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." JANUARY 2008

WHO IS ON BOARD? A few years ago when I was training as a Chaplain with the Sheriffs Department frequently we would go along on patrol or a ride along with a deputy. This one particular night we pulled over an individual and as the deputy questioned him and ran his license and vehicle the deputy became concerned that this individual was on something, some kind of drug although it was not visibly noticeable. I kind of grew up around drugs and having come from that background I always thought I had a good feel for identifying someone on drugs. But this guy seemed like he was maintaining if in fact he was on something it was very difficult to tell. I remember it was at night and he had a baby in his car which really concerned the deputy anytime we ever went out on a call if there was a child involved in anything the deputies did not take it lightly. If there is a child involved they go above and beyond to make sure the child is in no danger whatsoever. I have seen this time and again they love kids and will do all they can to protect them. Well on this call when the deputy saw a baby in an infant seat in the back of this guys car he was going to make sure the driver was not impaired in the least bit before he let him go on his way. The weird part is the guy passed all the sobriety field tests but the deputy said he knows the guy is on something and he continued to question him and the guy kept denying it. The deputy told him “I know you have something ON BOARD in your system something is not right with you.” He was insistent that this guy was on something yet he seemed normal even to me and there was the baby in the back seat too! So the deputy questioned him further about his activities that day and where he was coming from some of those answers did not add up with the deputy. He said he was working in construction but had his baby with him and did not live in the area in fact he was thirty five miles from home. So the deputy gave him one more chance to fess up but the driver would not so the deputy called another deputy with a special portable drug testing lab kit and tested this driver right on the spot. The test showed he definitely was on something so the deputy’s keen instincts, knowledge and training to recognize drugs ON BOARD were right on. To me this was unbelievable you could not even detect this driver being on anything just by a visual examination but our deputy’s are so well trained they develop an unbelievable ability to read people and their behavior just by talking with them for a few minutes. I have to say I have seen this so many times from riding along seeing how well they can perceive people and their actions and I have even seen this where the deputy just drove by someone on the sidewalk and made a U-turn to talk with the person because the person looked away from them or they recognized something in their behavior that told them something was not right. I say all this to say this, if Sheriff’s deputies can read people so well and recognize when something is ON BOARD just think of the One who has even greater knowledge of us. The One who is Creator of the heavens, the earth, the sea and all that dwell in them, the Creator of the universe our Creator God the Father, Jesus Christ Lord and Savior of all. Our Creator even knows how many hairs we have on our heads not to mention what’s in our thoughts, hearts and even what we have ON BOARD and as David shared in Psalm 139:1-4 O LORD, You

have searched me and known me.2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. And even David states in verses 7-10 “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.” And David finishes up Psalm 139 with these powerful, prayerful and petitioning verses 23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. In other words Lord check me, search my heart see if there is anything ON BOARD that does belong here and remove those sins and things not pleasing to You or that do not honor You Lord. I am not talking about only drugs bros but anything that does not honor God. Maybe there is something that is hanging unto you some sin that you want to ask the Lord to remove; you just have not been able to shake it from you in your own power. You can shake it OFF BOARD today like Paul did when he was on the Island Malta he laid a bundle of sticks on the fire and a viper came out because of the heat from the fire and fastened onto his hand and he shook the deadly viper off his hand into the fire and let it burn up, it tried to drag him down, tried to take his life and keep him from serving by poisoning his system but he shook it off by the power of Jesus Christ. Sometimes we do not fully realize it only takes a little poison to kill our walk, to hinder our love for others, pollute our souls and make us ineffective so as to lose our boldness for Christ, to wound us in the things of God, to not be able to minister in the things of God it comes on like a disease spreading throughout our system affecting our very lives and families taking our souls and robbing us little by little squeezing the joy and life right out of our very souls rendering us useless in the Kingdom of God. Choking us off from the One who we were created by, and for His good pleasure. Thus, creating a separation from Him that can only be changed by true repentance. Maybe there is that thing ON BOARD or a lot of things ON BOARD that are sinking you or that is dragging you down keeping you from serving the Lord or being used by God and you are so tired from trying everything you know to shake this poisonous viper off or kick this interloper OFF BOARD so Jesus can be ON BOARD fully in your system. Ask Jesus to turn up the heat of the fire in your heart- to search you and to know your heart and bring out that viper. He knows you bros, He knows who and what is ON BOARD, let Him have His perfect way with you and perfect you today. Make this the year, the month, the day, the hour, the minute and the very second that you let Jesus remove and shake off whatever is ON BOARD trust in Him and let Jesus reign in your heart fully and make a choice bros to let Jesus fully ON BOARD. Do as David did invite Jesus into your heart right now to search your heart and to know your heart and if there be any unclean thing ON BOARD in your heart that maybe you are aware of or not yet realized that which is buried in your heart or not been able to shake off ask Him to remove it and He will lead you in the way everlasting… Have your way in us right now Lord, thank you Jesus!
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