Done Before It’s Done (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2010

Done Before It’s Done

Let me share with you how little it takes to excite me and make me smile.  A couple days this week I have read the same words at two addresses in Scripture: Luke 19:32 and Luke 22:13.  These are the words: went and found it just as He had said. 

Here are the texts in entirety: Luke 19:32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. Luke 22:13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.  [source] [source]

In Luke 19, Jesus sent His disciples for the colt upon which He would ride into Jerusalem.  He told them just where the colt would be and just what to say to the master of the colt.  They went and it was just as He told them it would be.  In Luke 22 He told His Disciples to go and prepare for Passover.  This is what He said in context.

7 Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. 8 And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.”  9 So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?”  10 And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.”  13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover. [source]

I love it!  He told them, they obeyed, and as they did they found it just like He said they would.  Look what they would have missed if they had refused to go!   But that’s not what is making me smile.  I am smiling because I just LOVE to read how my Savior is always right and what He says is as good as done even before it is done!  Is He AWESOME or what?!!

These Words mean so much to me.  I can only imagine how it was for them to hear and see You say it will be this way or that way when you get there and then go and there it is just as You said. They must have had so much fun with You.  It must have been so good to hear You laugh; to see You laugh; to see You sit the little ones on Your lap and see them just adore You; to see You tell stories; to see Your Face when You talked about ABBA.  It must have been so good.  Thank You that I won’t miss out on all that; that I will see You laugh; I will see the love and kindness on Your Face.  Thank You, Jesus.  And, Holy Spirit, I pray this Word will minister to our IDOKs and our Readers.  I pray we will all love You more; that we will become more intimately acquainted with You today.  And our IDOK Troops I don’t want to go a day without remembering them and asking for their protection and safety, so protect them, ABBA, please.  And You know how I feel about Israel, You know they are dear to me but oh so much more to You.  I trust them to You.  And I am trusting America to You too.  You are not finished with us yet; thank You.  Move us and shake us however You want.  You are the Potter and we are the clay.   I suppose I better say amen here so our IDOKs and Readers can say amen too and get to it – whatever You are sending or allowing their way today.  I pray we will act and react in ways that will bless You and give You pleasure. And yes I love You too.  And Jesus, I am looking forward to seeing You, come quickly.  Amen and amen.

Kathie

Passover Week

I am not well versed but I understand from some who are that last night at 6:00 Passover Week began. Traditionally, the leaven has been removed from their home-places.

15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

via Exodus 12 KJV;CJB – And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron – Bible Gateway.

We would do well to remove the leaven from our homes for the week of Passover and continuing until you and I pass-over.

ABBA, open our eyes to see the leaven in our hearts that we will cooperate with You to remove it from our lives. Thank You, LORD JESUS, for being our Substitute. Thank You for saving us. HOLY SPIRIT, help us to exalt and demonstrate to all that JESUS is LORD. And, ABBA, in my flawed flesh I pridefully think You have given all how could I even ask for more and yet You expect me to do that very thing: to bring it all. Jamie. Surgery this morning. ABBA, I am asking for a miracle. I am asking You to heal Jamie. I am asking for textbook perfect surgery and textbook perfect recovery for her. I trust You, ABBA, to do all things well for our Jamie. And the report is that Alyssa is doing well. Thank You, ABBA. Thank You. We are a needy bunch of people. Thank You for taking care of us. Thank You for loving us. Thank You for being our Father that always loves us and always provides the best for us. Thank You, ABBA. Thank You. Kerri. Still asking for a miracle. Dylan. Surgery on Wednesday. Again textbook perfect, please, ABBA. Lance and his family. It’s a tough go but we know You are faithful. Terri and her family. Thank You for your faithfulness to them; we trust You. Dori. Pam and Vicki. They are grieving, ABBA, but again You are faithful and we pray for them to receive Your comfort even now. Much good to do today. We pray for eyes to see and hands and feet to do it for JESUS sake. Thank You, LORD YESHUA. Our MESSIAH and SAVIOR.

A Find

Just wondering if you enjoyed the Seeing is Believing video? Click HERE if you missed it and would like to see it.

Got a recipe for you this morning. Really. A real food recipe. I made it yesterday. Would load a picture for you but the last of it went with my beloved to work this morning.

Italian Meatballs

1 package Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage (ground or links)

I was delighted to find a package of ground with NO preservatives, NO fillers and minimally processed – actually that FIND was the reason for trying the recipe.

1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup of dry bread crumbs (I used Japanese-style Panko Bread Crumbs – again no preservatives)
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (yes, I grated from a block of Parmesan cheese 🙂
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup finely chopped onion (actually I grated red onions – I mean I had already grated the cheese – so why not 🙂  )

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, milk and onion. (If using links – remove sausage from casings) Add sausage to the bread-crumb mixture and mix well. Shape into 20 meatballs. Arrange meatballs on a shallow baking pan (I lined pan with parchment paper – easy clean up). Bake for 20 minutes or longer until meatballs are cooked through (and browned to your liking). Serve with your favorite  sauce and spaghetti.

If I had any left I would be making meatball subs for supper tonight. 🙂 Got some flat bread that is just begging to be baked with meatballs, sauce and cheese. Oh well … next time. 🙂

1 Corinthians 5:New King James Version (NKJV)

7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

via 1 Corinthians 5:7-9 NKJV – Therefore purge out the old leaven, – Bible Gateway.

I am praying today for Nicole and Matt Teague FamilyAnd as many of you, there are others that daily come to my ‘JESUS, please help list’.

ABBA, thank You. Your blessings are more than we can number and none of them are small – they are all huge and wonderful. The blessing of recipes and happy FINDS at the market, the strength and privilege of cooking and eating and serving family and friends. What a wonderful blessing You gave us when You created food and the eating of it. Help us see You in it and learn more about who You are in our everyday blessings. Nicole and Matt and the children and other family members – this is a tough one. Thank You that You are right there with them, walking every step of this with them; and, JESUS, I am asking You to heal Nicole to allow her the privilege to raise up her children to honor and love You and bless her husband for many years even beyond that.  Thank You for hearing our prayers for this beloved family. And others: Pam, Kerri, Dori, Doylene, The Hughes Family as they grieve and celebrate Lillian’s life; Debbie as she looks for a new vision and a new path with You; and wayward children and wayward spouses – all these people and matters – thank You for hearing and answering. Israel. Still asking for peace and protection; trusting You to protect them, trusting You to subdue their enemies. America. Remembering Your grace and mercy and trusting You for repentance in this Land.  And as I close to post this, ABBA, thanking You and loving You and praying that every dear one who comes here to read and pray will open their hearts to believe You and experience Your blessed, holy, perfect, kind and gentle Manifest Presence with them today. Thank You, ABBA, in JESUS Mighty Name.

Blessings to you Dear Friends    +++

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

Day 5

Passion Week.

Today (day 5) is a day so full it cannot be contained in one day, it spills over into the night.

It was Preparation Day for the Passover.

Matthew 26: 17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
18 And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.”’”
19 The disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
via Matthew 26 NASB – The Plot to Kill Jesus – When Jesus had – Bible Gateway.

Look at 19. They did as Jesus had directed them!

Let that sink in.

Here’s a link to

Matthew 26

for your convenience.  All Text references are linked for your ease of reading.

And in the PM the Passover began at 6 o’clock.  Dr. Younce’s chart [Italics and Text references I have added] reads:

1st cup  (see Luke 22:17-20)
LORD’s Supper (see Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-23; I Cor. 11:23-26)
Wash Disciples’ Feet (see John 13:1-20)
Dismissal of Judas (see John 13: 27-30)
Upper Room Discourse (see John 13:31-14:31)

And what a rich discourse it was! Such as
‘Let not your heart be troubled:
In My Father’s House are many mansions
I will not leave you as orphans, the Helper will come

Get up, let us go from here.
via John 13:31-14:31 NASB – Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus – Bible Gateway.

MIDNIGHT (comes and He is still teaching. He has had little precious sleep this week, desiring to give His all to His disciples before He gave HIS ALL.)

Teaching on the Way to Gethsemane (See John 15 and 16)
(His) High Priestly Prayer (See John 17)
(His) Garden Prayer (See Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 18:1)
(His) Arrest (See Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:2-11)

John 18: 3 Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons.
via John 18 NASB – Judas Betrays Jesus – When Jesus had – Bible Gateway.

Really, you need to read the TEXT and watch Him interact with them. He is AWESOME!
They came after Him with lanterns, torches and weapons!
Yep! it’s a dark world out there without Him and lanterns and torches and carnal weapons, give humans no hope.

1st Religious Trial (See John 18:12-14, 19-23)
Peter’s Denials Begin (See John 18:17)
2nd Religious Trial (See John 18:24; Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:54, 63-65)
Peter’s Final Denials (See Matthew 26:58, 69-75; Mark 14:54, 66-72; Luke 22:55-62; John 18:15-18, 25-27)

Friday was (is) approaching!

ABBA, this is more than a soul can absorb in one sitting, much of the Scripture Text even I have skimmed as this post was written; so much to read and see and experience, so HOLY SPIRIT, let me not just be a writer of this blog post but a reader and doer of Your Word contained here.  And I pray that too for every dear soul who comes here to read and pray.  And for every heavy heart that finds his or her way to this page, I pray You will encourage them and You will reveal to them how they can triumph in and over their pain, illnesses, diseases, broken relationships, estranged loved ones, needs, wants, lacks and all things that they bring in heart here.  LORD JESUS, thank You for being our GOD, our Savior, our LORD and Coming KING. Amen and . . .   .

We have the God-given Right to do right in this wrong World,
Praying (PFT)!