IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2009
When FaceBook re-unites old friends it gives me a thrill, but when it gives a platform to reprobate minded, miss-guided, blind souls to flaunt their arrogant Scriptural ignorance, I get a little flustered. LORD forgive me! And LORD open our blinded eyes! Have you noticed that every unrepentant parading sinner can spew whatever they want and yet Christians are suppose to keep their rebuttals silent? Here’s the deal: if they were trapped in a burning house and I on the outside knew they were in there about to be burned to death and I stood outside watching their house burn down around them and I did NOTHING to even try to get them out, there would be such an outcry against me. But when I try to tell them that they are in danger of eternal fire and damnation if they do not repent and receive the forgiveness offered ONLY in Jesus Christ, they want me to shut up while they keep on speaking (shouting even), waving their banners and strutting their ungodly acts and beliefs. Why is that? Does hell have to open up so they can peer in to see the torment and feel the heat before they will see I care enough to warn them?
And then I sit back and say to myself why bother to write this, why bother to post it the web, who’s reading it anyway? So far, I figure I am only reaching like minded folks anyway. As far as I know, I don’t have any friends or readers who are homosexuals, lesbians, pedophiles, fornicators, or adulterers, and that’s just the sexual perversions; I have not even touched the other ‘Thou Shall Not(s)’. Gosh! For someone so sheltered how did I get this fired up? And should I be this sheltered? Maybe not.
New King James Version
32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt.
33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
9 But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.
10 Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition,
11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.
Each of these Scriptures are true; only the Holy Spirit of God can guide us, individually, through this ‘Search and Rescue’ Mission He has given us.
I don’t know if this is helpful to anyone today, I can only hope. This I know: I’m tired of wasting my time getting fired up about people who could not care less about truth, so I’m signing off on folks who have no interest in redemption; and with the LORD’s blessing, He will privilege me with befriending and helping seeking souls who know they need a friend and who are honestly seeking the TRUTH. Maybe this is all about if you are feeling the same way, encouraging you to do the same.
LORD, You were a friend to sinners; and You told us to not cast our pearls before swine; and You told us to avoid foolish disputes and contentions; so if there are some sinners out there who are willing to admit they need a friend to help get them out of a burning house, open my eyes to who they are and position me to help them. And as to the others, I pray Holy Spirit, somehow You can position them that they will someday hear someone before it is too late. Amen and amen.
Praise Reports and Prayer Requests
ABBA, it has been a day and You well know it; some of it I did well and some of it, well, You know that too; but this I know all things work together for my good because You have called me and I do love You and You love me more. So do what You will with this and with me and with this Ministry. I pray for our IDOKs today, You are Awesome to let me be a part of their lives and You are Awesome to let me say or write even one word. Thank You. I pray for them all to sense Your Presence and Your unfailing, unfathomable love for them. I pray for our IDOK Troops that You will again today protect them and keep them safe for anything and every one that would cause them harm. I pray each of them will come home safe and sound to their families. And I pray for every person listed here today, there are many, there are faces I do not know and needs I cannot even image but that does not stop me from praying and asking You to meet their needs and to make them well and whole in spirit, soul and body. And just because You tell me to I pray for President Obama that You will have mercy and that You will somehow convince him that he has sinned against You, his family, this Country and even the World and I pray for space and grace for him to repent. And, ABBA, I ask You for conviction and commitment for myself to do what I have said this very day. I pray to be a friend to people seeking the truth. And I pray if I cannot help someone, that I at least will not harm them. 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.
Mary M. Danny and Tina. Robert and Kerry L. Ken and Della. Art and Sula. Rudon. Kelly C. 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) Brandon B.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Joey H. 10/21/09.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Shaun. Bay. 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. Richard M. Matt P. (added 9/24/09)
As I post this it is 48°F and haze in Kabul, AH (Airport) and the time is 7:43AM AFT on October 22, 2009.