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The Beach Ball

  • The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52 WEB

    While at the beach one day, I watched some kids playing with a beach ball. They would hit the ball and it would soar into the air, but then gradually float back down to the earth. Without some form of lift, the ball will always fall to the ground. Yet, if you fill a ball or balloon with helium, then it will float on its own. Its natural state will be modified and floating will become the new normal. It will rise because of what it contains inside.

    My walk with God has often been just like that. I can fast, pray, worship, study and try to walk closely with the Lord, but the moment that I let up, the world pulls me right back down to it. Up and then down, I am working hard to breath my own air into that ball, and it can become exhausting.

    We are to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) just like the Apostles were (Acts 13:52). When you are filled with the Spirit, you will soar just like a balloon filled with helium and you will not have to exhaust yourself just trying to stay afloat. This lifestyle also involves prayer and such, but instead of trying to earn something, we are building ourselves up in the Spirit.

    It is a relationship, and maintaining a steadfast relationship with the Lord is often more difficult than it needs to be because of the to-do list that we have created in our minds. In the meantime, God says, 'I never told you to do all that. Be filled with the Spirit and you will fulfill all of that naturally.' When you are filled with His Spirit, you will please Him.

    You can huff and puff and try to do it all yourself, or you can take His advice and be filled with His Spirit and His joy like the Apostles did. Let go of the to-do list and instead seek to be filled with the very presence of God. You will find that the things that have been holding you back, will suddenly flee, the impossible will become completed, and the closed door will become open.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please fill me with Your Holy Spirit just as You did the Apostles. I want to live for You and I choose to let You help me live my life from this day forth. Come into my heart and guide me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

 

September 30, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please fill me with Your Holy Spirit just as You did the Apostles. I want to live for You and I choose to let You help me live my life from this day forth. Come into my heart and guide me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! This ! Yes! Everyday! Thank you! God bless:) Happy Friday

September 30, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Dianna <3!

September 30, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

September 30, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

           Good Morning!!! Thanks for all the Birthday wishes!! Great teaching this morning Pastor!! I jokingly told a Brother awhile back I was after plugging the holes in My boat, causing Me troubles!! sinking... I'm still swiming to hard. I know some thing is off!!  hum seeking!!!!!

September 30, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Happy birthday, Mike :)! Praying for God to help you plug in those holes with you <3!

September 30, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: September 30, 2016

Happy Birthday Mike.  GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH

September 30, 2016
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you for the reminder I thrive with God's power, not my own! Blessings to you and Sylvia this morning!

September 30, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Thank you pastor Todd for another great devotional! Gods Best is more than enough!

 

September 30, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!! Thank you Pastor Dion for your time for todays devotion. :-)  I claim this prayer over my family and I in Jesus, name I pray. Amen <3

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please fill me with Your Holy Spirit just as You did the Apostles. I want to live for You and I choose to let You help me live my life from this day forth. Come into my heart and guide me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

September 30, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, please fill me with Your Holy Spirit just as You did the Apostles. I want to live for You and I choose to let You help me live my life from this day forth. Come into my heart and guide me, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

October 1, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother!

October 1, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen Amen. Yes,Rejoice Rejoice,Christ is in us ,he lives ,he lives his breath is in us.This is what is in my heart.When my heart was down cast,and my spirit was low.I sang Praises to God,and my spirit was filled with joy and lifted up,O give thanks to the Lord for he is good.Heavenly Father,help us to remember that all things are made possible through Jesus Christ,when we seek you with all of our hearts.In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray.

October 2, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

October 2, 2016