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The Good of the Land

  • I have been young, and now am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his children begging for bread. All day long he deals graciously, and lends. His seed is blessed. Psalms 37:25 WEB

    Today is the tomorrow that you were so worried about yesterday and it is not as bad as you thought. So many times over the course of my life I have been worried about what was coming, but when it arrived, so did God.

    An unexpected bill comes due, and then an unexpected way to pay it, all in God's perfect timing. Year, after year, after year, He has proven to me that you can trust Him. It is never early, but then never too late. I found that the times of lack were when God was trying to steer me into something else, or get my attention.

    God's help arrives on time and yes, He does care for us. God loves everyone of us unconditionally, but if you want to walk in the goodness of God, then love Him back unconditionally. Salvation is a free gift because we could never obtain it anyway, but God's blessings have always been conditional on our behavior.

    Yes I know that many have a problem with this and want to believe that we can walk in the fullness of God's blessings while pretending that we do not even know Him, but scripture leads me to believe otherwise. Here are a few that come to mind:

    'Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you shall listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I command you this day; and the curse, if you shall not listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God' (Deuteronomy 11:26).

    'Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you' (Exodus 20:12).

    'Also delight yourself in Yahweh, And He will give you the desires of your heart' (Psalms 37:4).

    'If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land' (Isaiah 1:19).

    'Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well' (Matthew 6:31).

    'Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you' (Luke 6:38).

    Obedience to God's word is imperative to His blessings. In each of these scriptures, we have a choice to make that determines what will happen in our life. Jesus bore our sin on the cross, but we are to take up our own cross and follow Him (Matt. 16:24). We still have an active part in this, and if we are willing and obedient, we will eat the good of the land.

    Summary: If we will not live by His word, we will not live under His blessing. The prodigal son left his Father, went out on his own, and nearly starved to death (Luke 15:17).

    Prayer: Father I thank You so much for all that You have blessed me with. Teach me Your word and give me grace to live it daily. I want to be obedient and eat the good of the land. Teach me how and show what I need to change in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Thank you :)
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good.
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Gail Sellu
Gail Selluedited: December 28, 2015 Amen, thank you Lord for your grace and mercy!  I love you Lord and want to do your will,  lead me and guide me!  Give me strength and courage!  In the mighty name of your son Jesus' I pray.
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Deleted Member Amen, I too Gail want to serve Jesus stronger and better than ever before. I pray for strength and courage to be what He wants me to be. God bless you. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen 
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good, I just Praise Him for His Word and for using Pastor Dion and Sylvia in this wonderful ministry to touch and bless so many lives. I pray that this New Year will bring many new souls to Christ. I am praying and believing for many many souls to be saved. Love and Prayers.
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro I have struggled with this for quite a while.  One cannot follow Jesus without changing the things in their life that separate us from Him.  A New Year is afoot and another year to change what needs changing and work on my personal relationship.  Closer is better!  Amen
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Deleted Member Jesus loves you so much, and with a new year upon us, I think it makes all of us look at the past year and want the new year to be better than ever, and what way for it to be better than to give our all to Jesus and serve Him with all of our heart and soul. Closer is truly Better. Love and Hugs.
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Pray you are doing better
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Thank you Lord for your word through your servant Pastor Todd,  help us daily to walk in your Word and to Listen
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Deleted Member Amen, may we all desire to walk in The Word and to have our ears open to hear what Jesus has to say to us and be a willing vessel for Him. Jesus loves us so much.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez Thank you Pastor Todd for your beautiful writing. You are correct, when we follow God and allow him into our lives he does wonderful things for us.
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Deleted Member Amen, beautifully said, Laura, He truly does desire to do wonderful things for us, if we will be willing to follow Him and be in His will.
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Deleted Member Amen, I believe that too, that we miss out on a lot of wonderful blessings through being disobedient or not trusting Jesus as we should. God bless you. Love and Prayers.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen! God is never early or late. He so wants to bless me. I pray that I will listen to His voice and be obrdient I want to have a great relationship with my LORD.
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Deleted Member Amen, Twila, I too want to be an obedient servant to Jesus and have a closer relationship with Him than ever before. I want to pray and listen to His Voice and be ready and willing to do what He would have me to do. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Man, a lot of meat in that message. Thank you brother for your continued dedication and service to our Father, Son and Holy Spirit. By doing so you are helping your brothers and sisters grow more in Christ. Again thank you.
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Deleted Member Amen, I sure am growing daily in Jesus through the daily word, all the wonderful things that are going on here at RHM and my heart desires to be closer to Jesus than ever before. I want to be able to hear His still small voice anytime and to know what He desires for me to do and to be in His perfect will. God is so good and I am so thankful for this ministry and for all that Pastor Dion and Sylvia do. Love and Prayers.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I used to worry more and pray less, now I pray a lot more and I don't worry about anything. I trust Him to provide for my family's needs. He always has and always will. When one door shuts another opens. As I walk with Him, He leads me beside His still waters and I have peace knowing He is with me through every second of my life. He will never forsake me!
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful testimony, you bless my heart so with all the strength and faith that you have. You are a blessing to my heart and soul. Love and Hugs and Prayers. Thank you for being you. You are a blessing to me in so many ways. Thank You.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady You are so special to me! I love you for your sweet gentle spirit! God bless you and keep you always!
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Deleted Member Thank you so much, love you.
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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good and He loves us so much, He always wants us to serve Him and love Him, He will never leave us or forsake us, all we have to do is put our trust and faith in Him. He will take care of His children. God bless you. Love and Prayers.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good, He will see us through all things and He will take care of His children all we have to do is trust Him, put our faith in Him and let His perfect will be done in our lives, because He loves us so much, He only wants what is best for us. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Lesa M. Merrill
Lesa M. Merrill Thank you for this devotional today.  I needed to hear this as I am strugggling right with God's will and timing on circumstances at home. 
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Deleted Member Amen, Lesa, this was an ontime message, I needed to hear this today too, I want to draw closer to Jesus than ever before and my desire is to be the servant that He would be please with. God bless you and you will be in my prayers. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen, what a beautiful message today, that if we serve Him we will not have to have these worries, but if we don't then when we find ourselves not trusting Jesus as we should or not serving Him as we should, sometimes, things that are painful will come our way to get our attention so that we will desire to go back to Jesus and serve Him from the bottom of our hearts and souls. God is so good. He loves us so much. I am so thankful that He loves us so much, that if we falter by the way, He always has His arms open wide to welcome home again if we will come. Thank you, it blessed me all the way into the depths of my heart and soul. A gentle reminder of just how much Jesus loves us.
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen Tamara!
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you for the Truth....need reminding as reading the Word daily so live for Him and give Jim all our concerns!  
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen Father! Please  Jesus anything that is not pleasing to you in me show me and help me get rid if it. RID ME OF MYSELF I BELONG TO YOU! Thank you JESUS Amen!
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen,  thank you Pastor Dion for sharing the word of the Lord.
December 28, 2015
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Rhonda Neal
Rhonda Neal Hi Dion, I pray all is well and look forward to speaking with you when you return. Loved the devotion and fully understand your point. God always asks us to do something backed up by a promise or blessing. In reading the devotion a couple of times, I would ask how does "grace" overlap our behavior relative to blessings? As Christians, we do not always behave well yet He still blesses us because of His grace and mercy. Not that we abuse it according to Roman's 6, but it begs to ask whether behavior alone illicits or unlocks His blessings.
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, order my steps in Your Word.
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen Thank you Pastor!
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
December 29, 2015
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Joann Williams-Dixon
Joann Williams-Dixon Thank you, and thank the Lord for these wonderful messages.  Each one is a confirmation of what I believe in my heart, and I forward them to family and friends.  May the Lord richly bless you and this ministry.
December 29, 2015
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Jeanne Hill
Jeanne Hill Concerning the devotional 'The Good of the Land', concise and practical explanation of God's goodness and blessings.  Thank you Pastor Todd.  God bless your ministry.
December 29, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you for points on what God shows in His word what brings His blessings.  Thinking of others while He's thinking of us.  He loves to bless us.  I wait.
December 30, 2015