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Talking Donkeys

  • Don't remember the former things, and don't consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing. It springs out now. Don't you know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 WEB.

    I was sitting in church one morning listening to the guest speaker's monotone message. When to put it frankly, I became bored. I yawned, searched for the time, and wondered how long would it be before we could go home. I had served the Lord a couple decades, graduated seminary, and listened to a thousand sermons I liked better than this one. So I felt this particular speaker had nothing new to say that I hadn't already heard.

    As I was contemplating my boredom, I felt the Holy Spirit suddenly speak to me. He wasn't happy about my attitude. He said, "Do you really know everything that I am going to say? Is there nothing new that I can teach you?" Chills ran down my neck. I sat up straight and started paying attention. I actually learned a couple of things during the rest of the service.

    I left church that day like a dog with his tail tucked between his legs, and I try to pay better attention when the Holy Spirit uses someone. If you're not careful, God can be standing right in front of you trying to tell you something, and you can dismiss Him.

    In numbers 22:28, God spoke through a donkey to a stubborn prophet that wouldn't listen. The religious leaders of the day missed the Messiah, even when He stood right in front of them. When Jesus spoke in His hometown of Nazareth, they tried to kill Him (Luke 4:28). Stephen was so full of the Holy Spirit that his face shown like that of an angel. Yet, highly religious people stopped up their ears and stoned him to death (Acts 7:15). We can miss God just as easily as they did if we aren't willing to be teachable and keep an open mind.

    It is easy to become cynical and believe that you are really smart when you have been around religion a long time. We can become a modern-day pharisee. We know people for who they were, but God knows who they are today. He will use anyone willing. At least once, the Lord spoke to someone through a donkey. When He does that, we should listen. So if someone is sharing something, listen to what they are saying! You might learn something like I did.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive me of the times that You have been trying to tell me something, and I paid You no attention. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me and tune my ear to You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: This morning, we will be hosting our RHM Live Online church service. This is a special time of worship, prayer, fellowship and an inspiring message. All are welcome! Here is the link to join: RHM Live


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Help me to be more aware when you are speaking to me in Jesus’s name, Amen
July 18, 2021
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God please help us to recognize when you are speaking to us . Thank you,Amen 

July 18, 2021
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Please lord let me know when you are speaking to me in jesus name amen 

July 18, 2021
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone Farther Please Help Me To Listen To Anything You Have To Say 

July 18, 2021
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Lord, help me to recognize You and hear the Holy Spirit's voice. Amen Thank you Pastor Dion

July 18, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, please forgive me of the times that You have been trying to tell me something, and I paid You no attention. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me and tune my ear to You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

July 18, 2021
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Lord forgive me for I've been neglectful in always listening  and obeying.  Holy Spirit i want to be more aware of your teaching through others. Amen

July 18, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 18, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father forgive me for being a sinner, for not hearing what You are trying to  tell me. Help me to focus on Your message to learn new things while I follow You, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. 

Pastor great message testimony, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

July 18, 2021
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

July 18, 2021
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God help me be closer to to you in the name of Jesus Amen 

July 18, 2021
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen, I'm willing to listen Lord!

July 18, 2021
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

July 18, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

July 18, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

July 18, 2021
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Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzberg

Yes!  I know in my past God has spoken to me and I didnt listen then later regretted it BIG time.  Thank you for reminder!

July 18, 2021
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

July 19, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen Thank you Father for speaking to me in a way I can understand I love you!

July 20, 2021