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Crickets And Bill Collectors

  • My face is red with weeping, and on my eyelids is deep darkness, although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure. Job 16:16 ESV

    Bills steadily piled up with no income to pay them at our house. After months of intimate fellowship with the Lord, I now felt alone, abandoned. When I tried to pray, I got no answer. When I tried to worship, there was no presence. I know that He will never leave you nor forsake you, but I could sure hear crickets, and bill collectors.

    When a school teacher is teaching the class, they will answer any questions that you have. But when the test begins there is silence. If you ask a question, then you will be ignored at best, possibly disciplined. You are to use the knowledge that you recently learned to pass the test. The teacher is still there, but they do not speak.

    Job was a righteous man that went through a test. When everything fell apart, there was only silence. God showed up at the end of it and Job was restored. In my life, I went through a test. After several months of no work and intense pressure, we were packing to move out of our home. It ended abruptly and in twenty-four hours everything changed for us. The test was over, His presence returned, and we recovered.

    If all that you hear are crickets and bill collectors, know that this is a test. Keep the faith, do not give up today. Keep praying, stay positive. It will soon pass and you will be taken to a new level. As Job sat there on the ground having lost everything, he probably did not see the blessed life that was soon coming. The Lord blessed the latter part of Jobs life, more than the beginning (Job 42:12).

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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you Pastor for the great message!
May 18, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams OUR FAITH WILL BE TESTED AND I TELL YOU THAT IT DOES'NT FEEL GOOD BUT KNOW THIS THAT IF THERE IS NO TEST THEN YOU WANT HAVE A TESTIMONY......
May 18, 2015
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Allie Ponzo
Allie Ponzo I love that story, yours and Jobs! I gotta get to bed, 1:30 in the morning here, I'm tired. Was making reservations to go see my mom in california before prices go up again. Have a great day!!  Good night:)
May 18, 2015
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Christine Thompson
Christine Thompson I am being tested right now. I needed this, thank you Pastor! I feel like just giving up. I know God is working it out but I just feel so overwhelmed. If it's not bills, its unruly children. I an waiting for my break through.
May 18, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  God is always with us; even when we feel abandoned, that is when God is ever so close!  I am living testimony to that and completely understand.  We may not understand what our heavenly Father has in store for us; but one thing is for sure, he will NEVER leave us or FORSAKE us and he is preparing each and everyone of us for something far greater which is all to his "GLORY"!!  What a wonderful gift!  Amen!!  
May 18, 2015
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Jessie Spriggs
Jessie Spriggs Amen
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Jessie Spriggs
Jessie Spriggs I'm waiting on a break through , help me Lord!
May 18, 2015
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea I too am waiting on the test to be over, Lord please give me the grace to wait on your perfect timing.
May 18, 2015
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Dan Cordosi
Dan Cordosi After 46 years of honest employment I humbly, thank God for the little things I have.
May 18, 2015
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen
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Rhiannon Geraughty
Rhiannon Geraughty My test is finally over. I had reached the point where I actually looked up into the sky and screamed "Where are you? Do you even exist?". Then I wept.....my whole life was falling apart and I felt abandoned. Two days later He made his presence known.......I have apologized profusely for ever doubting Him. Thank you God for always being there!
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen
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Lisa Moran
Lisa Moran My husband and I recently went through 3 years of a test. Experienced brokenness and humility. Through continued prayer and trust, we finally received our breakthru one week ago. Praise God He is always on time!
May 18, 2015
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William Kasiri
William Kasiri great
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William Kasiri
William Kasiri This is a great massage i have been waiting for, Am going through a Terrible situation where witchcraft in office is involved and two have passed on but am strong and believing God for my break through & it is my prayer request that our family Network members will stand with me in prayers and intercession. 
May 18, 2015
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Marisa Barnett
Marisa Barnett Yes! Thank you Lord! In times like these it's so easy to say "we'll I've done this for so'n'so,  and I've paid this for this person" and then think so where is my blessing or person sowing into me when I need it?  Instead of worrying about it and trying to figure it out on my own I have to humble myself and pray. I have to look to God to be my help. And I have to use wisdom during this trying time.  This blessed me today Pastor Todd, thank you for letting God use you. Happy Monday everyone! 
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Deleted Member Amen, thank You Jesus for never leaving me, even when I couldn't hear Your Voice or feel Your presence. Deep inside, I still knew You were there.
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Deleted Member Yes, praying and believing is what its all about, even in our darkest hour, Jesus is right there.
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Deleted Member Amen, He never puts more on us than we can bear. He will take us through the storm or bring us out, either way He is there all the time. Praise The Lord:):):)
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Deleted Member Amen, don't give up, keep on praying and rebuke satan in The Name of Jesus, to get out of your office and out of the people that are involved. Let them see Jesus in you and be a light that shines so bright that satan has to go. God bless you:):):)
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Marisa Barnett
Marisa Barnett
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Deleted Member Amen, He is always on time. When we have faced some of the toughest storms and feel like everyone is against us (I sure know how that feels) He never left me alone, He was standing there all the time, giving me strength and courage to make it through. God is so good:) God bless you:):)
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Deleted Member Yes, Amen. 
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Deleted Member Many times when we go through such storms in our lives, we as humans, begin to question a lot of things. Even though we know deep inside Jesus is right there, its hard to feel like things are ever going to get better. But, if we will hold on with all we've got, even though we don't feel like, He will be right on time. Always know He is right beside you every step of the way. :):):):):)
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Deleted Member Yes, Amen, Praise The Lord for always being right there, even in our darkest hour. Jesus loves us:):):)
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Deleted Member Amen, we have so much to be thankful for:):):)
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Deleted Member Yes, many are waiting on that test to be over and I am one of those too. But I do know that Jesus will come to our rescue and He will give us a calmness and the strength and courage to wait on His perfect timing. Looking for great things. God bless you:):):) 
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Deleted Member I am believing with you for that break through, Even when its the hardest to wait, hold on as tight as you can and Jesus will never fail.  He will be right on time. He loves you so:):):)
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Deleted Member Amen, He is right there. Praise His Holy Name:):):)
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Deleted Member Hold on, Jesus will bring you through. We must keep the faith and believe for God's Amazing Grace. The storms of this life may overwhelm us at times, but don't give up, Jesus is your Rock. With Him all things are possible. God bless you:):) I will be praying for you:):) Jesus loves you.
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Deleted Member God bless you and have a safe trip:):)
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Deleted Member Amen, God bless you:):)
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Deleted Member Amen, what an awesome message, to give us courage and strength to hold on in our darkest hour. God bless you:):)
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Deleted Member Amen, Thank you for sharing. God bless you:)
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I sure can relate--only I didn't hear  much the summer my house went into forclosure--my hearing loss was profound at that ti,e, but not 100% gone. Thanks for sharing!
May 18, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH... Thank Yooou Lord and Savior... Father that I Can Assure that You Are All I Ever Need!!!!! Keeping my Trust-Faith In YOU!!!!!!!!!!
May 18, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt So encouraging. My God sees and hears. I put my trust in Him. He can handle things when I can't. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
May 18, 2015
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Uwalaka Dorathy
Uwalaka Dorathy well spoken and well understood because am really in my wilderness period right now.  it takes grace of God to survive it.
May 18, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell Please stay encouraged Uwalaka Dorathy. God sees you; He Is With You.
May 18, 2015
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey Amen...
May 18, 2015
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Kathy Harris
Kathy Harris Amen and Glory giving honor and glory unto our lord and savior. Thank you so much for sharing this because it was confirmation and I differently want to be like Job. It is a work in progress for me , walking by faith and not by sight..... Lord I just want to say thank you for never ever giving up on us...... I love you Lord and I bless you in your mighty name.....
May 18, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady I have been in lack and at the very last moment God would provide. I  believe these trials taught me perseverance, patience, to have more faith and to pray in all circumstances. Without these tests we cannot mature as God's children. Without these trials and times of lack and loss we cannot show God that we will still Love Him, in all circumstances. It would not be possible to convey this to Him if He never let us experience difficulty at times.
May 18, 2015
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Tesha Harris
Tesha Harris I needed that word so badly. Amen 
May 18, 2015
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Regina Williams
Regina Williams I needed this word badly also! I have been praying and asking the Lord to help me with my debt and it just seems like all I'm hearing crickets and bill collectors!
May 18, 2015
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Deborah Rojek
Deborah Rojek Perfect timing Pastor, thank you!
May 18, 2015
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Sharita Murray-Taylor
Sharita Murray-Taylor I am feeling this right now. Thank you for your encouraging words. May God bless us all who are going through a financial struggle with no one to help us but God.
May 18, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!  Yes, he does bring us thru and makes things better.  We may not see it right away but we must be patient.  I know in my life there were times when things looked bleak and I thought "will this ever end" yes, it does.  I may not be living where I would like to be, but some day, (hopefully by August) I will be.  No matter how bad things may seem if we "Keep the Faith" I truly believe God will see us thru, never give up on God and he will never give up on you :)
May 18, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Been there... :)
May 18, 2015
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker Thank you for this message....I have been un-employed for 5 months now....the longest I have ever gone with no work in my entire life!!!  It gets depressing & makes one question their own ability.  I will continue to pray that God will see me through this tough time.  Amen.
May 18, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Patricia, praying with you!
May 18, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd I pray that the Holy Spirit guides you and leads you through this time, Uwalaka!
May 18, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, please increase Leslie's grace and lead her through these trials, in the name of Jesus.
May 18, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Oh, my family is in Calif as well :). Have a safe and blessed trip!
May 18, 2015
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Sharita Murray-Taylor
Sharita Murray-Taylor Praying for you.
May 18, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli I pray you will get thru this trying time in your life Patricia.  I have been where you are, I know it is not easy. I just kept praying and I remember a couple of times I found money on the floor of a building when I needed it the most.  I believe God or an Angel dropped it there for me, noone was around when I found it.  Hang in there and never give up hope.
May 18, 2015
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Amen Lord, help me to pass the Test!
May 18, 2015
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Brandon Coker
Brandon Coker I employ 125 people. For the last 10 years my family and I have done very well. A lawsuit was filed against us 2 years ago and it's coming to a close. It looks bleak and we may close and we will lose everything. I'm shaken. Death is at my door.
May 18, 2015
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau Just like my friend. He had a business to paint bridges and did well, but one accident spilling the paint to hundred of cars went by under the bridge took him out of business overnight. But guess what, he is doing even better than before with another business he started.
May 18, 2015
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Thank you Pastor Dion! This is me right now. I've now been unemployed for 14 months or so.  Not sure where the Lord is leading me, but I know He is leading me somewhere wonderful! 
May 18, 2015
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you Pastor Todd I really really really needed to hear that our funds do not meet the number of days in a month and its so hard to stay strong, this reminded me that he never leaves us or forsakes us! Thank you Jesus for that promise, Thank you Dion, your the man!!
May 18, 2015
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Praying for u Brandon Coker, Jesus will open a door in the last hour I pray in Jesus' name!!
May 18, 2015
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Shara Abel
Shara Abel Just what I needed to hear...applies to all tests in life and not just financial...going through a Difficult one now and waiting to hear from God....
May 18, 2015
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Barbara Mango
Barbara Mango The story of Job is such an inspiring one. The restorative and healing power of God and our faith in God is the light at the end of the tunnel.
May 18, 2015
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery passed a test today by saying "no" for the 3rd time...need to pass the test Thursday with the ex coming in here to take his things...the test should be easier after that for me to move forward with everything.  Keeping the faith and praying and staying positive.  This too shall pass!
May 18, 2015
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Deborah  Blackshear
Deborah Blackshear Endurance and Perseverance 
May 18, 2015
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Paul f
Paul f Been looking for a newer home for me and my doggie.  This one was good for 30 years and is now just about had it.  Home prices have gone up again.  Yes, I have been praying for another place.  Been doing to foot work and out talking to others.  This has gone on for a good while now and no luck.  I do believe that good is going to happen for me.  Basically I am to pray only for God's will for me and the power to carry that out.  Anything other than this is just my will and may not be the best for me.  Just a half of arcre of land with no building codes is good enough for me to build an off grid cabin on.  I just need a little place and some space.
May 18, 2015
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Mike Stephenson
Mike Stephenson Praying for you Brandon..
May 18, 2015
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Ben Curtis
Ben Curtis Great verse!  We serve an Awesome God!!!  :D
May 18, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you.....it can be trust issue to look up & wait.
May 19, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Please pray for healing of my chest.   Sick awhile and asthma flare up.  Pollen terrible.  Allergies turned sick.  Truly asking for rain.   Small amount fell today in months.  A beginning.  See doctor tomorrow.  Baro metric pressure is grown much.  Adds to prom blew.  Huge tiredness has set in.  Feel nervous.  If you have it also share.  Sharing always medicine.  Thank you!?,
May 19, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Sorry to hear your trial.  May the Lord bless you with a Job you love to get up and go to.
May 19, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Hold to God's unchanging Hand! 
May 19, 2015
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Dagmar Berry
Dagmar Berry Amen!!! So inspirational...
May 19, 2015
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Burma Welber
Burma Welber Thank you for the encouragement, things are silent now but I know soon it will be over and better than before. God is good and we are so thankful that He is there.
May 19, 2015
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Alane Grosz
Alane Grosz Lord, help me use what I have learned.
May 20, 2015
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Karen Foresman
Karen Foresman I am in one of the most difficult tests I have ever endured right now and it has been a long-winded one.  I pray for strength to hold on to Christ's robe and emerge victorious through Jesus, Our Lord, Amen
May 25, 2015