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Just as I Am

  • The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah Matt. 1:1-6 ESV

    Adulterers, former prostitutes, some born from incest, fathers that slept with their daughter-in-law, the genealogy of Jesus amazes me. If I were God, I would have probably made so many changes in the first paragraph alone. Tamar was Judah’s daughter-in-law (Gen 38:16). Rahab was a former prostitute (Josh 2:1). Ruth was a Moabite which means that she came from incest between Lot and his own daughter while he was drunk (Gen 19:36). Solomon was born from David and Bathsheba, after David had her husband Uriah killed and took her as his own wife (2Sam. 12:24).

    All these people had problems, yet God chose them to be in the lineage of the Lord Jesus. Their lives were successful because there is forgiveness when we make mistakes. His grace is sufficient. Your problems will not stop God from using you, only you can do that. The things that you do not want to talk about, He already knows about.

    He wants to use you right now, just as you are, yet we often resist and say that we are not worthy and will not let Him. Life is not all about your faults and frailty. Stop looking at your own weaknesses and believe that if God calls you to do something, He will also equip you to do it.


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Pam Ivins
Pam Ivins I know that He will truely equip you for what ever H e has in store for, The Lord move me into another church and the newnest of being in a new church is amazing, God has truely opened my eyes and I'm being used in the church, and I'm so happy to be used for God.
March 8, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey Lol!!!!! Your message is an eye opener today pastor Dion:-D I think some of the ultra religious need to remember the lineage of Jesus...it's twists and turns.....dark and light. Because in the end we are precious in His eyes...and if we let Him....gosh...look where He can take us!!! I take delight that He can use the brokeness of our humanity...gives me a sense of being loved and accepted :-D
March 8, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Feel the same when things happen the way I want...and the opposite when everything goes beyond control!
March 8, 2015
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Amanda Malloy
Amanda Malloy I really needed to hear this today. I have been trying to shake off guilt and shame from Satan for my past mistakes. Thank you so much for all that you do and for this encouragement this morning! 
March 8, 2015
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Ken Money
Ken Money Very good Word this morning as we go through Lent!  A very humbling thing to realize that we are all sons and daughters of God so a part of this lineage!  We can see others the way Jesus sees them.  And if we can surrender to Him, He will let us be a Light to all those in a dark place!  Praise Him for making us His sons and daughters!!!
March 8, 2015
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Suzanne Russell
Suzanne Russell Amen to that!
March 8, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Let the past go  :)
March 8, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Me to!
March 8, 2015
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Paula Neace
Paula Neace Thank you for the great reminder's!
March 8, 2015
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Faith Oglesby
Faith Oglesby Thank you, Pastor Dion, for this tender and encouraging message today!  I needed to be reminded to let go and let God when it comes to looking at my own weaknesses and frailties.  I look forward to reading your encouragement everyday!
March 8, 2015
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Rachel Bueno
Rachel Bueno Thank you for sharing GOD'S word today. It is amazing to me that no matter how broken or sinful, we are loved and can still be used of GOD. Thank you for reminding me how important it is to become more like Jesus. 
March 8, 2015
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Jack Murphy
Jack Murphy Love this devotional!!!
March 8, 2015
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Barbara Mango
Barbara Mango How reassuring to know that God loves us and values us with all of our human imperfections, and what blessing it is to fulfill our mission through Him.
March 8, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Thanks so very much; this is just what I've been trying to tell my family, but I'm not nearly as articulate as you, and no one will listen to me!
March 8, 2015
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Karen Braxton
Karen Braxton Amen Amen and Amen
March 8, 2015
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse perfect timing. i needed this.
March 8, 2015
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse Amen
March 8, 2015
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Susana Jennings
Susana Jennings That is the way I felt. I am beginning to look forward and let the past to heal. 
March 8, 2015
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Sabrina  B
Sabrina B I've only been connected with the site for a couple of days now, but I feel like the Lord is speaking to me through the posts that I've seen. Thank you. 
March 8, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you for reading Sabrina :)
March 8, 2015
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Sabrina  B
Sabrina B Thank you for helping me find something that I was missing :) 
March 8, 2015
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Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith Hallelujah. He sees pay my faults and supplies my needs
March 8, 2015
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Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith Sees past
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Anna Velarious
Anna Velarious Yes! We need to believe it, we have a powerful GOD, We need to stop believing the devils lies! We have victory in Jesus!!! Amen!
March 8, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey Exactly...the devil enjoys yanking our chains anyway he can. Once again, God cut him off at the pass :-)
March 8, 2015
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb Thanks, Todd, for the reminder that God's ways and thoughts are nothing like ours here on earth -- our judgemental, skewed views about who is valuable and important and who is not.  Praise God for his perfect plan and willingness to redeem us despite our twisted, inept efforts. Keep up the excellent work of encouragement!
March 8, 2015
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Daisy Lugardo
Daisy Lugardo He sure will..
March 9, 2015
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BECKY SULLIVAN
BECKY SULLIVAN Todd I have been reading for about 3 weeks and the last few have hit home and made me see and feel somethings I did not know know and and understand.  Thank you!
March 9, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Becky, may the Lord richly bless you. 
March 9, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you John!  :)
March 9, 2015
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Alice Chrisa
Alice Chrisa Very true
March 9, 2015
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Daryl Page
Daryl Page Years ago when I was working as a youth pastor I knew thru Gods grace I'd overcome remarkable things yet I knew I had other things I'd not overcome (I was forgiven n delivered I just hadn't realised yet). These things I was dealing with made me question if I was worthy to continue to be used much less speak for The Lord. I talked to a pastor friend of mine about my feelings and this was his words of wisdom. None of us are perfect yet by the redeeming blood of the Lamb I was seen not as a failure but rather a child of God saved by grace to do Watever He called me too or showed me. Secondly our actions can't change the fact that the gospel thru the Holy Spirit will accomish what it's meant to do ( my word will not return void) Uf getting Gods message outdepended upon me being perfect sin free ( mind spirit soul heart thought) then yes the word would loose its convicting n convincing power but it isn't me its God. The messenger may have some issues but the word of God will always stand on its own power. So I continue to allow the Lord to work on me but never worry bout weather I should speak the words He is giving me to say at anytime or to any person. Thank you Lord for using these lips of clay to speak your word. May God Bless anyone reading this N my prayer is go boldly out n do n say whatever The Lord is telling you to do. One Love. LOG. Pastor D 
March 10, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Very true, Daryl, amen! 
March 10, 2015