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The Puppet Show

  • But I tell you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer also the other; and from him who takes away your cloak, don't withhold your coat also. Give to everyone who asks you, and don't ask him who takes away your goods to give them back again. As you would like people to do to you, do exactly so to them. Luke 6:27 WEB

    The stoplight changed to green and we started to make a right hand turn when suddenly an out-of-state black SUV made a sweeping u-turn in front of us, crossed all three lanes and almost hit us. Then they stuck their arm out of the window and gave us 'The finger.' I began to have very strong feelings about this and all kinds of crazy thoughts raced through my mind. At that moment, I would have taken great pleasure in breaking their finger off, and sticking it somewhere in them' but we spared them and drove on.

    External things should not affect us that way. When they do, we are merely a puppet with strings that people can pull to cause a reaction. They can control your actions at anytime by simply pulling the right string. We are to treat others like we would like to be treated, and let that junk inside of us that rises up, die a slow, quiet, and painful death. When it comes to the surface and we take no action, it will eventually leave.

    James 4:7 reads 'Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.' Part of the reason is that the evil spirit will find someone else who will let him use them. We are God's hands and feet on this earth and He works through His people. Disembodied spirits work the same way, through willing people. For example, a spirit of anger needs to inhabit someone that is willing to be angry, or it will eventually move on and find someone that will. It will not be happy listening to praise and worship for hours for it will become uncomfortable and leave.

    Don't be anyone's puppet today. Don't let them pull your strings. Keep control of your emotions and resist the temptation to make a fool of yourself. As you submit yourself to God, these tests will certainly come. When we resist it, those things inside of us that want to scream will eventually leave. After enough resisting, the strings will finally be cut and you will no longer be controlled like a puppet.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please set a guard over my mouth and let me be aware of the words that I am about to speak. Give me the grace to smile and shrug off spiteful comments. Remove the darkness inside of me and help me reflect Your personality to the world, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is "Thankful Thursday" at our "Ladies in Distress" group! All group members are welcome and invited to post something, whether big or small, that you are grateful for! This group is private, so if you are not a member and are having trouble joining, just post on the website somewhere and we will get you set up :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress group


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton That’s my motto......,, treat everybody the way you want to be treated! Thank you for this devotional for today!
Aug 9
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

Aug 9
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Aug 9
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Lord, help me be the best I can be even to those who are difficult!  In Jesus name I pray!!  Amen!

Aug 9
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Please instill me with the wisdom to get my point across without anger. Praise God. These devotions seem to speak to me. Thank you. Amen

Aug 9
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

Aug 9
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Rocky Garza
Rocky Garza

Amen! We are taught in scripture to be of self-control, when other people's words and actions cause us to react, that simply means that they are controlling us. An easy way to learn self-control is to read Proverbs & James on a daily basis. The only way to change the way we react and begin to respond, is by changing the way we think about people and things. The bible tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, this means we have to change the way we think about things, and there is no way we can possibly know how our Father in heaven expects us to respond if we don't read the word daily. 

I had a dream a few years ago, where the Lord was telling me, before I can understand the pain that someone is causing me, I first have to understand the pain that was caused to them, and before I can understand the pain that I'm causing others, I must first understand the pain that was caused to me. Then He took me to Matthew 7:1-5

Aug 9
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

The struggle is real,LOL! This confirms something I was dealing with, thinking about and talking to Holy Spirit about yesterday. Thank you Holy Spirit and Pastor Dion for this timely message.

Aug 9
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

Aug 9
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

 Amen God is so good 

Aug 9
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen

Aug 9
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Perfect devotional for me today! Thank you Pastor Dion :) Father, help me to control my feelings and reactions and not be a puppet. I pray for much strength and grace to forgive those who hurt me and to always reflect your love. Amen.

Aug 9
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Boy did I need this one today! Thanks Pastor Dion for another timely word! God Bless You and Sylvia! Amen

Aug 9
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, please protect us against the evil that surrounds us and to act accordingly with Your word. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Aug 9
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Aug 9

Amen and Amen! Perfect timing for this message today, Pastor!  I want to be controlled by Your Mighty Spirit, dear Heavenly Father, not by my emotions. Please fill me and seal me with Thy Mighty Spirit, in the name of Jesus I ask and pray, Amen!!!

Aug 9
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Aug 9
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Once again, this is right on point for my day today. The Holy Spirit was speaking to me through this message today. It is what I needed to hear and when I needed to hear it.  God is always on time. Satan has been throwing some curve balls at me the last few days and he is trying to get me to react and get upset. This is such a great reminder that we can not allow him to make us feel rejected and a failure, and allow us to take our eyes off of Jesus and all he has done and is doing for us. God is so good! Thank you Pastor Dion Todd and Sylvia for all you guys do. Your ministry is such a blessing to me. It has truely touched my life! I wait every day to see what your message will bring.

Aug 10
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Karen Robertson
Karen Robertson

This was totally an example of God's timing!!!!  I can't tell you how it changed the day for us!

Aug 10