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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PERMANENT RESIDENCE

Dear Bros in Christ,

Romans 14:19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make  for peace and the things by which one may edify another. 

Proverbs 7:1 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. 2 Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Lord come look in my heart and see if it is for you Lord, see if I need to make more room for you Lord. See if your Word is written on the tablets of my heart. Lord I want my heart to be filled with Your Word, so that all I do and say is breathed and seasoned with Your Word. So my heart can see and know Your beautiful Love, Mercy and Grace. So that I can experience and live in the power of Your Word and the life changing and the heart changing that comes through receiving Your commands and keeping my eyes fixed on Your ways as the center piece of my focus.

 

Lord my heart is as a storage space filled with boxes, some boxes are filled with Your promises and Your Word yet to be written on my heart. But the boxes that are crowding my heart are filled with things and stuff that stand in the way blocking You Lord from writing Your Word on the  tablet of my heart. Lord they are a stumbling block to me, please come and remove these boxes. I have allowed them to stack and pile up in my heart leaving no room for You. These boxes filled with fear, bitterness, envy, strife, hatred, jealousy, covetousness and the like.... (you name it, whatever fills your boxes) and every ugly colored human frailty (otherwise known as sin) taking up an enormous amount of space. Even the smallest of any or all of these is too much space to allow to be taken from my Lord.

 

Romans 7:21-25 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!

 

Lord I want my heart to be for You alone and I want to make room for more of You and less of me and my ways. Lord I want Your etched Word mirrored and reflected from the walls of my heart but these boxes of death are stacked everywhere and blocking the reflection of Your Word. I want Your Word to have permanent residency in and on the walls of my heart, not stored in boxes but written there on the tablets of every layer of my heart. I want You to move in fully and completely. I am tired of you Lord Jesus getting so little of the space of my heart. My heart aches for you Lord to dwell totally and fully in every area of my heart, my heart is pained at the very though of being separated from you Lord.

Bros. if this could be you and me today. We are missing out on what God wants to do in our hearts and lives when we let Him have full occupancy. Let Him unpack the boxes of His blessings and gifts He has for you and me when He lives in our hearts. Let Jesus come in today and decorate your heart and life with His unchanging and His uncompromising Word and be free of your own design and decorations. Anything we design and decorate is temporary and sin ugly. His design is pure and last forever. He wants to fill your heart with His ever lasting Word. If you are tired of just letting Jesus live out of boxes in your heart, then invite Him and let Him fully move in today. He'll put His name on the mailbox of your heart if you'll let Him take up residence in your heart and you will get special deliveries 24/7 and in just the right time and believe me He will "Deliver" >>> you....

 

"The Lord Is Faithful"

2 Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

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

2006-03-14

DINNER WITH THE KING

Dear Bros in Christ,

Romans 14:19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make  for peace and the things by which one may edify another. 

 

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

The idea that Jesus would knock and wait for us to open the door is amazing. I mean here's the King of kings, the Lord of lords waiting for us. He is powerful and awesome, clothed in righteousness, all powerful, omnipotent, omnipresent, and He waits for us- that is love from above as only He can love. In this present day how many of us would wait for anybody for anything and yet He waits. This day when its get out of my way, move it, you are costing me time. Jesus waits for us to hear His voice, when we don't even have time to listen to our own families, He waits for us to hear and let Him in. He comes where He is invited, He wants to dine with us, sup with us, and become one with us. Can you imagine the Lord wants to dine with you and me, how awesome that God wants to be with us, that He loves us and he waits for us to hear His voice and open the door, He will come in and dine with us and us with Him.

 

How many times do we have the opportunity to answer the door and open the door of our heart and invite Him in, if we could just hear His voice in this noisy world in which we dwell. If we just had the time to open the door of our heart with all the places we have to be and all the things that need to be done right now, if we could find or make the time, if we could just .... He would come and sit at our table with us, He would dwell in us and with us if we take the time to hear His voice.

 

Guys so many times we don't even make the time to dine with our own families and friends and then there's Jesus too, He wants to be with us and dine with us.  Jesus standing on the outside of our hearts, hear His voice and open up and let Him inside our heart and have that intimate relationship that He desires and we so desperately need. So many times Jesus is being asked not to come and He is removed from all the family happenings. I mean we don't set out to do this on purpose it just happens. Bros lets invite Him first and take the door off the hinges so it won't get closed ever, when we let Him stay in our heart it's much easier to hear Him, than through a closed door it's always hard to hear. You see we installed the door and closed the door Jesus never installed it or closed it. You may say I don't have a stone heart, praise the Lord its only wood, it's much softer than stone. So if this may have happened to you, get on your knees and ask Jesus to help you remove the door... Hopefully it just takes a screwdriver instead of a hammer and chisel, but in any case He is able, you see our Lord is a "Builder"and He knows just the right tools to get the job done. So trust Him to help uninstall any doors that may have been installed over time. He will help you with the restoration He desires for you to have "Direct Access/ Direct Relationship" always through an open heart to Him.

 

 Ephesians 5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. May Jesus help us to redeem the time. To follow His example. May we invite Him into our hearts and along with us when we dine with our family and friends and may they see Jesus sitting at that table with us! And may they hear His voice and want to answer the door and open the door of their heart and let Jesus come in and dine with them. If only they could hear His voice through our conversations when we dine with them, maybe they could come to dine with Him and He with them.... I pray that a door wouldn't keep anyone from receiving Christ, especially a door that is not locked and always ready to be opened, maybe the Lord will use you today to show them how to open that door so that they can hear, see and invite Jesus in today, so they can dine with Him for eternity. Jesus always has the time for us, we say how can that be, He says love is how it can be.

In His Strength,
Daniel Wright
daniel@ironmanoikodome.org
Proverbs 27:17

2006-02-10

A Hand from God

Dear Bros in Christ,

Romans 14:19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make  for peace and the things by which one may edify another. 

David was strengthen by Jonathan in the strongholds in the wilderness as Saul sought him everyday, the Bible says in 1Samuel 23:16 Then Jonathan, Saul's son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God. So may this letter strengthen you as you may be in the woods or a place that God has His hand on you. Sometimes we don't have all the answers and we don't always understand what God is doing. In times such as these we may be in a wilderness area of our walk with the Lord and it seems dark and the path is hard. The trial or trail may be hard to stay on and dimly lit (that glimmer of hope), but there is Light along the path and at the end of the path as we keep our focus upward vertically and not horizontally on the things in front of us but on the main thing as we fix our gaze upwardly to Jesus Christ. May the Lord illuminate the path He has chosen for you today and send a Jonathan to strengthen your hand in Him. So whatever we are faced with or might be running from or being chased by we can rest assured that the Lord will deliver us as we seek Him and walk in His perfect Will He will not allow us to be taken off the path He has chosen for us to follow.

 

Maybe your Jonathan is a scripture the Lord has revealed to your heart or a word of encouragement from another believer or the prayers of a brother in the Lord or the promises of God, Hebrews 13:5-6 For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."* 6 So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.What can man do to me?"* Whatever you may  be going through right now may seem impossible, but when it does seem impossible that is when God alone will be glorified and honored when He strengthens you with a Jonathan and delivers you by His Grace, Love, Mercy, Power and Strength.

May you be strengthen in and through Christ today.

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

2006-01-11

"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
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"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

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