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The Beach Ball

  • And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52 ESV

    While at the beach one day, I watched some kids playing with a beach ball. They would hit it and it would soar into the air, but then gradually float back down to earth. The kids would hit it again, but gravity kept pulling the ball back to earth. Without some form of lift, the ball will always fall to the ground. Yet, if you fill a ball or balloon with helium, it will float on its own. Its natural state will be floating and it will rise because of what it contains.

    My walk with God has often been just like that. I can fast, pray, worship, study and try to walk closely with the Lord, but whenever I let up, the world pulls me right back down to it. Up and then down, I am working hard to breath my own air into that ball and it can become exhausting.

    We are to be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18) just like the Apostles were (Acts 13:52). When you are filled with the Spirit, you will soar just like a balloon filled with helium and you will not have to exhaust yourself trying to just stay afloat. This also involves prayer and such, but instead of earning something, we are building ourselves up in the Spirit.

    It is a relationship, and maintaining a steadfast relationship with the Lord is often more difficult than it needs to be because of the to-do list that we have created in our minds. In the meantime, God says, I never told you to do all that. Be filled with the Spirit and you will fulfill all of that naturally. When you are filled with His Spirit, you will please Him.

    You can huff and puff and try to do it all yourself, or you can take His advice and be filled with His Spirit and His joy like the Apostles did. Let go of the to-do list and instead seek to be filled with the very presence of God. You will find that the things that have been holding you will suddenly flee, the impossible will become completed, and the closed door will become open.

    Prayer: Lord fill me with Your Holy Spirit just as You did the early Apostles. I choose to let You help me live my life from this day forth. Come into my heart and guide me in the name of Jesus I pray.

    Note: For any who did not see the announcement, the newest chapter of the weekly Bible Study is now up! Here is the link to get started: http://www.refreshinghope.org/blogs/1/293/luke-chapter-9. We pray that you will be blessed by it and look forward to seeing your participation!


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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor for the great message!
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Lord,  I want to be like the apostles of old, amen.
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Jeremy Lytle
Jeremy Lytle I enjoyed THE BEACH BALL - an excellent message. I forwarded it to some of my friends. It would work well for the young ones, too; easy to understand. May GOD continue to bless your ministry. J LYTLE - THE LOVE ARTIST
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Julie Freire
Julie Freire Glory to God . Thank you for such beautiful message I pray God keep using you for His glory. 
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield For years, the Spirit of God eluded me, despite my prayers. I was starting to wonder if there actually WAS a Holy Spirit. I was envious of my friends who spoke in tongues and described the "high" they experienced when God's Spirit came upon them--in short, I felt like the "odd man out". Then, the Spirit came upon me late in December 2014, after a near-death experience. I was completely changed and have not been the same since! My family is still in awe that I; Kathy Banfield, actually have maintained a CLEAN HOUSE for over 6 months now! That, alone, is a miracle--LOL! Blessings to All today, Kathy
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Celestina Ndunda
Celestina Ndunda Lord fill me with thy Holy Spirit, so that i can please you and not myself.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Thank you God you bless me every day Hallelujah
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Chad Hale
Chad Hale Amen. Thank you and praise be yours Lord. Awesome message today brother Todd, for that is how we do it by removing ourselves to be filled with His. Amen. Lord remove me from me and fill me with You Lord in Jesus name. Amen.
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey Amen..God bless you Pastor Todd for His word..Lord fill me with your Spirit in Jesus name.
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman Thank you Pastor Todd for your many blessings.  May God continue to bless you and your ministry.
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell Amen Amen Amen!!! Fill ME with YOUR HOLY SPIRIT, LORD GOD!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU. THX, Pastor Dion, for maintaining your Gift of Ministry.
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring Your messages are very good!
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley THANK You Pastor For This Message I really need to hear this. 
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady So true! When we feel stagnant we need to ask to be filled to the rim with His Holy Spirit ! There is no greater feeling in the world! To be spiritually alive in Christ!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Carol, so true!
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Kathy Malone
Kathy Malone So true - I so notice that when my focus is not on the Lord the world pulls me back down.
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza When loneliness comes to me I talk and pray to our LORD GOD and with HIS HOLY SPIRIT filling me my loneliness goes. Praying helps me so much for everything in my life I offer to our GOD ALMIGHTY TO GOD BE THE GLORY. AMEN
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Deleted Member A very powerful word today, thank you so much. It truly blessed my heart. I want to soar for Jesus.
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Deleted Member Amen,  always know Jesus is right there with you in the times you feel lonely. That is a beautiful way to pray. Thank you for sharing your sweet prayer with us.
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Deleted Member Yes, the world can try to pull us down, but if we will trust and put our faith in Jesus, He will lift us up and we will be overcomers. 
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Suzanne Russell
Suzanne Russell Oh Wow!  This is exactly what I've been needing!  Not only for me, but for others who don't know about the leading of the Holy Spirit and how important that is!  Thank you Dion!  Please write more about how the Holy Spirit works in every day life!  I think we especially need that right now! (Of course if HE says to!) LOL
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful way to put it into words. God bless you.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Yes, Amen, there is always a blessing for us in the daily devotion.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, may many many blessings come to Pastor Dion and his wife Sylvia. 
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Deleted Member Amen, may we all pray to be fill with His Spirit.
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Deleted Member Amen, such a beautiful prayer.
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord for his many blessings. God is so good.
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Deleted Member Amen, may we all have this prayer to please Jesus and not ourselves. God bless you.
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Deleted Member God is so good and He will let us know He is real and He loves us so much. 
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Deleted Member Amen
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen!
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Jeanne Hill
Jeanne Hill  We need a relationship with Jesus lead by the Holy Spirit daily. Can't do any of this on our own except our obedience. Thanks for the word Pastor.
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Deleted Member Yes, Amen and Praise The Lord, God is so good to us.
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Deleted Member Jesus is always right on time for whatever we need. God bless you.
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Deleted Member Amen, many blessings to you too.
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Deleted Member Yes, Amen, I pray too that I can be a servant to Him like He would have me to be. God bless you.
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good.
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker I pray everyday~ and more than once.  I am glad that the Lord fills me with His graciousness.. Amen to God above!!  Thank you God for being the wind beneath my wings!!! 
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Reinhard Blefgen
Reinhard Blefgen Amen 
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle Amen! I claim this prayer moving forward, and will have to learn to let go of the ever-increasing to-do-list, be Mary instead of Martha, focus on my relationship with my Lord, so I can truly be filled with His spirit and joy unspeakable! Thank you so much!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Liesel!
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Be Mary instead of Martha, I like that :)
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Dion Todd Thank you Barbara :)
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thanks.....soooo true:)
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Deleted Member Yes, Amen, Jesus is our Great Helper.
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Deleted Member Beautiful words. Thank you for sharing.
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Deleted Member Amen, I love that the wind beneath my wings. Awesome. Thank you for sharing.
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Lucas Napo
Lucas Napo Amen
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  "Not by power, nor by might, but by My Spirit," says the Lord.
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Delores Greenwood
Delores Greenwood Amen!
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