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Two Kingdoms

  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God didn't send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn't believe has been judged already John 3:16 WEB

    What an amazing piece of scripture. God sent His Son Jesus to redeem us who were lost and give us eternal life. It is a choice that each of us will have to make at some point in our life. Who will you serve, yourself or God Almighty? There are two kingdoms and each side has its own arguments.

    Living for yourself means that you can focus on only what you want to do, spend all your money gathering more stuff to impress people that you don't like. Morality can be dismissed as an outdated concept. You can do what is right, when it lines up with what you want to do anyway. Basically, 'do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.' Guess who's golden rule that is?

    The downside of it is that this life and everything that you see with your eyes, is temporary and will pass away one day. It is the unseen things that are eternal (2 Cor.4:18). All the stuff that we have gathered on earth will be left behind, and only the treasures that we have stored up in heaven will be safe (Matt. 6:20).

    Treasures in heaven are stored up by obedience to God, loyalty, putting God first in your life. As Jesus went on to say in Matthew 6:24, 'No one can serve two masters.' Materialism is a direct conflict with serving God. It is ok to have money, but it is not ok for money to have you.

    Serving God will sometimes be painful because He is in control instead of you. If you take a knife away from a small child, they may cry because they want to play with it, even though it is dangerous for them. So it is with us. Sometimes we want what is bad and He says, 'No', so we whine.

    There will be times when doing what is right is not convenient, or pleasant. It may cost you dearly. He may tell you to give something away that you would rather keep. You will have to tell the truth when it hurts, rather than telling the easy lie. Let no one tell you that living a life dedicated to God will be easy, for it is a direct conflict with our flesh.

    When our life winds down and death approaches, the choice becomes a bit more clear. What if there is an eternity and the Bible is correct? Then the one that accepted Jesus will spend eternity in paradise, while those that rejected Him will be cast out and live in torment. We can choose to live for Jesus today.

    While you are still breathing, there is hope. Paul wrote: 'that if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, 'Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed' (Romans 10:9'11).

    We have nothing in the past that matters any more. Today is a new day and there is nothing there that can hold us back. The only thing standing between us and the Lord Jesus, is us. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make the choice, live it for Jesus.

    Prayer: Father, forgive me of my sins and the things that I have done wrong. I am sorry. Jesus, come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and guide me from this day forth. My life, is now Yours.

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen
February 26, 2016
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Janet Clary
Janet Clary Rarely have we seen a person fail whom follows His path!!   Pastor Dion, you hit the nail on the head today and so many of us need to hear this.  Gods love for us is simple-live by His words and do in His way.  I have been guilty so many times of telling that " liitle white lie" yet inside, i am eaten up with grief.  I am a true testimont that not living by the Lords word and will , can create severe trauma in one's life and the consequences are painful. When I look at what God wants me to do with my life and living in His service, its more meaningful and the rewards are unconditional.  To live, to love and to serve for our Lord is by far the best gift we are given, for a lifetime. Gods love and protection be with you and our wonderful First Lady, Ms. Sylvia!  Hugs, Janet
February 26, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen Sister! ((HUGS))
February 26, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd (((HUGS))) Well said, Janet!
February 26, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! I love that verse! Thank you for your inspired words today :) Pastor's Prayer: Father, forgive me of my sins and the things that I have done wrong. I am sorry. Jesus, come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and guide me from this day forth. My life, is now Yours.
February 26, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Dianna!
February 26, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Guide me Father. Amen
February 26, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, Lord let your will be done in my life lead and guide me, in Jesus name I pray 
February 26, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  Amen!!  Amen!!!
February 26, 2016
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thank you Pastor Dion for sharing these inspiring words this morning.
February 26, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
February 26, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I pray that I serve the Lord well, nothing else matters!
February 26, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!
February 26, 2016
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Jeff Tyrrell
Jeff Tyrrell Praise be to our loving father 
February 26, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio In Jesus name , Amen!
February 26, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Thanks pastor Dion for planting the seed of the gospel today, I pray that it will fall on good soil, and take root in the hearts that need Jesus so much. God will make them grow and has a awesome plan for each one. I thank God for His word that teaches us what we need to know to please Him. I also thank God for the peace He gives me.
February 26, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen and amen!
February 26, 2016
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Melinda Garner
Melinda Garner Living for the Lord is the only way and the jewels I want is my children and every generation after in Heaven with me, have never cared about having "stuff" it does not last but God does, am so grateful to our Lord for saving me and showing me His will and way could not live without our Sweet Lord He is my heart
February 26, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Great message! I needed to be reminded to forget the past and move on to what lies ahead--and I will trust in the Lord always!
February 26, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro I am now in total acceptance and belief of God as I never have been before.  I thank RHM, my recovery and our experience with marriage enhancement workshop for my deepening spiritual connections.  I thank you very much Dion, bless you.
February 26, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner yes wonderful messae  Know this so true of me sometimes my sister will chose mean and want scream at her for mean words what good what be if I acted this way . before got married four months before say Ido  Iwant to drink called friend sarah being ggod friend was she said no come over thought what if come home this very bad but long run I was finally free My mom had not want me say Ido she try say would have allowed she and siter call me names tease me had hard time with this I did not get anger explode even if they had want me to instead Iwent to my room as kept going on about him.
February 26, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!!  
February 26, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd "We have nothing in the past that matters any more. Today is a new day and there is nothing there that can hold us back." Yes!
February 26, 2016
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Sharon Peterson
Sharon Peterson Well stated Pastor. Wonderful topic and right to the point. I do continue to pray for our Nation that they may see the truth in this and return to Christ. Thank you for this wonderful message.
February 26, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord, Help me to walk Your path.
February 27, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen,I have chosen you my God and I have never regretted it down the years I have known you as my personal saviour .thank you pastor Todd , remain bless 
February 27, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
February 27, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Liked Living for yourself part.  It describes it great!
February 29, 2016