T and I (again)

IDOK Devotion for Thursday, March 4, 2010
T and I
            What do you mean when you tell someone that you are thinking of them?  Do you say that to someone you don’t like? Do you say it to one that you do not wish well for?   Psalm 40:17 says (in part) . . . Yet the LORD thinks upon me.
My point?  When we express to someone that we are thinking of them, is it not to someone we love or at least care about?  Is it not to someone that we want good things for?  And if we are capable of such feelings, how much more our God? Why do we find it hard to believe that God likes us?  And I am using the word LIKE because who of us in the Christian Faith would not say Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.  Yet how often do our insecurities cause us to act out behavior and carry on thought processes that say loud and clear that we think He does not like us very much?  Yet here it says He thinks upon us.  I am suggesting to us that He thinks upon us because He LIKES us.  And not just when we have been good little girls and boys, but always.  If you are like me you have a tendency to think God likes you better when you have dotted your i(s) and crossed your t(s) just right and if you don’t, well He likes you a bit less.  Not so!  Lets look at the text again.  But I am poor and needy; Yet the LORD thinks upon me.  What makes you and me poor and needy? SIN – not crossing our t(s) and not dotting our i(s).  But here it is.  Right here in our Bibles He says He knows you (and, me) are poor and needy, He knows you (and, me) have sinned and yet He thinks upon you (and, me too).  We might as well face it!  He’s ‘crazy’ about us! The concept will take some practice for us to consistently believe it; but don’t you think we can do it?  Philippians 4:(Holman Christian Standard Bible)13 I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

            I suppose it could seem that I am being flippant here but You know I am not.  You know my heart and You know I want to know Your heart.  And I am thinking others do too.  We want to know Your heart for us, Your feelings and emotions for us and yet when I say that I am reminded of the cross.  How could I let my insecurities cause me to doubt that You are not only in love me, You like me; You enjoy my company; You delight in me? And not just me but every one that has said yes to You in salvation.   I’m sorry I say one thing and act another at times.  And thank You so much for teaching and training me to forsake those insecurities and believe the Truth.  Thank You for every progress we are making; we know it’s You in us – You in us is our hope of glory.   And now we are compelled, happily so, to bring our prayer charges to You; people we have accepted the call and responsibility to pray for.  Thank You for every one of them; thank You for the privilege of co-laboring with You for their good, for their needs to be met; for them to be healed; for their insecurities, strongholds and just plain old bad habits to be repented of and forsaken; for the Body of Christ to be free, free to love, trust and labor with You for the good of each other and this world in which we live.  I was thinking today that the political machine is throttled to strip us of the freedoms You birthed this Country to display, and to bind us with financial hardship.  And yet I know it is not Your will for us to be gloomy but wise; wise as serpents and harmless as doves.  I can see it would be wise of us to become as independent of this world’s system as reasonably possible while we become more and more dependent upon You.  Working for causes is a good thing, isn’t it? But working for a cause is not as effect as the conversion of sinners, is it?  Isn’t it true that every soul who repents and believes Your Gospel makes this world a better place?  Shouldn’t that be priority with us, being available and open to You to share Your Gospel with lost people?  Make it so in us, LORD, make it so. And before we close this, we pray for our IDOK Troops; for their safety, full protection – spirit, soul and body and please bring each one listed here home safe and sound at the appointed time. I pray for peace and rest for our IDOKs and Readers. Amen and Amen.



2013 National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer!

I cannot think of anything that America needs more than prayer – the prayer of repentance.

14 if My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

via 2 Chronicles 7 KJ21;CJB – Now when Solomon had made an end of – Bible Gateway.

I have many concerns for America. She has many sins. These are grievous and dark days. BUT JESUS is STILL the LIGHT of the WORLD.

5 And this is the message which we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him — none!
6 If we claim to have fellowship with him while we are walking in the darkness, we are lying and not living out the truth.
7 But if we are walking in the light, as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of his Son Yeshua purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim not to have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we acknowledge our sins, then, since he is trustworthy and just, he will forgive them and purify us from all wrongdoing.
10 If we claim we have not been sinning, we are making him out to be a liar, and his Word is not in us.

via I john 1 KJ21;CJB – That which was from the beginning, – Bible Gateway.

19 We know that we are from God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the Evil One.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment, so that we may know who is genuine; moreover, we are united with the One who is genuine, united with his Son Yeshua the Messiah. He is the genuine God and eternal life.
21 Children, guard yourselves against false gods!

via 1 John 5:19-21 KJV;CJB – And we know that we are of God, and the – Bible Gateway. 1 John 5:19-21 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

via Revelation 1:7 NASB;CJB – BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, – Bible Gateway.  Revelation 1:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

via Revelation 22:19-21 NASB;CJB – and if anyone takes away from the words – Bible Gateway.

Be Hidden in CHRIST,

ABBA, forgive America for She does not know; her eyes have been blinded; the scales upon her eyes are thick and heavy;  I pray, HOLY SPIRIT, that You will help all of us to be willing to take off the blinders and see the TRUTH.  I pray for mercy. I pray for grace and space to repent. I know it is not Your will that any person die lost. Thank You that You are willing to save. Forgive us, ABBA, and please save America. HOLY SPIRIT, please convince we the people of sin, righteousness and judgment to come in the Mighty name of JESUS. I know You are have enough mercy to go around; I know You have enough love and forgiveness for even those we deem the worst of us; I pray You will send revival to the CHURCH and repentance to the Nation. Amen and amen.

You Version Visiting

The devotion from my Reading Plan was too good to not share with you today.


Seeking to make the consequences of careless living clear to his son, a father told him to drive a nail into the post every time he did something wrong. Then each time the boy did a kindly act, he was told to pull out a nail. The son did as instructed but soon found that although he could pull out the nail, he could do nothing about the nail hole. One might change his ways, but the scars of sin remain.

David blatantly disobeyed God by “numbering Israel.” The issue was not whether it was right or wrong to conduct the census. Rather, the issue was one of obedience. God had said “No,” but David insisted on his own way. One iron law of life is that evil will be punished, and David’s sin was no exception. Judgment came, and David was given alternatives for punishment. Of the choices given, David decided to take his chances with God rather than the cruelty of man (2 Samuel 24:10-14). It was a wise decision.

Two important lessons come from this major Bible prayer. First of all, we can never get away with evil. We will always suffer with the scars of sin. But, second, we also can rely on the mercies of God to restore us, if we come in full confession and sincerely seek His help. How much better it is if we obey in the first place.

Emphasis above is mine.

Blessings to you Dear Friends    +++

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

Permanent Record

Perhaps today’s school systems have abandoned permanent records but this morning I was remembering the phrase that was heard from time to time in my school days, not in regards to me, of course 🙂  : ‘this is going on your permanent record‘!

Permanent Record

It is a sobering thought. You see even if our schools or our society abandon permanent records, GOD does not. Every thought that does not measure up to His perfection, every action that is not pure in motive and perfectly executed goes on our permanent record as SIN.

Daniel 7:9-10 King James Version (KJV)
9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
via Dan 7: 9-10 KJV – I beheld till the thrones were cast – Bible Gateway.

Psalm 53: King James Version (KJV)
2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
via Psalm 53:2-4 KJV – God looked down from heaven upon the – Bible Gateway.

Matthew 5:48 King James Version (KJV)
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
via Matthew 5:48 KJV – Be ye therefore perfect, even as your – Bible Gateway.

See what I mean? GOD keeps a permanent record and if you and I are not PERFECT we will bear the fiery stream for our imperfection – our sin.

I don’t know about you but that is HORRIBLY BAD NEWS if you ask me! The absolute worst of all bad news!

A permanently flawed, permanently bad, permanently imperfect record that cannot be expunged by any effort I make! So tell me does it get any worse than that?

But hold on! There is GOOD news! Glorious! The BEST in the Universe GOOD News!!

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. via Romans 6:22-23 KJV – But now being made free from sin, and – Bible Gateway.

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. via 2 Corinthians 5:16-18 KJV – Wherefore henceforth know we no man – Bible Gateway.

1 John 4: King James Version (KJV)
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
via 1 John 4:9-11 KJV – In this was manifested the love of God – Bible Gateway.

So has your permanent record been expunged from your name and placed over into JESUS? Have you been adjudicated to have received His permanent righteous record?

Yes? Then rejoice and be exceedingly glad today!!

No? Then in truth, you have NOTHING to be glad about. REPENT and BELIEVE the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST and LIVE! 

Permanent Record!

Who’s permanent record do you want to stand on in the Day of Accounting? HIS or yours? That’s a No Brain-er if you ask me.

ABBA, I had only an inkling when You introduced permanent record in my thinking this morning. My words will never be enough to say thank You to You so, HOLY SPIRIT, I invite You to move me to acts of gratitude. And I pray that for each who comes here to read and pray. Another precious, hurting, gravely ill child was brought to me last night via email for prayer. We are privileged to bring him to You this morning, collectively, asking that You heal him and restore him to his family.  And others, all that comes to mind in all of us we ask that You heal our sick and afflicted and that You save and rescue our lost and wayward. Thank You for saving and rescuing us; for expunging our records and replacing them with Your very Own, LORD JESUS. It is more than we can comprehend but we accept. Thank You. We look forward to worshiping and thanking You Face to face. Amen.

14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
via Mark 1:14-16 KJV – Now after that John was put in prison, – Bible Gateway.

Mark 16: Amplified Bible (AMP)
15 And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].
16 He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.
via Mark 16:15-17 AMP – And He said to them, Go into all the – Bible Gateway.

We have the God-given Right to do right in this wrong World,

Do Not Be Afraid

I’m sharing with you this morning a portion of last night’s reading. It is still comforting, still alive to me this morning:

Revelation 1:
17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,
18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
via Rev 1 NASB – The Revelation of Jesus Christ – The – Bible Gateway.

His right hand – the Hand of Authority, the Hand of Ruler-ship, the Hand of ALL Power and He said do not be afraid. I am only not afraid when I am surrendered, when I humble myself under His Almighty Hand. And there I am safe and comforted. Aren’t you?

There we KNOW HE IS THE LIVING ONE. He is the ONE who was DEAD but now is ALIVE forevermore. The ONE with power over death and hell.


Do YOU know Him? More importantly does HE know you?

Matthew 7:
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
via Matthew 7:22-24 KJV – Many will say to me in that day Lord – Bible Gateway.

If you have not listened to the sermon I posted yesterday I urge you listen today. Click HERE.

Sweet JESUS Blessings upon you today – Go with HIM today, even when those you love most do not.

There are prayers to pray! Praying (PFT) is breathing for Christians!