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Liar Liar

  • You are of your Father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44 WEB

    When I would try and pray, crazy thoughts would begin to run through my mind like: 'God has abandoned you. He doesn't hear you or care. No one cares about you. You are a failure and soon you'll be homeless. Your spouse is going to leave you. Why don't you just end this?'

    We had been out of work for months and the bills continued to pile up around us. The worst part of it was that I had not heard from God in a while. That is always the real test, the cold shoulder, and the feeling of abandonment that comes with it. A timely word from God changes everything and makes things easy, but when that is taken away, you get to see who you really are inside, and often its not very pretty.

    I know that God is always there for us, but there are times of testing. God left Hezekiah to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart (2 Chronicles 32:31). When Jesus bore our sin on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21), God turned away from Him and it broke His heart. Jesus said: 'My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?' (Matthew 27:46). In this life, there will be times when God is silent, and His word comes 'after many days' (1 Kings 18:1). Think of it as a dramatic pause before something important.

    For me, it was a time of testing and silence, but it was not completely silent. I heard doom, despair, and agony everyday from the liar. It was a difficult, dark time in my life, but it eventually passed and God came through. When all hope was gone and we were packing to move out of our house, suddenly, within about forty-eight hours, we were pushed into full-time ministry and all of our bills paid for the month. The test had a beginning, and an end.

    The doom and gloom were all a bunch of lies. God was merely promoting us, and this was the path. The old doors had to be closed before we would look for the door that He was opening. Jesus called the devil, 'the father of lies' for all day long, he whispers lies into your ear.

    First he just gets you to listen to him, maybe by asking a question like he did with Eve: 'Did God really say?' Then later comes a lie: 'You will not surely die (Genesis 3:4).' Well they did. Next, he will provide an opportunity for you to act on it. The goal is to hurt God by getting you into disobedience and causing God's judgment to fall on His own child that He loves. If you follow the liar's advice, he will then turn on you and accuse you before God (Zechariah 3:1).

    Don't listen to the liar, for God will come through for you. Don't give up and turn back to your old life, or end it. Learn to recognize the voice of the liar and mute him. When you have thoughts of failure, defeat, loneliness, depression, poverty and such, you can be sure that is all from the liar. Push these thoughts aside, and hang onto God one more day.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please strengthen me. Teach me to lean on You and to never give up hope. Touch my life with Your presence and help me always see Your light through the darkness, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy Sunday :)! For those who would like to join us, today we will be hosting our RHM Live Online church service. This is a special time of worship, prayer, fellowship and an inspiring message. All are welcome! Here is the link to join: RHM Live


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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen

Apr 19
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!!

Apr 19
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!  Have a blessed Sonday ❤

Apr 19
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for the lessons I have learned and for the lessons left to come because I know in my weakness you are my strength thank you Jesus for loving me so much you gave your very life so I can follow you one day at a time!

Apr 19
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Robert Britt
Robert Britt

What is the "Bible fun fact" for today? I'm not getting the devotionals sent directly to my email anymore for some reason the past two days. I would like to continue receiving them please.

Apr 19
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Hi Robert, you are still subscribed, so could be that it's in your junk folder. In the meantime, here is the fun fact that was posted today :):"When Jesus resurrected, saints rose from the dead and walked around Jerusalem. (Matthew 27:52-53)"

Apr 19
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Robert Britt
Robert Britt

Thank you Sylvia. I really like the Bible fun facts as well as the devotionals, and sure enough it was in my spam email. I don't know why the devotional was there. I like getting them because they also have the Bible fun facts. Thank you. God bless.

Apr 19
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Robert Britt
Robert Britt

Thank you for sharing this devotional Dion. Really speaks to my heart, been unemployed since October 9, 2019, partially disabled US veteran. Had my eighth major back surgery in February 2020. Extreme lateral interbody fusion, L3\04. Unemployment benefits exhausted this week. Not sure if I get an extension due to my medical condition. I live here in Northern Nevada. No family left, no real local friends, filed for Social Security disability, retain an attorney, just going through a lot. The devil has been spending so much time putting negative thoughts in my head. It happens every day, just about all day. Very difficult, standing firm in my faith however, just very difficult times. Not to mention the pain and discomfort I'm going through right now. Physical, emotional, very hard.

Apr 19
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I lift up Robert to you and pray that you please pour out Your healing over him, that you bring him peace and guide him with your voice and Your signs, in the name of Jesus, amen <3!

Apr 19
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

The Lord will be with you always and be on time for your rewards, God bless you. 

Apr 19
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

Apr 19
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thanks, Pastor Dion, for the timely encouragement! Teach me to lean on You, Lord, and to never give up hope. Touch my life with Your presence and help me always see Your light through the darkness. Amen!

Apr 19
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Apr 19
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen!

Apr 19
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Apr 19
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Denise  Gaines
Denise Gaines

Amen

Apr 19
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen. Thank you Lord for your strength to continue to see the light through all darkness. 

Apr 19
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for Your forgiveness and care, strengthen me so I won't listen to the voice of the enemy. That Your Holy Spirit be with us, protecting us and guiding us to listen to Your voice. In the name of Your Son Jesus we pray, Amen. Thank You Lord. 

Dear Pastor, through your testimony devotionals I have learned what is it to be committed to the Lord, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Apr 19
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Robert Britt
Robert Britt

Amen 

Apr 19
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I sure can relate! I often have to remind myself that Jesus defeated satan and the devil has no power, but he definitely can be persistent! 

Apr 19
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Apr 19
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God strengthen me I'm feeling tired. Praise God in the name of Jesus Amen 

Apr 19
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Apr 19
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Apr 19