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  • Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'I am Pharaoh, and without you shall no man lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt.' Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On as a wife. Joseph went out over the land of Egypt. Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. Genesis 41:44 WEB

    God gave Joseph two dreams when he was a young boy of about seventeen years (Genesis 37:2) showing that he would be a ruler. When he told his brothers, they became very angry with him and ended up selling him into slavery. That only escalated his dream and helped bring it to pass. Joseph went through a lot. He was sold as a slave to an Egyptian and served in his house until the man's wife accused Joseph of trying to rape her. Then he went to prison for a few years for something that he did not do. His dream had all but faded and it looked bad for Joseph.

    When God's clock ticked one more time though, Joseph was summoned before Pharaoh and promoted to the second-in-command of all of Egypt. Then his brothers came and bowed down before him just as he had saw in the dream thirteen years before. Joseph was now thirty years old. Gods plan was true and faithful, no matter what the circumstances looked like. Joseph's dream had come true.

    God told Abraham that he would be the father of nations when he was seventy-five years old (Genesis 12:4). After about ten years, Abraham and Sarah tried to make sense out of what God had told them. You cannot be a 'Father of Nations' without children, so they decided to remedy that and Sarah gave Abraham her servant Hagar as a wife that he might have children by her. Well that did not work out so great, but it still did not change God's plan.

    After about thirteen more years, God renewed the promise again when Abraham was ninety-nine. He made it clear that the son would come through Sarah, who was now ninety years old, and that he would be named Isaac (Genesis 17:19). Isaac was born just as God said when Abraham was one-hundred years old (Genesis 21:5). He had waited twenty-five years for the promise of God to come to pass, but it did, just as God had told him. Wars, confusion, Sarah had been taken away from him twice, strife with family members, delayed promises, none of it stopped the plan of God from coming to pass when God's clock ticked once again.

    Moses was about forty years old and living as an Egyptian when 'it came into his heart' to go to the children of Israel (Acts 7:23). He tried to help deliver his people using his own strength, but it went badly and he became exiled. Moses ended up living as a shepherd in the land of Midian for forty years (Acts 7:29). When Moses was eighty years old, God appeared to him and sent him to deliver his people (Exodus 7:7). It had been in the heart of Moses for forty years, now it became a reality. Moses had long given up on that dream and told God to send someone else, but God would not take no for an answer. Moses fulfilled the calling of God on his life, forty years later than he originally thought.

    David was just a young boy when God had Samuel anoint him as king over Israel. David was probably between ten to fifteen years old when this happened (1 Samuel 16:13). It does not give an exact age, but he was so young that he was not even considered to be a contender when they lined up his seven brothers (1 Samuel 16:9).

    When David was anointed with oil in the midst of his brothers, the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him. From that day forth, David began to grow into his destiny. Difficult obstacles appeared and divine doors opened. David killed lions, bears, giants (1 Samuel 17:36) and tens of thousands of Philistines (1 Samuel 18:7). He played music for king Saul and became his armor bearer (1 Samuel 16:21). He loved and he lost (1 Samuel 18:19).

    Then at thirty, David actually became king. There was a gap of fifteen to twenty years between the promise of God and the fulfillment of that promise. God used this time to refine David, train him, establish him in the eyes of the people, and thoroughly test his character. You could have randomly chosen a day from David's life and it would have looked pretty mundane, but reading the book of highlights is exciting. When God's clock ticked once again, His word to David was fulfilled.

    Jesus was thirty years old when He began to teach. This was the age that a man was regarded as fully mature and when the Levites began their service at the temple (Numbers 4:47). There were so many prophecies about His life and ministry from long before, but even Jesus had to go through a time of maturing before He began.

    The Bible is full of examples of people that were promised something, and then endured and matured before they actually lived it. In my own life, the Lord told me to prepare myself for ministry when I was around twenty. So I went through Bible college and then ended up working on computers and networks for twenty years. When I had long given up on ministry and felt like I knew absolutely nothing about it, He pushed me into full time ministry, whether I was interested or not. The time had come, and here I am using the skills that I learned along the way.

    Do not give up while waiting on God. Today is a part of your life as well and we are constantly learning, growing, and maturing in our walk with Jesus. When you stumble, be quick to get up, repent, and take another step. Be encouraged because you are not the first one that had to wait on a promise, but you can rest assured that the clock is ticking and that you are closer now than ever before.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please strengthen me today. Speak to me and through me Lord. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Lead me and I will follow You. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I believe that the things that You have put in my heart are going to come to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under Your blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Christie Smith
Christie Smith

Thank you for these reminder's that God's Timing is Not our's.  We may have had a dream placed in our Hearts and maybe it's been year's as we grow old/older nonetheless God will indeed open that door at the right time according to His will.  Have a Blessed Resurection Weekend and Enjoy the Blessings along the way.

April 15, 2017
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Amen!

April 15, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Prayer: Heavenly Father, please strengthen me today. Speak to me and through me Lord. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Lead me and I will follow You. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I believe that the things that You have put in my heart are going to come to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under Your blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen Thank you Pastor Dion, for always having inspired words I need to hear right when I need to hear it :) Love the prayer today too! Thank you and God bless  
April 15, 2017
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Beautifully stated!!! Aaaaaamen!!!!

April 15, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I have faith God-you will help my daughter. Amen. 

April 15, 2017
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

God hears and He will. In Jesus name so be it.

April 15, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

April 15, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

When God speaks, He will see it through. The Bible gives so many examples. Some time in 2006, God spoke to me and said; "You will take Owen Johnson's place." I thought I understood, boy was I wrong, now I am teaching exactly what he taught. God knew exactly what he was saying. Let God's clock continue, He knows what He is doing!   

April 15, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brownedited: April 15, 2017

As always I am blessed and encouraged by your words Pastor Dion. Praise God for his perfect timing and will for our life. Amen!

 

April 15, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

I think these stories are also reminders about taking things into your own hands...Abraham had a son who was against Christianity, Moses never got to see the promised land, and David didnt get to build the Temple ........

it is best to wait on the Lord but not always easy for humans!

April 15, 2017
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Amen to that.

April 15, 2017
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese

Thank you pastor. I feel that I received a word from the Lord today to wait. It is hard to wait and think of what God promised when so many things in life happen along the way that makes it as if i heard him wrong. I needed this. Bless you pastor:

April 15, 2017
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

This is a reminder that God is an on time God, never early or late. We have to be patient, keep our  faith and wait on the Lord. If he brings you to it, he will bring you through it. He did it for other's he can an will do it for me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. 

April 15, 2017
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Amen

April 15, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

April 15, 2017
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Victor Lozano Jr
Victor Lozano Jr

I wonder if the people Pastor Dion speaks about ever felt lost in the wilderness? I await patiently, often thinking, "What am I doing?" I pray, have hope and rely on faith for God to fulfill His promise to me.

April 15, 2017
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen thank you pastor Todd for this encouraging message.  Thank you Jesus for letting me know that all things you put in my life will come to pass. 

April 15, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Beautiful words Pastor,God bless you and this ministry. 

April 15, 2017
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Cherise Mcenerney
Cherise Mcenerney

So lovely and always seeming to fit and be the perfect words that I need to hear. Something that I try to remind myself and while I am talking to others about why things seem so hard while they are praying is that we always have to remember that our time is not our Father's time, and this is the perfect devotinal to be able to show them while I am talking to some of the friends I know going through some very hard times right now. Thank you so very much Pastor Dion, for your always beautiful and encouraging words of wisdom and strength. God Bless you and everyone and I am so very blessed to be a part of this wonderful and loving community. Much love in Christ <3 

April 15, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen! Thank you, Pastor Dion, for listening to the Lord's voice! I've been waiting patiently for God's promises to pass in my life. I also wonder, "Maybe I misunderstood You Lord?" I needed this reminder that His timing is always perfect! :) 

April 15, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: April 15, 2017

O LORD MY GOD I will always wait for you patiently.  With me and in me, I love, believe and trust you LORD GOD that all my dreams and prayers will all come to pass. TICK TOK, the clock says.  We all wait patiently for our LORD JESUS CHRIST second coming.  Praise and thank you LORD GOD for everything comes from you.

HAPPY EASTER to all my RHM family.  I love you all and GOD LOVES US ALL SO MUCH.

April 15, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, please strengthen me today. Speak to me and Through Me Lord. Let me hear your voice clearly. Lead me and I will follow you. May your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I believe that the things that you would put in my heart are going to come to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under your blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

April 15, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Pastor Dion thank you for the reminder that Gods timing is perfect. Help me to be patient and wait for Him to speak and not do things in my own strength.  Amen.

April 15, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

AMEN Lord Jesus AMEN. 

April 15, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please strengthen me today. Speak to me and through me Lord. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Lead me and I will follow You. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I believe that the things that You have put in my heart are going to come to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under Your blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

Thank you pastor for todays devotion. I always tell people that it will be on God's time not your time. When I talk about different things that God will deal with or take care of I always say on God's time. We don't know when that will be but when  it happens you'll know. Amen. <3

April 15, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, please strengthen me today. Speak to me and through me Lord. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Lead me and I will follow You. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I believe that the things that You have put in my heart are going to come to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under Your blessing, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

April 16, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Heavenly Father for your faithfulness and your timing is always perfect and beautiful that you always work thing out in our lives for what is the best for us.Help us to hold on to that thought and know that you are there to lead and guide us the way we should go.Let your will be done in my life that you will be Glorified.In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray.

April 17, 2017
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JJ Koutecky
JJ Koutecky

Pastor Dion,

What if we do not know what path the Heavenly Father wants us to take? I pray and pray and no words are coming. I feel I need his goal and need to know what to strive for. What can I do?  

April 17, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

The rule is that you continue on with the last word given.   If you have never had one, then you seek Him until you get one. If you still can't hear, find a church that moves in the gifts of the Spirit and get them to pray over you.  

April 17, 2017