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Tick Tock

  • Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'I am Pharaoh, and without you shall no man lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt.' Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On as a wife. Joseph went out over the land of Egypt. Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. Genesis 41:44 WEB

    God gave Joseph two dreams when he was a young boy of about seventeen years, showing that he would be a ruler (Genesis 37:2). When Joseph told his brothers about the dreams, they became very angry with him, wanted to kill him, but ended up selling him into slavery. Their actions only escalated his dreams and helped bring them to pass. Joseph went through a lot. He was sold as a slave to an Egyptian and served in his house until the man's wife falsely accused Joseph of trying to rape her. Then he went to prison for a few years for something that he did not do. His dream had all but faded, and it looked bad for Joseph.

    Joseph was now thirty years old, an imprisoned slave. Then God's clock ticked one more time and Joseph was summoned before Pharaoh and promoted to the second-in-command of all of Egypt. His brothers came and bowed down before him just as he had saw in the dream thirteen years before. Gods plan was true and faithful, no matter what the circumstances looked like. Joseph's dreams came true.

    God told Abraham that he would be the father of nations when he was seventy-five years old (Genesis 12:4). After about ten years, Abraham and Sarah tried to make sense out of what God had told them. You cannot be a 'Father of Nations' without any children, so they decided to remedy that. Sarah gave Abraham her servant Hagar as a wife so that he might have children by her. Well that did not work out so great, but it still did not change God's plan.

    After about thirteen more years, God renewed the promise again when Abraham was ninety-nine. He made it clear that the son would come through Sarah, who was now ninety years old, and that he would be named Isaac (Genesis 17:19). Isaac was born just as God said when Abraham was one-hundred years old (Genesis 21:5). He had waited twenty-five years for the promise of God to come to pass, but it did, just as God had told him. Wars, confusion, Sarah had been taken away from him twice, strife with family members, delayed promises, none of it stopped the plan of God from coming to pass when God's clock ticked once again.

    Moses was about forty years old and living as an Egyptian when 'it came into his heart' to go to the children of Israel (Acts 7:23). He tried to help deliver his people using his own strength, but it went badly and he became exiled. Moses ended up living as a shepherd in the land of Midian for forty years (Acts 7:29). When Moses was eighty years old, God appeared to him and sent him to deliver his people (Exodus 7:7). It had been in the heart of Moses for forty years, now it became a reality. Moses had long given up on that dream and told God to send someone else, but God would not take no for an answer. Moses fulfilled the calling of God on his life, forty years later than he originally thought.

    David was just a young boy when God had Samuel anoint him as king over Israel. David was probably between ten to fifteen years old when this happened (1 Samuel 16:13). It does not give an exact age, but he was so young that he was not even considered to be a contender when they lined up his seven brothers (1 Samuel 16:9).

    When David was anointed with oil in the midst of his brothers, the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him. From that day forth, David began to grow into his destiny. Difficult obstacles appeared and divine doors opened. David killed lions, bears, giants (1 Samuel 17:36) and tens of thousands of Philistines (1 Samuel 18:7). He played music for king Saul and became his armor bearer (1 Samuel 16:21). He loved and he lost (1 Samuel 18:19).

    Then at thirty, David actually became king. There was a gap of fifteen to twenty years between the promise of God and the fulfillment of that promise. God used this time to refine David, train him, establish him in the eyes of the people, and thoroughly test his character. You could have randomly chosen a day from David's life and it would have looked pretty mundane, but reading the book of highlights is exciting. When God's clock ticked once again, His word to David was fulfilled.

    Jesus was thirty years old when He began to teach. This was the age that a man was regarded as fully mature and when the Levites began their service at the temple (Numbers 4:47). There were so many prophecies about His life and ministry from long before, but even Jesus had to go through a time of maturing before He began.

    The Bible is full of examples of people that were promised something, and then endured and matured before they actually lived it. In my own life, the Lord told me to prepare myself for ministry when I was around twenty. So I went through Bible college and then ended up working on computers and networks for twenty years. When I had long given up on ministry and felt like I knew absolutely nothing about it, He pushed me into full time ministry, whether I was interested or not. The time had come, and here I am using the skills that I learned along the way.

    Do not give up while waiting on God. Today is a part of your life as well and we are constantly learning, growing, and maturing in our walk with Jesus. When you stumble, be quick to get up, repent, and take another step. Be encouraged because you are not the first one that had to wait on a promise, but you can rest assured that the clock is ticking and that you are closer now than ever before.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please strengthen me today. Speak to me and through me Lord. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Lead me and I will follow You. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I believe that the things that You have put in my heart are going to come to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under Your blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy Sunday! All are invited this morning to join us for our weekly RHM Live church service! Join us for our weekly time of worship, interactive prayer, and fellowship. We will also be continuing our online Bible Study, covering Acts Chapter 22 (for those who were not there last week, we had to deal with a camera issue, so had to postpone the study till this week). To participate in the chatroom you need to have a site account, but if not, you can still watch the video of the study. Service starts at 10am EST, but all are encouraged to show up 15 minutes early for fellowship, and to make sure the stream is working for you before we start. Here is the link to join: RHM Live


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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father please strengthen me today. Speak to me and through me Lord. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Lead me and I will follow You. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I believe that the things that You have put in my heart are going to come to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under Your blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen Thank you

Oct 7
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Believing and praying with you too, Dianna <3!

Oct 7
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God guide us. I love you Lord, praise God. Amen 

Oct 7
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen! 

Oct 7
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!!

Oct 7
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,Thanks for your daily devotionals Paster Todd and Sylvia.God bless everyone.

Oct 7
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Always remember, this life is a journey and it has a destination. Live each day with that in mind!

Oct 7
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

Oct 7
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!!

Oct 7
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen !

Oct 7
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father please strengthen me today. Speak to me and through me Lord. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Lead me and I will follow You. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I believe that the things that You have put in my heart are going to come to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under Your blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Good morning and Happy Sunday everyone. Sending many Angels to each of you!!

Oct 7
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Good morning Gail!

Oct 7
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Gail, and happy Sunday to you <3!

Oct 7
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father please strengthen me today. Speak to me and through me Lord. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Lead me and I will follow You. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I believe that the things that You have put in my heart are going to come to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under Your blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion for this great devotional!

Oct 7
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

I hope that all you ask Father Yahweh for comes to pass for you Lynn. In Yeshua's name so be it...

Oct 7
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen, thanks Richard!

Oct 7
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen and amen, Lynn, joining in your prayer for clear direction in all things <3!

Oct 7
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Oct 7

Amen! Thank you Pastor for this encouraging message today, reminding me of the maturing process we all have to go through according to the Lord's plan and purpose for me and all of us!       May the Lord God most high place a hedge and shield round about you, Sylvia and your Refreshing Hope Ministry and outreach, for it is in the holy name of Jesus Christ that I ask and pray, Amen!!!  

Oct 7
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen!

Oct 7
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, sister, we love you <3!

Oct 7
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

May Your will be done in my life as it is in Heven.  I believe that the things that You have put in my hearrt are going to come to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under Your blessing.  In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.  AMEN!.  Thank you Pastor for such words of encouragement.

Oct 7
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Bella, may He bring clear guidance and His open doors <3!

Oct 7
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondelloedited: Oct 7

I'm thankful that Yeshua's grace is sufficient for me. I'm feeling the effects on my 53 year old body from working 12 or more hours a day for 5 days this week. Thankful that He enables me to do the work of a man half my age even though on little sleep (been averaging about 4 hours a night); and in pain. Yeshua is my strength. I know that even this old dog has some new tricks to learn so to speak, from our Lord and some more room for maturing. We're never to old to learn something new from Him. I know that He has blessed me with this job and that I work for Him but, it sure feels like He is stretching me beyond my limits. But, I know for sure that He has no limits and He mounts me up on wings of eagles and helps me run and not grow weary,walk and not faint when I feel like giving up here lately. Feeling worn down and I need His grace like never before to strengthen me and help me be a man of Godly integrity.

Oct 7
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Praying for God's grace and strength for you Richard, Amen.

Oct 7
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I lift up Richard to you and pray that you bless him with renewed strength, with energy to do all that he needs to, with wisdom and provision for his needs and with all that is needed to serve You and follow Your perfect path, in the name of Jesus, amen!

Oct 7
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Richard.  My husband and I are 76 years old.  The Lord has blessed us with renewed health and strenght to begin again on our new property.  I drive a big tractor and will be clearing land.  If our Lord can do this for us, He definitely will do it for you.  Praise our Lord for His mercies.  In my prayers Richard.  Have a blessed and joyful week ahead.

 

Oct 7
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen.

Oct 7
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord, amen

Oct 7
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 7
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!Thank You Lord Jesus

Oct 7
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Melissa Lyons
Melissa Lyons

This hit me hard this morning. Around 15 years ago, God gave me a very clear vision or dream. I've been working towards that and right now, feel closer than I ever have. I realize it's right behind the next door. I love gentle reminders, like this devotional, that it's there, right there. Thank you. I shared it on FB. I thought there may be others who are waiting in the hallway as well. I'm there too, in the hallway, waiting for that door to open. I'm waiting, but I'm not idle. I keep learning, studying and growing...

Obedience, no matter what!

Thank you for sharing.

Oct 8
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

That's great Melissa...

Oct 8
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Love this, Melissa, I believe that you will be mightly blessed for your faith!

Oct 14
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen and Amen!!!!

Oct 8
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen . Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father please strengthen me today. Speak to me and through me Lord. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Lead me and I will follow You. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I believe that the things that You have put in my heart are going to come to pass and I will live my life to the fullest under Your blessing, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

Oct 14
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother, praying for you and your ministy <3!

Oct 14