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Driftwood

  • Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened, he saw no one. They led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. He was without sight for three days, and neither ate nor drank. Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, 'Ananias!' He said, 'Behold, it's me, Lord.' The Lord said to him, 'Arise, and go to the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one named Saul, a man of Tarsus. For behold, he is praying,and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands on him, that he might receive his sight.' Acts 9:8'12 WEB

    I once lived my life like driftwood floating on the sea. Wherever the waves took me, that is where I found myself. There was no purpose or really any goals. The cold war was going to incinerate us all, but it didn't. Y2K was going to start the apocalypse, but it didn't. Jesus was going to return at least four times during my life, but He hasn't yet. And yes, I do believe that one day He will return but I have learned to not put a date on it.

    Ananias was a follower of Jesus in the city of Damascus. Saul (who was later called Paul ) was a Christian hater carrying orders from the high priest to arrest the Christians there, when he was struck blind on the road. The Lord then appeared to Ananias in a vision and told him to go pray for Saul. This was an exciting time for Ananias. It took real faith for Ananias to walk up to an arresting officer and say 'Jesus sent me.' His life was different than mine.

    After I invited Jesus into my life and started praying and fasting, things changed. Doors started to close and other doors started to open. I saw miracles in my life where strangers would give me things that I secretly needed. I once got up to give my small tithe at church and later found that someone had slipped two-hundred-fifty dollars into my Bible, which was more than I made at the time.

    A gentle prompting would urge me to do something, and when I did, a divine encounter would happen. His plans and purpose began to unfold for my life. Life became more fun and exciting then it had ever been before. By giving up my old life, I found an exciting new one. 'For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.' (Matthew 16:25 WEB). I had found mine and it was no longer driftwood, but now had purpose and meaning.

    God has a plan for your life as well. You are not meant to be a piece of driftwood floating on the waves. If you seek God with all of your heart and pray, He will open doors for you that no man can shut. He will began to put the pieces together and the best years of your life can be ahead of you. Ananias lived an exciting life by having a relationship with Jesus. God is still the same and today you can avoid living a life of driftwood by building a solid relationship with Jesus.

    Prayer: Father I choose You today. Mold me, guide me, teach me, help me become the person that You want me to be. I want all that You have for me. Give me divine encounters and make Your presence real in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro Beautiful!
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Deleted Member Amen, it was such a beautiful devotional.
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Christie Smith
Christie Smith Ty for this beautiful devotional and mold us Lord into whom you want us to be. 
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good.
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Deleted Member Amen, and I too like Brian, thank you so much for sharing this today. I needed it, I want to be in God's perfect will and I want to find my exact purpose in all that I do, that it be for God's glory and the upbuilding of His Kingdom, I desire to show others to Jesus, I pray my light will shine bright for Jesus, everyday.God bless you Pastor Dion and Sylvia. Love y'all so much and Y'all are such a blessing to me and so many others.
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Beverly Boyd
Beverly Boyd Amen.
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good and He loves us so much.
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Schalk de Beer Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good and His mercy endures forever.
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Sylvia Russell
Sylvia Russell Amen. I needed this today. Thank you 
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Deleted Member Amen, I too, Sylvia, needed this today. God bless you.
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Sandra Loa
Sandra Loa Amen 
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen, Jesus loves us so much.
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Tryphena Barnes
Tryphena Barnes As always, very inspiring and full of God's presence. This group does exactly what the bible says for us to do as believers. We are to encourage one another, even the more as we see the day approaching.
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Deleted Member Amen, we must be encouragers for all, because Jesus wants us to show others that Jesus lives in us and He wants our light to shine to help others come to Him.
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell Amen! 
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good and He loves us so much.
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Leone Sweeney
Leone Sweeney Dion, This was so timly in my life. Thank you for allowing your service through your free will to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   Your Brother in Christ Jesus,   Leone' Paul
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Deleted Member Amen, Jesus is always on time, for whatever we need. He loves us just that much. He is so good. 
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez Thanks be to GOD .........
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Carolyn Kirk Graham
Carolyn Kirk Graham I'm recently enrolled in a "financial stewardship class" at my church.  It gives Biblical principles about money, but in reality, it teaches you to recognize how much in control of our lives GOD is!!!  Which falls in line with your devotional Pastor Dion, about "Saul being transformed spiritually into Paul!"  We are so often blinded by the fact that because we have a job to do, and the choices we make on a regular basis with the income from that job is God's will?  Not so! Saul thought he was doing what he was commissioned to do was God's will? Not so!  God is in control of every aspect of ours weather we acknowledge Him or not! The sooner we recognize this fact, the sooner peace will come into all aspects of our lives!  I Chronicles 29:11,12 says, "EVERYTHING IN THE HEAVENS AND EARTH IS YOURS, O LORD, AND THIS IS YOUR KINGDOM.  WE ADORE YOU AS BEING IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING. RICHES AND HONOR COME FROM YOU ALONE, AND YOU ARE THE RULER OF ALL MANKIND; YOUR HAND CONTROLS POWER AND MIGHT, AND IT IS AT YOUR DISCRETION THAT MEN ARE MADE GREAT AND GIVEN STRENGTH!"  Our lives are God's and I'm so thankful I am recognizing this sooner then later!  Everyone be blessed in the name of our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST!!!
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good. 
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Deleted Member God bless you Lissy, I hope you are doing great. Love, Tamara
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!
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Beatrice &quot;Raye&quot; Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth Beautiful. Amen!
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Deleted Member Amen, it was such a beautiful devotional. God bless.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Those moments when an unexpected  blessing occurs are Divine. When my breath is taken away and I can only say from my heart, thank You Abba Father! In this moment we know who the anonymous giver was, it was God Almighty! 
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Vicky McRae
Vicky McRae Humm, I had just gotten off my knees saying that to God.."Lord I'm tired of just surviving, I'm ready for my life to thrive". Years ago God really used me like crazy to heal people and I have been apart of miracles. But now I wait for the next move, or whatever.... Thank you pastor Dion.You are a blessins to me.
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Deleted Member Amen, always know Vicky, whatever He calls you to do, He will give you the provision to be able to do it, hold on, Jesus has great things in store as we put out trust and faith totally in Him. God bless you. Jesus loves you so much.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I have had so many God moments. like this, It just grows my faith so much. God knows just when to bless us and want's us to make good choices, with what He gives us. Amen!! and amen!!
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Deleted Member Amen, yes, He always blesses us in so many ways and He desires for us to follow Him and make good choices for our lives, He wants our footsteps to be ordered by Him. He loves us so much.
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen!!!
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you Pastor Todd.  God is Good all the time!!  Have known the things you mentioned.  Such a blessing.  Blessings to you & Sylvia:)
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran God is AWESOME!!!
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Deleted Member Amen, God is awesome. 
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Deleted Member Amen, I totally choose to serve Jesus everyday and I pray that I will find my place and purpose, of what God has planned for me in my life. He will lead us and guide, if we put our total trust and faith in Him, we will no longer feel like we are drifting, but we will find that purpose and place that Jesus has set in place for us. 
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you pastor Todd for another great devotional The Lord is at work in our lifes thank you for doing Gods will!
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Deleted Member Amen, God is truly working in our lives, He loves us so much.
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Jeanne Hill
Jeanne Hill Amen, Pastor Todd. God guide me to whatever it takes to make me like YOU want me, Amen.
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Joyce Riley
Joyce Riley BEAUTIFUL DEVOTIONAL. PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!!
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praiise God!  Thank you!  Let go, and let God!
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I believe that anyone who recites this prayer WILL receive an answer! I, too, have had many miracles happen once i declared Jesus as my Lord and Savior. But I've also had my share of satanic encounters that tried 9without sucess) to lead me away from Christ) Two of these "encounters" were so significant that my doctors were terrified earlier this year! Never again will I doubt that Satan is real and threatens every Christian who renounces him!
October 9, 2015