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Circling The Mountain

  • Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea, as Yahweh spoke to me; and we encircled Mount Seir many days. Yahweh spoke to me, saying, 'You have encircled this mountain long enough. Turn northward.' Deuteronomy 2:1

    The Israelites wandered forty years in the wilderness while God worked out some differences with them. Twice when they were circling a mountain, there came a point when it was time for them to move on.

    God told them in Deuteronomy 1:6, 'You have lived long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey.' Again in Deuteronomy 2:1, 'You have encircled this mountain long enough. Turn northward.'

    Many times we will huddle around a mountain in our life, circling it. We cannot move on because of __________. It affects everything that we do and we cry out for God to help, but you cannot steer a parked car. It needs to be moving.

    We meet people all the time that are trapped in a bad situation because they cannot let go of something. They are caught like a fish that will not let go of the hook. Eventually there comes a time when they get tired of circling that same mountain again and again while just growing older, and they make the change. It is just such a struggle to let it go.

    If you want to see something different in your life, do something different. If you have been trying to make a peach cobbler for years, but it always comes out as apple, it is time to try a new recipe. It may be time to stop circling this mountain.

    Give God something to work with today. Leave the mountain behind you and do what you have been putting off. Turn and take your journey.

    Prayer: Father, please give me a clear vision on how to change my life for the better. Help me overcome the obstacles that are holding me back. Set me free from this endless loop and help me break out, and break through, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! The highlighted group of the week is Count Your Blessings - God blesses us each day with the air we breathe, with new opportunities to shine His light to those around us, with time to know Him better, and so much more! This group is a place to take a bit of time each day to thank God for the blessings He has granted us! ALSO, the FAAD group will be hosting a fellowship night as their chat this week in the RHM chatroom. It will take place at 7pm EST on Thursday!

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen Lord Jesus. 
February 16, 2016
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph This message makes me think of so many journeys including the one I'm on now. Lord bless me to turn and get off this mountain for I have travel so long and I'm tried of going around in circles. Lead me Lord on the right path toward my destiny.May the Lord continue to use you Pastor Dion. What a  great encouraging message,Think you Lord, Amen. 
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, may you find your perfect directions as led by Jesus and that you will no longer circle the mountains, but be on the way to the promised land.God bless you. Love and hugs and prayers.
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles AMEN! I Am trying! "Give God something to work with today. Leave the mountain behind you and do what you have been putting off. Turn and take your journey." I am on my journey and in waiting for my next step as I can't even see that one but I need not know the whole journey to take one step! Standing in prayer & faith daily, while it is a long and wearing wait, it's the only thing worth waiting for. I know God is guiding me and I am praying I am not missing the message! Thank you for your encouragement and words of wisdom. Pastor's Prayer: Father, please give me a clear vision on how to change my life for the better. Help me overcome the obstacles that are holding me back. Set me free from this endless loop and help me break out, and break through, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, Dianna, even if we have to take baby steps to move forward, that is okay too, because we know that it will all be in God's perfect timing for each of us, because He loves and cares for us so much. Love, hugs and prayers.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you pastor Dion for your words this day Hallelujah amen
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good.
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DJ Greenawalt
DJ Greenawalt I have circled this mountain far too long.  I'm tired and ready for victory, my rightful inheritance.  God has a plan, not to circle but to move on from this wilderness.  Help me trust, obey and give up this anger, hurt and bitterness so I can move forward with everything God has planned.
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, God does have wonderful plans for you, move forward for Jesus and He will always be with you at all times. God bless you on your new journey. 
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann This message is so true for my life. My husband and I planned to move to Florida. My daughter sidetracked us with her drug addiction leaving us with four children none of which want to move. My wonderful Charlie died this past July and although I love these kids I would still love to move to Florida.  I'm stuck circling this mountain that my conscience won't let me leave. I'm praying my daughter comes to her senses soon. Amen. 
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Praying for you my sweet friend, I pray that all the mountains will be moved and that you want have to be circling them anymore, but that you will be able to go forward on your new journey and that your daughter will be healed of all addictions and realize how precious her children are and that they need their Mom in Jesus Name you are in my prayers everyday. Love, hugs and prayers.
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Listening... sounds like you have a lot going on. The loss of yr husband too.  Even grieving takes time.  Hearing what God has for the four children too.  I have given God a lot to him even children when clearly there was no.more I could do.  His hands are big, His altar is filled with love & understanding where He spoke & showed me why I needed to let go of the things I held in my heart or people or plans.  He then showed me the next step.  I soo want His way that I didn't budge till I knew that I knew.  Not my desires but His.  Blessings Mari!!
February 17, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson God thank you for pushing me beyond my fears and reminding me that you are always with me and that I need to have FAITH! I know dear Father that without you, I am nothing.  I always look to you for guidance every day and thank you for  blessing me with the many gifts you give all of us every day.  Thank you for the love you give to me and to all!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, He will give you guidance and show you the way He would have you to follow Him, just hold on, trust Him and believe in Him that He is with you all the way and He will see you through. Jesus loves you so much, you will be in my prayers everyday. Love, hugs and prayers.
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Carol McCalla
Carol McCalla Thank you Pastor for your devotion this morning.. Blessings
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, God bless you.
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Yvette York
Yvette York I needed to here this today sometimes I let things hold me back I guess I'm scared of failing my family this really touch me today thank you 
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Always know when you are in God's perfect will, you don't have to worry about failing anyone or  yourself, because Jesus will be with you all the way. Love, hugs and prayers. God bless you.
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, Thank you Pastor Dion for the inspirational words of the Lord and it is always a blessing to begin the day with inspiring words of the Lord. Have a blessed dy everyone.
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Sylvia Russell
Sylvia Russell Thank you Jesus
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, Praise The Lord. God is so good and He loves us so much.
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Wow..... this has been my life for the last four or five years!  Praying the breakthrough comes soon!  It's hard to move on when you don't know which way to go. 
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Praying for divine directions for you, that you will know where Jesus is guiding your every footstep to go where He wants you to go and be what He wants you to be. God bless you, always know Jesus will always be with you and He loves you so much and you will never take one step alone as you put your faith and trust totally in Jesus. Keep on keeping on for Jesus and you will see that perfect path to walk through. God bless you. Love, hugs and prayers.
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Thank you! (((hugs))) <3  Feels like things starting to move, still not sure exactly where though! lol :) 
February 16, 2016
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Melinda Garner
Melinda Garner Amen and Amen I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
February 28, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, what a wonderful and blessed messaged today. God bless you. Love, hugs and prayers.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Change can be very good, if we just allow it to happen. 
February 16, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member A very beautiful and meaningful sermon, thank you so much, I pray your prayer over my life today. God bless you and Sylvia. Love y'all so much.
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡
February 16, 2016
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Yes Lord, HELP me to overcome the obstacles that are holding me back!!
February 16, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Change comes. Eventually for nothing is forever.  Only our LORD ALMIGHTY is forever.  Let us put our trust in HIM always.  That is what I have in my heart.  Hope, Faith and Trust and all is well with our GOD ALMIGHTY.  Peace and love to all.
February 16, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you for this message. Change can be a very good thing....Let go and let God...
February 16, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
February 16, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
February 17, 2016
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen. Really great devotional Pastor Todd.
February 17, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Lord, Help me to bteak out and break through!
February 17, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Thank you, Cheryl <3!
February 23, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thanks..Blessings Dion & Sylvia!
February 17, 2016
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Rosemary Gurrola
Rosemary Gurrola This is perfect for what I've been thinking of doing  I would like to move out of California and live n New Mexico I ask God what to do my grown kids are  here and my grandchildren are here,so much thinking! Also  I think maybe I'll wait til next year I just  don't no! 
February 23, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd But Rosemary, New Mexico is very hot :)! Haha, I just had to say that as a person raised in California :). May the Lord guide you and open the doors to the place where He would have you live, in the name of Jesus!
February 23, 2016
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Melinda Garner
Melinda Garner Lord help me to break free, I am stuck and do not know what you have me to do, guide me Oh Lord to do Your way, I know that you love me and only want what is best for me, Your will be done not mine I love You my Sweet Lord
February 28, 2016