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Your Lack of Faith Disturbs Me

  • Your Lack of Faith Disturbs Me from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Transcript: 

    I want to share a word with you that is on my heart today and it may be too honest for some, but is this thing real to us, or are we just playing “Church.” Jesus taught His disciples for about three years, then He ascended to heaven. There was a beginning, and there was an end, so I hope they paid attention to what He said.

    Jesus told His disciples in Luke 6:46:



    Luke 6:46–49 (NKJV) — 46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

    Jesus said he that hears the word and does nothing is like a man that built a house on sand without a foundation, unstable. James told us: James 1:23–24 (NKJV) — 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

    If you hear the word but don’t do it, then it does nothing for you. In fact, it can be negative: Jesus told us: Luke 12:47–48 (NKJV) — 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few.

    You would be better off to not know, than to know and not do. At Refreshing Hope, we want to teach you to go to God for yourself, to have no middle man between you and Jesus. I want to teach you to pray and hear God for yourself, to build that personal relationship with Him. For the last several several months, I have been teaching this group weekly and have covered much of the foundations of Christian doctrine. I am trying to be your coach, to encourage you to try harder, to press in, to know God personally, and I only ask you to do things that I actually practice myself. I preach from my own life.

    Now it is hard to measure spiritual things and to know if someone prays, or to measure their relationship with God, but one tangible way to test their sincerity is that He told us to be givers, and that can be measured. Jesus said “Give and it will be given to you.” Now in the past I have brought a detailed hour long message on giving, and explained how that it would release you from financial curses, and yet 40 out of the 50 people that attend the online services here have never given a single penny to support Refreshing Hope, so for your sake, I can only hope that you are tithing somewhere else. There are only 2 people in this group that actually tithe to RHM. But in Malachi 3, God said to test Him in this:

    Malachi 3:8–11 (NKJV) — 8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the LORD of hosts;

    You will find the “Do this and I will do that” type of promises all through the Bible, but this is the only place where God challenges us to test Him. We pray every week for people with the devourer eating up their life and finances when no amount of words spoken by us will change it. See when you tithe, God Himself promises to rebuke the devourer off your life. We do not have the power to rebuke the devourer when God is the One that allowed him to come visit you.

    Then Jesus told us this: Luke 16:10–11 (NKJV) — 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon (Money), who will commit to your trust the true riches?

    If you will not trust God with your money, then He will not trust you with the true riches of His kingdom. Giving is a simple test of your faith, but you will not get great things from God until you learn to trust Him with your finances, which brings me to the core of this message. The tithe is intended to be the first 10% of your increase, Jericho was the first city they came to in the promised land and they had to put all of the loot into the treasury of the Lord. It was the first city, the first fruits, 1/10nth. When Achan stole some it, then Israel lost the next battle at Ai. They could not move on until they dealt with the stealing. Many believe they cannot afford to tithe but it is because they put God last in their priorities, instead of first. Don't give God your leftovers. If you paid your tithes first, then you would always be able to afford it.

    In Numbers chapter 14, God had brought the Israelites up out of Egypt. He had performed miracle after miracle for them. They had watched Him turn the Nile River to blood and rain hail stones down on Egypt. They had walked through the red sea on dry ground after God parted the waters for them. They had seen God rain mana from heaven, bring them water from rocks, and cover the land around them knee deep in quail.

    Then they came to the Jordan river and sent spies into the promised land to scout it out. Ten of the spies came back saying that it was a land of giants and that they felt like grasshoppers among them. The people became terrified and decided to stone Moses, appoint a new leader, and then return to Egypt, to the land of slavery that God was working to bring them out of.

    One thing that I want you to understand is this: the people followed God until they had to do something themselves, and then they turned their back on Him and preferred to return to slavery instead. Though God had done miracle after miracle for them, when they had to go take the land, they gave up instantly with: “Oh He is trying to kill us!” They let their fear control them instead of their faith. So how did God respond to them?

    Numbers 14:26–29 (NKJV) — 26 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 27 “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. 28 Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you.

    You could say that God was disturbed by their lack of Faith. When it came down to them actually doing something, they did not really trust Him. When Jesus visited His own hometown, He marveled at their lack of faith: Mark 6:4–6 (NKJV) — 4 But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” 5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief.

    They amazed Jesus with their unbelief. Isn’t that amazing? Let’s not be like them. Let’s not just play church. Let’s get serious about our faith.


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Karen Robertson
Karen Robertson

Wow!  Strong message, Pastor Dion!  But one, I think, that needed to be said!  I am ashamed to say that sometimes I speak the words, but don't do the actions.  I need to do more action and less speaking!!  Thank you for this message!!!

April 2, 2017
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Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Thank You, Pastor. Sometimes we need our feet held to the fire! I lift You and Sylvia up to God the father!

April 2, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Pastor Dion for an honest and down to earth message. I belong to a local Church and tithe to it. Over and above that I give donations as money allows...I have faith in God, but I'm guilty of not taking the next step mosty because of fear. I pray God will help me overcome this and move me forward. Amen.

April 2, 2017
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Pastor Dion no truer words have been spoken and u admit I am one of those you speak of. I listen to your devotionals daily and your Sunday sermons all truth based on God's Word and your life and how God moved through it. I seem to have monet for my cigarettes and other things that harm me. But I did not tithe. I ask God for His forgiveness and I ask you also. You give more than 100% in teaching us simply so that we can all understand God's Word yet I do not give anything in return. This ends now!  I  hear the words yet build my house in the sand and call Lord Lord help me.. I will begin my tithing tomorrow when I receive my disability check and every 3rd of the month it will continue. I have always felt that we should not have a middle man but speak to the Lord directly and be still to hear Him. May God bless and protect you both always you have spoken volumes to my heart and I thank you so very much God knows who to choose to spread His word no matter how long it takes. Thank you Pastor for your honesty and your humble qualities. I pray I can one day say Lord Lord and He will not say I do not know you..In Jesus Holy name Amen love Rose Sicilia 

April 3, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you for the message Pastor Dion that I just watched since I was unable to be there live yesterday. Yes it did hurt, but unfortunately it is the truth. I confess I have not had faith and trust in the Lord where my finances are concerned. I keep looking at what I lack instead of what He can do. This has been on my conscience and this message brought it to the fore front. I do tithe but not enough. I am going to commit to RHM along with the church I attend in my city so that between the 2 I will tithe 10% as the Lord has asked. He has always provided for me and made a way so I am trusting He will continue that. I appreciate all that you and Sylvia do and have taught me. I am thankful for your devotionals, prayers and the mid week worship and FAAD meetings. God bless you both and this ministry and I pray that more of the RHM community will support this ministry. Amen.

April 3, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: April 3, 2017

Thank you for your message.  I have my charities, World Vision and Red Cross and some as it seem who needed the most.  When I lost my job two years ago, I stopped my charities.  I just finished up my Employement Insurance from the government.  I am now about three months shy from my retirement.  I am always praying and giving thanks to OUR LORD GOD ALMIGHTY for providing me with all my needs.  HE has given me enough food, enough money to spend (pay for my rent, pay for my bills, pay for my medication, pay for my food and the things that I really need.  HE also teaches me how to put aside a little money here and there as my savings.  As old age comes, retirement income is limited.  You are one among those I want to give tithe.  As your money (US$) is way more than our (CND$) where there is an exchange rate, I hope one day I could give tithe to you. I love your ministry. and thank you so much for I have been listening and reading to your sermon since way back then when you are still with PEACE BE WITH YOU MINISTRY.  GOD BLESS YOU THE MOST Pastor and Sylvia.

April 3, 2017
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

Very good message!  I feel bad because, I was unable to tithe last month.  After barrowing money to pay my rent, I had absolutely nothing left over and I know you're not suppose to give God your "left overs" but, what else was I suppose to do about having a place to live??  I'm very confused over all of this and very concerned that I'm not doing thr 'right' things with the little money I do get.  Any advice?  God bless  <3  Tracy Carroll

April 6, 2017