Wrestling with Profundity

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 –IDOK Devotion

JESUS loves me.  JESUS does not love me more today than He has loved me any other day; He does not love me less today than He has loved me any other day.  And tomorrow He will love me the same.

And so it is for you. If you have been a good girl today, He does not love you more today than He loved you on the day you were a bad girl.  And one of these days we shall wake up and realize we really do believe this!  We so much believe it, it has transformed us! And rather than getting down on myself today because today I am not 100% there, this dawned on me: I have all eternity to be perfect so today I am in JESUS’ name enabled to stop fretting (sinning) over not being perfect today! How profound is that?

And because it is nearly 12:45 and coming to these profound statements today has been a lengthy battle with principalities and powers — this is our lesson for today.  🙂

Ephesians 6:11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  (New American Standard Bible)

You are good, LORD, and Your mercy endures forever and I am grateful.  Thank You.  And, ABBA, if my sisters and brothers are wrestling today I pray for them to have victory.  I pray, HOLY SPIRIT, You will remind them of Scripture at the perfect moment to give them strength to resist the temptation and I pray they will resist the temptation rather than resist You.  For surely when temptation comes we will resist either it or You. That’s good, LORD.  Really good.  One of those in-your-face nuggets that will either make us mad or we will latch onto it so we can resist temptation instead of resisting You and plunging on into evil. LORD, I have some sadness in my heart over this very thing; some folks around me are enslaved and trapped in this thing of resisting You instead of the temptation.  HOLY SPIRIT, please help them and me to learn better quickly.   I know it hurts; I’ve experienced it and knowing fallen nature, I will again; even so, it’s no excuse, LORD.  No excuse. Just because we are hurt gives us no excuse to hurt back.  That only broadens the circle of pain and dims or darkens big time Your Reflection in us.  I don’t want that for me. I don’t want it for them; so please help.  And not just in this but help every person reading here, and our IDOK Troops too; praying for their protection in spirit, soul, and body and safe returns home.  And for Americans to be saved and for the Church to be revived so we will care enough to minister Your Gospel to the Lost with love and mercy and allow You to do such a work through us that Your Gospel becomes irresistible to them. Oh, in my estimation that would be great.  Please do it.  In JESUS Name, ABBA. Amen and amen.

Holy hugs, kt

The Scripture passage above was obtained at Biblegateway.com

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