IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2009
I began reading today in Matthew 18. That is the place in Sacred Word where Jesus said: 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. And I asked how are little children? And He answered with one word: dependent. And I am thinking, be they newborn, infant, toddler and even older, children are dependent. Dependant upon their parents; however strong willed, however determined to touch what will hurt them, they are dependent upon those who gave them life.
Do you see what I see? Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Unless one becomes WILLFULLY DEPENDENT upon the ONE who gave him/her physical life – God Almighty – for Eternal Life, that One will never see the Kingdom of God, shall by no means enter in. There is no way to enter Eternal Life without becoming dependent upon God. That is willfully abandoning any means of our own to enter in and resting and relying only on the One Provision God has given for Eternal Life – Jesus Christ. Is it any wonder that Jesus came as a Baby – dependent upon Mary and Joseph – to show us the way? As the Son of Holy God was willfully dependent upon Mary and Joseph for every morsel of food that entered His mouth, so must we be dependent upon Jesus Christ for Life Everlasting and life here and now. Oh my goodness! Jesus Christ did come to show us the way to LIFE and it is as a little child – dependent!
I say it again, DADDY GOD, oh my goodness how simple and how sweet and precious is this message to us. May we look afresh and renewed again at every child we see and see the message You have for us – dependent. Dependent on You for every breath! Thank You for speaking to us this morning. Thank You for giving us a Word. And as I am thinking of beginning a New Year what better way to enter it than DEPENDENT upon You? This I believe, this I KNOW, the more dependent upon You I know myself to be and practicing that dependence, the more INDEPENDENT of my flesh and the world I will be. Make it, Lord God, my goal to be dependent upon You in practice; oh to practice dependence – this is good! Thank You, ABBA, and now we turn to pray; You know the many needs here and we are dependent upon You. And we pray for each Dear Ones names spoken here asking You, Holy Spirit, to help them depend upon You and receive every help and blessing and healing and restoration that You so desire to give them. We pray too for our IDOK Troops for their safety and well-being in spirit, soul and body; asking all these things because we can in You alone, Christ Jesus. Amen and amen.