IDOK Devotion for Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Evaporated Milk Christianity
I played hard yesterday with two GRANDS, ages 10 and 7, and worked hard last night, so hard I went to bed without having written an IDOK Devotion. And at this moment I smell coffee . . . I’ll be right back!
Hmmm. That’s pretty good, but I miss my cream – fat free evaporated milk in my coffee may be healthier for my heart but I miss the richness of the cream (actually it’s half & half but for this devotional thought I’ll say cream. You’ll see why in a moment.). Evaporated Milk Christianity looks about the same in the cup as others view our lives; perhaps they see it as acceptable, even worthy of admiration, but if we have known Sweet Cream Fellowship with ABBA, Evaporated Milk will not do!
I think the message for us today is guard well our fellowship with the Father. Keep that line of communication open. Don’t let it get junked up with little sins of irritation and aggravation. Keep His Word before us and living in us. And when irritations and aggravations sneak in, as soon as we notice them, let us take them to JESUS immediately. Let us rigidly guard against taking those irritations and aggravations to those whom we might deem the source of them before we speak with Jesus about it. Now, that’s the difference between Evaporated Milk Christianity and Sweet Cream Fellowship. I want the Sweet Cream Fellowship and by His Grace, I shall have it — today! Yesterday’s ‘cup’ has already been poured. Today’s a new day. Whatcha say about it?
John 15:4-6 (NAS) 4″Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
Matthew 5: 7″Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. [SOURCE]
Thank You, ABBA. You are forever faithful to us. You are so good to us! We continue to pray for all these on our list; we have some serious illness here; some waiting for test results and wanting so much to get a report of ‘all clear’ or ‘this is fixable and you’ll be as good as new’. That’s what we want and that’s what we ask You for and yet life and times have taught us that in every case what we want does not come to be. It is then that we KNOW You are good, Your are kind and Your Will is best even when it does not ‘feel’ that way. So for every precious saint and every beloved sinner we pray not our will but Your Will be done.
Please continue to watch over and care for our IDOK Troops in spirit, soul and body; as well as their families. And, LORD, I pray in Your Blessed Name for strength and courage today to do right when doing wrong would feel (for a moment) so much better. I pray for strength and courage to live in Sweet Cream Fellowship with You and to settle not for Evaporated Milk Christianity. Amen and amen.