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Hard Times

  • You therefore put your belt on your waist, arise, and say to them all that I command you. Don't be dismayed at them, lest I dismay you before them. For, behold, I have made you today a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against its princes, against its priests, and against the people of the land. They will fight against you, but they will not prevail against you; for I am with you', says Yahweh, 'to rescue you.' Jeremiah 1:17 WEB

    Jeremiah was called the weeping prophet because the Lord gave him a very difficult mission: To warn His people that their wicked ways would eventually bring their destruction. Almost everyone was against him, and Jeremiah spent a lot of his time in pits, and in jail. Even the other prophets in the city disagreed with him.

    Jeremiah represented the Lord, while everyone else was against him, and he did not want the job. When Jeremiah prophesied, the people did not cheer, instead they wanted to kill him. Yet he did prophesy for over forty years because the Lord was with him.

    As a prophet, that was Jeremiah's job. A prophet hears the word from God, and then tells it to the people. They face the people, with the Lord behind them. A priest is the opposite, and takes the needs of the people to God. The priest stands with the people behind him, facing the Lord.

    Sometimes you can try your best to serve God, but it can feel like it is just you against the entire world, especially in the workplace. The more things that you do right, the more that it seems to go wrong, and you may begin to wonder if you are on the right side of this at all.

    I once went through a personal revival, set out on a two week fast, and made it a goal to listen to the Bible twenty four hours a day. At the end of the two weeks, I was laid off from my job, completely unexpected. It worked out fine in the long run, but with a new house payment, it was not a pleasant experience. That was the path that led me to owning my own computer business, which prepared me for the ministry that we do today, and our online church.

    If you are you facing a battle today, the good news is that you don't have to face it alone. Even if you dug the pit that you got trapped in, the Lord is willing to help you climb out of it, if you sincerely ask Him. Trying to serve God with all your heart does not mean that your life will be easy, but He will be with you: To save you, to deliver you, and to spare you. You will still be standing when all those who wish you were gone, are long gone.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for being there for me. I look to You to take care of me today. You can see the big picture of time, where I can only see the past. Please lead me and help me to make the right decisions in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray

    Note: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14). 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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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Jehovah for being our protector and keeping me safe physically and emotionally and mentally, in Jesus’s name, Amen ❤️
Jun 5
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Jun 5
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

I seek your face O Lord God, Amen.

Jun 5
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord Jesus!

Jun 5
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Jun 5
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

Jun 5
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

Jun 5
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen. In the name of Jesus I pray. Thank you Father.

Jun 5
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Lord for everything.  Amen

Jun 5
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! The things that Jeremiah went through are still going on today. The Bible does not promise a bed of roses. Thank You Lord for Your Calling!  

Jun 5
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

dearest God get us out of this pit we were thrust in. In the name of Jesus Amen. 

Jun 5
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

Jun 5
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for being there for me. I look to You to take care of me today. You can see the big picture of time, where I can only see the past. Please lead me and help me to make the right decisions in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen ~ Thank you

Jun 5
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen

Jun 5
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for always being there for me, Amen!

Jun 5
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Larry Fowler
Larry Fowler

Jun 5
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for all You have done for me, keep me safe from the snares of the devil and show me the way to be closer to You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. Praise be to the Lord. 

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

Jun 5
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen! The Lord works in mysterious ways, praise His holy name!

Jun 5
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jun 5
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this message today. I think we have all at one time or another felt like the world was against us. I know I went through a lot of trials recently but I did what I needed to do, I prayed and trusted the Lord to work on my behalf.  Was I worried, maybe a  tiny bit, was I scared yes at times. We all get scared and tend to worry but the bible tells us  we  are not supposed to worry but to place our lives in God's hands and stand firm. I spent more time with God, read my bible more. I got on my knees and spent a hour or more a day in pray and devotions asking God to work on my behalf. I trust God and He has always been there for me so I knew that He would once again come to my rescue but Satan can sure do a number on us. He tells us that it is hopeless that we have lost, that we are miserable and God will not come to our aid. However, we know the Truth. Jesus died for us on Calvary and God loves us so much. God said He will never leave us or forsake us so He will always make a way for us. We just have to keep believing and have Faith. This was merely a test, and a difficult one at that, but everything worked out fine in the end because God was beside me all the time. He was busy making a way for me before I even asked Him.Thank you Father for always making a way for me and always forgiving me when I have setbacks and begin to doubt or worry. Thank you for the answers that you gave me and the direction to go. I am so blessed! in the name of Jesus,  Amen!

Jun 6
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen...

Amazing Sherry

 

Jun 6
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen

Jun 6
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Wonderful n encouraging Pastor!

Thanks

Jun 6