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Talking Donkeys

  • Don't remember the former things, and don't consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing. It springs out now. Don't you know it? Isaiah 43:18 WEB

    While sitting in church one morning listening to the speaker drone on, I yawned, searched for the time and wondered how long was left before we could go home. Having served the Lord a couple decades, graduated seminary, been baptized several times and ordained twice, I felt that this particular speaker had nothing new to say that I had not already heard.

    As I was thinking this, I felt the Holy Spirit speak to me and He said, 'Do you really know everything that I am going to say? Is there nothing new that I can show you?' Chills ran down my neck and I sat up straight and started paying closer attention.

    I actually learned a couple of things during the rest of the service. I left church that day like a little dog with his tail between his legs and now I try to pay better attention when the Holy Spirit is using someone. God can be standing right in front of you, trying to tell you something, and you can miss Him.

    In numbers 22:28 God spoke through a donkey to a prophet that would not listen. The religious leaders of the day missed Jesus. When He spoke in His hometown of Nazareth, they tried to kill Him (Luke 4:28). Stephen was so filled with the Holy Spirit that his face shown like that of an angel, and the religious leaders stoned him (Acts 7:15). Religion is always exclusive, while God is inclusive. God so loved the world, while we just love people who are like us. We can miss God just as easily as they did if are not willing to be teachable and keep an open mind.

    It is easy to become cynical and believe that you are really smart when you have been around religion a long time. You know people for who they were, but God knows who they are today and He will use anyone. At least once He spoke through a donkey, and when He does, we should listen. If someone is sharing something, listen to what they are saying! You might learn something, just like I did.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive me of the times that You have been trying to tell me something and I paid You no attention. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me and tune my ear to You. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen, Lord forgive me for the times I did not listen to you.inspiting devotion pastor Todd, God bless you

September 10, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive me of the times that You have been trying to tell me something and I paid You no attention. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me and tune my ear to You. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Thank you

September 10, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen thank  you  father amen

 

September 10, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

September 10, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen Pastor Dion! Sometimes His Word comes to us in peculiar ways, even from unbelievers. I have found if I listen carefully, I will almost always receive something from the Pastor or the person I am listening to. That is why we are told to be quick to listen and slow to speak. If we tune out what someone is saying we can miss out on a word meant just for us.

September 10, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

September 10, 2016
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin

Amen

September 10, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr

Amen.

September 10, 2016
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Monje Mellie
Monje Mellie

Amen and Amen if we love Jesus Christ we must have and teachable Spirit so we may recognized His voice when He want to teach something for us through those Pastors  or people  

September 10, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen 

September 10, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

September 10, 2016
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys

Always a good idea to be open to what is being said so that you can are able to hearw what the Lord is saying to you!

September 10, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!! Thank you Pastor Dion for your daily devotion. :-)  I've done te samething many of times in my life. Father I repent for all the times I've done this. <3 I am not always sure if i'm hearing something please help me with thst too. Thank You and I Love You. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me and tune my ear to You. Amen!! 

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive me of the times that You have been trying to tell me something and I paid You no attention. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me and tune my ear to You. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

September 10, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you for the gentle reminder pastor RHM ROCKS

September 11, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Heavenly Father, forgive me of the times that You have been trying to tell me something and I paid You no attention. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me and tune my ear to You. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

September 11, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

 Great to remember...be open & listen

September 13, 2016