IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010
FOR PRAYER AND PRAISE:
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Feelings. Nothing more than feelings says the song. But is there more to our feelings than just feelings?
Matthew 14:14 When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.
JESUS. JESUS has feelings!
How many times have we given feelings a bad rap? As if feelings were somehow imperfect. Somehow something we were not supposed to have. Something that we were suppose to suppress and pretend we did not have. Especially certain ones.
Here’s one we know JESUS had/has — compassion. We also know He felt (feels) anger too. See John 2:13-17 for the account of JESUS driving out the money changers. It says He was consumed with zeal. I believe that means He was really into it … His feelings were strong and active.
And then when Stephen was stoned to death, JESUS stood up. I see Him so moved with feelings about what was happening to Stephen that He stood up. Stood up in empathy. Stood up in honor even. Stood up to welcome Stephen home. For whatever the reason or reasons, JESUS had feelings in the matter and He did something! See Acts 7:55.
Feelings. We all have them. Question is what do we do with them. Do they move us? That IS the reason we have them, you know. To move us. In our opening Text the compassion that JESUS felt moved Him to heal. In John 2 the anger JESUS felt moved Him to clean ABBA’s house. Hmmm. Perhaps some of us need to be moved with anger or some kind of feeling to clean our houses. I’m talking to the ‘preacher’ now.
It’s just a feeling — it will pass, we say. Yes it will. But should it? Should it pass, leaving us unmoved, unchanged? Will it pass and leave us unchanged? I think not. Perhaps each feeling we experience when it passes, leaves something behind. Perhaps it moves us to do good and when the good is done we are more like JESUS, more loving, more tender, kinder. Perhaps we are moved to do evil and when the evil is done we are more like the Evil One, more bitter, colder, harder, more in a ‘protective’ shell than before. Perhaps the feeling passes and we did nothing with it. We ignored it. We denied it. We took no action. Or was it no action? Deciding to do nothing, is still a decision and it still has consequences. What will those consequences of no action be when a feeling demands an action? A more calloused heart, maybe?
Hmmm. Feelings. Nothing more than feelings. We know better, don’t we?
ABBA, I’m having some feelings here. Been having them all morning. I pray I have and am taking the right actions with them. I pray the actions I have taken will bless others and not cause them grief or worry. I pray that more and more I will practice actions that bless others rather than harm them. I thank You for this lesson. I thank You for the privilege of sharing it with others. I thank You for each one who will read it. I pray it will encourage them to consider their feelings, all of them and take all of them to You before acting upon any of them. Me too, ABBA. Me too.
And I pray now for our List for Prayer. I pray each of them will acknowledge their feelings and will seek Your help in sorting them out and determining what course of action to take.
Thank You for Bridgette’s recent report that bone scans and blood tests are fine. To us that means the cancer is contained. I am delighted with that and I still ask You to remove it and heal Bridgette and in the meantime I pray for peace and strength for her and her family.
And there are others, ABBA, in need; serious need and not all of it is physical health related but rather emotional and spiritual health related; perhaps that is the most serious kind of help needed. Spiritual health I know for sure is the most important. Should be our most watched after health and I pray it will become that for every IDOK; for ourselves and our families, friends and others.
And now as I ready myself to schedule this for posting, I dare not forget to pray for our IDOK Troops; for their safety in spirit, soul and body; and for Israel, for peace and protection; and for America, repentance and salvation; and all of it I ask in JESUS NAME. Amen and amen.