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The Remote Control

  • The high priest, Ananias, commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to judge me according to the law, and command me to be struck contrary to the law?" Acts 23:2'3 WEB.

    Jesus faced His crucifixion without complaining or opening His mouth, but when they slapped Paul, he opened his. Later, Paul learned to turn the other cheek and be content in whatever circumstance he found himself in (Philippians 4:11). This was a growth process. It took time, and being slapped occasionally.

    Each of us has our "buttons." Something that someone does which can really set us off. We often say, "I can't help it!" But really, it's just a weakness inside of us, a flaw in our character. It's like a handle on a pot or remote control for a television.

    By pressing your button at the right time, people can manipulate you. Get you to commit acts, into trouble. To say stupid things that you regret later and do something that you wouldn't normally do. It's as if they have a remote control for your body, with buttons on it named anger, guilt, shame, and so many others. All are ways of manipulating your behavior.

    Pray, grit your teeth, think happy thoughts, and let those feelings die within you. It will become easier each time. If you submit to God and resist the devil, it will flee from you (James 4:7). Eventually, the enemy's remote control will cease to work in your life. I have several buttons that no longer work when people press them, though some still do. It was a big remote.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me see the traps set before me and control my emotions while under pressure. Set a guard over my lips, and help me think before I speak. I want my life to be pleasing to You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: FAAD group members (Fight Against Anxiety & Depression) today is"Feel Good Friday!". This event is about lifting up each other up! We all have times when we are weak, but together, we can get through it! We invite you to share anything that may have prompted a good feeling in your heart today. Even if you're having a bad day, perhaps look to encouraging scriptures, prayers or thoughts, and testimonies of God's work. Whether you are suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to help, all are welcome to join!: FAAD Group:


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen, thank you Father for not giving up on me!
Jan 28
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for the devotional today to remind us to think twice before speaking…… Lord, help me to live and to please you! ❤️
Jan 28
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Father, in Jesus's name I pray, amen 

Jan 28
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Jan 28
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

God be praised. Amen

Jan 28
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!  This spoke directly to me. I am a work in progress as I too have a button that is easily pushed when I'm on the receiving end of a rude, demanding  patient who isn't getting their way. 

Jan 28
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

Jan 28
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father,  Thank you for all I've been Blessed with. You are my guide and strength. Amen

Jan 28
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Father you know us all to well.  Help us all to rely more on you Holy Spirit and be watchful what we say and watch our actions always.  In Jesus Name,  Amen 

Jan 28
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Jan 28
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Yes, Lord. Amen!

Jan 28
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Heavenly Father set guards over our lips and help us think before we speak! Amen 

Jan 28
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, please help me see the traps set before me and control my emotions while under pressure. Set a guard over my lips, and help me think before I speak. I want my life to be pleasing to You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Jan 28
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Father Please Help Me When People Try To Press My Button's It Can Be Hard At Times Good Morning Everyone 

Jan 28
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John Smith
John Smith

But when He said this, one of the officers who was standing nearby struck Jesus [in the face], saying, “Is that how You answer the high priest?” Jesus replied, “If I have said anything wrong, make a formal statement about the wrong; but if [I spoke] properly, why did you strike Me?” So Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
John 18:22-24 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2018:22-24&version=AMP

We don't know how Paul faced his execution but he seemed pretty content "to live is gain, to die is Christ" and "I have fought good fight and finished the race."  

Jan 28
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David Krull
David Krull

Yes Lord. Help me with my triggers. Help me turn the other cheek to insults and anger... in Jesus Name 

Jan 28
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thanks for the reminder to watch for those buttons, Pastor Dion! Lord, set a guard over my mouth and help me think before I speak. In Jesus' name, Amen

Jan 28
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen I want my life to be pleasing to you Father 

Jan 28
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen, help me Lord!

Jan 28
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 28
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I want my life to be pleasing to you too God Amen

Jan 28
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jan 29