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April 2006

That's cookin with love not gas....

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 has been 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.

1Peter 1:7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that
perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the
revelation of Jesus Christ

The Lord knows what we need. Even though we don't quite know what we
need. Sometimes He allows us to go through a fire to show us what He wants to change in
us or He may show us a fire someone else is going through to lead us in the direction He
wants us to go and grow.
Exodus 13:21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way,
and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.

I don't think once we have gone through a trial and He has brought about changes in our
hearts. As we look back and can see those changes. We would have guessed a trial like the
one we went through would produce that type of change in us. But God knows the end
result. He knows just the right amount of heat to allow to accomplish His desired results.
Sometimes we think we are going to fry and we cry.....out and now God has our attention
and we are looking and evaluating our lives and seeing what could God possibly be
showing us.
I mean after all we are near perfect...., then bam! Where is this coming from is this the Lord
or are these circumstances that I find myself in because of bad stewardship, bad timing,
wrong place and the wrong time..... Reaping what I have sown or is this the Lord showing
me, teaching me, calling me, asking me to hear Him, asking if I can see what He wants me
to see or feel the things He is trying to do to soften my heart. Seeing if I am sensitive to the
leading of His Holy Spirit.
Waiting for me to ask Him to please show me and teach me what He wants me to see,
hear, feel and know. Crying out Lord teach me so I won't burn inward, so I won't suffer so
much. I want to learn what you want me to learn so I won't get burned in this fiery trial.
Lord make my heart to know and receive Your Will and pattern my mind after You so that
my thoughts are dwelling on whatever is pure and lovely in your courts.

If we want a soft boiled egg we know we have to place it in boiling water for exactly three
minutes. If we cook it any longer it becomes a hard boiled egg. And when we are in a fiery
trial I don't believe the Lord wants us to become a hard boiled egg! He knows just the right
amount of time and temperature to get the results for a "good egg" not one that becomes
So you see when you feel the heat as you are walking with the Lord, know that the results
are His desire. When you find yourself in the midst of a fire or in a pan of hot boiling water,
ask the Lord to show you what He is trying to teach you and where He wants you to grow
and how He wants you to handle this situation or what to do in this area of my life. Praise
Him for doing the work He is doing in your life right now, painful as it might be the results
will be His when you come through the fire. Knowing that He loves you and His results are
being produced. Ask Him to accomplish all He desires to do in your heart. He will purify you
and do things you never imagined and make you a mighty man of God by His fire, His
testing, His trial, His way and His results, be cause results matter to Him, God is into
results. Our prayer ought to be for the results that remind us, reproof us, rewire us,
reprogram us, renew us, revitalize us, re grow us, reground us, refresh us, reintroduce us,
recharge us, revive us, rejuvenate us, resuscitate us and restore us as we cry out "Abba,

Bros don't give up, whatever the trial, you may be only three shovels away from the gold,
but .....

that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes,
though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of
Jesus Christ. 1Peter 1:7

And remember there were three who went through a fiery trial before us and the Lord was
with them and they came out unburned, you see God "delivered His servants who trusted
in Him". Daniel 3:28

James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that
the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that
you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

What profit can we have from trials, what good results come from trials? Whatever He
wants to accomplish and this is where this saying must have originated "It's All Good" if
it's His results. In Jesus' trial here on earth, He was rejected by the people, refused a fair
trial, rebuffed beyond our understanding, He was a repulse to those (you & me) who
crucified Him because of their (our) sin, which He repeatedly lays down His life for. But
Gods Results were when He went obediently to the cross and died for you and me, That's
Love!. He was resurrected for us so we could live and be forgiven, that's love. Do you see
and know the profit from our Lord going through a trial that would be greater than anything
we could ever imagine, in His trial He died for us, That's Love!. In His trial it was to save us,
that's Grace and in our trial it's to draw us closer to Him, That's Love.That's why God allows
some trials for us to be able to repent so we won't keep repeating what sent our Lord to
the cross to die for, our sin, because we could never repay Jesus for what He did, that's
love. So we could live eternally with Him our Redeeming, Reigning and Righteous King
Jesus Christ. Teach us Lord, show us Lord, so we can be near you Lord, for you
are pure and holy and we want to praise, honor and glorify you Jesus our Savior.

1Peter 1:7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that
perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the
revelation of Jesus Christ

May you see and know His loving Results today,

Daniel Wright
Proverbs 27:17

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