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The Little Shepherd Boy

  • It happened, when they had come, that he looked at Eliab, and said, Surely Yahweh's anointed is before him. But Yahweh said to Samuel, 'Don't look on his face, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for Yahweh sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but Yahweh looks at the heart.' 1 Samuel 16:6 WEB

    When Samuel came to anoint the next king of Israel, the Lord had only told him that it would be a son of Jesse, but Jesse had eight sons to choose from. So Samuel went to see Jesse and anoint one of his sons as the next king. Jesse had lined up the seven oldest. The first son was named Eliab and he was tall and handsome. When Samuel saw him, he thought in his heart 'Surely this is the one!', but God simply told him: 'I have rejected this one.'

    Samuel went through the first seven sons of Jesse, and it was all the same: 'The Lord has not chosen this one.' When Samuel finally reached the end of the line and ran out of sons to look at, he asked Jesse if this was all of his sons. Jesse said that the youngest one was out tending the sheep and Samuel said: 'Bring him, he is the one.'

    It turned out that God wanted the little shepherd boy who was playing the harp and singing while tending the sheep: young David. He had no idea that he would be a giant killer and the next king of the land.

    The Lord does not look on the outward appearance like we do. He looks on the heart, the inside that we like to hide. Why you do something is more important than what you do. The Pharisee that was praying on the street corner was wasting their time because they only did it to be seen by others (Matthew 6:5). Prayer was good, but their motives were bad.

    Still today, it will be the one that God chooses and anoints that will do His work. When God chooses you for a task, no one can stop you. Though it may feel like it is delayed, it will come to pass in His timing. God took the little shepherd boy, anointed him and raised him up to be the leader of His people, and without the approval of his brothers (1 Samuel 17:28). They looked down on him even while God was raising him up.

    Keep a positive attitude. Don't let the trials get you down. Keep putting God first and He will raise you up, even if it means outside of their circle. Only you can stop God's plan for your life, no one else has the authority to do so.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for all that You have done for me. Guide me to where I need to be. My life is Yours. I choose to trust You today in blind faith. I cannot see what is coming, but You already know the outcome and are able to prepare me for anything that I face. You chose me Lord, and I choose You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people" (Ephesians 6:18). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!  Happy Valentines Day to everyone!!  May you be blessed with the love of Our Most Precious Lord Jesus Christ!

Feb 14
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Happy Valentines Day 

Feb 14
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

Feb 14
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I will always choose you Lord. Amen

 

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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Amen.

Feb 14
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Lisa Moran
Lisa Moran

Pastor Dion and Sylvia, 

praise God for your servant heart and for being loyal to the call on your lives. Your ministry has touched my life in so many ways. The devotional and messages are inspired by God and timely for the needs of Gods people. I know you both flow in his perfect gifts and I am grateful for your faithfulness, humility and passion to press in deeper for all that God has for us in these last days. May God continue to bless you and watch over you and meet your every need. In Jesus name.

Feb 14
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Feb 14
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen! Thank You Father Yahweh for making me to be your child and part of your family. In Jesus name, Amen,

Feb 14
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you pastor for loving your flock enough to take time every day  to make sure we're ok

Feb 14
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for all that You have done for me. Guide me to where I need to be. My life is Yours. I choose to trust You today in blind faith. I cannot see what is coming, but You already know the outcome and are able to prepare me for anything that I face. You chose me Lord, and I choose You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

Feb 14
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus,let our lives be for your glory. Amen 

Feb 14
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Lord Jesus for all you do for me and my family.  I trust you in blind faith..and I trust you for calming the storm that we are going through. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

Feb 14
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father we thank You for all Your gracefulness not only for me but also for my family, that Your light keep shining on us and keep showing us the path towards blessings for having You in our lives. We trust in Your designs, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for showing us the way through these devotionals and messages to be closer to our Lord, God bless you both. 

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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

 

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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Happy Valentines my RHM family   
GOD IS LOVE AND LOVE IS GOD

1 Corinthians 13:4-7  4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Oh Lord my God, who am I that You should have mercy on me that I'm able to call You my Heavenly Father!!! Please create in me a clean heart, a pure heart that puts You first in everything beginnning each day with You that serves you with a humble heart, in the name of JESUS, Amen!!!

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmannedited: Feb 14

Be with me my God. Praise your wonderful name. Holy Spirit lead me. In the name of Jesus Amen 

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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

Amen!!!!

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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

HALLELUJAH

 

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