IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009
This morning Joyce said: ‘You don’t need wishbone, you need backbone.’
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,
3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
I am spending a little time today with The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning and I am again reminded even more acutely of something I have ‘preached’ and have often failed to practice. We readily see what’s wrong with this picture: Luke 18: 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’
But do we see the fallacy of this? (Page 53 of the aforementioned book) . . .to those of us fretting and flapping about our human weaknesses and character defects.
I confess I am not familiar with the word flapping as used in this context but it really does mean: to become upset or flustered. And how often have we become upset and flustered with being human as if it were a bad thing? I recall a time, some time ago, that I even said aloud that I don’t like being human because it means I’m not perfect. And you know what comes to mind in this moment? ‘Get over yourself, Girl!’ ‘Stop your ‘flapping’ about being imperfect and just love yourself warts and all simply and solely because Jesus does!’ Would not that FREE us to love Jesus and others more or what?
Manning also said: “The kingdom belongs to people who aren’t trying to look good or impress anybody, even themselves (emphasis mine). They are not plotting how they can call attention to themselves, worrying about how their actions will be interpreted or wondering if they will get gold stars for their behavior. Twenty centuries later, Jesus speaks pointedly to the preening ascetic trapped in the fatal narcissism of spiritual perfectionism, to those of us caught up in boasting about our victories in the vineyard, to those of us fretting and flapping about our human weaknesses and character defects. The child doesn’t have to struggle to get himself in a good position for having a relationship with God; he doesn’t have to craft ingenious ways of explaining his position to Jesus; he doesn’t have to create a pretty face for himself; he doesn’t have to achieve any state of spiritual feeling or intellectual understanding. All he has to do is happily accept the cookies: the gift of the kingdom.”
Praise Reports and Prayer Requests
Please add Allison and Gracelyn for a few days–they both have the flu AND strep and the wedding is just over two weeks away. HELP, LORD! Also, please pray for me to continue to be able to walk and to work in getting this wedding done. Melinda.
To happily accept ourselves solely and simply because You have, what a concept, ABBA. And to do otherwise hinders us from the process of being conformed to Your image, doesn’t it, LORD? And we do want to be conformed to Your image; it is the only way for us to do this thing called life for Your Glory. Give us a healthy understanding of this message and help us embrace it as You desire, I pray. We add Allison and Gracelyn, their health and the wedding, asking that You attend to them and that You attend this wedding and that this pending marriage will be to Your Glory. We pray too for others as listed here, each having a need that only You can attend to and we thank You that You are willing and able and are attending to all of us as a loving Father cares for His beloved children. May we respond to You today as beloved children, who adore their Father. May we respond to You today as saints worshipping our God and Savior and LORD. I don’t know what is before any of us today, but whatever comes help us accept Your Will for us with grace and faith. Comfort and protect our IDOK Troops I pray. Be merciful to the lost, lavish them with Holy Spirit conviction and grace to repent. Give vision and courage to we the Church and prune and purge us that we be Your Spotless Bride. Amen and amen in the Mighty and Matchless Name of Yeshua.
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.
Henry P. Dana and Joey and Children. Tracey M. Vicki and Bob. Brady and Chloe. Patti and family. Joyce, John & children. Sparky. Sean. Susan R. Kay B. 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. 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 93°F and scattered clouds in Al Asad, IQ (Airport) and the time is 2:34 PM AST on October 8, 2009.