IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010
A quote from Beth Moore from her booklet, The Promise of Security, page 51:
Believe that HE loves you and has you covered and takes every one of your hits as if they were aimed at His own skin. Get down to the bottom of what frightens you, and then pitch it to Him like a hot potato.
Well, y’all was wondering what Thursday’s IDOK would be as I realized how much of Wednesday morning had slipped on by. And as I was reading my ‘Our Daily Bread’ a certain statement hit me hard! It comes from the pen of David McCasland directed by the Holy Spirit: When I study God’s Word, my first question should not be, “What am I going to say about this?” but “What am I going to do about this?”
How often I read the Word and immediately and excitedly start writing notes on how I can ‘teach’ that passage; how alive and wonderful and great and fun it is. And I am not saying that is bad, but it could be. It could be very bad indeed if that is all I do. If I am not exercised by the verse; if I do not allow that verse to do Its work in me, I have missed the boat by a country mile! Moreover, if I, if we, read Scripture, mark up our Bibles with many notes and then conduct ourselves no differently, we truly have deceived ourselves. If we can read Scripture, have it quickened to our spirits and then go out and violate that very Scripture over and over and over again, then we are delusional if we say we have fellowship with God.
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. 26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
As Michelle McKinney Hammond counseled us over the weekend at the WOW Conference: “Honey, if you call yourself a Christian and you live like the world; Baby, change your name!” (Of course, that is a paraphrase; but we get the meaning, don’t we?)
ABBA, I hear You. Thank You and forgive me and change me. I cannot, I must not continue to allow my first question to be how can I teach this. I must first and every time say to You, DADDY, how do You want to change me with this? I am inviting You again and anew to make me a doer of Your Word, not just a hearer of it and certainly not a teacher of it who does not first practice it herself. I want You to allow me to teach, I want to share everything You will let me but first I want Your Word to first be tried and true in me.
Thank You for this good day You have given us. Thank You for the encouragement we have received. LORD, we pray for You to touch them and heal each One brought here today – that they will give You their broken hearts and wounded spirits and weary bodies and receive Your grace and mercy.
We pray for safety and protection for our IDOK Troops; for safe returns home and while in hostile lands we pray they will learn to lean heavily upon and come to love You more and more. We pray for the peace and prosperity of Israel. Thank You for the people of America who are coming to their feet to stand for what is right; bring more and more to the fight for truth and holiness in America. I pray for the President and his family that You will protect them and I pray they will yet repent and yield themselves to You in truth and holiness.
And, ABBA, I pray now for all our IDOKs and our Readers, that they will sleep well, wake up rested and immediately begin to praise You and offer themselves to You as a living sacrifice. Thank You for this ministry, keep us straight, LORD. Amen and amen.