Recent Blog Entries

  • 1 hour ago
    Posted by Dion Todd
    But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger. They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning fro...
  • Tue at 3:01 AM
    Posted by Dion Todd
    In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6'7 WEB.In the past, many saints and martyrs h...
  • Oct 2
    Posted by Dion Todd
    The Mustard Seed from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Jesus told His disciples a parable about the kingdom of God using a tiny mustard seed. Though mustard was the smallest seed a Palestinian farmer would plant in his field, it would grow into the largest plant in his garden.  (Matthew...
View All
  • Mar 25 - led by Dion Todd
    This is a group for RHM sponsored events like corporate fasts. Everyone is welcome to join and participate in things currently going on in the ministry. We love you and thank you for being a part of Refreshing Hope!
View All

The Benefits

  • Praise Yahweh, my soul, and don't forget all his benefits, who forgives all your sins, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your desire with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:2 WEB.

    Years ago, I mainly worked in low-end jobs where the only benefit was having a job. I owe that partly to quitting school and getting married at seventeen. So, I worked in the tobacco fields, as a construction laborer, and installing septic tanks. I learned to paint houses and became pretty good at it. What I considered a vacation were the days we got rained out, and it wasn't paid.

    Eventually, I gained enough experience and worked hard enough that people began to seek me out to come work for them. I finally landed a job that had benefits and a paid vacation. It felt strange at first. I wasn't used to having such things, and I didn't make use of them. It took me a while to understand that the benefits were significant.

    When inquiring about a job, we need to understand the benefits before we make a decision. Do they have insurance, retirement, a paid vacation? Sometimes, the benefits can be why we take the job in the first place, and we should use them. They come as part of the package.

    Serving the Lord has benefits as well. Steadfast love and mercy, the forgiveness of your mistakes, healing for your body, redemption, renewed vigor, and supernatural provision. All of those are contained in the above verse. Of course, they are not the reason we live for Him. Yet, there is no reason to neglect what He so lovingly gives us.

    Often we overlook these benefits and just struggle in our own strength without asking for His help. Or like me, you have walked so long without them that you don't know how to put them to use. But would you say no to free health insurance? Or "Forget the vacation! I'll just work through, and you can just keep the extra pay."

    Jesus told us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11). James wrote, "You do not have, because you do not ask" (James 4:2). When you fall down, ask for forgiveness and get up knowing that you are forgiven. It is a benefit. When you are sick, pray to be healed. It is a perk. When you have a need, pray for the Lord to provide the means. Love and mercy are also included in His package. It is OK to pray about your needs, and yes, God still loves you no matter what you happen to "feel" at the moment.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for providing benefits for believers, and I know that I am in good hands, Your hands. Please provide for my family. Heal us, forgive us, and help us walk the straight and narrow path. Guide us to find our place and where we fit in Your plan. 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


    > You can subscribe to our daily devotional here <



Tip: You must be logged into the website to leave comments.

 

Social Sharing

20 comments
  • 0
Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen,
May 6, 2021
  • 1
Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen! Praise the Lord Hallelujah! ❤️
May 6, 2021
  • 1
Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, You are my greatest benefit. Without you, I am lost. Amen

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Suzy Romaine
Suzy Romaine

So thankful for Your presence in our lives Lord!

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Praise God Praise Jesus 

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Thank You Father For All Of The Blessings You Give To Me And My Family And Friends Good Morning Everyone 

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Please God send us your healing power.We love and worship you. Amen 

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thanks for this reminder, Pastor Dion! Lord, guide me to the place where I fit in Your plan. Thank you. Amen

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for all Your benefits, Amen!

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzbergedited: May 6, 2021

I will follow where he leads 

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord Jesus 

May 6, 2021
  • 1
Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

May 6, 2021