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The Long Cold Winter

  • For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn't return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:10 WEB

    After the long cold winter, our grass was a dead brown and it looked pretty hopeless. Then one evening in the spring, we had a huge rain and the grass seemed to spring to life overnight and soon became a lush green. Before long, I needed to cut the grass because it had grown so high. All that it needed came from above; it just needed rain.

    The Lord said that His word is like that. When He speaks a word, it will accomplish what He pleases. This includes the written word that we call the Bible (Logos), but also spoken words (Rhema) that goes forth out of His mouth, an utterance. This is a current, living word from God. Jesus said 'It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God' (Matthew 4:4). That means 'every utterance from the mouth of God.'

    If you feel that God has not spoken in the last two thousand years, then you may have an issue with this. That is fine, for Jesus said many times 'He who has ears to hear, let him hear.' (Matt. 11:15, Matt. 13:9, Matt. 13:43, Mark 4:9, Mark 4:23, Mark 7:16, Luke 8:8, Luke 14:35, Rev. 2:7, Rev. 2:11, Rev. 2:17, Rev. 2:29, Rev. 3:6, Rev. 3:13, Rev. 3:22). Apparently not everyone has their spiritual ears open.

    In my own life, I have found that one word from God changes everything. When the Lord speaks to you, the circumstances no longer matter. I have shared this story before, but once after being without work for several months, we began preparing to move out of our home. I felt so abandoned and alone that I didn't even pray anymore. I was so angry and frustrated, and spiritually, I was in a very dark place.

    I went into my prayer room, sat down and without saying anything, I suddenly had an open vision of me entering a boxing ring and putting my gloves on. The camera view was from behind me and it looked like I was alone, but when the view panned around to my face, I could see the Lord standing behind me like a coach or a manager. Then He spoke these words: 'You are not alone, for I am in your corner, and I have prepared you for this day. Now get in there and fight!'

    It put me in tears and I knew right then that everything was going to be alright. I came out of the prayer room and told my wife, Sylvia, that we were going to be fine. That was a Tuesday morning. Things happened very quickly after that and by Friday morning I found myself working as a pastor, and a friend stepped in and paid all of our bills for the month. That one word from God changed everything, and it turned despair into joy and hope.

    Many of us are dry and parched in our spirit just like that grass, and life looks pretty hopeless. Pains, hurts, disappointments, and the lack of the Lord's presence slowly dry us up inside. The fun, the excitement, the wonder of knowing God, can become distant memories.

    God's presence can restore that joy, and in minutes what looked hopeless and dead can be a renewed vision, and a restoration of life. His word accomplishes what it was meant to do and is unstoppable. His word, is the final word. One gentle whisper from the Lord can be life changing. Why do we look in so many other places for the answer? Prepare your hearts for the rain, because the long cold winter ends when spring comes.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please let me hear Your voice speaking to me in a clear unmistakable way that I understand. I want to serve You with all of my heart and surrender my will to You. Use me Lord, teach me, lead me and I will follow You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:12). 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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Dan Remley
Dan Remley I pray for the Lord to comfort you Loriann,God bless.
June 8, 2018
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank you Dan for the encouraging words.

June 11, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank you God for all of your blessings 

June 8, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen

June 8, 2018
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

June 8, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

June 8, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Father, let your Holy Spirit have His perfect work in me. I understand a little about your power, bring me to a place where I can be trusted with it!

June 8, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

God is so great praise him forever amen 

June 8, 2018
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank You Jesus for RHM,Paster And Sylvia Todd.God bless them and their ministry.We love and worship you. Amen 

June 8, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen! Thank You Jesus

June 8, 2018
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Randy Patterson
Randy Patterson

Amen!  Jesus is our trainer, our coach, teacher, our advocate with the Father in this fight of life.  I am thankful that He is faithful and keeps His promises- like, “I will be with you”.

June 8, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

June 8, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for the seasons of life and the hope of Spring after a long, cold winter. Amen.

June 8, 2018
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Pastor for the lesson today. So needed. Thank you Lord for your perfect will in my life. Amen

June 8, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for this word today. You know what and where You want me to be. Speak to me and I will hear and follow Your will,in Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

June 8, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God sustain us. Amen 

June 8, 2018
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Hello pastor Dion thank you for sharing your story. Because I am going to a little mishap in my life right now. My hours was cut at work this week from a forty plus hours to 22.5 hours and I am asking you all to pray for me. I love this devotion that you share today. Keep up the good work. Be blessed I know and believe God is in control.

June 8, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I lift up Loriann to you and pray that you please bless her with clear guidance, with open doors, with wisdom and with  provision, in the name of Jesus, amen!

June 8, 2018
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen

June 8, 2018
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Thank You Lord, for always caring about me and having my back. Please help me hear Your voice and heal my body and refresh my mind and spirit. It's been a rough last 8 months and I'm so discouraged. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

June 8, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, please have mercy on Mary Pat, refresh her spirit, show her the next step in her life, and lead her in all Your ways, in the name of Jesus, amen!

June 8, 2018
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Thank you so much sis! <3

June 10, 2018
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thanks so much pastor Dion my faith has been growing rapidly lately at times it seems too fast but I know for a FACT God has me right where I should be and he is in total control of every area of my life thanks again for all you do God Bless RHM and all who take the time to read this,

June 8, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father please let me hear Your voice speaking to me in a clear unmistakable way that I understand. I want to serve You with all of my heart and surrender my will to You. Use me Lord, teach me, lead me and I will follow You, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

June 9, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

June 9, 2018