IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009
One of Two
Lets see here, it is nearly 2:00 PM on a Son Kissed Wednesday, how shall I begin Thursday’s IDOK? I have a load of laundry going, the house is quiet, not only the house but it’s tranquil outside too; I’ve been home from Mobile less than an hour – that wasn’t on my list of to do today, but I made room for it and I am glad I did. I will briefly tell you about it and hopefully a devotional thought will come. My red-haired first born called this morning about 9:00 to say she was scheduled to visit a client in Mobile this morning and she thought she could be at a certain eatery on Dauphin Street by 11:15 and could I join her. Since this is such a rare opportunity for her and me these days, I said yes. So I finished day 4 of the Patriarchs, did some personal grooming and made it there by 11:10 (She had already arrived and had our order at our table). I still had Day 5 to do before the video session, so I took my Bible and workbook with me, just in case. The soup was good and the fellowship was superb, and then all too soon, it was time for her to scurry back across the Bay. I walked her to her vehicle, kissed her ‘see you later’ and with her encouragement retrieved my Bible and work book from the truck, went back inside, purchased a cup of coffee and a muffin top, found a secluded corner and began to ‘feast’, and the muffin wasn’t bad either. As I studied, I made some extra notes on Day 5 that I think I shall share with you.
At this juncture in the study we are at Genesis 27 – Jacob and Esau – the stealing of the Birth Order Blessing. Beth says this chapter is filled with more drama than a soap opera and she’s right. The chapter contains Jacob and his mother scheming, plotting and conniving; Isaac being tired, blind and deceived and Esau being cheated, enraged and murderous (and this is a ‘Christian’ family!). As I worked through the lesson and in the final paragraph read these words: “They are humans whose hearts resemble the heart of their spiritual father, Satan”; I came to this reckoning: (not a new one, just reiterated, for us to ponder deeper) it really is black and white here, one of two. All peoples, every soul who breathes, is either a child of God by re-birth or still a child of Satan by natural birth. (Praise God, babies and young ones are safe and protected until that age of jeopardy is reached.) So, every living breathing walking around person above the age of accountability that you and I will see today is at that very moment either a child of God or a child of Satan. There is no grey here. ALL are one or the other. How unpopular is that to teach? How uncomfortable is that ponder? So, should we ponder it? Would it make a difference if we pondered it and prayed over it? You know these are rhetorical questions, don’t you? Yet, I hope we will not allow our flesh, the world and Satan to keep us from answering them within our own hearts. May it be that we will not only be conscience of it but moved with compassion about it; and be ready and willing when our eyes meet theirs to be available to the Holy Spirit to plant a seed in any ‘heart garden’ that He tells us He has plowed and made ready for planting.
John 8:37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.
38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with[l] your father.”
39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.”
Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.
41 You do the deeds of your father.”
Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.”
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.
43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.
44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?
47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
ABBA, I am thankful for this day; for every person and good thing that has greeted me; I am thankful for Your encouragement to me, for Your Word and for the Plans You have for this ministry, for every IDOK, and for me as Your servant. You know my desires and I pray more and more that Your desires will be my desires. I think maybe our IDOKs might be praying that too. Please again comfort and protect our IDOK Troops, I pray they will be particularly mindful of You when they are confronted with evil and that they will be reminded by You, Holy Spirit, to draw upon Your Strength and Wisdom. I pray that each of them will come home safe and sound at the appointed time. Again, I pray for Israel to be at peace in the land that You have given them. I pray for the descendants of Ishmael to surrender their hatred and be healed. I pray for America that the voices of those who have a moral sense of right and wrong based upon Your Word will become stronger and stronger and will negate and silence the voices of those in Washington and other places who are evil and bent on doing the work of their father. I pray for holy boldness, LORD. It’s easy to be bold sitting here at this screen that obscures all the faces out there that oppose You. If You will, I pray to be even more effective here at this screen and out there, face to face, with those whose ‘heart gardens’ You have plowed and made ready for seed. I do not wish to be offensive, nor argumentative, nor to debate for the sake of debating; rather I pray that I will be discerning and only ‘retreat’ when silence or diplomacy paves the way to try again; and this I ask in Jesus’ Name as I think that is what You did, LORD, as You minister as the God-Man. Amen and amen.