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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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“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


“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”

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  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


“SOUL”

  Dear Bros in Christ,

Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. [Am] I a sea, or a sea serpent, That You set a guard over me? When I say, 'My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease my complaint,' Then You scare me with dreams And terrify me with visions, So that my soul chooses strangling [And] death rather than my body. I loathe [my life]; I would not live forever. Let me alone, For my days [are but] a breath. [Job 7:11-16 NKJV]

Bros seems Job speaks for many of us even though we may never have suffered as he has suffered…Job is not holding back anything and speaking from the depths of his soul. He is communicating from the agony and distress of his soul. To the point of resentment and cynicism coming from his soul and carried about as his spirit is filled with vinegar, sourness or ill-tempered like behavior or speech.  As the sea has its borders set in place by the Lord, Job cynically says the Lord put a guard over him… or a restraint about him to keep him in his place.

Not even feeling the security and comfort of his own bed as one who can’t wait to come home to his own bed and receive that comfort and rest that is derived from sleeping in one’s own bed. That familiarity that we experience in the comfort of our own personal bed cannot ease the suffering and anguish Job is experiencing.

 

We often blame others for our own misery, as Job tried to blame God for scaring him with dreams and visions. So much so that his soul prefers death and spells out the method of his demise. Saying his soul would choose death rather than dwell in his body. Job realizes God gave him that tent for his soul to dwell and even gives him each breath and his every heartbeat comes from the Lord.

 

Job cries to be let alone, that his days are but a breath and we know that even our breath is a vapor; it disappears and is fleeting at best. It takes a breath to blow out a match or a candle, a mere breath to snuff the flame that burns brightly. Just as God gives breath and controls our very breath, He can indeed take our breath away in an instant, vanished in the twinkling of an eye.

Job was right his life is a breath that can be gone and vanquished from a body leaving soul without home were it not for the Lord, who gives a new place for souls to dwell when these tents have breathed their last. Which place will your soul go, heaven or hell? May our every breath that the Lord grants us be used to praise Him, worship Him and used to be obedient to Him because He first loved us and saved us by His shed blood on Calvary for the remission of our sins-amen!

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

2017-07-20


“PERSONAL SACRIFICE”

  Dear Bros in Christ,

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?" [Esther 4:14 NKJV]

Bros God used Mordecai to encourage and influence Esther to a place of personal sacrifice. To put her life in a position of being willing to lay it down for others to the point of possible death. A picture or glimmer of a Christ like action of a woman of God willing to lay it all down to save her people…To do anything for God and His people.

There is a time in each of our lives just as Esther did, when we need to speak up, speak out, speak the truth and be bold for our Lord.

 

Better to be bold for the Lord in life than be silent and perish in fear and in our flesh. If this is my body and it belongs to the Lord, then so be it, then let it belong to Christ even to the point of death that I may perish for the glory of the Lord, rather than perish in the flesh with my fears. The Lord will help each of us to go beyond our fears and live our life in boldness for Him. Just as Esther risked her life, may it be true with us that we are willing to be used by God for His purpose. That He would give us that boldness to always do His will and have the kind of love that He has to carry out that boldness

 

Mordecai had the wisdom of God to direct, encourage and influence his niece; Esther had the willingness and heart of Christ to lay it all down to save her people.

 

Bros what are you willing to do for the Lord in your life, for such a time as this? Do your people need to be saved?

Something to think about, but not for too long… Take action, be bold for the Lord- “who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?" Lord please help each of us to give ourselves up, to be bold for You, to be willing to lay it all down for You that You Lord would be glorified in our lives and heart-Amen!

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

2017-05-28


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