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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 country, he brought along his nephew Lot. In time, they both prospered so much that they had to separate from each other, and Lot and his family moved on to Sodom. That became a very wicked, prideful city and when God had enough, He destroyed it.

    Because of Abraham, angels told Lot and his family to get out of Sodom before the destruction began. Lot's wife went out with them, but when she stopped, lingered, and looked back in longing, she became a pillar of salt.

    In our life God is always calling us forward, always stretching our faith, and as long as we live, we are not finished. He is infinitely smart and we only know a fraction of what He has for us. We will still be learning about God in heaven. To think that we know everything about Him now is hubris and deception. He has given us enough to live today, tomorrow we will learn more.

    It starts out with a revelation, it becomes a movement, and when we stop moving, it becomes a monument. If you take a broad look at denominations, you will always see this pattern. Each one starts with a new revelation about what 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 them, are wrong. What started out with something new, ironically now rejects anything new, and it has now become a monument.

    Then God moves on and reveals something new to those that will listen, and soon another movement is formed around that truth. Revelation, movement, monument is the pattern. Old wineskins become brittle and will not hold new wine.

    God is full of surprises, and to think that He is predictable is a mistake. I know that He said 'I change not' and He does not, but our understanding certainly does. The fact is that no one walked on water, until a couple of people did (Matt. 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 had never rained from heaven, until the day that it did (Ex. 16:14). Unless scripture clearly prohibits something, be open and 'Test all things, keeping what is good' (1Th. 5:21).

    Stay stretchable today and allow God to do something new in your life. Do not write off everything new that comes your way as not of God, especially things that are clearly discussed in the Bible. Keep looking forward and not behind you. Do not stop listening to God, do not stop growing, or you will become just another monument.

    Prayer: Father, let me see through Your eyes what You are doing today. I choose to believe that You are alive, that You love me, and that You are listening to 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, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.


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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen. I know from experience over the last 2 years that there is a lot of new revelations in scripture that I never knew were there or that they have been twisted by man. Take scripture as it is written and don't allow man to add or subtract from it. Don't use one portion of scripture to try to make a point unless you are using all corrisponding scripture with it. Test it. Pray about it. Meditate on it. Every day He reveals something new.
November 12, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Could not have said it better. 
November 12, 2015
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman Amen, Mark
November 12, 2015
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph God is awesome, for his thoughts are not our thoughts, neither his ways our ways (Isaiah 55:8), with him all things are possible. Lord help me to keep my focus on you and continue to grow in faith, Amen. Thank you Pastor Todd for a very encouraging message. 
November 12, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Inspired again :) Thank you!
November 12, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
November 12, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!
November 12, 2015
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Suzy Romaine
Suzy Romaineedited: November 12, 2015  Thank you for always "stretching" and inspiring us with God's word, Dion
November 12, 2015
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thank Yoy Pastor Dion for sharing the word of the Lord.
November 12, 2015
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flavio garcia
flavio garcia Father god I know yr alive and I've seen yr blessings. Thank you.amen.
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sredited: November 12, 2015 Wow. Good Stuff Indeed. I have seen this happen several times. The arrogance and Hubris would be laughable, if it wasn't so pitiful and Sad. I have no doubt that is why so many(Including Myself), have decided to find fellowship in The Body of Christ some other way(Like RHM: May They Live forever!) I pray I will be Stretchable until I take my last breath in this body. Geat Message! Love and Prayers P.S. In the interest of Full Disclosure, I myself have had my own problems with Hubris and Arrogance, lol. The sow and Reap always hurts like heck too :)
November 12, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you for reading Norman. I am very familiar with those "old friends" that keep showing up. Being humble and teachable is always the path. :) 
November 12, 2015
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Amen Pastor.  
November 12, 2015
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Myrna Gonzalez
Myrna Gonzalez Amen,I have seen what Yahshua has done.in my life n it's true we should look forward always.I ask all my sidters n brothers to please pray for me n my family @ this moment my husband has bern looking for a job n hasn't found one .It's been very hard but i still.thank him.Thank u may his peace be with all.of u.N thank u for the devotionals that give me the stength $ these times.  
November 12, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd I pray that the Lord will soon open a door for your husband and give him the best job of his life, in the name of Jesus I pray.
November 12, 2015
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman I've noticed this pattern myself.  Thank you for the prayer to keep stretching and to be open to God's word.  Amen. 
November 12, 2015
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Steven Paro
Steven Paro Pastor Todd, Thanks for reminding that flexibility in keepin with Biblical principes is key to my growth as a Christian and in my relationships with my fellow man/woman. Yours in Christ, Steve Paro
November 12, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen! His grace is new every morning, that is why He said to live for today and not to worry about tomorrow be cause to day has enough problems of its own. We need Gods wisdom every min. of each day. I to want my LORD to go before me and light my path that He has for me ,even if I don't under stand it all. I want to trust that He is God and does know what He is doing. I was created to serve Him. Eph.2:10, for I am His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which GOD PREPAIRED BEFORE HAND, THAT I SHOULD WALK IN THEM. I just need to trust Him, and to believe that He knows what He is doing. and to follow His leading even if I don't understand it.
November 12, 2015
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Elizabeth Ralph
Elizabeth Ralph Amen...  
November 12, 2015
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman I think this message is awesome!  May God greatly bless you, Dion and Sylvia with your wonderful spreading of God's wonderful word.
November 12, 2015
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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith Wow! Awesome word Pastor D. I love this. Amen.
November 12, 2015
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello It's amazing when reading in God's word,the Holy Spirit reveals something new or different than the last time I may have read a particular section of scripture when seeking God's face about any thing. Especially when I've read something in His word or have been praying about something and reminded Him of what He said,promised or I've questioned Him about. Then He answers me when on here or secular social media through another bible verse or devotional that someone shares that seems to speak directly to me. By His spirit I know,I just know He confirms His word like this,answers me and leaves me thankful and in awe of Him. Mans wisdom truly is foolishness and it's amazing when God uses any means possible to communicate with us.
November 12, 2015
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Daisy Lugardo
Daisy Lugardo Very Powerful, I just love the reflection and using it in my life.  Thank you for always enlightening us with his word Blessings
November 12, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I am willing to obey when He leads me . He qualifies me and helps me succeed. Sometimes it's a bit scary but if I pray for His wisdom and guidance He provides! He is so good to me!  
November 12, 2015
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider Another inspiring devotion! Thank you so much!
November 12, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield AMEEN1 I sure do not want to be a monument!
November 12, 2015
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Alane Grosz
Alane Grosz I am so fortunate to have found this community of faith.  Thank you for you message.  Lord, stretch me.  
November 12, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!  I still keep growing everyday.          
November 12, 2015
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen Lord, thank you that our ways and our thoughts are not like yours, and thank you for this day let us rejoice in it and in the revelations of your word and love each day for us. And thank you for your fresh Grace, Mercy, and Blessings each morning Lord. Amen 
November 12, 2015
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you pastor for your awesome insight!  
November 12, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander AMEN
November 12, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen 
November 12, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, Help me to make wise decisions Today.
November 13, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Loved every word.  Truth.  So many faces of God I do not ever expect to see them all only in Heaven at His feet. Do want to keep moving.  I pour out my heart & then He helps me to keep moving.  I so appreciate that part of the Lord Jesus!
November 13, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
November 16, 2015