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A Line in the Sand

  • Yahweh said to Joshua, 'Get up! Why have you fallen on your face like that?' Joshua 7:10 WEB

    Joshua lay on his face before the ark of the Lord all evening. Yesterday he was a mighty warrior, but now Israel had lost the first battle at Ai because one of the men with him had broken the Lord's commandment concerning Jericho.

    When they crossed the river into the promised land, Jericho was the first city that they faced. All of the gold and silver and valuables were to be brought into the Lord's treasury (Joshua 6:19). It was a 'tithe' or 'first fruits' offering to the Lord.

    Israel could have all the rest of the cities, but not the first one. It was God's. Achan took some of the gold from Jericho anyway and hid it in his tent, then God turned away from them, and Israel lost the next battle at Ai.

    Joshua was betrayed, and it was not even Joshua's fault, but it certainly affected him. As he lay on his face, crying out to the Lord in pain, hurt, depression, and defeat, he got an answer.

    The Lord had a solution: "Get up! Deal with the past, and let's go." He was not to lay there a moment longer, as he was being slowly swallowed in self pity, anxiety, and fear of what might happen because of this defeat. Joshua got up, dealt with it, and was never defeated again.

    We can make a fresh start in life today. We can turn around at any point and begin to put God first, believe and trust in Him to take care of us. It is time to draw a line in the sand that we will no longer cross. To commit to the Lord Jesus, and not compromise for a cheap thrill. To break from the destructive patterns of our past.

    If you have something that is haunting you today, do what Joshua did: Lay before the Lord and pray until you get your answer. The strength, wisdom, and encouragement to deal with it will soon come. Then make a fresh start with a clean slate, because today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make it count.

    Prayer: Father please forgive me of my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Wash me and I will be clean. Give me a fresh start today. Make my choices clear and speak to me in ways that I understand, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy New Year! We pray that you each have a very blessed and joyful 2016! Thank you all so much for being part of Refreshing Hope Ministries!

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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen Pastor.  
January 1, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Prayer: Father please forgive me of my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Wash me and I will be clean. Give me a fresh start today. Make my choices clear and speak to me in ways that I understand, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Thank you
January 1, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Thank you Jesus for forgiving me all my sin's, faith is belief in action, help me LORD to believe what you have done for me, and to act on this belief. Thank You for giving me the Holy Spirit that teaches me all things. I want to learn to wait on You and your timing.  I want to trust in You, and to pour out my heart before You, because You are my only refuge, my Rock, my strength, my hope, my salvation, my stronghold, and much more.
January 1, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen I am blessed this day
January 1, 2016
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, wishing you and your family a Happy and prosperous New Year!
January 1, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Wow! A fantastic New Years Day Message! Dorene and I have just finished praying after reading it, and have asked The Lord for a Yoke Breaking annointing for the new year(I drink too many beers, she likes to many cookies, lol). We are so thankful for RHM. Love and Prayers from Texas
January 1, 2016
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Michele  Smart
Michele Smart Nice to see a couple that is unified and working together.  Getting more rare these days so you two are blessed to have each other.  Good luck with those beers and cookies! Lol
January 1, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Thanks Michele! 
January 3, 2016
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Anthony Kulbicki
Anthony Kulbicki Happy New Year and thanks for the Word. This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. So thankful for a new day and a new year to allow God to continue working on me and working on striving to be His man and burying the old man. God is good!
January 1, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion! When we confess our weaknesses to God and repent of our sins,  He rejoices! We must never listen to the lies of the enemy. We are always welcomed back, if we just come. We can come filthy and covered with a multitude of sin, we only need to come. If we pray for Him to wash us anew and to strengthen our faith and help us stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to Him, He does just that! Turn to our Savior Jesus and firmly proclaim , I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back! I am testimony that if we put God first in our lives, make Him Lord of all, He will never disappoint us, His Grace is my little bit of Heaven that shines brightly in this broken,fallen world!
January 1, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelliedited: January 1, 2016 Amen!!  Happy New Year everyone.  May 2016 be a year filled with man of God's Blessings, Good Health and may it be a prosperous one.  
January 1, 2016
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Michele  Smart
Michele Smart Thank the Lord for a New Year!  Another chance to get things right or at least do better.  I'll be waiting for that clarity that only God can give to guide my choices in 2016.  Happy New Year to all!
January 1, 2016
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman Amen.  May God continue to Bless you and Sylvia in this New Year. And love and blessings to all in our Refreshing Hope Community.
January 1, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen..May this new year bring waves and waves of new blessings to all. ♡
January 1, 2016
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlin Amen! Sometimes the same problems get thrown in your face day after day. I just keep praying thins will be different but m not seeing any light. i would like to wish you Pastor and Sylvia a very Happy New Year, to all the RHM members too!! Blessings to you all.
January 1, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Thank you for this reading of Gods word,and the Prayer. Yes Heavenl Father we give you thanks for the beginning of a New Year.Lord my desire is to spend more time in your presence in prayer and reaching out to others.That you will be give the Glory for all that you have done and doing in people's lives.Give me a hearing heart and the wisdom ,that I will be lead by The Holy Spirit to do your will.In Jesus name I pray. A Happy New Year.to you all.Thank you Pastor..
January 1, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paroedited: January 1, 2016 Dion~ I really needed this reinforcement today. I was not waiting for His answer.  I came to believe in the Lord's guidance and answers to my difficulties.  I was tempted by Satan again today and with His help, won the battle!  Praise the Lord!  Happy 2016!
January 1, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I'm starting the New Year with an unexpected head cold and was feeling sorry for myself before I read today's devotion.Thanks as always for the timely message!
January 1, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
January 1, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you that we can make a fresh start today.That is so comforting to know.There is no use by date with God.
January 1, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan Happy happy!!!!!!!  Very powerfull Teaching! I realize My stubborness  also My need for change! I realize surrender give it up what ever it may be!! Crystal Blue Persuasion, one of My great ole  tunes! His gentle persistant! He don't for get--Aw what were would like too! Persistant action towards your goals!!!!!!
January 1, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen and Happy New Year to you guys too! Thanx for all u do for the Kingdom may God Richly Bless you and your family in 2016,
January 1, 2016
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Yes, Lord, please let this New Year, be a new beginning in all things, let You will be done in our lives and let us be directed by You in all that we say or do or go in Jesus Name. 
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord lead, guide and direct me Today, and Help me submit to you.
January 2, 2016
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Thank you God for putting this in front of me today.I need to let go of the past and fears .Please give me a fresh start .In Jesus name I pray.  
January 2, 2016
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Jeanne Hopple
Jeanne Hopple Thank you for this special message Pastor Dion. Let this New Year be a blessed new start for us all. I pray for wisdom, strength and perseverance to work daily toward my goals this year and stay focused on keeping Jesus first in my life daily. Bless my friends and family and help me to serve Him daily in all that I do in His glorious name. Amen!
January 2, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
January 2, 2016
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Yes Lord I need you to speak to my Heart and lead me in your way
January 3, 2016