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

Seventeen and Prison Cells (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010

Seventeen and Prison Cells

Genesis 39:1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt.  And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. [source]

Can we by any stretch of our imaginations visualize how Joseph was feeling standing there on the slave block?  Let us recall that Joseph was about 17 when his brothers ‘gifted’ him with a ticket to Egypt.  Seventeen and previously rich.  Seventeen and the favored son. Seventeen and a former clothes horse, we might say; remember that coat of many colors that ONLY he had.  Seventeen and a dreamer of dreams that he did not keep to himself; which contributed to landing him on the slave block. What emotions do you imagine were coursing through his veins?  Do you think he ever asked God, why?  Do you think he would have understood if God had answered him immediately? Let us step into Joseph’s shoes when we are asking ‘Why, God, why’? As we read Joseph’s story, we can readily see the why God why for Joseph.  And I dare say one day when we look back over our lives, when this present circumstance (story) is told, we too will see why God why.  But for now, let us choose to take comfort and find strength the way Joseph did.Verse 2: The LORD was with Joseph . . .  .   Verse 5: . . . the LORD blessed . . . for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field. [source]

This GOD who loved/loves Joseph loves YOU (and me) no less than He loved (loves) Joseph.  Will HE do less for YOU (or me) than HE did for Joseph? Not if we will set our minds and our souls to obey Him.  Read more about Joseph.  Read how he obeyed.  Read how ABBA responded to Joseph’s obedience.  We might learn something and we just might garner some motivation to do likewise, even from our own ‘prison cells’.
Remember! Remember the Last Thing our children and grandchildren and we ourselves need is to compromise, neglect and fail to LIVE SCRIPTURE.
Romans 12:19 (New King James Version) 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. [source]
And tomorrow maybe we will be blessed with another verse to ask ourselves are we obeying this consistently. 
ABBA, It’s been a fruitful day, I think and I am grateful.  Thank You.  I pray now that You will use the words on this page to minister to the minds and souls of our IDOKs and Readers.  I pray Your Word will empower us and change us for Your glory and our good.  I pray for a compelling will to love You and live Your Word.   And we pray for friends and family and the many needs of our people listed here; that each one will receive from You what they are hoping and praying for and if that is not Your Will, we expect for them better than they are praying.   We pray for our IDOK Troops, for their safety and protection; for peace of mind too and safe and sound returns home — please, LORD.    And as I put this edition to ‘bed’ I ask You to quiet and give rest to each one on this email list and to any that will stop by the webpage – You know who that will be even now and I pray for them that You will minister to them then and now.  That now, tonight, they will rest and be refreshed and that in the morning when they awaken You will be first on their minds and Your Holy Name, giving You praise will be the first words they utter.  Thank You, ABBA.  We love you too.

Kathie

1 John 4:19 (New King James Version) 19 We love Him because He first loved us.  [source]

Seeing Not, Is Believing! (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010
Seeing Not, Is Believing!
I am thinking as I begin, that I will be brief today.  Hebrews 11:17 . . .for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
As seeing Him who is invisible.  Hmmm  – invisible – even in the Greek Lexicon, invisible means what you expect – you cannot see it.  The one not seeing but enduring here was Moses as described in Hebrews 11.  You will recall Moses was called to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt.  And he did so.  And he endured much in that holy undertaking: for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.  For a proper understanding let us go again to the Greek Lexicon and let us see that our English word ‘seeing’ as used here in verse 17 in Greek  is — horao, meaning to know; become acquainted with by experience. So Moses, he who could not see God with his physical eyes saw Him as he became acquainted with God – as he experienced God.  It’s the same for us. Faith when exercised gives way to experience, we can SEE the God we cannot See and when we do we too can endure pursuing enemies, dry and hostile terrain, and even the same old – same old day after day after day. Yep! That’s it. Seeing the God we cannot See makes life worth living. Hebrews 11: 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Thank You, ABBA, for allowing us to SEE You; thank You for allowing us the privilege of experiencing You.  Thank You, Holy Spirit, for taking up residency within.  And I pray we will be more and more yielded to You.    And there are these – many families with various needs; strife and discord that we pray will be forgiven and put aside; sin and rebellious children – rebellious parents too, we pray for repentance and restoration.  And our IDOK Troops, we dare not forget them; praying for their safety and protection and well being in spirit, soul and body.  Thank You so much for the way You have taken care of each one of them and I pray that each one listed here will come home safe and sound at the appointed time.  And I pray for Israel.  You know the love You have given me for Your People and I pray for their peace and safety.  I pray too for America.  Thank You for every Christ Believing American and I pray that we who SEE You will be available to minister so others can SEE You too.  I pray for exposure of corruption and repentance of it in this Nation.  I pray for more and more people to stand against the evil that is being pushed in this Government.  I pray that every elected official from the White House to the tiniest little village in America that does not desire to abide by Your Moral Law will be removed from Office.  I pray You will have mercy on America and that You will raise up an ‘Army’ of Christians that will not be silent, not violent, not cruel, but firm in Your Love and Truth and will be a mighty force to stem the tide of corruption and debauchery that is trying to smother and kill this Nation.  I ask You for mercy and grace and space to repent.   And now before posting this I ask You for rest and peace for our IDOKs and Readers. I pray whatever is troubling each one that she/he will be willing to lay it down and let You be exalted in it.  Thank You for another time to gather together and it is in Your Name LORD Jesus that we pray. Amen and amen.

Kathie

Wandering (again)

IDOK Devotion for Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Wandering
          If I have seen it before I have forgotten.  So it is new this morning.
Exodus 20:2-4 (NKJV)
2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
            3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
          In verse 2 I see the word ‘bondage’. Verse 3 commands us to have no other gods before Him?  I am learning more what that means. For me, one thing it means is when I deny the Truth within me to please someone else, I have bowed in worship to a false god and it is as surely bondage to me as was building bricks in Egypt to Israel. ABBA, came down and delivered Israel from Egypt.  But obviously they were still in bondage, they still had other gods before them – hence 40 years of wandering!
          I’m tired of wandering! I want all my idols gone and all my chains of bondage broken.  And I know Who can do it.  I know Who is doing it – link by link.  All praise and glory to JESUS – the Greatest of ALL Liberators!
          Philippians 3:13-15 (NKJV)
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
Amen and amen – LORD anything to the otherwise, moment by moment reveal it to us and by Your Grace we SHALL turn away from it!  And all IDOKs and Readers said AMEN? Amen.        
            Holy Spirit, I ask You to do Your Thing with this.  It’s a fast written one but I pray it will linger long and will be an instrument of transformation in each of us.   We entrust each name spoken here.  We expect great things in each life and each situation because You only do Great, LORD.  We entrust our IDOK Troops for peace and safe keeping today.  We entrust the Call to Prayer to continue and grow and build strength in Your People.  We entrust the government and the people of America to You.  We entrust the People of Israel to You.  We lay it all before You this morning and we believe You are able.  We not only believe You are able, we believe You are willing – LORD JESUS, You have shown this.  Thank You.  Amen and amen.
Kathie

Grace

Continuing to look at verses of Scripture containing the word foundation is prompting today’s post.

Exodus 9:17-19 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

(vii) 17 Since you are still setting yourself up against my people and not letting them go, 18 tomorrow, about this time, I will cause a hailstorm so heavy that Egypt has had nothing like it from the day it was founded until now. 19 Therefore, send and hurry to bring indoors all your livestock and everything else you have in the field. For hail will fall on every human being and animal left in the field that hasn’t been brought home, and they will die.”’”

via Exodus 9:17-19 CJB – (vii) Since you are still setting – Bible Gateway.

And who of us does not see GRACE in the Old Testament? This passage was addressed to the Pharaoh and was delivered by Moses. I encourage you to read the whole of Exodus 9. Particularly verse 8 – ashes from the kiln. If you don’t think GOD is awesome, you don’t know Him! Back to today’s point. GRACE.

Grace in the Old Testament. As I said this passage was at the time addressed to the Pharaoh (and now we have it for our learning – I am so glad!). The vile man who refused again and again to let Israel go. And yet GOD gave an OUT to ANY who would listen! That is grace, my Friends! Our GOD is the AWESOME GOD of Grace in the Old Covenant and the New Covenant.

ABBA, thank You. Thank You for Your Word that reveals Your Grace to us. Grace in a place that some have accused You of having none; thank You that You have revealed truth.
And in particular I asked in a certain place that truth be revealed today. Thank You for knowing, ABBA. Thank You for taking us back again today to the word foundation. Help us build well today on The Foundation of Life.
And for each Reader coming to this page, I pray for truth to be revealed and Your Grace to be experienced; grace that will lead to softened hearts; hearts that will gladly yield to You; for in yielding to You, ABBA, we are truly free.
I pray for comfort, for helps of every kind and sort, for healings of illnesses, diseases, and broken hearts as needed for each dear Soul gathering here. And I pray for the rescue of children in and out of wombs, for the bondage of sex trafficking to be broken and destroyed, for the protection and peace of Israel, for the repentance and restoration of America and for the Bride of CHRIST to bow before You and receive strength and Will to rise to her feet and tell Your GOOD NEWS. Amen and amen.

 

Choose

I borrowed this from a Friend’s Facebook page. It’s TRUTH. And we have the opportunity to live it today and perhaps tomorrow. (See James 3:14)

Truth!

Joshua 24:14-16 Amplified Bible (AMP)

14 Now therefore, [reverently] fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in truth; put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the [Euphrates] River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

16 The people answered, Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods;

via Joshua 24:14-16 AMP – Now therefore, [reverently] fear the – Bible Gateway.

And the GOD we CHOOSE today will govern every other choice we make today. Let us choose wisely!