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The Outcasts

  • Behold, at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you, and I will save those who are lame, and gather those who were driven away. I will give them praise and honor, whose shame has been in all the earth. Zephaniah 3:19 WEB

    My brother and I went into the garden once again and picked some bell peppers to eat for breakfast. After my dad left for work, my stepmother would put my brother and I outside, and then bring her children in for breakfast. She kept the cereal in a cabinet with a padlock on it so that it wouldn't be wasted on us. She had ten children of her own, as well as three stepchildren, of which I was the youngest. Later, when we became old enough to work, she began charging the stepchildren rent to live there.

    We were the outcasts, the unwanted, and we were constantly reminded that we were nothing, and that we would never amount to anything. Her kids were older than us and felt that we were trying to steal their inheritance, and so they despised us. When you are treated as trash for so long, you begin to believe it, and expect it. I grew up with baggage that would scare many psychiatrists, but my story does not end there.

    After all of that mess, God sought me out and turned my life around. It turns out that His heart is for the outcasts. God sees your suffering and what you are going through. God will change your shame into praise. When God gets a hold of your life, no one can stop Him and no one can get in His way. The ones that looked down on you will have to look up in awe at what God has done in your life, just like the half-brothers of Joseph looked up to him.

    If you have been an outcast, know that God cares deeply for you. I am amazed how much God cares for the lost, the outcasts, the broken. He will truly leave the ninety-nine sheep behind (Luke 15:4) in order to seek the lost out. When He has found them, He rejoices.

    Know today that if you are down, that He will lift you up. When everyone else hates you, that He will still love you. When they put you out, that He will take you in. When they say that you will be nothing, that He will mold you into something. God has a plan for your life. Surrender to Him completely, and never look back.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for Your mighty hand on my life. You see the broken and the needy. You rescue the outcasts. Lead me and I will follow You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy Sunday! Don't forget that our RHM Live weekend service is happening today at 10am EST! We will be continuing our online Bible Study with Part One of Luke, Chapter Twenty-Two, as well as bringing our first online communion! To find out more or join us this morning, go to this page: RHM Live


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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

Feb 11
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Most of the people that I know that are truly used by God are oddballs and misfits to most of society. God has a very unique way of leveling the playing field.

Feb 11
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you for sharing.  May God bless you! 

Feb 11
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Thank God He had a plan for your life which helped further his plan for mine.

 

Feb 11
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,praise you Jesus for being in our lives.We love and thank you always.We we're lost and now are found.

Feb 11
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Thank you God for loving me!

Feb 11
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen, thank you God for your promise to never leave or forsake us, for loving an outcast like me, in Jesus name I pray. Thank you Pastor Dion for your word!

Feb 11
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Norma Fuentes
Norma Fuentes

Amen!

Feb 11
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen! Thank you so much Pastor Dion for this devotion and message, and thank you so much for today's Communion Service! I feel so blessed and lifted up that I cannot put it into mere words! You and Sylvia are such a blessing to me, and I love you both! May the Lord bless you and keep you and give you a wonderful week! "Numbers 6:24-26"

Feb 11
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

God loves the outcasts, the rejected, the so-called losers of this world. It is the most broken people that can become the most devoted Christians. Perhaps its because we feel so useless and unloved that He loves to adopt us and put us to use and fill us up with His love. We have been unspoiled and beaten down by the world, already humbled deeply and even suffer from lack of self-esteem. He knows this makes us an ideal candiate for working for His kingdom. He loves to confound the wise by using the weakest vessels. We have a lot of broken pieces that He can work with to remake us into something beautiful. So the wise of the world will scratch their heads in amazement when they see how far we exceed their expectations. All to God's glory.

Feb 11
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

 Amen!

Feb 11
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

Feb 11
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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Linda Kovacs
Linda Kovacs

:)

Feb 11
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Heavenly Father I thank You for Your mighty hand on my life. You see the broken and the needy. You rescue the outcasts. Lead me and I will follow You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.Amen <3

 

Being the outcast can make you have really bad feelings about your self. It's sad that anyone would treat another human in a bad manor. Treat others as you would want to be treated and pray from the ones that act unkind to others. They need help their broken so they try to make others broken as they are. Sad that they can do this to another person. It takes some time to feel normal again and sometimes you never feel like your old self. You take a plate toss it on the floor and break it try to put it back together. That plate will never be that plate it was before. That's the way it goes for the ones that get broken in life too. So try and always be kind to others everyone is fighting their own battles. Amen <3

 

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

Feb 11
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Oh Pastor! you have been through so much so early and for so long!!!

But see how wonderfully God has used your mess and turned it into a Blessing! Not in your life alone but to all of us in Refreshing Hope!

We thank you for your life ...leading n guiding us!

May the Almighty bless you infintely and use you even ore mightily for His coing kingdeom. Stay Blessed!

 

Feb 12
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  God Bless!  Heavenly Father I thank You for Your mighty hand on my life. You see the broken and the needy. You rescue the outcasts. Lead me and I will follow You, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

Feb 12
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for Your mighty hand on my life. You see the broken and the needy. You rescue the outcasts. Lead me and I will follow You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.Amen *♡* Thank you

Feb 12