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  • But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out of their borders. But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:50 WEB

    As Paul and Barnabas preached, many people believed, but sometimes entire towns threw them out. They did not let it get to them, but shook it off, and went on to the next town. During all of this rejection, Luke wrote 'The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.' Their joy did not come from their circumstances, but from their relationship with God.

    Paul later wrote 'Not that I speak in respect to lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it. I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound' (Philippians 4:11). Paul concentrated on the invisible and eternal knowing that God was in control of His situation. His mind was fixed on Jesus, and that is where his strength came from (v13).

    Once after Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison, they were praying and singing hymns to God, when there was an earthquake and everyone's chains fell off (Acts 16:25). Peace, joy, and contentment, were a lifestyle for them.

    There is a joy and peace obtainable that surpasses our understanding and our circumstances. 'The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 4:7).'for the joy of the Lord is your strength' (Nehemiah 8:10). 'You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You; because he trusts in You' (Isaiah 26:3).

    I spent some seasons of my life working in construction. Many of those around me were just working for the weekend, which meant they were pretty miserable during the week while waiting for it to arrive.

    There was this one particular guy that had a horrible attitude, he always seemed angry at the world. He watched me for a while, then one day while I was washing my hands before lunch, he walked up and asked me 'Why are you so xxxx happy all the time? What's wrong with you?'

    Though I know it would have been a great time to witness, it surprised me as I did not realize that I was that happy myself. It seemed natural enough to me, but after looking around at the others, I could see that it was mostly, just me.

    Those days I often worked in a man lift sixty feet in the air, mindlessly painting a giant warehouse. I could not attend church because I worked a twelve hour shift every Sunday while the plant was closed. So I listened to the Bible all day on a set of headphones that I carefully hid under my hard hat and spray mask. While meditating on the Word, I began praying and praising God under my breath. I just thought of it as a way to pass the time.

    After a while, I was as carefree as an eagle. Pranksters would come by my man lift, switch it to ground control, and bounce me up and down, which when extended out sixty feet can be terrifying, but I could not care less and they eventually lost interest. 'I have put my trust in God. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?' (Psalms 56:11).

    Meditating on God's word calmed my mind and brought His peace and joy in a special way. Spending time praying and praising God brings a deep settled peace that is hard to be shaken. Hearing about the end of the world only brings a smile and a spark of hope that we will soon be with Jesus. God's word is treasure, and timeless. It worked for Paul, it worked for me, and it will work for you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please give me a hunger for Your word and make me able to understand and retain it. Fill me with Your peace and joy. Help me to focus on eternal things and not the temporary, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray

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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Peace and contentment indeed!
Oct 27
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Jay Jerisek
Jay Jerisek I am a security guard doing a 12 hour nighttime shift. Needless to say it can become very boring so I, like you Dion, listen to audio Scripture , this site and others (verse by verse Ministry ) . I have learned so much about the Bible and I am very gratefull for it and my joy and peace have escalated past the normal every day .
Oct 27
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Please God guide our lives for you and your Glory.We love and worship you.Please bless Paster Todd and Sylvia and our RHM brothers and sisters. Amen 

Oct 27
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

And may GOD, bless you two always.

Oct 27
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

These  are words to live by. The Peace that only GOD, can only give! Amen!! Thank you for your Peace LORD JESUS.

Oct 27
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Yes lord  amen!

Oct 27
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Oct 27
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Paul said the kingdom of God is rightousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. I wish every one could understand how to access that joy! 

Oct 27
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for Your peace and joy, Amen.

Oct 27
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Ted Muilenburg
Ted Muilenburg

Happiness and peace come from ourvrelationship with HIM the father- for me that requires a daily connecting each morning and often through out the day to stay on the path! Yes 

Oct 27
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen thank you Lord for this morning devotion you give to pastor Dion to remind us that whatever we are going through it just temporarily and to put  our trust in you. I am so thankful for this reminder. Yes so true pastor about hearing about the end of the world give me hope that Jesus is coming soon. I can see more and more that the Bible is fulfilling. I can’t wait when there will be no evil, pain, sickness, sorrow loneliness just to name a few. It will be joy and happiness. Despite of what is going on in the world God is going to put on end to it soon. As the song writer say soon and very soon we are going to see the king hallelujah hallelujah we are going to see the King.Yes we all are going to see Jesus soon 

Oct 27
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

AMEN

Oct 27
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Today's devotion is a wonderful reminder that the earth is just our temporray home. We should be brimming with joy, because Eternity is near!

Oct 27
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Peace and contentment. Amen

Oct 27
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Thank You Father for all Your blessings, I know things are going to change for me because is Your will. I humbly ask You to give me the peace I'm in need of. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for this wonderful devotional, God bless. 

Oct 27
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

Oct 27
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

Oct 27
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Thank you Pastor Dion for sharing about your deepness for God's word during your life.  You're absoluely right about hearing the end of the world is near because Jesus' coming is near and therefore we do have spark of Hope and it does bring a smile that makes my heart jump with joy.

Oct 27
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Truth Amen 

Oct 27
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 27
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

Oct 27
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Shara Abel
Shara Abel

Awesome thank you!

Oct 27
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen

Oct 28