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When the Grace is Gone

  • Jacob saw the expression on Laban's face, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. Yahweh said to Jacob, 'Return to the land of your fathers, and to your relatives, and I will be with you.' Genesis 31:2 WEB

    Things were beginning to be difficult for Jacob where he worked. The Lord had certainly put him there in the beginning, prospered him greatly and he had become wealthy. Up until then, his father-in-law had always treated him with favor. Now there was a distance between them, strife, and a growing distrust. Laban had changed Jacob's wages ten times (Genesis 31:7). Though each time Laban tried to pay Jacob less, God would reverse the expected outcome and Jacob would grow wealthier. Then the day came when the Lord told Jacob, 'Return home and I will be with you.'

    I have been in a work place where I knew without a shadow of doubt that God had put me there. At first it was very easy and graceful, but eventually the grace lifted. It became difficult, there was a growing distrust, and each change that came was always for the worse. In time, the Lord told me to leave, though at the time I had nowhere to go. It was just a leap of faith. This I have learned:

    'When the grace is gone, it is time to move on.'

    Sometimes when it becomes time to move, God will allow things to become increasingly difficult, and then a door opens where we should go. It can all seem so natural, but it is God behind the scenes moving people to where they need to be. Not every difficult situation is to be left; some of the worst ones I had to endure. There were three points in this story: 1) Jacob had gotten uncomfortable. 2) He was able to leave. 3) He felt that he heard the Lord say go.

    Anytime that you have to make a big decision, pray and listen for the Lord's voice. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice.' Ask the Lord to make it an easy decision and to close the doors that you should stay out of. Change brings new and exciting things and it is necessary for us to move forward. If you do not change directions, you will end up exactly where you are headed. So be sure that is where you want to go.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You all that You have done for me. I want You to be a part of my life and to guide me. Speak to me in a way that I understand and give me direction. Help me make Godly decisions, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." (Jeremiah 29:12). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Michele  Smart
Michele Smart So I have been struggling with this very same issue. I have prayed, done some soul searching and plenty of research. I have been keeping my eyes open and ears listening for signs of what God wants me to do. Over the weekend I made a firm decision with a deadline that felt right for me and felt a peace that surpassed all understanding. Then I read this devotional... thank You Lord for the confirmation and for using Pastor Dion and this platform for the every day guidance and support!
March 13, 2018
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Amen. I have been feeling this way as of late and just couldn't understand why. Thank you, Pastor, for the message. I pray that God will reveal to me where he wants me to be.

 

March 13, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

March 13, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Thank you Lord for making a path for me, if I don't hear you Lord, clean my ears so I can hear you!  Amen!

March 13, 2018
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Amen,  I have been struggling at my job wondering if I should go or stay.  I needed to hear the message today.  Thank you  Jesus! 

March 13, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I pray that you please bring wisdom, discernment and clear guidance to Gloria in regard to her job. Please open Your doors, close all others, and provide for what is needed to move forward in Your kingdom, in the name of Jesus, amen!

March 13, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Sometimes you really have to listen to hear!

March 13, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You have done for me. I want You to be a part of my life and to guide me. Speak to me in a way that I understand and give me direction. Help me make Godly decisions, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.

March 13, 2018
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Patty Wooley
Patty Wooley

Wow, heavy. Very astute. I have wondered about this phenomonem. Ty

March 13, 2018
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

We have been there a few times.Liten and he will speak. God please lead us in your direction.

March 13, 2018
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Amen. 

March 13, 2018
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

On time! Amen. 

March 13, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes Father, I pray You guide me to where I need to go. Amen. Thank You for this devotional Pastor Dion.

March 13, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you! 

March 13, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

March 13, 2018
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

This speaks directly to me about my current situation and praying and waiting on God about relocating to Texas. To be near my oldest son, daughter in law and grandchildren. Also to make a new start for me my youngest two sons and my mother. Seems like after my wife and my dad's passing.The door being closed on two good jobs and difficulty with my sons finding gainful employment. Through much prayer,it seems like you have said pastor Dion, that God is pushing us through the cattle chute to a new start in Texas. Thank you for a timely word from Holy Spirit this morning pastor Dion!

March 13, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father  lead me and I will follow,talk to me and I will listen. In Jesus name I pray,Amen .

March 13, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I’m looking at a big change and I’m praying God guides us there. Amen

March 13, 2018
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Amen

March 13, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

March 13, 2018
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Debbie Gregory
Debbie Gregory

Tried to comment, the whole thing went away when I pressed post comment.  This message is so timely for me right now.  I'll just try a short comment and see if it works.  

March 13, 2018
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Debbie Gregory
Debbie Gregory

It worked.  Guess the other reply was too lengthy.  I need those that will to stand in agreement with, in prayer, if I should move or stay in my home.  I moved 18 mos ago from my home of over 20 yrs back here after being gone over a total of 24 yrs.  Prayed about it and felt 100% in God's will.  Now, if could or can go wrong in this house it has. The crime is ridiculous to the point of me not even feeling safe doing yard work.  A drug house is next door.  Could go on and on but will stop as I want my need prayed about with this ministry.  Thank you. 

March 13, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Sorry for the issue with the post, Debbie, but glad you got it working! I have added your issue to the list to see if we can figure it out. Praing for His protection and guidance, sister!

March 14, 2018
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

praying for you...

March 14, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!

March 13, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks so much, Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You all that You have done for me. I want You to be the head of my life and to guide me. Speak to me in a way that I understand and give me direction. Help me make Godly decisions, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

March 14, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen and Amen!

March 17, 2018
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Melissa Lyons
Melissa Lyons

This hits home. I'm going through this very thing right now. I know Daddy is opening doors and closing others. I can hardly wait to see what's beyong the next door. 

May 16, 2018