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Swimming Upstream

  • You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. We also all once lived among them in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. Ephesians 2:1 WEB

    Salmon fight their way upstream, swimming against the current to reach their spawning ground. It is a long, difficult journey for them. The dead ones simply float downstream, drifting wherever the water carries them. Any dead fish can float with the current, but it takes a live one with a purpose to swim upstream.

    It takes guts to be different. Like a tug of war, you want to do right, but find the world pulling you back in. The current is going against you. Most of the world goes with the flow, follows the masses, and worships the idols.

    When you submit your life to God, He will often take you in the opposite direction, and you may need new friends that are swimming the same way. If all of your friends are spiritually dead, floating downstream, and going the way of the world, then you need to change course, and probably change your friends.

    God takes full responsibility for the life totally committed to Him. It may take you upstream, against the flow, but you will be productive, and the journey will become exciting along the way. He will give your life new meaning and purpose. Submit your life to God, follow His promptings, resist peer pressure, and be willing to swim against the current.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please help me to stand strong for You and resist temptation. Wash me over with Your presence. Holy Spirit come and live inside me. Let my walk align with my talk, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton I need you Jehovah God! I am nothing without you, Thank you for all you do me and us all! ❤️
April 30, 2020
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John Smith
John Smith

That's awesome, Dion.  Like the best.  Maybe the best.  Thank you, LORD.  

April 30, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Thank you Pastor Dion for your insight. I will always choose the Lord.  He has guided me through tough times. Amen

April 30, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord! Salmon finish their swim upstream in one year, not so with you. I have been at this over thirty years and I find myself still swimming upstream. The purpose gets deeper and deeper, but continually upstream.

April 30, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen!!

April 30, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father give me strength

April 30, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen another devotional with God's perfect timing in my life, Thank you Father for always knowing exactly what we need to hear to help us follow you more closely, and thank you pastor Dion for listening to that still soft voice.

April 30, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

April 30, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God you are awesome.We love and praise you. Amen 

April 30, 2020
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Judith B
Judith B

Heavenly Father help me to live a set apart life for my Master's use, in  the name of Jesus I pray. Amen

April 30, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

April 30, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

It is a process. Thank You Father for Your strength and guidance that I need, Amen.

April 30, 2020
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

Amen!!!

April 30, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father thank You, that Your strength, love and care be upon us always. Cover us with Your presence and lead us,that our talk be as same as our walk. In the name of Your Son Jesus we pray, Amen. 

Awesome devotional Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

April 30, 2020
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

 Amen!

April 30, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Please help me dear God. I need you to open doors for me. In the name of Jesus Amen 

April 30, 2020
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

He will do it! Amen! Glory hallelujah!

April 30, 2020
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen!

April 30, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

April 30, 2020
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

April 30, 2020
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Yes Lord, let my walk be in line with my talk and let my talk be in line with my heart, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

April 30, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

April 30, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

 In Jesus name Amen!  Father Yahweh please help me to consistently be obedient to You to live a life that is pleasing to You. In Jesus name Amen. 

May 1, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 1, 2020