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Liar Liar

  • You are of your Father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44 WEB

    When I would try and pray, crazy thoughts would begin to run through my mind like: 'God has abandoned you. He doesn't hear you or care. No one cares about you. Why don't you just end this? You are a failure and will soon be homeless. Your spouse is going to leave you.'

    We had been out of work for months and bills continued to pile up around us. The worst part of it was that I had not heard from God in a while. That is always the real test, the cold shoulder, and the feeling of abandonment that comes with it. See a timely word from God changes everything and makes things easy, but when that is taken away, you get to see who you really are inside.

    I know that God is always there for us, but there are times of testing. God left Hezekiah to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart (2 Chronicles 32:31). When Jesus bore our sin on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21), God turned away from Him and it broke His heart. Jesus said: 'My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?' (Matthew 27:46). In this life, there will be times when God is silent, and His word comes 'after many days' (1 Kings 18:1). Think of it as a dramatic pause.

    For me, it was a time of testing and silence, but it was not completely silent. I heard doom, despair, and agony everyday from the liar. It was a difficult, dark time in my life, but it eventually passed and God came through. When all hope was gone and we were packing to move out of our house, suddenly, within about forty-eight hours, we were pushed into full-time ministry and all of our bills paid for the month. The test had a beginning and an end.

    The doom and gloom were all a bunch of lies. God was merely promoting us, and this was the path. The old doors had to be closed before we would look for the door that He was opening. Jesus called the devil, 'the father of lies' for all day long, he whispers lies into your ear.

    First he just gets you to listen to him, maybe by asking a question like he did with Eve: 'Did God really say?' Then later comes a lie: 'You will not surely die (Genesis 3:4).' Well they did. Next, he will provide an opportunity for you to act on it. The goal is to hurt God by getting you into disobedience and causing God's judgment to fall on His own child that He loves. If you follow the liar's advice, he will then turn on you and accuse you before God (Zechariah 3:1).

    Don't listen to the liar for God will come through for you. Do not give up and turn back to your old life, or end it. Learn to recognize the voice of the liar and mute him. When you have thoughts of failure, defeat, loneliness, depression, poverty and such, you can be sure that is all from the liar. Push these thoughts aside and hang onto God one more day.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please strengthen me. Teach me to lean on You and to never give up hope. Touch my life with Your presence and help me always see Your light through the darkness, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those interested in capturing or viewing photos of God's creation, here is this week's theme message from Creation Photographers: Hebrews 13:2 (NIV) "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." This week's fun theme is "Unexpected Guests" or "Entertaining Angels". Our themes are open for interpretation so get creative You are also encouraged to post anything else that inspires you as well! Most of all, have fun capturing God's beautiful creations around you. Have a week full of everyday miracles and may your unexpected guests always be angels you entertain and delight in the Father's name. God bless! Here is the link to participate in this group: Creation Photographers group


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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

Aug 14
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Chikela  Cruse
Chikela Cruse

Amen

Aug 14
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Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore

 Thank you for this devotion pastor it's really helped me because at the moment I'm really struggling to see the point in living,   just so depressed i can't even get out my house,   I know it's the enemy,   whispering poison in my ear but I'm holding on and hoping for a blessing,   when I say a blessing I don't mean financially I just want to be closer to God and feel safe,   thanks again pastor & Amen 

Aug 14
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Please, hold on God has not forgotten you. He loves you and so do I. He didn't bring you this far to leave you. I'm here for you. Llave me a message and I will call or text you.

Aug 14
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Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore

Thanks Gail I wouldn't do anything stupid it's just a depression I struggle with its not nice but I'll be fine,  thanks for reaching out

Aug 15
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

I read yesterday that the first bleeding to us is His dying omn the cross for us.  Then build the list from there a l l He did for us since salvation.  The first one warmed my heart to think of the courtship I experienced with Christ as I married Him in my heart & soul.  WOW!  Rhema popping out in the Word.  BesutBeau worship experienced.  When in tears one day I parked the car to talk to God and pull together and before me were beautiful Cherry Tree blosdoms...I yelled "thank You, Lord" for You know how I live flowers thru tear f filled eyes and tissues. Pulled together for the rest of the day by my God moment.  Priceless yet the world would not get it.  That's because it is "out of this dark world" into the " light of the new world"..Amen.  On & on the list went.  Soo I see when not knowing where to start listing blesdinbl start with salvation to retrieve your(my) First Love!!

Aug 16
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Gail Sellu
Gail Selluedited: Aug 14

Prayer: Heavenly Father please strengthen me. Teach me to lean on You and to never give up hope. Touch my life with Your presence and help me always see Your light through the darkness, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Father, as I struggle to learn my responsibilities for my new job, Ii know yo're there strengthening  and guiding me. Thank you, for I can't do it without you. You're also there for me as I grieve the loss of my mother, again thank you Father for your amazing Grace and Mercy. 

Aug 14
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Aug 14
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Aug 14
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Father, please help me pass the test!

Aug 14
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen!

Aug 14
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! A timely word Pastor Dion!Thank You

Aug 14
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

Aug 14
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Bill Digiglio
Bill Digiglio

What a Message and the timing is perfect. I am going through this right now I am stressed beyond celief and I struggle to keep praying everyday. I wake up in the morning in total depression because i woke up, I even started a go fund me page for help its amazing how some stupid things get thousands of dollars but a person in need doesnt get a penny. I will always continue to pray I know God will somehow bring me through all this.

Aug 14
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen

Aug 14
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

just when I think I can't take another day,,you, Pastor, say, "or end it."  what a most timely Word. Thank you Pastor,,,obviously you've been there to some degree. Thanking & loving the Lord

Aug 14
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,God please protect and shield us from Satan .We love and worship you.

Aug 14
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Sitting here boo-hoo-ing... just weeping and weeping... That opening paragraph seems like it was written just for me. It is exactly what I’m going through. I’m so grateful for you, Pastor Dion. This devo is absolutely 100% on time! Thank you for helping me to renew my mind, and to recognize the tactics of the enemy. May God also grant me the necessary income, employment, and even my desired ministry work as He did with you and Sylvia. And may He also do it for anyone else here who needs it. God bless you. Amen. 

Aug 14
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau

HOPE = Hold On Pain End

I have been through many painful seasons and some of them continue today, but hope in Christ is the only thing keeps me going realizing the pain will soon go away while the Devil is saying the exact opposite. 

Aug 14
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

God bless you for God is our love and healing 

Aug 14
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Aug 14
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Just what I needed to hear today, Thank You. Heavenly Father please strengthen me. Teach me to lean on You and to never give up hope. Touch my life with Your presence and help me always see Your light through the darkness, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

Aug 14
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Darlene Blackmon
Darlene Blackmon

Nothing could be further than the truth....thank you Pastor for the timing of this message.  Needed some encouragement this morning. Scripture puts everything back into perspective when the devil tries to beat us down during hard times.

 

Aug 14
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

Aug 14
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen........

Aug 14
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Give us strength to continue dear God. Amen. 

Aug 14
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father in Heaven, You know I'm weak and need Your help to eliminate the thoughts implanted by the devil. Please don't let him control me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Thank you Pastor, I needed this today.  

 

 

Aug 14
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: Aug 14

Me and my son will always praise and thank you LORD GOD ALMIGHTY as you cast away all "Anxiety, Fear, Stress, Doubts, Depression and What if " in our life that is being whispired by the devil.  Thank you LORD for taking care of us and in full control of our life. For YOUR love, mercy and faithfullness endures forever. Amen

Aug 14
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Helena Lopes
Helena Lopes

Amen.The Lord is my strength and my Good; Good Father in Heaven and Earth. rebuke the liers in my life if there's any and fill it with your presence. God bless RHM again and again for the daily Hope and encouragement in my life. You're truly amazing and a friend to me.

Aug 14
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you RHM for another great devotional God promted me to open it today and it spoke to my heart again! Sincere thank you and may God continue to bless your works,

 

Aug 14
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

Aug 14
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you Pastor Dion! This is so true. Satan is a big fat liar and he loves to tell us constantly all of our past sins and failures. He constantly accuses us before God Almighty but God sees those of us who have been washed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, as Holy and pure. Jesus died once and for all for our sins so we are forgiven when we repent and ask the Father for forgiveness. God sees us as Holy because Jesus' blood covers all our sin and shame. Halleluja!!  Thank you Jesus for dying for me on calvary. Father God thank you for always being there for me and lifting up my head when things are not going well for me.You tell me that you love me and there is nothing that can ever separate me from your love. Your love is unconditional because you are God almighty. I praise you Father and I worship you! You are worthy of all praise!!!

Aug 14
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen, what a timely message Pastor! Thank you!

Aug 14
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen!  Praise God!   Thanks Pastor Todd! 

Aug 15
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Deep feeding....

Great description of what games the Liar plays....a twisted mind blowing meds.  Bearing on the heart & soul . It happened last night while praying...every prayer turned into something different..thougjt tI was not thinking till I cried out to Jesus and in His Name rebuked him-the liar.  Then prayed out load..what a spiritual battle that crops up so quickly.  Good testimony you gave even how Jesus cried out for His Father. Always relate to Jesus because He was so real in everything He said or did.  Can always come closer I do seeing Him .

Aug 16