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The Silent Time

  • A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak Ecclesiastes 3:7 WEB

    When attending classes in school, the teacher is right there with you, answering any questions that you may have and explaining the subject matter. But when the test comes, you are on your own to complete it using the knowledge that you have been taught. The teacher will no longer answer your questions, and there will be silence in the classroom.

    When it is time to test what you have been learning, you have to be attentive and apply yourself. Are you ready to go to the next chapter, or do you have to re-take this same test for the third time? You will eventually have to pass the test in order to advance.

    I know that God will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), but there will be times when He is not speaking. My wife and I are always together, but we are not constantly talking. You can be in His presence, and hear nothing but silence. During Hezekiah's most prosperous time, God left him for a season to test him, that he might know all that was in his heart. (2 Chronicles 32:31).

    At times in your walk with the Lord Jesus, you are going to experience this. You will have to live what you have learned. Walking with the Lord is more than words. When it happens, do not panic. This is a normal progression, and you are not a special case. Times like this have a set beginning, and an ending. The test will also scale to match your level.

    If you are trying your best but still going through a silent time in your life, and it seems that God has nothing to say to you, then you are probably going through a test. Hold your head up, think positive, and remember the things that you have been taught during the previous months. They are the key to what you are going through now. The Lord always prepares us, and we often know more than we think we do. Soon this test will be over, and if you have paid attention you will advance to the next level. If you fail it, you will be given another chance.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You bring all the things back to my remembrance that I need to know today. I know that You have already put the things that I need inside of me. Please bring them back to the surface. I need You today, In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy Sunday! Just wanted to send a big thank you to all of you for being there for us at Refreshing Hope Ministries, for your prayers, for your encouragement, for your financial support, and for your participation in the online church. We could not do it without you! For those who would like to join in supporting the work of this ministry, here is the link: RHM Donation Page


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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Truth Amen 

October 29, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jacksonedited: October 29, 2017

Dear Father, I always need your guidance and I totally depend on you every day.  I cannot and will not move forward without your full Blessing.  I thank you for this day and for all days, past, present and future.  In the name of Jesus your most precious Son I pray!!  Amen!!

October 29, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

October 29, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen, I say it is time to leave this mountain.

October 29, 2017
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Ted Muilenburg
Ted Muilenburg

Be still  and know that I am GOD- a big part of communication is listening!

October 29, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

This message encouraged me in many ways. Amen. 

October 29, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Jesus,thank you for listening and caring.You are my Lord and Master.I love you. Amen 

October 29, 2017
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

October 29, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Cool teaching--ever so true!! Ah ya like our time to shine in challanges-yep!!

October 29, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

October 29, 2017
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen, started out as a slow learner, but I am getting better! 

October 29, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, that what You have teached me be a reminder of what You want me to be ,in Jesus name. Amen. 

October 29, 2017
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau

Great message today, Pastor Dion. Thank you and thank the Lord for this message and the lessons that come, though they can be stressful to learn. 

October 29, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Great message Pastor, I never thought of the silence as being a test. Amen

October 29, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Pastor Dion. I have experienced "The sounds of silence"and wondered where God had gone.Thank you for explaining this. I now understand.Blessings to you and Sylvia.

October 29, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

October 29, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen 

October 29, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: October 29, 2017

Speaking of the seasons of life with my Lord: - Oh Lord, please give me discernment to know when to speak and when to be silent, when to act out my faith for others to see and witness and Lord-willing plant a seed, and Lord please let me know that you are near, when I'm tearful or even beyond crying, in Jesus name I pray! Amen!

Thanks to you Pastor, I can see this passage in a totally different light! All the different seasons in life are all lessons for me to learn, tests and challenges, and even if I fail again and again He is faithful and true to see me through!

October 29, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You bring all the things back to my remembrance that I need to know today. I know that You have already put the things that I need inside of me. Please bring them back to the surface. I need You today, In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

 

Thank You Pastor Dion :-)

October 30, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I pray that You bring all the things back to my remembrance that I need to know today. I know that You have already put the things that I need inside of me. Please bring them back to the surface. I need You today, In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

October 30, 2017