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The Key Master

  • To the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia write: "He who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, he who opens and no one can shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says these things: "I know your works (behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one can shut), that you have a little power, and kept my word, and didn't deny my name." Revelation 3:7'8 WEB.

    I grew up as an outcast. The lowest of the low, the least of the least. Mom left before my first birthday. When the department of social services tried to take my two brothers and me away from Dad and adopt us out, he married the first woman he could find. She was special. She had married at thirteen, then had thirteen children. Her first husband died in an asylum, said he preferred it there.

    I was the youngest of them all. Each morning, after Dad left for work, my new stepmom would put my brother and me out in the yard. Then bring her children and grandchildren in the house, lock the door, and have breakfast together. The cereal boxes were locked in a cabinet with a padlock. There was also a lock on the old rotary phone.

    Every Friday, she would go and get her hair made into one of those big beehives. After my brother started school and she had no one to watch me, she would occasionally leash me to the huge pecan tree in the yard for a couple of hours. Much like a dog, except I didn't have a water bowl. Apparently, it was out of the question for her to be seen with "Robert's boy" publicly. Yet, when Dad got home from work, she would deny it ever happened with a big smile. "Oh, he's crazy," she'd say.

    One day, my older brother Randy took Ken and me to a revival at Bethlehem Baptist church. At the end of the service, they gave an altar call. Many people went forward, and I went along with them. I was only about six years old, but I wanted to know this Jesus they talked about. If there was a rapture, I certainly wanted to be a part of it. For the first time in my life, there seemed to be hope. But the people at the altar turned me away and told me that I was too young to be saved. I was crushed. I still remember that night, going home with the thought that I couldn't be saved.

    Well, I may have been too young in their eyes, but God followed me home that night. I began to pray from that day forward in my life, whether I was saved or not. After a few summers passed, a preacher drove up in our yard one Sunday afternoon and talked with my Dad. He owned a farm about forty minutes away and wanted to take me on as a helper. He said that I could live with him and his wife during the week and bring me home on the weekends. To my surprise, Dad said yes.

    So when school got out that summer, I spent the weeks living with preacher Clyde and working in the tobacco fields. It was hard work. We were on the go by 5AM and were still checking barns at 11PM. But his wife was the best cook, and I had my own room. I also got to go to church and see a glimpse of a real family. Though I was still an outsider, a servant, it was a big step up for me, and I could eat all I wanted.

    Out of thirteen children, God set me apart that year and began drawing me. When I became old enough to get into trouble, He had me go live with a preacher. So never believe that your prayers aren't heard, for they will open a door that no man can shut. It has been a long journey, but here are some things that I have learned along the way:

    * You don't need anyone's approval or acceptance on this earth, for God can raise you up outside of their circle. Seek a relationship with Him foremost, and the doors you need will open. He is the Key Master, and He will open doors for you that no one can shut.

    * No one can stop your destiny except you. As long as you continue to follow God and keep putting one foot in front of the other, you will overcome.

    * Never give up. This life isn't over until you are dead and in the grave. While I breathe, I hope. When you fall, get back up and take another step. When you stop getting up, then your journey stalls.

    * It's always you that walks away from Him. Never once will it be Him walking away from you. God will never leave you, nor forsake you, nor imprison you against your will. You are free to leave His house just as the prodigal son left His father's house if that's your desire.

    * God is never mad at you. You can perform the most grievous of sins and break all ten commandments, but when you turn back to Him, He will welcome you back with wide-open arms.

    * God is always right in what He says and does. There were so many times when I wanted something to happen a certain way, and it didn't. Most of the time, the way that it happened was better. When it didn't happen, it was for my own good, and it may have led me away from Him.

    * God never says: "I told you so." He will wash you as white as snow, just as if it never happened, and never bring your past up again. He will remove your sins from you. It's satan that constantly brings up your past, not God.

    * It's never too late to get started, but the sooner, the better. Just like a wise investment plan, the earlier you begin, the more fruit it can bear. Invest your time, money, talents, and resources in the kingdom of God, and it will have a long-term return that can hardly be measured.

    This is our time. We were brought into this world for such a time as this. Let's make our lives count for Jesus. No fear, no turning back, no breaking down. We will hold it together and press forward, following Him one day at a time. Though hell breaks loose around us, we will stay the course and see this through to the end. Your prayers will open a door for you that no man can shut.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want more of You in my life today. More of You Lord is the cry of my heart. Please fill the empty places inside of me with Your glorious presence. Let me feel what You feel and see what You see. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those following the Creation Photography weekly challenges, here is this week's theme from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Genesis 9:13 "I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth." ~ 'All the Colors of March' will be our next fun theme! Our themes are always open wide for creative interpretation and you are encouraged to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week show some of the beautiful colors of Spring popping up a bit early this year. I'm curious to see the colors in your area, too! Have a fabulous week everyone and may you be blessed with so many rainbows and so much colorful growth all around ~ God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen!!!
Mar 15
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Yes….. He is the Keymaster for my life! Praise the Lord Hallelujah! ❤️
Mar 15
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Oh yes Lord Jesus, amen.

Mar 15
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

We thank you, Lord, for your many blessings and answers to prayer. We thank you, also, for the Hope you give us and for the gift of your Son, Jesus.  Amen!

Mar 15
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father thank You for Your love and blessings. My faith is in You only. I love You with my whole heart.

Mar 15
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Marcia Curry
Marcia Curry

Amen

Mar 15
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Mar 15
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen.

Mar 15
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

 MY KEY MAKER ! AMEN

XO

SHARON

Mar 15
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Mar 15

AMEN.  Heavenly Father,  You are my everything. Thank you for being in my life. I need more of You. AMEN

Mar 15
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Mar 15
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

More of You Lord, Amen.

Mar 15
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen

Mar 15
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thanks, Pastor Dion, for sharing your list of lessons learned! I'm printing them out as a visual reminder that Jesus is my KEYMASTER! Only in Him is my freedom and future. Amen

 

Mar 15
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Bro. Todd for sharing this today. Wonderful how much God loves us All. Thank you Jesus.  Amen 

Mar 15
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Janet Sorensen
Janet Sorensen

I'm so sorry that you were not loved properly as a child! So glad you overcame! Family can let us down but God never leaves us.

Mar 15
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David Krull
David Krull

Thank you Jesus for Your faithfulness through my life. 

Mar 15
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen! Alleluia! Amen!!

Mar 15
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

This is an amazing devotion and an amazing testimony! I know there is hope when we trust in the Lord with all of our Hearts. He will lead us to His path for our lives. God always knows what is best for us and sometimes when we pray the answer is no or not yet. God always gives us something better than what we ask for. Thank you God for the wonderful gift of your son, Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior!!

 

Mar 15
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen dear God. 

Mar 15
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen 

Mar 16
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen and amen Lord!

Mar 16
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter

Amen Pastor Dion. I have no regrets and no one in this world can take me from Him. And yes, while I breath, I hope. 

Mar 16
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Mar 16
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Marcia Curry
Marcia Curry

Amen

Mar 19