IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009
Staycation update: going well; having fun; realizing it will be over too soon. As to a re-share for today, this one seems good to me this morning. It is from October 24, 2005.
How many times have we talked about Father’s delays in answering our prayers? How many times have we talked about His Eleventh Hour Interventions – even that He does not show up with relief until 11:59? Doesn’t sound too loving does it? No, not Him — us! Not so loving of us to visualize and articulate Him as One Who Delays. And you say, Well, doesn’t He tarry at times? And Yes He does; sometimes He tarries LONG!!! He is soooo longsuffering with our sins and holding off on the woodshed, giving us plenty of time to repent. But on with what brought me to this place this morning; Psalm 138:
3 In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self.
So even if Father “waits” for that which we have asked, in that nanosecond that we call He answers with STRENGTH. So what if that mountain is still standing awhile longer? Could it be we NEED the THRILL of climbing it MORE than the instant gratification of seeing Him lift it immediately out of the way? And why does HE do it this way? I think because of verses from Ps. 57: 8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever–forsake not the works of Your own hands. AND 2I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards me [Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]! And in Philippians 1: 6 And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.
Yes, Father answers immediately with strength and if need be to perfect us continued strength until 11:59 when we have scaled that mountain that we thought He just had to remove immediately. Imagine those first few moments at the top — the accomplishment, the sheer delight of it, the rest, and the SIGHTS — look around, oh what you can see from that height!
Praise Reports and Prayer Requests
Brittany M. in the hospital this morning, needing our prayers.
ABBA, words fail me to describe what can be seen and felt from the mountain top in those first moments so I ask You Holy Spirit to take our beloved IDOKs there — give them a glimpse of what You have for them, for us if we will just believe and trust You to be GOD for us and in us and through us. Thank You. And Father, Brittany and WC and others come to mind today with health situations and we trust You with this. And Father as best we can at where we are today in our climbing we TRUST You to provide EVERY need and give every good and perfect gift to us that is necessary to mature us. Protect and keep safe our IDOK Troops and thank You for IDOK, for each and every one, bless them for Jesus sake. Amen and amen. A SPECIFIC UNSPOKEN. Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about. Dennis and Lisa. Jack. Melanie and Jay M. Susanne M. Alice T. Elaine W and Family. Joni and Todd. Roy and Julee. Glenn R and his family. Holly. Donald 2. Ed G. Debra B. Jon E. Katie B. Brian. Donald 1. Loyce McM. Marzelle. KC. Neolle T. Mary F. MH and J. Caleb and his family – Rob, Vaughn, Whitaker and Donoghue. Dora. Mattie. Jarrod. BETTY. Billie Joyce and family. Stack Family. Brenda and her family. Joshua A. Kim T and her parents. Martha McC. Tamra and Family. Rachel and family. Joe and Rose. Darlene’s Sister, Leona. 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.
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 removing this ‘posting’ for the Cleansing of America and leaving it with You.
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. Kyle N(3/09). 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 113°F and Blowing Widespread Dust Haze Al Taji, IQ (Airport) and the time 3:59 PM AST on August 6, 2009.