The Promise Keeper

Posted by Dion Todd May 25th, 2024 1,139 Views 25 Comments

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29 WEB.

I know a dad who bought his son a car because he had taken a turn for the better. Not very long after this, his son got a drunk driving charge with it. So the dad took the car back and sold it. I don't blame the dad. I may have done the same, but human gifts are often more of a loan, a bonus, or a reward than an actual gift. If we can take a gift back, it's not a gift, for it was never actually theirs.

God doesn't take back His love, gifts, or calling of us, no matter what we do. His goodness and decisions are not based on our performance or our behavior. Of course, we should try and live right, but He knows us better than we do. He didn't call us or give us the gifts in our life because we were good. It's because He is good and faithful to keep His promises.

When I was around twenty years old, God told me to prepare myself. For one day, I would be in the ministry and a teacher of His word. I believed Him and began attending Bible college. After years of studying, praying, fasting, spending long nights at school after work, and getting ordained, I had a train wreck right at the end of it. I went through a long, drawn-out divorce that got really ugly and took two years.

I resolved to just make the best of what I had left of my life, and I forgot about ministry altogether. I assumed that I had wrecked His plans for me. Years passed by. One day while praying, this verse came to mind, and I heard: "What I have told you, I will do." I was pretty sure I had messed up His plan, but I wrote it down in my journal.

In time, He herded me into the ministry like a cow through a loading chute. Now I am here writing this. Looking back, I see a string of unplanned jobs that He used to equip and train me for what we do here today. The things I learned while working on computers, playing music in bands, building websites for others, and even construction are all used here at Refreshing Hope daily. He used those years to equip and train me for such a time as this. Like Joseph, the things I went through only brought me closer to His goal. The Lord is faithful, and He keeps His promises. He was with me all the while.

No matter what you have done in your life, the same gifts, the same calling, and the same love are still there. It hibernates until spring comes. So don't distance yourself from God because you think you messed it all up. When the Lord gives us something, it comes with no strings attached, and He doesn't take it back. When your life is submitted to Him, the things you are going through will only equip you and bring you closer to your destiny.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for all You do for me. My life has taken unexpected twists and turns, but here I am, Lord, ready to serve You as best I can. Take me, use me, speak to me, and through me today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Note: โ€œDo not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.โ€ (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network

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Alicia Ransom commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

2 weeks ago


I can fully relate to this message. God needed to polish me to shine even brighter. His timing not mine. Nos are sometimes not yet in disguise.




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Mari Kaufmann commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Please find favor with my family. We need you more than ever. You are our hope. Amen



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Sylvia Todd

3 weeks ago

Praying, sister ๐Ÿ™!



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Sherry Mccosh commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Heavenly Father, I thank You for all You do for me. My life has taken unexpected twists and turns, but here I am, Lord, ready to serve You as best I can. Take me, use me, speak to me, and through me today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!




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Brenda F commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amen




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Lynn Brown commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Your will be done in my life, Amen!



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Dan Remley

3 weeks ago

Amen friend โค๏ธ



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Debi Burton commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Heavenly Father, I thank You for all You do for me. My life has taken unexpected twists and turns, but here I am, Lord, ready to serve You as best I can. Take me, use me, speak to me, and through me today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! โค๏ธ



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Dan Remley

3 weeks ago

Amen Debโค๏ธ


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Sylvia Todd

3 weeks ago

Amen, sister, praying for you ๐Ÿ™!



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Valeri Frank commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


I just want you, Pastor Dion and Sylvia, to know how very grateful I am for this ministry you have designed and put online.
I'm disabled plus I have a very compromised immune system so I don't get out and go to church like I should.
I read your devotionals daily. It's a part of my morning hour with God. Every single morning I devote my first waking hour to Him. I don't know how anyone can think that they can live this life alone without God in their lives. I can't.
So, thank you for your teaching of His Precious Word. I am truly appreciative of you ๐Ÿ™ May the Lord bless you both.
Sincerely, your friend in Jesus, Val



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Dion Todd

3 weeks ago

Thank you, Val. The Lord certainly put us here for such a time as this. Before He put us into ministry, I had a vivid dream where the Lord took us to a 7 acre field that was overgrown with brush waist high and neglected. He explained that He really needed the harvest from this particular field, that it could be grown no where else, and that if we would work it for Him, that He would provide everything that we needed to do it: The seed, the tools, the equipment... We were working in our computer business at the time, but said, Sure! ๐Ÿซก Soon, we found the computer business dried up and ourselves in ministry, and here we are ๐Ÿค” I had no idea the field was the Internet, but looking back, it makes perfect sense. He had me spend twenty years working on computer networks and websites while listening to the Bible to prepare me for such a time as this... to encourage you. Think about that. ๐Ÿซ 


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Sylvia Todd

3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for letting us know, Val ๐Ÿ’›! We always had folks like you in mind, who may have some trouble getting to a local church, when we built RHM! God bless, sister, and praying for your health ๐Ÿ™!


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Sylvia Todd

3 weeks ago

PTL, we are so grateful for you, Karen, praying always for you & Les ๐Ÿ™!


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Karen Fletcher

3 weeks ago

When my husband was no longer able to attend church because of the Alzheimerโ€™s I thought our church would still be there for us. Sadly, they turned away. I am ever so grateful that you are here. I am sure there are many more like me. I can watch a church service on the TV, but there is no interaction. The ability to interact with the others makes this place so special. Thank you for being there.


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Dion Todd

3 weeks ago

I am so glad you are a part of RHM, Karen. The live interactive church services where we could connect the Lord's people with each other from wherever they are has always been part of our vision. There are so many who have fallen through the cracks and are broken and hurt. It is an honor to gather them together in a safe non-toxic place, and build them up. The Lord told me over twenty years ago that I would pioneer new things in ministry, and I believe we are just getting started. ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜€


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Dan Remley

3 weeks ago

Sylvia you're a wonderful person. โค๏ธ



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Jerry Mashek commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


You're giving my Testimony as well, Pastor!!!โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿซ‚๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ˜



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Dion Todd

3 weeks ago

You gotta love Him! ๐Ÿ˜


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Dan Remley

3 weeks ago

Amen โค๏ธ


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Sylvia Todd

3 weeks ago

Blessings to you both, Pastor Jerry ๐ŸŒž!



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Dan Remley commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Father you have bestowed so many blessings on me. Some I have taken for granted. Thank you for your love,grace,and mercy. Guide me into whatever you have for me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen โค๏ธ




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Liesel aka lisa Wardle commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amen and amen and Amen, Lord, Thy will be done!!! Thank you for yesterday, today and all of the tomorrows!!! ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ




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Wesley Paulus commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amen hallelujah praise the lord!




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Susan Petho commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amen!




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Marisa Jackson commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amen!! ๐Ÿ™ Amen!! ๐Ÿ™ Amen!! O




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Yvette York commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


AMEN Good Morning Everyone ๐Ÿ˜€



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Sylvia Todd

3 weeks ago

Good morning, Yvette ๐ŸŒป!



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Wanda Pennington commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Yes Lord, Amen




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David Krull commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amen. Here I am Lord. Heal me for Your Namesake so I can serve You again. I love you Jesus. Thank you Jesus for the power of prayer.
Praise report. Had my heart cath yesterday and all is good. I usually have bad reaction to anesthesia but had none. Praise the Lord.




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Bella Colliander commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Lord, ready to serve you as best that I can. Thank you for keeping your promises. Amen!!




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Kay Collinsworth commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amen




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Scott Riegelmann commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amen




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Candy Laventure commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amen!




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Dana Rozell commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amen!!




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Schalk De beer commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Yes, amen Lord Jesus.




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Celeste Strenn commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amenโฃ๏ธ




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Kevin J. Eck commented on Dion Todd's blog post: The Promise Keeper

3 weeks ago


Amen,






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