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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 weekly encouragement 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.
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."
PRAYER REQUESTS: If you have any prayer requests please send them and I will send them out to the bros for prayer, if privacy is needed I will send in a discreet way.


Then she made a vow and said, O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the
affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your
maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to
the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.
[1 Samuel 1:11 NKJV]
Bros, Hannah made a vow and as we shall read on in this amazing miracle and blessing from
God, she kept her vow. A vow is a pledge, promise, oath or guarantee and Hannah not only
made this vow but kept it as we see in these next verses
Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bulls, one ephah of
flour, and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD in Shiloh. And the child
was young. Then they slaughtered a bull, and brought the child to Eli. And she said, O my
lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the LORD.
For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.
Therefore I also have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the LORD.
So they worshiped the LORD there.[1 Samuel 1:24-28 NKJV]
Have you ever made a vow or pledge only to fall short, to break it or not complete it or said you
would do something and then fell through on your promise to the Lord or even to a friend or
family member? Oh many times we will blurt out how committed we are to the Lord and run
our mouth to say flattering things about the Lord and make big grandiose promises to the
Lord, but do we, will we, follow through on those vows, promises made to our Savior?
Well if you have made those promises and fell flat on your face you are not alone, but also
maybe we should stop and think and know whether we will be able to keep our word or
promise to God. Peter had a bad habit of putting his foot in his mouth regarding his devotion
and commitment to the Lord. If your heart is totally committed to the Lord, I believe you can
make commitments to the Lord and fulfill them. But when your heart is momentarily ignited
for the Lord in a burst of emotion rather than conviction that is when we ought to be careful
and know if we say we are going to do something, if we are going to commit to the Lord, then
we ought to do it! Emotions can be temporary feelings. But a conviction penetrates deep in the
heart. And that is where vows should come from-the depth of a heart given over to Jesus
Christ not emotions can that come and go on many different levels. Also not all but many
emotions can be shallow and temporal. God gave us these emotions so we could get through
different levels of dealing with various feelings and things we would have to go through in our
daily livesand emotions can trigger feelings that come from the heart. But when a conviction
comes it is because the heart has been pricked to change, to commitment to be able to make a
vow unto the Lord-amen!
Daniel Wright

Proverbs 27:17
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