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  • Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 WEB

    God rewards those that diligently seek Him. The writer of Hebrews wrote these words and then spoke of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Moses, Joseph and many more. These were people of faith, and the blessing of God followed them. They each suffered many trials and faced fearful circumstances, but they all overcame because God rewards those who seek Him.

    The good seeds that you plant will always come up. We are living today what we planted years before, both the good seed, and the bad. Paul wrote, "Don't be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap." (Galatians 6:7). There is always a harvest.

    In my own life, I spent years seriously seeking God, attending Bible College, studying and listening to the Bible 24/7, fasting for weeks, and giving all that I had. I was very zealous and Jesus was my passion. Then suddenly in one year's time, my business burned to the ground during an insurance lapse, my Dad passed away, and I went through a long, messy divorce. Much like Job, the life I had known disintegrated.

    I had to start my life over with nothing at thirty-seven with my Dad gone, my business gone, and divorced. Worn out, depressed and tired, I quit going to church and for the first time in my life, stopped praying at all. But the blessing of God continued on my life. The seeds that I had planted long ago, were still coming up. I could share testimony after testimony where a total mess, turned out to be a great blessing in disguise, but I will just share one.

    The day came when I needed a truck to haul things in. I had recently met Sylvia and she had a '96 Chevrolet Impala, white with a red pin stripe, tinted windows, 5.7L V8, 700R4 Transmission, 373 Rear end, Dual exhaust. I am sorry to bore you with all the drive train details, but:

    1) For a season in my life, I was a mechanic.

    2) I want you to know how detailed God is in His blessings.

    3) I did not pray over any of this, or at all during this time and I had not attended church in several years.

    I thought to myself that it would be great to have a matching car and truck under the carport one day, a his and hers. I daydreamed that it would be nice if the truck was a short wheel base with an extended cab, had an aluminum toolbox, rails, a bed liner, and a frame hitch to pull heavy things with, and I had about 6k to spend on it. In short, that would take a miracle, but a man can dream. All of these were just desires and I was prepared to take whatever I could get.

    The first car lot that I went to had a gray Chevy pickup about that year, without the extended cab. It was pretty plain and they were asking 11k for it, way out of my range. It looked like I would have to lower my expectations by a good bit.

    The next lot that I went to, there sat a '97 Chevy Silverado fully loaded with the gauge package, electric seats, windows, and doors, extended cab, short wheel base, white with a red pinstripe, tinted windows, 5.7L Vortec, 700R4 Transmission, 373 Rear end, dual exhaust, aluminum toolbox, chrome rails, bed liner, and frame hitch with towing package. They were asking $6,900. I offered them $5,900 but they refused, then I left them my number in case they changed their mind. They called me the following morning and accepted my offer.

    As I write this, that truck sits under our carport. We have had it over a decade now and He blessed me with it even when I was not seeking Him. The good seeds that you have planted will continue to come up in your life. Also when God blesses you, He is able to go above and beyond your wildest expectations. He does reward those that diligently seek Him.

    You may face trials in your life, but it will pass, and you will overcome. Stay the course, keep the faith. When you fall down, get back up and take another step, it is not over yet. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Keep sowing those good seeds. What you have lost, can be replaced with better, and your best days are still in front of you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for being with me this day. Lord help me to see through Your eyes. Give me grace, help me make the right decisions, fill my life with Your presence. Today I seek Your face, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrelledited: April 4, 2017

Pastor Dion, l hope and pray that you will come to understand one day how God has really blessed your life. The things that you have written are able to show God's blessings in this life. No one can make someone else take the medicine they need to get better, all one can do is share how God has revealed Himself and let them know He is a rewarder of those who truly seek Him. Your messages can go completly around the world on this thing we call the internet. Pastors of small churches can only speak to a few, and chances are he will not see the fruit of his life work. How special to see God bring the seed to fullness in your life!  

April 4, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen, Alleuia, Amen!! God's Blessings shine on all of us!  He never fails and will never forsake his children.  Thank you God for the Blessing of you Son Jesus Christ!

April 4, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen my Lord Jesus, amen. 

April 4, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

April 4, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

April 4, 2017
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Love the devotional this morning! I can relate to this testimony...

April 4, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

I have a story too that describes how God blessed me!  Horrible divorce and trying time, seeking to find a house.  I had 5 purchase orders fail on me and I was running out of time. I had to be out of the house.  I went to a yoga party, and a lady said she had a house.   I bought it.  I recal 2 years earlier driving by the neighborhood saying to myself. Wow this is a nice neighborhood I'd love to live here.  The people are lucky to live here. Now I am one of those lucky people.  It's true what Pastor Todd says.  I need to remember this more often.  

April 4, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen!

April 4, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Michelle, and praise God for His blessings over the house!

April 4, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

This is how God works! He has a plan and a purpose for each of us. He is the one doing the work in our life!

April 4, 2017
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Ilia Jefferson
Ilia Jefferson

What a cool story!!! Thanks for an inspiring message this morning.

April 4, 2017
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Debbie Stiner
Debbie Stiner

Great inspiring story to start the day.  God bless.

April 4, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

April 4, 2017
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Karen Robertson
Karen Robertson

Loved this!  Thank you for always sharing!  I can't tell you how many times it hits home!

April 4, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

Love, love, love this! It really hits home for me.

April 4, 2017
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondelloedited: April 4, 2017

Going on 7 years now I have felt like Job since my wife went home to be with the Lord, I had to file for bankruptcy, give up our home and lost a good job. God was gracious and blessed me with another job a little over a year ago.God is good and answers prayers. I admit I've let grief and depression get to me again recently and have been quiet on here. But,still been in the learning process and Father God has been patient and steadily teaching me a lot. I know it's my own state of mind(way of thinking) that hinders or allows me to make progress. There are some words from Job that keep me going and I think it is one of the greatest prophetic sayings in the old testament concerning Jesus and the resurrection of the faithful. Job19:25-27   For I know that my redeemer liveth,and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:And though my skin worms destroy this body,yet in my flesh shall I see God.Whom I shall see for myself,and mine eyes shall behold,and not another;though my reins be consumed within me. Halleluhjah to the lamb of God who was slain for the sins of the world,then rose and sits at God's right hand! God bless......

April 4, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you for letting us know how you are doing, Richard, we've missed hearing from you! Praying for renewed peace for you, brother <3. We've started up FAAD chat again, too, and you are more than welcome to join :). (((HUGS)))

April 4, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Thank you, Pastor Dion--your last paragraph is so helpful and gives me strength today!

April 4, 2017
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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi

Amen! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story Pastor 

April 4, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for being with me this day. Lord help me to see through Your eyes. Give me grace, help me make the right decisions, fill my life with Your presence. Today I seek Your face, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

Father, I thank you for always being with me or pulling me threw many thning that happen in my life. I always want to see through your eyes what you want me to see. I pray in Jesus, name. Amen. <3 Thank You, Father!! 

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for being with me this day. Lord help me to see through Your eyes. Give me grace, help me make the right decisions, fill my life with Your presence. Today I seek Your face, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

April 4, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

 

April 4, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Amazing story Pastor Dion. Thank you.... I pray the Pastors prayer. Amen.

 

April 4, 2017
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

,Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace and mercy today in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen. 

April 4, 2017
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Chris Decker
Chris Decker

Amen Pastor Dion thank you for your word so glad you came back to God.Isn't it great we have a God who never leaves us even when we left him he never stops loving us. Thanks for gives us hope for those who are in valley of pain and heatbroken knowing people have been there gives us strength and hope to contiue even though life at times leaves us feeling numb.

April 4, 2017
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Loooooooooooove, love, loooooooooooove this!!! What a mighty and faithful God we serve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 4, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Thank You, Lord for being faithful to Your children!  Love it!  You never leave us even when we leave You.    Wow A guy in a group do in' gigs..to a motor head that winds up being a computer geek leads to Pastoring an Online Church!  You had a hard start in life and yet in credible talent turning into a man with a heart for God!  Nothing wasted at all.  Blessing to the two of you with a matching pair....

April 4, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, thank You for being with me this day. Lord help me to see through Your eyes. Give me grace, help me make the right decisions, fill my life with Your presence. Today I seek Your face, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

April 5, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, thank you for being with me this day. Help me to see through your eyes. Give me Grace, help me make the right decisions, fill my life with your presence. Today I seek your face, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

April 6, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.

April 9, 2017