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Fire and Ice

  • Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, 'So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I don't make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time!' When he saw that, he arose, and ran for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree. Then he requested for himself that he might die, and said, 'It is enough. Now, O Yahweh, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.' 1 Kings 19:1 WEB

    Elijah just had a major breakthrough in his life on top of Mount Carmel. He had won a showdown with 850 false prophets. God backed him up by answering with fire from heaven. Then Elijah prayed and brought rain, ending a three and a half year drought (James 5:17). He outran a chariot in a sixteen mile race back to town (1 Kings 18:46). This was certainly a high point in Elijah's life. A season of major breakthrough.

    Right behind the victory came sudden fear and discouragement. Elijah had to run for his life. He ran into the wilderness and then sat down and prayed that he might die, completely drained, tired, and burnt out. He lost his appetite and was consumed with self-pity. The man of God was now in a gloomy, dark, place in his life. He had gone from hot as fire, to cold as ice.

    The Lord asked him: 'What are you doing here Elijah?' Then after Elijah carefully explained his circumstance, and how it was only him against the nation, the Lord gave him a new task. Elijah now had a fresh vision, a renewed hope.

    Anyone that has walked with the Lord a while has had something go differently than they planned. You don't always get what you want, the way you want, when you want it.

    Be assured that every time that you fall down, give up, and pray to die, God is going to say 'What are you doing here again? Get up. There is still work to do.' So today, if you are ready to give up, hide under a bush and sleep, have hope.

    Sometimes the greatest defeats follow amazing breakthroughs. When that happens, get somewhere quiet, pray and get a fresh vision from God for what is next. Your journey is not over until you will no longer get up.

    Prayer: Father please give me a fresh vision for my life. Renew my hope. Take away the doom and gloom and help me focus on knowing You. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! For any who have not seen it the "Passionate About Education" group is hosting an event to celebrate the music of the season! You are all invited to join in!

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Pastor's Prayer: Father please give me a fresh vision for my life. Renew my hope. Take away the doom and gloom and help me focus on knowing You. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Thank you once again! Even on vacation you are spot on with your devotions, like you are writing just to me! I am not too discouraged just yet... there's more to my story! I am in a waiting period for sure but I know God has good plans and is hard at work in my behalf to lead and guide me to a place just right for me;) Wonder message this morning Dion! May your days be blessed <3  Hope Ya'll are having lot's of adventures here in Cali  ;) I am lovin' the photos!
December 10, 2015
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Yes, I have been there. Weary broken and tried. This road to glory has not been easy, the journey has  been really bumpy. Sometimes its even hard for me to pray, but that supernatural power of Jesus always lefts me up and puts me back on my feet. Praise be to God where all my help comes from, the maker of heaven and earth (Psalms 121:2). Thank you Lord for using Pastor Todd to deliver a powerful messages. Amen   
December 10, 2015
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Amen. Ditto :)  
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen. 
December 10, 2015
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Straight to my heart. I'm trying so hard not to give up. Amen 
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, keep holding on to Jesus and He will see you through any storm. God bless you. Love and hugs.
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April Cosper
April Cosper Pastor Dion your messages are so timely I thank the Lord for you and how the Lord gives you the appropriate and precise message that I need to hear.  God knows I struggle in my walk but being in this group of believers my brothers and sisters in Christ and the messages that you deliver helps to strengthen me. God bless everyone on this day that the Lord has made and let us all rejoice and be glad in it 
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Rebecca Goff
Rebecca Goff Amen.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr I think it would be laughable if it weren't so painful when we get like this. If we faint in the day of adversity our strength is small. Unfortunately, been there and done that many times, lol. So Thankful that Our God provides The Grace we need. Thank You Jesus 
December 10, 2015
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen
December 10, 2015
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Anthony Kulbicki
Anthony Kulbicki great read this morning...is God Awesome! :) Shared on fb. Someone else besides me needs to be blessed...or should i say along with me :)   
December 10, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez Thank you Pastor Todd. I really needed this. I have been feeling really down this week. Too much going up that sometimes I just want to give up. Thank for reminding me that God doesn't want me to give up. He has plans for me and I need to continue to reach out to him so he can show me the way.
December 10, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, keep on keeping on for Jesus.
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Arthur  Zambrano
Arthur Zambrano Amen, great message and encouragement. 
December 10, 2015
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Deborah (Deb) Harrington
Deborah (Deb) Harrington Amen!
December 10, 2015
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Rebecca Goff
Rebecca Goff Amen. Thank you lord for this word from you today.
December 10, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
December 10, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Quite a few times things didn't work out as I thought they would. Plans fell through, circumstances arose that delayed and derailed them. Other times they never came about at all. During these seasons of disappointment, discouragement, even dispair, I questioned if God was listening to my prayers,  or was He withholding blessings from me, because of something I had done or not done. Was He angry or disappointed with me?  He had a different plan, He had a better plan, everytime. He answered my needs and my prayers differently from what I had envisioned. I  was never disappointed with His answer, I was always amazed!    
December 10, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, I sure understand how you have felt at times. God bless you. Love and hugs.
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Natalie Carey
Natalie Carey It never ceases to amaze me that when I feel like lying down and would just accept death if it came to me that Pastor Dion you put up a devotional as if you wrote it specifically with me in mind. My job quest continues. I have been turned down for positions I thought I was going to be offered the job. I am behind in all my bills. My children are estranged from me. I could go on but I don't want to sound like a whiner. Thank you Pastor for keeping me focused on what is important and that is knowing our Lord and waiting upon His time, not mine. The trial is hard but I know I will be molded into a better person because of this. Natalie
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, Natalie, you can rest assure that Jesus will not fail you, nor will He ever forsake you or leave you alone. Even in the midst of any storms that we face, He will give us the wisdom to know the directions He has for us and whatever needs we might have, if we will trust Him completely, put our faith in Him, He will not let us down. God is so good and He loves you so much. God bless you. Love and hugs.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli I have had a lot of disappointments, but learned not to let them bother me anymore.  I just tell myself it is not what God wants for me right now or maybe not at all, he will have something better, he always does.  
December 10, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen
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Joseph Krell
Joseph Krell Ah yes my daily dose of blessing from RHM, and it is a blessing indeed! Just wanted to wish you all a blessed holiday season and of course a very Merry Christmas ! It's been years since I have been to California but I'm sure you'll be glad to get back to the Carolinas after having a wonderful time with family out West. Jesus is truly the reason for the season! ;-)
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Thank ypu for all your encouraging words through all your writings. I love reading them and gives me a feeling of belonging to a wonderful group. Inlove you all members of RHM ministry  Pastor Dion, Sylvia and all my brothers and sisters in CHRIST. Praying and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR CHRIST is the reason why we celebrate the season
December 10, 2015
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Kalli Cook
Kalli Cook A friend has been sending me some of your blog posts.  I signed up today because the last two she sent me were specific answers to prayer.  One was about Brisket, and the other was today's "Fire and Ice".  I signed up on your site to share the word God gave me during my prayer time this morning which beautifully dovetail's with your blog post today:  "When we are working according to our own plan, we have expectation.  When we are working according to God's plan, we have faith.  Sometimes we get faith and expectation mixed up and it can bring discouragement.  Sometimes we think we are working according to God's plan, and when things don't work out the way we expected, we get discouraged or frustrated.  That is what happens when we mix our own plan with God's plan.  Faith has no expectations.  Faith only believes.  Faith withstands all circumstances and all results no matter how they work themselves out or where they end up.  Faith cannot get discouraged or frustrated because faith's only focus is the trustworthiness of God and the dependability of His word."God bless you and your ministry.
December 10, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza I loce your post. Thank you and looking forward to your post and comments
December 10, 2015
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April Cosper
April Cosper Amen
December 10, 2015
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Allie Ponzo
Allie Ponzo How do you know if you're working on your own plan or Gods?  Sometimes it's hard to tell. 
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
December 10, 2015
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann We sure serve an AWESOME GOD!!! It just floors me that almost everytime I read a devotional it is excactly what Im going through I just want to say a sincere THANK YOU  and God is GOOD all the TIME!!!!! Amen?
December 10, 2015
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April Cosper
April Cosper I agree amen
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Deleted Member Amen
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Myrna Gonzalez
Myrna Gonzalez edited: December 11, 2015 Amen,Scott he is truly AWESOME! .
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.This is so amazing.When the storm seems to strong for you to go through,and standing against it seems never ending..Paise God when we cry out to him he still's the storm,and is there to hold on to you,and reassures you that he is more than enough,to help you through and over come every situation. Giving you peace in your heart,and restoreing Joy..Praise you LordJesus, and thank you for being my Anchor.
December 10, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I always liked this story, because it reminds me of how "human" Elijah was. Even prop[hets get burned out!
December 10, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen, We need to keep runing the race so we can finish it. Go for the prise!!! It is going to be great.
December 10, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Deleted Member Amen, please let my life be focused upon You,Jesus and that I may know Your perfect will for my life. 
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Myrna Gonzalez
Myrna Gonzalez edited: December 11, 2015 Amen,Thank you Father because u always give me strength to continue when i m lost n without hope.Thank you Yahweh.
December 11, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, we honor and praise Your Name Today, and ask that Your Spirit fall fresh on us!
December 11, 2015
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlin I know how Elijah felt. Amen
December 13, 2015