Stop It! (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2010

STOP IT!

I am looking at Colossians 3 today. Colossians 3 (NKJV): 8But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.  [source]  Here we are commanded to put off certain things.  In Kathie Whitestone Thompson paraphrase: STOP IT! 

Of these five things to put off, anger is listed first. I suspect anger is listed first because if we do not STOP IT, it will lead to all the others.  Ephesians 4 (NKJV): 26“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil. [source] Obviously there are occasions when anger is appropriate; to not be angry in certain situations would indicate a malfunction in our ‘wiring’.

So what is anger? Can we describe it?  We certainly recognize the various expressions of it, don’t we? Free Dictionary On-Line defines it this way: A strong feeling of displeasure or hostility. My On-Line Greek Lexicon defines it this way as a NOUN: the natural disposition, temper, character movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion.  As a VERB it is defined like so: to stretch one’s self out in order to touch or to grasp something, to reach after, to desire, to give one’s self up to.   [source] [source]

I am getting mind pictures here. I have a little book that I have read to my grandbabies many times.  It’s the story of Mary and Martha told in a manner to captivate the attention of young children and its cartoon type illustrations just seal the deal for them.  You know the story.  Martha is in the kitchen working her little fingers to the bone and Mary is in the den lounging with Jesus.   Angry Martha is drawn with red hair (imagine that!) and a dark puff of smoke rising from her head, a beet red face, eyes bulging and perspiration popping off her cheeks, as she stands with her hands on her hips, her torso leaned slightly forward and her feet strategically placed so as to withstand the force of a bull coming at her.  Do you get the picture? Do you see agitation of the soul that is about to reach out and touch somebody — if not with the spoon she is holding in her hand at least with some ‘filthy communication’?

So in Martha we see an example of inappropriate anger.  Let us now look at an example of appropriate anger.

John 2 (NKJV):13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”  [source]

So what is the difference?  SELF.  Martha’s anger was all about what she perceived to be an injustice done to HER.  Not so with Jesus. His anger was not about getting ‘satisfaction’ for Himself but about righting wrongs, about restoring the Temple to the use His Father intended.  It is my considered opinion that had Jesus not been angry about what was happening in the Temple, He would have in that moment committed SIN.

So next time we sense anger building within, and if we know in our gut that we have unction from ABBA to be ‘His Arm’ to right a wrong, then by all means let us pick up some cords and start plaiting!  Otherwise, STOP IT right there!  

One more practical test as to whether or not we have unction from the LORD to plait that whip – if we WANT to do it, I mean we just got happy juices bubbling over to do it – it’s FLESH!  And we better STOP IT immediately!

I appreciate this, LORD.  I see more clearly that ever why You did what You did in the Temple.  Thank You.  And I pray to be more and more like You.  I pray to leave any defense of me to You but when You bring me to know and witness wrongs that You desire to work through me to correct, then I pray I will not sin against You by refusing to put on Your Anger and deal with it as You direct.  You know I don’t like confrontation.  But, LORD, please don’t let me shrink back in fear from it when You ask me to confront wrongs and injustices.  And I pray this for our IDOKs and Readers.  We don’t want to sin against You by refusing to be angry about what You are angry about.  And we don’t want to sin against You by taking on vengeance either.  So, this is our prayer and we are expecting You to train us to walk in it. 

Thank You.  You are so good to me. I love you.  I am so grateful when You remind me and prompt me in prayer.  We renew again our prayers too for our IDOK Troops – for their safety and protection, for their hearts to not be afraid but trusting and relying upon You for peace and courage and wisdom.  For all names spoken here we pray for them to know Your Tending, Your Ministry to them.  We renew again our prayers for peace and protection for Israel; for repentance for America; for the overthrow of and defeat of unholy Bills on Capitol Hill; for the salvation of lost men and women in places of influence and authority in all offices of Federal, State, County and City Governments; and that Christians in all these places will be courageous and refuse to compromise Your Word; we pray for some holy anger, LORD, not for self satisfaction but for the defense of the innocent and the defenseless.  And to not be political for politics sake but for the evangelizing of the souls of man and the edifying of Your Church.  I am grateful for this message and I pray it will fulfill every purpose You desire, ABBA. Amen and amen in the Sweet and Perfect Name of Your Holy Son, Jesus.

Kathie

Perfect vs Persistent (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2009

Perfect vs Persistent

We are not fully back to normal around here, whatever normal is. We have had days filled with love, laughter and lots of food and this morning it’s quiet, for a little while  anyway, unless you count the sound of the washing machine and distance traffic.   I like it! My beloved is safely to work and I am slowly getting started – no surprise to you since you don’t have an IDOK yet.

Let me share with you again today from my gift book: Jesus Lives by Sarah Young (published by Thomas Nelson ISBN-13:978-1-4041-8695-8), pages 214 and 215.

Assurance

BRING YOUR ATTENTION GENTLY BACK TO ME WHENEVER IT STARTS TO WANDER. Find relief in the truth that I look for persistence-rather than perfection-in your walk with Me.

Are you amazed at how quickly and how far your mind can wander from Me? When you recognized this has happened, don’t be shattered by disappointment or distracted by discouragement.  Instead, simply return your attention to Me and to the truth that I accept you in all your imperfection.

Not only do I accept you as you are, I love you as you are.  I died a criminal’s death so I could adorn you with My own perfection.  That’s why bringing your thoughts to Me is so important: It is My perfect righteousness that saves you, and it will never be taken away from you!

You can easily fall prey to self-rejection if you have unrealistic expectations for yourself.  When you fail, I want you to bring your focus back to Me gently, without judging yourself.  Instead of doing further harm by putting yourself down, persist in setting your sights on Me.  I always welcome you back with unfailing Love.

Hebrews 10:12-14  12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

Luke 10:41-42  41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (source)

Psalm 36:7  7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. (source)

And we thought picking on ourselves was a good thing, didn’t we?  No, not really – it’s just the easier thing to do.  This is an encouragement to me; I hope you don’t need it but just in case you ever do – remember DADDY GOD is not looking for us to be PERFECT yet just PERSISTENT in the right direction.

Thank You, ABBA, for these days we have enjoyed; thank You for the love and laughter we are now treasuring.  And thank You for the food we relished and thank You now for courage to ‘pay’ rather than ‘play’ in our consumptions.  Just a few more days and we will mark a new year and we are already thinking about promises we may make to ourselves; don’t let us do that again. Don’t let us make promises we cannot reasonably keep; don’t let us set ourselves up for that guilt; You’ve told us already that is not what You want for us.  Get us passed that mental trap of waiting until January 2 to begin or next week or tomorrow; help us begin today, doing just one thing we know would bless You, others and ourselves. Again, we pray for protection from all harm for our IDOK Troops, we pray for heart and mind peace for each of them in hostile places; we pray for Peace for Israel and to see them occupy the LAND You have given them; we pray for America, for space and grace to repent; we pray for each name written here with every need of spirit, soul and body and we ask You to grant relief from pain and healings and rescues as You will for Jesus Name Sake.  Amen and amen.

Kathie

This is Personal! (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010
This Is Personal!
            As I begin, this is early Wednesday morning, probably many of you have not read Wednesday’s edition yet as I begin Thursday’s.  I know at least one of you has though, as you were up way early this morning – I pray right now for grand-babies to be well and for rest for you.   
            I want to share portions of Isaiah 43 with you.  I want you to take this passage personally.  It will give you strength! And it may even give you a ‘warm fuzzie’ and a warm fuzzie with JESUS is always WONDERFUL!
            To read the TEXT as it is written in the NKJV go to this link http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=is%2043&version=NKJV
To read it personalized (I really don’t think DADDY GOD will mind) continue on here:
            Isaiah 43
 1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O _________ (fill in your name),
      And He who formed you, O ________:
      “Fear not, for I have redeemed you, ________;
      I have called you by your name;
      __________, You are Mine.
       2 When I pass through the waters, HE will be with me;
      And through the rivers, they shall not overflow me.
      When I walk through the fire, I shall not be burned,
      Nor shall the flame scorch me.
       3 For (He has said to me) I am the LORD your God,
      The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
4 Since you were precious in My sight,
      You have been honored,
      And I have loved you, __________; . . .
5 Fear not, for I am with you;
I like this practice of making Your Word personal; of reading it as though You spoke it to me personally. And You have. I pray our IDOKS and our Readers will be encouraged; that they will take Your Word personally; that they will KNOW Your promise to never leave them or forsake them is real and You are faithful and Your Word does not fail.
We pray too for all spoken here.  Thank You for allowing us to be a part of the work You are doing in their lives.  And we pray for our IDOK Troops, asking You to again keep them safe and bring them home safe and sound.  Please continue to speak to our hearts.  I pray this IDOK ministry will be made up of people who weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.  I pray we will truly be people of prayer; so much so that the enemies of Your Gospel are turned back and lost people will be rescued from their bondage and slavery to sin.  Thank You for what You are doing in America.  Thank You for the grace and space You have given us; we pray for more; we pray for revival in America.  We pray elected officials that do not honor Your Word will be voted out of office.  We pray that those who have agendas to promote what You hate will be stopped and removed from office and we pray that at least morally sound people will be elected and that this Country will return to the basics.  You know all the unspokens, the specific unspokens, and parents and grandparents with heavy concerns, I pray for Your Will to be made plain and manifested in all these things.  And this I pray in the Mighty and Holy Name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen and amen.
Kathie

My Obsession (again)

IDOK Devotion for Friday, March 12, 2010
My Obsession
          Today I began to question something.  If you know me well you know I’ve got a thing about words.  At times to someone who loves me much I can be down right irritating when I analyze his usage of words; especially when I am not a professional myself.  Be that as it may, here are my wonderings today:  Should we be praying that God will increase our faith or strengthen our faith?  I am wondering if we do ourselves damage when we ask God to increase our faith?  Hear me out now. When we ask Him to increase our faith, are we not telling ourselves that we are lacking in faith?  How negative is that?! Does that not create doubt in us?   But if we ask Him to strengthen our faith can we not hear ourselves saying to Him – ‘Yes, LORD, I have faith.  I admit it is weak but I know You have placed faith in me.  I know I have the seed of faith and when You strengthen the faith I have it will be more than enough to believe You for this that I am asking of You.’  Irritating — isn’t it?  My obsession with semantics.  But somehow it helped me today.  It connected for me today. So I’ve been praying today for ABBA to strengthen my faith … and He is.   So I thought if I passed along to you the ‘fruit’ of my semantics obsession, perhaps it would help you too.   
          Colossians 2: (NIV)
6So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him,
7rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

            ABBA, I realize often times I am a bit over the top with this word usage thing but I liked it today.  Thank You for humoring me.  I pray it will help our IDOKs and Readers.  Thank You for strengthening the faith that You placed in me.  And I am confident You are going to keep on strengthening me and I am delighted about that.  Thank You.  Compared to carnal, worldly standards, I’d like to get just down right sickening with how wildly in love with You I am.  I’d like love for You and people to just exude from every pore of me. I figure that will take some time and some work but lets do it!  I am mindful that such conversation could be construed as silly, too familiar or some other negative connotation but I think I’m finally getting ready to run that risk – it’s easy here on the page of this screen – get me to the place that it is easy out there too in the midst of people that intimidate me.  In fact I’m asking You to grow and mature me to the stage that my love and reverence for You far exceeds my desire to please man, woman or child.  I am asking to come to the place that I just abandon myself to You; not that I would disregard the feelings of others but that I would be freed up to love and help them without being concerned about me.  Empty me of me and fill me up with You.  It’s time to move on, isn’t it?  Move on to others.  Others who will be spoken here with some serious needs.  Bless them, keep the safe from all harm, strengthen their faith, increase their knowledge of Your Word; help them more and more to know You and believe You.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen and amen.

Kathie