Hard Nosed? Don’t You Believe It!

IDOK Devotion for Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Praise Reports and Prayer Requests

Updates and Requests:  Carolyn is not 100% recovered from Friday’s out patient surgery, but she’s close she says. Jimmy Cantrell: He has improved so much but does have a long way to go.  He was at church on Easter.

Hard Nosed?  Don’t You Believe It!

Ezekiel 18:32 NASB “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord GOD. “Therefore, repent and live.”

I don’t have a deep and great theological thought to give you (like I ever do) with this passage – I’m just offering it for your reading pleasure and for us to have a verse to ward off the darts of the enemy or unregenerate man who says that our God enjoys seeing us suffer.  All ABBA has wanted for us since Eve and Adam sinned was for us to turn and live.  I am convinced He loves seeing us enjoy living. I am convinced He is the most fun in the Universe.  But that was not always so of me.  I’ve had some serious doubts in days gone by — like He was pretty ‘hard nosed’ and fun was not something He appreciated.  Thanks to Him, I know better now.

Let me give you another couple verses.  These are two of my very favorite. The Holy Spirit used these over and over bringing me to the place of staying in love with Jesus during a very hard time when my mind was so afflicted with darts from the enemy and the consequences of forsaken sin.  Yes, you read it right.  DADDY does not erase the consequences of sin even when we have forsaken it. Although, I have experienced Him dousing the flame so it was not as hot as I deserved.  He is so Awesome!

Psalm 145 NASB: 17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds.    18The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

It’s been a really sweet day here – hope it has been for you too on the other side of this screen.  Love and holy hugs!

To review the list of names for prayer, please click here. Thank You, LORD JESUS, Your Presence is the greatest joy we have and You are AWESOME.  I am so glad I finally know it and I am looking forward to knowing it more and more and I pray this for our IDOKs and Readers as well.  Thank You for taking care of Carolyn and Jimmy and giving them a steady recovery.  And we pray now for the rest of the list too.  It’s a long list.  Thank You for entrusting us with each name.  We are learning to take this business of prayer more and more seriously and we are glad about it.  You too, huh?  I ask You now to continue to keep watch over our IDOK Troops to protect them and keep them safe from all harm in spirit, soul and body. And we pray for their families – for courage and strength and hope and practical things like mortgage and rent payments, utilities, the grass getting mowed, lunch money – whatever is needed.  And, ABBA, WC comes to mind. I just get the feeling You are doing some good things for him – thank You.  You are doing some good things for every one of us.  Thank You.  Holy Spirit, please don’t let up on us – teach us, train us in Your Word and in praying – empower us to pray down a revival of the saints and the evangelizing of the lost.  Thank You for Israel, bless and keep them I pray.  And I ask You to turn the heart of America to You again. Amen and amen in Jesus Name.

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