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The Poppin John

  • For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned. Hebrews 6:7 ESV

    Each spring when we got ready to plant the garden, Dad would break out the old 1940s John Deere tractor we owned. We called it the Poppin' John because of the way that it sputtered and backfired. Even then it was about 35 years old. He would plow the field and the kids would walk behind and pull out the roots, rocks and anything else that did not belong there. After the field was prepared, we were able to plant and we always had a great garden. We worked together and it took actual work to make it happen.

    God is after fruit in your life. He digs deep and brings things to the surface that we like to keep hidden in secret. At that point, we have to deal with it and He will then give you the grace to do so. The weeds and rocks have to be removed from your life or they will choke out what He is trying to grow. The anger, the bitterness and oh so much more that we will not mention in public.

    Don't go on a witch hunt and try and find areas that He has not revealed yet. If you get in front of the tractor you may get run over. Just work with Him and as He reveals things, repent and deal with them one at a time. The work is not easy and most will not do it. This process repeats just like planting the garden year after year. He reveals things, you agree and work with Him without trying to hide it. It is then removed from your life. God will bring forth the fruit of the spirit in your life as you walk with Him, one day at a time.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, reveal the things in my life that need to be dealt with and give me the grace to handle it. Prepare me Lord and take away the weeds, in the name of Jesus I pray.

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen 

December 13, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

December 13, 2016
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

December 13, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Amen

 

December 13, 2016
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Prepare me Lord, one day at a time. Give me strength, wisdom and grace. Amen!

December 13, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

December 13, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

December 13, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen♡

December 13, 2016
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin

Amen Pastor Todd thanks this message blessed me.

December 13, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen , take the weeds out of my life O my God .

December 13, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

December 13, 2016
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse

This was an amazing one today

December 13, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, reveal the things in my life that need to be dealt with and give me the grace to handle it. Prepare me Lord and take away the weeds, in the Name of Jesus I pray.  Amen.

December 14, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Just remembering..Be confident of this very thing..that He who began a good work in you shall perform it until the day of Jesus Christ return!  Many years ago I found myself caught up into trying to do the right thing every time for God.  Then  huge reality   Came by the way of the Holy Spirit to help me see it is His work in me & I was to relax & be me.  Thank You, Lord!

December 14, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!   Thank you Pastor Dion for your devotion for all to read. :-)

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, reveal the things in my life that need to be dealt with and give me the grace to handle it. Prepare me Lord and take away the weeds, in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen! 

December 14, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Pastor Todd,for this devotion and prayer. Reaveal to me Heavenly Father all the things that are not of you,You are the potter and I am the clay,let me have your way in the way you change me.Refine me by your grace and mercy and help me to be the person you want me to be.In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray.

December 16, 2016