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Liar Liar

  • You are of your Father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44 WEB

    When I would try and pray, crazy thoughts would run through my mind like: 'God has abandoned you. He doesn't hear you or care, in fact no one cares about you anymore. You are alone. Why don't you just end this? That idea will never work because you are a failure. Soon you will be homeless and your spouse will leave you. Get ready for it.'

    We had been out of work for months and bills continued to pile up around us. The worst part of it was that I had not heard from God in a while. That is always the real test, the cold shoulder and the feeling of abandonment that comes with it. See a timely word from God changes everything and makes things easy, but when that is taken away, you get to see who you really are inside.

    I know that God is always there for us, but there are times of testing. God left Hezekiah to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart (2 Chronicles 32:31). When Jesus bore our sin on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21), God turned away from Him and it broke His heart. Jesus said 'My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?' (Matthew 27:46). In this life, there will be times when God is silent and His word comes 'after many days' (1 Kings 18:1). Think of it as a dramatic pause.

    For me, it was a time of testing and silence, but it was not completely silent. I heard doom, despair and agony everyday from the liar. It was a difficult, dark time in my life, but it eventually passed and God came through. When all hope was gone and we were packing to move out of our house, suddenly, within about forty-eight hours, we were pushed into full-time ministry and all of our bills paid for the month.

    The doom and gloom were all a bunch of lies. God was merely promoting us and this was the path. Old doors had to be closed before we would look for the door that He was opening. Jesus called the devil, 'the father of lies.' All day long he whispers lies into your ear.

    First he just gets you to listen, maybe by asking a question like he did with Eve, 'Did God really say?' Then comes a lie: 'You will not surely die (Genesis 3:4).' Next, he will provide an opportunity for you to act on it. The goal is to hurt God by getting you into disobedience and causing God's judgment to fall on His own child. Even if you do follow the liar's advice, he will then turn on you and accuse you before God (Zechariah 3:1).

    Don't listen to the liar. God will come through for you. Do not give up and turn back to your old life, or end it. Learn to recognize the voice of the liar and mute him. When you have thoughts of failure, defeat, loneliness, depression, poverty and such, you can be sure that is from the liar. Push these thoughts aside and hang onto God one more day.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please strengthen me. Teach me to lean on You and to never give up hope. Touch my life with Your presence and help me always see Your light through the darkness, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: The highlighted group of the week is the "Haven of Hope", a refuge for those suffering under abuse situations. The group is private (only viewable by group members), so that you may be comfortable to speak freely. To join this or any other group, just go to the Groups link on the site menu. Have a blessed day!

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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

Amen!!!!

February 20, 2017
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen, have a blessed day y'all

February 20, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please strengthen me. Teach me to lean on You and to never give up hope. Touch my life with Your presence and help me always see Your light through the darkness, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3 thank you... I hear the liar in whisper in my ears often... I have learned to recognize them as lies and hold fast to God's truths. It has helped me through many dark days where doom and dispair were the loudest thoughts in my mind. I would have to say out loud sometimes "Go away liar!! I know you are a lie from the enemy and I believe in God's truth!" Now any time I am having feelings of fear, anxiety, doom or dispair, I can mostly redirect them with a few scriptures or a devotional or two. Remembering God wants us to live in his joy helps me alot to know anything less than God's joy is just the liar trying to get at me ;) I don't play much with him anymore ;) Thank you Pastor for all you and Sylvia do <3

February 20, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen!

February 20, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

February 20, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryanedited: February 20, 2017

Hum quite fitting for the day!! A good sister in the Lord Jeri posted on face book all the things the Holy Spirit does!!! I wrote a heavy message after.. Now going back and putting it back on My home page!! X nut case--Vet-from a drug accident-its coming out now-what kept Me going through it all!! Certainly it wass't Me I was totaly lost! But as My records clearly show-I had God in the midst of it all!!! Amen Michael!!! I made it past hearing from the Devil too basking in His arms when I let Him, be Him in Me!!!!!!  ah memory issues PTSD its been tough to say the least to memorize Shrips.. I learned jes knowing their effects, the willingness too seek those does it for Me!! Praise in itself-is so powerfull!! If your Praising-you certainly know Him!!!

February 20, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen, Mike!

February 20, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

February 20, 2017
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

February 20, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

February 20, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

AMEN

February 20, 2017
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Cheryl Larreau
Cheryl Larreau

I have been ministering to a young man who has been fighting the devil by using a drug called meth it has a real tight hold on him He is so lost and depressed I have prayed with him brought him to church with me had him talk to the Missionaries and have sleeping on my couch he goes to a treatment center in a week and a half he needs all the prayers he can get and I need prayers to keep helping him as long as he doesn't use I can do this pray for both of us thank you 

 

February 20, 2017
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

GOD bless and keep you in his Grace. I pray for healing for this young man. Let him know that when we are at our weakest. GOD is at his strongest.  Power LORD JESUS to break the hold of the devil. Bless this wonderful Sister LORD that opened up her heart and her home.  She is doing as you asked us to do. Loving thy neighbors. 

February 20, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen! Praying for all involved.

February 20, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Praying for you and the young man.  Thank you for you have a kind and compasionate heart.  Hold and help the on to the young man for our LORD GOD is always with you both and thou shall not be afraid. GOD LOVES YOU BOTH SO MUCH

February 20, 2017
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

This is so awesome for today. Hold on for another day. He may not come right then and there. But he is coming in and with all his Grace and Glory. The devil is a liar and will try to make you think wrong thoughts. Hold on to JESUS just one more day. Amen.

February 20, 2017
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith

Amen, Thank you Pastor Dion for sharing the word of the Lord this morning.

February 20, 2017
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

Amen Pastor. So true. I am getting much stronger now instead of listening to the enemy, who also comes in the form of other people that put you down. I no longer listen to that, I KNOW i'm a child of God and He will never leave me nor forsake me. Amen!! :)

February 20, 2017
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Sherri McGraw
Sherri McGraw

I had such an episode a few weeks ago, doubt, fear not feeling wanted then suddenly I realised it was the liar. I stopped him and told him to leave me be, I am a child of the King in Heaven. Then I cried and thanked God 

February 20, 2017
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Really needed this right now! I feel so lost.   I feel the last 6 years of my life have been a waste, one mistake after another.  I felt like God was leading me to another path, but am having troubole pushing things out of my head like I'm too old, my memoery isn't what it used to be, memories of other failures, etc.   My animals are a huge comfot, but they are getting otlder and a couple of them are having health issues which adds inot the stress. And there is no one here where I live that i can turn to.  Thank you God for RHM and Sylvia and Dion! 

February 20, 2017
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Jenifer Marple
Jenifer Marple

Much needed word & prayer. Amen! 

February 20, 2017
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. 

February 20, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

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

 


Prayer: Heavenly Father, please strengthen me. Teach me to lean on You and to never give up hope. Touch my life with Your presence and help me always see Your light through the darkness, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

February 20, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Amen

February 20, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Good morning!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, please strengthen me. Teach me to lean on You and to never give up hope. Touch my life with Your presence and help me always see Your light through the darkness, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.

February 21, 2017
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linda finn
linda finn

"Hang onto God for one more day" by His grace I can do that!!!

February 21, 2017
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen 

February 21, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, please strengthen me. Teach me to lean on you and to never give up hope. Touch my life with your presence and help me always see your light through the darkness, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

February 21, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen

February 22, 2017
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Donna Darling
Donna Darling

Heavenly Father, please strengthen me. Teach me to lean on You and to never give up hope. Touch my life with Your presence and help me always see Your light through the darkness, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

February 22, 2017