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Cruise Control

  • For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11 WEB

    Have you ever gone into your prayer room thinking that you were right in step with the Lord, but came out in tears after seeing just how far off you really were? I have, more than once. I call it Cruise Control.

    When things begin to go smoothly in your life and everything is working like it should, and your prayers have been answered, it becomes easy to grow complacent. To just drift and let the current carry you along.

    Of course you still pray, you still go through the motions, but your whole heart is not in it, and your mind is always somewhere else. As surely as you breathe, you eventually drift off course and the sooner that you correct it, the better.

    God is always welcoming us into His loving arms. He is always there for us just a prayer away. Make some time for God today. Ask the Lord to make what is important to Him, important to you. Intentionally seek out the Lord's presence as if you mean it. There is a great reward for those that do. He promised that we would seek Him and find Him, when we search Him with all of our heart.

    Prayer: Father, I seek You today. Lead me into all that You have for me. Help me to see through Your eyes and make what is important to You, important to me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! So easy to just be on auto pilot.Thank you for the reminder to give it my all! Blessings and peace:) Pastor'Prayer: Father, I seek You today. Lead me into all that You have for me. Help me to see through Your eyes and make what is important to You, important to me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.s 
January 25, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.
January 25, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Answer my prayer Lord. Amen
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Deleted Member Praying for you and in agreement for answered prayers. God bless you.
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Linda Masters
Linda Mastersedited: January 25, 2016 Pastor Dion... You have hit the nail on the head once again! But then you do that with great regularity! Thank you for your obedience in His service! You minister to me AND my husband EVERY day and we are so very blessed by it. We know that 'The Word' is directly from THE WORD... The Bible! and we appreciate that! May God Bless you, your family and this ministry, Pastors Marc and Linda Masters
January 25, 2016
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Deleted Member God bless you.
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Pastor Linda :)
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Trish Hicks
Trish Hicksedited: January 25, 2016 Amen definitely right on target. However Pastor Dion I do have a question. This happens to me often. I don't know exactly what it is I do to get my focus back on the Lord for a never ending time., or so it appears to be in tune with him. Pastor Dion how does one get his or her focus on God and keep it there. I am having alot of marital issues.And almost everyday its something if its not my husband its the pets.I will spend somtime in the morning with him, read often during the day,spend some stime in prayer before bed, unless i am so tired i can't even keep my eyes opened to pray.I will just under my breath make up my own prayers in my thoughts instead of reading the prayers i uually read from prayers that avail much. So in doing all of that I often do feel like i am just going through the motions,with my mind clearly off the focus of him. How does one change that.
January 25, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles I feel that way too some days Trish. All I can say is I just keep on trying and keep on praying for my focus to be where it should be and not on the enemy's distraction's. I know when the negative of any kind sneaks in that it's just Satan trying to keep my focus so I just keep refocusing;) Praying we both get  better at this soon:)
January 25, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Hi Trish, I believe this is a God thing. God will bring things to your heart, Pray to Him from your heart, He knows your heart anyway. Meditate on His word, and pray it back to Him. One of my life verses is Psalm 62: 1-2,5-8. I pray this often to renew my mind. I say this very humbly, because it isn't about me, It is all about God. God has helped me through praying many scripture back to Him. God will bring these to your mind, just when you need them. We can't stop life, and God doesn't want us to, but we can include Jesus in our life. I hope this helps, It sure has helped me. Love Twila.
January 25, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Well, you can over analyze yourself and that is not good either. For me, spending time alone with the Lord in the morning helps me a lot and shapes my day. As far as keeping the fire burning, I find it like a lot like tending a fireplace, you have to maintain it or it will go out. There is no other way and you cannot automate it. On our recent trip, we were rushed and busy everyday with family and I rarely had time to be alone and pray, and wow can I tell it... As soon as the weather warms a bit, I will be doing a fast. ( I hate being cold and hungry and try to avoid long fasts in the winter. ) 
January 25, 2016
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thank you Pastor Dion for inspiring words from the Lord it is always a blessing to start the day with words from the Lord.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Christine Thompson
Christine Thompson Amen! Thank you for your wonderful words Pastor.
January 25, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome I can because you have made me that way amen
January 25, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen. Thank You Pastor. 
January 25, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Jer 29:11, One of my favorite verses. It is diffentantly a HEART thing with my LORD. He knows the thoughts toward me, thoughts of peace not evil. To give me hope in my latter end, I will call on Him and I will pray to Him, I will listen to Him, seek Him ,and I will find Him, when I search for Him with ALL of my heart. Thank you Pastor Dion, for this devotion.
January 25, 2016
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Joseph Krell
Joseph Krell Another week, bright sunshine, and a great  devotional,  definitely a blessing  going  on here!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Great message
January 25, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! When the storms come it is to draw us closer to him, so we do not grow complacent. He is always there to calm us in the midst of a storm. Sometimes he calms the storm but I find more often he calms me!
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Deleted Member Amen, so beautifully said, thank you so much for sharing this with us. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Deleted Member Please Jesus, I let me be in Your Will at all times.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!
January 25, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield It's easy to become complacent. But after reading today's message, I want to seek God with all my heart--every day!
January 25, 2016
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider This is right on time for me...I am coasting.  thank you so much Dion! This is just what I needed to hear!
January 25, 2016
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible I really needed to read this today as my bloodwork shows my colon cancer is growing. I'm praying for peace for myself and especially for my husband for whatever comes next. 
January 25, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Debbie I pray that you are completely healed and that a peace settles over you and your family during this stressful time, in the name of Jesus. 
January 25, 2016
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible Thank you. 
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen.
January 27, 2016
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Jeanie  Fleming
Jeanie Fleming Debbie:  May Abba [God] wrap you in His arms and heal you.  May He bless you and your husband more than you would ever dream possible.  May he surround you with His wings of protection and bring you a peace that passes all understanding. May He touch your Doctors and provide them with the knowledge they need to perform the miracle needed to rid your body of this cancer, if it is part of His plan for you, Debbie.....I beg this in the name of Yeshua HaMashiach [Jesus The Messiah], The one and only son of Adonai Elohim [God the Creator].
January 25, 2016
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible Thank you. 
January 25, 2016
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen.
January 27, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Praying that God will touch you right now! By the finished work of Christ at Calvary I pray you will, and already are Healed in Jesus name Amen!
January 25, 2016
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Jeanne Hill
Jeanne Hill Praying for you and your family and the doctors who care for you.
January 25, 2016
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible Thanks!
January 29, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Hi Debbie,  adding you to our prayer list!  May His peace be with you by the order of a "Wheel Barrel" Full! And, yes, with your husband
January 28, 2016
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible Thank you!
January 29, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes, Lord Jesus, I pray it in Your name, amen. 
January 25, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
January 25, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
January 26, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams  Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord have mercy.  Help me to have the right focus.  Use me for Your Glory.
January 26, 2016
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen. It's just like a marriage. You take for granted your spouse sometimes. You become complacent. You need to spend quality time with them. That's where true love is found.
January 27, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler My heart wants to sing.....just love the bottom line in the question of asking the Lord with our heart of "What is important to Him!! amen!!
January 28, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you pastor Dion! We finally finished our move and our internet is finally up and running I sure have missed my morning devotional !
January 28, 2016