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Two Kingdoms

  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only born Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God didn't send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn't believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only born Son of God. John 3:16'18 WEB.

    God sent His Son Jesus to redeem the lost and give us eternal life. What a fantastic piece of Scripture. It presents a choice that each of us will have to make at some point in our life. Who will you live for, yourself, or God Almighty? There are two kingdoms, and each side has its own arguments.

    Living for yourself means you can focus on only what you want to do. You can spend all your money gathering more stuff to impress people that you don't like. You can dismiss morality as an outdated concept and act as if promiscuity is something modern. You can do what is right when it lines up with what you want to do anyway. Basically: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law." Guess whose golden rule that is? Yep, satans.

    The downside of living for yourself is that this life and everything you see with your eyes is temporary. It will all pass away one day. It is the unseen things that are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). All the stuff that we have gathered on the earth will be left behind, and only the treasures that we have stored up in heaven will be safe (Matthew 6:20).

    You store up treasure in heaven by being obedient to God, by putting Him center in your life. As you do this, He will begin to guide you. It may cost you some temporary "fun." He may tug on somethings you want to keep. As Jesus went on to say in Matthew 6:24: "No one can serve two masters." Materialism is a direct conflict with serving God. It is ok to have money, but not for it to have control of you. He will force you to choose.

    Serving God will sometimes be painful because He is in control, instead of you. If you take a knife away from a small child, they may cry because they want to play with it. Even though it is dangerous for them. So it is with us. Sometimes we want what is wrong, and He says, "No," so we whine about it.

    There will be times when doing what is right is not convenient or pleasant. It may cost you dearly. He may tell you to give something away that you would rather keep. You will have to tell the truth when it hurts, rather than telling an easy lie. Let no one tell you that living a life dedicated to God will be easy, for it directly conflicts with our flesh.

    When our life winds down and death approaches, the choice becomes a little more clear. What if there is an eternity and the Bible is correct? Then the one who accepted Jesus will spend eternity in paradise, while those that rejected Him will be cast out and live in torment. We can choose to live for Jesus today.

    While you are still breathing, there is hope. Paul wrote: "that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed." (Romans 10:9'11 WEB).

    We have nothing in the past that matters anymore. Today is a new day, and there is nothing there that can hold us back. The only thing standing between the Lord Jesus and us is us. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make a choice, live it for Jesus.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive me of my sins and the things that I have done wrong. I am sorry. Jesus, come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and guide me from this day forth. My life is now Yours. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Happy Thanksgiving, friends, we love y'all! Praying you have a truly joyful day! ALSO, 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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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

This brings to mind what is going on in the world right now. Make a choice to choose GOD; each and every day. Nothing better than Serving GOD.

November 26, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. I choose you Jesus! Today and always. Grateful Thanksgiving for we are Blessed. AMEN

November 26, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Father I Thank You for Your Son Jesus.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 26, 2020
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May you have a wonderful day. Thank you for being a part of Refreshing Hope. We wouldn't be here without you!  :)

November 26, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Thank you Pastor & Sylvia!! You both are true blessings!! Thankful for you both and RHM!! 

November 26, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Glad to be part of this wonderful minstry.Happy Thanksgiving and God bless.

November 26, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

I believe,  I belong to Jesus,  thank you Lord for all you do and have done for me.  Thank you for another Thanksgiving.  Amen 

November 26, 2020
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Happy Thanksgiving, friends :)! Know that y'all are loved and appreciated! Praying you have a peaceful, safe and marvelously blessed day <3!!!

November 26, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

November 26, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Please Jesus,forgive our sins and fill us with your Holy Spirit.Let our lives be for you and your glory. Amen 

November 26, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen  the lord is my savor  and he protects me from evil  in

Jesus name 

November 26, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jacksonedited: November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving Rev. Dion and Sylvia!  Be blessed and joyful always!  Amen!!

November 26, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I choose You, Jesus! Fill me with the Holy Spirit, Amen. Happy Thanksgiving RHM family :)

November 26, 2020
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I wish everyone here at RHM a happy,  healthy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Happy Thanksgiving Everyone Have A Bless Day 

November 26, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for Your love, care and forgiveness You provide us while we follow Your designs, I want to do a better job for me and others in any circumstance as You has shown us,lead us Lord. In the Holy name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. 

Always thankful to you Pastor and Sylvia for all your awesome everyday devotionals ,for helping us to be closer to our Lord and His teachings. God bless you both. 

For all of our Ministry brothers and sisters I wish a blessed and safe Thanksgiving, bless you all. 

November 26, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

November 26, 2020
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! By not believing and rejecting the Lord, our Savior, we condemn ourselves! Thank you my Lord and God for drawing me by the mighty power of Thy Holy Spirit! On this day of "Thanksgiving" I'm calling on You with a thankful heart for the greatest gift ever, my salvation!!! Praise, honor and worship to Thee!!!

November 26, 2020
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

November 26, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God keep us close. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen 

November 26, 2020
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Cindy Holcomb
Cindy Holcomb

Amen!

November 26, 2020
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

November 26, 2020
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen, thank you for this wonderful devotion today!

 

November 27, 2020
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen

November 27, 2020