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The Benefits

  • Praise Yahweh, my soul, and don't forget all his benefits, who forgives all your sins, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your desire with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:2 WEB

    Years ago, I mainly worked in low end jobs where the only benefit, was having a job. I owe that partly to quitting school and getting married at 17. So I worked in the tobacco fields, as a construction laborer, then learned to paint houses. What I considered a vacation at the time was when we got rained out, and that time off wasn't paid.

    Eventually I gained enough experience and worked hard enough that people began to seek me out to come work for them. Then I got a job that had actual benefits and a paid vacation. It felt strange at first, and I did not make use of them much. It took me a while to understand that benefits were important.

    When inquiring about a job, we need to understand the benefits before we make a decision. Do they have insurance, retirement, a paid vacation? The benefits can be why we take the job in the first place, and we should make use of them. They are a part of the package.

    Serving the Lord has benefits as well. Steadfast love and mercy, forgiveness of your mistakes, healing for your body, redemption, being able to be satisfied, renewed vigor, and supernatural provision. Of course, they are not the reason we live for Him, but there is also no reason to neglect what He so lovingly gives us.

    Often we overlook these benefits and prefer to just struggle on without asking for His help. Or like me, you have walked so long without them that you don't know how to put them to use. But would you say no to free health insurance, or 'Forget the vacation. I would rather work on through. You can just keep the pay.'

    Jesus told us to pray 'Give us this day our daily bread' (Matthew 6:11) and James wrote 'You do not have, because you do not ask' (James 4:2). When you fall down, ask for forgiveness and get up knowing that you are forgiven. It is a benefit. When you are sick, pray to be healed. It is a perk. When you have lack, pray for the Lord to provide the means. Love and mercy are also included in the package. It is OK to pray about your needs, and yes, God still loves you no matter what you 'feel' at the moment.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for providing benefits for believers and I know that I am in good hands, Yours. Please provide for my family, heal us, forgive us, may we walk the straight and narrow path. Help us find our place and where we fit in Your plan, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people" (Ephesians 6:18). 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 God for all you do for all of us and my family with all your benefits! Help us to serve you and praise your name more, in Jesus’s name I pray. Amen ❤️
August 9, 2019
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

August 9, 2019
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

August 9, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

August 9, 2019
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

August 9, 2019
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord!!!

August 9, 2019
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

August 9, 2019
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father! Thank you Pastor Dion for this message :) Amen

August 9, 2019
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrelledited: August 9, 2019

Amen! It is amazing how God will answer prayer. Just ask! Don't forget to thank Him!

August 9, 2019
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

August 9, 2019
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!! Wonderful message. Thank you Pastor Todd.

August 9, 2019
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for providing benefits for believers and I know that I am in good hands, Yours. Please provide for my family, heal us, forgive us, may we walk the straight and narrow path. Help us find our place and where we fit in Your plan, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen ~ Thank you

August 9, 2019
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Oh Heavenly Father I thank You for all the blessings that You has provided us with Your love and care. Knowing You are holding us we are sure of Your provision, in Jesus name I pray and declare. Amen. 

Great message Pastor, God bless you. 

 

 

August 9, 2019
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

:)

 

August 9, 2019
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God for watching over us with all your benefits. Help us to find favor in your eyes. Hallelujah In the name of Jesus Amen. Praise God. 

August 9, 2019
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

August 9, 2019
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Praise the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me praise HIS Holy Name!!! Amen and Amen!!!

August 9, 2019
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

August 9, 2019
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Heidi Chiandussi
Heidi Chiandussi

Amen !!thank you for the message ...you are in my thoughts and prayers that your mom be healed !!!!

August 11, 2019
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

August 14, 2019