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Puppets

  • But I tell you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer also the other; and from him who takes away your cloak, don't withhold your coat also. Give to everyone who asks you, and don't ask him who takes away your goods to give them back again. As you would like people to do to you, do exactly so to them. Luke 6:27 WEB

    The stoplight changed to green and we started to make a right hand turn when suddenly an out-of-state black SUV made a sweeping u-turn in front of us, crossed all three lanes and almost hit us. Then they stuck their arm out of the window and gave us 'The finger.' I began to have very strong feelings about this and all kinds of crazy thoughts raced through my mind. At that moment, I would have taken great pleasure in breaking their finger off and sticking it somewhere in them' but we drove passed them and let it go.

    External things should not affect us that way. When they do, we are merely a puppet with strings that people can pull to cause a reaction. They can control your actions by simply pulling the right string. We are to treat others like we would like to be treated, and let that junk inside of us that rises up, die a slow and painful death. When it comes to the surface and we take no action, it will eventually leave. James 4:7 reads 'Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.'

    Don't be anyone's puppet today. Do not let them pull your strings. Keep control of your emotions and resist the temptation to make a fool of yourself. As you submit yourself to God, these tests will certainly come. When we resist it, those things inside of us that want to scream will eventually leave. After enough resisting, the strings will finally be cut and you will no longer be controlled like a puppet.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please set a guard over my mouth and let me be aware of the words that I am about to speak. Give me the grace to smile and shrug off spiteful comments. Help me reflect Your personality to the world, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

A big AMEN!

February 14, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please set a guard over my mouth and let me be aware of the words that I am about to speak. Give me the grace to smile and shrug off spiteful comments. Help me reflect Your personality to the world, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Tough call in the face of adversity but well worth the struggle to let it go! I have practiced this time and again... it's never easy and sometimes it takes me longer than other times but it helps to remember we are all imperfect and all need grace... when people are lashing out at me now I remember that hurting people hurt people, and it helps me not take things so personal. Thank you Pastor! Great message today :)

February 14, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

Nice!!!

February 14, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes my Lord, amen. 

February 14, 2017
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

 

February 14, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

February 14, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

February 14, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

Dear Pastor,  

What a beautiful writing and vivid example of control over our emotions.  I pray I live up to this spirit of gentleness, self control, temperance, kindness and love.  In Jesus name.  

February 14, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!!

February 14, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

February 14, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

God wants me to obey Him, not just with right words, but my thoughts too. Thank God He gives me power to obey Him.

February 14, 2017
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Cheryl Larreau
Cheryl Larreau

Today is my wedding day and I would appreciate prayers things to go smoothly 

February 14, 2017
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webbedited: February 14, 2017

Congratulations, Cheryl! May God bless you and your new husband! Praying!

February 14, 2017
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Gina Blakey
Gina Blakey

How Special!  ❤ Blessings on you this day!  Keep calm and make memories!  Congrats!  

February 14, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: February 14, 2017

Congratulations!.  GOD BLESS your married life life abundantly

February 14, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Hope it went well.....I remember about to turn & my Father stepped on the dress train.  Memorable print.  Lol!

February 14, 2017
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Really needed this right now... lots of stress lately, which makes me more vunverable to things getting me upset.  

February 14, 2017
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Gina Blakey
Gina Blakey

I was reading this Devotion aloud to my hubby as he was driving on the Interstate. He had to LOL at what you'd like to have done because it described him to a tee!  Thanks for sharing your human side and spiritual side, and Thanks be unto God for Jesus and the Holy Ghost. What LOVE He has bestowed upon us. Happy Valentine's Day to all! ❤

February 14, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jacksonedited: February 14, 2017

This is a reminder for me to STOP and let it go; it is very difficult at times; however, I am taking responsibility for my emotions and I need to ask God to give me strength to not let the actions of one person cause me to react but instead to take a deep breath and ask God for guidance, and peace and to always stay focused on Him ALWAYS!!  Amen!!

February 14, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Thank you pastor, Thankyou Holy Spirit! I was just thinking about this last night . Thank you for the answer Father!!  Help me to live like this everyday Lord Amen!!

February 14, 2017
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible

I'm suppose I'm being judgemental here, but it seems nowadays that many people, including Christians, seem to ignore Luke 27. In my humble opinion it is a great one to put into practice. Thanks for reminding me what I need to do more of. 

February 14, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

God doesn't see as puppets so ....I'd rather not be anyone's reactionary puppet.

February 14, 2017
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen!! Wonderful message in this devotional today! If we all practiced this, wouldn't the world be more pleasant and kind?  I pledge to be more humble and kind and pray that it is contagious!!

February 14, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

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

 

I get upset like you did I would have told him put that finger where the sun don't shine. Forgive me Father that I do get like that at times. Then my husband tells me your making yourself upset. One day at a time is what I am trying to learn. Try to calm myself down too from all my worries and things that I should not worry about. Amen. <3

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please set a guard over my mouth and let me be aware of the words that I am about to speak. Give me the grace to smile and shrug off spiteful comments. Help me reflect Your personality to the world, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

February 14, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, please set a guard over my mouth and let me be aware of the words that I am about to speak. Give me the grace to smile and shrug off spiteful comments. Help me reflect Your personality to the world, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

February 15, 2017
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen. I always say silence is golden , I thank God for this saying, sometimes it hurts but I just overlook when people try to belittle me . Thank you pastor Tidd for this wonderful devition

February 15, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Amen. Father please give me self control.Pastors prayer: Heavenly Father, please set a guard over my mouth and let me be aware of the words that I am about to speak. Give me the grace to smile and shrug off spiteful comments. Help me reflect Your personality to the world, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

February 16, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Pastor Todd for this devotion and prayer.

February 18, 2017