IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009
Psalm 30:3-5 (New King James Version) source
3 O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave;
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.Amen and amen. This is our greatest reason to give thanks.
4 Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.Yes! Let us remember His grace and His abundantly lavish gifts to us.
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,And would not we be remiss if we did not contemplate that on this day before our National Day of celebrating that many, many have sadness and hurt and pain and loss on their ‘Thanksgiving plates’. This is true for the saint and sinner alike. But for the saint:
But joy comes in the morning.Yes! But for the saint, Joy Comes In The Morning!
So, if your ‘plate’ today and tomorrow is filled with more joy than grief, with more gain than loss, with more good than bad, God has been doubly good to you. Rejoice!
There is more we could say about how this Thanksgiving Celebration began here in America. We could talk about how far away from those roots we have come. We could talk about the abominations that have flourished in this Country rather than Holiness since that first Thanksgiving; but lets don’t – not today. Yet as you sit to eat tomorrow, hold hands around the table and give thanks that Jesus Christ the Righteous has looked upon You with GREAT FAVOR and you are saved and give thanks. Enjoy your family and friends, enjoy celebrating, and when you arise from the table determine in your heart that every day forward you will present yourself afresh and anew to allow ABBA to do something through you to re-establish holiness in America.
1 Chronicles 16: (New King James Version) source
34 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.2 Chronicles 7: (New King James Version) source
13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.
LORD God, thank You for saving us, thank You for allowing us to live here in America; thank You for allowing us another day to do some good here in America and the world; Holy Spirit arise, stand up in us and shout praise and thanksgiving to You the GREAT and ONLY God, the God of Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, and me. May it be, Father, that every IDOK will pray that ‘me’ personally and fill in his or her name with humble and holy pride that You the God of Abraham, Jacob, and Isaac is their God!
We ask You again to protect our IDOK Troops and to remind them that we love them and that each one of them is a reason for us to give thanks. Please keep them safe and sound and at the appointed time bring them all home to family and friends, more in love with You than when they deployed. And, Father, we remember to our list of loved ones, thank You that not one of them is forgotten by You, not one of them is without Your love and grace and mercy in Christ Jesus. Holy Spirit, move each one of us to do some good for someone today in Jesus Name and in His Power and Strength alone. Amen and Amen.
As I post this it is 70°F and Light Showers Rain in Kuwait, KW (Airport), and the time is 4:16 PM AST and on November 25, 2009.
Holy Hugs to you all and Father willing, ‘see’ you on Monday, November 30, 2009! Be sweet, be good, be holy for JESUS SAKE!