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Dear Bros in Christ,

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.

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

APRIL 2007

DON’T LOOK BACK…

1 PETER 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking
whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by
your brotherhood in the world.

Bros, being sober can apply to many things, in this context it means to be calm and collected in spirit, to be
temperate, dispassionate, and circumspect. There are things in this world and our flesh that the enemy can use to
rob us of being calm & collected in spirit, composed, unruffled, together, serene, and cool and cause us to be
scatterbrained. We need to be watchful so that some destructive calamity does not suddenly overtake us. We are
encouraged to let Jesus reign in our hearts and make that choice less we be overtaken by the enemy, to resist
him, steadfast in the faith.
It could be easy to be consumed by the lust of our flesh, to be drunk in that lust to stumble and walk in it and
not be sober or watchful, longing or hungering for more of whatever the flesh is never satisfied without. We
have all seen times in our own lives and others around us that lust at work. Lust comes in many forms and is for
the satisfaction of many things of the flesh, but is the flesh really satisfied with anything? Have you ever seen
yourself or someone consumed by the beauty of a woman passing by? How all of a sudden and this can happen
to all of us bros, you can be so consumed by that beautiful woman passing by, that your whole being can be
overtaken by your extended gaze, that long drink you take in, which can only be described as a never quenched
drunken lust thirst. That drink will poison your mind and thoughts and pollute your heart with corruption and
cloud your judgment and make your vision fuzzy not to mention make you walk on shaky ground. It opens the
floodgates of death and destruction; do not open the lion’s cage. Don’t let the lion devour you he’s looking for
someone to devour- don’t you be the one he’s on the lookout for. You can be instantly intoxicated by the desires
of her beauty and transported within the mind to a state of lustful drunkenness. At this point we are not being
sober or vigilant we are being consumed by the roaring lion, eaten alive, devoured, overwhelmed, overcome,
and demolished by our adversary, torn apart, drunk in lust in the twinkling of an eye. Do not take in those drinks
of lust, don’t drink of it, you do not want another hit or shot… of death, the wounds go too deep, look away,
don’t look back over your shoulder to feed the fixation (Lots wife was turned to a pillar of salt for looking back
taking that second look) stay sober and watchful for the things of the Lord; keep your gaze fixed upon Him.

How easily that state of soberness or vigilance can be overtaken with just an extended glance and just as if you
had consumed a massive amount of alcohol or drugs you are instantly in a drunken lustful stupor within the
confines of your mind and heart and really your whole being. You are now controlled by or mastered by your
flesh, bros this is why it is so important for us to be sober to stay sober and be vigilant to remain in that state of
being calm and collected in spirit and not allow the devil to use the beauty of a woman to transport your minds
and heart to a state of drunken lust. But be sober, watchful, self controlled and guard your hearts and minds to
resist him, steadfast, unwavering, resolute, unfaltering, unswerving, dedicated, firm, persistent, committed in
the faith knowing that we all experience the same sufferings.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

2 PETER 1:2-4 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His
divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who
called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that
through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world
through lust.

Gods grace is there anything better than His grace? No not anything… God’s unmerited favor and peace
continually and constantly given to us over and over by Him for us and towards us as we grow more and more
in our understanding and appreciation of God and Jesus Christ our Lord. His great power affords us the ability
to recognize our existence and godliness is in Him and through the knowledge of Jesus Christ who called us by
His splendor…. We have been called away from the corruption of the world and having escaped the corruption
that is in the world to conformity with Christ.
Lust always wants more and more and we have been delivered from that type of thinking through Christ.
Peter would go on in 2 Peter 1:5-7 and urge us to progress by forging a chain of eight Christian virtues from
faith to love. If a believer does not transform profession into practice, he becomes spiritually useless, perverting
the purpose for which he was called. We are reminded of our riches of position in Christ and our responsibility
to hold fast to the truth and not get caught up in the lust of our flesh that will take us back and down. Nor do we
want to be a pillar of salt, but we are to be the salt of the earth…. Don’t look back; look forward to what the
Lord is going to do in your life when you remain sober and vigilant…

May we always look to Him in all things,


Daniel Wright
Iron Man Oikodome
Proverbs 27:17

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