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The Benefits Package

  • Praise Yahweh, my soul, and don't forget all his benefits, who forgives all your sins, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your desire with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:2 WEB

    Years ago, I mainly worked in low end jobs where the only benefit, was having the job. I worked in the tobacco fields, as a construction laborer, then learned to paint houses. What I knew as a vacation was when we were rained out, and that wasn't paid.

    Eventually I gained enough experience that people sought me out to come work for them. Then I got a job that had actual benefits and a paid vacation. It felt strange at first, and I did not make use of them much. It took me a while to understand that benefits were important.

    When inquiring about a job, we need to understand the benefits before we make a decision. Do they have insurance, retirement, paid vacations? The benefits can be why we take the job in the first place, and we should make use of them. They are a part of the package.

    Serving the Lord has benefits as well. Forgiveness of your mistakes, healing for your body, redemption, steadfast love and mercy, being able to be satisfied, renewed vigor, and supernatural provision. Of course, they are not the reason we live for Him, but there is also no reason to neglect what He so lovingly gives us.

    Often we overlook these benefits and prefer to just struggle on without His help. Or like me, you have walked so long without them that you don't know how to put them to use. But would you say no to free health insurance, or how about 'Just forget the vacation, I would rather work on through this time without pay.'

    Jesus told us to pray 'Give us this day our daily bread' (Matthew 6:11) and James wrote 'You do not have, because you do not ask' (James 4:2). When you fall down, ask for forgiveness and get up knowing that you are forgiven, it is a benefit. When you are sick, pray to be healed, it is a perk. When you have lack, pray for the Lord to provide the means. Love and mercy, are also included in the package. It is OK to pray about your needs, and yes, God does love you no matter what you 'feel' at the moment.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for providing benefits for believers and I know that I am in good hands, Yours. Please provide for my family, heal us, forgive us, may we walk the straight and narrow path. Help us find our place and where we fit in Your plan, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy New Year, thank you all for walking with us into 2018! May He bless you all with a joyful year, and draw you closer to Him each day!


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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Amen. Happy New Year to you and Sylvia as well!

January 1, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen!

Thank you Pastor and a very Holy sprit filled New year to Sylvia and you and all at Refreshing Hope!!

January 1, 2018
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen! thank you, and Happy New Year :)

January 1, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Happy New Year and many, many Blessings to ALL in the New Year!

January 1, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Happy happy new year, everyone, hope you all had a blessed time ringing in 2018 :)! 

January 1, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Happy and healthy 2018 to you and Pastor Dion!

January 1, 2018
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Joseph Gomez
Joseph Gomez

Amen! Thank you brother for truth spoken!


"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." - 2 Peter 1:3  

"But yet, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you." - Phillipians 3:13-15

January 1, 2018
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

Happy New Year brothers and sisters.

January 1, 2018
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Bob Conquest
Bob Conquest

Happy New Year !!!!!

January 1, 2018
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Wesley Cox
Wesley Cox

Happy New Year, and thank you, Pastor Dion for the morning message.

January 1, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen, serving the Lord has been the greatest adventure of my life. I know what it is to live without the benefits. When I first heard the Kingdom message in 1993. I just wondered would this really work for me. After 24 years, I can tell everyone it reallly does work. Thank you heavenly Father for Jesus and this new life!

January 1, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Happy New Year to all with many, many blessings!

January 1, 2018
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Happy New year! I look forward to another year of inspiring messages from you Pastor Dion! I pray for you and Sylvia as well as the entire Refreshing Hope Ministries family for a blessed and prosperous year. 

January 1, 2018
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

Father GOD, I thank you for giving us Benefits for our benefit. That is the best kind. Knowing what we each need and providing for those needs. This is truly a Happy New Year. Because I feel strong enough to stop smoking. I am being challenged right now .AND I know this is what GOD wants me to do. He will bring me through the fire. Because he is right there with me. Thank you Father GOD. Amen.

January 1, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for all Your blessings and benefits .. love, forgiveness, mercy, healing, protection and provision!

January 1, 2018
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Amen

January 1, 2018
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Happy New Year to all.Gods blessings and prayers for everyone for a wonderful New Year.Thanks to Paster Dion and Sylvia for RHM. God loves you all and so do we. Amen 

January 1, 2018
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Thank you Jesus for another year of worshiping you and allow me to get closer to the word.  I pray 2018 will be a year of break out and favor,  I am climbing out ot the valley and I see the ridge to hold on to where you are there with your hand to help me out.  God you are my saviour! 

January 1, 2018
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Happy New Year to my RHM family! 

January 1, 2018
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

January 1, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Thank You Lord for this New Year,help us accomplish Your will and wait on Your grace. In Jesus name I pray, Amen 

Thank you Pastor for this devotional, on point for a new beginning. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.

January 1, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Lord make my life mine. Do what needs to be done. You know it all. Amen

January 1, 2018
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen

January 1, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

Happy new year to you and Sylvia too Dion, God bless you until His return. 

January 1, 2018
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Linda Rogers
Linda Rogers

Happy New Year to you Pastor Dion and Sylvia! I am looking forward to your daily messages to us. I cannot tell you how much they uplift me and give me strength.

January 1, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

January 1, 2018
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Happy Blessed New Year everyone.  GOD LOVES US ALL.  From Canada

January 1, 2018
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen! Well said!! Happy New year everyone!!

 

January 1, 2018
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Starting off the New Year sick, so I really needed this! 

January 1, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for providing benefits for believers and I know that I am in good hands, Yours. Please provide for my family, heal us, forgive us, may we walk the straight and narrow path. Help us find our place and where we fit in Your plan, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.Amen thank you

January 2, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I thank You for providing benefits for believers and I know that I am in good hands, Yours. Please provide for my family, heal us, forgive us, may we walk the straight and narrow path. Help us find our place and where we fit in Your plan, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

January 2, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother, God bless <3!

January 2, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you all for the wonderful prayers and blessings for the new year :)! We love y'all and praying that God blesses you all richly in 2018!

January 2, 2018
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Heavenly Father I thank You for providing benefits for believers and I know that I am in good hands, Yours. Please provide for my family, heal us, forgive us, may we walk the straight and narrow path. Help us find our place and where we fit in Your plan, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

 

Thank you pastor Dion, :-)

January 2, 2018
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Amen

January 4, 2018
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Debbie Gregory
Debbie Gregory

I've been sick this week so just catching up on my devotions.  This was perfect for me as my home has been hit at every turn with some type of problem, from the heat system, leaking shower, hot water, fuses going out. It's been this way since day one, but I will say that God has sent help for each situation and I know He's got me. He is my provider and I give Him all the praise, honor and glory for all He's done and is doing in my life.  It can get me down at times because I'm single and getting help can be difficult, but God shows up and shows out! I just have to keep the faith. 

January 4, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

So sorry you have been sick, Debbie ;(! Praying for your health, and for much grace over these home issues, in the name of Jesus <3!

January 5, 2018
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Debbie Gregory
Debbie Gregory

Thank you for your prayers.  My stress level is out the roof today.  Health wise, I'm feeling better except for the ear disease.  It's going to rain and my ears are ringing like crazy.  God bless you. 

January 27, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

I'm glad your health is improving at least, Debbie! Praying for His peace to reign over you and your home, and that He guides you into His best for your life <3! (((HUGS)))

January 27, 2018