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The Monument

  • But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 WEB

    When God told Abram to leave his country, he brought along his nephew Lot. In time, they both prospered so much that they had to separate from each other. Lot and his family moved to Sodom. It became an extremely wicked, prideful city, and when God had enough, He destroyed it.

    Because of Abraham, angels visited Lot and told him to get his family out of Sodom before the destruction began. The angels told them when they left, to not look behind them. Lot's wife went out of the city with the family, but when she stopped, lingered, and looked back longingly at what she was leaving behind, she became a pillar of salt. She became a monument.

    In our life God is always calling us forward, always stretching our faith, and as long as we live, we are not finished. He is infinitely smart, and we only know a fraction of what He has in store for us. We will still be learning about God in heaven. To think that we know everything about Him now is hubris, and prideful deception. He has given us enough truth to live by today, but tomorrow we will learn even more. None of us know everything.

    If you take a broad look at denominations, you will always see they are formed this way: A revelation, a movement, then a monument. Each one starts with a new revelation about something they believe, it becomes a movement and gathers a following. Eventually what they believe is written out in a 'Statement of faith' and then whatever is not included in that statement, is rejected, and whoever does not agree with them, are wrong. What started out as something new and fresh, ironically now rejects anything new, and it becomes an unchanging monument.

    Old wineskins become brittle and will not hold new wine, so God has to use someone else. He moves on and reveals something new to those that are willing to listen, and soon another movement is formed around that truth. Revelation, movement, monument is the pattern as God restores His church from the dark ages.

    God is full of surprises, and to think that He is predictable is a mistake. I know that He said 'I change not' and He does not, but our understanding certainly does. The fact is that no one walked on water, until a couple of people did (Matthew 14:29). No one raised the dead, until someone did (Acts 20:9). No one cast out evil spirits with a handkerchief, until someone did (Acts 19:11). Bread had never rained from heaven, until the day that it did (Exodus 16:14). Unless scripture clearly prohibits something, be open and 'Test all things, keeping what is good' (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

    Stay stretchable today and allow God to do something new in your life. Do not write off everything new that comes your way as not of God, especially things that are clearly discussed in the Bible. Keep looking forward and not behind you. Do not stop listening to God, do not stop growing, or you will become just another monument along the path.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father let me see through Your eyes what You are doing today. I choose to believe that You are alive, that You love me, and that You are listening to me today. I want to ally myself with You and walk hand in hand. Come and be a part of my life today, help me be stretchable, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father let me see through Your eyes what You are doing today. I choose to believe that You are alive, that You love me, and that You are listening to me today. I want to ally myself with You and walk hand in hand. Come and be a part of my life today, help me be stretchable, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Thank you ~Amen~

Nov 3
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! There are far too many who think they have all the answers.

Nov 3
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Nov 3
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

So well explained, thank you

Nov 3
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, great message.

Nov 3
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father let me see through Your eyes what You are doing today. I choose to believe that You are alive, that You love me, and that You are listening to me today. I want to ally myself with You and walk hand in hand. Come and be a part of my life today, help me be stretchable, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Lord, thank you for gift, of today. I am grateful for it. Let me focus on today and all you have in store for me. Thank you Father. Please hear my prayers. Good morning all. 

 

Nov 3
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen.

Nov 3
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Praise God  ! 

Nov 3
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopezedited: Nov 3

Amen

 

Nov 3
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Isn't our Lord amazing and so awesome.  Thank you Pastor Dion for always giving us what we need to hear. Have a blessed day.

 

Nov 3
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Thank you Lord for guiding and loving me! Truth Amen 

Nov 3
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, thank You for all You have done for me and still doing. Thank You for giving me Your word to follow and loving me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for this devotional, God bless.

Nov 3
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

Nov 3
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you for that message Pastor Dion, Amen. I hope everyone has a blessed weekend :)

Nov 3
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

Nov 3
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Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones

Amen.  A great message and thankful reminder.  

Nov 3
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Nov 3
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David Makanjuola
David Makanjuola

Amen

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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this wonderful message!

Nov 3
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Praise God. Amen 

Nov 3
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father let me see through Your eyes what You are doing today. I choose to believe that You are alive, that You love me, and that You are listening to me today. I want to ally myself with You and walk hand in hand. Come and be a part of my life today, help me be stretchable, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen. 

Nov 19