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The Journey

  • The Journey from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Today I want to talk about the journey of life. Our thinking is often consumed with what is happening today, or tomorrow, or sometimes what happened yesterday. God thinks in the long term. He can see our entire life at once. Think of it like this: if our life were a bicycle wheel and each day a spoke, then God sees it from the hub in the center and He can look down each spoke at any point in time.

    In times of stress, we can lose focus on how awesome God actually is. There is nothing that comes our way that He does not already know about. He can see the decisions you make today and what they will turn into ten years from now. Sometimes a deal falling through is the greatest thing that could happen to us, though it may seem disappointing at the time. It is imperative that we seek His advice when making major decisions.

    God sees the big picture of life, but He usually tells us only what we need to know. Consider Noah. He was a righteous man who walked with God during a very corrupt time on Earth. When God had enough, He told Noah to build an ark. So Noah is out in his yard day after day building a giant ship while everyone around thinks he has lost his mind. People didn’t understand him, but Noah kept hammering. God checked in with Noah from time to time, to confirm, instruct, and encourage him, but most of Noah’s days were just filled with work, and gopher wood.

    Think of Abram in Genesis 12:1:

    Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; Genesis 12:1–2 NASB

    God told Abram to leave his country and relatives and go to a country that He would show him. So Abram packed his stuff and began his journey at 75 years of age. That took real faith. Abram journeyed and sometimes a decade would pass without hearing anything new.

    It wasn’t always pleasant either. Sometimes there were disagreements like when it became too crowded and he and his nephew Lot had to separate. Sometimes there were fights and battles, like when Lot and his family were taken hostage, and Abraham and his 318 trained fighting men had to go and rescue them. At least twice some powerful ruler tried to take Abraham’s wife, as their wife. Apparently Sarah was very beautiful. Years passed by.

    Sarah couldn’t have children, so she gave Abraham a concubine, which seemed to work at first but then pride in one and jealousy in the other made that a hot mess. Abraham got caught in the middle and had to send his new wife and son away. Then they came back. Then they were sent away again.   

    God gave Abraham and Sarah a son named Isaac when Abraham was 99 years old. When Isaac was a young man, God asked Abraham to offer him as a sacrifice. Of course God didn’t allow him to go through with it. It was just a test, and Abraham passed it.

    There were ups and downs. There were times when they did not understand why this or that happened. There were times of silence. We read the book of highlights and it sounds exciting, but there are big gaps of time in between these events. There are long spans of time when God said nothing to Noah or Abraham because they were on course.

    God’s plans often involve hard work and you don’t get to skip doing it. The things you learn today are preparing you for tomorrow. When the Lord began to push me into a computer business, at first He just made everything work. As long as I would go, He would allow me to fix it. But each time I learned more, He would just raise the difficulty. Doing that prepared me to do this today.

    Don’t panic when you hear silence. His direction comes at critical points. Continue on with the last word given until He gives you something new. He sets things in motion and we keep it going. He lit the fire on the altar, and the priests were commanded to keep it burning. That is the way that Noah and Abraham did it. They faithfully did what the Lord instructed them and trusted Him to keep His promises. Noah built the ark, then God made it rain.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please guide me today and speak to me in a way that I understand. Help me see the big picture and give me the grace to change whatever is needed, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen......❤️
Nov 11
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Myrna Gonzalez
Myrna Gonzalez Amen, he is surely is most merciful and loving.
Nov 11
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen, amen Lord

Nov 11
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

I had never looked at this like your message before.  This has been extremely helpful and brought peace.  Thank you for God's direction.  You are appreciated Pastor Dion.  Have a blessed day.

Nov 11
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

Nov 11
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Suzy Romaine
Suzy Romaine

Thank you for this message❤

Nov 11
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

Nov 11
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Eileen Figueroa
Eileen Figueroa

Amen ♥️ thank you! Loved today's message!!

Nov 11
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus, Amen 

Nov 11
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen! 

Nov 11
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. God is gracious in so many ways. He is with me on this journey called life! Thank You Pastor Dion for another wonderful devotional. May God Bless you. Amen

Nov 11
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! It took 100 years for Noah to build his ark, can you just imagine the jokes he took? Thank You Lord! 

Nov 11
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Nov 11
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen!

Nov 11
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Lisa Kordich
Lisa Kordich

Thank you Pastor I needed to hear this today.

Nov 11
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you Pastor Dion for another great message! Amen. 

Nov 11
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!!

Nov 11
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God help me with this life I have with my grandchildren. In the name of Jesus Amen 

Nov 11
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Thank you Pastor Dion I really needed to hear this! Dear Heavenly Father, please guide and direct me in always and prayerfully seeking Your will especially including making major or minor decisions, You know all things, and You know what's best for for all of us, especially me, in the name of Jesus, Amen!!!

Nov 11
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Very nice ddevotional Pastor....

Thanks and God bless

Nov 12
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen!

Nov 13
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

I WAS THERE, I FORGOT    PRAISE THE LORD, NEVER GIVE UP

Nov 13