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ReFirement Not Retirement

  • Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Matthew 28:18 WEB

    We just waited for Jesus to come and get us. After getting saved, I started attending a local church, got baptized in the Waccamaw river, and waited, and waited for the rapture of the church. They taught that it could happen any day now, but I noticed that many were still building houses and such. Then I learned that it was a time honored tradition to wet you, set you, and forget you.

    I was a devout believer, on fire for God at the time and I wanted more. I read the entire Bible in about six weeks, and often listened to it all night. After a while I had a hard time reconciling scripture with our behavior. Oh, we spoke all the right words, but lived like everyone else. My prayers were only vain repetition. I eventually spent a lot of time studying the book of Revelation and how the end would come.

    One day the Lord spoke to me through a prophet that was visiting from Texas and said: 'Son, don't worry about the retirement plan, it is even now a time for refirement, wherein I do stand. And don't be so concerned about the end of the book, go back to the beginning, take another look.'

    I knew that it was God speaking for the words burned and no one knew what I had been studying but me. He was saying that there is more to the Christian life than sitting there waiting on His return. God has a plan to fulfill on this earth and we are His hands and feet. While we are sitting there waiting on Him, He is sitting there waiting on us to start doing what He told us.

    We are to spread the word of God to all the nations. If you are not able to carry it yourself, then get in league with those that are, pray for them, support them, encourage them. Be a part of what God is doing in the earth today and you will find true satisfaction. It is what we are meant to do as Christians.

    No one can help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Learn to be a giver and not a taker. Learn to serve others and not just be served. Encourage others and build them up, when you need it most, it will return to you. There is a reason that we should do unto others as we would like done to us, for what goes around, comes around. He who waters shall be watered also himself (Proverbs 11:25).

    Forget about the end times, it is time to do what He asked us now. Today is the day of salvation. Invite the Holy Spirit to come and spend the day with you. Pray, listen, do what is right and follow His gentle promptings. He has a plan and a purpose for you, here and now. His plan is not in the afterlife, it is happening right now.

    Yes! Jesus is coming back, but don't get hung up on the retirement plan. Let us work to the very last minute. Get in tune with what God has for you today and you will not have to worry what happens on the earth later because you will be ready. Well done thou good and faithful servant (Matt. 25:21).

    Prayer: Father, I adore You and want more of You in my life every day. Help me to make the right decisions. Guide me to where You want me to be. Fulfill Your will in my life and help me get involved in what You are doing on earth today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen, lovely words of assurance, use me Lord, I am ready for you. Thank you pastor Todd for blessing my life everyday, sometimes it seems you are just talking to me directly, God bless you
October 17, 2015
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Amen  
October 17, 2015
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Super Good Words! I remember being totally disillusioned when I starting going to Church. I was so on Fire for God, and so full of Love, I was just dumb enough to think every Christian was, lol! Man, was I wrong. On the End Time thing, I can plainly remember the members of our Church practicing Jumping towards Heaven(In Anticipation of the Rapture). It'd be funny, if it wasn't kind of sad. Great Message Pastor, Thanks Brother
October 17, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd That is always an eye opener :)
October 17, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Haha, Norm, I think we all learn that, eventually :). Wow, I would love to have seen that jumping thing :)!
October 17, 2015
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze WE WENT TO ONE CHURCH THAT ACTUALLY SANG ILL FLY AWAY AND HAD PEOPLE FLAPPING THEIR ARMS PRACTICING TO FLY THINKING THE RAPTURE COULD BE ANY MINUTE ANY DAY ,THEN ONE CHURCH TAUGHT THERE IS NO RAPYURE AND WE BETTER MOVE TO A BLESSED AREA AND STORE UP FOR THE FAMINES AND END TIME MARK OF THE BEAST , WE DIDNT PRACTICE THE FLYING THING BUT DID THE OTHER FOR YEARS , NO OUT FROM UNDER ALL THAT BONDAGE, BUT IM LEFT CONFUSED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS A RAPTURE OF THE SAINTS BEFORE THE END COMES . TRIED TO STUDY ON IT BUT WAS SO INSTILLED  IN MY MIND THAT THERE ISNT SO THAT IS MY BELIEF TODAY , HOWEVER IM ASKING THE LORD TO REVEAL THE TRUTH TO ME AND ILL JUST WAIT AND SEE .
October 17, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Yikes, I hope that flapping was at least just a motivational thing and that they were not thinking they would actually flap under their own power :). I do not personally believe in the rapture, but am ok to be wrong. We are called to be always ready anyway, and as far as a relationship with God, that's how it should be. If the rapture happens to occur during our lifetime, that would be, I suppose, a bonus :)! As for excessive worrying about the end times, besides reasonable emergency rations (which is a good idea anyway), it seems like a good way to ruin the time we have :).
October 17, 2015
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr I feel exactly like that Sylvia. Amen Sis  
October 18, 2015
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Nancy Cavataio
Nancy Cavataio Wow, very powerful message! You don't waste words Pastor! Thank you again for this spiritual 'breakfast' to start my day. AMEN!
October 17, 2015
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman Thank you Pastor, what a good and powerful teaching!
October 17, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen!
October 17, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt It is hard for me to type, with this neck brace on, so I have been praying , Lord help me to be able to minister to You, the way You called me to do. I know ,I am not finished here on this earth or I would be in my eternal home, so help me do what you have put in my heart to do. Guess what He told me to pick up my key board and lean it agenst my monoter.Wa!La!, God has not come back for me yet. He as so awesome, This is a exciting day for me today. It never amazes me How He works in my life. Jesus will come when He is ready. so keep carring on.
October 17, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd I pray that the Lord will completely restore your body and heal you in the name of Jesus Christ. 
October 17, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Thanks Pasrer Deion. I know I have to have patience, and that what God started in me, He is not finished with me yet.
October 17, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Praying for you, Twila, I know that has got to be rough <3.
October 17, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Thanks for your prayer's They are working, cause God told me so.
October 17, 2015
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Alane Grosz
Alane Grosz Use me Lord, make me mindful to be a blessing to others.  
October 17, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!!
October 17, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! The work done for the Lord is the most rewarding! 
October 17, 2015
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen♡
October 17, 2015
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Joseph Krell
Joseph Krell Oh yay oh yay oh yay! Another in series of great ones from a devoted inspiring man of God! Thanks Pastor Dion!
October 17, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Good point--as Jesus said, "No one knows the times or the dates---only the Father!" So we're only wasting precious time speculating when the end is near.Thanks for the great message today--it really did inspire me to help someone!
October 17, 2015
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse Amen!
October 17, 2015
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez  A  M  E  N    
October 17, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Been praying that GOD will show me how can I serve HIM through the HOLY SPIRIT. I am so ready but waiting what and how HE wants me to serve HIM
October 17, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, an amazing devotional and prayer. I so needed to hear these words today. Thank you for letting God  use you and Syvlia to help us. God bless. 
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thenks Pastor Dion for the encouraging words from the Lord this is something I needed to hear today. Just when a person is ready to give up it always seem like the word comes and tell them to keep on fighting.
October 17, 2015
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen pastor thanx again for bringing us another great devotional !  Ive been struggling with my crohns disease lately and to hear these words helped me in so many different ways, thanku again and may christ Jesus touch u this week in a new fresh powerful way!  sincerely your brother in Christ Scott R.
October 17, 2015
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider Another awesome message!  My dad remembered hiding under the sink as a small child because his family was ranting and raving about the end times coming...it left a fear in him for the rest of his life.  We need to focus on the here and now and do our very best with what we have. Great message, thank you!
October 17, 2015
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker Today is a gift from God!! Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. I have learned this the hard way. After my son had a near fatal accident, I viewed everyday and everyone so much different than I did before.  God has Blessed my life in so many wonderful ways.  Thank you Pastor Todd and Mrs. Todd for your insight and Devotionals through this Ministry. It reaches so many of us who would be lost souls!! Thank you Dear Lord, for a beautiful day!!
October 17, 2015
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Andre Wallace
Andre Wallace That is indeed another great God inspiring article. Unfortunately there is no biblical truth to a Rapture. I am a Seventh Day Adventist.  To understand what I m talking about check it out this website www.aftv.org.  God bless and hope you discover the real truth.
October 17, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Toddedited: October 18, 2015 Hi Andre, thank you for reading. I am not promoting the rapture. I have long since moved on from that, but Jesus will return to the earth one day, just not in the way that many think. "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11). 
October 18, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
October 17, 2015
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you. Great message.  
October 17, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, let me be involved in what You Are Doing in the earth Today.
October 18, 2015
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Allie Ponzo
Allie Ponzo Just got to this one, I'm a little behind. Great words and inspiration for our daily lives! I get so caught up in all the stuff life throws at you every day especially at work when we can be used the most. I never feel llike I'm doing enough.
October 23, 2015