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Trust or Bust

  • If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. Isaiah 7:9 NIV

    Ephraim and Aram formed an alliance and prepared to invade Judah, which terrified the people living there. When the people of Judah learned of the coming invasion, 'The hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken, as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind' (Isaiah 7:2).

    The Lord sent the prophet Isaiah and he told them not to worry for it would not happen. 'Be careful, keep calm and don't be afraid. Do not lose heart' (Isaiah 7:4). God then told them to stand firm in their faith, or they would not stand at all.

    The words of this verse in the original language are a rhyme and basically mean 'trust or bust.' God said that it is time for all or nothing. You are in, or you are out. So many times God had proven His faithfulness to them, but it was like that He had to start completely over each time that a new problem arose.

    It is important to God, and to our success on this earth, that we believe what He tells us. His promises are no good when we refuse to believe Him. He has come through for us so many times before, but each time when we are faced with a new trial, we often start over again in unbelief just as they did.

    There will be times when we are faced with terrible circumstances that make us want to cower, turn back, or stop what the Lord has called us to do. This is when we should examine ourselves and see whether it is the Lord calling us to a different direction, or is it just our fear holding us back. After all, we always imagine the worst possible thing.

    If God is not giving us a new direction then we stand on the last word from Him until He gives us a new one. When we have done all, we stand (Ephesians 6:13). We remind ourselves of what God has done for us in the past and build ourselves up. He does not need prove His faithfulness again and again because we believe Him. It is time to trust or bust. Today, stand firm in your faith no matter how dark the horizon appears.

    Prayer: Father, I choose to trust You. I know that Your way is best and today I stand on Your word. No weapon formed against me will prosper. I serve Almighty God, what can man do to me? You have brought me this far and are able to take care of me. May Your will be done in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! A couple of group announcements today. For Creation Photographers, the theme of the week is: FLOWERS! Be sure to keep an eye out there for God''s amazing creation in flowers, and post them at the group (you can still post anything else, as well :))! Also, the FAAD topic of the week is part one of "Witnessing: Life Happens". The teaching is in the discussion tab of the FAAD group, but I believe you would all be blessed by it, whether or not you suffer from anxiety or depression. Have a blessed day!

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles amen and thank you
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Deleted Member Amen.
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen. This word for the day is so applicable for the time we are living in today. It's almost nonexistant today. Our brothers and sisters overseas are standing firm right up to their last breath. Can we find those of us here in the US that will do th same? So many are giving in to the PC culture of today. Lord, give us the strength and courage to move forward and fight for you till our last breath.
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Deleted Member Jesus let my light shine bright for You.
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph My trust is in you Lord, my maker and creator of all the earth. For this battle is not mine but yours, Amen.
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Deleted Member Amen, I give it all to You,Jesus.
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Martin Snyder
Martin Snyderedited: November 3, 2015 I hit the "button" that indicated that I like this, the truth is - I love this but there isn't a "button" to indicate that. I have engaged satan in battle this morning and we are standing with horns locked at this moment and I will not back down and I will remain standing because I know we win in the end. When the battle is over and the dust clears, I will stand victorious with God at my side. I ask for your prayers to hold me up strong in my battle, I love our God and I love you, thank you for being my friends and thatnk you for standing with me.
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb I stand in prayer with you, Martin! The battle is fierce and the pulls of Satan's doubt are strong. We serve the most powerful God. Praise Him for the victory over sin. Praise Him for Pastor Dion and those who rally us to trust and stand firm. Thank you, Lord, for Your faithfulness! Amen.
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Deleted Member Amen, stand strong and hold on like never before, Jesus will not fail you. He will come on the scene just at the perfect time. He loves you so. God bless you and I will be keeping you in my prayers.
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Remember to laugh occasionally because nothing the enemy tries against you will succeed. Stand with God and declare "Lord I stand with You and I know that You have got my back. I will not fear or backdown but will see this through to the end."  I pray that the Lord gives you complete victory over your battle in the name of Jesus Christ. 
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Amen, I realize my life is not my own anymore! I need to be strong and trust in him!
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Deleted Member Amen, when we lay it all at the feet of Jesus, He then can take it up and carry our burdens for us and move in our lives like never before. He will never let you down. He loves you so much. God bless you.
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Obioma Ukegbu
Obioma Ukegbu This message is timely! It is God-sent to me.It so much imparted to me what to do in my present state. I thank you  Pastor Dion Todd.
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord.
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Wow amen Father God I will Trust with all my Heart no Weapon form Against Me Will prosper thank you Pastor Todd for this inspirational message be blessed 
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Deleted Member Amen and I am so thankful for this message too. It so touched me today.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen, I do believe God leads us daily and does show us what He wants us to do, and when to do it. He want's that moment by moment trust in Him.
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Christine Thompson
Christine Thompson Thank you Lord!
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen thank you Pastor Dion for the wonderful inspiring words from the Lord.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you God amen
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen!  
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Celestina Ndunda
Celestina Ndunda Lord, i trust You with my life, continue Your will in my life everyday. Thank you for Pastor Dion and the everyday devotional word You give to him to share with us. I pray for good health to him and the entire family. Blessings as goes out and as he comes back all the days of his life in Jesus Name.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau Amen. Pastor Todd, you always know how to write a compelling and inspirational article. Thank you for this devotional and for your words today. May the Lord continue to bless you and your works.
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau I have been in a trying situation before, and it was exactly like the message today. Either trust the Lord and walk away or not at all and suffer the consequences. It was a lesson I never forgot that there is no choice in between when it comes to faith.
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I believe God still works the same as He did all those years ago, and can restore me just as He did with Isreal.All I have to do is trust in His timing.He worked miracles in me many times and I'm convinced He will do it again!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Faith and trust in our Father is absolutely necessary to get answered prayer!  When it appears we are losing the battle is when we need to Trust Him deeply. It opens the door to receive His blessings.  Be prepared for a mighty turn of circumstances as those blessings pour down!
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Deleted Member Amen, I open my arms wide to receive the blessings that Jesus has for me. I will wait upon Him.
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinezedited: November 3, 2015 Time and time again God has shown me his ever lasting love for me. He has been there with me through my deepest. darkest moments. I know all I have to do is just whisper his name and he will hear me. Thank for this reminder Pastor Todd.
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Karen Robertson
Karen Robertson You ALWAYS have the right message just when I need it!!!!!  God bless you!
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good.
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlin Amen to this!! Stand Strong in Your Faith!! In time you will see, just be patience!! 
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!  Lord as I begin this day, I pray to you for the strength I need to endure the heavy burdens I carry.  In Jesuss name I pray.  Amen!!
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Deleted Member Amen, please give Marisa the strength to lay her burdens down at Your feet Jesus and You will carry her burdens for her. God bless you and I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. 
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Victoria Kingston
Victoria Kingston This came on time, I really needed this one to day.  Will print and post on my "War Room" wall.  Thank you
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K K
K K Amen! Always so timely. Was praying for strength as I head in today knowing the "odds" are against me at work due to disability yet praying that God give me the strength and resolve to face whatever I must and trust He will see me through and to not panic about my future. My life is His and in His hands. There is no other more secure feeling than that. I am and have done all I am humanly able to do. He is able to do anything! So I pray for His peace in my soul as I face this and other days to come this week and forward. Bless you all. Amen. 
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Deleted Member Amen, I am praying for you and believing for great news. Love and prayers.
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K K
K K Thank you, Tamara :) God bless you too! 
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle May God richly bless you and keep you, direct you and shield you and give you strength, dear Kathy! This is also my lesson for today, not to worry about what tomorrow brings, but put my faith into action and trust the Lord with all my heart and soul! Praying that the Lord will lighten your load, give you strength to be a shining example even at work, in Jesus' precious name I pray  
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K K
K K Thank you Lisa. Amen to all that. I just got news earlier that a friend I hadn't seen in about a year (from church because I go to a different one now) passed away last night. So, my worries seem pretty small right now. He was a faithful follower so I know he's resting in Gods love after his cancer battle. Thank you for your prayers! God bless you! 
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman "if God is not giving us a new direction then we stand on the last word from Him until He gives us a new one." I love starting my day with your reflections.  You always give me something to think about.  
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Thank you God ,I so needed to be remined of this .And that you have always been their for me ,and always will be . 
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez LET GO & LET GOD .......  
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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi Amen
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: November 3, 2015 LORD GOD  I will always stand firm in my faith.  I will stand in the last word from you LORD GOD until your new directions comes. Thank you for all the blessings and graces you have given me. Thank you Pastor Dion for all your inspirational writings for they me give joy and peace as I read them  and reflect on them as I apply them to my day to day life   GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL OF US IN THE RHM
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle AMen :)
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Rob Clements
Rob Clements Amen thx pastor Dion I needed to hear that. 
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Deleted Member Amen, may I stand on the promises of God, stand firm in my faith, knowing and believing all is going to work out. 
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle It will be worth it all, when we see JESUS !!! All pain will be forgotten and all tears will be wiped away !
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Amen & thank you Lord!
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Thank you Heavenly Father,for your word and sending The Holy Spirit to teach us,to lead and guide us in all your ways.To know that you are true and faithful in all your ways.That we can truly put our Trust in you..
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle Amen !
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle Amen and Amen! I needed to hear this today! So many dark clouds have been moving in in the form of health and other problems affecting my family here and overseas ... But I thank the word of the Lord God most high spoken through the prophet Isaiah and your spirit-filled message "Trust or Bust" !!! I realize that I'm exactly where the Lord wants me to be, and I'll "keep calm, not loose heart, wait on the Lord and stand firm on my faith"! I'm following and reading your messages as I can, they help me to grow in my daily walk with the Lord; however, there are times, when I'm unable to type away, leave comments, etc., because of the "thorn in my flesh" so to speak, and I'll have to live with it. But PRAISE THE LORD, for He is good, He is my helper and my strength !!!    
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Thank u God. Amen
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen Lord !  thank u pastor!
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Lashanda Hearne
Lashanda Hearne I do enjoy reading what God puts on your heart. The words you speak are true..and inspiring. Always on point.
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord have Your Way in my life!
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Leland Fay
Leland Fay The most powerful articles of faith in my life are the experiences I have of God solving one problem after another in my life. As a recovering alcoholic with 24 years of sobriety I can tell you it is only by the Grace of God that I am still here. This can also be said of all the years in between, with a series of mental, emotional and spiritual challenges that have been presented... The latest of which was a stage iv cancer diagnosis three years ago in which I was given 6 weeks to live. All praise to God that I have survived tumors in liver, stomach, lungs along with 98 tumors in the brain. My story has been featured in different medical journals as a medical miracle. All I know is that I am still here to be with my wife and children. Yet despite all this I still doubt and grow afraid with embarrassing regularity. Thank you for reminding me that it is my responsibility to get my own mind and spirit together and remind myself of what He has done. Of my own I am nothing the Father does the works!
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Jeanne Hill
Jeanne Hill This message is so applicable to my life, thanks Pastor.
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Melchorita Fahey
Melchorita Fahey Amen and Ame! Thank you Pastor Dion for reminding us today to stand the Word of God. God bless you and your family.
November 5, 2015