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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“MULBERRY TREES”

Dear Bros in Christ,

Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, "You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.” And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines." So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer. Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations. [1Chronicles 14:14-17 NKJV]

Bros in the above verse it is David’s second time inquiring of the Lord to go up against the Philistines. The first time was in this verse God tells him to go for it- “And David inquired of God, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?" The LORD said to him, "Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.’ [1Chronicles 14:10 NKJV]

Now God tells him not to go up after them, but He gives David a plan for victory. First time He let David charge in and defeat the Philistines, but this time God has a plan and method He wants David to follow.

The cool thing is David does exactly as the Lord told him and he has complete victory and God allows him to gain fame throughout the land and with that fame brought fear of him upon all nations.

Another great reminder when we wait on the Lord and do it His way there is freedom and great victory. God doesn’t just give him victory but allows him to be propelled into a man of great reputation, as a man of God, as a man who inquires of the Lord, as a man who is listening to God, as a man of obedience, as a man who waits on the Lord, as a man after Gods own heart, also God is directing and ordering his steps, giving victory to, using and blessing him.

Truly this is what we all desire in our life and walk with the Lord. First we must surrender, submit, commit, inquire, listen, wait, obey, have faith, take action and receive what the Lord desires when we hear the marching in the tops of the Mulberry trees; then we shall go out to battle, the Lord has gone before us to give us victory in every battle. Bros wait on the Lord and trust Him, He is able, He is for you and if that be so, who can be against you-amen!

What then shall we say to these things? If God [is] for us, who [can be] against us?

[Romans 8:31 NKJV]

 

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

2017-03-17

“ARMY OF GOD”

Dear Bros in Christ,

And they helped David against the bands [of raiders], for they [were] all mighty men of valor, and they were captains in the army. For at [that] time they came to David day by day to help him, until [it was] a great army, like the army of God. [1Chronicles 12:21-22 NKJV]

Bros, these mighty men called to come alongside of David and become a great army like the army of the Lord. In the book of Joshua we read about when the commander of the army of the Lord appears and this army of David’s is likened to that army…  ”And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, "[Are] You for us or for our adversaries?" So He said, "No, but [as] Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, "What does my Lord say to His servant?" Then the Commander of the LORD's army said to Joshua, "Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand [is] holy." And Joshua did so.” [Joshua 5:13-15 NKJV]

 

What do you do when you are engaged in battle and realize that the Lord is there, you are in His presence and the battle belongs to Lord? Can you imagine you are in His presence; to me it’s as if there is a beam of brilliant light all around shining down from heaven adding to David’s army. I think you would humble yourself and know He is God and you are standing on Holy ground. So you submit to Him, you fall on your face to the earth, to the things of this world and ask as Joshua did “What does my Lord say to His servant?” And Joshua heard this “take your sandals off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” Bros when we go to the Lord, when we commit to Him, when we fully submit to Him and give everything to Him, when we are His servants, standing in His midst, also in the midst of battle we should be as Joshua was and fall on our face and worship Him and ask Him what does my Lord say to His servant? First of all we have to be His servants, then submit and commit.

We are always in His presence; rarely do we realize or acknowledge this. When we realize we are in God’s presence we ought to humble ourselves and walk in humility and know we are standing on holy ground and that God is there with us in the midst of our every battle, every disappointment, every tear, every time of heart break that the Commander of the army of the Lord is with us. We ought to honor God and humble ourselves before an ever loving, merciful and Mighty God. He knows always our every battle and will send a great army like the army of God.

Those mighty men of valor were sent to David by God day by day until they were a great army like the army of God to help him and deliver him. God kept adding and building up the army. Sometimes we may think we don’t have enough of whatever to have victory in our own battles we have going on in our lives. God keeps adding to our war chest so to speak day by day until we have a great army or great defense of deliverance that can only come from God. Then we see His anointing on our situation and all around our battle as we realize this is like the army of God, no one can go up against God and we are standing on holy ground-amen!

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

2017-01-07

“INQUIRE OF THE LORD”

Dear Bros in Christ,

So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD, because he did not keep the word of the LORD, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance.  But [he] did not inquire of the LORD; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse. [1Chronicles 10:13-14 NKJV]  

Bros looks to me like God really desired for Saul to keep the word of the Lord and inquire of the Lord. Can you imagine if your kids went next door to ask for guidance instead of coming to you for guidance…. We as His kids ought to come to the Lord for guidance and go nowhere else, but let’s be honest how many have sought a friend or other resource before inquiring of the Lord. Why is God the last one we consult in any given situation and usually we wait until it turns into a catastrophe before we call upon Him… Saul probably is not that much different than most of us in this regard, which ought not to be, but I think most of us are guilty of this if we are honest with ourselves and God.

 

Saul didn’t wait for Samuel to offer a sacrifice up to the Lord; he prepared and presented it himself. So when Samuel arrived he had this to say: “And Samuel said to Saul, "You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you. For now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. [1Samuel 13:13 NKJV]” This is how he lost the kingdom by not being faithful to keep the Word of the Lord. Also Saul was told to go and attack Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them, do not spare one human or one animal. But again Saul said the people that went with him wanted to save the best of the animals to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal. God did not tell them to do this but to destroy all, not some, but all! You ever partly obey God and then blame someone else when you are in charge and accountable?

Saul inquired of the Lord and when the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or Urim or by the prophets. Saul inquired of a medium and this is also how Saul lost the kingdom and brought his own death sentence on himself… Through disobedience, not waiting on the Lord for His answer nor keeping the Word of God. Saul did not obey the voice of the Lord, nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day.

Bros it would seem to me that it is better to inquire of the Lord and wait on the Lord. When we try to do things our way it never turns out good and it never pleases God. Better to be faithful to the Lord and trust Him and wait for His reply and timing for all things. Big lessons to be learned from Saul’s lack of obedience and big consequences to be paid for fooling around with mediums and not doing what Gods word tells us to do. It is always better to do it Gods way, He is the Master, He is the Creator, He knows what He is doing, unlike us, this isn’t His first rodeo, and He really loves us and knows what is best for each of us-amen!

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

2016-12-28

“KEEP YOUR WORD”

Dear Bros in Christ,

Then she made a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”

[1 Samuel 1:11 NKJV]

Bros, Hannah made a vow and as we shall read on in this amazing miracle and blessing from God, she kept her vow. A vow is a pledge, promise, oath or guarantee and Hannah not only made this vow but kept it as we see in these next verses…

“Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bulls, one ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD in Shiloh. And the child was young. Then they slaughtered a bull, and brought the child to Eli. And she said, “O my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the LORD. For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the LORD.” So they worshiped the LORD there.”[1 Samuel 1:24-28 NKJV]

 

Have you ever made a vow or pledge only to fall short, to break it or not complete it or said you would do something and then fell through on your promise to the Lord or even to a friend or family member? Oh many times we will blurt out how committed we are to the Lord and run our mouth to say flattering things about the Lord and make big grandiose promises to the Lord, but do we, will we…, follow through on those vows, promises made to our Savior?

 

Well if you have made those promises and fell flat on your face you are not alone, but also maybe we should stop and think and know whether we will be able to keep our word or promise to God. Peter had a bad habit of putting his foot in his mouth regarding his devotion and commitment to the Lord. If your heart is totally committed to the Lord, I believe you can make commitments to the Lord and fulfill them. But when your heart is momentarily ignited for the Lord in a burst of emotion rather than conviction that is when we ought to be careful and know if we say we are going to do something, if we are going to commit to the Lord, then we ought to do it! Emotions can be temporary feelings. But a conviction penetrates deep in the heart. And that is where vows should come from-the depth of a heart given over to Jesus Christ not emotions can that come and go on many different levels. Also not all but many emotions can be shallow and temporal. God gave us these emotions so we could get through different levels of dealing with various feelings and things we would have to go through in our daily lives…and emotions can trigger feelings that come from the heart. But when a conviction comes it is because the heart has been pricked to change, to commitment to be able to make a vow unto the Lord-amen!

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

2016-11-28

“FROM THE HEART”

Dear Bros in Christ,

So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the LORD. And she [was] in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head." And it happened, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli watched her mouth.  Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. [1Samuel1:9-13 NKJV]

Bros have you ever been in bitterness of soul and wept in anguish uncontrollably? The place where you have drained all your emotions and emptied yourself to the point where your soul has been uncovered and laid bare before the Lord. There is no more room for your will left and you are totally and completely in submission to what the Lord desires because there is nothing of you left. Seems then that Hannah having done this was able to make a vow, a promise, a declaration before the Lord. Initially Hannah wanted a son for her husband as most woman do, but when that didn’t happened… Now she wants a son she can give to the Lord. Things begin to change when God is put first, so it happened upon praying from her heart that Hannah spoke in her heart to God; she was not just mouthing words but speaking and communing from the innermost depths of her heart, that place that God can change her.

                        

Bros she was communing intimately with God. That can only come when you are emptied before the Lord of your desires, your will, your foolish thoughts and ways, humbly and desperately crying out for the only One who could and would take the desires of her heart and bring them into alignment and submission with His perfect will and then to fruition according to His perfect will and plan for her life. God speaks into her heart, God knows her heart. He is the only One who can change any heart and God always wants our heart where we can draw near Him and commune with Him and pray without voice, like Hannah; to let Him take hold of our heart as we open our soul to Him.

This does not just come by praying words with our commands, but by being utterly broken before the Lord. When you move yourself out of the way, submitting to God, the Lord is faithful and will step in and move deeply and mightily in the depths of your heart and accomplish His perfect will in an imperfect soul. Bros we must first die to ourselves as Hannah did and then we can pray deep within our heart without our lips moving, but allowing God to move our heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in our heart and lead our soul out and away from bitterness-amen!

Psalm 34:18 The LORD [is] near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

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

2016-10-14

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