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Old Pontiacs

  • God said, "Let's make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." God created man in his own image. In God's image he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27 WEB.

    I love cars, always have. When I was younger, I used to have several project cars I tinkered with. I spent a lot of time in junkyards, searching for parts like I was on a treasure hunt. One of my projects was an old Pontiac Grand Prix that I was slowly restoring. I started with a shell and hand-picked all the parts. I had refreshed a big block 400 engine that I pulled from a 69 and a custom-built transmission from a 72. I put it all together and installed a new dual exhaust system, and she was riding on a set of BFGoodrich T/A radials. The old Pontiac was coming back to life. She was clean and mean.

    Unfortunately, I lived with a person who would try and destroy something that I cared about anytime she became angry, and it was pretty often. When I had the Grand Prix close to finished, I came home one day to find that she had spray-painted profanity all over the car. She had painted over the windows, chrome, bumpers, grille, and the rims and tires, with expletives in bright neon pink. I sold the car that afternoon to a junkman to get it out of the yard because I was ashamed for my neighbors, friends, and family to see it.

    Yet, the story doesn't end there. It should have, but it didn't. Over time, I watched her beat the windows out of my cars with shovels, kick dents in the fenders and door panels, and ram them with my other vehicles. It was an uncontrollable jealous rage, but she couldn't take her anger out on me directly. So the way that she hurt me was to attack something that I cared about.

    We are made in the image of God, and He loves us. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son" (John 3:16). God is big and strong, so satan can't stand up to Him. Instead of attacking God, he takes his anger out on something God loves: Us. Every time we fall into one of the enemy's traps, he is filled with happiness because it hurts God a little more. This is his way of getting back at God, by hurting those who God cares about.

    For example, King David had Uriah killed and took his wife Bathsheba to be his own wife. So the Lord sent the prophet Nathan to David who told him this:

    "Because by this deed you have given great occasion to Yahweh's enemies to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die" (2 Samuel 12:14).

    When satan got David, the great man of God, to fall into his trap, it gave the enemies of God "great occasion" to blaspheme, curse, and laugh. Overall, the enemies of God loved it, and they celebrated a victory.

    Your actions and choices affect more than you, for there is a spiritual battle raging on in the spirit realm. Stay close to God. Don't be used as a tool to hurt Him by falling into temptation. Though sin may look pleasurable, it's nothing but a trap designed to trash the image of God one more time.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me stand strong and see the road ahead clearly. Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one. Protect me from my own weaknesses, and let me never give Your enemies a reason to rejoice. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Romans 1:20 "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities'his eternal power and divine nature'have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." ~ You get a choice of themes this week: 'Nature Divine' or 'Unmistakably God's' will be our next fun-filled choices and are wide open for creative interpretation! We also encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect some of the unmistakable beauty of creation I get to witness and capture when the Father allows. Show us what makes God's divine nature so clearly seen by you...and have an amazing week y'all! God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: Jul 27

IM DEALING WITH ROUCHES IN MY HOME...GOD REMINDED ME OF THIS WORLD HOW IT IS ROUCH INVESTED WITH THE PLOTS OF THE ENEMY ALL AROUND.US. AMAZING ABOUT THE INSECTICIDES, IT SEEMS LIKE THEY JUST HAVE MORE BABIES...WELL OUR FIGHT GOES ON WITH THE SPIRITUAL BATTLES WE FACE. KEEP PRAYING AND PRASING GOD, CAUSE THE ENEMY HATES THAT...AMEN

PS ...PSALMS 91: 

10,000 FALL AT MY RIGHT HAND...

Jul 27
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Praying for strength for you in this difficult time.????????

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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

THANKS....XO

Jul 28
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Jul 27
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Jul 27
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Keep us safe dear God. In the name of Jesus Amen 

Jul 27
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

Jul 27
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jul 27
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen. Have a blessed day everyone!

Jul 27
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thanks, Pastor Dion, for this important reminder: Your actions and choices affect more than you, for there is a spiritual battle raging on in the spirit realm. Lord, keep me mindful of those who will be affected by my choices today. Thank you! Amen

Jul 27
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jul 27
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus, please protect us from the evil one. Amen 

Jul 27
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Robert Hayes
Robert Hayes

We all need to remember the prayer!

Jul 27
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Jul 27
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

My heart is broken after reading this. I am so sorry that person ruined your car, Pastor Dion.I certainly can relate!

Jul 27
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father keep us strong today and protect us from the snares of the enemy, give us the strength to keep the evil one away from our thoughts and to follow Your designs. The enemy cannot hurt You, instead try to harm us because of our weakness. In Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. 

Pastor thank you for this message, sorry for all you went through but kept the leading of God's word in the situation you confronted, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

Jul 27
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Jul 27
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jul 27
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen and amen!

Jul 27
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

This is an incredible Devotion today, thank you very much. I cringed when I read about what that person did to your car. I am so sorry you had to go through that. I have known people that did things similar to this person  that you mentioned. Satan does use other people to hurt God and to hurt us, I have known quite a few in my time. It is a constant challenge when you have to live with or try to get along with people like this that are angry at the world or always want to hurt others because they have pain themselves, and they don't know how to express it or to get rid of it. The Answer is they need God i their life. Satan is attacking them and making them feel like it is you that they have to hurt. I have had friends and also family members that do terrible things or say hurtful things that aren't true to me, and you feel like you want to hate them and just get away from them, but sometimes you don't hate them sometimes they are close family, and you love them, but they are hurting  you so bad they are taking out their frustrations on you. I have a very close relative that I deal with this almost every day. She says mean things to me all the time. She is jealous of everything I have and everything that I do She gets angry if I get to have fun or go on vacation because I did not invite her to go along with me and the times that I have invited her to go with me, she made my whole time simply miserable. I think all we can do is pray for these people and ask God how do we live with them and the hate that they have inside them. Father God, thank you for this devotion that we can read here at Refreshing Hope Ministries. Thank you for all the time and effort that Pastor Dion put into these devotions. God I ask that you help those people that are dealing with people like we discussed that are always trying to hurt us and shame us. I know understand better why they are doing this because Satan is leading them to hurt us and when they hurt us it also hurts you too . In the name of Jesus I pray.

Jul 27
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, You Are my safe place. Thank You for being my stronghold for times of trouble. Amen

Jul 27
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen please help me to never do anything to you that hurts your feelings I love you Father

Jul 28
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Great testimony pastor. Yes Lord, help me overcome my flesh today and walk in victory over satan. Open my eyes to see his attacks and rebuke his every plan. In Jesus Name.

Jul 28
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jul 28