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The Wonder of You

  • The Wonder of You from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Today I want to talk about the wonder of the Lord. I believe that wonder is a great definition of what it feels like to have the Holy Spirit moving in your life. It can feel almost magical, surreal, at times you may ask yourself “Is this really happening?”

    The word “wonder” means:

    Wonder (noun) 1 a feeling of surprise and admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, or unfamiliar. (Concise Oxford English Dictionary).

    Some people feel that God is distant, that He is unconcerned about our trivial lives, but I can tell you that nothing is further from the truth. We have had Him work in the tiniest of details. Consider the promise of Psalm 37:4:

    Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. (Psalm 37:4–5 NASB). 

    That is a promise. You put Him first, and the things you desire, the desires of your heart, will begin to find their way to you. As far as tiny things go, consider this. I once wanted an HDMI to DVI converter cable to hook a computer to a television. This was many years ago and HDMI was just starting to spread. I was shopping online one morning and found the cable on the Internet, but it was about $45. I didn’t want it that bad, so we went to work. We worked on computers for a living and our first client of the day was an insurance company. As the manager explained the problems they were having to us, he suddenly stopped, reached in his desk drawer and pulled out an HDMI to DVI converter cable still in the plastic. He tossed it on the desk and said “I bought this a while back. I don’t even know what it is for. Maybe you can use it.” I had not told anyone that I wanted a cable, and I had not prayed about it. Coincidence, or a desire of my heart finding its way to me. You decide. All I know is that I felt wonder.

    Some feel that God is too big, too busy, too important, and they are too small for Him to notice. But Matthew 10:30 tells us that “the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30 NASB). What He has done for others, He will do for you as well. Consider this verse:

    Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. (James 5:14–15 NASB). 

    We can be tempted to read this and move on, but once my wife, Sylvia, became very sick with a sudden and unexplained chronic cough. The doctor tried several things, but nothing seemed to help. She would start coughing, and choking, and it continued until she would vomit. She couldn’t ride in a car without throwing up. We became pretty much homebound except for frequent trips to the pharmacy. The coughing was so violent that she pulled all the muscles around her abdomen and it hurt her so bad it would bring tears. We prayed and prayed but saw no change. We often stayed up all night long, and barely got any sleep. This continued for over a month.

    A visiting speaker came to our church that we liked to hear, Dennis DeGrasse from North Carolina. We felt like we should go so we did, and Sylvia coughed through the entire service. When the meeting was over, we went up front for prayer and Dennis laid his hands on Sylvia and began to pray for her. The coughing got violently worse, she doubled over and began choking. Then suddenly it left, her color returned to normal, and she was instantly healed. She coughed no more. It was so quiet and peaceful that night that it felt surreal. I felt wonder.

    The Lord is “wonder full”, literally full of wonder. I can share testimony after testimony of Him coming through for us when it seemed like there was no hope at all. Those were the times when everything in the natural looked bad, but things in the Spirit were moving into place. Suddenly, “wham!”, it would all come together into a “pinch yourself” moment to see if it was real or a dream.

    In 2012, when we had been out of work for several months and were packing to move out of our home, I sat down in this room and suddenly had a vision. Within 48 hours I was a Pastor, and a good friend of ours stepped in and paid all our bills for the month. The Lord completely changed our life, and I felt wonder, “Can this be true?”

    Later when we felt the Holy Spirit prompting us to start an online church, we sat down and calculated what we would need to get started using an Excel spreadsheet. We figured if we used an old server that we had left over from our computer business, took no salary, bought this and that, we could get it online with $2500. At the time, we were the only tithers at RHM and that was more than we had. We prayed and felt that it was what we should do, so we decided to start and just go as far as we could. I pulled the old server out of the closet and started formatting it. Within 30 minutes, someone came to our little website and donated exactly $2500. We had not told anyone what we were planning. It was another pinch yourself moment. I felt wonder at His goodness. 

    God has always taken care of His people, and He will take care of you. I did not share these testimonies to build ourselves up, but to build you up, to show you how wonderful He can be. What He has done for us, He will do for you. He is continuing to work in the lives of His people just as He has from the beginning.

    Abraham probably felt wonder when his 90 year old wife had a son. Joseph probably felt wonder when he was taken from prison to be a ruler over Egypt. Shadrach probably felt wonder when Nebuchadnezzar had him thrown into a furnace, but the fire didn’t burn him. Daniel probably felt wonder when he spent the night in the lion’s den, but they didn’t eat him.

    Wonder is all through the Bible. It is a “wonder full” book. If you will love Him, He will love you back. Yes, I know that God loves the world, but who gets the desires of their heart? The ones who delight in the Lord. Seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. He can fill you with wonder.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me a fresh vision and help me get in tune with You. I want to be a part of what You are doing. Teach me what I need to know in order to follow You closer. Let me see Your wonder in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for all the amazing wonders that you have done for us all..... For we are nothing without you, we need you !
Sep 16
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Margarite Carbone Cherry
Margarite Carbone Cherry BrotherDon, thank you for this message. I needed this so... especially today!
Sep 16
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!  God’s Glory is wonderful!

Sep 15
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Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Thank You Pastor Dion for a Beautiful message! God Bless You in all that You do!

Sep 15
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

Sep 16
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen this is a great reminder 

Sep 16
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Let me see the WONDER in my life. Thank you for your many blessings dear God. Help me to feel happy. Help my Grandchildren. Praise God. In the name of Jesus Amen 

Sep 16
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father and Thank You for All the wonders you have blessed me with, past and future.

Sep 16
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

A 'WONDERFUL' devotional Pastor.

So enouraging...

Thank you

God Bless!

Sep 16
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I’m always inspired by your devotionals, Pastor Dion. Your testimony to how RHM came to be, has always inspired me with Wonder!! God Bless you and Sylvia for bringing this to the us. Amen. Glad her violent cough went away too!

Sep 16
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Pastor for this Wonderful message. Thank you Lord for Pastor Todd and his wife. Thank you Lord for all the Wonder you bring to me. Amen.

Sep 16
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David & Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia.You are awesome people.God Bless you all.We have had several wonders in our lives too.God is an awesome God. Amen 

Sep 16
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau

Indeed Praise the Lord for everything we have. Our needs seem impossible but He always provides in the most unexpected ways. When we think we can't go on anymore, He gives us strength. And when we get stuck in an impossible situation, He miraculously gets us out. I can testify so many instances in my life when that is true.

Sep 16
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

For without God love we are nothing  always  with us mind and soul  amen

Sep 16
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank God for all His wonderful deeds in my life! He has always gotten me through. Amen.

Sep 16
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I can relate, Pastor Dion. There was a period of months back in 2015 when every day yielding a new miracle, an unexpected blessing from God.People were beginning to grow frightened--I must admit, so did I! There were no earthly explanations for the series of events that took place that year. To this day, I marvel at what God did for me and eagaerly await the day His presence will enlighten me once again.

Sep 16
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I give You thanks for all Your wonder You has supply us with. Help us to receive Your Holy Spirit and to do all the things You wants us to do in Your Holy name, Lord I ask You  in the glorious name of Your Son Jesus. Amen. 

I needed this  devotional Pastor, God bless you. 

 

Sep 16
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Indeed, and will always be.   GOD IS WONDERFUL AND SO FAITHFUL.  Praise the Lord and thank you GOD for lovings us so much.

Sep 16
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Sep 16
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

So sorry for being so late, so much going on right now, taking one step of time with the Lord!  Praising the Lord with you, the LORD of wonder and of might - Amen and Amen !!!

Sep 18
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Thank You for doing this inspirational devotional Pastor! Praise God! I know The Lord is Good.

Sep 18