Iron Smiths

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. 
Brothers in Christ, this monthly encouragement IRON SMITH LETTER is sent in addition to the Iron Man Oikodome devotional 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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WHAT IS YOUR LEGACY? 

Dear Bros in Christ,

We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that He had done.(Psalm 78:4 NKJV)

It is wonderful to know that even in this day and age, GOD still wants us to know the promises he gave to his children. The Lord has blessed us with people in our lives that we are very thankful for; people who have left us a legacy of following the true and only God. And they have encouraged us to see the wonderful message of God’s love for this world in a very simple and understandable way. The vessels of honor that our Lord uses in our lives help us to see the legacy created when our Lord Jesus paid the ultimate price for all of our sins; past, present and future. This price that He paid should never be taken for granted.

 

A great example is Paul the Apostle.  As we read when he wrote to young Timothy prior to his death we find the legacy he wanted to leave prior to his departure.

 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”(2 Timothy 4:6-8NKJV)

What a profound statement from Paul the Apostle. Most of the New Testament was written by him and that is the legacy he left for us all. I am always encouraged every time I read this letter. I know not all of us are a Paul, but the Lord has entrusted something individually to all of us, especially fathers. Bros, according to the Bible life is but a vapor.

 

May God help us complete all He wants us to complete. Here is the BIG QUESTION: What will be the legacy you will leave for those around you and your children?

In Christ,

Reene
ironmanoikodome.org
Proverbs 27:17

2016-03-18

“BEGIN AGAIN”

Dear Bros in Christ,

…that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.  Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV

As we start the New Year with all kinds of resolutions, it’s good to remember that we can all renew our commitment in our faith. We can all strive to gain even loftier heights in our spiritual journey toward Christ likeness. No matter how far we have ascended, we can go farther; No matter how low we have fallen; No matter how big of a mess we have created, we can begin again. In our text, believers are told to “put off the old man”—and “put on the new man”. Just like the great feeling of changing into a new clean outfit.

Take time to think and meditate on how merciful our God is, because we serve a God of second chances. We believers serve a God that allows us to start all over again. And as if that is not enough, Jesus goes on to tell us that we put on a new man

Therefore, if anyone in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5-17 ESV)

Many of us that have been in trouble with the law… get a pretty good understanding of this passage and the idea of putting the past behind us.  Bros, we all like the idea of a new start, but most of the time it is us who cannot let go of our past. We keep on carrying our baggage with us, and the enemy knows. This is usually what he blackmails us with, reminding us of our past sins. Every time we get the honor, we need to “let our light to shine before men, that when they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5-16 NKJV  

 

Bros, let’s man up and be diligent with all God has entrusted us with. He promises that he won’t leave us nor forsakes us and that he will be with us always.  So, let us all begin this year as a new man, and as a new creation of God modeled after Him, in righteousness and true holiness.

 

In Christ,

Reene

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2016-03-18

“JUST A LITTLE FAITH”

Dear Bros in Christ,

          When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man[a] has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!” Mark 2:1-12 NLT

This passage really speaks to my heart, how love can promote random acts of kindness throughout the body. When Jesus sees this man’s friend’s faith, not just the man’s faith but his friends’ faith, He is moved to heal. In Galatians 6 Jesus calls us to bare each other’s burdens and not to feel that we are more important than anyone else. He also says, Don’t be misled-you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

 

We as Brothers and Sisters will develop a genuine love for each other as we walk with Jesus and will be able to celebrate Victory through Jesus, "AMEN!!!"

 

In Him,
Fernando J. Alvarez
ironmanoikodome.Org
Proverbs 27:17

2016-02-18

“WALKING WITH JESUS”

Dear Bros in Christ,

This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’” This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. All of Judea, including all the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. His clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey. John announced: “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”

[Mark 1:1-8 NLT]

When I think of the relationship in the Holy Spirit between John the Baptist and Jesus, I thank God that we have such a relationship. When Mary went to see Elizabeth and Elizabeth's baby (John) leapt in her womb we see a connection, like we did when we first bared witness to the Holy Spirit and received salvation, or shall I say, "when the Holy Spirit first fell upon us and we received salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit." Since that day we too are commissioned to be a voice in the desert, preparing the way of the Lords coming. No matter what walk of life you have come out of God can and will save us. 

Consider this, John must have been quite a sight-but sight had nothing to do with his assignment from God. He spoke the truth and the truth is what sets people free.
AMEN!!!

In Him,
Fernando J. Alvarez
ironmanoikodome.org
Proverbs 27:17

2015-12-21

“GOD BEFORE US” 

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 should 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 Gazer. Then the fame of David went out into all the lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.”(1 Chronicles: 14-17, NKJV)

How awesome it is when we follow the example of David, as our text tells us, that David inquired of the LORD to precede the attack of the Philistines.  As I am reading this verse, I can’t help but think about the relationship God wants to have with us. He wants to be part of everything we do; he wants to lead us into victory over sin, and rightly so, he hates sin and we should take the same approach about it. Just take a good look at the cross.  Every time David inquired onto the LORD, the LORD led him to victory. If you are new or mature in the faith, I don’t have to remind you of the past experiences you have had and the consequences that they brought you. Had you inquired of the LORD, situations may have turned out differently. It is very clear that as long as we request and have faith in the LORD, God will go out before you, to lead the way. Our LORD will always be faithful to lead us into victory. Our Father knows best. The question is… are you inquiring on the LORD before making your decisions? If you haven’t just like I haven’t every time we find out the hard way of the consequences. I only wish I would have inquired on the LORD and not on my flesh.  Bros, it is never too late to start to inquire of God. It will be so much easier, as we know that one the many attributes of God is that he is omnipresent and omnipotent. Paul reminds us of this same truth when he said, “I can do all things through Chris who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). My prayer is that as we continue to grow and mature in the faith, we let God be our “Lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path” (Psalm 119:105 NKJV).

In Christ,
Reene
Ironmanoikodome.Org
Proverbs 27:17

2015-11-23

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