IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2010
You Name It ‘s’
It is late as I begin. I may not tarry. It has been a sweet, sweet day! My Baby Girl and I had our once a month day together; we don’t often miss a month. Anyway this time, we did lunch and a movie. Her first time to see The Blind Side; my second – she loved it, I loved it again!
(P.S. at this typing it is 8.28.13 and at seeing the trailer for The Blind Side AGAIN my eyes well with tears. Just saying. Have a precious day my Friends!)
I have a least two passages of Scripture that I want to share but either would take some time to develop and that football game is gonna be over soon and like I said it’s late here in lower Alabama. So maybe I’ll save those for next week.
For now, carry this one around with you.
John 16:33 (Amplified Bible) I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] [source]
Amen and amen again!
This verse is in the midst of Jesus last training session with the Apostles before He went to the Garden and you know from there was taken to ‘trial’. He told them tribulation, trials, distresses; frustrations were coming but that even in all of it He wanted them to have peace and confidence, to take courage, to be certain. Be certain I HAVE overcome, He said. For us that means even before any nasty, difficult, hard, troubling, frustrating ‘you name it’, comes upon us, Jesus has already overcome it for us. It is for us to be confident. It is for us to value and treasure this PEACE He has given us so much that we will not forfeit it for anything or any body.
And in this moment, my resolve is to so value You, so value holding onto to the Peace You have given me that I will not forfeit it for anything; not even for the ‘pleasure’ of sin for a season. That’s what I feel and want right now as I sit here in the quiet. I pray that more and more I will want it when the ‘you name its’ are screaming at me. And I pray this for our IDOKs too. ABBA, I know I should be asleep already and I surely hope most of our IDOKs already are. And as I think of those spoken here, You know who they are, You know the loss they are feeling, You know the sorrow of the empty chair and the vacant pillow; it grieves me, Lord, and I know it does You even more – comfort them, ABBA, be their everything to them and carry them through this. We appreciate and we applaud You for the good reports. Thank You. And as so many days before we pray for our IDOK Troops; how can we say thank You for Your goodness for the protection and safe keeping of them. Thank You. Thank You. And so we keep asking that You keep on protecting them and that You bring each one home safe and sound. You know who needs what and when listed here and we just trust You in Jesus Name to do it. Amen and amen.