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The Mockingbird

  • Mockingbird from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Today I want to talk about the northern mockingbird, the “many-tongued thrush” This bird can do an exact imitation of the notes it learns from other birds, as well as some animals. It has the ability to sound like a robin, a cardinal, a bluebird, or a sparrow. It can even mimic cats, dogs, frogs, and crickets. It is a copy cat, and continually learns new songs to sing. It is extremely talented, but brings confusion if someone believes their song is authentic, for it is not a bluebird at all.

    Too many today are like the mockingbird. They have nothing original to say, but are simply repeating what they have heard from others, singing a song. How many have gotten messages “forward this to all of your friends!” which just brings white noise and confusion to an already difficult situation. Many do not even read what they are spreading and are adding to the hate, bitterness, division, and confusion in the air. We need to check behind our teammates, and indeed, we need to be sure that we are still on God’s team.

    God is 100% authentic and fresh. Satan is the opposite: a copy cat, a mockingbird, a counterfeit, and he always brings confusion and chaos. It is smoke and mirrors, a cloak to hide behind like he doesn’t even exist. Consider the first mention of satan in Genesis in his conversation with Eve:

    (Genesis 3:1 ESV)  Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

    Did God actually say? Yes, He did. Beat it, snake. But the simple question made Eve begin to wonder, then things became awfully confused, and soon the fruit on the tree began to look pretty inviting. Next thing you know they were booted out of the garden with the door locked behind them. It turns out that God meant what He said.

    There is the enemies’ camp, and there is God’s camp. satan works to blur the lines and overlay them so that you cannot tell them apart, to hide in the confusion. God has nothing to hide, and He clearly lays out who is in His camp, and who is not. The followers of Jesus should be acting like Jesus, while the followers of satan will probably be acting like satan. Let’s clear the air and compare the two so we can do an accurate camp check.

    Jesus is the Creator, He builds up. While satan is the destroyer, and tears down:

    (Colossians 1:16 NASB)  For by Him (Jesus Christ) all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.

    (John 10:10 NASB)  “The thief (satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

    God is the Author of peace, while satan is the author of confusion and chaos:

    (1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV)  For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

    God brings unity, while satan brings division:

    (Ephesians 4:1–3 NASB)  Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

    (Jude 17–19 NASB)  …“In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.

    Check behind your teammates. Whose camp are they in? Are they walking in humility, gentleness, showing tolerance for one another in love, or are they mockers causing division? The mockingbird merely mocks others, but has little original to say. The more their words multiply, the less the meaning.

    Jesus came to bring eternal life, while satan is the thief who tries to take it away:

    (John 10:27–28 NASB)  “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”

    (John 8:44 NASB)  “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 does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

    Lies, hate, murder, darkness, confusion, chaos, are all traits of team satan. Check behind your teammates. This is not rocket science. If it quacks like a duck, acts like a duck, looks like a duck, then perhaps it is a duck. Paul wrote it this way:

    (Titus 3:9–11 AMP)  But avoid stupid and foolish controversies and genealogies and dissensions and wrangling about the Law, for they are unprofitable and futile. [As for] a man who is factious [a heretical sectarian and cause of divisions], after admonishing him a first and second time, reject [him from your fellowship and have nothing more to do with him]…

    “Avoid stupid and foolish controversies”: I love that, simple and straight to the point. That is a word from God, clear and concise. As with everything that He said, the Lord Jesus Christ said it best of all:

    (Matthew 7:17–20 NASB)  So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

    In the eyes of God, the end does not justify the means. Before you click forward or share, check behind your teammates. You will give an account for every idle word that you speak, and there is a strong possibility that what you wish on others will come home to visit you.

    (Matthew 12:36–37 AMP)  But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.

    (Numbers 14:28 NASB)  “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you;

    (Galatians 6:7 NASB)  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

    Anyone that wants to say those verses do not apply to them can feel free to do so, but I would advise against, it for God does not carelessly use words. He says what He means, and He means what He says. There is no confusion in His camp. Did God really say…? Yes, He did. Beat it, snake.

    Separate yourself from the enemies camp and do not get caught up in the chaos and confusion. Avoid stupid and foolish controversies that are a cesspool of sin. Rise above the hate, the bitterness, the division, and counter it with peace, love, and tolerance. Don’t be a mockingbird who is simply copying others. When the fire of God falls, you don’t want to be found in the enemies camp.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You help me see clearly and that You purify my thoughts. Please give me a clear vision and help me rise above the calamity that is coming. I want to be in Your camp, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!


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23 comments
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for spreading the word Pastor Dion! Thank you Jehovah! ❤️
Aug 10
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Della Thompson
Della Thompson I just finish watching the sermon of the mockingbird. I must say that it took me by surprise. I really enjoyed it. Also thanks for the clarity of satan mission and GODS WORD.
Aug 10
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Aug 9
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Have A Joyful Sunday Everyone 

Aug 9
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Aug 10
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I choose you Lord. Amen

Aug 10
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you

Aug 10
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Pastor Dion for the message. Amen 

Aug 10
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Aug 10
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you for another great message 

Aug 10
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Wendy Brown
Wendy Brown

Amen. What a great message.

Aug 10
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen  God give me  strength  in jesus name amen 

Aug 10
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen, need this message today.  Lord help me to be tolerate and kind to those who are around me that have betrayed me. Amen

Aug 10
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You to lead us, give us the strength to stay away from the snares of the enemy who is committed to make us fall with confusion and lies. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. That Your love and care be with us always. 

Great message Pastor, thank you. God bless you and Sylvia. 

Aug 10
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God protect us all from evil. Strengthen us to do your will and help one another. Keep us pleasant. Praise God Praise Jesus Holy Spirit guide us. Amen

Aug 10
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Wise words Pastor Dion and a message I needed to hear!

Aug 10
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Oh yes Lord Jesus, amen

Aug 10
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Aug 10
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Extremely important and valuable message for today, Pastor Dion! Thanks for continually bringing the Word of God's truth! I pray that You help me see clearly and that You purify my thoughts. Please give me a clear vision. I want to be in Your camp, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

Aug 10
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. 

Aug 11
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen !!! Dear Heavenly Father, my Lord and God, please help me by the power of Your Hl. Spirit to always be authentic, honest and true, and keep me from embellishing or twisting words, avoiding idle talk, for it is in the holy name of Jesus I ask and pray, Amen!

Aug 12
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Sometimes it can be hard to know what is resl and what's simply a bunch of hate- fueled lies. Thanks for this very timely message. And I am so glad that I can now access RHM on my new tablet!

Aug 13
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Congrats on your new tablet, Kathy, happy to hear from you again <3!

Aug 13