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Complaining About the Present

  • They traveled from Mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. The soul of the people was very discouraged because of the journey. The people spoke against God and against Moses: 'Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, there is no water, and our soul loathes this disgusting food!' Numbers 21:4 WEB

    The Israelites slowly made their way towards the promised land, but it took a lot longer than it should. In fact, it was only an eleven-day journey (Deuteronomy 1:2), but it took forty years because of bad attitudes, and disobedience. Grumblings of "I am thirsty!", "Where is the food" and "Are we there yet?" were probably heard throughout the crowd.

    When God provided food for them, they hated it. Numbers 11:6 tells us: 'but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!' Complaining all the way, they went around and around the same mountain until they all died. The complainers never did enter the promised land. All of them died in the wilderness, then their children went in along with Joshua and Caleb.

    It is human nature to want to get where we are going. We set out to go to somewhere and we just want to get there. Always looking at tomorrow: when the weekend comes we are going to' when our vacation comes we are going to' when we retire we are going to' while completely ignoring our life that is quickly passing by us today.

    Remember this: Your life is happening while on this journey, and how you react to it will determine how long that it takes you to reach your goals. Enjoy today while it is today, lighten up and laugh a little. Keep a positive attitude. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for the food that You have provided for me, and I appreciate it. Thank You for all that You do for me. Thank You that I am still breathing today. I am not ashamed to say that my help comes from You Lord and I am truly grateful. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

August 2, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen! Thank you God

August 2, 2017
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

Amen! Thank you LORD for today. I live another day to Praise you. Show me your Awesome wonders let me reflect you in everything I do today and always.

August 2, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I am truly grateful and praise you God. Amen

August 2, 2017
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Thank you Jesus,  I think this was for me today.  I needed this reminder,  stop grumbling and live for today

August 2, 2017
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Barbara Miramon
Barbara Miramon

I am guilty of all of this. Lord, please send the Holy Spirit to guide me to change my ways. 

August 2, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen. 

August 2, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen. Everyday is a gift from God!

August 2, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for the food that You have provided for me, and I appreciate it. Thank You for all that You do for me. Thank You that I am still breathing today. I am not ashamed to say that my help comes from You Lord and I am truly grateful. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen thank you *♡*

August 2, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Hum interestingly put!! In recovery you hear from winners and winers--all attitude!!

 

August 2, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

I have recently found out this is something I am guilty of without even recognizing it. We as human beings have such a hard time understanding that God is fully in charge. I know for me, God showed me what He wanted to do, and I just thought I had to make it happen. Boy was I wrong, after 10 years, I am finally ready to let God be God and just follow along. I have found it is very easy to forget, He is God, not me!

August 2, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen brother.

August 2, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Jim, so true <3!

August 2, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

I agree, Jim and I need to do the same. In Jesus name I prat this over me. Amen

August 2, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you Paster Dion and Sylvia,everyone for prayers for my granddaughters surgery.She did very well and they replaced the worn out cadaver tubes for her heart and replaced with new ones.Jesus,I thank you for healing her heart.You are wonderful,magnificent,fantastic and awesome....I love and worship you. Amen 

August 2, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

That is awesome news! Thank You Lord for answered prayers! I will continue to pray for a complete and speedy recovery :)

August 2, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

thank you

August 2, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That is great news, David, praise God <3!

August 2, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you

August 2, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

God is the great healer!!

August 2, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

thank you

August 2, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

TO GOD BE THE GLORY

August 2, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you

August 2, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amne!! David and Dianna, I am thankful Jesus, was in the midst of all this and their granddaughter is doing well.  I pray for a blessed healing and as fast as needed. Let it be complete as soon as it's needs and keep her moving forward. Jesus, stay in the midst. In Jesus, name. Amen <3

August 2, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you.

August 2, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Lord for this day!

August 2, 2017
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

Amen. I need more patience in my life so this really touched me today.  Father God, keep us from complaining and mumbling and give us patience and enduranc. Amen. <3

August 2, 2017
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank you Lord for this reminder. Thank pastor for this morning devotion.

August 2, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

God does know what is best, and His timing is always right. Thank You Jesus for teaching me to wait on You, and to willingly be obedient even when it is hard.

August 2, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Amen, God is my  Helper and Provider. Praises to His Holy Name.

August 2, 2017
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Linda Lauver
Linda Lauver

Timely devotion again! Thank you!

August 2, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

This would be a perfect prayer to recite every morning!

August 2, 2017
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

I like that! Today is a gift ,that's why we call it the present! :D

August 2, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: August 2, 2017

I truly love this from you Pastor Dion.

"Remember this: Your life is happening while on this journey, and how you react to it will determine how long that it takes you to reach your goals. Enjoy today while it is today, lighten up and laugh a little. Keep a positive attitude. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That is why it is called the present." 

I Praise and give thanks to our LORD GOD ALMIGHTY forever and ever.

August 2, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

August 2, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Thank you loving Father for today, yesterday and whatever comes my way.  Lord without you in my life nothing else matters. I am truly Blessed, grateful and very thankful for each day, for it is truly a precious gift.  Father in Heaven, forgive me for complaining about the insignificant things that don't matter and help me focus only on you!  Amen!!

August 2, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

I say this quite often .....life is full! As a achristian never boring as some may think when you are a Christian.  I just remember the awareness of Jesus in my life & how blown away I was.  My responsonse was, Yes, I want to follow You!!  1979. The journey has been as Hannah Hurnard's..High Feet in High Places.  What a journey description that was!  Loved it!  Read often.  Going upward with the Shepard of Love that led into valleys low, comforting places to rest in His care with love for her..for us and then trek on.  If you haven't read this ...Much Afraid(her name given in book) had a limp.  A limp relating to all as something else we deal with in life traveling with two friends Suffering and Sorrow.  Current friends that vpbecome two new friends at rather end I laughed to read saying ...yes...yes..yes!  I find simplicity in this Christian life I leave daily with other days mixed given to God or they are much to bear.  Recent prayer is a mortgage refinance will go thru in time to pay taxes due by by end of August.  Never been late and looking to God who owns everything and reigns over these things.  He can stop time when needed He can push it thru.  The song playing is singing ...God will make away....

August 2, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Cheryl, and praying with you for the refinance, and for His provision in all ways that are needed <3!

August 3, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I thank You so much for the food that You have provided for me, and I appreciate it. Thank You for all that You do for me. Thank You that I am still breathing today. I am not ashamed to say that my help comes from You Lord and I am truly grateful. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

August 3, 2017
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Amen 

August 3, 2017