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The Cutting Edge

  • It happened in these days, that he went out to the mountain to pray, and he continued all night in prayer to God. When it was day, he called his disciples, and from them he chose twelve, whom he also named apostles Luke 6:12 WEB

    Even though Jesus was the son of God, He prayed a lot. He continually developed His relationship with His Father. Intimacy and infinite knowledge were not freely given to Him, He had to work at it. Jesus was tested in all ways, just like us, but without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus did not pray once at the beginning of His ministry, but often withdrew to have some quiet time to pray and listen. Jesus was on the cutting edge, because He stayed in tune with what the Father was doing.

    All of us have heard or read messages that felt like they were meant for us, directly from God. We have also heard others that seemed dated, irrelevant, or boring. When the apostles spoke, the people listening were: 'cut to the heart' (Acts 2:37, Acts 5:33, Acts 7:54) because they sharpened themselves in prayer:

    'When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were gathered together. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness' (Acts 4:31).

    If you want your words to be relevant today, to walk on the cutting edge, then you will have to spend time in prayer as well. Even taking a few minutes to talk to the Lord will help shape your day, brighten your outlook, and encourage those around you. There is an infinite well of resources, wisdom, knowledge, forgiveness, grace and mercy, that we can access, and it all starts with prayer.

    Any relationship that stops talking will slowly but surely die, while relationships that talk a lot grow in strength. We have all had friends that we lost contact with because we ceased talking at some point. Most often, we just get too busy with our daily life to maintain a strong relationship with very many people at a time, and we keep a special few. Be sure that the Lord is in your inner circle.

    Today, be sure to spend a few minutes alone with God in prayer, if nothing more than to tell Him good morning and thank You for letting me wake up again. It is a daily thing that you should get in the habit of doing, and you have to start somewhere. If you want to grow closer to the Lord, take a few minutes to talk to Him each day. Jesus did.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for always being there and I am sorry that I am not always as faithful as I could be. Draw my heart to You and fan the flames within me. Sharpen me Lord. For the sake of the world, light a fire within me. Help me be steadfast, graceful, loving and merciful today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Oh that I might decrease so that Christ, can increase in my spirit. Amen

August 3, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

August 3, 2017
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lordseeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7 KJV

August 3, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen.

August 3, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

True! Amen! 

August 3, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

I have spent a lot of time on a website called Quora.com, it just amazes me how few people acually know there is a God. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6; But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Has religon mess up following God to the point that most people do not even realize there is a God? Lord, help everyone to know! 

August 3, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen!

August 3, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

I Agree! Amen! 

August 3, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

August 3, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I believe that God does want a personal relationship with me, that means I must spend time with Him. My prayer is to be alone with Him every day, to get to know Him, and His will for my life.

August 3, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amne!

August 3, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for always being there and I am sorry that I am not always as faithful as I could be. Draw my heart to You and fan the flames within me. Sharpen me Lord. For the sake of the world, light a fire within me. Help me be steadfast, graceful, loving and merciful today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3 Thank you.... a timely message as always :) I could use a little more quality time with our Heavenly Father... think I'l go meditate and pay right now <3 Blessings

August 3, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

August 3, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

August 3, 2017
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

I did that this morning. Thank you for the reminder. Amen.

August 3, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!

August 3, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!  We must stay in tuned with the Lord!  Thank you Jesus for being the Good Shepherd and role model for all of us!  I love you Lord and thank you for all the Blessings you bestow on me each and every day!

August 3, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Hum pretty basic, very real!!

August 3, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you Jesus you are awesome. Amen 

August 3, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

May I always put You first Lord before anything else in my life. Help me daily to walk with You and grow in my relationship with You. Thank you Pastor for this reminder.

August 3, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!

August 3, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen. I begin the day talking to my Father and thanking Him, then I talk to Him all day long as I go about my daily work. Just speaking to Him, though most of the time it is only me doing the talking, makes me feel closer to Him. Then when He speaks to me through a devotional, a Bible verse or an answered prayer, it only further develops my dependence upon Him.

August 3, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen! 

August 3, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Thank you Father for all Your blessings. AMEN.

August 3, 2017
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Amen 

August 3, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for always being there and I am sorry that I am not always as faithful as I could be. Draw my heart to You and fan the flames within me. Sharpen me Lord. For the sake of the world, light a fire within me. Help me be steadfast, graceful, loving and merciful today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

 

I wake up every moring talking to the Father and thanking him. I then go into prayers. When I wake up at anytime in the night if I can fall asleep. I will wake up, I always go right into prayers. I walk threw my house and where ever I go I am always talking or praying to the Father. Please Father keep me on the right track keep me close to You always so I will always feel safe. Thank You, Father! I Love You! <3

 

Pastor Dion thanks for your devotion today. :-)

August 3, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

August 3, 2017
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Chris Decker
Chris Deckeredited: August 3, 2017

Lately I can't get enough of God if anything tries to crowd out my time with the Lord I feel really empty.I try now not to let anybody take place of my fill up time I call it because without it I have nothing to pour into people and feel unable to really pour into people who need me for whatever reason.I can do all things through Christ who stregthens me and that for me is shutting myself in with the Lord and letting noone come between that need for Christ fill up and so at times I shut everyone else out to get what I need from the Lord or else I cannot give out because I on a empty tank otherwise. Seems selfish at times but I really don't care anymore I feel Lord says to me pour into me and than you can pour in others afterwards but the lord must be first.

August 3, 2017
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

Yes that is so true Chris, the Lord God HAS to be first in all things and in all areas of our lives before anyone else! Glad you are spending more time with God! I love you! <3

August 3, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

I don't think that's selfish, Chris! Besides the obvious, you will not be what you need to be for your friends, without that time with Him, so better to just let them wait <3.

August 4, 2017
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen

August 3, 2017
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you pastor

August 3, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Amen!

August 3, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I thank You for always being there and I am sorry that I am not always as faithful as I could be. Draw my heart to You and fan the flames within me. Sharpen me Lord. For the sake of the world, light a fire within me. Help me be steadfast, graceful, loving and merciful today, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

August 4, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother <3!

August 4, 2017