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The Remote Control

  • The high priest, Ananias, commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, 'God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to judge me according to the law, and command me to be struck contrary to the law?' Acts 23:2 WEB

    Paul did not appreciate being slapped in the face that day. Jesus had faced crucifixion without complaining or opening His mouth, but when Paul was slapped, he opened his. Later Paul learned to turn the other cheek and to be content in whatever circumstance that he found himself in (Philippians 4:11). This was a growth process, it took time, and occasionally, being slapped.

    Each of us have our 'buttons.' Something that someone does that really sets us off. We often say: 'I can't help it!' but really it is just a weakness inside of us, a flaw in our character, and it is just like a handle on a pot. By pressing your button at the right time, people can manipulate you, get you to commit acts, get into trouble, say stupid things that you regret later, and do things that you would not normally do. It is if they have a remote control for your body, with buttons on it named anger, guilt, shame, and so many others. All are ways of manipulating your behavior.

    Pray, grit your teeth, think happy thoughts, and let those feelings die within you. If you submit to God and resist the devil, it will flee from you (James 4:7). Eventually that remote control will cease to work in your life. I have a number of buttons that no longer work on mine when people press them, though some still do.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please help me to see the traps that are before me and to control my emotions while under pressure. Please set a guard over my lips and help me to think before I speak. I want my life to be pleasing to You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ 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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Tammy Ackerman
Tammy Ackerman Amen, I too needed to hear that.
Apr 29
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Good morning Pastor Todd, Thank you for God knew I needed to hear this message this morning 

Apr 29
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Good message for these strrssful times. God is in control. I put my faith and trust in him. Amen

Apr 29
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Great  message  praise God amen 

Apr 29
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Apr 29
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for this teachable moment I pray that I can follow your lead always!

Apr 29
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. I can relate pastor Dion. Thank you for sharing. 

Apr 29
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord for the changes!

Apr 29
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes Father, please help me in these areas. May my thoughts, words and actions be pleasing to You, Amen.

Apr 29
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Powerful and pointed message this work day morning, Pastor Dion!  Thank you for the words: Lord, help me to see the traps that are before me and to control my emotions while under pressure. Please set a guard over my lips and help me to think before I speak. Amen.

Apr 29
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,thank you for caring and protecting us.We love and worship you.

Apr 29
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen A great message for Me today and ask The Holy Spirit to guard my mouth at all times.

Apr 29
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Apr 29
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I don't think it's a mere coincidence that I found this devotion today. I am preparing to face my sister in court, regarding our mom's will. I NEED to hear this message today! Thanks, Pastor Dion!

Apr 29
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praying for grace and His perfect will, Kathy <3!

Apr 29
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

I just did the same thing over a year ago.  Praying that God will give you the strength to accept whatever the outcome is.

 

Apr 29
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Frances Osayi
Frances Osayi

Amen and Amen. 

Apr 29
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Judith B
Judith B

Heavenly Father teach me how to behave myself wisely as David did. Amen 

Apr 29
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I know that there are times when I act where I have not place my other cheek as You command, give me the Holy Spirit to stop me from saying hurtful things at all times. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. That Your grace descent upon us oh Lord. 

You are right Pastor, we need to use the remote control as you said, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Apr 29
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Lord, please help me to grow in humility and become more and more Christ-like so that I can truly be a witness to others, please help me to be silent and keep my lips sealed, rather than to strike back even though I know that I'm in the right, I need your help, in the name above all names, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Apr 29
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Apr 29
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Father help me to guard my mouth and thoughts more.

Apr 29
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord

Apr 29
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Apr 29
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Keep me and my reactions in control dear God. Help me to obey your will and create a kinder tolerant person. Praise God in the name of Jesus Amen 

Apr 29
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

True Pastor.. .some buttons do tend to get us started. We should continue to pray they don't work.

Apr 29
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

May God help us control our thoughts n put a guard over our lips

Apr 29
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen! I admit I have a few buttons that still make me react, but a few that have been deactivated. I consider myself a work in progress

Apr 30