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Intervention

  • He came into a house. The multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. When his friends heard it, they went out to seize him: for they said, 'He is insane.' The scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, 'He has Beelzebul' Mark 3:19'22 WEB

    When I first got saved, I lost every friend that I had, but quickly gained new ones in my church family. I was born an American heathen, and the friends that I had scattered like roaches when a light is turned on at the mention of Jesus.

    Have you ever shared your faith with someone who just thought that you had lost it and had them ask, "What has happened to you?" I have. Radical was natural, but subtlety was something that I had to learn.

    It is comforting to know that when Jesus was on earth, at one point His own family thought that He was 'out of His mind.' They staged an intervention and tried to seize Him. His family and friends thought that He had lost it: 'For not even his brothers believed in Him' (John 7:5). To make matters even worse, the religious leaders from Jerusalem thought that He was possessed.

    No one that previously knew Jesus seemed to understand His calling. When Jesus visited His hometown of Nazareth, they were offended at Him and said: 'Isn't this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?' They were offended at him. Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own relatives, and in his own house' (Mark 6:3'4).

    When you get turned onto God and the little fire within you becomes a flame, the world will quickly turn its back on you. You may find that your enemies are those of your own household (Matt. 10:36). Expect it, it simply means that you are on the right path. The things that you lose for the sake of Christ will be returned with better.

    Also note that Jesus did not pursue His family or those that disagreed with Him with scripture to try and convince them or win them over. He simply moved on to those that would listen. He gave His disciples the 'Shake it off' rule (Mark 6:11). When they will not receive your message, shake it off and go to the next town. We should do likewise.

    Prayer: Father, strengthen me and give me a fresh boldness for You. Give me tact and help me recognize the right time to share with others. Put a guard over my mouth and give me the right words to speak. I thank You so much for all that You have done for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen. Sometimes when your witnessing to someone you just get that feeling that theres no sense in wasting another breath. But then there are others that the Holy Spirit tells you to keep pushing. 
November 19, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Haha! I often feel like the one out of my mind:) I have been told delivery is everything... guess I gotta work on the delivery of the message;) Shaking it off is the best when your faith is not being recieved well, but it is easier said than done some days. Thank you for this message and for your ever listening ear to God's word. Blessings
November 19, 2015
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Christie Smith
Christie Smith The word say's to dust your feet off and move on.  Absolutely know the feeling.  Intervention is a great topic as I need some today, hopefully to restore a very strained relationship that puts me in a deep depression.  I also know that God is my true Heavenly Father but do ask for prayers for some intervention as I see my Therapist tonight for advice.  Amen
November 19, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I will pray for you, Christie, I do know getting into Gods word, and meditating on it will help you. The Holy Spirit will help you understand it, and God knows what you are going through.
November 19, 2015
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez Thank you Pastor Dion,  I needed to hear his word about this today, instead of loosing sleep over it shake it off and go to the next person that does believe.  Love it! 
November 19, 2015
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, God is always on time. I read something my niece posted on FB, about needing someone in the family to take the lead. There was much I wanted and could say; however, I didn't. I chose to keep quiet until God puts it in my heart to speak so that I will say it correctly. You must be careful what you ask for and be ready when it is given to receive. 
November 19, 2015
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell I hope every one knows that this can even happen in your Church. When you have a radical expierance, it will change you. When you start to share you faith from a point of confidence, some people do not understand you and will be completely turned of by your faith.
November 19, 2015
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Myrna Gonzalez
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November 19, 2015
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Heidi Chiandussi
Heidi Chiandussi Thank you ! You are the best Pastor in the World for me you make it ezay to understand the word of God !
November 19, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I agree. Praise God that His word is getting out to so many.
November 19, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd The Lord told me long ago that one day I would take His word and make it simple to understand. I believe that we are only at the beginning of something great :)
November 19, 2015
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Myrna Gonzalez
Myrna Gonzalez Beautiful topic i needed to hear that because it's so true it's starts in your home with your children,spouse n i really need all the prayers i can get.Thank you Pastor Dion great message.May i ask to.please pray for me n family that we may find  peace im our hearts n forgivness towards one another.Yahweh bless u all m thank u again.When it rains it pours n i feel like i m drowning.
November 19, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Myrna, I will pray for you, I kinda know how you feel, not the same cituations, but have had a lot of illness the last4 years, but I have learned, and am learning that God is in control. He has taught me to wait on Him, and I have learned to serve Him in new ways. What peace He has shown me. I can't explain it but He has turned what I thought was very bad things around for my good. Keep in His word and He will teach you things that You can praise Him for. He will pick you up with His wings and never let you drown.
November 19, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen!. His word says that the lost do not undsrstand spiritual things, because Gods Spirit is not in their life. We have to just keep living our life for our God and then God will draw them to Himself. Some chose Him and some do not.
November 19, 2015
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Man, I remember that happening to me verbatim. My old "friends", did scatter like Roaches at The Name of Jesus. And the ones that couldn't get away quickly enough, looked at me like I'd just got off the boat. Many that I shared my New Love for Jesus with, reminded me not to Cast My Pearl before Swine, because they did stomp My most Precious Friend, and my new Faith, under their feet and did turn around and rend me! Great words Pastor, and great advice about the Shake Off principle. I'd have a lot less Spiritual Scars if I'd have learned that early on. Love and Prayers
November 19, 2015
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez Amen Pastor Todd. We cannot make or force people to believe in all of Jesus' promises to us. We can just pray for them and let them see through us the wonderous deeds he does, if we allow him in our hearts and lives.
November 19, 2015
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze amen!
November 19, 2015
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen
November 19, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
November 19, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Being married to a pre-believer I can relate to everything Jesus went through with His own family. I have learned to pray that I speak to my spouse about my beliefs at the proper times and at others I remain silent. God is faithful to reveal to me not only when I should speak but what I should say. My husband listens and does not argue or become angry during these times. It is through God’s guidance that I am able to witness to Jim what my faith has done for me and our family. 
November 19, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli I so totally relate to you Carol, it is the same here, so I totally understand.
November 19, 2015
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers Good stuff!
November 19, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Toddedited: November 19, 2015 Thank you Stacie. I hope that you are doing well there  :)
November 19, 2015
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Tina Poeche
Tina Poeche What an inspiring topic!  Thank you! My son is an atheist and mocks me or argues with me awful.  I can't read the bible or listen to inspirational music without being ridiculed.   I keep it quiet.  My siser who once was Christian suddenly became a non-beliver and has joined the Wicken pagan what ever it is. So worry about her when JESUS comes for us.  All i can do is pray.  I'm amongst so much negative it makes it hard to stay focused but am so glad I read this today.  Thank you!  And thank you Jesus.
November 19, 2015
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible Tina, I can relate to what you're saying. My daughter is into Buddism (so she says, I don't see the peace), and my husband is a doubter. For me, it does make it more difficult to be focused. Also, I don't want to alienate either of them from the truths I know. Thanks, Pastor Dion, for this message.
November 19, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Very inspiring and nice to know if they won't listen, just let it go and continue to live your life in a Godly manner no matter what.
November 19, 2015
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Michelle Toney
Michelle Toney I agree...you did what you were suppose to by planting the seed...the rest is between them and God 
November 19, 2015
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.yes this is so true,some people want to know you others shun you.It reminds me of Jesus,and how he was rejected.It gives me strength and encourement knowing he goes before me,and showed me the way.I often pray and ask God for words of wisdom to speak and when to remain silent.
November 19, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
November 19, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Thank you Pastor Todd for your daily messages that are so uplifting and on time.
November 19, 2015
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Donna Marotto
Donna Marotto Thanks Pastor Todd. I can totally relate to this.  I am going through this right now in my family and my husband's family.  I hope one day that my in-laws and my mom will know Jesus. God Bless!
November 19, 2015
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Pastor Todd you are an amasing man in love with God, thank you for all your insight into the word of God! Everytime I read your devotional Im left knowing more than when I started and that is so refreshing nowadays, Again thanku and God Bless youreslf and Sylvia and may our Lord grow the ministry in the way that please's Him.
November 20, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, Speak to me and through me, and give me tact and boldness.  Please Jesus.
November 20, 2015
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Deanne Rascas
Deanne Rascas This really hits home for me! My oldest brother was on fire for Jesus. He would try to preach to my 3 other brothers, but to no avail! They said they believed in God, but lived their lives as the people of this world. Bill didn't have to lead me to Jesus because I was already a practicing and on fire for the Lord, Christian. My brothers would tell me that they would just hate when he called. I talked to my brother Bill and told him to leave it in Gods hands and just pray for them instead. He became upset and said he would never give up trying. I told him he wouldn't be giving up, but that they can't be approached by anyone and that you should leave it in Gods hands to convict and stir their hearts. Never under estimate the power of prayer! My brother has gone to be with Jesus now , but I continue to pray for my brothers!
November 21, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield The exact opposite happened to me when I fell in love with Jesus--I finally found REAL friends! Up until the time I accepted Christ as my Savior, I only had acquaintanes--not true friends at all.I even met a wonderful friend here, at Refreshing Hope (Hi, Julie!) So I must thank you, Pastor Todd, for my newfound --and true--friendship!
November 21, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd That is wonderful, Kathy, and how it should be :)!
November 21, 2015