IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009
I am reading again this morning in my book entitled Jesus Lives by Sarah Young, ISBN-13:978-1-4041-8695-8 Thomas Nelson Publishing at pages 218-219. She well entitles the piece: Trials; for that is what we often experience, but a particular phrase caught my interest: search for ME in the wreckage of adversity. If only we would learn to do that. When trial and tragedy strike as we stand amid the wreckage kicking this piece and that piece, if only our hearts would lift that piece to see what treasure He had hidden beneath it. Alas, that would make the trial and tragedy worth it. Peace and Blessings to you all today this 22nd day of December, 2009. Can you believe it?! Oh I hope our Christmas Celebrating honors HIM!
THROUGH I BRING GRIEF, I WILL SHOW COMPASSION, No matter what trials you are enduring you can count on My Love and My compassion—neither of which will ever fail. I can bring good out of everything I allow in your life, but much of what I do is far beyond your understanding. My children often misinterpret My ways with them. When adversity strikes, they tend to feel as if I’m displeased with them. They don’t realize that My most devoted followers are especially targeted in spiritual warfare. The devil and his demonic underlings delight in tormenting those who live close to Me. When you are suffering and your troubles seem endless, remember I am tenderly present in your afflictions. Instead of lamenting the way things are, search for Me in the wreckage of adversity. You will not fail to find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
I want you to experience more fully the greatness of My overflowing Love. As you open yourself to My compassionate Presence, this Love flows into your more freely. Like new wine, My Love expands within your, increasing your capacity for Me. Another way to expand this capacity is to let My Love flow from you to others. I am so pleased when you do this that I flood you with more of My living Presence. As you continue this blessed adventure with Me, I fill you with ever-increasing volumes of unfailing Love.
Lamentations 3:32 Though He causes grief, Yet He will show compassion According to the multitude of His mercies.
Lamentations 3:22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.
DADDY GOD, Another morning I see is upon us and soon the sun will be making an appearance, as it does I pray You will speak to each of our IDOKs and Readers. I pray each will sense Your Living Presence with us and within us. We continue to pray for those who are grieving, that amid their great loss they will find the Reward and Treasure of Your Sweet Presence Lord Jesus.
I am thinking about Christmas Day, I really want You to be honored and exalted as we gather with family and friends. I really want You to be first in our minds and Holy Spirit without Your promptings and reminding I think I will get busy and the day will slip away; please don’t let that happen.
And we pray for our IDOK Troops, for not only their safety and protection but for peace of mind and comfort of soul. And again we ask that they all get to come home safe and sound. We pray too for Israel, to see them in the Place You have for them; to see them at peace and occupying the LAND You have given them. We pray for America that You will forgive and bless us with holy repentance.
We pray too for each one spoken here today; please look upon each face and look within each heart and comfort and correct and rescue as You know each one needs for Jesus Name sake. Amen and amen.