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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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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"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
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