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Rain On Me

  • But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won't he much more clothe you, you of little faith? Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:30 WEB

    Jesus said 'Seek first the kingdom of God and these things (material things) will then be added to you.' Elijah told the widow, 'First make me a little cake and afterward make something for yourself' (1 Kings 17:13). God said, 'Bring all the tithes into the storehouse and then I will bless you' (Malachi 3:10). Jesus said, 'Give (first) and it will be given to you (later)' (Luke 6:38).

    God's love is unconditional, He loves the entire world (John 3:16), but His blessings throughout the Bible depend on our obedience to His word. 'If you will do this, then I will do that.' Even John 3:16 contains a choice with 'whoever believes in Him' meaning that some will choose the other path.

    Obedience is the ultimate form of praise and the fruit of faith. It proves that you believe enough to take action on it. We work so hard trying to just make ends meet, but unless we put Him first financially, we will always have holes in our pockets (Hagai 1:6). When we choose obedience, He will rain His blessings down on us (Deuteronomy 28:12).

    So many times while joyfully serving God, I have received things beyond what I thought was possible. God really knows how to be extravagant, and it often brings tears to my eyes when I see His excellence and timing. When He does something, He does it right.

    As a young Christian, I worked a job making $250 a week. One Sunday I went up front to put my $25 tithe in the offering basket. The fact that we could not afford to give was irrelevant to me. I felt that 'God is either real, or He is not. Why pretend with words, let's do this right or go home. God said to test Him in this ( Malachi 3:10), and I will.' When I got home later and sat down to read my Bible, I found that while I was up front, someone had slipped an envelope with $250 cash into my Bible. That day I gave Him ten percent, and He gave me back tenfold.

    Another time I gave $40 in an offering and the preacher prayed a blessing over the basket that it would all be returned one-hundred fold. Within a month someone gave me $4,000 dollars to help me buy a car. I gave $40, God multiplied it one-hundred times and gave it back in a month.

    These are not normal occurrences, they are examples of the blessing of God that follows obedience to His word. I am telling you this because it is real and we live it in our own life, yet I see so many people struggling just to get by. There is not enough money on earth to help you if God Himself blows it all away whenever it comes to your house (Hagai 1:9). The word of God is true. God is not dead, nor is He blind, and He is pretty good at math. A 100% return on 0, will always be 0. Give first, and it will be given to you later, or learn to embrace poverty with a smile.

    Before we were saved, we were not His children, and He did not discipline us (Hebrews 12:7), but now He wants first place in our life, in our relationships, our finances, our decisions, in all areas. When we focus on the Lord Jesus, everything else will fall into its proper place. When a husband and wife truly place the Lord first, they will be in unity. When you give God first place in your relationships, you will begin to treat others correctly. When we instead place ourselves and our wants first, it always ends in division, frustration, and struggling.

    When we all begin to put God first in our life, we will come to unity in spirit and the things that divide us will no longer matter. Denominational barriers will gradually melt away because we all love God, and we need each other. If satan has his way, every single person will be cut off from God and from each other. We would all be alone in a dark room with no hope, and no friends. It is 'divide and conquer' at its finest because he knows there is strength in numbers.

    In all areas of our life, God wants to be first, and when you do He will bless you beyond what you think is possible. God is always looking for ways to bless us, but it often requires a step of faith on our part to get it started. Give the Lord first place in your life in all areas, follow His gentle prompting, for faith without works is dead (James 2:26). The greatest blessing awaits those who are willing.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I adore You and pray that You make this word real to me. Rain on me, Lord, and lead me into all that You have. Help me to break out of the normal cycle. Grow my faith Lord and help me walk closer to You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Thank you

February 17, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Hum lots of meat in that one! If a person truly gives it a shot, things have too happen!!

February 17, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

February 17, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

February 17, 2017
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

February 17, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

February 17, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Good morning and a good message! Thank you Lord for all blessings. Help me grow my faith and put You first in my life. Amen!

February 17, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen!

February 17, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I love the promice that God does meet all of my needs. He has blessed me behond all measure!

February 17, 2017
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen!! When I was a single, young Christian ,I was being persecuted at my job. I was doing everything God wanted me to do including loving my enemies, ( my supervisor ). I had scriptures taped up on the wall of the waitress station and she told me to take them down and also she told me not to read my Bible at work. I was subitting to authority like God says and finally she cut my hours for no apparent reason.  Then came the day I couldn't pay my electric bill and it was only $23. I went to my Christian friend and was crying on her shoulder and told her I was doing everything God wanted me to yet I still couln't pay this bill. I didn't understand. Then she told me about tithing ten percent of my income so I decided to do that whn I got my paycheck the next day. It turns out my paycheck was $100 more than I expected and I knew tithing was the answer . The supervisor? While I was gone paying my bill she was fired for not doing what HER boss told her to do!! God takes care of us!! Praise the Lord!!

February 17, 2017
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Cheryl Larreau
Cheryl Larreau

Wow this was a good one and so true God blesses each and every day no matter how big or small follow the commandments read your scriptures go to church love one another God is good

February 17, 2017
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Terrie Johnson
Terrie Johnson

This was truly a Blessing this morning. Thank you

February 17, 2017
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

This is so true. And I believe for God it is also becasue give in first shows trust in Him to take care of you, as well as showing obedience.  I know tithing takes a hug amount of trust on my part, because money is tight so it takes trust to let go of some that I feel I can't afford, and rely on God to help me make it through. And He does, every time!

February 17, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

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

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I adore You and pray that You make this word real to me. Rain on me, Lord, and lead me into all that You have. Help me to break out of the normal cycle. Grow my faith Lord and help me walk closer to You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

February 17, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, I adore you and pray that you make this word real to me. Rain On Me, Lord, and Lead Me into all that you have. Help me to break out of the normal cycle. Grow my faith Lord and help me walk closer to you, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

February 17, 2017
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen

February 17, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Good morning!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I adore You and pray that You make this word real to me. Rain on me, Lord, and lead me into all that You have. Help me to break out of the normal cycle. Grow my faith Lord and help me walk closer to You, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

February 18, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen

February 18, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Believe every word.  We stopped going to the church we have been in foe ome years.  Always tithed.  We have 2 places to visit starting next Sunday.  Do we save tithe till we find a churc, Dion?

February 19, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Hi Cheryl! Dion can chime in when he sees this, but just wanted to mention what we did when we were between churches for a while. We tithed to a missions ministry that we liked until we found a church that we could call home. Now, since you're looking at a couple of churches already and might choose a home church pretty quickly, I don't see anything wrong with just holding it till you get a better idea of what you're going to do :).

February 19, 2017
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Donna Darling
Donna Darling

Heavenly Father, I adore You and pray that You make this word real to me. Rain on me, Lord, and lead me into all that You have. Help me to break out of the normal cycle. Grow my faith Lord and help me walk closer to You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

February 22, 2017