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The Rising of the Sun

  • For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:8 WEB

    One night we watched a movie where the people made a sacrifice every day so that the sun would come up the next morning. They did this daily as the years passed by. Then one day everything went wrong, and they failed to make the daily sacrifice. The people were terrified and thought the world was going to end.

    Instead, the next day came and the sun rose in the sky anyway. They learned that the sun came up on its own, whether or not they made the sacrifice. They had been practicing a ritual that they thought was making a difference, but it was only a tradition that had been passed down through the generations.

    So it can be with us. When I came to the Lord, I read the Bible about eight hours a day, fasted more than I ate, went through bible college, gave all that I had in the offering plate, but there was no intimacy in my relationship with God. He was distant and I was trying to earn His love, trying hard to measure up. I knew a lot about God, I just did not know Him. He loved me the whole time. His love was already there every day while I was busy trying to earn it. I ignored Him while focusing hard on my works.

    There is certainly nothing wrong with fervently seeking God, and I still do, but remember that He is also seeking you. You already have His approval. 'We love Him because He first loved us' (1 John 4:19). 'What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?' (Luke 15:4).

    Relax. Talk to God as you would your best friend, share things with Him, and be yourself. God already loves you today, and you will not increase this love by your works. Of course you should try and live right, and faith with out works is dead, but works without the relationship is a waste of your life, your time, and your resources. If you miss the mark today, God will still love you, just as the sun managed to come up without the daily sacrifice.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please bring a balance into my life and help me to know You better. Fill my mind with Your thoughts and guide me today. I want to live my life with You at the center of it, and to have a relationship with You like Jesus did, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray

    Note: Good morning! For those may have missed the announcement, the Bible Study for Luke Chapter Thirteen is now available, but you can start any time! The study is presented on Saturdays during our RHM Live service, but you can view the text or video, and take the quiz at your convenience. For details and links to the study, please go here: RHM Bible Study


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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Forgiveness is a fruit of love, the agape love.

December 12, 2017
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Amen. It's so amazing to have His "Unconditional love ", always waiting for me no matter how far I strayed away. 

December 12, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

December 12, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 12, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen 

December 12, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen, thank you for loving us heavenly Father!

December 12, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Thank you God

December 12, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Thank You LORD, You are faithful!

December 12, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you God for your love.I love and worship you.You are awesome. Amen 

December 12, 2017
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Love this and this devotional so much!!

 Thank you 

December 12, 2017
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

This is always a struggle.  I want to feel the presence and love of God continuously but it is always intermittent.

December 12, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father please bring a balance into my life and help me to know You better. Fill my mind with Your thoughts and guide me today. I want to live my life with You at the center of it, and to have a relationship with You like Jesus did, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Great message Pastor Dion!

December 12, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: December 13, 2017

I agree with Lynn's prayer. Amen!

December 13, 2017
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Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Thank You, Lord, for giving Pastor Dion the message that we need to hear! Amen!

December 12, 2017
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

December 12, 2017
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen!

December 12, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Thank You Lord for giving me the opportunity to be close to You every day. Thank You for Your protection and blessings. Amen. 

December 12, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

December 12, 2017
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Amen

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 12, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: December 13, 2017

Heavenly Father please bring a balance into my life and help me to know You better. Fill my mind with Your thoughts and guide me today. I want to live my life with You at the center of it, and to have a relationship with You like Jesus did, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen <3

 

Father, I pray for balance in my life, I want You to always be in the center of my life. I ask You Father, to always have a personal relationship with me. Amen <3

 

Thank you for todays devotion Pastor Dion. <3

December 12, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Diane, beautiful prayer <3!

December 13, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Grateful for my relationship with the Lord!

December 12, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father please bring a balance into my life and help me to know You better. Fill my mind with Your thoughts and guide me today. I want to live my life with You at the center of it, and to have a relationship with You like Jesus did, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

December 13, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen and amen, brother!

December 13, 2017
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen!

 

December 13, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!

December 13, 2017