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The Long Cold Winter

  • For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn't return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:10 WEB

    After the long cold winter, our grass was a dead brown and it looked pretty hopeless. Then one evening in the spring, we had a huge rain and the grass seemed to spring to life overnight and soon became a lush green. Before long, I needed to cut the grass because it had grown so high. All that it needed came from above; it just needed rain.

    The Lord said that His word is like that. When He speaks a word, it will accomplish what He pleases. This includes the written word that we call the Bible (Logos), but also spoken words (Rhema) that goes forth out of His mouth, an utterance. This is a current, living word from God. Jesus said 'It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God' (Matthew 4:4). That means 'every utterance from the mouth of God.'

    If you feel that God has not spoken in the last two thousand years, then you may have an issue with this. That is fine, for Jesus said many times 'He who has ears to hear, let him hear.' (Matt. 11:15, Matt. 13:9, Matt. 13:43, Mark 4:9, Mark 4:23, Mark 7:16, Luke 8:8, Luke 14:35, Rev. 2:7, Rev. 2:11, Rev. 2:17, Rev. 2:29, Rev. 3:6, Rev. 3:13, Rev. 3:22). Apparently not everyone has their spiritual ears open.

    In my own life, I have found that one word from God changes everything. When the Lord speaks to you, the circumstances no longer matter. Once after being without work for several months, we began preparing to move out of our home. I felt so abandoned and alone that I didn't even pray anymore. Our computer business had dried up and I couldn't find a job. I was so angry and frustrated, and spiritually, I was in a very dark place.

    I went into my prayer room, sat down and without saying anything, I suddenly had an open vision of me entering a boxing ring and putting gloves on. The camera view was from behind me and it looked like I was alone, but when the view panned around to my face, I could see the Lord standing behind me like a coach or a manager. Then He spoke these words: 'You are not alone, for I am in your corner, and I have prepared you for this day. Now get in there and fight!'

    His presence settled over me, it put me in tears and I knew right then that everything was going to be alright. I came out of the prayer room and told my wife, Sylvia, that we were going to be fine. That was a Tuesday morning. Things happened very quickly after that and by Friday morning I found myself in the ministry working as a pastor. Then a friend stepped in and paid all of our bills for the month without us asking them. That one word from God changed everything. It opened doors, brought peace, and it brought provision. It turned despair, into hope and joy.

    Many of us are dry and parched in our spirit just like that grass, and life looks pretty hopeless. Pains, hurts, disappointments, and the lack of the Lord's presence slowly dry us up inside. The fun, the excitement, the wonder of knowing God, can become distant memories.

    God's presence can restore that joy, and in minutes what looked hopeless and dead can be a renewed vision, and a restoration of life. His word accomplishes what it was meant to do and is unstoppable. His word, is the final word. One gentle whisper from the Lord can be life changing. Why do we look in so many other places for the answer? Prepare your hearts for the rain, because the long cold winter ends when spring comes.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please let me hear Your voice speaking to me in a clear unmistakable way that I understand. I want to serve You with all of my heart and surrender my will to You. Use me Lord, teach me, lead me and I will follow You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those who are participating in our Creation Photographers theme of the week: Psalm 19:1-2 "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge." ~ 'Looking to the Heavens' will be our next fun theme and is wide open for creative interpretation so let's have fun with it! I have so many cool sky shots but they will have to wait until my new sd card reader gets to me, so today I have a few oldies but goodies :). Have a Blessed and Heaven sent week everyone!!! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Lead the way O Lord and I will follow......❤️
Jan 28
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Jan 28
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 28
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord! This message came at the perfect time! Some times we even question God!

Jan 28
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

Jan 28
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

Jan 28
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Listening for your voice dear God, and I will be ready! Amen

Jan 28
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jan 28
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father please let me hear Your voice speaking to me in a clear unmistakable way that I understand. I want to serve You with all of my heart and surrender my will to You. Use me Lord, teach me, lead me and I will follow You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

Jan 28
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jan 28
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Wonderful Jesus let us hear your words and we pray for healing power over my wife in your name. Amen 

Jan 28
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Some days r so hard to speak. Help my Grandchildren God. Amen

Jan 28
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Father Yahweh please help me to live a life that represents that you're in it. Please help me to live a life that is pleasing to you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Jan 28
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen, thank you Lord for helping me and hearing your voice. You know my prayers for my husband..

Jan 28
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father we surrender our will to You completely and wait for Your loving kindness in our lives. That Your voice come to us in a way we can understand to follow Your designs, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. Thank You Lord for Your love and care. 

Great devotional Pastor as always, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Jan 28
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Isaiah 55:10 is such a blessed word for me and a comforting promise, especially since I have so many people that I've been praying for as close as my very own siblings, my earthly Father, whom my loving Heavenly Father gave to me, other relatives, neighbors and so many more ... I know that it is according to His will and purpose that none should perish and that His word will not return void, but also that it will happen according to His timing! - Thank you Pastor Dion!!!

Jan 28
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Thomas Wardle
Thomas Wardle

Amen!

Jan 28
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Thanks for this encouraging devotional Pastor

 

Jan 29
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

Feb 19