In or Out (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010

In or Out

2 Timothy 4 (New King James Version) 1 I charge you thereforeagain the therefore, there for because of previous verses which tell us because we have the Scripture and because it fully equips us THEREFORE we are chargedbefore God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. [source] In season and out of season. So far today this is as far as I have gotten with this passage.  I consulted the Greek Lexicon and found what I expected.  We are to be ready to tend to the souls of men, to be equipped and ready to speak the Word of God into their situations at every opportunity we have whether it is convenient for us or not.  To me that means even when I am in a hurry to move on to something I want to do, if the Holy Spirit places a needy soul in front of me I am to stop and minister to them, putting aside my agenda – my want to.  Okay. I expected that. You did too, right? But one of those Greek words prompted other thoughts in me. The text reads in season and out of season.  The Greek word for ‘in season’ [source] is eujkaivrwB which is transliterated eukairos and it means seasonable, timely, opportune; but the Greek word for ‘out of season’ [source] surprised me.  It is ajkairevomai and it is transliterated akaireomai and it means to lack opportunity.  And that stunned me at first.  If we lack opportunity, that means we are without opportunity, right? Yes, I think so.  So this is what I think ABBA is saying to us — because we have His Word, because His Word is completely able to equip us to minister even when we are in a dry spell; even when we are ‘shut up’ we might say; even then He expects us to keep on applying ourselves to study.  He still expects us to be ready to give a reason for our hope, to be ready to minister His Word even when the opportunity to see a soul is remote at best.  Even when we have not had an opportunity in what seems like forever! Still He expects us, He has charged us, to keep on delving into His Word, keep on meditating on it, keep on memorizing Scripture, keep on keeping on living in His Word, to keep on practicing living in His Presence until that time comes when we do have opportunity to minister His Word again. In Season and Out of Season.  This’ll preach!  This’ll keep us ‘Asher’.  (Asher meaning feeling blessed, not just knowing positionally we are blessed!) [source]

Thank You, You did it again, DADDY.  I asked You to speak to me and You did.  I am grateful.  You are too good to me; but, please keep on doing it.  And I want to keep on practicing living in Your Presence.  It’s the best life yet! 

Thank You for the opportunity to pray for_________.  We do not dare thank You for needs for surgery as we know that no disease, illness or injury comes from You.  We do thank You for doctors and procedures; and we thank You most that You are with us in these diseases and illnesses and injuries; that they do not take You by surprise and You are not worried how You are going to make this turn out alright – it is already done with You.  That is good.  Thank You.  So we entrust each One spoken here today to You and wait expectantly to see what You do.     We trust You to send in helps of every kind to perfect this work, DADDY. 

We pray now for our IDOK Troops; they are ever before us and we always desire their safety and well being and their eventual returns home safe and sound.  We trust them to You today and always.

Again we come collectively presenting names, faces, lives and needs asking You to take notice individually.  Asking You to not over look any one of them; we know we often miss needs and faces but You never do.  That comforts us and them.  And I pray that the faces I know You will pass them before me and prompt me to pray not just now but any time they need support or encouragement, when a battle is raging and they need victory.  We want to stand in the gap, DADDY.  And You have equipped us.  Thank You in Yeshua’s Holy and Perfect Name we pray.  Amen and amen.

Kathie

Hold On Room

First thing in my journal this morning was a request for help.

And the first Scripture I read was this:

13 For I, Yahweh your God, hold your right hand and say to you: Do not fear, I will help you.

via Is 41 HCSB – The LORD versus the Nations’ Gods – Bible Gateway.

Not all answers and assurances come that quickly but when they do the proper response is gratitude and holding on to the promise. I’m  delighted to share my Scripture with you this morning and there is plenty of hold on room for you too.

I know. Some answers are long in coming. And when they are our response must be the same: gratitude and holding on to the promises. 

Hold on today! Or perhaps it is one of those days when you just can’t hold on? That’s okay.  LET Him hold YOU today.

Praying for sisters and brothers to LET Jesus hold them today.

ABBA, thank You. You are awesome. You listen. You hear. And You answer when Your children call. Thank You for answering our fears with Your very own voice. And You say do not fear, I will help you. And there is nothing too small or too large. You help with it all. Thank You. Dawn. Help her today do all that demands to be done. And there are others. Many others, ABBA. Thank You for helping us. Thank You in JESUS name.

Blessings to you Dear Friends    +++

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

Ignorance

I am confessing my ignorance.

This morning I am finishing prep for tonight’s Bible Class at the Adult Continuing Education Series (ACES) being held at First Baptist Church Satsuma. And I have come across a word that truly I have no recollection of previously reading.

Comeuppance

And it means an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved.

Good or bad.

Well deserved.

I am so glad I am not getting my comeuppance of hell and I have received JESUS comeuppance of HEAVEN.

Aren’t you?

Look for an opportunity today to tell someone about your comeuppance.

10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

via Romans 5 NLT – Faith Brings Joy – Therefore, since we – Bible Gateway.

I encourage you to read the whole chapter from which these verses came.

Comeuppance.

A good word.

ABBA, thank You for the glorious pleasure of learning. Keep me learning, I pray. Thank You for good outcomes. And thank You that for Your People You turn bad outcomes to good ones. Thank You for the happy, happy things I see You doing and thank You for those good and blessed things You are doing that I do not yet see. Thank You. The Baby. Praying for him to breathe strong and healthily. Praying for his ‘mothers’ to love You with their whole hearts and rely upon You for everything. Israel. Always my prayer, ABBA, for their peace and the subduing of their enemies – Your enemies. The election – You know my heart cry there. The humbling of Your People. Yes, LORD, help us humble ourselves and repent. The restoration of America. Yes, ABBA, do not remove our lampstand. Help us humble ourselves and allow You to raise us up to reflect Your glory again. Many folks. Kerri. Dori. Pam. Allie. Dawn. And families grieving. And hard-headed people we love. And sad and lonely people. Lost and wondering what to do people. We all know people as these, ABBA, and we pray for them; just asking for Your help to heal them, comfort, encourage them and show them You have a far, far, far better way for them than the path they are taking. Yes, ABBA, her too. Thank You. You are so good to me. I love You, ABBA, in JESUS Mighty and Holy name.  And, one more thought. Continued strength and blessings for Your many faithful servants. Those just quietly and some not so quietly 🙂 doing the thing of loving You and people. I pray for their strength to be meet for this day.

Blessings to you Dear Friends    +++

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

See What I Mean?

Journey had a lot to say to me today and I have only gotten as far as the opening Scripture. Here is what I mean.

Psalm 101:2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

2 I will pay attention to the way of integrity.   . . .  I will live with a heart of integrity in my house.

via Ps 101:2 HCSB – I will pay attention to the way of – Bible Gateway.

In truth, I did not live that way yesterday in my house. Most likely I would have at your house. See what I mean?  Of all the people on the planet, it is our families that would most benefit from our integrity. Glad I was home alone yesterday. 🙂  Seriously, living unglued – without integrity – is sin. And we need to stop it. And for today we can. Scripture tells us so. 

Philippians 4:13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

via Phil 4:13 HCSB – I am able to do all things through Him – Bible Gateway.

And tomorrow? Let’s do today first.  🙂

Today I am praying for Tavarie. He has some health issues. Would you join me in praying for him too?

First, I must thank You for mercy and forgiveness and loving correction. Thank You, Father. Thank You for Your strength to live with integrity today. Thank You.  And we come bringing Tavarie today; asking for a remedy and for resolution of these health issues and all matters concerning Tavarie. We are not privy to Tavarie’s life but You are and we are grateful for the privilege of praying for him.  Thank You. And there are others. And so I come this morning with these names filling my mind at this moment, names and situations, conflicts and issues needing attention and I ask for Your Touch in each. And I pray for my dear Friends who come here to faithfully read and pray, thanking You for them and for the strength and help You will give to each one of them this day. 

Blessings, Friends +++

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