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Unanswered Prayers

  • For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8 WEB

    There were many times in my life that I worked something out in my mind, planned the way that it should go, and then watched it as it went the other way. As a business owner, at times it was frustrating. I felt that I needed to be in control. Sometimes I became angry because I felt that it could have been a good break for us. Like Martha, I would ask God 'Lord, don't You care?'

    Time and time again I saw that God had other plans for me. Many times He just kept me from making a bad choice, though it looked really good at the time. He could see further down the road than I could. Thank God for those unanswered prayers.

    Most often though, He was preparing me for the next stage of my journey, and His next project. While I was working hard on 'My plans,' He was busy steering me to where I needed to be next. His plans sometimes involved being laid off, mistreated, and offended. At least that was my perception. In reality, it was mostly my pride that got hurt, and fairly often. God will discipline His children (Hebrews 12:7).

    If my prayers had been answered, I would not be a pastor writing this message. For we prayed, and fasted, and gave and begged God to bless our computer business, but He had bigger plans and could see further down the road than we could. He had prepared us to work for Him in the ministry and when the time came, He squeezed us out of the old so that we would accept the new. I am happy to be here now, and it is better than I ever thought possible, but His thoughts were well beyond my thoughts, and I didn't care for the squeezing either.

    Disappointment often comes when our plans do not line up with His plans. We struggle and strive to make a business work only to find that He is trying to move us into something better. We kick and fight and scream to hold onto the past when He is trying to gently pull it away so that He can get us to take the next step. It is like holding on to a bad tooth. God is always preparing you for the next stage of your life. What you are doing now is preparing you for what is coming. He will make it all worth it and one day looking back, it will make sense.

    I am writing this to those that have submitted their lives to God as the Bible teaches us, because that is who the promises are for. 'In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will direct your paths' (Proverbs 3:6). 'Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires of your heart' (Psalms 37:4). 'You shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart' (Jeremiah 29:13). 'If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land' (Isaiah 1:19).

    All these verses state 'If you do this' then 'this will happen.' Jesus Himself said, 'Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things which I say?' (Luke 6:46). Our obedience is what actually makes Him our Lord and activates the promises of God in our life. Who shall eat the good of the land? The willing and obedient. Who will have the desires of their heart? Those who delight themselves in the Lord.

    I have spent years of my life that were not submitted to God and He let me roam like a wild weed, doing whatever I chose, and reaping the consequences. My progress in life stalled, and years were lost. The Father did not stop the prodigal son from leaving His house (Luke 15:13), nor will the Lord stop you when you fully understand what you are doing, and choose to do it anyway. When the party is over though, we are always welcome to come home to Him.

    When I began to intentionally seek God daily, tried to live right, laid on the carpet and poured out my heart to Him, then things began to change in my life for the better. Does the way that we live affect the blessing of God on our lives? Absolutely. 'Don't be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap' (Galatians 6:7).

    Submit yourselves to God and He will make your life worth living. He can fill the empty places. He can turn poverty into an abundance. He can surround the lonely with friends. He levels the playing field and brings the lowly up, and the haughty down. His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts, but if we spend time with Him in prayer, He will share them with us. When we finally line our will up with His, then great things will happen, in us, to us, and through us.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I submit my life to You. Use me as You will and put me where I need to be. Share Your thoughts and plans with me so that I can be in tune with You. May Your will be done on earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those who have not seen it yet, we have a new page for RHM Music, that is original music written by Pastor Dion. You can stream the playlists or listen to them one at a time! Here is the link: RHM Music


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for sharing God’s Word today.... just what I needed to be reminded and be patient!❤️
Oct 20
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I submit my life to You. Use me as You will and put me where I need to be. Share Your thoughts and plans with me so that I can be in tune with You. May Your will be done on earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Yes Please (L) Amen! Thank you

Oct 20
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I submit my life to You. Use me as You will and put me where I need to be. Share Your thoughts and plans with me so that I can be in tune with You. May Your will be done on earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Lord hear my prayers. Thank you Father.

Oct 20
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Oct 20
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Restore me dear God, I’m tired. Amen

Oct 20
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Selah

Oct 20
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Father, please help us wait on your timing.

Oct 20
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Thank you for this message, it is what I needed to remind me that God has not forgotten me!  I must be patient and still and allow him to guide me as he Always knows what’s best!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen!!

Oct 20
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Marisa, praying for wisdom for all of us to be able to wait on His timing <3!

Oct 21
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

This devotional really speaks to me today, thank you Pastor Dion. I submit to God's plans for my life, Amen.

Oct 20
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

What a powerful devotional.We submit our lives to you God.Your plans our our plans?We love and worship you. Amen....thanks Paster and Sylvia for all you do.God bless.

Oct 20
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Thank you Pastor for a timely teaching, Amen.

Oct 20
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Oct 20
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

I need this !Praise  God  for his blessing  in our lives 

Oct 20
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, I know You are molding me to lead me to where You want me to be. You know through our prayers what our needs and wants are and what I want to do, I wait on You oh Lord. Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for this wonderful devotional, God bless.

Oct 20
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank pastor Dion for this morning devotion really needed it. I didn’t know that living for God was so hard. I am on this Job that I started 2 months ago.Since  I have been working there I been constantly being pick on get embarrassed in front of my co- workers laugh at talk down to and always  been call to the office for the mistakes that I made. But I know it just the plans of the enemy the devil trying to use people to carry out is evil plans on God peoples. I know that whatever plans the enemy trying to use against me will not prosper. I know that God  says in His words that He will never leave us or forsake us. I know that God is fighting this battle for me. I know that I am going to win this battle the enemy is trying to do to me . With God on my side I am going to come out victorious.Refreshing Hope family please keep me in your prayer thank you.

Oct 20
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: Oct 20

Always remember that GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH Loriann.  You will come up victorious for GOD is always with you. Be the best of what you do.

Oct 20
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank Deng for your encouraging words.

Oct 21
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I lift up Loriann to you and pray that you let Your light shine throughout the workplace, that her example will convict and move on the hearts of her co-workers, that You strengthen her and let her walk in Your peace, and that you use all of this time for Your good, in the name of Jesus, amen <3!

Oct 21
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thanks Sylvia.

Oct 21
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank You. Always on time.

Oct 20
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

We will always praise and thank you LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.  patiently we will wait on YOU LORD GOD, for your plans, purpose and will for us (My son and  daughter ) is the best for us.  YOUR WILL BE DONE HERE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.  Amen

Oct 20
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen Lord!

Oct 20
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Makeysha Perkins
Makeysha Perkins

I needed this thankyou so much.God bless!

Oct 20
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 20
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!!! Thank you Pastor Dion!!!

Oct 20
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I submit my life to You. Use me as You will and put me where I need to be. Share Your thoughts and plans with me so that I can be in tune with You. May Your will be done on earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

Oct 30