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The Sound of Music

  • and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then the herald cried aloud, 'To you it is commanded, peoples, nations, and languages, that whenever you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. Whoever doesn't fall down and worship shall be cast into the middle of a burning fiery furnace the same hour. Daniel 3:3 WEB

    Three Hebrews stood before a giant golden idol that was ninety feet high and were commanded to bow down and worship it when the music began to play. It was a direct violation of God's law to do this, but everyone around them seemed to be doing it. The Hebrews refused to worship the idol and they were thrown into a fiery furnace, but God delivered them out of it and they were not burned.

    Thousands of others just worshiped the idol like they were told, when the music began to play. It is interesting that they were only required to worship this golden image when the music played. Ninety-nine percent of the time, their life went on as normal. It was a trigger, when you hear the music, you must do this.

    Have you ever had something that only popped up at certain times in your life and you felt almost powerless against it? You were so certain, once again, that you had beaten this and put it behind you. Then the music played, and you did it again. It is like the enemy has a small music box in our pocket that he can open, and then something dark drops over us.

    There is hope, for if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36). Jesus brings light into the darkness. It is simply a pop test: 'Are they ready for the next level? I guess not.' God understands this and is patient with us. It is just a test. When you stumble, get up, repent, and move on, again. Don't give up on God. Don't give up on life. One day God will set you free from this and when the music plays nothing will happen, but until then, you must get up and keep going.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please set me free from the things that hold me, and burn the iniquity out of me. I thank You that there is still hope and that Your mercy is renewed each morning. Wash me and I will be clean. Take away the music box. Fill me with Your Spirit and give me the mind of Christ, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Heavenly Father please set me free from the things that hold me, and burn the iniquity out of me. I thank You that there is still hope and that Your mercy is renewed each morning. Wash me and I will be clean. Take away the music box. Fill me with Your Spirit and give me the mind of Christ, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

 

Father, set me free from all that holds me back from, wash me clean, fill me with the Holy Spirit and give me the mind of Christ. In Jesus, name I Pray. Amen <3 

 

Thank you for todays devotion, Pastor Dion. :-)

December 18, 2017
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph

Amen, thank you Jesus for giving me hope and courage when the music played, and putting peace in my heart.

December 18, 2017
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

This Word couldn't be more dead on for me!!!  It was literally music that put my mind in a bad place & the enemy had control over the music box.  I can only say, I love my RHM family!!!!!!!

December 18, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen to this one, if you have never experienced this, it will happen. The enemy does not play fair, but he has been defeated! 

December 18, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

So true, brother <3!

December 18, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

December 18, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen!

December 18, 2017
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

Amen!!!

Happy Monday!!!

December 18, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywineedited: December 18, 2017

Been through times like this.Jesus has been there and sent me to the right path.He is so very awesome.I love and worship him. Thanks for RHM. Amen 

December 18, 2017
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

This message  hit home praise God for his love 

December 18, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen sometimes it takes several attempts to pass a test.

December 18, 2017
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Praise God for the journey. Thank you, Pastor Dion, for the reminder of God’s ever present promise of forgiveness. Getting back up this morning! Thank you, Lord.

December 18, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, You know what's going on in my life. Wash my sins away and lead me to a better tomorrow, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. Blessed Monday everyone.

December 18, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

This devotional brings to mind the triggers that prompted me to light up a Newport when I used to be a smoker! I'm so grateful God delivered me from that nasty habit!

December 18, 2017
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen!

December 18, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion for this message!

December 18, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Yes, mine is to work on...Quick to Listen and slow to Speak.

December 18, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

December 18, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!!!

December 18, 2017
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

Amen! I believe you have hit the nail on the head hard and strong with this one. I think we all feel we are the only ones that let the Lord down when the music plays. We may feel unworthy of the Lords forgiveness and readyto give up the fight. Thank you for listening to the Holy Spirit and obeying.

December 19, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father please set me free from the things that hold me, and burn the iniquity out of me. I thank You that there is still hope and that Your mercy is renewed each morning. Wash me and I will be clean. Take away the music box. Fill me with Your Spirit and give me the mind of Christ, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

December 19, 2017
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Stephanie Scott
Stephanie Scott

I most definitely needed this!  I was always taught from the church growing up that if you fall...that's it, you've messed up and God is angry with you and now you more or less have to offer sacrifice in some way to be forgiven.  You just can't ask for fogiveness if you knew not to do wrong and did it anyway.

This has truly opened my eyes that God still loves me when I fall.  I love my children and grandchildren when they mess up, I don't just stop but I try to teach them not to do it again or tell them why not to.  I will try again to pass the "pop test"....

December 19, 2017
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Been there and done that for a while. Thinking what's the point,when my life went from bad to worse. I felt like the better part of me was ripped away and then realized I had no control over the situation what so ever. Then, Father God told me that HE did. HE's been teaching me ever since and only with His help have I been able to pass any test and get back up when I have fallen...........

December 21, 2017