IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2009
Today’s study so far was Day Five, Week Two of the Patriarchs. The focal reading was Genesis 18:16-33 and Genesis 19. You may or may not recall just from the references that these passages are when the LORD told Abraham He was going to destroy Sodom and the actual destruction of the place. Genesis 19 is — well I am sitting here reaching for words to describe it. Obviously the goings on in the city were (and still are) an abomination to God. I am fully convinced that the only reason fire has not fallen so far in this day is because of the righteous ones living here. ABBA, told Abraham He would spare the City if there were at least 10 righteous people in the City. There wasn’t! Our ratio here in America today obviously is high enough so far to stave off the brimstone. But that is not where I was going when I came to the screen.
As we looked at Lot’s wife who looked back and became a pillar of salt, Beth asked the question: Can you think of a time when “looking back” was a grievous mistake? I answered this way: Looking back without a doubt does lead to relapse; until we HATE what is back there we are doomed to go back there. Certainly I was not speaking of hating people, that is never appropriate; but hating SIN is always appropriate. And until we come to HATE the sin that is back there, we will go back there. Lot’s wife, didn’t. She did not hate the life she was living in Sodom. God gave her a way out, a way to a new life and she forfeited it. I think she did that for lack of hate and lack of love. Our Father HATES sin and if we are going to be like Him, we must hate it too. I have to ask this: is there a sin back there that you don’t hate? Maybe you are not practicing it today but you know in your heart of hearts that you are still fond of it. If so, please, please confess this to God and ask Him for His Holy Gift of Hatred for that sin back there; otherwise the day will come when you will go back there.
John 14: 15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
Praise Reports and Prayer Requests
P.S. I completed this devotion earlier in the day, went to church, then to supper with dear friends and then home to post and email to you, and when I opened my email there was a prayer request from Bev. Bev is a dear and treasured friend; I met her in the 90s. I was a ‘seasoned’ (ha ha) paralegal and she was a novice (after having worked in the medical field for many years – she just wanted a less stressful profession); the Lord quickly cemented us as Sister-Friends in Him and she has come to my aid many times. God blessed me good with her. Those of you who have been with me for a long time know that a few years ago her granddaughter, Betty, little more than a year old became gravely ill; with prayer and great medical care she improved and thrived. And then earlier this year, another illness (not related to the first) and again with prayer and medical care she recovered. Tonight Bev told me Betty is very sick again. Her fever today was 106.8 but with swine flu the hospital is not a safe place for a child to be with a comprised immune system so Betty is at home. Many tests have been done and so far the labs are negative. Please pray for Betty, her parents and grandparents.
ABBA, this is stern, this is strong and I know it has come because You love us so much. I ask You to search my heart and any sin You find hiding in there, please shine You Holy Light on it and give me grace and faith to hate it; hate it so much that I will not even think about doing it. And I pray this for our IDOKs and every Reader. And perchance someone happens along over this page and he or she knows in their heart of hearts that there is a specific sin back there that they have confessed and maybe in this season are not even participating in it now, but they still think about it and still ‘miss’ it, I pray this very devotion will be a turning point for them and they will pray for and embrace Your Hatred for that sin and have the full victory that You desire to give them. I ask You Father to do a mighty work today in the hearts and minds of our People. LORD, You can set people free; whatever it is, it is not too difficult for You and You in them means it is not too difficult for them to put down, to hate and turn away from and be free. Make it so, LORD, make it so.
And there is a specific unspoken that came in today, You have already heard my prayer and now I ask You to hear the prayers of others as they pray for this dear Sister who has a decision to make. I pray she will receive and do what You say. Don’t let her miss You.
And as every day we bring this list of names, sweet and dear people in need of various things, do Your Thing for them ABBA I pray. Do Your Thing in keeping our IDOK Troops safe too and bring them home safe and sound at the appointed time. And Israel, love on them today and bring them to peace. Thank You for Your grace upon America, help us be instruments in Your Hands to bring Her to repentance. Amen and amen in the Mighty and Holy Name of Yeshua. I love You, LORD. Oh thank You for loving me! Amen and amen.
A Specific Unspoken.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about.
Children and/or Grandchildren about whom Moms (& Dads) are concerned that their salvation profession may not be true.
Vicki and Bob. Brady and Chloe. Patti and family. Joyce, John & children. Sean. Susan R. Kay B. Louise. Sparky S. Rusty & Romney. Johnny McK and family. Katie H. Amber Johns. Joe-Ann. McCarver Family. Vickie and Family. Dennis and Lisa J. 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. Brian. Donald 1. Loyce McM. DeLois. Mollie B. Marzelle. KC. Neolle T. Mary F. MH and J. Caleb and his family – Rob, Vaughn, Whitaker and Donoghue. Dora. Mattie. Jarrod. 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. Natalie. Jacqueline and Sons (River and Jackson). Sandra. Dot B. Julia O. Ann C. Stan and Jowanna and Family Mary.. Susan D. Melissa and daughters. Jason A and his mother. Wayne B. Melinda H. Brennan and his family. Joshua. Heather and Brandon. Darlene and Torkel. W C and family. Maggie and Family. Katelyn (H) J Lloyd. 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.
Shay and Emma’s Kids (orphanage in Zambia) Ministry
Ryan, Sarah, Josh & Caleb Bedenkop – missionaries in Arizona.
The Ministry of IDOK
The Peace of Israel.
Revival in America.
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. Bobby G. (added 12/16/08) Tommy T. Kyle N(3/09). Jessica D. (4/09) Sgt. Vince Barrientos (5/2009) Bill H. (added 9/24/09)
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) Matt P. (added 9/24/09)
Military at home, specifically those emotional-spirit wounds that only God and Time can heal – Adam M. Captain Tran. Josh. John L. Drew. Richard M.
As I post this it is 63°F and scattered clouds in Al Asad, IQ (Airport) and the time is 6:05 AM AST on October 1, 2009. Today is my beloved’s birthday. Please pray birthday blessings on him! I bless the LORD for the day Jerry Lee Thompson was born!!