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Dear Bros in

February 2006
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Brothers in
Christ, this monthly email is meant to be an encouragement to all and to build up and edify in the Lord Jesus
Christ. Oikodome means "Builder". The Lord 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.
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
Proverbs 27:17

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