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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."

JUNE 2007
Big Fear Little Faith or Big Faith No fear

MATTHEW 8:23 - 27 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great
tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples
came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"
26 But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and
the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and
the sea obey Him?"
Sometimes we can be covered by the waves of fear when the storms of life hit us and we can be dying in fear.
Why do we flip out and get fearful-what can man do to us? We can have a lot of fear or a lot of faith when these
storms hit us. But when we look at the reality we have Jesus on board, He is with us always, so we have a life
boat of faith so to speak, no better place to be really then trusting in Jesus alone… Or we can make it a death
boat of fear, the choice is ours, who are we going to let reign in our hearts- Jesus or our flesh/ the enemy/ the
world? If we are following Jesus and then SUDDENLY a storm comes or a great uproar happens, can it sink
our boat when we have Jesus with us? Instead of being covered with the waves of despair & fear we can know
that we are covered with the waves of His mercy & grace and washed by His love for us. He is our Shepherd
and He will protect us, where is our faith otherwise? Imagine the power of being able to admonish the winds
and the sea of the despair and fear it brought and being able to calm them with His peace that surpasses all
understanding. Bros that is exactly what our Lord and Savior is able to do when we look to Him and rest in Him
and not go the Big Fear Little Faith route. Know the Captain of your ship bros… He has authority over all His
creation. Have confidence, trust, belief, reliance and assurance that He is able to meet all your needs even
before you have need He knows. "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?"
In His Grip,
Daniel Wright
Iron Man Oikodome
Proverbs 27:17
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