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Say Nothing Negative

  • Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:33 NKJV

    We sat quietly at the table while we ate our food. Normally we talked and laughed, but tonight we were both worried about tomorrow. We had found a lien on our property for a tax bill that we never owed, but it had accumulated late fees until it was more than we had. Disputing it was going to be a challenge in the least because it was a decade old.

    What could we do? We called the state tax office to begin a dispute and they explained that the record was so old that it had been archived and removed from their system. They would have to restore it from a backup and it would be an overnight process, so we had to call back tomorrow.

    We just sat down together and prayed over it, and got an impression to Say nothing negative. It was the only word for that day so we stood on it and just said nothing at all because my every thought was negative. It was very difficult to not whine and complain and talk about all the different scenarios and the what if that may happen. We managed to restrain ourselves and ate our food silently.

    After a night of silence, the next day came and we called them back. To our surprise, the tax office had cleared the lien and we owed them nothing. They took care of all of the paperwork and explained that because we never owed the original tax bill we did not owe the late fees and penalties either.

    Do not worry about tomorrow. Pray and try to follow the Lord as best you can today, and let tomorrow worry about itself. One word from God changes everything. Many times, the things that we are worried about never even come to pass, and what you worry about today, may never happen. Trust God instead.

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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese The toughest advice one can give me!
May 4, 2015
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Pam Stauffer
Pam Stauffer It is so hard sometimes...But worth it....
May 4, 2015
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Lean not on your own understanding, faith is the key, sometimes hard to do when you are in the midst of it, must necessary to get through it!
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Amber Roundtree
Amber Roundtree I have been upset and depressed about some financial obligations all weekend that I have no idea how I will meet. Thank you for this word and pray that I can be a doer, not just a hearer
May 4, 2015
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan Whoa--- good story on The Power we have available!! I'm pulling out of a sad set of affairs!!!!!! ya all know My plight and your imaginations certainly will ad too that! My Honesty and drive will get the correct events on Here! May He Bless You Mightaly!!!
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen Thank You Lord Jesus
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Wow--I sure relate! In 2010, my worst fears came true and I was delivered a notice of foreclosure. It was the WORST day of my life--I remember it was August, but I was freezing and just couldn't get warm. Nothing could console me. I spent the rest of the summer in tears.I couldn't even talk to my therapist, who I started seeing when I lost my job--because I just couldn't form a coherent word through my tears! Somehow, I got through it--and now I KNOW it was only because of the grace of GOD!
May 4, 2015
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Marsha Pratt
Marsha Pratt What a great word. Thank you for this!
May 4, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Thank you Lord
May 4, 2015
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Debbie Smith
Debbie Smith We've had a very similar experience with the grace and provision of God..more than a few times. In fact, we have a situation pending today in which we need God to intervene Psalm 138: the Lord will perfect that which concerns me
May 4, 2015
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman This was a "one of those times it's better to keep your mouth shut" and it paid off.
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Jenifer Titus
Jenifer Titus Amen.
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey With God all things are possible. ..Good morning Pastor Dion. 
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and Redeemer. Psalm 19:14. Thank you Dion for opening your life with transparency. 
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Beatrice "Raye" Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth Thank you; I needed this; sometimes can be so consumed by what is going to happen; when most times I have no control over it.  Praying to not say anything negative too!! 
May 4, 2015
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Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith Hallelujah. Pastor Todd, this message could have not come at a better time than now. Good knows when to show up and show out. Thank you Jesus for having it worked out while yet I'm still trying to figure it out.
May 4, 2015
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau I can't say how much I needed this devotion this morning. I woke up worrying about so many things. But, I learn a new lesson here. If there is no good positive things to say, don't say anything is the best thing to do. Thank you.
May 4, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady With just a teeny bit of faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains. I have found whenever I say I claim victory over a situation or circumstance because I gave it to God in prayer, He always remedies it, He gives me blessing and much more than I asked for!
May 4, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I love this, God does not say we are not going to have troubles, but does say, not to worry about them. We are to trust Him and let Him be in charge. God wants us to work with Him, and worrying is not working with Him. He does want us to trust Him.
May 4, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell Good morning... I completely agree. Trusting God allots for peace to Stand in the midst of chaos. Thank God for His Presence. AMEN AMEN AMEN 
May 4, 2015
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Deborah (Deb) Harrington
Deborah (Deb) Harrington God is in control and I am a work in progress especially when it comes to patience and negative thinking. I'm my worst enemy. Thank you Pastor Dion!
May 4, 2015
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Reinhard Blefgen
Reinhard Blefgen Amen thx I really needed this
May 4, 2015
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin I remember this one! Yes! So needed! So guilty of complaining at this point. And nothing has changed. Maybe I should just "shut it"!!! So happy you reposted! Thank you,  Dion! Blessings..........
May 4, 2015
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Noraima Crespo
Noraima Crespo Amen
May 4, 2015
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Adrian Labuschagne
Adrian Labuschagne Pastor Todd, Thank you for this fantastically timely word!! We tend to forget that these are ACTUALLY the actual word's used by our Saviour Jesus the Christ. GOD give us the grace to walk in this wisdom on a daily basis. May the grace of GOD abound upon you and your family.
May 4, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Sometimes when praying, I take one of my favorites and rewrite it be more clear. :)
May 4, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Hang on and keep silent :)
May 4, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Good morning Cynthia :)
May 4, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd May the Lord provide for your every need in Jesus name.
May 4, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd It's real, what you say is what you get.  :)
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery Amen!  I was with a worrier for 6 months until this past Thursday evening at 4 p.m. (National Day of Repentance).  Jesus is the Word from God that has changed everything for me since then.  Trusting God to walk with Jesus through the Holy Spirit.  Thinking and talking in a negative way is unhealthy for anyone, especially between a man and a woman.  :-)
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery
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Deleted Member Amen, this so hit me right where I needed it, because I am that worry wart , the what ifs and all that stuff. Must I must Praise God because He has never failed me, even in all my worries, I should have took the time to be praying instead.
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Deleted Member Thank you for sharing your testimony of how God can change our worries and fears into joy.
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Deleted Member Amen. Thank you for your word. 
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Deleted Member Amen, Jesus is always working things out for us, even in our troubled times. A brighter day is coming if we put our trust in Him.
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Deleted Member I think we are all guilty of complaining when we are worried about things, but isn't it amazing how God worked all the things out in their silence. They were truly trusting God.
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Deleted Member I so needed this too.
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Deleted Member I too am my worst enemy Deb. I've been serving Jesus for a long time, but I am still a work in progress too. Have a great day.
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Deleted Member Amen, yes trusting God brings peace.
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Deleted Member So true Twila, God really wants our trust and faith and He will take care of the rest. Praise The Lord. 
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Deleted Member This is a wonderful testimony. thank you for sharing with us. We sure can move mountains if we trust Jesus.
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Deleted Member Amen, He hears your heart even when the worries are too much, He is right there, even if we don't know how to pray about certain things, He see's your hearts prayers, if we trust Him, He will not fail us. He is always on time for His children. Jesus loves you.
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord.
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Deleted Member Yes, if we give it all to God, He will {take the wheel} and take care of our every need. He is always on time.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Yes, God can  make our impossible, possible, if we put our trust in Him.
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Deleted Member Yes, He will. He cares about our every need.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, it was so what I too needed today.
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Carol Lester
Carol Lester This really hit home today. My daughter is really going through a tough situation right now and she keeps saying just wait until August and it will be all over. She is really relying on her faith right now. I raised my kids in church and taught them about Jesus and she is handling this situation better than I am. Thank you for your words today. I think Jesus is talking to me this morning. So I am going to lay it in His hands.
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Deleted Member Yes, Amen, He hears our hearts cry. He is always right there.
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Deleted Member God is so good.
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Deleted Member Amber. just give it all to Jesus, trust Him with all your heart. He loves you so and cares about all your worries.
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Deleted Member Yes it is. faith is that key, but we must trust even in the storm, because Jesus will see us through it all.
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Deleted Member Even through our storm if we will trust Him, He is right there. We might not be able to pray because we are worrying, but God see's your heart and He know your every care. He will never leave or forsake you or leave you alone. He will come to your needs and will make the way out of no way. I have seen this so many times in my life. He has never failed me. Trusting Jesus is all that matters. 
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Deleted Member Amen. Carol, we will believe with you and your daughter all will be okay and it will soon be over. God bless you.
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Yes...yes....yes...Recently while doing finances at home I felt very strong to say "Yes", Lord, it is yours!  I said to my husband that the money to fix the several cement steps including two walls on each side were too much for me to keep thinking about so I gave it to the Lord.  He said oh & we are at peace.  Pay checks come and go many places & one more bill was overload.  We have an orange cone on the stairs as someone could hurt theirselves.  We use another entrance.  I love Matt:6:(Message Bible) 33& 34. Don't worry about missing out.  You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.  Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or my not happen tomorrow.  God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. God's word is like medicine to me.....I have to keep taking it & swallowing it daily if hourly to keep a right thinking focus on His words.  Prayer & fellowship with other Christians also which I call the "hands & feet" to carry me as in a "stretcher".   Reading about Jesus praying the third time in the garden before His crucifixion where He fell to His knees from overwhelming fear in His human self grabbed me to truly know He understands us. Blessings in your day all of you....a beautiful Spring day!
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Amen!
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Like this very much!
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Thanks pastor Todd for this message, I worry a lot about tiny things , sometimes read stuff on the internet that makes me worry more, but from now , I will leave my tomorrow t to God.
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Antoine Watts
Antoine Watts Amen!!!!!!!
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker Amen ~ so often I tend to worry about life's trials...finding work (unemployed now for 6 mos.) My children, bills ~ Oh the list is long!!! But todays word is very comforting.  I will give it over to the Lord ~ Let it go ~ Trust that God has this. Thank you Pastor Todd ~
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J D  Williams
J D Williams I WANT TO THANK GOD AND YOU PASTOR DION FOR REMINDING US NOT TO WORRY  FOR TO WORRY IS A CLEAR SIGN THAT WE DON'T TRUST GOD.....
May 5, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  I don't know, but God does, and I trust Him.
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Debbie Smith
Debbie Smith And He did! (of course). I opened an envelope regarding the lawsuit and it was fixed!
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Atooba Abiodun
Atooba Abiodun Glory be to God because what we don't know, God knows them 
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Sherri Langelier
Sherri Langelier There is definitely power in the tongue! We can speak life or death!! I find, in my walk with The Lord, if I am tempted to worry about something,I Praise The Lord for already being in my tomorrow and working things out for my good!! Thank you Pastor for sharing this testimony. Bless you!
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter God has taught me to be a duck. I don't stress over things anymore and I am so much happier. If it is meant to happen it will and vice versa. God bless you pastor Tod and the work you do.
May 6, 2015