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When the Grace is Gone

  • Jacob saw the expression on Laban's face, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. Yahweh said to Jacob, 'Return to the land of your fathers, and to your relatives, and I will be with you.' Genesis 31:2 WEB

    Things were beginning to be difficult for Jacob where he worked. The Lord had certainly put him there in the beginning, He prospered and became wealthy. At the start, his father-in-law Laban had always treated him with favor. Now there was a growing distance between them, strife, and distrust. It was well founded for Laban had changed Jacob's wages ten times (Genesis 31:7). Each time that Laban tried to pay Jacob less, God would reverse the expected outcome, and Jacob would grow wealthier. Finally the day came when the Lord told Jacob, 'Return home and I will be with you.'

    I have been in a work place where I knew without a shadow of doubt that God had put me there. At first it was very easy and graceful, but eventually the grace lifted. It became difficult, there was a growing distrust, and each change that came was always for the worse. In time, the Lord told me to leave through a series of seven dreams, though at the time I had nowhere else to go. It was just a leap of faith, but He did not open the next door for me until I left. This I have learned:

    'When the grace is gone, it is time to move on.'

    Sometimes when it becomes time to move, God will allow things to become increasingly difficult, and then a door opens where we should go. It can all seem so natural, but it is God behind the scenes moving people to where they need to be. Not every difficult situation is to be left; some of the worst ones I had to endure. There were three points in this story: 1) Jacob had gotten uncomfortable. 2) He was able to leave. 3) He felt that he heard the Lord say go.

    Anytime that you have to make a big decision, pray and listen for the Lord's voice. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice.' Ask the Lord to make it an easy decision and to close the doors that you should stay out of. Change brings new and exciting things and it is necessary for us to move forward. If you do not change directions, you will end up exactly where you are headed. So be sure that is where you want to go.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You all that You have done for me. I want You to be a part of my life and to guide me. Speak to me in a way that I understand and give me direction. Help me make Godly decisions, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Lead the way Lord! We need you Lord!
Oct 26
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Lead the way lord..... we need you for we are nothing without you!
Oct 26
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

Oct 26
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  The Lord is my guide. I trust in His direction. Amen. 

Oct 26
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

Oct 26
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,lead us Jesus and we will follow you.

Oct 26
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!!

Oct 26
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Oct 26
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Oct 26
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Help me to always follow Your plan Father, Amen!

Oct 26
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord! I also have had this experience. I didn't realize what exactly was happening until much later. I am very stuborn by nature and once I start I want to see it through, but the Lord did not want me there and I had t quit that job after a month of disasters.

Oct 26
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

I've experienced this situation.  God told me, you are done here.  Believe, trust and listen for the Lord.  thank you Pastor Dion.  

Oct 26
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Lord lead  me your way  in jesus name amen 

Oct 26
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father that Your will be to follow Your designs and to go wherever You want me to, close those doors You don't want me to be and lead me. Speak to me and through me in a way I understand, I thank You for all You have done for me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Praise the Lord, thank you Pastor for this great message. God bless you. 

Oct 26
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

This is such a timely message and prayer for me! Thank you, Pastor Dion.  Father, I thank You for everything that You have done for me. I want You to be a part of my life and to guide me. Speak to me in a way that I understand and give me direction. Help me make Godly decisions, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Oct 26
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Oct 26
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

Oct 28
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

 This is the way that I feel about my current job. A recruiter with another trucking company texted me last Friday wanting to know if I was interested in re- applying for a job there. Looks like an open door but seeking a confirmation from Father God about it.

Oct 28