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Gone With The Wind

  • Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the clothing and the horse, as you have said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that you have spoken. Then took Haman the clothing and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and caused him to ride through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.' Esther 6:10 WEB

    Haman the Agagite, who was second in command to the king in the Persian empire, hated Mordecai the Jew because he would not bow down to him when he passed by. He was a descendant of King Agag, while Mordecai was a Benjaminite descended from King Saul. This means that their families had been enemies for a long time (1Samuel 15:9) and quite possibly if Saul had followed God's command to wipe out the Amalekites, Haman would have never been born (1Samuel 15:3).

    One morning while particularly annoyed, Haman went into the courtyard to ask the king to hang Mordecai the Jew. He did not know that during the night, God had been working behind the scenes. The king had not been able to sleep that night so he had a book of records read to him and discovered that Mordecai had once saved the king's life, but had gotten no reward.

    So the moment that Haman entered the courtyard, the king summoned him and asked him 'What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?' Haman thought that the king was talking about him, and he came up with an elaborate plan of dressing the man in the king's robe, setting him on the king's horse, and having the highest noble lead him through the streets proclaiming: 'This is the man the king delights to honor!'

    When Haman completed his speech, the king told him to hurry and go do everything that he had said for Mordecai the Jew, whom Haman hated. 'Leave nothing out!' Haman had to dress Mordecai in the king's clothing, put him on the king's horse, and then lead him through the streets, shouting before him, and it was his idea. It was the beginning of a great fall for Haman, and a great promotion for Mordecai.

    God is not even mentioned in the book of Esther, but oh He is there silently working in the lives of His people, delivering them from things they do not yet know about. The wind is invisible but powerful, and so is the power of God. There was no sign from heaven, and no one heard a sound, yet circumstances changed around them. The problem that faced God's people was soon gone with the wind, and instead of their destruction, it became the cause of their promotion.

    God can turn around what was meant to harm you, and make it exalt you. What was meant for evil can work out for your good. Do not fear what others have devised against you. As you focus on God, He takes care of things that you do not even know about. Put your trust in God, for not even a sparrow is forgotten by Him (Luke 12:6).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for taking care of me. I don't always understand, but Lord I look to You today. My help comes from You! Help me take the high road and trust You while You fight this battle, 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
Oct 18
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen......Hallelujah
Oct 22
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Dear God I’m thankful that you fight all of my battles for me even the ones I don’t about Amen 

Oct 18
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for taking care of me. I don't always understand, but Lord I look to You today. My help comes from You! Help me take the high road and trust You while You fight this battle, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Yes please!! Thank you!! Amen

Oct 18
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Dianna, praying for y'all <3!

Oct 18
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen

Oct 18
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

Oct 18
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,greater is he that is in me.God is awesome.

Oct 18
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! Lord we might not always understand what your doing, but we understand what your doing is for our good. Thank You for your mercies and for your loving kindness.

Oct 18
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Perry, that is the truth <3!

Oct 18
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Oct 18
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord, May I receive this blessing!

 

Oct 18
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen. 

Oct 18
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank you Dion, this comes at a very good time!

Oct 18
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen!

Oct 18
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Oct 18
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Need this today, thank you

Oct 18
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for always taking care of me! Amen.

Oct 18
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Emily Moore
Emily Moore

I hear you God!

I always enjoy your word. Again, today, exactly something I needed to hear!

But lately when I click to read, I'm wishing they're was an option to HEAR YOU (Pastor Dion) narrating the whole devotional!!! 

I think that would be awesome!

Oct 18
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Hey there, Emily :)! One of the things we're aiming toward is a video version of the devotional, like once a week. Here is some more info about all that in our latest newsletter :): https://www.refreshinghope.org/blogs/1/2081/rhm-newsletter-32-and-video-devotional

Oct 18
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Emily Moore
Emily Moore

Oh I'm so excited! Congrats to you all!! Doing an amazing job spreading God word! Woke up this morning, and BAM!! There he was... video ready to roll! 

It was awesome, just as I imagined!

And he sounds EXACTLY as I could hear in my mind

Oct 22
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

So glad that you were happy with it, Emily, thank you :)!

Oct 22
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Oct 18
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, even though I'm a sinner You always are at my side helping me against the enemy. I always trusted in You and believe in Your word,thank You Father. In the name of Jesus I pray Amen. 

Oct 18
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother <3!

Oct 18
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 18