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  • But Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiah. 2 Chronicles 32:25-26 ESV

    Hezekiah once again humbled himself and spared his city from destruction. The Lord had given him very great possessions and he struggled each day to retain his humility (2 Chr. 32:27). Not long after this, the Babylonians visited him and his pride returned again as he showed them all of his treasures and storehouses. Later, they returned to loot it all for themselves. Pride goes before destruction (Prov. 16:18).

    Many times in my life, the Lord has given me opportunities to humble myself. He would give me jobs that no one else wanted, allow others wrong me, or simply withhold the appreciation I thought I so deserved. At other times, I have dealt with a sin or bad attitude, only to have it show up again later. Just like Hezekiah, when things start going well, it is easy to drift back.

    Sin crouches at the door but you must rule over it (Gen 4:7). Sins like pride are especially hard to keep behind you, but really it is just whatever sin that you are weak to that is the difficult one. You may know better, but you just cannot seem to help it. For some it is greed or the love of money. For others, it is lust. The enemy will try to use anything that breaks your fellowship with the Lord. I was raised as white trash so when the Lord raises me up, my head tries to swell like a watermelon. As long as I stay focused on Him, all is well.

    You can never finally say I have dealt with ____ for the last time because it will try and return when you least expect it. Stay on guard against anything that you have been weak to. What you feed will grow; what you starve will die. Dont open that door again. You know who is there.


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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield For years, when I was an RN, I struggled with an eating disorder. I knew darn well it was sick and wrong to steal food from my co-workers, staff, and even the poor unsuspecting patients/residents--the only ones I never stole from were the inmates when I was employed as a jail nurse--LOL! I was powerless to stop my food addiction until a few years ago, but by then, it was too late. I was diagnosed with RA and then lost my hearing.God really does have quite a funny sense of humor, huh? LOL! Blessings to all today!
April 24, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!!  Always stay focused on Jesus and he will see you through the struggles and temptations that Satan tries to plant that nasty seed!!  God is with us always and we must continue to pray to him to help us stay focused and put Satan in his place which is . . ."Out of Our Lives Completely"!!!  Amen!!
April 24, 2015
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Uwalaka Dorathy
Uwalaka Dorathy Very true, I have lots of them in me. Father please give me the grace to overcome them all in Jesus Name, Amen.
April 24, 2015
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Tonya Jones
Tonya Jones Amen...this is so true
April 24, 2015
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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen! Amen! Amen! 
April 24, 2015
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Debbi Chenard
Debbi Chenard So true. It's a constant battle and one with fighting. Praise God
April 24, 2015
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Deb Cooke
Deb Cooke Hey Todd & Sylvia! I we all could use an 'edit' button to edit our own posts, like one on FB! Is this possible?? I sometimes groan at my mis-spellings or improper use of language when I've just posted a comment! LOL! 
April 24, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome I will do the Lords will not mine God is all knowing and all powerful amen
April 24, 2015
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Paula Andrews
Paula Andrews Amen
April 24, 2015
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Denise Anderson
Denise Anderson The Lord's will be done Amen! Thank Dion Todd for daily word of hope. I enjoy reading them every morning in email. Great Job!
April 24, 2015
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Deb Cooke
Deb Cooke I think I commented on today's devotional in the wrong place. I posted instead in updates! DUH!  I'll re-comment here!  What I said is I that I felt this was an excellent devotional today. There were times in my life when I thought a certain sin had been banished from my life forever, only to see it reappear with a vengeance! Our Heavenly Father will indeed humble us when He feels it's necessary! Because of His great mercy and grace in two particular instances that stand out in my mind, the consequences of those sins were minimized, which caused me to severely humble myself! How kind of my Father to allow grace in those cases instead of discipline!!  In those two cases, I keep an extremely sharp eye out for any hint of sin! But in others, alas, the world, flesh and the devil seek to trip me up in more subtle ways and I fall. I'm learning, even after 36 yrs. of bein in the Lord, that there are certain things I cannot do or places I cannot go, which may be fine for others, but is a temptation to sin for me! We can never let down our guard when it comes to sin! Run to Jesus! Stay away, if necessary, from what can trip you up! Sin is ever crouching at the door! Thank you for this reminder today!
April 24, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer This is so true in my life.
April 24, 2015
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Noraima Crespo
Noraima Crespo I can relate to this a lot. Amen
April 24, 2015
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen! 
April 24, 2015
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Kim Easley
Kim Easley I have been in this same situation for the last 2 days and I really can not see things changing for me. I try to put things behind me but it seems they always reappeared only to make things worse. I need prayers that today and everyday from here will get better and I never encounter those days again. 
April 24, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin If you hover on the right hand side on the top, you can edit or delete. It should be no Judgement here, so no worries, but I know what you mean...it's a OCD thing.
April 24, 2015
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey May the Spirit of Lord help us to stay focus. God bless you Pastor. 
April 24, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell AMEN! Dear Savior, help me to be alert and able to identify the theft. Lord, I desire to please Only You. Guide me Holy Spirit and shelter me from reverting. In Your Name JESUS. Amen 
April 24, 2015
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geneva miller
geneva miller Wow so true,
April 24, 2015
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Carletheia Linnen
Carletheia Linnen You hit the hammer right on top of the nail, BAM, Amen...that was Good!!!
April 24, 2015
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau Sin is like weeds in our backyard. If we ignore them, they will grow out of control, but if we diligently remove them weekly, they will be under control. However, they will keep on coming back sooner or later.
April 24, 2015
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau Thanks Kay. I was looking for it and couldn't the edit button until now.
April 24, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady We have to constantly be on guard, even the most seemingly innocent can lead us to fall back into sin. Amen!
April 24, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Yes, thank you Kay for helping :). Deb, I don't like typos either ;).
April 24, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, I lift up Kim to you and pray that you please draw her to you. Please bring The Comforter and refresh her hope. Help her to know in her heart that nothing is impossible with you and you will be with her to overcome this situation, in the name of Jesus!
April 24, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd For sure, Deb, we all have our weak points. It's wisdom to recognize what they are and avoid them.
April 24, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Marisa!
April 24, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Haha, well, at least you're still here, Kathy :)! Blessings to you!
April 24, 2015
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Deb Cooke
Deb Cooke Thanks Kay!! Yes, OCD thing! LOL!
April 24, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd He has shown me mercy and allows me a grace period to correct it so many times :)
April 24, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Denise :)
April 24, 2015
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible Your comment, "What you feed will grow; what you starve will die." has given me something to mull over today. Thanks.
April 24, 2015
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Sheri Buckner
Sheri Buckner AMEN and AMEN!!!
April 24, 2015
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Debbi Chenard
Debbi Chenard Worth*I really to spellcheck
April 24, 2015
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Amen!!
April 24, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin I find it helpful to " thy own self be true" listen to your Spirit. The devil will come a knocking with your weakness every time. He is slick that way. A great reminder today Pastor Todd.
April 24, 2015
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Jeremy Lytle
Jeremy Lytle The devil is indeed always lurking around the corner. He is crafty and will leap on your weakness. If you feel his stench close by - turn to the light and pray hard out loud. The devil hates that and will leave, for now. So Pastor is right - stay on guard as a soldier of Christ. J LYTLE - THE LOVE ARTIST 
April 24, 2015
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen we all have to stand guard at all times. We have to put on the whole armor of God at all time.
April 24, 2015
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin Amen my problem was pride because of my accomplishments in life I realized that I must stay grounded in God's word to overcome this sin.
April 24, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams TO BE WEAK IN ANY AREA  IS OUR FALLEN MAKE UP BUT HE WHOSE MIND IS SAYED ON JESUS WILL HAVE THE VICTORY....
April 24, 2015
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Rosemary  Sambrano
Rosemary Sambrano Amen! Thank YOU JESUS because whenever trials come my way YOU are with me through it to the end! YOU are the strength that sees me through! It's only a test! Thank you Pastor Dion Todd and your wife for this Ministry! GOD bless you all always! 
April 24, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Hour by hour there is more power...Blessings for right people to be in a place you can reach for the help you need where you live.  God's grace & forgiveness is with you....I found Him & others when I was breaking a habit He did not want me to have....you will too!
April 24, 2015
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Lucas Napo
Lucas Napo Thank you pator
April 25, 2015
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Yada (Wendy)
Yada (Wendy) Don't open that door again. You know who is there. ...yeahhhh 
April 25, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Homerun!
April 25, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, He will get you through it, Rosemary!
April 25, 2015
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Charmaine Jackson
Charmaine Jackson This message is so tru to me. There surely is pride before destruction in our lives and it pays to be humbling.
April 25, 2015
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Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith Thank you Jesus for you are an on time God. You always send the message I need to hear at the right time....knock knock nobody's home..
April 27, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor for the beautiful message!
May 3, 2015