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The Day The Word Came

  • Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. He came into all the region around the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for remission of sins. (Luke 3:1 WEB)

    It had been a long time coming. Ancient prophecies testified of the one that would come and prepare the way for the Lord Jesus (Isa. 40:3), yet nothing was happening. When John was born, there were great prophecies spoken about his ministry, but there was nothing to see of it, yet.

    For twenty years nothing happened, except that John grew older. Then the day came, the Word of God came to John in the wilderness, and that changed everything. John came onto the scene and changed the world around him carrying a powerful word from God. He was the one that baptized Jesus and even recognized Him. The word of God could have came to the high priest, but no, it came to John in the wilderness. It was time.

    In my own life, the Lord told me when I was young to prepare for ministry. So I went through school, got ordained, and then waited and waited Twenty years went by and there was never a door open. Then suddenly the day came and I was pushed into ministry like cattle being herded down a loading chute. Every other door and line of work was shut tight, and it became the only path open to me.

    Two weeks before, we had been out of work for months, could not find a job, could no longer pay the bills, and were packing to move out of our home. I was in a dark place and I no longer even talked to God because I had given up. That was the day that His word came to me. Sitting alone in my prayer room without saying anything, I suddenly had an open vision from the Lord and two weeks later I was a pastor. Then a friend stepped in and paid all our bills for a month. It took forever and then happened suddenly. Here I am.

    God has the day marked on His calendar when your situation will change. There is a date, and the closer that you come to it, the more difficult your life usually is at that moment. A sure sign of a breakthrough is when all hell seems to be breaking loose against you. Stay the course. Keep the faith. Try and keep a positive attitude. You will overcome and His word concerning you will come to pass. One word from God changes everything.

    Prayer: Father I thank You for Your goodness. I know that You see me right where I am, and Lord I know that You have not forgotten me. Strengthen me, build my faith, draw my heart to You. Send Your word to me Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ. 

    Note: For all who did not receive the group message yesterday, the Bible Study for this week is now up! You can find it on the website menu, under "Bible Study". This week''s installment, Luke Chapter 16, will be at the top. We look forward to your feedback and pray that you are very blessed by it!


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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Amen, thank you Pastor for the wonderful message. 
August 18, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen 
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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen 
August 18, 2015
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Kealtis &quot;Key&quot; Austin
Kealtis "Key" Austin Father God, I thank you for Pastor Todd and first lady Sylvia this day.  Thank You for the message that was put on Pastor Todd's heart to share with us.   Family, for the past month to two months I've been facing eviction.  I've prayed, cried, begged, tried to borrow and still could not get caught up.  But I've managed to not be evicted yet.  Lord bless, this will be the last time I have to be concerned about this problem.  They are waiting like vultures to evict me even now, but I do have faith in God that has really been strengthened this day.  I will be able to boldly walk in that office and say to them, "In the name of Jesus I give you my rent.  Amen. Thank you Pastor for being a willing instrument of God's and spreading His Word, as well as His encouragement to His flock.  I truly love you and Sylvia, as well as all of my brothers and sisters in Christ.
August 18, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, I pray that you please have mercy on Key and that you show her clearly what needs to be done to provide for her housing, as well as her other needs. Please speak clearly, grant her peace and show her that you have got this, in the name of Jesus, amen!
August 18, 2015
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Deleted Member Such an amazing testimony. I pray an abundance to come to you, not only will your needs be supplied, but I pray for extra, so that you can feel at peace . Jesus please give a calmness to her heart and soul in Jesus Name we pray. Amen. ( looking for great things to come) 
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Key, I pray that the Lord makes a way for you to get this resolved once and for all. May you get stabilized and come to have more than enough, in the name of Jesus Christ.
August 18, 2015
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Lucas Napo
Lucas Napo Amen Sister. God is with you. Thank you
August 19, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you Dion for this word it is what I needed today Hallelujah
August 18, 2015
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell Thanks Dion, I would like to add one thing to this message, just because God has spoken to you about your future, does not mean everyone will automaticly believe you. It seems to me that the only people who know your future is you and God. Do not be surprised when no one believes you, you must keep your faith and go forward.
August 18, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd That's very true, Jim! The Lord can speak to those people too, if their belief matters :).
August 18, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Jim you are so right, but to be honest I have taught myself to put that so far from my mind that it never occurred to me to write it. To most of those around us, I am still and will always be, the computer tech. You set your face as flint to what God has called you to do and you focus on that. Don't even bother to tell your brothers what God has told you, or you may find like Joseph or David, that it just makes them furious.
August 18, 2015
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Lucas Napo
Lucas Napo Amen  
August 19, 2015
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randy grabenstein
randy grabenstein Thank you pastor for the word I am going through a very similar situation not ministry but it is very dark right now I'm out of work no money to buy a car to get to work and seems like the more I pray the less that happens my sons mother is very ill my son is special needs and I'm trying to hold it altogether and my strength is becomeing weak so can you please pray for my situation. Thank you god bless you and everyone on this site. Randy. G
August 18, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, I lift up Randy to you and pray that you please have mercy on him as he walks through this valley. Please grant him your peace and a deep inner assurance that you have not forsake him. Please bless him with wisdom for anything he needs to do and do not let him fall, in the name of Jesus I pray, amen <3.
August 18, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Randy I pray that the Lord will make a way, where there appears to be no way. May somehow, someway a door open for you to be able to work and find transportation. I pray that the Lord will provide for your every need, protect you, guide you and work His perfect will in your life, in the name of Jesus Christ.
August 18, 2015
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy I'm not asking God for anything because I really don't know what to ask for. My heart is completely shattered and broken because my husband was un-faithful yet again.  I have forgiven him seven times seventy since we've been married for 12 years.Time and time again God has given me the strength to get thru yet another offense from him , but each time it took longer to repair my trust for him. Now, I'm at the point where I no longer believe him or trust him. And I'm not in a position to leave him or ask him to move out because we have a 16 year old daughter who needs both of us. So, it's been a few days of me finding out and I can't even look at his face because of my pain and anger. I've been totally seeking God and rest in His peace and comfort He has been giving me and continue to carry me thru. Please pray for me and him. I really just want to do God's will concerning this situation. Thank-you for listening
August 18, 2015
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Gretchen Simms
Gretchen Simms I have been where you are.  It was a long and very painful journey.   trust God with all your heart and leave your husband in His hands.    Do not believe what your eyes see.   Only believe what God says.   God totally changed my husband and our marriage was resurrected.    Jeremiah 29 says "I know the plans I have for you.  .   . Plans to give you ope and a future . . . . then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.   You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you declares the Lord and will bring you back from captivity".     hang on tight dear one.   The Lord is faithful
August 18, 2015
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy Thank you  
August 18, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, I lift up Audry to you and pray that you please grant her wisdom, discernment and great clarity in regard to her marriage and family. Please show her Your perfect will in this situation and grant her the peace to walk through it, in the name of Jesus, amen <3.
August 18, 2015
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy amen thank you  
August 18, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Audry, I hate that you are in such an awful situation. I pray that the Lord will work His perfect will in your life, bless you, protect you and bring peace to your relationship. May the Lord get ahold of your husbands heart and turn him around in the name of Jesus Christ.
August 18, 2015
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy Thank you
August 19, 2015
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen I needed to hear this message Thank you pastor.
August 18, 2015
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman Sometimes it is hard to remember that God is in control when is seems that all Hell has broken lose in our family.  As one of the ladies in our Sunday School class says "the first thing to do in any situation is PRAY"! God will always come through, just not the way we think he should.  May god Bless you Dion, Sylvia and your family.  Thank you for blessing us each day with you wonderful messages.
August 18, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Pastor Dion! It is true it is always darkest before the dawn.  Whenever I am under attack I feel the winds of change are coming. If I pray more than ever and trust in God , good things begin to happen!
August 18, 2015
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Rose Theuret
Rose Theuret Than you. We needed this in our times of trouble right now. God is a wonderful man. Lord thank you for all you have blessed me with today. You are gracious and loving.
August 18, 2015
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Michael Griffin
Michael Griffin Thank you Pastor, once again for anothe wonderful word from Him. I have typed this on more than one ocassion, but it is the truth! He takes care of us, in HIS time, not ours! we have to be patient. Wait on the Lord! He WILL provide!!
August 18, 2015
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Angela Flowers-Jones
Angela Flowers-Jones Amen!!! Remembering  ALL THINGS work together for OUR good . God is on our side!!! 
August 18, 2015
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord it is amazing how on time these wonderful messages are. Thank you for giving us hope again. 
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza GOD'S timing is perfect.  Wait and listen for the LORD OUR GOD is loving, merciful and faithful.  HIS graces will sustain us and through OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.  AMEN
August 18, 2015
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bibleedited: August 18, 2015 Positive and uplifting. Just what I need to meditate on as I wait in "health linbo". Thanks!  
August 18, 2015
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Linda Masters
Linda Masters Our day is always begun with an encouraging word from this devotional! Thank you for your obedience to the Father!! I miss your daily prayer! My husband and I continue to pray for this ministry. May Father God prosper it through you and your diligent word for Him! Blessings, Pastors Linda AND Marc
August 18, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Linda. For some reason the prayer was cut off, or I copied it without it. Here is it:  Prayer: Father I thank You for Your goodness. I know that You see me right where I am, and Lord I know that You have not forgotten me. Strengthen me, build my faith, draw my heart to You. Send Your word to me Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ. 
August 18, 2015
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Tom Cartmell
Tom Cartmell SUCH A GREAT STORY PASTOR. I REALLY LOVE YOUR WORDS THRU OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. MAY GOD ALWAYS BLESS YOU AND RHM.
August 18, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer I believe!  Thank you Jesus. 
August 18, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd I am sorry but my prayer was cut off at the end. I have added it back:  Prayer: Father I thank You for Your goodness. I know that You see me right where I am, and Lord I know that You have not forgotten me. Strengthen me, build my faith, draw my heart to You. Send Your word to me Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ. 
August 18, 2015
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Thank you Pastor Dion Todd. Those words in your prayers ,were very encouraging and up lifting.Yes at times when the going seems to get rough and trails seem to be continious.It so great to know that God is in control,and everything happens for a reason, For the Joy of The Lord is our strength.Thank you Jesus,for always being there for me no matter what happens.
August 18, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor for the message!
August 18, 2015
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Lucas Napo
Lucas Napo When it comes to deliverence and breakthrough, everybody has a story to tell. Sharing with those in the dark will bring them to the realization that The Lord is for them, not against them. Thank you Pastor.Amen
August 19, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Thank you! Amen!
August 19, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Not forgotten.
August 19, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I am a bit late responding to this devotional (I'm still catching up with all the messages I missed when I was in the hospital!) But I just needed to tell you how much I appreciated reading these words tonight! My stomach hurts, I have terrible gas and bloating, and I just feel so darn FRUSTRATED! I missed church today because I didn't feel well, and I'm reeling in self-pity now. Your words were the very best medicine any doctor could have prescribed! God bless you, Pastor Todd and Sylvia! love, Kathy
August 23, 2015