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Fire And Rain

  • Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, 'I'm going fishing.' They told him, 'We are also coming with you.' They immediately went out, and entered into the boat. That night, they caught nothing. John 21:2 WEB

    As the disciples stood there together, Peter said: 'I am going fishing.' What he meant was that he was going to return to his old way of life. Peter, along with his brother Andrew, and James and John were all fishermen when Jesus called them (Mark 1:18). Jesus told them 'Follow me and I will make you fishers of men' and they became His closest disciples. Peter walked on the water with Jesus (Matthew 14:28). James and John were so zealous for Jesus that He called them 'Sons of Thunder' (Mark 3:17).

    Only a few days before, they saw their life and future so differently, so much brighter. They had walked closely with Jesus every day, the Messiah, the Anointed One, God with us. The disciples just knew that Jesus would soon be the next king, that they would be ruling with Him, and it would involve thrones and fine clothes. Now it seemed that God had let them all down, and Jesus Himself had been crucified. Their faith was in shambles.

    The disciples at that point were no longer in tune with the plan of God. They could not see past the pain, the hurt, the natural circumstances that had occurred. They felt defeated, though everything had happened exactly as God had planned it. They had walked in the fire, now they walked in the rain.

    Sometimes the fire inside of us gets wet. We were expecting this, but instead got that. We planned this, but it did not work out as we planned. When this happens, we need to be sure that our plans and vision, are still the same as His. That is all that matters. Giving up and returning to the past is not the answer. Correcting our course is: 'OK Lord, I am not sure why that happened, but here I am. Now what?'

    God can relight the fire if you can set aside the disappointment. Trust Him, especially when you do not understand why this is happening. Do not become lukewarm because you thought you knew best, but God didn't listen. Do not say: 'Well I tried it, and it didn't work for me. I am going back to what I know how to do.' Do not begin to think that the trip is over, when you are only at an intersection. Get your new direction, and continue the journey.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I don't understand what happened, but I choose to trust You. Give me a clear vision of Your plans and help me to align my will with Yours. I want, what You want, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy Monday! This week's RHM Live church service consisted of a news update on happenings at Refreshing Hope headquarters (aka our house :)), changes with the RHM Live services, and our first video devotional, with Pastor Dion reading "Time to Shine". Here is the link to the post and video, and we look forward to your feedback! RHM Newsletter and Video Devotional


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Lead the way, Jehovah.... so we can follow and do as your will, Amen
October 15, 2018
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

 Amen

October 15, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

I trust you LORD Amen 

October 15, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord!!

October 15, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

October 15, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Thank you for this message, I needed this and I trust in the Lord that no matter what, it will work out for he ALWAYS knows what is best.

October 15, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Marisa <3!

October 15, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen

October 15, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

October 15, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Father, I do not want to return to my old life, your word says that you are quite able to finish what you started!

October 15, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That is the truth, brother, amen <3!

October 15, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I don't understand what happened, but I choose to trust You. Give me a clear vision of Your plans and help me to align my will with Yours. I want, what You want, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Thank you (L)

October 15, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praying for you and with you, my sister <3! (((HUGS)))

October 15, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes Father, I want what You want for my life, Amen!

October 15, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

October 15, 2018
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Amen!

October 15, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Father, give me Your support and keep the fire lit in me. I know Your will be done on Your time not ours, I trust in You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

 

October 15, 2018
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God lead us in the right direction so we can do as your will. Amen 

October 15, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen! May this be my prayer as well! Lead me, teach me walk with me for the rest of my earthly days, oh Lord, I pray in the name of Jesus!!!

October 15, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen Lisa!

October 15, 2018
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen! Oh yes please Lord, that I would align with you! In Love

October 15, 2018
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Deshawn Johnson
Deshawn Johnson

Awesome word! Gotta keep the fire and stay aligned  with God. Stay positive and prayed up no matter what!

October 15, 2018
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

October 15, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

October 15, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

It’s as if this were written to get me through my dilemma. Help me God to stay the course. I’m getting so tired but I can’t give up. Let me see progress in these lives. Praise God. Amen. 

October 15, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Yes, don't give up, Mari, praying for you <3!

October 15, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I don't understand what happened, but I choose to trust You. Give me a clear vision of Your plans and help me to align my will with Yours. I want, what You want, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Lord let your will be done. Lord hear my prayers. 

October 20, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I don't understand what happened, but I choose to trust You. Give me a clear vision of Your plans and help me to align my will with Yours. I want, what You want, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen. 

October 24, 2018
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

No turning back..Even if none go with me...no turning back..

October 30, 2018