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Burning Down the House

  • 'Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things which I say? Everyone who comes to me, and hears my words and does them, I will show you who he is like. He is like a man building a house, who dug and went deep and laid a foundation on the rock. When a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it was founded on the rock. But he who hears and doesn't do, is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.' Luke 6:46 WEB.

    Dad always warned us about playing with fire. But one day, my brother, who was three to four years old, got a hold of a pack of matches. He knew it was wrong, so he hid in the closet to play with them, sitting under the clothes hanging there.

    It wasn't too long before the closet was on fire, and soon the entire house. By the time my mom noticed, it was too late. We all managed to get out, but the house burned to the ground, along with everything in it.

    Dad was at work, and when he came home, he saw all of our belongings and the home that he had built with his own hands, uninsured and in ashes. But he wasn't angry. He was so thankful we were ok that he hugged us all. Ken didn't play with matches much after that.

    God's word is there to protect us. It is for our own good that we should follow His commandments, not His. If you follow the Lord's guidance, you will have a good life. You may not be rich, maybe not famous, or perhaps you will have all that and more. Only He knows how much He can trust you with before it becomes an idol and steals your heart away.

    When we walk in disobedience, we open so many doors of failure and frustration that He wanted to spare us from experiencing. But we can have it our way if we choose.

    God is not mad at you, no matter what you have done in the past. He will instantly forgive you, and He is glad you are ok. Learn from it, listen to Him, and try to do better next time. Obedience and discipline are vital parts of having a good life.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive me of my sins and restore me. Bring back the passion and the fire that I once had. Give me the grace to walk in obedience and help me to make the right decisions in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14) ~ 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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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen
Oct 23
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Oct 23
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Oct 23
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Amen!

Oct 23
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Lesson learned are not always easy. God, Thank You for Blessing me with Your presence in my life. Amen

Oct 23
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for loving us.We love and worship you.Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for the wonderful blessings from RHM. Amen 

Oct 23
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Oct 23
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Oct 23
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Have A Bless Friday Everyone 

Oct 23
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Oct 23
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Jesus

Oct 23
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I pray that Your presence be with us always, lead us to follow Your will and do what is for us to do. That Your love and forgiveness be with us in every situation we encounter, that we walk in obedience to Your will. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. Glory be to the Almighty. 

Excellent devotional testimony Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Oct 23
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Help me dear God. Amen

Oct 23
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Praise the Lord for His grace and forgiveness. Appreciate the housefire story, Pastor Dion ... reminded me of a few personal growth situations

Oct 23
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Oct 23
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask, Amen.

Oct 24
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 24
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Frances Osayi
Frances Osayi

Amen lord 

Oct 25