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Prepare For The Fight

  • By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. Hebrews 11:7 ESV

    As I lay on the floor of my prayer room and prayed that day, I had no idea that I was about to face one of the worst trials of my life. For three months, I had a driving urge to go and pray every day at three in the afternoon. I would lay on the floor and pray for one to two-and-a-half hours, usually in tears, with no idea as to why, other than I knew that I was supposed to. The presence of the Holy Spirit in the room was so strong that it felt like a warm blanket. Then suddenly, the urging stopped, and the trial soon began.

    Our business ground to a halt and all of our income dried up. We could not find a job anywhere, and did not qualify for unemployment. No one would even talk to us or return our calls. What savings we had slowly drained away, and soon the bills started piling up. When we prayed, we only heard silence. The tears that we shed were no longer from His presence, but what felt like abandonment. I know that He will never leave or forsake you, but after this went on for months, I began to wonder.

    Finally the week that we were packing to move out of our home, I went into my prayer room and sat down. I no longer had the strength to pray. I just sat there, feeling very much alone. While sitting there in the silence, I had an open vision of me standing in a boxing ring, and the Lord was standing behind me. He said, 'You are not alone, for I am in your corner! Now get in there!' In about 48 hours our whole life changed. I had a great job (I became a pastor) and a friend suddenly stepped in and paid our bills for the month. The trial was over, and like cattle herded through a chute, I found myself in ministry.

    Soldiers train ahead of time so when the fight starts, they are ready. Athletes prepare before the competition. Do not wait until you are in the thick of battle to start getting ready for it. Noah built the ark before the flood came. When the storm begins, it is too late to start on the ark. Grab onto whatever you can and hang on; God will come through. When given the chance, prepare for the fight ahead of time and do not ignore those urges to go and pray.

    Prayer: Father, help me prepare and be ready before the winds come. Speak to me, draw me aside and fill me with your Spirit Lord. Give me the grace to face the storm, in the name of Jesus.

    Note: Happy Monday! Our continuing online Bible Study, covering Acts Chapter 16 is now available. For those who think that you are too far behind to start, remember that you can do the study at your own pace, and that you will even learn something of His word if you start with today's chapter :). Thank you to those who have been participating and please leave your feedback if you have been blessed! Here is the link: RHM Bible Study


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Jehovah for helping me through the storms too, and providing my needs...... and thank you for grace and Love, in Jesus’s name.....Amen ❤️
July 23, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you!

July 23, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

July 23, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God for looking out for us. Continue to watch out for us. Praise God. Amen. 

July 23, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

July 23, 2018
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Thank you Pastor Todd for this on time word we so appreciate you and First Lady Sylvia for all that you do.

July 23, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

July 23, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Father, help me prepare and be ready before the winds come. Speak to me, draw me aside and fill me with your Spirit Lord. Give me the grace to face the storm, in the name of Jesus. Amen Thank you

 

July 23, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I join with Dianna in prayer for all of us, that you help us be prepared for the storms of life, that you bring us wisdom and discernment, and that you guide us in all Your ways, in the name of Jesus, amen!

July 23, 2018
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Bill Digiglio
Bill Digiglio

Thank You just what i needed to hear, only problem is i really have no good friends that can help me out with my rent for july. You see I raised my twins on my own for 20 years and during that time it was always just work and home to children so i really never made good friends or did things with anyone my time went to work and raising my twins. Oh i so wish i would have become good friends with someone..I am still praying and asking God to help me quickly with my rent...

July 23, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I lift up Bill to you, and pray that you please bring people into his life who can encourage him. I ask that you please speak to him, either directly or through others, as to what is needed to provide for the rent, that You open Your doors, and show Bill all that may be needed on his part, in the name of Jesus, amen!

July 23, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank you for giving me the grace Amen 

July 23, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for helping me through the storms, Amen.

July 23, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen Lord!

July 23, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Thank you Pastor Dion.  Your life story is amazing.  I praise the Lord that He brought you to teach us.  Have a great day.

July 23, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father in Heaven, I need You to intervene in my situation. Help me because I can't do it on my own,in Jesus name I pray. Amen. Praises be to Your Holy Name for ever. 

July 23, 2018
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Thank You Lord for taking care of me. I desperately need to make more moeny, and need to find a home. Please help me with ym job situation and with my home search. In Jesus' Name I ask this, amen.

July 23, 2018
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Truth Amen 

July 23, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

July 24, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!

July 24, 2018
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Darlene Blackmon
Darlene Blackmon

Thank you for this devotion.....lately almost every devotion is exactly what I am going through....and I cannot express how grateful I am for the Holy Spirit for pushing me in the direction I need to go. Thank you so much for this ministry.

July 25, 2018