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Lay It Down

  • Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:13 ESV

    I was at a very dark place in my life. Doctors had placed me on anti-depressants, yet I remained a recluse with suicidal thoughts. Once I had carried the precious anointing of the Holy Spirit. Now I only carried misery and felt that He could not be found. It was certainly me that withdrew and now I felt alone in the gloom. How did I get here? It is a long story that is not that relevant, but how it changed is.

    There was a very small light in the darkness, a small ray of hope. The Lord started speaking to me very gently, like someone trying to ease up to an injured animal. Slowly, He led me out of the darkness. I found that He still had a plan for my life, but that I had to follow Him. It took action. I had to make serious changes that others disliked. You cannot steer a car that is sitting still; it just gets older. Albert Einstein said, Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Every journey starts with a first step. If you allow it to, your past can determine your future for you. You can make a choice though, and change today. Life is funny; keep laying a little stone here and another there and soon you have built a wall around yourself. We all do it over time. It tends to happen naturally and the older that we get, the more past that we have built up around us. Eventually, it traps us inside of it and becomes our identity. If you meet someone and they immediately tell you about their past, you are looking at their wall.

    Do not let your past or others control your future. You are older and wiser today. This is your life, a new day, a fresh beginning. You are forgiven and God still has plans for you. Press on for the prize and do not let the enemy hold you back this time. There is still hope, for what you see will not always be. God will always call you into the brightest version of your life and every other path is inferior. Hold tight to the rope that He gives you, and let go of the past.

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Uwalaka Dorathy
Uwalaka Dorathy Thank you so much, I feel these words are just for me. I really need to look forward and put all my trust in God alone, He will surely see me through because He holds my life.
April 19, 2015
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Martin Snyder
Martin Snyder Psalm 71:18 (KJV) 18  Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
April 19, 2015
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Don Jensen
Don Jensen Thank you fr this very timely message!   I need to let go of the past and this helps to inspire me!
April 19, 2015
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Thank God for a new day to step away from the past! In Jesus' name I pray! 
April 19, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey If nothing changes....nothing changes :-D
April 19, 2015
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Lucille Jordan
Lucille Jordan Thank you for this word from The Lord, this was something that I needed.
April 19, 2015
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Cybil Smith
Cybil Smith Thank you,this is something I really have trouble with. I not only hold to my past but that of others around me.
April 19, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I'm having an exacerbation of my RA now, so I can really relate! Ever since Friday, all I want to do is sleep, and the pain is horrible, especially late at night! But after listening to my crazy body and taking those frequent naps, the Spirit of God returns, and I am less "negative", less bitter and angry. I used to be depressed. Now I have anger management issues--LOL! Have a blessed Sunday everyone!
April 19, 2015
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Sheri Stewart
Sheri Stewart nothing touches my soul deeper than the acceptance of my truths and the forgiveness of them by my Jesus.  i've been down that hole, yet through faith alone am now standing at the top of the spiral staircase...
April 19, 2015
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KathyMaria Badalamenti
KathyMaria Badalamenti Thank you for this  message.   I   really need it today.  The enemy of my soul  loves  to taunt me  about all my failures.  But This is the  day  which the Lord has made , and I will rejoice and be glad in it.
April 19, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell Goooood Morning... now Pastor Dion this is rgt on time. See, I have been asking GOD for my next level. He has been preparing me. But, as Soon as the door cracked for me to step through fear set in. HALLELUJAH, I KNOW GOD Has my back. Fear and FAITH can NOT coexist. Have Your Way LORD. 
April 19, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Paul had one of the worst past, but God's mercy and grace totally changed his life, he was the one that taught the gospel of grace, because God called him to teach us to forget our past and to press on to what God has called us to do. Love this devotion, Dion. God is using you in a mighty way.
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese It feels like you wrote this to me personally pastor. This has always been my problem and I find myself back there every once in a while and it takes a lot of effort to get out. I am in it right now but not so bad as in the past. Things people say still affect the plans God has for me. It is causing me to reevaluate and listen again more closely to what God has planned for my life to show me what he specifically wants me to do from this point where I find myself. I am halfway out of it but it takes a long time.
April 19, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady It is more than coincidence that you chose this topic. Last night I lay in bed thinking on the past and all of its troubles. I  was dwelling on circumstances that I could not change. It robbed me of sleep. I needed to hear this today. Thank you Pastor Dion for the reminder to stop looking back.
April 19, 2015
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse The more action steps I take to change my insanity filled life, the more I am bombarded with negative thoughts. Seems like I start the day fresh, hope and grace from God for a fresh start. Often, by the end of the day I am reminded of all my failures and end up feeling defeated. I know this is the enemy, not God. God is always calling us to the future. 
April 19, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor Dion for the beautiful message !
April 19, 2015
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Reinhard Blefgen
Reinhard Blefgen Amen
April 19, 2015
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring So good!  
April 19, 2015
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Nancy Castillo
Nancy Castillo So True.  Amen 
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Uwalaka, that He does!
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen! Plus, both of us have our share of gray hairs, so extra relevant ;-).
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Yup, exactly :)!
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd I know it's difficult, Cybil, but letting go is the only way to freedom <3.
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Hehe, Kathy, one step forward is still forward! I pray that the Lord delivers you from the RA - I know that stuff is awful.
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Yvette!
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd As long as you're going forward, that's cause to celebrate progress, Sylvia! I pray that the Lord gives you grace to get completely through your past!
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Nothing like a timely word! May the Lord bless you with peaceful dreams, Carol.
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Exactly right, Melissa, God does not badger us about our past! I pray that the Lord speaks clearly into your life and quiets the voice of the enemy.
April 19, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza You learn from your past but today, tomorrow and the rest of our lives, live your life for and with THE LORD GOD  Amen
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen!
April 19, 2015
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Lisa Paige
Lisa Paige Amen!  Thank you for this message.  
April 19, 2015
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Jeremy Lytle
Jeremy Lytle In my Art Classes my theme is LETTING GO. In life it so important to respect the past but savor each new day as pathway to a life of golden abundance. it takes courage to let go, but GOD will provide if you just in quiet, sincere pray. Have an awesome Sunday. J LYTLE - THE LOVE ARTIST 
April 19, 2015
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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen. Today I let go and let God. Be blessed all.
April 19, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Thank you Sylvia!
April 19, 2015
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Yada Yah
Yada Yah Ecclesiastes is a salve to my heart.  Chewing on wind Solomon says. These days wind comes in every flavor. A days wages for every fauxly flavored dollop. Often "taking action" seemingly spins me right back 'round where I began. Then doubts and confusion nibble on my brain tendrils until I am reminded to remember to believe... Slowly I re-drag (more often than not cooperate with likely the Holy Spirits hoisting- but it still feels like effort expended) myself out of my pit of blargh. It is discouraging... I feel wrestless and agitated allllll the time. I feel disheartened by church and men/people - propaganda - society agendas vs real love of His Word. An agenda with the appearance of being His global gospel- but so many times something doesn't feel quite right. Do I want to be on the outside all the time? Because since kindergarten I have felt this way. That I am standing on the otherside of this divide. And while I can imagine Him in this moment or that moment Causing within me subtle inclination and drawing me forward like a frightened child. I do not know where I am going. Sometimes I am not certain I am not being deceived. A hamster wheel of manic mundanity my final lot - that the visible fruits of what I guess I could consider labor but for the scoffing not quite audible, but still much louder than The seemingly foreign Voice that I Love, mocking uses of anything slightly synonymous with connotations of action. Yet I feel ALL of my heart & soul building up behind all of this restraint and ALL of me wants unleashed somewhere... In The Land where His Breath is flowing- how do I KNOW what I am looking for absent of pictures and words and even sound. My heart knows deeply.  So deeply this life feels dead. I don't understand why I am here doing what seems like very little if anything - I don't understand why when I try to engage and go forward it *seems* like the church slaps me back down - it takes a lot more effort to sit still & shut up (I think) and it's kinda beeping me off. So instruction to "take action" "do something" ... Inclinations incline me to do things that seem good to me at first all the time. I'll keep responding in the dark... But this is confusing and occasionally terrifying. I want to go hide in Elijah's cave. With birdies to bring me some yums and wait for Him to pass by & ask me a question that I can say "Lord may You tell me" and PRAY that the response be not too biting 
April 19, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Sometimes I find myself looking back and find myself saying "In the name of the blood of Jesus Christ, Satan begone from me"  it works for me.  I think Satan wants us to think of the past so we feel that we are not worthy of God.
April 19, 2015
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Tonya Jones
Tonya Jones Amen..thank you Jesus
April 19, 2015
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Rosemary  Sambrano
Rosemary Sambrano Amen! 
April 19, 2015
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Lauri Teel
Lauri Teel I needed to hear this today.  Thank you and what a blessing of wisdom you are.  God Bless.
April 19, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen, amen, amen!!
April 19, 2015
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Mark Cain
Mark Cain Thank you once again for speaking to my heart(actually God speaking through you to me...
April 19, 2015
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Agnello Sagar
Agnello Sagar Amen!!!
April 19, 2015
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Patti Grove
Patti Grove Amen! Day three if not smoking. I am laying smoking down and all the little triggers from the past and holding on to God. Thank you for this post. P.S. I became a Great Aunt again yesterday! Praise God. For all His Blessings!! 
April 19, 2015
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Patti Grove
Patti Grove Amen!!!
April 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Congratulations on being a great aunt and for walking away from smoking, Patti :)! May the Lord bless you with great grace to continue!
April 19, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler The things of the past as time went on I realized we're connected to grief.  When my Dad died my grief was about the father I so wanted & could not have.  It was insight to my tears.  Grieving is different for all.  Some need more time.  That is what is great about God's grace.  Becoming a Christian also brought loses of some who I loved. Those I put into His hands.
April 19, 2015
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery Pastor Todd, this devotional is for me, the separation from my roommate, and the move to a new apartment.  Do you have a print-out of this, so I can frame it when I move in to my new place?
April 19, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS REMINDER NOT TO DWELL ON THE PAST OUR ADVERSARY CONTINUALLY BRINGS OUR PAST TO OUR MINDS TO KEEP OUR EYES OFF THE TRUTH THAT WE ARE NEW MEN AND WOMEN WITH THE HOPE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.....
April 19, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!
April 20, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Nell, directly under the title of each post is a "printable version" link. Try it out :)!
April 20, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Congratulations! May the Lord take away the desire to smoke in Jesus name.
April 20, 2015
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese Thanks so much Sylvia!
April 20, 2015
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Pam Ivins
Pam Ivins PASTOR TODD, HOW DO YOU TRULY LET GO OF YOUR PAST, AND HOW DO KNOW IF YOU HAVE TRULY FORGIVEN THE PEOPLE THAT HAS HURT YOU IN SO MANY WAYS, AND STILL CONTINUE TO HURT YOU TO THIS DAY? 
April 21, 2015
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Lalita Easter
Lalita Easter I have been catching up on the emails you send from March 30th til now. first of all, thank you for allowing God to use you to let His light shine through you. These scriptures and everything you say in the emails are changing the lives of people and bringing people to God. I know there has been days that I ask God to show me, and He has done just that by giving me confirmation through many of your emails. So once again, I thank God for you. May God continue to shine upon you life and the lives of your congregation. In Jesus' name.
April 24, 2015