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    Dear Bros in Christ,

    Proverbs 27:17As 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 JesusChrist 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."

    SEPTEMBER 2007


    Jesus Raises the Son of the Widow of Nain

    Luke 7:11-15 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His

    disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. 12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man

    was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city waswith her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."14 Then He

    came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to

    you, arise."15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.16Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us"; and,

    "God has visited His people."17 And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding


    Bros have you ever felt like you could be a dead man, youve given up, and youve got no more punch to

    punch, no more zip to zap. Something has got a hold of you and you cant shake it, you are powerless over asituation in your life. You have tried everything you can think of, you have been scheming, and dreaming upways to make this thing happen, you have done everything in your own power. But wait have you given this

    thing to the Lord, have you trusted Jesus for His will in this situation, this thing, this trial, this season.

    Bros stop and think, or better yet meditate on what has happened in these scripturesWait Bros; lets examine this, when a body is dead, when there is no life in it anymore and the organs

    begin to dry out and the veins collapse because there is no blood running through them and the heart has ceased

    from beating and sending blood to every part of the body and there is no air being taken into the lungs and the

    brain has been deprived of the oxygen it needs to stay alive in your body and the skin begins to stretch tight as itdries and shrivels up and sucks tightly into and against the body bone frame. There is definitely no more life left

    in this body, whats left but to bury this carcass, our earthly tent, what else can be done but to give it a proper

    burial. Sometimes that is all we can think is this is the end, there is nothing we can do, we have no power todo more, it is out of our hands or ability to do more.

    What can make this body whole again? What can make this body alive again? What can make this body

    arise? Bros nothing can, but the blood of Jesus Christ, He can make it whole again. He can have compassion onyou and your situation the same way He had compassion on this widow. He saw her grieving aching heart the

    tears that flowed from her broken heart of despair. Losing first her husband, and now her only son, Jesus heart

    was for her this day.

    I am sure when her son died she tried everything she could to make this situation not be so, everything inher own power, but she was powerless and broken hearted and Jesus was all she needed. All she ever needed


    was the Savior Jesus Christ who has power over death and destruction and sin. There is power in His name and

    this day His power lifted a dead man with one word arise and resurrected him and gave him life. Life moreabundantly, it was a free gift from Jesus.

    Bros, I want to encourage you today whatever has got a hold on you, trying to kill you, chasing you, trying

    to bring you down or into bondage and separate you from our Savior Jesus Christ. Whatever it is that seems so

    hard and seems like there is no way out. Whatever your struggle is today, whatever Bros it is, remember Jesus is

    the answer. He lifted a dead man right out of his casket on the way to the graveyard, so dont ever think Jesus istoo late or you have run out of time or there is no hope in your situation. Jesus will have compassion on you and

    for you same as He had for this widow. He is the giver of life, He loves you and me and He will never forsakeyou, nor leave you, He is faithful, even when we are faithless. In His word David says if we make our bed in

    hell there He is with us. So know that Jesus loves you that much that He wants to give you all that He has, just

    follow Him bros and He will rise you up, He is the God of WondersIn His loving arms,Daniel WrightIron Man Oikodome

    Proverbs 27:17

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