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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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“DON’T JUSTIFY SIN”

  Dear Bros in Christ,

“But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry.  So he prayed to the LORD, and said, "Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You [are] a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. "Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for [it is] better for me to die than to live!" Then the LORD said, "[Is it] right for you to be angry?"” [JONAH 4:1-4]

Bros, Jonah was displeased, exceedingly. He got angry, he prayed, basically said I told You so to God; he justified his sin of running away from obedience to go to Tarshish. Because thinking that the Gentiles might come to repentance. Jonah acknowledges God and the fact that God is gracious, merciful and slow to anger (unlike Jonah), abundant in loving kindness (unlike Jonah). One who relents from doing harm (unlike Jonah).

Then Jonah says take my life-physically, it would have been better if Jonah had said Lord I surrender my life (heart- spiritually) to You! Give me a love like Yours Lord to love the Ninevites like You, help me to love all Gentiles. All those who are lost, weak and weary in their sins and need You. Take not my life but take this negative heart and give me a new heart to love as You do Lord, to be a witness to the Gentiles instead of being jealous that the message of grace was extended to the Gentiles.

"And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left--and much livestock? [Jonah 4:11]"

Lord help us as men to not look at a person’s life or character as not worthy of Your grace and mercy, certainly we know that we are not worthy as well, but from a heart as Yours…

In that they need Jesus to save them and a call to repentance to be able to come into a right relationship with You. Use us as your ambassadors, Your hands, feet and voices to carry the Gospel to the least, lost and the last. “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.” [2Corinthians 5:20]

That we might have the motivation of the message of the cross, reconciliation to Christ with all we encounter daily in our lives, not jealous that someone might get saved and be on fire for Christ and be used mightily in the Kingdom of God here on earth. Give us a heart like Yours Lord and love like Yours-amen!

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

2019-06-07


“THROWN OUT”

  Dear Bros in Christ,

“Therefore they cried out to the LORD and said, "We pray, O LORD, please do not let us perish for this man's life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O LORD, have done as it pleased You." So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea…,” [Jonah1:14-15 NKJV]

Bros,

There might come a day in your life when you have to put somebody out because of their sins of disobedience to the Lord or maybe you are the one getting thrown out. I have encountered many such a people in times of counseling. I have heard this explanation countless times as to why a person is homeless; I am homeless because I have no money, no place to live and I have no job. My first question is always, do you have family and the immediate response is yes, but they will not help me… Because they are the ones who threw me out, so my next question is why?

Then they proceed to tell me that they smoke a little weed or like to have a few drinks once in a while or something of this nature…It might be someone who was living at home with their parents and they will say; they threw me out because I like to smoke a little weed in my bedroom and they do not allow or want any drugs or alcohol or whatever the sin might be going on in their home. So then I say well- you are not homeless then, to which they always say “what do you mean…” To which I always say you are not homeless- “YOU ARE REBELLIOUS” I say look if I go visit and stay at someone’s home I am subject to the rules of their home, not my own rules- if I want to stay with them. 

Bros I want encourage you with this; the men of the ship Jonah was on knew he was in rebellion and running from God. Because of Jonah’s rebellion it was causing every one grief and heartache and brought immediate and major storms and danger in their lives as he was on their ship. Jonah was wreaking havoc on those around him because of his rebellion to God; they were all suffering because of his bad choices. So they sought God and put him out or more bluntly threw him out or in this case overboard- “he was boat less” not because he didn’t have anyone that cared for him. But because he was running from God and in direct sin rebellion with God.

Don’t ever feel bad when you have to throw someone out because they are bringing down your house, your walk with their sinful and rebellious ways. Put them out and put them in God’s hands, he is able. At the end of verse fifteen above it says this:  So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. God took Jonah to a tomb inside the belly of a fish for three days, where God resurrected Jonah, brought him back from the dead, from the pit of hell literally speaking. So don’t be afraid when God shows you to put someone out, it’s for their own good. Trust God He is able.

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

2019-05-25


"Correction"

  Dear Bros in Christ,

O LORD correct me but with justice; Not in Your anger lest You bring me to nothing (Jeremiah 10:24 NKJV).

Bros better to be corrected by the Lords justice than His anger! Jeremiah is delivering the Lords word to the house of Israel for Judah's futile idolatry in chapter ten of Jeremiah. Then this verse above later on in the chapter is part of Jeremiahs prayer for correction. Much can be learned by us in this chapter. We may have idols in our lives- Idols that cannot save like the idols referred to by Jeremiah are wooden decorated with silver & gold and made to stand up with nails & hammers yet they cannot speak and must be carried and cannot do evil or good. I think about how people could be so foolish as to get caught up in idolatry with something as foolish as inanimate objects and spend all their time worshipping these objects back in those days. Couldn't they see this was futile? Wasting their time with a chunk of wood or metal that a craftsman or metalsmith spent way too much time fashioning. Couldn't they grasp that God is the true and living God and want to spend time with Him and worship Him? Maybe they knew this but chose not to worship the One true and living God. Perhaps they allowed these idols to creep in little by little until they were consumed with them and spent all their time in front of them. Can you think of anything in your life that may have crept in that you have been spending all your time in front of because it consumes all or most of your time away from worshipping the One true and living God? If so then Jeremiah's prayer is for you and me both- amen! O LORD correct me but with justice; Not in Your anger lest You bring me to nothing (Jeremiah 10:24 NKJV). His correction is sweeter and better His justice is right on and His anger can bring us to nothing but may His correction bring us closer to home in Him. He loves you and maybe He is speaking to you right now about idols in your life the Bible tells us to examine ourselves. Let us search out and examine our ways And turn back to the LORD (Lamentations 3:40 NKJV); Have mercy on us Lord and help us to get rid of any idols whether they be wood metal electronic visual audio or motorized or any other inanimate or animate form or thing if idols are taking time away from our worship of You then take away our idols Lord we want to worship Jesus only in our lives. Forgive us for being foolish and allowing idols to creep in and maybe we don't bow down literally to them but they consume us and rob us of time with You Lord and fill us with worldly and fleshly trash. Forgive me Lord I pray and I repent in Jesus Name- amen! Agape

Agape Daniel Wright Iron Man Oikodome Proverbs 27:17

2019-05-21


"Never Returns Void"

  Dear Bros in Christ,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void But it shall accomplish what I please And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it(Isaiah55:11 NKJV).
Only God can make a guarantee like that and keep it. He never fails He never loses He always wins every single time and He always will. He knows what it will take to minister to our needs our hearts to our very soul to convict our heart and to change our heart. His Word is powerful and sharper than any two edged sword. For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword piercing even to the division of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV). He knows everything He?s God and His Word goes forth and will not return void to Him When He speaks to you through His Word- you better know and expect that He is going to do a work in you and through you and accomplish all that He pleases because He declares and guarantee?s in His Word that His Word will never returns to Him void but shall do that which He sent it to. There is always victory in Jesus always He never fails His Word says so He never loses any battle or situation but He always wins He is God-amen!
Agape Daniel Wright Iron Man Oikodome Proverbs 27:17
2019-05-19


"SHINE ON"

  Dear Bros in Christ,
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men .(Matthew 5:13(NKJV)
Bros as a likeness to salt we are not to lose our flavor or ability? or to become useless or in effective and discarded powerless overtaken by the things of this world to retreat and even though rejected by those we are called to be a witness to. Just as salt enhances and brings out the flavor. We are called to bring out our witness to the world for them to see Jesus in us and through us. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14 NKJV). You can?t hide a City up on a hill- it is visible for all to see it stands out. It is above everything else Jesus is above all creation! How can we hide Him if we are rep?n Him? We should stand out like that City on the hill- obvious to all that Jesus is in our hearts. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand and it gives light to all [who are] in the house (Matthew 5:15 NKJV). There would be no purpose to light a lamp and then hide the light it emits? So why would we hide our relationship with Jesus or our witness of Jesus in our hearts to the whole world? Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16 NKJV). Bros we need to stand out to be lit up for our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. It ought to be obvious to all and everywhere we go whether out with our families hanging with bros in the Lord or with work associates driving on the freeway at school or the beach or even on vacation Bros our light should be shining brightly and without mistake who we are rep?n and why- Amen! May God the Father be glorified in your life today as your light shines for Him
Agape Daniel Wright Iron Man Oikodome Proverbs 27:17
2019-05-17


“HE HEARS, HE HEALS”

  Dear Bros in Christ,

“Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.” [Jeremiah 17:14 NKJV]

Bros Jeremiah knows that the Lord can and will do all to heal and save him and really all who call on His Name. Jeremiah acknowledges what the Lord just said to him in previous verses, when the Lord told him not to trust in man, in fact the Lord said “Cursed is the man who trust in man and makes his flesh his strength…,” The Lord went on to say “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord.” Now after the Lord speaks Jeremiah says “Heal me, O Lord and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.”

 

Most times to our detriment our biggest enemy, our worst foe that we battle is self, meaning our flesh. When we ask God to heal and save and come in, also to circumcise our heart that we may live. It’s our flesh that usually always stands in the way; to cut away the flesh and those sins that keep us plagued with separation from our Savior. Yes sometimes we wallow and linger in our sinful flesh. We keep trying to win this battle on our own, but bros the battle belongs to the Lord. Give your sins, your flesh to the Lord, lay it on the altar, the Lord has never ever lost a battle yet and never will. He did indeed have victory over sin and death! But I guarantee that you will lose the battle to self if and when you battle in the flesh. Our battles are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. Jeremiah clearly knows this and asks the Lord to heal him and he shall be healed and save him and he shall be saved. Very simple, direct and real, ask the Lord to heal us from ourselves and save us from ourselves. Let’s make this personal; Lord heal me of myself, save me of myself, help me realize You are my praise. The Lord hears our cries, He hears our prayers, He knows us intimately, He desires to heal you and save you, let Him do so today. You want to live, give up the flesh; let the Lord do surgery on your heart today.  “And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.” Deuteronomy 30:6 God always seems to go beyond whatever we can ask or imagine, He always knows exactly what is best for us.

 

Jeremiah gives us a great witness and testimony in a simple way because he knows the Lord is able and hears us. “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.”

 

He [is] your praise, and He [is] your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen. Deuteronomy 10:21

Agape,

Pastor Daniel Wright

daniel@ironmanoikodome.org
Proverbs

2018-10-24


“Go Forward”

  Dear Bros in Christ,

“But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.” [Jeremiah 7:23-24 NKJV]

Bros, Judah followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts. You may think it is better I follow my heart and be content, but I assure you that you will never be content or have or know peace unless you obey God. Because they would not listen to God and instead followed the evil dictates of their evil hearts.

James 1:13-15 says: “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

Our desires come from our heart, so too sin can come from our desires. If sin is evil, then desires that are sin are evil. If we let our sin desires turn into a practicing thought and keep thinking on them, we are sure to do them eventually. The Prophet Jeremiah declared a few chapters further in chapter 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?

Our heart is unpredictable and bound to do evil given the slimmest of chances to sin, but God He is always true, just and perfect in All His ways. Our hearts are always capable of doing evil. And so it is better to obey God and do His way and His will. And bros sure as we could slip on a banana peel and fall down… we can sin that quickly and un-expectantly. So beware, Judah thought at the temple gates, if they kept bringing sacrifices to the altar rather than obedience somehow God might be pleased but the Lord took no delight in them, but God desired obedience rather than sacrifice. Better to repent and walk in obedience and obey the Lord than sacrifice at the altar without obedience. Otherwise might be like giving a stolen gift that cost you nothing…It cost the Lord a lot to be obedient when He went to the cross for you and me.

Bros way better to obey and go forward towards Him and remain in Him, than our evil hearts and fall backwards away from Him our loving God.

Obey means to hear, submit, follow and conform. Don’t be like Judah and follow the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts and went backwards and not forward. Keep walking and moving forward towards obedience in and to the Lord, obey His voice and walk in all His ways that He has commanded you. Abide in Him and go forward in Him that it may be well with you, amen!

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

2018-09-19


“EVERLASTING”

  Dear Bros in Christ,

"For a mere moment I have forsaken you, But with great mercies I will gather you. With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you," Says the LORD, your Redeemer. [Isaiah 54:7-8 NKJV]

For a mere moment Israel was forsaken and the Lord comes back on the heels of that forsakenness with great mercies. The forsakenness was temporary, a “mere moment”… “But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you” The Lord reminds them who He is in this statement; “Says the Lord, your Redeemer.” Therein lies the guarantee, the promise comes by who He is, theirs, yours, and ours; our Redeemer. He left them for a second, but He is going to have mercy on them forever.

You know bros, it seems like we can get caught up and feel sorry for ourselves, have great pity for ourselves and expect everyone else to have that great pity on us as well when we get chasten or rebuked. But in reality it’s fleeting, it’s a mere moment. Seems to last forever but it’s a mere moment. And maybe it almost

seems like we are never going to get through that mere moment. But when you compare it and stack it up against this part of the above verse, “But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you.” We then know it’s for our own good, to teach us, to help us, to grow us and restore us…then comes the “everlasting”

When you know Gods mercy and then think of His mercy with everlasting kindness, that’s permanent, that’s endless, perpetual, and that’s eternal!

So whatever you are going through, if you are being corrected, chastened or have fallen, backslidden or feel the forsakenness of the Lord because of sin in your life, confess it, repent and submit to God. As His heart was for restoration for Israel, so too does His heart desire to restore us to a right relationship with Him. And know forsakenness is only for a mere moment and behind that He says “But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you.”

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

2018-08-31


“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


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