IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2010
I heard Rebecca St. James say today thatwhat you are watching and what you are hearing is feeding what you do.
I heard Joyce Meyer say (my paraphrase, of course)that my purpose (your purpose) for being here on this planet is not to get a husband, or a promotion, or any of those ‘things’ that you or I might be seeking or wanting; my purpose, your purpose, for being here on this planet is to get to KNOW God. What is staggering about this to me is this purpose is not given to you and me at our salvation in Jesus Christ; it is given to EVERY person EVER conceived. What God wants when He breathes life into every embryo is for that person to get to KNOW Him. And in that moment, at conception, I believe ALL HELL takes notice and begins to set in motion events and happenings to destroy, corrupt, intercept, stop, foil, and absolutely make it ‘impossible’ for that person to come to KNOW GOD. This is HUGE to me! This single paragraph sends my thoughts into overdrive, overwhelmed to contemplate all it means and all the ways this knowledge should motivate me to KNOW Him and how this KNOWING Him would affect the way I think, feel, act and re-act to and about everything! I usually say I encourage you but today I am saying I challenge you to ponder this. I challenge you to take this ‘paragraph’ to Him and ask Him to reveal to you what this means for you personally – how He wants to personally affect you with it.
Ecclesiastes 12: (Amplified Bible) 13 All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man. [source]
1 John 5:20 (New American Standard Bible) 20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ This is the true God and eternal life. [source]
1 Corinthians 10: (Holman Christian Standard Bible) 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory. [source]
Lord and Father, the song that was sung tonight is true — even though the wrong seems so strong, You are the Ruler yet. I don’t know how I could live if I did not know that You are Ruler of all. Thank You. Not only that it is true but that You have given me faith to know it is true. Thank You. Thank You. You spoke messages to my heart today through Your servants in the pulpit and through prayers You have answered. Thank You. I pray You will take this word here and make it helpful to people. I pray You will apply Your Word and I pray that we will KNOW You as You desire to be known by each of us.
I pray for ________, for revelation and for remedy; for strength and restoration for _______. And the needs spoken here are as varied as the names; meet them where they are and rescue them. And our IDOK Troops are always our concern, that they be safe; that they be protected from harm and so we renew that prayer yet again. No doubt they each have needs that we are not even aware of nor can enter into with them, but You can and we pray for You to do that.
I am continuing to pray for America, for grace and space to repent; for the voice of the godly to be heard and for the voice of the ungodly to be exposed for what it is – ungodly. And we still have the people of Haiti on our minds too and the great need there and the great opportunity for You to show Yourself Mighty and for we Your people to show ourselves compassionate – make it so, LORD. And we have not forgotten, nor shall we forget Israel, Your beloved people and we pray for them, that they come to know Your Peace and I pray You will subdue all their enemies. And, Father, I ask You to help me digest what is written here and what I have heard today and to be faithful with Your Word and to be faithful to apply myself in pursuing You, to know You, to love You, to glorify You within and without, but, Father, I ask this not for me alone but for every IDOK and every Reader. Amen and amen.