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Connecting the Dots

  • Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness Luke 4:1 WEB

    I would not be here, if I had not first been there. So many times in our life we can look back and say those words. Where we were when we met our spouse, and how narrow a time frame that it was. Taking a job that we did not really like, only to find that it was a stepping stone for something better, or that it provided the skills that we would use later.

    These things are not mere coincidences. God has a plan and purpose for those that follow Him. Jesus was led by the Spirit to where He needed to be. So was Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Jonah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Peter, Paul and so many others in the bible.

    We are commanded to walk in the Spirit, to keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). Paul wrote: 'But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won't fulfill the lust of the flesh' (Galatians 5:16). Notice the word 'fulfill', it means: 'To complete, execute, accomplish, perform, finish.' It does not mean that you will never have bad thoughts or a desire, but that you will not follow through with them.

    God taught me a lot of the skills that I use today, in places that I did not want to be. Many of my stories come out of enduring hardship, but I wouldn't be here without them. They become a part of your path, and looking back, you can connect the dots.

    If God has brought you this far, and done all of that in the past, why not trust Him to take care of you today? You will be in the right place, at the right time. You are not going to miss anything that He has reserved for you. The hard things are just a part of the path, and though a road may have bumps, it will still get you to where you are going as long as you keep moving ahead. So stay the course, chin up, your life has a purpose.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for bringing me this far. I choose to believe that You have a plan and a purpose for me being where I am. Fulfill Your plan in my life and guide me to where I need to be, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: New Member Author Book: We are proud to announce that one of our member authors, Carol Pady (who also leads two of our groups), as completed a new book called "Abba Father: Finding the Heart of the Father", a study on the love of our heavenly Father! You can find her other books and those of our other authors linked on our members author page. Direct links to these pages can be found at the top of the home page, in the Announcements. Have a blessed Saturday :)!

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, take me to the King.

August 26, 2017
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

This devotional put such conviction in me that, it literally brought tears to my eyes! There IS a purpose for my life and my hardships!!! Thank you Pastor Dion,,,thank you.

August 26, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

 Bless you Tracy, there is purpose for you and all that would love and obey the Word.

August 26, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

This is so true, God uses every part of my life, I love that He never waist any of it.

August 26, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen, One step at a time!

August 26, 2017
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Yes,my life has been like the Pasters.One dot at a time.The best way to learn.God has been there every step of the way and he is still there.We love and praise him .we love him. Amen 

August 26, 2017
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen, today's devotional helps to refresh my walk with our Holy Spirit! Thank you

August 26, 2017
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

amen!! Thank you for this devotional!!

August 26, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

August 26, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen I am confident that I am exactly where He would want me to be!

August 26, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Thank you for this message. Some days I feel that I have missed God's purpose for me but I know that is not true. I wait on the Lord to fulfill His will for my life.

August 26, 2017
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Nichole Richardson
Nichole Richardson

Amen!

Thank you Lord for keeping me and my family safe during Hurricane Harvey!

August 26, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Glad y'all are ok, Nichole <3!

August 26, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Yes Nicole, "There is a Power that is not intimidated by Your circumstances."

August 26, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, thank You for all Your blessings. Make me always deserful of having You as my guide and protector.  Amen.

 

August 26, 2017
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

A powerful, encouraging word from the Lord, Pastor Dion. Thank you for your testimony and servant heart!

August 26, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

August 26, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

August 26, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for bringing me this far. I choose to believe that You have a plan and a purpose for me being where I am. Fulfill Your plan in my life and guide me to where I need to be, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

 

Thanks Pastor Dion for your devotion today. :-)

August 26, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

I'm so sorry that I missed today's meeting @ 4 PM, but I was still at work.

Thank you for your testimony/devotional, Pastor Dion, it came straight from the heart, what a blessing!!!

August 26, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Aww, we missed you, Liesel <3!

August 27, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I thank You for bringing me this far. I choose to believe that You have a plan and a purpose for me being where I am. Fulfill Your plan in my life and guide me to where I need to be, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

August 27, 2017
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen, thank you Lord. I will trust in you, I will wait on you, I decree and declare in Jesus name!

August 27, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen

August 30, 2017