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Crickets And Bill Collectors

  • My face is red with weeping. Deep darkness is on my eyelids. Although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure. Job 16:16 WEB.

    Bills piled up steadily at our house with no income to pay them. I'd just spent a couple of months intensely seeking the Lord, praying with my face to the carpet for two hours a day, and soaking in His presence like a warm blanket. Then suddenly, our business dried up.

    As the months passed by with no work, I began to feel abandoned and alone. When I tried to pray, I no longer got an answer. When I tried to worship, there was no presence. When we gave, we just had less. When we fasted, we were just hungry. I know that the Lord will never leave you nor forsake you, but I could only hear crickets and bill collectors.

    During that dark season, I learned this: While a school teacher is teaching the class, they will answer any questions you have. But when the test begins, there is silence in the classroom. The teacher won't give you the answers. You are supposed to use the knowledge that you've been taught to pass the test. The teacher is still there, but they won't speak until the exam is over.

    The book of Job is about a righteous man who went through a test. When Job's life fell apart, and all of his children and livestock were taken from him, and he was covered in sores, there is only silence from the Lord. Then God showed up at the end of the book and restored Job after he prayed for his friends.

    In my life, I went through a test. After several months of no work and intense pressure, we were packing to move out of our home. Then it ended abruptly, and in twenty-four hours, everything changed for us. The Lord put us into ministry. I became a pastor, and a friend stepped in and paid all of our bills for the month. The test was over. His presence returned, and like David and Job, we recovered all.

    If all you can hear are crickets and bill collectors, know that it's just a test. Keep the faith, don't give up today. Keep praying, and try to stay positive. It will eventually pass, and you'll be taken to a new level. As Job sat there on the ground, having lost everything, he probably didn't see the blessings that were soon coming. Yet the Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life, even more than the beginning (Job 42:12).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I come to You and ask for mercy. Please bring the things that You have taught me back to my remembrance. Give me the grace to pass the tests that I face. Fulfill Your will in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Yes, please give the ability, strength nd grace to pass the tests in my life and to fulfill your will, in Jesus’s name I pray Amen ❤️ Praise the Lord Hallelujah!
Jul 28
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jul 28
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Silvina Potter
Silvina Potter

Weeping may tarry for the night but joy comes in the morning... psalm 30:5

 

I have been in that dark dark situation Pastor...I feel I still am but I think I am slowly coming out of that darkness as God gives me peace and hope and complete trust in Him...

 

Pls continue to pray for me , for Bj ( soon to be an "ex) and my family in the Philippines...

 

God continue to bless you and Sister Sylvia.. and this wonderful ministry 

Jul 28
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David Krull
David Krull

God inhabits the praises of His people.. your test is to praise Him through this. I pray the Whole Armor of God over you. Father send Your angels to protect my sister in every way. Increase her discernment to see all of satans firey darts and help her be strong. In Jesus Name.  God bless you.

Amen

Jul 28
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Silvina Potter
Silvina Potter

Thank you brother...God bless you....

Jul 29
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David Krull
David Krull

Welcome..

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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I thank You for Your Blessings

Jul 28
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Praise God always, Amen!

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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen,  Yes Lord I know you love me and are watching over me . Thank you in Jesus Name. 

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jul 28
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father, please give me grace and strength to pass the tests in my life and to fulfill Your will, Amen!

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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: Jul 28

YES, I HEAR THE CRICKETS...AND BILLS...I TRUST GOD THAT I DONT LOSE MY HOUSE...I'M IN MIDIGATION WITH FREEFOM MORGAGE. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE I CAN NOT GET CAUGHT UP...I BELIEVE HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS MAYTER AND THEN SOME...TRUSTING IN HIS GRACE AND MERCY...AMEN ! THANK YOU DION...

Jul 28
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David Krull
David Krull

Yes Lord help me pass every test this day brings. Help me walk not in my might but by Your Spirit.  Though I'm exhausted and in pain, strengthen me so I can go out side today so I can accomplish what you have before me, esp make it to church tonight. I praise You in the storm...I love You Jesus... in Jesus Name.. I declare victory today and speak life into this day.

Jul 28
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

PRAISE THE LORD. AMEN

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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen do your will in my life and give me the courage and strength to pass my future test thank you Father I love honor and worship you!

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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father  I know life is full of good and bad times for us to face while here, that Your loving care be with us at all times and believe that You will find a remedy for our distress. We love You and know that Your loving kindness will give us the strength to keep following Your will, in Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. 

Awesome message testimony Pastor, God bless you both. Amen. 

Jul 28
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jul 28
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God thank you Amen 

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Jul 28
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen!

Jul 28