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The Promise Keeper

  • For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29 WEB.

    I know a dad who bought his son a car because he had taken a turn for the better. Not very long after this, his son got a drunk driving charge with it. So the dad took the car back and sold it. I don't blame the dad. I may have done the same, but human gifts are often more of a loan, a bonus, or a reward than an actual gift. Many times when we give presents to someone, it is based on their behavior or performance. But if we can take it back, then it's not really a gift. It was never actually theirs to begin with.

    God does not take back His love, His gifts, or His calling of us, no matter what we do. His goodness and decisions are not based on our performance or our behavior. Of course, we should try and live right, but He knows us better than we do. He did not call us or give us the gifts in our life because we were good. It is because He is good, and He is faithful to keep His promises.

    When I was much younger, around twenty years old, God told me to prepare myself, for one day, I would be in the ministry. That I would be a teacher of His word. I believed Him and began attending Bible college. After years of studying, praying, fasting, spending long nights at school after work, and getting ordained, I had a train wreck right at the end of it. I went through a long, drawn-out divorce that got really ugly and took two years.

    I resolved to just make the best of what I had left of my life, and I forgot about ministry altogether. I assumed that I had wrecked His plans for me. Years passed by. One day while praying, this verse came to mind, and I heard: 'What I have told you, I will do.' I was pretty sure I had messed up His plan, but I wrote it down in my journal.

    In time, He herded me into the ministry like a cow through a loading chute. Now I am here writing this. When I look back, I see a string of unplanned jobs that He used to equip and train me for what we do today. The things I learned while working on computers, playing music in bands, building websites for others, even construction are all used here at Refreshing Hope daily. He used those years to equip and train me for such a time as this. Like Joseph, the things I went through only brought me closer to His goal. The Lord is faithful, and He keeps His promises. He was with me all the while.

    No matter what you have done in your life, the same gifts, the same calling, the same love is still there. It hibernates until the spring comes. Don't distance yourself from God because you think you messed it all up. When the Lord gives us something, it comes with no strings attached, and He does not take it back. When your life is submitted to Him, the things you are going through will only equip you and bring you closer to your destiny.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You do for me. My life has taken unexpected twists and turns, but here I am, Lord, ready to serve You as best I can. Take me, use me, speak to me, and through me today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ 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 Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Thank you for being our promise keeper! Praise the Lord Hallelujah! ❤️
November 18, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In the Lord Yeshua's name I ask Amen.

November 18, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You

November 18, 2020
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

November 18, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Thank you Heavenly Father for all Your Blessings. And Your forgiveness. AMEN

November 18, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Penningtonedited: November 18, 2020

Thank you Heavenly Father for everything. Shape and mold me the way you want me to be inside and out.  Thank you Lord for you have given me many blessings. Amen

November 18, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

November 18, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

November 18, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen  praise God 

November 18, 2020
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thankful every day for His perfect plans!

November 18, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for loving us.We love and worship you always. Amen 

November 18, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

November 18, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Jesus for all You have done for me! Amen!

November 18, 2020
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your gifts, blessings, and lessons! Amen

November 18, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I 'm a sinner but I know You are working on me inside and out, cleansing me 'cause You want me to be better and follow Your word. Speak to me and through me and lead me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen. 

Excellent message Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia for leading his flock. 

November 18, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen

November 18, 2020
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

November 18, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Stay with us dearest God. Get us to the end. In the name of Jesus Amen 

November 18, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beeredited: November 18, 2020

Yes Lord, here I am, use me to and for Your glory, I Jesus's name I pray, amen 

November 18, 2020
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!!! Yes, Lord, here I am, a sinner saved by grace, please use me as an instrument of Your peace, so that others can see you in me, in the name of Jesus, amen!

November 18, 2020