 PM and I am feeling pretty good about today, so far. As you know I prayed on Saturday for a pure heart and I am still praying for that. I figure it will take some time for that to happen so I need to keep on asking. And today during my almost 3 mile walk I prayed (it’s the best way I know to pass the walk time). Have you noticed or is it just me, that ABBA seems to work in ‘themes’? And I think a theme with me today was healthy and holy as related to pure. As I was conversing with Him, I said, ‘Hmmm. Spirit, Soul and Body these are the ‘parts’ that make me, me. My spirit came from You so that means my spirit is already pure; it’s my soul and body that needs the work. And, of course, since I was at that moment primarily working on the body, hoping to make it ‘healthier’, I wondered out loud with Him if being healthy in soul and body had any affect on being holy and having a pure heart?

What do you think?

And what is an unhealthy soul, any way? What would an unhealthy soul look like?

And does an unhealthy body (due to abuse or neglect) have any bearing on our soul?

What do you think? No, I’m not kidding. What do you think? These are not rhetorical questions – I’d like to hear, ‘read’ your answers if you are comfortable giving them.

What about a life style we have come to call ‘burning the candle at both ends’, what affect does that have on us?

Should we be doing it?

Are we in the Will of God when we do it?

Can we stop ‘cold turkey’? Or is it a process that we should begin and keep working on?

Does God care about this sort of thing?

And if we are not diligently and consistently laying bare our thoughts and emotions and bodies before the Lord for His inspection, correction and training, can we have a pure heart? Can we?

And as I have been writing I thought what about, ‘all things in moderation’, is that Biblically based? Well, the word moderation showed up only one time in the KJV at Philippians 4:5. (Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.) So I continued with my online research and landed at an interesting site entitled Blue Letter Bible. It’s a site which lists familiar sayings that we have been told are in Scripture and maybe the concept is but the saying as we have heard it is not found there – all things in moderation is one of those sayings. If you like, take a look:

http://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/sayings.cfm

I only read the all things in moderation entry, so I can’t vouch for the rest of them. Here’s a portion of it and I will close for today with it: But what about Scripture? Though there is no direct quotation matching the proverb, Paul does use a similar idea in his description of the successful athlete:

And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown (1 Corinthians 9:25).

While Paul could be making reference to an Aristotalean sort of ethic of moderation here, it is more likely that the phrase translated here as “temperate in all things” should be better rendered as “wholly self-controlled” or “entirely self-disciplined.” Several alternative translations favour this reading of the text. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon notes that Paul is presenting the figure of an athlete who trains himself, taking charge of his body, abstaining from “unwholesome foods, wine, and sexual indulgence” that he might perform at the peak of his potential prowess.

So does doing our best under the direct supervision and training of the Holy Spirit, to consistently (not ‘perfectly’ but consistently) maintain healthy and holy thoughts and emotions (soul) and conduct (body) have any bearing on our purity of heart? And is having a pure heart what it takes for us as sons and daughters of The King to perform at the peak of our potential prowess? The peak of our potential prowess (definition of prowess: Superior skill or ability. Superior strength, courage, or daring, especially in battle) – wow! What would that look like in this time when The Lord is at hand if we lived it out from day to day in spirit, soul and body? I’d like to find out. You too?

ABBA, this is a lot for me to digest. I need Your help. And just maybe some of our IDOKs will too. So Holy Spirit we are dependent upon You just like we should be to know what is written here and how You want it applied to us individually and collectively. We want to be healthy and holy in soul and body even as is our spirit.

We continue to pray for Doug’s recovery and Claudia’s well being and in addition to them, every name written here and even those whose names are not written here on this computer page but are written on the walls of our hearts. We pray that each in their own and varied situations will prosper and be healthy and holy. We pray for our IDOK Soldiers to be protected and to come home safe and sound at the appointed time. We pray for the cleansing of America; for the infilling of the Holy Spirit in the local assemblies and I particularly pray for Tuesday night’s Bible Study at Bay Community that Your Presence will be thick upon us, so thick that we will be set free to worship and learn and obey. We pray You will be so Present with us that we will be set free from all the strongholds that bind us. Thank You for this ministry; make it what You will for Jesus Name sake. 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 90°F and haze in Baghdad, IQ (Airport) and the time there is 5:31 AM AST on June 9, 2009.