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The Mountain of God

  • Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, looking to yourself so that you also aren't tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ Galatians 6:1'2 WEB.

    Picture us all climbing a mountain together, the mountain of God. Each of us is different physically and of various ages. Some will have experience and will move faster than others. Some may slip occasionally and need help along the way. Some parts will be more difficult as the grade grows steeper.

    Accidents like slipping, falling, and sliding back down the mountain are just parts of the climb. The key is to always get back up and keep going. Solomon wrote that a righteous person may fall seven times, but they rise again (Proverbs 24:16). The Holy Spirit will help us get back on our feet every time. We just have to keep focused on getting to the top of the mountain and stop looking down and behind us. As long as we are climbing, it's gonna be OK. If you took the time to read this, then you're still climbing.

    There is an immaturity that is totally acceptable to God. For instance, a two-year-old child is immature when compared to an adult, but we accept that. It is to be expected. We understand this and discipline children according to their age. Toddlers may get a spanking, teens may go to juvenile hall, and adults may go to prison.

    To think that God cannot comprehend that is an error. Yet religion will create a cookie-cutter system of perfection that none can live up to. God does not expect new believers to behave like Moses. His children are varied, mixed up, a multicolored family from all walks of life. What we do have in common is that we have the same understanding Heavenly Father who loves each and every one of us. He does not expect us to grow up as clones of one another.

    In Galatians chapter 6, Paul wrote that if anyone was caught in a transgression, that those who are spiritual should restore him in a "spirit of gentleness." By bearing each other's burdens during these moments of need and showing love and gentleness, we fulfill Christ's law. Jesus had compassion on the multitudes.

    In Romans 13:9, Paul wrote that love completely fulfills the requirements of the law. All the commandments are summed up in one word, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." He also knew there would be differences of opinions among us. That we would not agree on everything, all the time.

    There is no room in God's word to ever be a religious snob or look down on others. The message is clear, we are to love and help one another. Paul wrote this in Romans 14:1, "One man has faith to eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Don't let him who eats despise him who doesn't eat. Don't let him who doesn't eat, judge him who eats, for God has accepted him. Who are you who judge another's servant?" Romans 14:1-4 WEB.

    Pay attention to your own path and not your neighbors, unless you intend to help them. If you ever look in disdain at someone who is currently sliding down the mountain on their face, know that you will probably be next, for you will be tested the same way they were.

    Galatians 6:7 tells us, "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap." Jesus told us in Luke 6:37: "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you." That "do unto others as you would have them do to you" thing, well, it's for real. How you treat others will determine how you will be treated by others. So I suggest you start loving them.

    We climb to the top of God's mountain by keeping the main thing, love God, and love our neighbors, as the main thing that we focus on. When we can offer a helping hand, we do so. Avoid useless arguments that just cause strife and division. Together, we will climb this mountain.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please let me see others through Your eyes and feel Your compassion for them. Put a guard over my mouth and make me aware of the bad things that I would say before saying them. Help me be a blessing to others. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen and Amen!
June 23, 2022
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, please let me see others through Your eyes and feel Your compassion for them. Put a guard over my mouth and make me aware of the bad things that I would say before saying them. Help me be a blessing to others. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
June 23, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

June 23, 2022
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

Amen

June 23, 2022
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

June 23, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

June 23, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

June 23, 2022
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen

June 23, 2022
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

June 23, 2022
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please let me see others through Your eyes and feel Your compassion for them. Put a guard over my mouth and make me aware of the bad things that I would say before saying them. Help me be a blessing to others. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Pastor Dion, your prayer is my prayer. Sometimes I know the minute I've said something, I should have kept that to myself. But praise God, we can ask for forgiveness.

Thank you!

June 23, 2022
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: June 23, 2022

AMEN. Heavenly Father,  Praise be to God !! Thank You for all my Blessings. We need you Lord. AMEN

June 23, 2022
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen 

June 23, 2022
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John Smith
John Smithedited: June 23, 2022

Amen!

wow, Dion, I sent you long email and only then,  only thereafter, saw and read this devotional.

you will see in email what I mean - like you said previously, "it means we are swimming in the same stream" - signs of the Holy Spirit and God and our Lord speaking to us and through us.

Alleluia.  

by the way I keep seeing 11:11 and listened,therefore,

last night to Isaiah 11 12 and 13, not just Isaiah11:11.

We have to all get ready and be continually ready for His return is near, even at the door.

 

Edify Thy brethren.

 

June 23, 2022
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes Lord! Amen.

June 23, 2022
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!! Alleluia!! Amen!!

June 23, 2022
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen 

June 23, 2022
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!!

June 23, 2022
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you for this encouragement, Pastor Dion! Lord, help me be a blessing to others this day. Thank you.

June 23, 2022
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

So true Amen. 

June 23, 2022
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

June 23, 2022
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

June 23, 2022
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

June 23, 2022
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery

I like mountains, especially in North Arkansas and Southern Missouri.  I have a mansion just over the hilltop!

June 23, 2022
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter

Yes Lord. Help me to always help those in need. It doesn't matter who they are, just love them.

June 24, 2022
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

June 24, 2022