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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.


So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli
the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the LORD.
And she [was] in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish.
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." And it
happened, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli watched her
mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was
not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. [1Samuel1:9-13 NKJV]
Bros have you ever been in bitterness of soul and wept in anguish uncontrollably? The place
where you have drained all your emotions and emptied yourself to the point where your soul
has been uncovered and laid bare before the Lord. There is no more room for your will left and
you are totally and completely in submission to what the Lord desires because there is nothing
of you left. Seems then that Hannah having done this was able to make a vow, a promise, a
declaration before the Lord. Initially Hannah wanted a son for her husband as most woman
do, but when that didnt happened Now she wants a son she can give to the Lord. Things
begin to change when God is put first, so it happened upon praying from her heart that
Hannah spoke in her heart to God; she was not just mouthing words but speaking and
communing from the innermost depths of her heart, that place that God can change her.
Bros she was communing intimately with God. That can only come when you are emptied
before the Lord of your desires, your will, your foolish thoughts and ways, humbly and
desperately crying out for the only One who could and would take the desires of her heart and
bring them into alignment and submission with His perfect will and then to fruition according
to His perfect will and plan for her life. God speaks into her heart, God knows her heart. He is
the only One who can change any heart and God always wants our heart where we can draw
near Him and commune with Him and pray without voice, like Hannah; to let Him take hold of
our heart as we open our soul to Him.
This does not just come by praying words with our commands, but by being utterly broken
before the Lord. When you move yourself out of the way, submitting to God, the Lord is faithful
and will step in and move deeply and mightily in the depths of your heart and accomplish His
perfect will in an imperfect soul. Bros we must first die to ourselves as Hannah did and then
we can pray deep within our heart without our lips moving, but allowing God to move our
heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in our heart and lead our soul out and away from
Psalm 34:18 The LORD [is] near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a
contrite spirit.
Daniel Wright

Proverbs 27:17
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