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Swimming Upstream

  • You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. We also all once lived among them in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. Ephesians 2:1 WEB

    Salmon fight their way upstream, swimming against the current to reach their spawning ground. It is a long, difficult journey for them. The dead ones simply float downstream, drifting wherever the water carries them. Any dead fish can float with the current, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.

    It takes guts to be different. Like a tug of war, you want to do right, but find the world pulling you back in. The current is going against you. Most of the world goes with the flow, follows the masses, and worships the idols.

    When you submit your life to God, He will often take you in the opposite direction, and you may need new friends that are heading the same way. If you look around and all of your friends are spiritually dead and going the way of the world, you need to change course, and probably change your friends.

    God takes full responsibility for the life totally committed to Him. It may take you upstream, against the flow, but you will be productive, and the journey will be exciting along the way. He will give your life purpose. Submit your life to God, follow His promptings, resist peer pressure, and be willing to swim against the current, while other continue to drift the other way.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father help me to stand strong for You and resist temptation. Wash me over with Your presence. Holy Spirit come and live inside me. Let my walk align with my talk, 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 Amen......Praise the Lord, Hallelujah!!! Lord.... we always need you!!!❤️
Aug 23
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

If your walk speaks louder than your talk then that can be the Bible that some may first read.

Aug 23
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen! Feeling grateful for another day to swim up stream! Thank you Father, 

Aug 23
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Thank you Pastor Todd for this  on time message. 

Aug 23
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

Aug 23
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Aug 23
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God please sustain me. Amen. 

Aug 23
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Bill Digiglio
Bill Digiglio

Amen!! God is taking me in a new direction!! 

Aug 23
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Yes Lord! Keep Guiding Us In Your Direction! Amen

Aug 23
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord, Thank you for helping me to stand strong!

Aug 23
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! No where in the Bible does it say this will be easy, but God is a rewarder of those who dillagently seek Him!

Aug 23
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you God for our blessings.We love and worship you. Amen 

Aug 23
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Danvie McLaughlin
Danvie McLaughlin

Amen

Aug 23
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!!

Aug 23
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Aug 23
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen!

Aug 23
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

AMEN!! YES MY LORD, LET MY WALK ALIGN WITH MY TALK.   WE MIGHT BE THE ONLY BIBLE ANYONE WILL READ.

Aug 23
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father in Heaven, give me the strength to follow Your designs and keep me away from the temptations I found in my surroundings. In Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for this devotional. 

Aug 23
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

Aug 23
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Thank you Lord for everything and taking time yo mold me, direct me and lead me! I put my trust in You. not just for myself, but all of my loved ones far and near, and also all the lives around me that I come in contact with = that they may see YOU for who YOU are!

Aug 23
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Aug 23
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father help me to stand strong for You and resist temptation. Wash me over with Your presence. Holy Spirit come and live inside me. Let my walk align with my talk, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

Aug 24