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People Get Ready

  • People Get Ready from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Jesus said “My sheep hear My voice” in John 10:27 and I believe that each of us have pearls of wisdom given to us by the Holy Spirit. Little gems and insights that are beautiful and meant to build up and strengthen the body of Christ. We are each a microcell in His body and are given resources, gifts, and talents to benefit the entire body. In that light, I want to share something with you that I believe He told me.

    Thirty years ago I had a vision that I was standing on the roof of a house looking towards the ocean waiting for something, listening to the wind. When a giant tidal wave that reached to the sky rose up in the sea and roared onto the shore washing over everything around me, and washing away many of the houses. Somehow I already knew the wave was coming, that it was 1500 feet high, and I had been trying to warn people to get to higher ground. I had intentionally stayed behind to warn others. Though the wave was so large and powerful, when it came onshore, it washed over and around me, but it did me no harm.

    The vision came three times during a season when He had set me apart. I had a small painting company at the time. It was just me, and I painted houses all day by myself. It was during one of the personal revivals in my life which occurred soon after I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Being that I worked alone and there was no one to talk to, I listened to the Bible on cassette tapes while I worked and prayed in the spirit. At the time, I had an unquenchable zeal for the Lord and fasted about every other week. I knew He was telling me something, but it was a mystery. I live near Myrtle Beach South Carolina, about 12 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, so I understood the picture, but was unsure what the vision meant.

    Yesterday I was laying with my head on the keyboard and praying about what to write. I was listening in the quiet when I heard: “Here it comes.”  Then there was about 20 seconds of silence, and something similar to wind came into the room. It was His tangible presence that covered me, shook me, and left me in tears. It felt for a moment like the house was shaking, then this vision that I had not thought about in years came vividly back to my remembrance.

    In one sentence the message was: “People get ready, for the wave is coming.” What does this mean? To be honest, I don’t understand it all myself, but I wrote down notes as it was coming and will try to string them together into a meaningful chain of thought. In the vision, the house that I was on withstood the wave while many others around me were being washed away. Then came this verse:

    (Matthew 7:21–27 NASB) “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

    “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

    People get ready, for the wave is coming and your house will be tested to see what it is built on. Those who have been obedient will be like the one who built his house on the rock. Those who are straddling the fence and practicing “lawlessness” will have a great fall. I am not sure what a “great fall” means, but it doesn’t sound good.

    Make no mistake about it, there is a harvest going on right now. Thousands of people are dying every day, going to meet their Maker. Ready or not, they are entering eternity. If you are viewing this, then you still have a chance to get ready. Don’t waste it. We are not promised tomorrow. Live your life ready to die with no regrets.

    I am not talking about the end of time, for it’s not the end of time that you have to worry about. It’s the end of your time that will sneak up on you. Over 300,000 people have died so far from the current virus, and it’s just beginning to ramp up where we live. This is a time to seek God and I can feel an urgency in my spirit. Consider it a wake up call, a tap on the shoulder, God’s way of saying “Hey, slow down a moment, I wanna talk.” When things are going well and people are healthy and wealthy, we tend to forget God and get busy focusing on the pursuit of happiness, but we are warned to not be distracted and caught off guard:

    (Luke 17:26–27 NASB) “And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

     

    Big threats bring big revivals. For example, in April 1906, a terrible earthquake hit San Francisco and wiped out 80% of the city. At the same time, the Azusa street revival broke out and lasted about 3 years. People’s hearts were hungry for God. That was just a relatively small area, but what about when God shakes the planet? Many hospitals are being overrun with the sick right now, just too many people and not enough beds. There is a possibility that we will not have enough seats in the churches. Isaiah wrote it this way:

    (Isaiah 26:9 NASB)  At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments, The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

    Six months ago the Lord began urging me to upgrade the systems here to prepare for what is coming. I didn’t even know what it was, but like Noah, I started working on getting things ready before the rain comes. We upgraded my development workstation, then Sylvia’s video editing workstation, we are in the progress of upgrading from a 4 core web server to a 32 core. We are developing an entirely new website for our church community. The Lord has been silently providing everything we need in the background. Each time there has been a need, someone steps in and makes a donation to cover it without us even mentioning it. It is so beautiful, I am in awe and extremely thankful for all of you who are listening to His voice. You are being led by the Spirit, and it’s for a purpose. It is preparing for the wave to hit.

    This is a call to God’s elect, get ready. He has prepared many for this day and they are like racehorses in the stall impatiently waiting for the gate to lift. They have been stamping and wondering: “Lord You told me this… Why is it taking so long? This is going nowhere…”, but don’t be lulled to sleep by the starting gate. This is the time to focus, for a great harvest is about to begin.

    Soon there will be many thousands hungry to learn more about Jesus, and lack solid teachers. Truly the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. This is a time to press in, to seek the Lord, to get in tune with what He is doing, to wake up, to lay down every weight and distraction that holds you back. For after 30 years, the wave is on the horizon.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to ally myself with You, to be part of what You are doing on the Earth, to walk hand in hand. Please let me be ready for Your visitation and to be able to help others in their faith. Make me a part of Your team Lord, sign me up! In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen..... Praise the Lord Hallelujah!
May 25
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Latisha Willoughby
Latisha Willoughby Amen.
May 25
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Alvin Gann
Alvin Gann

Pastor Dion, I think I know what your vision meant. Early in this century Phyllis Tickle wrote a book entitled"The Great Emergence" speculating about worship in the next 500 years. She described the semi-millinial shifts in Western Christianity tied together by the adjective'Great': the papacy of Gregory the Great, the Great Schism, the Great Reformation, and the Great Emergence. There was a lot of discussion about The Emergent Church at the end of the last millinium but at the time of her writing and even today there is no agreement on what the Emergent Church is. Her analysis was socio-political. My professional training is in electronics, communications, and computers, so I wrote a paper 10 or so years ago entitled "How We Will Do Church in 2050" in which I analyzed the development of religion from the viewpoint of communication and data handling. For example, The Great Reformation arose from the development of the printing press which enabled anyone to have a Bible. I identified the internet as the critical change fostering the Emergent Church. RHM is one of if not the first Internet Church. Your life story (which you should really publish) shows me that God prepared you for this from childhood.

I believe the wave of your vision in the COVID-19 pandemic. My brick and mortar church had been talking about live-streaming the worship service for a while but hadn't made any concrete plans until the lock-down. We are now streaming the Sunday morning service, Wednesday evening prayer meeting, the youth meeting and some children's activities. The first Sunday morning worship had about four times the number of clicks as typically attended our Easter service. Many other churches in our area are also now streaming their services.

The BGEA reports they have set up a number of phone banks around the world and are able to share the Gospel with many lonely people isolated by the virus. This virus is the tidal wave which God seems to be using to start a world wide revival.

May 24
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.edited: May 25

Amen, Pastor Gann.

May 25
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen and well said  Mr. Gann.

May 26
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, I wat to be ready like the five wise virgins, I need the fullness of Your Spirit in my life, I pray this in Jesus name, amen.

May 24
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  God Bless us all during this time. Amen

May 25
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

"The Great Awakening " has started and I'm thankful for my online Pastor Dion for this truth he teaches. We must All Get Ready for what is happening. Pray without ceasing for your family,  friends,  neighbors,  community. Praise God for what we are witnessing before our eyes. Thank you Pastor and may we all call on our one true God in Heaven to get us through.  Amen

May 25
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen  sister. 

May 26
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Powerful!! Amen!!

May 25
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Yada (Wendy)
Yada (Wendy)

you're looking for His parables

as we begin to see & hear them, we must follow Him straight 

not bread alone, but every word from His mouth 

 

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. Psalm 119.130

May 25
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father fill me with Your Holy Spirit, guide me and make me ready for the wave

May 25
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Please Jesus fill us with your Holy Spirit.Amen 

 

May 25
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

The Lord put on my heart today this scripture: "There is a way that seemeth right unto men, but the end thereof are the ways of death." It coincides with what you are saying, Let us keep oil for our lamps.

May 25
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen and well said Mr. Adams.

May 26
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Help us to be ready for this assignment Lord. Guide us and ensure that we hear Your voice. Bless us and our loved ones Father. AMEN

May 25
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

May 25
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondelloedited: May 26

In. Jesus name Amen. 

May 26
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

May 25
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen!!!

May 25
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

May 25
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.edited: May 25

Pastor Dion, I thank you sooooo......much for this message, It is quite possibly the greatest message I have heard in my 68.5 years on earth. I just got off the phone with a friend and the Lord gave me a sermonette to share. I promise to be more supportive, though I have struggled, I see God Blessing me more each day.

Thank you for you and Sylvia. I love you both.

Pastor Gann's response sheds a lot of Light to further your message. How can two walk together less they agree?

I bookmarked this message and if I ever share it, I will ask you first.

May 25
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you Joseph. You don't have to ask to share the devotionals. Freely we received and freely we give.  

May 26
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Craig  Mondello
Craig Mondello

Amen and amen!

May 25
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Amen, thank Pastor Dion and Sylvia❤️

May 25
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father I know that we should be prepared for what is coming, give us the strength and knowledge to build ourselves the place where we must be to be saved. Give us Your Holy Spirit and lead us through the path You wants us to walk, in Jesus name we pray, Amen. The Lord is our rock who loves and cares for us. 

Awesome message, I thank God for having you and Sylvia leading us through the Holy word. God bless you both. 

May 25
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

This is such a powerful message and I am grateful to be here at RHM for such a time as this! Father, please guide me, give me strength and wisdom for Your plans and any part I have in it, Amen!

May 25
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Gretchen Simms
Gretchen Simms

Thank you pastor Dion. awesome reminder of the times we live in.

May 25
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Chris Dibbern
Chris Dibbernedited: May 25

"While praying, I saw the shore I longed to get to. There were two large waves in the way, but the shore was surprisingly close. I saw this very vividly, though the scene was cartoonish in its coloring."

 

I wrote this on 10-20-2016 in my Google docs prayer journal.

 

"In a later dream, I realized I was standing alongside one of the waves, examining it. I drew no conclusions, in the dream."

 

Interestingly, I recently gained a big interest in cartoonish drawing styles in a game I am working on. I have no idea how to code up the shaders for them yet though.

May 25
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

I'm listening Lord! Relight my flame I just want to serve you better more passionately every day. you are my ROCK my fortress my strong tower what's dark in me bring to the light in Jesus name I pray Amen. 

May 25
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Jack Murphy
Jack Murphy

I believe what you say is true.  I also feel in my spirit that God is about to move mightily very soon.  Thank you for sharing this message Pastor! God bless you and yours.

May 26
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen and Amen!!! Thank you so much, Pastor Dion, from the bottom of my heart!!! "Numbers 6:24"

May 26
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 26