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Say Nothing Negative

  • Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore don't be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day's own evil is sufficient. Matthew 6:31-34 WEB.

    We sat quietly at the dinner table while we ate our food. Normally we talked and laughed, but tonight we were both worried about tomorrow. We had found a lien on our property for a tax bill that we never owed, but it had now accumulated late fees until it was more than we had. Disputing it was going to be a challenge in the least because it was over a decade old.

    What could we do? We called the state tax office to begin a dispute, and they explained that the record was so old that it had been archived and removed from their system. They would have to send in a request to have it restored from a backup. It would be an overnight process, so they told us to call back tomorrow.

    My wife Sylvia and I sat down together, and we prayed over the situation. I heard three words: "Say nothing negative." It was the only word for that day, so we stood on it and just said nothing at all because every single thought I had was negative. It was difficult to not whine and complain and talk about all the different scenarios that may happen. But we managed to restrain ourselves and ate our food in silence.

    After a quiet night of stress, the morning came, and we called the department of revenue back. To our surprise, the lady at the tax office was extremely polite, and she had already cleared the lien on the property. We owed them nothing. She took care of all of the paperwork involved. Then explained that we didn't owe all those late fees and penalties because we never owed the original tax bill. She made the whole situation go away.

    Don't worry about tomorrow. Pray, and try to follow the Lord as best you can today, even when you don't understand. Let tomorrow worry about itself. One word from God changes everything. So many times, the things we worry about never come to pass, unless we open our big ol' mouth and invite it.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for being on my side. Please give me the grace to say nothing negative, and remind me that the words I speak matter. 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


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton very good devotional today........i would get mentally negative and would try to tell my self to think twice before speaking!????
Jul 8
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Jul 8
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Jul 8
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. My Father used to say "the least said is the easiest mended". He was a good teacher. I miss him every day. Amen

Jul 8
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

I love this advice, Patricia! Thanks for sharing!

Jul 8
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Jul 8
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen

Jul 8
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you. Such good advice. How can we enjoy today if we are worried about tomorrow.

Jul 8
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God is so awesome. Amen 

Jul 8
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jul 8
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

I sometimes spit out the negative, it just flies out there. I pray to God in Jesus's name, yet Sayan is at the ready. I always immediately ask for forgiveness,  but yet pray for spiritual fortitude.  God bless everyone on here.

Jul 8
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen!!

Jul 8
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

In jesus name amen 

Jul 8
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

A helpful reminder for today, Pastor Dion! Lord, remind me that the words I speak matter. Thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen

Jul 8
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for being with us at all times, keep our mouth and mind clear of bad thoughts. We  know that every word matters, help us to follow Your word whenever we speak. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Thank You Lord. 

Truthful words Pastor, thank you and Sylvia and God bless you both, Amen. 

Jul 8
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jul 8
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Madalyn Myers
Madalyn Myers

Thank You Pastor Dion for this lovely Devotional I was worried because I had not worked in four months and I requested prayer. It's not set in stone but I had a job offer from the post office. I have to do a few steps during the hiring process for ot to be official employment. But a opportunity has presented it self. I thank God because I was struggling and have to borrow money from my family for gas and food. I thank RHM prayer network for praying for me. Love you all Thank You.

Jul 8
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

I am praying that you get that job Madalyn Myers, in the name of Jesus!!

 

Jul 8
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! What a great blessing!! When I get stressed or worried I sit down and pray about it first, then I wait for God to direct my actions to correct the problem that is causing the stress or causing me to be worried. He always comes through!

Jul 8
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Jul 8
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jul 8
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you for seeing us through so many times. Amen

Jul 8
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jul 9
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: Jul 9

 Boy ! I diffently need help with this. So many things or attacks from Satan trying to disrupt my life.... The. Lord said He was going to be my Defender while praying with Theresa from Joan Hunter Ministries, she stopped in the middle of her Prayer Language to tell me God wanted her to tell me that He was going to be my Defender. So really what do I have to worry about !!!  He's the only one that doesn't lie. He can handle all this nonsense that tears us up. Praise God I Have Him in my life...

Jul 9
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Boy ! I Thank God He is my Defender...So what is it that I have to worry about... Many attacks from satan. But The Lord God has His Hand on me and everything around me. He is my Defender and doesn't lie about what He is going to do. His Word do not come back void. Praise God He is in my life.

Jul 9