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    RHM Devotional: Life or Death from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about life or death, in the Spirit. God is the Giver of life, and He breathed the breath of life into Adam in the beginning. His Spirit brings a freshness, a revitalization, freedom, an excitement, It giv...
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  • t happened in these days, that he went out to the mountain to pray, and he continued all night in prayer to God. When it was day, he called his disciples, and from them he chose twelve, whom he also named apostles Luke 6:12 WEB

    After a busy morning of phone calls, texts, and a lot of emails, the inside of my head felt like I was standing in the middle of a busy intersection. It was noisy in there. I really needed to hear from the Lord and to write something, but I could only hear noise. I finally withdrew to my prayer room leaving my phone behind and after some quiet time and prayer with the Lord, I could hear once again. Yes, I am an introvert but I believe that everyone could use some quiet time with God and the Bible. It sets the tone of the rest of my day.

    Jesus often withdrew to be alone with God. Though people followed Him everywhere and pressed in to hear Him, though many people depended on Him and doing Gods work was important, Jesus still made spending time with the Father alone a priority in His life. Jesus was the Son of God and still He had to do this in order to stay in tune with the Father.

    On the morning that He chose His twelve apostles, Jesus had spent all night in prayer (Luke 6:12). There are many references where Jesus withdrew from the crowds, at times taking His apostles with Him and teaching them alone. Sometimes they would get into a boat and leave for a deserted place (Matt. 14:13) where the crowd could not follow them.

    We should not allow the hustle and bustle of todays life make us spiritually deaf. God is not demanding or rude and He will not normally force His way into your life. He often speaks to us but it may be a small nagging feeling or something subtle, and if your head is in chaos you will often miss Him. In quietness and trust we will find strength (Isa. 30:15).

    Find somewhere quiet and peaceful where you can be alone with the Lord, if even for a few minutes. Get still, maybe read your Bible. Pray and listen. That small whisper can change your life, and may save it. Dont let the commotion of life rob you of the greatest part of it.

    Prayer: Speak Lord, for I am listening. Teach me and I will learn. Lead me and I will follow. I want to live everything that you have for me Lord. Break these chains off of me today and set me free to serve you in the name of Jesus Christ.

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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Thank you for this Lord, in Jesus name I pray it, amen.
September 4, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander TYL help me to Be Still & Quiet in order to hear from you 
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Deleted Member Amen
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome I am blessed for you give me favor and success amen
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!
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Angela Williams
Angela Williams yes Thank you Lord for anothernavigate navigate Day thank you for Grace And Mercy on this day Lord take the Wheel and navigate This day Lord shut every thing Down that may   cause me not to hear you Lord Open upe Ear Gates
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Marie Hall
Marie Hall Thank you and God Bless each one here and I pray you all have a great and Blessed weekend !!!
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Deleted Member God bless you too.
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William Pearson
William Pearson THANK YOU PASTOR FOR THE GREAT DEVOTION AND PRAYER AT THE END BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES IT`S GREAT HOW GOD WORKS IN OUR LIFES I WAS JUST PRAYING THE SAME THING FOR HIM TO COME INTO MY LIFE MORE SO I CAN HEAR HIM AND THEN I READ YOUR DEVOTION TOUCHED MY HEART SO AGAIN I SAY THNAK YOU GOD BLESS YOU AND EVERYONE WHO WORKS WITH YOU ON THIS AMEN MR.PEARSON
September 4, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Blessings William for more closeness with the Lord!
September 4, 2015
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Retta Morgan
Retta Morgan Thank you pastor Dion , I'm encouraged i love Jesus !!
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasioedited: September 4, 2015 In the name of Jesus I pray it...Amen!!!
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers Amen.
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith AMEN  
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey Amen!
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse Thank you Lord, for providing qyiet places. Psalm 91:1  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
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Linda Leeke
Linda Leeke I often hear His voice and Him leading me... how do we know if it Satan or God.... the things I am hearing are hard to do.. but will reap such great things but later.. blessings to all
September 4, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! The times I love the most are the times I am on my knees! He stills the storms in me, gives me peace and strength to endure whatever comes against me!
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Well said..Amen!
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible This is a very relevant message for me. Thanks Rev. Dion and Sylvia!
September 4, 2015
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Leigh Ann Dunford
Leigh Ann Dunford Amen and praise the Lord! Thank you pastor Dion for the wise words in your devotional today. I have been taking time and spending it with the Lord first thing in the mornings and I feel the Holy Spirit there with me. I think God is speaking to me, encouraging me bc I've been having a hard time with my youngest daughter.This morning's devotional is a reminder to me that I need to slow down and listen bc God is speaking to me and all of you all too.
September 4, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Welcome Leigh! Seeing your name for my first time.  I have raised five children.  Two mine and three in next marriage.  I spent a lot of time in my bedroom crying out to God for one or two or more depending how all was going.  I had a Pastor's wife for a counselor.  She would always say Do good & trust God!  We would visit again and the same after all said, ado Good and Trust God!  Great advice yet still I returned and returned to my knees in my bedroom praying...just letting it all out.  I wondered, am I doing good for what I see or feel doesn't look that way!  Someone said that often the praying was for me more so as to get it out and let it go to God because the powerlessness was altimately in front of me.  Blessings to you as a mother!  I believe it is a tough job for it is so close to the heart.      
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Deleted Member Amen, this is so true, we really need that special place that we can have an alone time with Jesus to hear His still small voice speaking to our hearts.   
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!  This is just what I needed to read today...Thank you 
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Shelby Casey
Shelby Casey Thank you Lord for Pastor Dion and all those at Refeshing Hope Ministries that remind us that if we want to be close and hear from you Lord we have to be in the Word and in prayer. I thank you Lord for my time with you Lord even if it is just when I take a joy break. Thank you that we can come to you at any time and any where. Thank you Pastor Dion for spending time with the Lord so that you can be renewed and complete the tasks that the Lord has set out for you to do to minister to His people.
September 4, 2015
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Beverly Hagar-Schmerse
Beverly Hagar-Schmerse Thank you for this message.  Some time ago, I realized, also, that this is what Jesus did, so I try to do this...particularly, when I am visiting someone who is sick or homebound...but have also, done this before going out to lunch with friends.  It is amazing how many times, God has used our time together to help them in ways, I on my own would never have thought of...For instance, today I visited an elderly woman in an assisted living home...I have visited her weekly since spring, so we are quite well acquainted...however, this is the first time she told me that she was there because she fell and broke her hip...and that she feels useless.  We talked about that, and I was able to interest her in an art class held there by a younger paralyzed woman who was a former teacher.  She knows to the younger woman, and now wants to take the class...I know both women...I can't wait to see what God is going to do in the life of this woman who had really given up on life.  When we pray, and give our day over to God to do with it what He would, He will fill it with grace-filled moments that will amaze and delight us.
September 4, 2015
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Uwalaka Dorathy
Uwalaka Dorathy spending time at the Lord's presence has always been my strenght for the  day. it prevents me from making silly mstakes because I have to hear before I move.
September 4, 2015
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Kathy Hall
Kathy Hall Your own ears will hear a word behind you saying, "This is the way, Walk in it", in case you should go to the right or in case you should go to the left. (Isa. 30:21). Our Heavenly Father is patiently waiting to show us favor, mercy as well as,  justice. Happy are those keeping in expectation of him. AMEN.
September 4, 2015
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you again Pastor Todd I really really enjoy your devotionals they bring good thoughts to my mind, I too go to my prayer room every morning and sometimes several times through out my day I will stop in for a short prayer or to write down a quick bible verse to look at later, I started this probably about ten yrs ago or so and I found for me after I did my devotions with the Lord for a month or so It was a habbit and I looked forward to the time I had with him, After a while I found that I needed my Quiet time or I just wasnt the same person, Im so thankful to God for my journey that Ive been on I wouldnt trade this ride for anything in this world! Thanx again for all you do for your congregation, God Bless you pastor sincerely your brother in Christ, Scott R.
September 4, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler I just picked up my Jesus Calling by Sarah young.  In closeness to Me, you are safe.  In the intimacy of My presence, you are energized.  No matter where you are in the world, you know you belong when you sense My nearness.  Ever since the Fall, man has experienced a gaping emptiness that only My presence can fill.  I designed you for close communication with your Creator. How I enjoyed walking in the garden with Adam and Eve, before the evil one deceived them! When you commune with Me in the garden of your heart, both you and I are blessed.  This is My way of living in the world....through you!  Together we will push back the darkness,  for I am the Light of the world. I read your devotion and read this and it all melted together.  I said, Jesus, it is sad You lost the enjoyment you delighted in of walking in the garden with us.  (Adam & Eve)  Isn't it neat that soon we will be with You forever!  My heart feels sad for Your heart.  I love walking in the garden & elated we will do that in eternity!  I also love thinking on a garden in our heart that You and I are so blessed.  So intimate beyond all intimacy I could think of...WOW! If any of you haven't read Jesus Calling ...it is good!  Years ago I lived in God Calling.  In those years I was in a growing in Jesus time and sucked up all I could get.  Now I saver the food/time when reading His Word.  I always say Lord, I need to soake in your Word.  A desperate need from certain factors drives me to be intimate with Him. Blessings to each of you this holiday weekend and safety if you are traveling!        
September 4, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Draw me nearer, Lord.
September 5, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield The reason I like riding buses (I don't drive, so I depend on public transportation) is because I can chose to sit way in the back, and I can pray in relative solitude. Yes, as my "sig line" says, a day hemmed in prayer will never unravel. We all need quiet time alone with God, because that's when we can hear Him speak to us!
September 5, 2015