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  • Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 WEB

    The Apostle Paul learned to be content in whatever situation that he found himself and he saw beyond his physical circumstances. He realized that even though he was going through terrible trials that God was still in control of his life. Here are just some of the things that happened to Paul:

    'I am more so; in labors more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths often. Five times from the Jews I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I suffered shipwreck. I have been a night and a day in the deep. I have been in travels often, perils of rivers, perils of robbers, perils from my countrymen, perils from the Gentiles, perils in the city, perils in the wilderness, perils in the sea, perils among false brothers; in labor and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, and in cold and nakedness' (2 Corinthians 11:23'27).

    As an Apostle, Paul had a hard life, but he understood that God was in control and that everything worked out just as it should every single time. He was thrown into prison, but led the jailor and his household to Jesus (Acts 16:27). He was shipwrecked, but led the island of Malta to Jesus (Acts 28:1).

    Paul had a 'thorn in the flesh' and sought the Lord three times to take it away (2 Corinthians 12:7), but the Lord told him 'My grace is sufficient for you.' Paul realized that it was to keep him from being 'excessively exalted' from the great revelations that he had received. Jesus in Gethsemane prayed three times for something to be removed, but that was not either. They were both strengthened and encouraged to bear it.

    The devil had limitations in what he could do in their life. There were boundaries set where he could do this, but no more. Just like in the book of Job, God set limits for satan: 'Behold, all that he has is in your power. Only on himself don't put forth your hand' (Job 1:12). Then later again: 'Behold, he is in your hand. Only spare his life' (Job 2:6).

    Paul and Jesus understood that nothing was going to happen to them unless God allowed it, and God took them through the situation instead of around it. When Jesus was brought before Pilate He told him this:

    'Pilate therefore said to him, 'Aren't you speaking to me? Don't you know that I have power to release you, and have power to crucify you?' Jesus answered, 'You would have no power at all against me, unless it were given to you from above' (John 19:10'11).

    God takes full responsibility for the life wholly devoted to Him. When you are completely devoted to God, He will live through you, He will seek the lost through you. When persecutions and attacks come against you, God will take care of it, or He may take you through it and you will become stronger.

    Nothing will come against you today that catches God off guard and the things that are meant to harm you, will only push you further down God's path for you. If I had not lost other jobs, then I would not be a pastor today. Relax, God has got this.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for taking care of me. I know that You are in control no matter how dark things appear. Draw my heart to You, teach me what I need to know, fulfill Your will in my life and let me live for You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer" (Psalm 17:6) If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Helen Smith
Helen Smith Amen
December 21, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

may God bless you my sweet sister in Christ <3

December 21, 2018
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Yes that what I needed to read..... today, thank you........Amen
December 21, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for taking care of me. I know that You are in control no matter how dark things appear. Draw my heart to You, teach me what I need to know, fulfill Your will in my life and let me live for You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Thank you Father for loving me. Please hear my prayers. Merry Christmas, Pastor and First Lady Sylvia and family. Merry Christmas to all brothers and sisters in Christ!

December 21, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Merry Christmas 

December 21, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank you father for taking care of me and my family and friends Amen 

December 21, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! God is always in control even when we do not think so!

December 21, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you Jesus,Amen 

December 21, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

God is always in control! Amen!

December 21, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

December 21, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for taking care of me. I know that You are in control no matter how dark things appear. Draw my heart to You, teach me what I need to know, fulfill Your will in my life and let me live for You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Father thank you for walking with us through every season in life!! I know you have a plan / purpose for every experience and adventure we have... even the rough ones! Even the ones where we walk through that fire only to find out it was really a blessing in discuise all along so we had no need for the fear/doubt that we allowed to grip us!! I thank you for daily blessings and reminders all around that you are NEVER far from those who seek you whole heartedly <3 Fullfil your will in our lives and lead us to your peace, joy, protection, provions, wisdom and grace that you gift so freely to all who ask  and believe in your son's name. Keep us lifted and in full faith of all your loving promises. In Jesus name ~ Amen ~ Thank you Pastor <3 God bless

December 21, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Heavenly Father, thank you for ALWAYS being with me in good times and tough times, without you I am nothing.  I am truly Blessed and thankful for your grace and the Love you give me and the precious gift of your Son Jesus!  Amen

December 21, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

December 21, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

December 21, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Hear me God. Hear my repetitious prayers. Praise God. Amen. 

December 21, 2018
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

December 21, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you for this devotion today Pastor Dion! Especially the "relax, God has got this" is what I needed to hear, Amen.

December 21, 2018
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Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones

Amen.  Great message today,,,thank you Lord 

December 21, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for my protection, lead me and I will follow Your designs. Help me to understand Your word when You speak to me, in Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for sharing, great devotional. God bless.

December 21, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

AMEN!

 

December 21, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 21, 2018
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Thank you!! Amen!!

December 21, 2018
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you pastor Dion for another great devotional.

December 21, 2018
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! Such a good message today. God is always in Control! God will get us through every obstacle and every storm in our lives.He has  promised never to  leave us or forsake us . We are so blessed to be called Children of God, the One True King! Amen!!

December 22, 2018