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  • When the men of Israel saw that they were in trouble (for the people were distressed), then the people hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in rocks, in tombs, and in pits. Now some of the Hebrews had gone over the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead; but as for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. He stayed seven days, according to the time set by Samuel; but Samuel didn't come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. Saul said, 'Bring the burnt offering to me here, and the peace offerings.' He offered the burnt offering. It came to pass that as soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came' 1 Samuel 13:6'10 WEB

    King Saul was desperate. The Philistines had gathered a large army, invaded Israel, and were camped nearby. The prophet Samuel had told Saul to meet him at Gilgal, and he would make offerings and get directions for the upcoming battle from the Lord.

    Saul waited at Gilgal with about 2,000 men. The Philistines had brought 30,000 chariots, 6,000 horsemen, and footmen like the "sand of the seashore" (1 Samuel 13:5). Saul's army was outnumbered by at least 20 to 1. Even worse, his meager troops began to scatter, and those that remained with him trembled in fear.

    After Saul waited for seven days, and Samuel had not come, fear and desperation overcame him. He panicked and made the offering himself, but apparently received no directions from the Lord. Of course, as soon as Saul finished his offering, the prophet Samuel arrived. The first thing Samuel asked him was, "What have you done?" The fear of man, and what men could do to him, cost Saul his kingship (1 Samuel 13:13).

    Too often, when the deadline begins approaching, we start sweating, panicking, and we ask ourselves, "What are we going to do? Where is God?" Pressure causes us to make compromises right before God arrives and turns the battle around. These things cause our impurities to rise to the surface. Who you are while under pressure is who you really are.

    They say God is never late, but He also is never early. He arrives right on time. We begin to waver in our faith, and it is usually right before God shows up. Do not give up hope yet. God's help and provision for you are closer than it ever was. When we reach the end of our rope, God will be there to catch us. Though it may feel like the very last minute.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You help me learn to trust in You. Please deliver me from fear and anxiety. Draw my heart to You, and give me a clear vision. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    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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Elizabeth Colon
Elizabeth Colon

Amen

September 17, 2020
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Frances Osayi
Frances Osayi

Amen. 

September 17, 2020
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

 Amen,

September 17, 2020
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

September 17, 2020
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Anen................

 

September 17, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father please draw me near to You

September 17, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Thank You Heavenly Father for being with me all the times I thought I was alone. You always catch me before I fall. Amen. 

September 17, 2020
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You help me learn to trust in You. Please deliver me from fear and anxiety. Draw my heart to You, and give me a clear vision. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Amen, thank you Father! 

September 17, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

September 17, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, thank you Jesus.

September 17, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

September 17, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

September 17, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

September 17, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. I trust you Father Yahweh!

September 17, 2020
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

A steady voice in this time of intense pressure -- Thank you, Pastor Dion! Draw my heart to You, Lord, and give me a clear vision. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

September 17, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I need to trust in You more, that my fears and frustrations be gone let be Your vision to follow. Hear our prayers Father, we need You and that Your instructions be in a way I can understand. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praise be to You Lord.

As always a great devotional Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

September 17, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father

September 17, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I trust Your plan Father, Amen!

September 17, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

September 17, 2020
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen !!! What a truth, dear Pastor Dion !!!  I've learned this over many years as I've been growing in the Lord as He has been molding and teaching me His ways! HE is never late, but always on time according to HIS will and timing! All we have to do, all I have to do is to patiently wait on him and trust HIM with all my heart and soul, because HE will never leave or forsake us, because HE loves us so much !!!

September 17, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Yes please God help me to bide my time and not make hasty decisions. Help my faith be strong. In the name of Jesus Amen 

September 17, 2020
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Malloryedited: September 18, 2020

Yes and Amen!!! The Lord our God is faithful and worthy of all the glory!!!

September 18, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

September 18, 2020