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Prepare For The Fight

  • By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. Hebrews 11:7 ESV

    As I lay on the floor of my prayer room and prayed that day, I had no idea that I was about to face one of the worst trials of my life. For three months, I had a driving urge to go and pray every day at three in the afternoon. I would lay on the floor and pray for one to two-and-a-half hours, usually in tears, with no idea as to why, other than I knew that I was supposed to. The presence of the Holy Spirit in the room was so strong that it felt like a warm blanket. Then suddenly, the urging stopped, and the trial soon began.

    Our business ground to a halt and all of our income dried up. We could not find a job anywhere, and did not qualify for unemployment. No one would even talk to us or return our calls. What savings we had slowly drained away, and soon the bills started piling up. When we prayed, we only heard silence. The tears that we shed were no longer from His presence, but what felt like abandonment. I know that He will never leave or forsake you, but after this went on for months, I began to wonder.

    Finally the week that we were packing to move out of our home, I went into my prayer room and sat down. I no longer had the strength to pray. I just sat there, feeling very much alone. While sitting there in the silence, I had an open vision of me standing in a boxing ring, and the Lord was standing behind me. He said, 'You are not alone, for I am in your corner! Now get in there!' In about 48 hours our whole life changed. I had a great job (I became a pastor) and a friend suddenly stepped in and paid our bills for the month. The trial was over, and like cattle herded through a chute, I found myself in ministry.

    Soldiers train ahead of time so when the fight starts, they are ready. Athletes prepare before the competition. Do not wait until you are in the thick of battle to start getting ready for it. Noah built the ark before the flood came. When the storm begins, it is too late to start on the ark. Grab onto whatever you can and hang on; God will come through. When given the chance, prepare for the fight ahead of time and do not ignore those urges to go and pray.

    Prayer: Father, help me prepare and be ready before the winds come. Speak to me, draw me aside and fill me with your Spirit Lord. Give me the grace to face the storm, in the name of Jesus.

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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

amazing story-Amen. I was one of may be 3 white men of tem or twelve blacks! Jamacans Haitians~~~ I was disliked the most-very good at My job, some what quiet know for a temper!! My buttonsw got pushed again on the job! The blacks like starting stuff and than not speaking too you the rest of the day!! I learned long ago the power of Praise! Hallaluja,.. I thought iot through, starting too Praise God for strength and direction! Between the truck and the house less tyhan two minutes I had the guidance too smooth out the situation! He is powerfull and swift!!!

 

January 27, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!!

January 27, 2017
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

This devotional speaks volumes to my situation right now & gives me hope for my future  :)  Thank you Pastor Dion for your encouraging words!!  God bless!!!  <3

January 27, 2017
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Amen,  thank you Jesus 

January 27, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Please God end this storm. Amen. 

January 27, 2017
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Diann Verdery
Diann Verdery

Mari, please don't feel alone....my storm is brewing, too.  I pray God will quiet both of our storms.

 

January 27, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

It will end Mari.  OUR LORD GOD hears you.  Just believe and you will receive it.

January 27, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

January 27, 2017
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Connie Cote
Connie Cote

AMEN!

January 27, 2017
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Gifty Freeman
Gifty Freeman

Amen. Pastor Dion. This Is What I Need Right Now.

wise Word Of Encouragement .

January 27, 2017
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Julie Magill
Julie Magill

I needed this so much today.. we have been put in a middle of a horrible battle and I don't understand why. I dont even know that i am fighting for the wright or wrong motive.All I know is my heart is breaking  and I need prayer that God step in this and help us.. 

January 27, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

January 27, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Amen.

January 27, 2017
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Amanda Garza
Amanda Garza

Wow i surely needed to hear this today... Thank you Pastor for sharing this and i will stop ignoring the urges Thank you for the prayer as well so thank you for everything I love you guys God bless you and all that you do and God bless your ministry you are both a hugs blessing to me idk what i'd do without you guys :D <3 big hugs lots of love <3 

January 27, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen and amen my Lord. 

January 27, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen

January 27, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen, thank you pastor for sharing that testimony, very encouraging, just  Awesome!

Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, help me prepare and be ready before the winds come. Speak to me, draw me a side and fill me with your spirit Lord. Give me the grace to face the storm, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

January 27, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amne!   Thank you for todays devotion Padtor Dion. :-)

 

Prayer: Father, help me prepare and be ready before the winds come. Speak to me, draw me aside and fill me with your Spirit Lord. Give me the grace to face the storm, in the name of Jesus. Amen. <3

January 27, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you Pastor Todd!  Father, help me prepare and be ready before the winds come. Speak to me, draw me aside and fill me with your Spirit Lord. Give me the grace to face the storm, in the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

January 28, 2017