Devotionals

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. 
Brothers in Christ, this monthly devotional is sent and meant to be an encouragement to all and to build up and edify in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oikodome means "Builder". The Lord has put this on my heart to send out a monthly Iron Man Oikodome {oy-kod-om-ay'} to build up and encourage the men who love and follow Jesus Christ in their walk with Him.
Hebrews 3:13 "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." 

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“Is There Life After Death”

Dear Bros in Christ,

For with You [is] the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. [Psalm 36:9 NKJV]

Bros, yes after the destruction of our flesh through repentance, forgiveness of sins and receiving Christ as our Lord and Savior, filling with the Holy Spirit, we are New Creations in Christ, old things past away, all things become new. We are brought from darkness to His glorious Light of eternal Salvation and a life more abundantly in Him. The Light of Christ enters into our hearts and lives at every level and reflects His light in every area of our life and walk. We are lights for Christ and the Light of Christ will shine in you and through you as you receive Christ, obey Him and walk in Him.

We were chosen before the beginning of time and before we were in our mother’s womb, God chose you for His purpose and plan.

The Bible says in 1Peter 2:9 But you [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…;

Bros we are called into His light and to be His light that shines forth brightly because of Him Jesus Christ being in us. Every facet of our being exudes Him and His light shines in us and from us. If He weren’t in us we would not be able to shine from His light for all to see and recognize there is something greater at work in us and through us- it is the Resurrected Christ indwelling us with His Holy Spirit, using us as a lighthouse because we are His temple and a reflection of His light.

He dwells in us for all to see and that He might draw unto Himself those that see His Light in us and come to know Him through our witness of Him living in and through us. They would notice there is something different about us… Because we have been with Him and are in Him and He is in our hearts the Lord Christ Jesus, we have life more abundantly, our flesh has been mortified, and we have a New Life in Christ Jesus as we walk in the gift of the Holy Spirit-amen!

 

Agape,
Pastor Daniel Wright
daniel@ironmanoikodome.org
Proverbs 27:17

2017-10-28

“SIN ROBS”

Dear Bros in Christ,

Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; My eye wastes away with grief, Yes, my soul and my body! For my life is spent with grief, And my years with sighing; My strength fails because of my iniquity, And my bones waste away.[PSALMS 31:9-10 NKJV]

Are we walking in the joy of the Lord and experiencing Gods Great Joy. In Nehemiah there is a verse in chapter 8 verse10 that says Do not sorrow, “for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

For the joy of the Lord- that’s your strength. Check out what David says Psalm 31:4 “for You are my strength” he was crying out to the Lord for deliverance- he knew where strength comes from. So without the Lord all else is sin and your strength fails because of sin…

Now we read above in Psalm 31:10 For my life is spent with grief, And my years with sighing; My strength fails because of my iniquity, And my bones waste away.

Ever notice when you sin all of a sudden, you feel instantly drained, weak, confused, emotionally, spiritually, physically and even sometimes can be financially drained, fear comes like a jet plane and panic sets in like a speeding bullet coming to rest in it’s final destination… Yep bros all your strength leaves with sin, ever notice sin robs you of so many things…. The Joy of the Lord is our strength- not sin that always robs and steals our joy! Rejoice in the Lord always, I say rejoice, He is our strength, He is our High Tower, He is our Fortress, He is our Defense, He is our Rock-amen!

Agape,
Daniel Wright
daniel@ironmanoikodome.org
Proverbs 27:17

2017-10-17

“SOUL”

Dear Bros in Christ,

Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. [Am] I a sea, or a sea serpent, That You set a guard over me? When I say, 'My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease my complaint,' Then You scare me with dreams And terrify me with visions, So that my soul chooses strangling [And] death rather than my body. I loathe [my life]; I would not live forever. Let me alone, For my days [are but] a breath. [Job 7:11-16 NKJV]

Bros seems Job speaks for many of us even though we may never have suffered as he has suffered…Job is not holding back anything and speaking from the depths of his soul. He is communicating from the agony and distress of his soul. To the point of resentment and cynicism coming from his soul and carried about as his spirit is filled with vinegar, sourness or ill-tempered like behavior or speech.  As the sea has its borders set in place by the Lord, Job cynically says the Lord put a guard over him… or a restraint about him to keep him in his place.

Not even feeling the security and comfort of his own bed as one who can’t wait to come home to his own bed and receive that comfort and rest that is derived from sleeping in one’s own bed. That familiarity that we experience in the comfort of our own personal bed cannot ease the suffering and anguish Job is experiencing.

 

We often blame others for our own misery, as Job tried to blame God for scaring him with dreams and visions. So much so that his soul prefers death and spells out the method of his demise. Saying his soul would choose death rather than dwell in his body. Job realizes God gave him that tent for his soul to dwell and even gives him each breath and his every heartbeat comes from the Lord.

 

Job cries to be let alone, that his days are but a breath and we know that even our breath is a vapor; it disappears and is fleeting at best. It takes a breath to blow out a match or a candle, a mere breath to snuff the flame that burns brightly. Just as God gives breath and controls our very breath, He can indeed take our breath away in an instant, vanished in the twinkling of an eye.

Job was right his life is a breath that can be gone and vanquished from a body leaving soul without home were it not for the Lord, who gives a new place for souls to dwell when these tents have breathed their last. Which place will your soul go, heaven or hell? May our every breath that the Lord grants us be used to praise Him, worship Him and used to be obedient to Him because He first loved us and saved us by His shed blood on Calvary for the remission of our sins-amen!

Agape,
Daniel Wright
daniel@ironmanoikodome.org
Proverbs 27:17

2017-07-20

“PERSONAL SACRIFICE”

Dear Bros in Christ,

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?" [Esther 4:14 NKJV]

Bros God used Mordecai to encourage and influence Esther to a place of personal sacrifice. To put her life in a position of being willing to lay it down for others to the point of possible death. A picture or glimmer of a Christ like action of a woman of God willing to lay it all down to save her people…To do anything for God and His people.

There is a time in each of our lives just as Esther did, when we need to speak up, speak out, speak the truth and be bold for our Lord.

 

Better to be bold for the Lord in life than be silent and perish in fear and in our flesh. If this is my body and it belongs to the Lord, then so be it, then let it belong to Christ even to the point of death that I may perish for the glory of the Lord, rather than perish in the flesh with my fears. The Lord will help each of us to go beyond our fears and live our life in boldness for Him. Just as Esther risked her life, may it be true with us that we are willing to be used by God for His purpose. That He would give us that boldness to always do His will and have the kind of love that He has to carry out that boldness

 

Mordecai had the wisdom of God to direct, encourage and influence his niece; Esther had the willingness and heart of Christ to lay it all down to save her people.

 

Bros what are you willing to do for the Lord in your life, for such a time as this? Do your people need to be saved?

Something to think about, but not for too long… Take action, be bold for the Lord- “who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?" Lord please help each of us to give ourselves up, to be bold for You, to be willing to lay it all down for You that You Lord would be glorified in our lives and heart-Amen!

Agape,
Daniel Wright
daniel@ironmanoikodome.org
Proverbs 27:17

2017-05-28

“STREET CLEANER”

Dear Bros in Christ,

Beyond the Horse Gate the priests made repairs, each in front of his [own] house. [Nehemiah 3:28 NKJV]

Bros notice that in the wall rebuilding that each family or group of people or in this verse the priests made repairs in front of their own houses. When you work on your own house you usually try to do your best work. Mainly because you have a vested interest and plus you will have to look at that work practically every day so you want it right. And because of that more than likely you will want it to look awesome.

Working in commercial construction sometimes when we are confronted with a few different ways to accomplish something, generally I will say to the tradesman do it the way you would do it if this were your very own house… That changes your perspective when you do something as you would do for yourself. Hence the “Golden Rule” And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. [Luke 6:31 NKJV]

And on another note if and when you might be going through a misunderstanding or difference of opinion or maybe you are in a dispute with a neighbor, friend, loved one or family member. The best way to resolve an issue that separates us from someone is to clean our side of the street first, no one else can do this work but us- it’s right in front of us… We have to look at it day in and day out.  And who will do a better job than us fixing the problem as we seek and rely on the Lords help. When things are done right and in order because we have to live with those things and those people that are in our lives. The work begins in our house as we follow Gods directions and then it will carry out from there as we do things in our life as the way we would want them done to us. When you work on your house you will do your best work. The work begins in the house of the Lord! Clean your side of the street first-amen!

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if [it begins] with us first, what will [be] the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? [1Peter 4:17 NKJV]

 

Agape,
Daniel Wright
daniel@ironmanoikodome.org
Proverbs 27:17

2017-04-24

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