IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010
I opened my Our Daily Bread (Radio Bible Class publication) devotional for today, (Thursday, January 14, 2010), read the Scripture and read the devotional thought by Cindy Hess Kasper, and her words ‘That’s because the power for living comes from God and not us’.; all of a sudden were highlighted by the Holy Spirit. I knew He was speaking and I was/am so glad to listen. There are many things in this life I love, but hearing from Him and sharing what He says is without rival, my greatest joy. But that’s not the point here; so I will move on. The power for living comes from God, not us. So if I feel powerless I really need to immediately check what it is that has kicked the breaker. Cindy’s devotion says it is sin and she is right. Sin is what cuts the lines of fellowship. And notice I said ‘fellowship’ not ‘relationship’. For since I am in Christ, I have eternal relationship but the fellowship is hindered when sin interrupts the circuits – the breaker kicks. And when this happens we can and should immediately activate I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [source] And the power (fellowship) will be immediately restored. So in areas of my life wherein I feel powerless, in those areas where I experience defeat after defeat; in those areas where I have a sense of hopelessness to change, it is time for me to go to the Breaker Box and flip the switch, because the power for living comes from HIM, not me. I hope this energizes you as it has me today. It’s a breath of fresh air sweeping out the stale! Because the power for living, for overcoming, for success, for triumph, for wisdom, for discernment, for making right choices, the will to say NO, the will to say YES, you name it — ALL comes from Him, it’s not us!
1 John 4: (Holman Christian Standard Bible) 4 You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. [source]
Many hours with its thoughts, deeds and events have come and gone since the writing of this, ABBA, but Your Truth is still Truth. And it always will be; that is so good! And I am so grateful to believe it and know it. Thank You. I am relieved and grateful for answered prayer. And, there are other Sweet Ones that have not been feeling well this week that I am thinking of too, I see their precious faces and I ask You to make them well. And, there may be little faces in Haiti without moms or dads and there are moms and dads without little faces and on and on relationships that have been taken away and, ABBA, there is no doubt that no human on this planet is as grieved about this as You are; not one caring soul on this planet even comes close to caring like You and because that is true You are there and You are working there to restore and heal and I pray the restoration and healing will be received and I pray that the material help that nations are sending will arrive and be delivered properly and I pray there will be no lack. There are some IDOKs who are traveling today, I pray for safety and protection from all harm for them, for vehicles to function properly and for kind people to encounter along the way and, ABBA, if a word of Witness is needed, I pray it will be given. And, ABBA, others are coming to mind and You know who they are and You know the concern and You know what it is needed and I pray it will be done. And on and on goes this list of dearly loved people and I ask that You tend each one of them. We pray for our IDOK Troops, You have been so gracious to each of them and we pray for more grace for them today, for continued safety and protection in spirit, soul and body and all these things we ask in Jesus’ Mighty and Holy Name. Amen and amen.