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The Promised Land

  • Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you, and all this people, to the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread on, to you have I given it, as I spoke to Moses. Joshua 1:2 WEB

    When the Israelites reached the Jordan river and the edge of the promised land, God had done everything for them. He sent plagues on Egypt until they released His people (Exodus 13:15). He went before them as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21). He parted the red sea so they could cross safely (Exodus 14:21). He fed them mana from heaven for forty years, and their clothing did not wear out (Nehemiah 9:21).

    God had done it all until then, but from here on they were going to be working together. To take the promised land, the Israelites were going to have to fight for it, city by city. God told Joshua 'Every place that you set your foot, I will give you' (Joshua 1:3) but Joshua died before they took it all (Judges 1:1).

    It was now up to the Israelites to work with God and conquer the existing inhabitants of the land, and the ones that they did not drive out, became thorns in their sides and a snare to them (Judges 1:32, 2:3). What they allowed to stay, God allowed to stay.

    Israel crossed the Jordon river (Joshua 3:17), we can see it as a form of baptism. Then they were circumcised at Gigal (Joshua 5:2) renewing a covenant relationship with God. To us it is circumcision of the heart (Romans 2:29), but it is still a covenant relationship, an agreement, a contract.

    The first city they went up against was Jericho, and all the gold and silver were to be brought into the treasury of the Lord (Joshua 5:19). We can see this as tithing, or giving to God the first part of our income, and it is the first city that you will come to in your Christian walk. God will test you to see who you love the most, Him or your money. Achan just couldn't do it and kept some for himself, then Israel lost the next battle at Ai for God was no longer with them (Joshua 7:1). They couldn't take the second city until they had dealt with the first one properly.

    Today, God takes cares of what we cannot. He created salvation and redemption because we could not. Think of that as crossing the Jordan river into the promised land. Now you are saved and your feet are in the promised land, but it is not entirely yours until you work with God to take the rest of it by force.

    Jesus said, 'That which proceeds out of the man, that defiles the man. For from within, out of the hearts of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, sexual sins, murders, thefts, covetings, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and defile the man' (Mark 7:20).

    What you allow to remain inside of you, God allows as well. Our hate, anger, bitterness, greed, lust, jealousy, strife, addictions will stay as long as we 'tolerate' them. God will not separate us from our friends. When we decide to get rid of them, God will help us. It is a battle that we fight together with God.

    God worked with the Israelites as they took their promised land. He rained hailstones down on some of their enemies (Joshua 10:11) and sent hornets after others (Joshua 24:12). He will work with us as well to take back our land.

    The enemies that we face, like addictions, will do anything to stay just as theirs did. The Gibeonites lied to the Israelite leaders and got them to sign a treaty of peace. The Israelites did not inquire of God but followed their own judgment (Joshua 9:14). Your enemies will lie to you and tell you that it is harmless in order to stay, but you can't hold hands with the destroyer and expect good things to come from it.

    Everyone who gets serious with God knows when He puts His finger on something in their life that needs to change. Work with God to stomp out the bad and bring forth a harvest of good in your life. Take down the strongholds one at a time as God brings you to them, just like the cities. Take control of what is rightfully yours, your own body, your mind, and your mouth.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You give me the grace to change for the better. Don't let me stay the same! Break me out of the shell that I have formed, deliver me and set me free from the things that bind me. Help me see clearly what needs to change, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: He is risen! Good morning and happy Resurrection Day!

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Christie Smith
Christie Smithedited: April 16, 2017

A Very Blessed Resurrection Day to All.  I absolutely love this prayer and may God have His way with us.   Lord create in us a clean heart that looks to the hills from where our help comes.  Remove any obstacles that hinder our walk.  May we look to you Always and EVERYday to bring about this change.  All the glory be to God in the Highest.  Amen   Enjoy your Day All~

April 16, 2017
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Myrna Gonzalez
Myrna Gonzalez

 Thank you Pastor Dion for today's devotional .May the Holy Spirit reveal to me anything that's hidden deep in me and create a clean heart in me.May Yahweh bless you all. May this day be a remembrance of the Joy of his Resurrection. 

April 16, 2017
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Chris Decker
Chris Decker

Amen Pastor Dion. I pray you and Sylvia have a very blessed day today.Happy Resurrection to you both and thank you for serving us here.

April 16, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, He Has Risen Indeed! God bless everyone!!!

April 16, 2017
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez

Amen. Happy Resurrección day to pastor Dión, Sylvia and all  brothers and sisters of RHM. Thank you

April 16, 2017
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

AMEN!!!  <3

April 16, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much to all who are joining us here, Happy Resurrection Day <3! He is Risen!

April 16, 2017
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen! My chains have been broken for 7 years now from my addictions! Praise be to our Lord!!!

April 16, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

TO GOD BE THE GLORY !!!

April 16, 2017
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Christopher Shannon
Christopher Shannon

He IS Risen!  Our Savior LIVES!  Happy Resurrection Day!!!  

April 16, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Praise the Lord because He has risen, Alleluya. Happy Easter everyone.

April 16, 2017
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Anthony Kulbicki
Anthony Kulbicki

HE IS RISEN, INDEED! Great word Pastor Todd. 

April 16, 2017
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Rileyedited: April 16, 2017

Amen Christ is risen. Good reminder pastor Todd that whatever decisions we need to make we  need to involve the Lord at all times and not do things on our own understanding  

April 16, 2017
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Thank you for your faithfulness

April 16, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

I agree and claim this prayer over me and my family. In Jesus, name. Amen. <3

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You give me the grace to change for the better. Don't let me stay the same! Break me out of the shell that I have formed, deliver me and set me free from the things that bind me. Help me see clearly what needs to change, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3 

 

Thank you for todays devotion, Pastor Dion. :-)

April 16, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: April 16, 2017

         

 

(Psalm 139:23-24)  Search me O LORD GOD, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

A Very Blessed, joyful Resurrection Day to All of my RHM family. 

                                        

 

April 16, 2017
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Nicole Summers
Nicole Summers

Amen

April 16, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Happy Easter.  Maybthe Lord Bless each of you this day and everyday going forward!  Amen!!

April 16, 2017
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Michele  Smart
Michele Smart

Amen and Happy Easter.  My shoulders feel a little bit lighter after reading this message.

April 16, 2017
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Frances Felix
Frances Felix

 Amen. Happy resurrection day. Jesus is risen to die no more amen.

April 16, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Happy Resurrection Day everyone. Jesus has risen. Amen.

April 16, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen, and thank you Dion for all the messages, everyone of them, even before RHM, were all relevant, till today. God bless you and Sylvia and all at RHM. 

April 16, 2017
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Jay Donovan
Jay Donovan

Your message today was a message ment for me through you from God. I have doing well with my addiction and I give the RHM Ministry my blessings for helping me through this everyday. God Bless Pastor Dion and Sylvia for being there for me and everyone else 

April 16, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

AMEN! I wish everyone here at RHM a blessed, happy Easter!

April 16, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I pray that You give me the grace to change for the better. Don't let me stay the same! Break me out of the shell that I have formed, deliver me and set me free from the things that bind me. Help me see clearly what needs to change, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

April 17, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen. Happy Easter to everyone.Thank You a Pastor Todd for this devotion and prayer.

April 17, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Glad to be reminded of all that God did for the Israelites. Every place they put their foot/feet. God is on the move and as I desire Him to work in my life He will.  All the days of my life.  To point out the things in me that need routing out.  To experience Him with Joy and completely I don't want to miss what He wants to do.  What a Good God He Is!!  Grateful for Jesus and His obedience to His Father for us/me in his death I can find in my death to Him a new life out of darkness and into the Light. His blood cleansing me each new day and in each hour. Want to See Him, Hear Him, Ann Know Him!  You know me Lord and understand just how really weak I am..so Lord keep me!

May 1, 2017