Fear Not

9/11/2001 – 12 years ago.

Shocked and afraid. All we could think to do was pray. We did. And He heard.

Today.

I’m not so shocked.

Afraid? If I let myself – I am much afraid. I am told that not less than 365 times ABBA said do not be afraid. Surely He means it. So for a few moments I have been reviewing some of those ‘fear not’ Scriptures.

Do you recall the story of Joseph? Sold into slavery by his brothers; redeemed by the GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; elevated to second in command of all Egypt. And then his brothers went looking for bread. They found more than bread; they found grace. They found a ‘fear not’. How? Why? Look for yourselves. See Joseph choosing to be NOT in the place of GOD.

Genesis 50:18-20 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

18 and his brothers too came, prostrated themselves before him and said, “Here, we are your slaves.”

19 But Yosef said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Am I in the place of God?

20 You meant to do me harm, but God meant it for good — so that it would come about as it is today, with many people’s lives being saved.

Let all the men, women and children of this world individually choose as Joseph did to be NOT their own GOD and surrender to the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and YESHUA; with that our reasons for fear would all but disappear.  

No more 911s.

No more chemical weapons

No more slaughter of men, women and children.

But alas that is not our world, is it? In this present world there is slaughter and mass destruction – somewhere every day.

So how will you heed ABBA’s command to ‘fear not’?

Choose to be not our own GOD and surrender to the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and our Messiah Jesus the Christ.

On this anniversary of such an evil happening when those following after Satan brought death and destruction to our shores; You, ABBA, gave grace and mercy and life even in the midst of it all. We trust You to continue to bring good to Your people in the midst of this present evil. We pray now for the disarming of Syria and her allies. We pray for peace in the Middle East. We pray for peace in America. We pray for peace in the hearts of men, women and children and we pray for holy soldiers to carry the message of salvation in CHRIST alone to any who will choose to hear.

Kathie desota falls

Up a Tree (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010

Up A Tree

Luke 19:1-10 (New King James Version) [source]

1 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.

Sometimes measuring up is just so hard.  Measuring up to other people’s expectations. Sometimes we even take on other’s expectations of us and we feel even shorter, don’t we?  I do. I compare me to others and most often I see me as too short.  4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree I wonder what our sycamore trees look like today.  What do we do to make ourselves feel ‘taller’?  What do we do to feel like we measure up?  to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, Can you imagine?  Wonder what Zacchaeus was thinking. Did he climb the tree to see and not be seen?  And if he did, did he feel like he had been found out?  Was he relieved? Did he still feel too short or did he feel like he had just instantly grown 2 feet when his eyes met Jesus’ eyes?and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.Looks like there’s our answer – he received Him joyfully.  Can you imagine Zacchaeus coming down out of that tree and leading Jesus to his house?  Wonder if he thought about whether or not his bed was made that morning – and what the rest of his house looked like?  Probably not; but I might have. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” Praise ABBA that Jesus comes to sinners! How sad ‘they’ didn’t know they were ‘too short’ too.   8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” Oh yes I would say Zacchaeus received Jesus that day and not just as a guest but as a ‘Permanent Resident’! 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Oh, the beauty of knowing we are too short – that is if knowing we are too short sends us up THE TREE, straight to Jesus and there we receive and believe His good news – that Salvation is ours in Him and Him alone!  Not only our salvation from eternal damnation but from condemning ourselves day after day too.

Romans 8: (New King James Version) 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. [source]

Thank You, ABBA, You knew I needed that and maybe I am not the only one.  Maybe others have Monday mornings when they feel too short and condemned too.  Thank You that in You, none of us are too short or condemned, and we have Your Word on it.  And thank You that more and more we are standing on Your Word; standing and believing.   I pray for all our IDOKs and Readers, You have given me so many wonderful Sisters and Brothers on the other side of this screen.  I don’t see their faces, but You do.  Even in this very moment You see them, You see their joys and their sorrows and You have the answers, You have the solution to every problem, You have the provision for every need and You are right there and right here to answer and give and provide it all.  And so I pray it will be so experimentally for each of them and me too. I pray it will be so for our IDOK Troops too and their families and not only these but all who are spoken here today – every face, every heart – be open before You for every little detail You want to perfect in our needy souls for Jesus’ Name sake.  Amen and amen.

Kathie

One of Two (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009
One of Two
Lets see here, it is nearly 2:00 PM on a Son Kissed Wednesday, how shall I begin Thursday’s IDOK?  I have a load of laundry going, the house is quiet, not only the house but it’s tranquil outside too; I’ve been home from Mobile less than an hour – that wasn’t on my list of to do today, but I made room for it and I am glad I did.  I will briefly tell you about it and hopefully a devotional thought will come.  My red-haired first born called this morning about 9:00 to say she was scheduled to visit a client in Mobile this morning and she thought she could be at a certain eatery on Dauphin Street by 11:15 and could I join her.  Since this is such a rare opportunity for her and me these days, I said yes. So I finished day 4 of the Patriarchs, did some personal grooming and made it there by 11:10 (She had already arrived and had our order at our table).  I still had Day 5 to do before the video session, so I took my Bible and workbook with me, just in case.  The soup was good and the fellowship was superb, and then all too soon, it was time for her to scurry back across the Bay.  I walked her to her vehicle, kissed her ‘see you later’ and with her encouragement retrieved my Bible and work book from the truck, went back inside, purchased a cup of coffee and a muffin top, found a secluded corner and began to ‘feast’, and the muffin wasn’t bad either.  As I studied, I made some extra notes on Day 5 that I think I shall share with you. 
At this juncture in the study we are at Genesis 27 – Jacob and Esau – the stealing of the Birth Order Blessing.  Beth says this chapter is filled with more drama than a soap opera and she’s right. The chapter contains Jacob and his mother scheming, plotting and conniving; Isaac being tired, blind and deceived and Esau being cheated, enraged and murderous (and this is a ‘Christian’ family!).  As I worked through the lesson and in the final paragraph read these words: “They are humans whose hearts resemble the heart of their spiritual father, Satan”; I came to this reckoning: (not a new one, just reiterated, for us to ponder deeper) it really is black and white here, one of two.  All peoples, every soul who breathes, is either a child of God by re-birth or still a child of Satan by natural birth.  (Praise God, babies and young ones are safe and protected until that age of jeopardy is reached.)  So, every living breathing walking around person above the age of accountability that you and I will see today is at that very moment either a child of God or a child of Satan. There is no grey here.  ALL are one or the other.  How unpopular is that to teach? How uncomfortable is that ponder?  So, should we ponder it?  Would it make a difference if we pondered it and prayed over it?  You know these are rhetorical questions, don’t you?  Yet, I hope we will not allow our flesh, the world and Satan to keep us from answering them within our own hearts.  May it be that we will not only be conscience of it but moved with compassion about it; and be ready and willing when our eyes meet theirs to be available to the Holy Spirit to plant a seed in any ‘heart garden’ that He tells us He has plowed and made ready for planting.
John 8:37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.
38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with[l] your father.”
39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.”
Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.
41 You do the deeds of your father.”
Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.”
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.
43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.
44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?
47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”

ABBA,  I am thankful for this day; for every person and good thing that has greeted me; I am thankful for Your encouragement to me, for Your Word and for the Plans You have for this ministry, for every IDOK, and for me as Your servant.  You know my desires and I pray more and more that Your desires will be my desires.  I think maybe our IDOKs might be praying that too.   Please again comfort and protect our IDOK Troops, I pray they will be particularly mindful of You when they are confronted with evil and that they will be reminded by You, Holy Spirit, to draw upon Your Strength and Wisdom.  I pray that each of them will come home safe and sound at the appointed time.  Again, I pray for Israel to be at peace in the land that You have given them. I pray for the descendants of Ishmael to surrender their hatred and be healed.  I pray for America that the voices of those who have a moral sense of right and wrong based upon Your Word will become stronger and stronger and will negate and silence the voices of those in Washington and other places who are evil and bent on doing the work of their father. I pray for holy boldness, LORD.  It’s easy to be bold sitting here at this screen that obscures all the faces out there that oppose You.  If You will, I pray to be even more effective here at this screen and out there, face to face, with those whose ‘heart gardens’ You have plowed and made ready for seed.  I do not wish to be offensive, nor argumentative, nor to debate for the sake of debating; rather I pray that I will be discerning and only ‘retreat’ when silence or diplomacy paves the way to try again; and this I ask in Jesus’ Name as I think that is what You did, LORD, as You minister as the God-Man.   Amen and amen. 

Kathie

You Special

5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’  . . .

via Ex 19 NKJV – Israel at Mount Sinai – In the third – Bible Gateway.

A special treasure to Me above all people.

Yes, Yahweh was talking to Israel when these words were penned by Moses in the Book of Exodus.

But who else was/is The GREAT I AM talking to here?

Galatians 3:29 New King James Version (NKJV)

29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

via Galatians 3:29 NKJV – And if you are Christ’s, then you are – Bible Gateway.

Does that help explain?

Who do you see in verse 29 of Galatians 3? Who is Abraham’s seed? Who are the heirs?

So tell me, is one of those ‘yous’ among that ‘Special Treasure’ YOU? Why? Or why not?

So what does that mean to you? Do you anticipate some soon coming changes as you embrace this truth? 

Just thinking . . . hope you are too now.  

Blessings to you Dear Friends for a prodigious weekend 🙂  +++

Remember YOU have the God-given RIGHT to do right in this wrong world!