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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“Listen, Obey, and don’t Talk Back”

Dear Bros in Christ,

Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies, And turn My hand against their adversaries. The haters of the LORD would pretend submission to Him, But their fate would endure forever. He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you." [Psalm  81:13-16 NKJV]

If only Israel would listen to the Lord, obey and walk in His ways, God would’ve blessed them by softening and subduing their enemies in His perfect timing…He would have taken their enemies out, can you imagine the hand of God coming against you, and I pity the fools that would think they can fool God. The enemies of the Lords people thought they could fake God out with fake submission, God sees, God knows real surrender, he knows hearts, thoughts, words before they come from the tongue. Seems like we could suffer the same way as Israel did for not listening and obeying when God speaks to us through His Word and leads us by His Holy Spirit we need to listen. Israel could have remained in the land but did not listen to God and were taken captive and destroyed by their enemies. God would of fed them the finest of wheat and honey from the rock, if only Israel had listened.  Also haters never going to taste and experience that the Lord is good.

 

Only God can take something as hard as a rock bring something as sweet as honey out of a hardened piece of material. Ever notice how God can take an extremely hardened person, that you might have known in that condition, take that mean revolting person and make them sweet as honey, unrecognizable from former self, except but God. Almost all of us has to do to see this person is walk over and gaze in mirror and realize that we are not the same as we once were, God changed us, soften us, made us sweeter, took our rock hard hearts and turned them into honey pots… When we listen, obey, don’t talk back and follow directions.

I use to use this exact phase raising my son, trying to show him and tell him in easy form he just needed to do three things. How easy God makes it for us if we would just do those things He asks us to do we would be eating the finest wheat and honey from a rock.

 

I was overjoyed to hear my daughter one day tell her little ones they needed to listen, obey and don’t talk back. So simple, yet sometimes we all rebel by pretending submission, better to surrender and enjoy wheat and honey from the rock, you know when God brings something so sweet as honey from a rock hard object it truly is a miracle and will be the best honey ever…Because it’s a work of God when we submit- listen, obey and follow His direction and don’t talk back-amen!

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

2017-12-27

“His Word”

Dear Bros in Christ,

Who will bring me to the strong city? Who will lead me to Edom?  Is it not You, O God, who cast us off? And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies? Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies. [Psalm  60:9-12 NKJV]

God never leaves us or sends us away; in fact it is He who leads us to the strong city of His ways, His wisdom, His Word. God was not with David and his men they fought this battle on their own without Gods help. David realized that the help of men is limited and mostly useless. What men can say or do may be an encouragement in trouble. But man can do little to nothing to help a soul in anguish, only God can bring deliverance.

The power of God is what David realized brings deliverance. David turning to God and His promises and affirms what he already knew. That is that the truth of God’s word is true and real.  We too can know and realize Gods Word in our life that it has the power to deliver, to bring wisdom, to bring healing, to promote obedience through abiding in Him and heeding His Word. His Word is powerful not anything that I can say or anyone else can say. Sure we might bring a morsel of encouragement, but Gods word has the power of deliverance and ability to penetrate into a person’s heart and life even cutting to the division of bone and marrow, never returning void, but accomplishing that for which it was sent forth to accomplish.

God can tread down all our enemies; Gods Word has the power to tread down the enemy of our soul. By staying in the word you would be wise-to keep the destructive devices of the enemy at bay. God’s Word is powerful and can deny the enemy of your soul power over you. By keeping the Sword of truth in your heart and mind you can help fortify your walk so as not to offer an outlet or entrance to slue foot, amen!

 

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

2017-12-06

“DELIGHT”

Dear Bros in Christ,

Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. [Psalm 37:4 NKJV]

This is what Pastor Chuck had to say about this verse “Well, what that psalm doesn't say, but what is also true, that as you begin to delight yourself in the Lord, the Lord begins to redirect the desires of your heart. According to that which He wants and according to that which He has purposed. So that doing the will of God becomes really the most glorious thing of your entire existence. It becomes the fulfillment of your dreams and of your desires. And it's marvelous”

Bros you know when a pastor led me in prayer to receive the Lord as my personal Lord and Savior, and as soon as he said amen- I said can you pray and ask God to take the desire out of my heart for drugs & alcohol and bros that was 28 years ago that the Lord took that desire out of my heart, I have never craved or wanted drugs or alcohol again. God literally gave me the desires of my heart to remove the desire for drugs & alcohol.

So we delight ourselves in the Lord and He will redirect our fleshly desires and will make our desires for that which He desires for us and for His purposes.

So as you delight in doing His will and purpose; your desires sort of melt away and His desires become your primary and single focus. This is a beautiful way of overcoming sinful ways, by delighting in God, as you delight in Him, He changes your desires in exchange for His desires- This is amazing that those things, those sins we can give to the Lord, those things we desire, and we lust after. He says delight in Him and He will redirect our desires for His desires. In other words as you focus on delighting yourself in the Lord, He begins to redirect your desires, you are not focused on continually saying and trying to quit doing something but rather delighting and doing Gods will and as you do that He changes and redirects your desires from fleshly to godly. Bros isn’t God absolutely’’ amazing, He is awesome-amen!

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

2017-12-04

“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

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