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The Lord Listens

  • Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 'How long shall I bear with this evil congregation that complain against me? I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel, which they complain against me. Tell them, 'As I live, says Yahweh, surely as you have spoken in my ears, so I will do to you. Num. 14:26 WEB

    Several times in my walk with the Lord, I have seen the idle things that I have spoken come to pass in my life. Sometimes very quickly, with both good and bad consequences depending on the words that I spoke. This is an Old Testament scripture, but I can assure you it is still valid today. The Lord, and others, listen to our conversation. Be careful of the words that you say, because someone may be listening.

    Once the church we attended preached on giving so much that I began to feel nauseous. We decided that when an offering was taken, we would decide an amount to give immediately, and the longer they talked about it, the less that it would be. At the ten minute mark, it would finally reach zero.

    About that time we sold a piece of property and had a large tithe from the sale of it. We were praying about where to give it. Finally we decided to give it to our church, but I told Sylvia, 'If they preach on giving this week, we will give it somewhere else.'

    We went to church that Sunday and they preached on healing. I smiled and began to write out a check. Halfway through the healing sermon, the speaker suddenly paused, turned around, pulled out his wallet and said 'Sometimes you have to give it all.' Then he went into a twenty minute sermon on giving. I almost fell out of my chair laughing while voiding the check.

    God listens to our conversation and He had rescued us from a mistake. That day He had someone else in mind for our gift and it soon became apparent to us. We blessed some other ministries and people instead.

    Let the words that you speak be positive, encouraging, uplifting and not doom and gloom. Like a small rudder steers a ship, your tongue guides your life (James 3:4). Prophesy your bright future so that it will come to pass and do not speak curses over yourself and your family.

    Prayer: God, thank you for the wonderful life that you have given me. I know that the plans that you have for me are good! With your help, this is going to be fun, simple, and easy. I am the one that You chose for this and with Your help I am going to be the best yet! In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen 
March 24, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Thank you:) Pastor's Prayer: God, thank you for the wonderful life that you have given me. I know that the plans that you have for me are good! With your help, this is going to be fun, simple, and easy. I am the one that You chose for this and with Your help I am going to be the best yet! In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
March 24, 2016
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith AMEN
March 24, 2016
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Stephanie Blakely
Stephanie Blakely Amen! 
March 24, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen
March 24, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! There is power in the tongue. What we speak is very important and can cause blessing or curse to fall upon us. If we speak positive we will see positive results. Negative speech leads to negative results. We are to take every thouht captive and guard our speech. This is why it is so important that we are slow to speak especially if we are upset or angry.
March 24, 2016
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, Carol, beautifully put. Thank you so much. You are so sweet and you always have a special word from The Lord that blesses my heart each day. God bless you. Love, hugs and prayers my precious friend.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Thank you Tamara you are such a sweet friend!
March 24, 2016
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Amen !
March 24, 2016
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Beautiful reminder of what giving is all about, the true meaning of it, for it to go out and help and bless others. Thank you today for this message and for this beautiful prayer. God bless you and Sylvia beyond your imagination for all y'all are doing for The Work of The Lord to bring lost souls into the kingdom. Love y'all so much.
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin Amen Pastor Dion thanks for the beautiful message. Blessings to you and family.
March 24, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!!
March 24, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡ 
March 24, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Thank you for this word and reminder, it is right on time. I'm believing that the Lord will answer my prayer for something that I've been trying to hold onto, that although I may not see it happening now in my circumstances, that in the spiritual the financial blessing that I desperately  need is already on its way. Our Heavenly Father provides all that we would need in this journey, and that He works everything out for the good. Thank you Father God!!..in Jesus name..Amen ❤ 
March 24, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza amen  
March 24, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Yes, God always hears us--and I especially like the concept of "fun and easy!" Thanks so much for today's devotion!
March 24, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner That was great me message about giving how God hears what we say. I rember when Iwas exampting  with my first child read artile  why waiting doctor appointment well named thought that sounds like nice name if I have second girl name her mariah well got pregant second time had girl name mariah  guess  God was  listening that day.  
March 24, 2016
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katrina harrell
katrina harrell Yes Lord thank you God that message was awesome I needed to hear that 
March 24, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  Lord thank you for keeping me in check and for a conscious that knows what is right as well as what is wrong.  I am truly blessed by the love you shower me with and love you to infinity.
March 24, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen Pastor  
March 24, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Thank you for the prayer Pastor.  I have been praying for my son always and I am going to pray our prayer for today for Him.  "God, thank you for the wonderful life that you have given my son. I know that the plans that you have for my son are good! With your help, this is going to be fun, simple, and easy. My son is the one that You chose for this and with Your help him going to be the best yet! In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
March 24, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
March 24, 2016
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Sharon Peterson
Sharon Peterson Great advice Pastor.  I can relate.  When I was in the hospital, there was a friend that would call with such negative statements about how family members of hers died from what I was in the hospital for.  She would ask "What are you going to do when you have to move to low altitude and have no place to go?".  I replied that God was healing me and I would Glorify His Name.  I prayed and having been feeling a little better every day and am becoming more and more active.  Sometimes we just have to rebuke others negative input and receive the Lord's special gifts.
March 24, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt My belief showes what I speak, I do believe that God always knows what is best for me. and His timing is always right He wants to here me talk to him, and have a relationship with Him, then He will show me wwhat to give and who to give to, It isn't always money, some times, and a lot of times it is my time. I want to wait and listen for Him to show me what He wants me to do.
March 24, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr. Amen.
March 24, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen
March 24, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  God, I thank You for Your Grace.  Jesus, thank You for dying in my stead.
March 25, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Incredible Pastor Dion!!
March 28, 2016