IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2010
I have decided I want to be a Bluegill (fish) – figuratively speaking, of course. Reading Tuesday’s Our Daily Bread devotion is what started me in this direction. Bluegills have been ‘recruited’ to protect certain water systems here in the U.S. Christopher Lee of the Washington Post penned an article September 18, 2006 that in part said: “The fish are extremely sensitive to minute changes in the source water quality, — end of quote. source: http://limnology.wisc.edu/courses/zoo510/2009/bluegill_on_guard_wash-post_18sept06.html
My understanding is that Bluegill fish are so sensitive to the water in which they are swimming that any minute change in the water causes them concern and they respond to that concern. Their responses alert their ‘keepers’ to check the water supply for contaminates that would be harmful to consumers and take the necessary actions to protect their consumers.
How grand would it be if we as individual Christians and Churches were so sensitive to sin that we would respond by sounding alerts — first in prayer and then as the Holy Spirit leads waving red flags and blowing loud whistles? How different would the U.S. be today if ample alarms had been sounded and adequate responses had been made years ago? Would abortion be legal? Would prayer be banned in school? Would the Name of JESUS be the only name in ‘religion’ that is censored? Would homosexuality be ‘glamorized’ as an alternative life style to not only be embraced but to be applauded and admired? Would thousands and thousands of children have fallen prey to pornography mongers? Would divorce be 1 out of 2? Would ‘sex’ be the most used advertising tool? Just how different; just how better would this world be if Christians lived holy lives? Just how different; just how better would this community in which I live be if I were a ‘bluegill’? How sensitive am I to sin? How much slips passed me that I don’t even recognize as sin? How often do I betray my ‘Water Source’ by closing my eyes and my mouth to rampant sin filling and destroying families around me? I can do nothing to change what has been done. Neither can you. Today abortion is legal. Today the homosexual agenda is steadily advancing. Today the name of JESUS is the most hated name in the world. Today pornography and sex trafficking is stealing the innocence of children and destroying men, women, even whole families. Today sex is used to sell hamburgers, toothpaste, you name it! What can we do about? I’m not smart enough to figure that out as to practical step by step actions to take. I don’t think the answer is to become obsessed with campaigns and petitions (although those things within reason may have value). I do think we can and we better start here:
2 Chronicles 7:
14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.
I Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.
16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
You know, ABBA, when we began this devotion I did not anticipate the whole of it; but then I rarely I do, do I? Point is we cannot change what has been and even what is today much of it cannot be changed in a day, maybe not even in many days; but I don’t want that to stop me from working against evil. I don’t want the enormity of the war to stop me from being available to You to wage battle. In this moment I don’t know what I can do as one person to overturn Woe v Wade; or to stop the advancing of the homosexual agenda; or shut down the probably billions of dollar pornography and sex trafficking industry; or the exploiting of women in media advertising; or the corruption of politicians; and so many more evils than these; but I want to be available to You for You to do something through me to storm the gates of hell and rescue people from these heinous strongholds. I’m here, LORD, whatever You can do within me to stand against evil, lets do it! This I do know to ask You and that is for You to raise up people of prayer to not only pray in their homes in their prayer closets but to come together as churches, small groups – men, women, youth, children, come together regularly, consistently, methodically even to pray. Just prayer, not to socialize, not even for Bible Study but for prayer. Prayer to come before YOU seeking You for repentance and revival. Holy Spirit, do this. Please do this. And now in obedience we also pray for one another – for those spoken here.
And something we prayed yesterday in particular I’m not sure but You know, that one wants us to keep on praying it, so I am and I am trusting You to complete that work You have begun in that one. I am trusting You to complete the work You have begun in all our IDOKs and Readers. You said You would so I know You will, my prayer, Holy Spirit, is that we will cooperate with You speedily and not wait till You have to spank us to bring about our obedience. I really am glad You let me do this. I really am glad You let me be Yours. Thank You, DADDY, in Jesus’ Priceless and Holy Name. Amen and amen.