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Like A Rock

  • In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, 'It's a ghost!' and they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying 'Cheer up! I AM! Don't be afraid.' Peter answered him and said, 'Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the waters.' He said, 'Come!' Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, 'You of little faith, why did you doubt?' When they got up into the boat, the wind ceased. Matthew 14:24 WEB

    At the word of Jesus, Peter gently touched the water with his foot and it became solid. So he stepped out of the fishing boat onto the surface of the sea. Then Peter began walking across the water towards Jesus. He must have thought, 'This is amazing, I am actually walking on water!'

    Soon though, the wind started blowing harder against him, and the waves became violent. He thought, 'Hey wait, I can't do this! This is crazy! What am I doing out here?' When Peter began to waver and doubt, he sank like a rock. Doubt literally means 'Divided in two.' Faith and doubt are polar opposites. Faith is single-mindedly focused on Jesus regardless of the circumstances around you.

    Jesus saved Peter and when they got into the boat, He asked Peter one question: 'Why did you doubt?' Apparently Peter's point of failure was doubt. Whether he doubted himself, his ability to do it, or if he had heard the Lord had actually call him at all, is not clear. What is clear is that Peter was walking on top of the water, but when he began to doubt, he sank into it.

    Sometimes the Lord calls us to do something and we step out in faith, but then resistance comes. If you do anything meaningful, resistance will come. It becomes scary, and the wind really starts to blow against us. At this point we can keep our eyes on Jesus and stay the course, or begin to doubt that we can do this at all, and sink like a rock.

    Today, forget the wind. Focus on Jesus and keep taking those steps that He called you to do. Do not be distracted by the noise and things that go on around you. Get up, keep going, take the next step. Fear and doubt are your enemies. Push them out of your mind and refresh yourself with scripture. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that you strengthen my faith, build me up, shape me into what I need to be. Teach me, guide me, and give me a clear vision and a clear mind. Help me focus on You and give me grace to serve You wholeheartedly, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those who are participating in our Creation Photographers theme of the week: Mark 7:3-4 "The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles." Did you guess it? ~ 'Traditions'will be our next fun theme, mostly because, in America, we are getting ready to celebrate our Thanksgiving traditions. However, it is also (just a little bit) in honor of our new road trip to championship tradition, as my granddaughter Araya took 2nd place on Vault and 8th place on beam at the California State championship yesterday!!! Our themes are always open for creative interpretation and we encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. This week my photos reflect our family's newest tradition of road tripping in support of our champion. Have an amazing week y'all and if you've got to have a tradition>>> make God smile with it - God Bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen.......
Nov 26
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen
Nov 27
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen

Nov 26
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Nov 26
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!!

Nov 26
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Nov 26
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that you strengthen my faith, build me up, shape me into what I need to be. Teach me, guide me, and give me a clear vision and a clear mind. Help me focus on You and give me grace to serve You wholeheartedly, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

Amen. Thank you Father.

Nov 26
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus,greater is he that is in me. Amen 

Nov 26
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen! Thank You for teaching and guiding me Lord God.

Nov 26
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you. Lord I want to stay the course and focus on you Amen 

Nov 26
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. My one favorite scripture. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. That verse has given me strength when I had none. It has seen me through dark days and given me light. Thank you Pastor Dion for yet another devotional right  on time.  Amen

Nov 26
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Lord please help me to stay the course

Nov 26
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Nov 26
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God give me STRONG Faith. Praise God. Amen

Nov 26
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

Nov 26
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

thank you dear Lord for your strength! And thank you dear Lord for this marvelous ministry I am truly grateful for your teachings Dion and Sylvia!

and also Congratulations to Araya!!!

Nov 26
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Heavenly Father thank you for Bro Todd sharing your wonderful words today and everyday to so many people. Strengthen my faith, build me up and guide me to be what and who you want me to be. Teach me and give me a clear vision and a clear mind . In Jesus Name,  Amen

Nov 26
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you, Pastor Dion, for sharing another timely word from the Lord for the waves are crashing about me this week. Heavenly Father I pray that you strengthen my faith, build me up, and shape me into what I need to be. Teach me, guide me, and give me a clear vision and a clear mind. Help me focus on You and give me grace to be obedient to Your prompting wholeheartedly, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

Nov 26
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father I pray that you strengthen my faith, build me up, shape me into what I need to be. Teach me, guide me, and give me a clear vision and a clear mind. Help me focus on You and give me grace to serve You wholeheartedly, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

Nov 26
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father I thank You for all You do for us, never leave us or forsake us, teach us in a way we can resist the doubts and fears that are holding us. That our faith be strengthened by Your love and care, in Jesus name I pray. Amen. Lord Jesus You are our rock. 

Timely message Pastor, God bless you both. 

Nov 26
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen! Thank you so much Pastor Dion! - There is something about the "Fourth Watch" - correct me if I'm wrong, Pastor Dion, as you read on! Assuming that the days, according to the Jewish people begin at 6 PM in the evening, like 6-9 PM, 9 PM-12 (midnight), 12-3 AM, 3-6 AM, then I believe that the Lord deals with me in the form of dreams between the hours of 3-6 AM. He often prepares me of something catastrophic to happen in regards to my immediate or extended family, brings people to my mind that need special prayers in regards to severe health problems or otherwise, etc....... Including, when we lived in Tennessee, my husband lost his job, a well-paying position with benefits, etc., and we had just bought a nice home with a hefty mortgage, and all I did is worry what was to become of us, especially thinking about our little daughter! Then the Lord gave me a dream showing me that little Yvonne and myself were on an island surrounded by a large body of water, and there came a big hand that picked us up and placed us on the shore/dry land-that was the Lord encouraging and comforting me! Shortly after that I was saved, and again I had a dream, that I was going up many steps and beautiful white beings opened a door and I was led into a room and put on a white garment-that again was the Lord giving me assurance! And, here I'm wondering and amazed that the Lord God most high would spend time on lowly me, and deal with me in His own special way!!! All I can do is praise His Holy Name and be forever thankful!!!

 

Nov 26
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me 

Nov 26
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Nov 26
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, amen, amen!

Nov 26