IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2010
I don’t know if I am going any where with this; just making a note right now. Why do I think I have to do everything important first thing in the morning – reading, writing, praying, drink a bottle of water, exercise, get out of my pjs, brush my teeth, take a shower, wash my hair, dry my hair, etc. etc.? So I don’t have to think about it the rest of the day? Maybe. But that won’t work with meditating on Scripture or praying. I need conversation with Daddy God ALL day long!
And two, I am big on lists, making them but not doing them and then feeling like a failure because I didn’t. So then I spend time NOT making lists and then find important things go undone and then I feel like a failure. Where’s the happy medium? I am wondering if today a means to a happy medium is forming. When I teach and on those rare occasions when I used to speak, I did not use notes. Sure I wrote the message as I studied The Word and I read it over and over but when I stood to speak, I just opened my mouth and the Holy Spirit drew upon what I had put in and I was as surprised as the audience at what I said. And you know what? I loved it! I couldn’t do it any other way. So I am wondering if that is who I am and the way I am to operate on a day to day basis. You know…study to show myself approved and just go from minute to minute working with Him from what I have studied? That would include His Word and notes I make to myself in Sunday School class, in Worship Service, riding in the truck, standing in line, sitting at a basketball game – just anywhere a good thought comes to mind; and then meet with Him with all my notes when I wake up and go from there each day. My notes and lists would still be useful but I would not feel tied to them and like a failure if everything on the list didn’t get done everyday. I wonder?
And three, something that Joyce Meyer said today – we cannot make our lists, prioritize them and be done with it once and for all. Emotionally, I think that is what I have been looking for. A one size fits all — once and for all list of do this, do this, do this and you will be skinny, happy and productive. Duh! She said, and I am, again, paraphrasing, of course, that I might as well get used to it – re-evaluations on a regular basis must be a part of our lives. Get over it and get on with it! Life is messy – just do what you know to do day by day to live holy and stay in touch with God; and all the rest will work out – body, soul and spirit. Hmmm.
Is this making any sense to anybody? Is there anybody out there like me? Just wondering. And now that I am reading this over a second time… these concepts would be called living in the Spirit rather than the flesh, wouldn’t they? Ouch!
Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (source)
2 Timothy 2:14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. (source)
Guess I am not wondering any more. Daddy God has spoken!
P.S. And ladies and gents, I lie not! I went from putting the finishing touches on this before beginning the closing prayer, to read an email that just came in and it is a devotional entitled Renewed Day by Day! I’m not kidding!! Indeed DADDY is speaking and I am listening!
Thank You, DADDY GOD, for the progress today and thank You that even the failures when given to You become stepping stones to victory. Thank You that I have some stepping stones today and I have some victories too and I couldn’t have done it without You. Thank You. Thank You for the good reports I have received today and thank You that You are LORD over the bad ones too. Thank You that You are tending all that have come to us for prayer today. You are teaching us the power of prayer and we are grateful. Doing what I know to do for spirit, soul and body says I should now ask You to bless our IDOK Troops, protect them and guard them and bring them home safe and sound; bless our IDOKs and Readers with peace and rest and wisdom and desire to love You and serve You more; forgive and grant space and grace for the lost to repent and for the saints to grow into consistent obedience and trust You for a good night sleep for us all in Jesus Name. Amen and amen.