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The Monument

  • But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 WEB.

    When God told Abram to leave his family and country, he brought his nephew Lot with him. In time, the families grew and prospered so much they had to separate from each other. Lot and his family then moved to the city of Sodom. It was an extremely wicked, prideful city, and eventually, their sins caught up with them.

    Because of Abraham, angels visited Lot and told him to get his family out of Sodom before the destruction began. When they left the city, the angels told them not to look behind them. So Lot's family all left the town together. Lot's wife went out of the town with the family, but she stopped, lingered, and looked back longingly at what she was leaving behind. She became a pillar of salt. She became a monument.

    God is always calling us forward in our life, always stretching our faith. As long as we live, we are not finished. He is infinitely smart, and we only know a fraction of what He has in store for us. We will still be learning about God while in heaven. To think that we know everything about Him now is hubris and prideful deception. He has given us enough truth to live by today, but tomorrow we will learn even more. None of us know everything.

    If you take a broad look at denominations, you will always see they have formed this way: A revelation, a movement, then a monument. Each one starts with a new revelation about something they believe. It becomes a movement and gathers a following. Eventually, what they believe is written out in a "Statement of Faith," and then whatever is not included in that statement is rejected, and whoever does not agree with it is wrong. What started as something new and fresh ironically now rejects anything new. It becomes an unchanging monument.

    Old wineskins become brittle and will not hold new wine, so God must use someone else. He moves on and reveals something new to those willing to listen, and soon another movement is formed around that truth. Revelation, movement, and a monument is the pattern as God restores His church from the dark ages.

    God is full of surprises, and to think that He is predictable is a mistake. I know He said, "I change not," and He doesn't, but our understanding certainly does. The fact is that no one walked on water until a couple of people did (Matthew 14:29). No one raised the dead until someone did (Acts 20:9). No one cast out evil spirits with a handkerchief until someone did (Acts 19:11). Bread never rained from heaven until the day that it did (Exodus 16:14). So unless scripture clearly prohibits something, be open and "Test all things, keeping what is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Do not despise prophecies (1 Thessalonians 5:20).

    Stay stretchable today and allow God to do something new in your life. Don't write off everything new that comes your way as not of God, especially things that are clearly discussed in the Bible. Also, don't try to fill in the blanks where Scripture is silent. Keep looking forward and not behind you. Don't stop listening to God, don't stop growing, or you will become just another monument along the path.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please let me see what You are doing today through Your eyes. I choose to believe that You are alive, that You love me, and that You hear me today. I want to ally myself with You and walk hand in hand. Come and be a part of my life today. Help me be stretchable and teachable. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those following the Creation Photography weekly challenges, group leader, Dianna Wyles: Revelation 4:11 'You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.' ~ We have choices this week! 'Fur Babies and So Much More' or 'The Lord of All Formation' will be our next fun-filled theme selections. This week's options are for the animal and nature lovers out there so show us what you got. As always, our themes are open wide for your creative finesse so take some pictures, have some fun, and share your photos with us please, so we can enjoy what you enjoy. Have a wonderful week everyone, God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

Jan 23
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Jan 23
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

Jan 23
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jan 23
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

Jan 23
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Make me teachable Lord, always listening for your word, always moving Forward! I am still believing in a revalation and a vision, thank you my Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!

 

Jan 23
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Jan 23
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Good morning Sister 

Jan 23
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I pray to continue to listen, learn and be teachable, Father. Amen!

Jan 23
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Mark Williams
Mark Williams

Help me be stretchable and teachable. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Jan 23
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!! Amen!! Amen!!

Jan 23
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen, Pastor Dion!  Lord, help me be stretchable and teachable. Amen

Jan 23
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Heavenly Father, please let me see what You are doing today through Your eyes. I choose to believe that You are alive, that You love me, and that You hear me today. I want to ally myself with You and walk hand in hand. Come and be a part of my life today. Help me be stretchable and teachable. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Jan 23
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Father You are the potter, I am the clay. Please mold me into what You want me to be in life. Shape my character to be more like Jesus, less of me. Lord in my flesh and mind, I'm used up in life. Feels like I'm just passing time waiting to die. My heart wants to serve you again, but my body and mind are not good.my life is a struggle just to get day to day. Thank you for showing me my sins..forgive me Father. My biggest sin, failure and I have so many... but I see I wasted the past 25 years of my life trying to get a life. Seems like most of my big decisions were a disaster. I was deceived.
I repent Father. Here I am willing to serve You. I pray Your will be done in my life. Thank you Jesus for this day and for this life you have given me. I will rejoyce no matter what is going on. You are faithful Lord. I struggle with daily life...  BUT GOD.. I AM A BORN AGAIN SPIRIT FILLED CHRISTIAN.  I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS WHO STRENGTHENS ME.  LORD YOU ARE FAITHFUL. YOUR MERCIES ARE NEW EVERY MORNING..  PEAISE THE LORD. IN JESUS CHRIST NAME. 

Jan 23
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen!! Well said! Never give up for God is with you and He hears your every prayer. He will make a way for you where there seems to be No way!!

 

Jan 23
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Heavenly Father, please let me see what You are doing today through Your eyes. I choose to believe that You are alive, that You love me, and that You hear me today. I want to ally myself with You and walk hand in hand. Come and be a part of my life today. Help me be stretchable and teachable. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Jan 23
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

Jan 23
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jan 23
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I laid my beautiful son Charlie to rest today. God I love him so much. Take him to Paradise dear God  Amen 

Jan 23
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Jan 24