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Prepare For The Fight

  • By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. Hebrews 11:7 ESV

    As I lay on the floor of my prayer room and prayed that day, I had no idea that I was about to face one of the worst trials of my life. For three months, I had a driving urge to go and pray every day at three in the afternoon. I would lay on the floor and pray for one to two-and-a-half hours, usually in tears, with no idea as to why, other than I knew that I was supposed to. The presence of the Holy Spirit in the room was so strong that it felt like a warm blanket. Then suddenly, the urging stopped, and the trial soon began.

    Our business ground to a halt and all of our income dried up. We could not find a job anywhere, and did not qualify for unemployment. No one would even talk to us or return our calls. What savings we had slowly drained away, and soon the bills started piling up. When we prayed, we only heard silence. The tears that we shed were no longer from His presence, but what felt like abandonment. I know that He will never leave or forsake you, but after this went on for months, I began to wonder.

    Finally the week that we were packing to move out of our home, I went into my prayer room and sat down. I no longer had the strength to pray. I just sat there, feeling very much alone. While sitting there in the silence, I had an open vision of me standing in a boxing ring, and the Lord was standing behind me. He said, 'You are not alone, for I am in your corner! Now get in there!' In about 48 hours our whole life changed. I had a great job (I became a pastor) and a friend suddenly stepped in and paid our bills for the month. The trial was over, and like cattle herded through a chute, I found myself in ministry.

    Soldiers train ahead of time so when the fight starts, they are ready. Athletes prepare before the competition. Do not wait until you are in the thick of battle to start getting ready for it. Noah built the ark before the flood came. When the storm begins, it is too late to start on the ark. Grab onto whatever you can and hang on; God will come through. When given the chance, prepare for the fight ahead of time and do not ignore those urges to go and pray.

    Prayer: Father, help me prepare and be ready before the winds come. Speak to me, draw me aside and fill me with your Spirit Lord. Give me the grace to face the storm, in the name of Jesus.

    Note: Good morning! The weekly Bible Study is now up, covering Luke Chapter 23. We pray that you will be blessed and look forward to your participation!

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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you Lord amen
October 6, 2015
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell Amen! In John 16: 23-28, Jesus says that we can ask anything in His name and it will be done for us. I say it is time to really start praying and see the Father show us how this is to be done.
October 6, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, it is time. God bless you.
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Dwight Robinson
Dwight Robinson Encouragement and Wisdom. Amen!
October 6, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Yes, Amen, it was very encourage and given with much wisdom, to hang on, Jesus will come to our rescue. 
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez Thanks be to G O D   !   !   !   
October 6, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen.
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Celestina Ndunda
Celestina Ndunda Thank you Mighty and everlasting Father for Pastor Dion and the inspiring word everyday. Lord i need you today to help me prepare for the storm ahead of me. Give me the sufficient grace to be ablle to face the storm. I need thee Lord Jesus I need thee, Every hour i need thee. You are my hope and my Strength Lord I need thee. In Jesus Name Amen.
October 6, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, will be praying for you, to be prepared for whatever storm you are facing and I know through my storms, Jesus will bring you through. God bless you.
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Celestina Ndunda
Celestina Ndunda Thank you  sister. God bless you as well.
October 7, 2015
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Wow! What an amazing testimony. Thank you for sharing Pastor.
October 6, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, amazing and blessing to my heart and soul. 
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Deleted Member Thank  you for this message today, I sure needed it, it so blessed my heart, to know that Jesus will not ever leave us nor forsake us, even when we feel like we are in the midst of the storm. Again thank you and blessings to you and Sylvia.
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Yvonne Salas
Yvonne Salas Praying for you sis!!
October 6, 2015
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Deleted Member Thank you for your prayers. God bless you. Love you.
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Yvonne Salas
Yvonne Salas I totally can relate to this message!! I'm in a similar situation and I believe this message is sent by God for me to see. Thank you for this post and reassurance that He is right in my corner telling me I'm not alone and to "get in there"!! PRAYERS ALWAYS WELCOME!
October 6, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, I too can so relate today and prayers are always welcome here too, I am praying for you, love and blessings Yvonne, I pray you feel a peace and comfort. Love, Tamara
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield What an uplifting story! I needed to read those words of encouragement today.There are so many times in the bible where God tells us the same thing--BE PREPARED! But some days, I struggle just to get out of bed in the morning when my stomach aches. Thanks so much for the hopeful message!
October 6, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Praying for you and your continued healing, Kathy <3!
October 6, 2015
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Shaun Bly
Shaun Bly Thanks Pastor Dion for sharing this wonderful story!  I've been getting these daily devotionals for a couple years now, but every time I hear this one, it seems to be talking to me.  I wanted to share this:  My family is in the middle of our biggest storm to date, without a running car (yet four sit out in our driveway), I lost my full time job in June due to my addiction, which I am desperately trying to conquer, and am back to contract work, so when work is available, I borrow my daughters car, or when one of ours is running, use it.  My wife has desperately been looking for work, but without running cars, is limited.  Somehow we have been able to pay our rent since June (well that 'somehow' is God), and our bills, although always late, but just not enough money to get our cars fixed, which a couple are SOOO close to be reliably running.  And that's okay, because we believe in all our heart, that God IS in OUR corner, and is making us stronger through this; we know this trial will be over someday, but for now, we know He is all we need, and that is enough for us. Thanks again Pastor Dion for these encouraging words, because I woke up today with my fear and anxiety of the unknown near future once again!
October 6, 2015
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thanks again Pastor Dion for the wonderful words of the Lord.
October 6, 2015
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey The Lord is near to those who call  unto him in truth. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but  the Lord delivers out of them all.  
October 6, 2015
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery God has brought me to it to bring me through it.  I am now in safety away from many bills.  I am in a temporary home for maybe through tomorrow when the "beautiful" permanent dwelling will be ready.  I am going to church tonight for the first time since July of this year.  I cried out to the Lord last night.  Thank You Jesus!
October 6, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Great...what a journey you have had!
October 6, 2015
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Lisa Aldridge-Mathson
Lisa Aldridge-Mathson Love this! Lots of encouragement from this message as my husband and I are in situation similar to this. I find comfort in knowing when we get to a place where we truly have no options on our own we have been put in the perfect position for God to show His Glory through His Plan for us. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
October 6, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Lisa, I know there are times when He is just teaching us to lean on Him!
October 6, 2015
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Jaime  Medina
Jaime Medina Very encouraging I praise the Lord with all I have never doubt it's very hard at times but faith is the key that mustard  seed i never firget
October 6, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Truly the Holy Spirit who cares!  Blessings Pastor Dion & Sylvia.  Pray all is well in yr area after the storm.  So powerful yet not more than God.  Blessings!
October 6, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Thank you so much, Cheryl! We are fine here, the area is just very soaked and still draining :).
October 6, 2015
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Malissa Birket
Malissa Birket Our Lord feeds and refreshes our souls so that we may use our renewed strength in the promotion of His glory.
October 7, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, prepare me.
October 7, 2015
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Your grace is a I need Lord, thank you pastor Todd, it just seems as if you are standing in front of me and talking to me. God bless you
October 7, 2015
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Jeanne Hill
Jeanne Hill This article never stops me from being amazed at our great God.
October 8, 2015