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God Is Good

  • Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 WEB

    "God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food. By His hands we all are fed, give us Lord our daily bread, Amen." We used to pray this at school when I was in the first grade. Still, somehow it is difficult for those words to sink in, 'God is good.' We often say the words, but that is not what we believe in our heart.

    Growing up in the south, it was very easy to believe that God was mean and apparently angry, of that I was certain. All the thunder storms and lightning bolts were called 'the Lord's work.' Still all of the prayers, blessings and scripture verses that we read spoke of a loving God out there, One that cared.

    It took a long time for me to reconcile that, but I later found that He is the One that cares and so much more than we know. When we catch only a small, but real, glimpse of how much He cares for us, it becomes life changing.

    This verse states that in order to please God: 1) You must believe that He exists, and 2) that He rewards those who seek Him. Many of us believe that He exists, but to please Him we must also believe that He rewards those who seek Him.

    If you have ever heard yourself say, 'God never does anything for me', then you are not believing part two. Jesus told us: 'But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well' (Matthew 6:31). Jesus is not a liar.

    I find that when I just keep my focus on God, that He takes care of us. I try to set apart a few minutes each morning to pray, read, and listen and I find that it shapes the course of my day. I pray throughout the day under my breath, but it is usually too noisy or busy to hear anything once I have started to work.

    God is good and He does reward those that intentionally seek Him. As you seek Him, He will reward you, usually in that order. Believe that God will reward you today because you have been seeking Him. 'You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart' (Jeremiah 29:13).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I seek Your face today and I want You to be the focus of my life. Please guide me today into all that You have for me and give me the grace to face it with boldness. I choose You Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph

Amen, God is good!

December 23, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

December 23, 2016
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

When I really got a hold of that scripture about seeking first the kingdom of God... I realized that all the things I was praying about, were covered under that scripture! I began whole-heartedly seeking His kingdom and all these other things just began to fall into place! It was such a liberating revelation!! Words can't express the good things God has for us and wants to give us because He loves us!!

December 23, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Amen--great teaching! Hum for it to unfold in ones life-will be quit a Testemony!! I've noticed reactions of some hearing fantastic-real sharing. Hey one has to experience it!!!!

December 23, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen! The best of my morning is time spent with the Lord, time in His Word and the added pleasure of hot coffee.

December 23, 2016
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, best part of my day is spending time with you Lord, reading,listening and focus. I'm so glad and thankful to be able to put God first in my life, everything does fall into place. Sometimes not easy but with Faith and Belief it powers over all bad. God has been so good to me, a 2x cancer survivor, among other things. If i had not Believed in Him and had Faith i would hate to think where i would be. God you Bless my life daily and i owe it All to you, in Jesus name

December 23, 2016
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Peggy Linkous
Peggy Linkous

DION AND SLYVIA,MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS,AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO HELP US GETTING TO KNOW OUR LORD AND SAVIOR.YOU ARE THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY DAY TO BE ABLE TO READ YOUR MESSEGES AND FEEL THE HOLY SPRIT IN OUR LIVES.MAY THE LORD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND SLYVIA.IN CHRISTIAN LOVE  PEGGY

 

December 23, 2016
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Pat Turner
Pat Turner

Good word!!!

 

December 23, 2016
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Beatrice "Raye" Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth

A warm thank you for helping me stay focused on the Lord, and not on the outside noise/to do, etc.

This past year of focusing on being faithful has been amazing!  Creating ease in everything I do; no

matter how difficult.  

Merry Christmas and many blessings to you and yours!

 

 

December 23, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Good reminder on how to receive blessings from God's hand.

December 23, 2016
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible

This devotion caused me to smile and think about how very good God is to me and how He is always here for me as I continue to seek Him daily. I'm saving this one. Thank you.

December 23, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Let the church say amen.  God is good all the time. 

December 23, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord. 

December 23, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly father, I seek your face today and I want you to be the focus of my life. Please guide me today into all that you have for me and give me the grace to face it with boldness. I Choose You Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray amen!

December 23, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: December 24, 2016

Amen!   Thank you Pastor Dion for your devotion. :-)               Father, help me keep my focus. Amen. <3

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I seek Your face today and I want You to be the focus of my life. Please guide me today into all that You have for me and give me the grace to face it with boldness. I choose You Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.Amen <3

December 24, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I seek Your face today and I want You to be the focus of my life. Please guide me today into all that You have for me and give me the grace to face it with boldness. I choose You Lord, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

December 24, 2016
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Paula Hatcher
Paula Hatcher

Merry Christmas and many blessings to you for giving me hope daily in Christ with your devotional.  Very helpful to me, thank you!

December 25, 2016
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen!

December 26, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Heavenly Father, My desire from my heart is to stand up and be counted and to be bold and step out in faith when lead by The Holy Spirit.Forgive me for the times I have failed to do this.Help me to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh.That you will be Glorified in my life.By your Grace .In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray.

December 30, 2016