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Driftwood

  • Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened, he saw no one. They led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. He was without sight for three days, and neither ate nor drank. Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, 'Ananias!' He said, 'Behold, it's me, Lord.' The Lord said to him, 'Arise, and go to the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one named Saul, a man of Tarsus. For behold, he is praying,and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands on him, that he might receive his sight.' Acts 9:8 WEB

    I once lived my life like driftwood floating on the sea. Wherever the waves took me, that is where I found myself. I had no purpose, or really any goals. The cold war was going to incinerate us all, but it didn't. Y2K was going to start the apocalypse, but it didn't. Jesus was going to return at least four times during my life, but He hasn't yet. Yes, I do believe that one day He will return, but I have learned to not put a date on it.

    Ananias was a follower of Jesus who lived in the city of Damascus. Saul (who was later called Paul) was a Christian hater carrying orders from the high priest to arrest the Christians there, but he was struck blind on the road. The Lord Jesus then appeared to Ananias in a vision and told him to go pray for Saul. Now this was an exciting time for Ananias. It took real faith for Ananias to walk up to an arresting officer and say 'Jesus sent me.' His life was different than mine.

    After I invited Jesus into my life and started praying and fasting, things began to change. Doors started to close and other doors started to open. I saw miracles in my life where strangers would give me things that I secretly needed. I once got up to give my small tithe at church and later found that someone had slipped two-hundred-fifty dollars into my Bible while I was away, which was more than I made at the time.

    A gentle prompting would urge me to do something, and when I did, a divine encounter would happen. His plans and purpose began to unfold for my life. Life became more fun and exciting then it had ever been before. By giving up my old life, I found an exciting new one. 'For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for My sake will find it.' (Matthew 16:25). I had found mine and it was no longer like driftwood. It now had purpose and meaning.

    God has a plan for your life as well. You are not meant to be a piece of driftwood floating on the waves. If you seek God with all of your heart and pray, He will open doors for you that no man can shut. He will began to put the pieces together and the best years of your life can be ahead of you. Ananias lived an exciting life by having a relationship with Jesus. God is still the same and today. You can avoid living a life of driftwood by building a daily relationship with Jesus.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I choose You today. Mold me, guide me, teach me, help me become the person that You want me to be. I want all that You have for me. Lead me into divine encounters and make Your presence real in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord. 

February 3, 2017
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Thank you Jesus 

February 3, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Prayer: Heavenly Father I choose You today. Mold me, guide me, teach me, help me become the person that You want me to be. I want all that You have for me. Lead me into divine encounters and make Your presence real in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3  Thank you  
February 3, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen. I have learned to ask Abba Father that I don't miss my divine appointments. Everyday that I remember to ask, He brings them to me. A knock at my front door, a stranger, a phone call, a chat box, a private message, etc. He brings them and as He does I pray for His Holy Spirit to speak through me to whomever it is. It is an exciting way to live! To see His Holy Spirit working in me and to reach out with compassion to others. There is nothing better than being His hands and feet.

February 3, 2017
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Beautiful 

February 3, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

February 3, 2017
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Tears! Amen! 

February 3, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Good Morning~very good read this Morning!! Ha I again recall My dream from last night!! I can count on two hands the ones I get when I should have been elated super happy enjoying life to the fullest!!! Key-because I was in Him, making all the differeance!! I never had the chance of living through normacy, through the years!! As I've touched on, I had a huge drug accident right after returning home from Viet-Nam! I truely was on a journey for years, in My head!! Not going there, My dream again was of Me super happy having fun doing extradinary things in life, because of His indwelling Spirit in Me!! Key I was like in training wityh Him prior too the draft and My tour in the army.. In this trip I went on, I was jes holding on, hoping for normacy too return too me!!

February 3, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Pastor Todd for this devotion and prayer.Yes Lord I want all that you have for me.Lead me into Devine encounters and make Your presence real  in my life.In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray.

February 3, 2017
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau

Amen, Pastor Dion, I agree with you 100% although I do think there are times in our life where we just have to put our hope, faith, and trust into His hands and have patience in His plans. Things are constantly shifting around us, plans are being made, comings and goings and things. But it is important not to loose heart just because things may seem bleak at the moment, it is important to be patient and have faith and trust in Him, our Lord, and pray that things will be ok. 

February 3, 2017
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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi

Amen

February 3, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I agree with this message 1000%--thanks for reminding me that with God, all things are possible!

February 3, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!       Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father I choose You today. Mold me, guide me, teach me, help me become the person that You want me to be. I want all that You have for me. Lead me into divine encounters and make Your presence real in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

February 3, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Heavenly Father I choose You today. Mold me, guide me, teach me, help me become the person that You want me to be. I want all that You have for me. Lead me into divine encounters and make Your presence real in my life, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

February 4, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastor prayer, Heavenly Father I choose you today. Mold me, Guide Me Teach Me, help me become the person that you want me to be. I want all that you have for me. Lead me into Divine encounters and make your presence real in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

February 4, 2017
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Molly Minoo
Molly Minoo

Amen.  Thank you for sharing.

February 5, 2017