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The Silent Time

  • a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak Ecclesiastes 3:7 WEB

    When attending classes in school, the teacher is right there with you, answering any questions that you may have and explaining the subject matter. But when the test comes, you are on your own to complete it. The teacher will no longer answer your questions until the test is over and you will only hear silence, or stern discipline.

    When it is time to test what you have been learning, you have to be attentive and apply yourself. Are you ready to go to the next chapter, or do you have to re-take this same test for the third time? You will eventually have to pass it in order to advance.

    I know that He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), but there will be times when He is not speaking. My wife and I are always together, but we are not constantly talking. You can be in His presence and hear silence. During Hezekiah's most prosperous time, God left him for a season to test him, that he might know all that was in his heart. (2 Chronicles 32:31).

    At times in your walk with the Lord Jesus, you are going to experience this. You will have to live what you have learned. Walking with the Lord is more than words. When it happens, do not panic. This is a normal progression and you are not a special case. Times like this have a set beginning, and an ending. The test will also scale to match your level.

    If you are trying your best but still going through a silent time in your life, and it seems that God has nothing to say to you, then you are probably going through a test. Hold your head up, think positive, and remember the things that you have been taught during the previous months. They are the key to what you are going through now. Soon this test will be over, and if you have paid attention you will advance to the next level. If you fail it, you will be given another chance.

    Prayer: Father, I pray that You bring all the things back to my remembrance that I need to know today. I know that You have already put the things that I need inside of me. Bring them back to the surface. I need You today, In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Thank you:) Pastor's Prayer: Father, I pray that You bring all the things back to my remembrance that I need to know today. I know that You have already put the things that I need inside of me. Bring them back to the surface. I need You today, In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Amen.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Amen. Thank you Father
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, God is so amazing, He always knows what to send us daily. God bless you my precious friend.
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!  With Our Fathers constant guidance, love and reassurance, we will make it through!  Thank you Father for being my constant companion and guide!  Amen!!
May 3, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I believe this also.
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Deleted Member Amen, me too.
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, Jesus will never let you go, He will always be your constant companion even in the storms, He is right there. He will lead and guide you in His perfect will.
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan            Thanks Pastor!!!!!!!!!!! Whoa, to move from away is a real action!! I recall going from event to event-winning in His Glory, Myself not having a clue how to conqure it!! He never gives Us more than we can handle! We certianly can take the reins and make a mess of things!!!!! Not self consciousness God confidence-yep!!
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.  
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good all the time and He never will fail us or leave us alone, He is our conqueror and we will be the winners in the end. God bless you, Mike, you so bless my heart. Thank you for sharing. Love and prayers my friend.
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Thank you Dion~ Your words touch me.  I have been given the test I have just been through and yesterday I passed with flying courage!  It took time and patience and practice and failed attempts but I never quit. I kept praying and the faith I had never waivered.  The faith faltered but it was there.  I have gotten to the next level.  Perserverance has been the key for me.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen, Kath, God is faithful.
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord, Kath, God is so good and He will always be there to help you through any tests we have to face, even in our storms, He is right there, KEEP ON KEEPING ON FOR JESUS,  because HE loves you so much.
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner I know be true six months after moving here  as got into prayer rember struggling sucid thoughts I could not write for whole year looked backed to my old pomes trying figure out what thought then but could not as found peace in God stuck out in prayer   one saturday morgingcould not stop writing until my carmtunal  had starting hurting so know this be true God dose put through test realized  God may never gave gift write spirtual  back if had not stuck out .
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.
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Deleted Member Amen, Heide, Jesus will always come to your rescue, He will show you what you need to do and He will never, ever leave you. He is there with you all the time even in the midst of our storms of this life. I pray a divine touch over your writing and that you will be blessed to be able to write all the things that are on your heart and in your mind, so that you can share and be a blessing to others and help others as you are such a blessing to us. Love and prayers my precious friend.
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Your words have touched me again .I need you Lord today and everyday .Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, yes, Amen, the words have truly touched my heart today in such an amazing way. I am so thankful for this beautiful message. I surely needed this today too. Love and prayers my friend.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I pray that I will remember what God has taught me so I will be able to live it out. Joshua 1:9, Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous "Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
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Deleted Member Amen, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful scripture today, it blessed my heart so much.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
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Shalita Whiteside
Shalita Whiteside I so needed this word this morning. I knw what im going thru is just a test lord and i knw u will bring me thru this. You always been there ..never left my side  ..I promise i want give up or give in  ..i need u today more then ever in Jesus christ i pray Amen  
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Deleted Member Amen, Shalita, thats right keep on for Jesus, never give up, because no matter the test or the storm, Jesus will bring us through, He won't fail You, hold on to Him like never before. God is so good and everything will work out for you through your faith in Jesus. He loves you so much.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!! 
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡ 
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Deleted Member This has so been the message for me today. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I feel like I have been going through one of the hardest testing times of my life, but I know that even though Jesus is quiet while I am taking this test, He will soon speak to me, because I will have passed the test, as long as I keep my faith and trust in Jesus and wait upon Him. God is so good and I know His timing is always just right. Love you and Sylvia. God bless y'all. This ministry has mean't more to me than you could ever imagine. It has helped me through many days, to help me to hold on to my faith and be strong, even when I feel so weak. Thank you for Refreshing Hope.
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner thankyou for being so honstly with how feel somtimes I know this hard for me  also learn so much let go worry what other will say has free me  to more real even  not always easy for me  .
May 3, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen! Great message pastor Dion. Thank you Jesus!!
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Thank you Pastor, for these encouraging words.
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen pastor WOW what a powerfull devotion today I love love love it, thanx so much have a super great day y,all, Gods BEST to each of you who are reading this post!
May 3, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Thank you for the words of encouragement that I really needed to hear.Sometimes, I get frustrated and miss that small, quiet voice of the Lord!
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Amen!! Thank you for your daily devotion Pastor Dion. Silent time today and peace would really help me with my withdrawal. Today it started and i've been praying to the Lord, and my head stopped hurting so i'm trying to just read and enjoy the silent time with my Lord. Thank You Again!! God Bless You!! <3 
May 3, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord I remember a time some years ago when God appeared to go silent. No matter how I prayed I couldn't seem to get to God. It was like a glass ceiling was stopping my prayers from getting through. Eventually after a time of emotional healing I started to hear God again. It was a hard time and looking back maybe it was a testing and learning time for my late husband and I. We got through it and our faith in God increased. Thank you Pastor Dion.
May 3, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  God, I thank You for never leaving or forsaking me; and I thank You for always giving me another chance!
May 4, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Currently not silence.  Yet a lot has been lately with me.  Sinus head cold & finally got  med, then yesterday I came home after noon time from being in hospital over nite due to heavy vomittin $ diarrhea.  Very ill and too weak.  Lots of IV fluids, nausea,  Greatful to Today during  it all my husband was able to come and be with me till tests were done and go home. I knew the Lord was there while very sick and I did call on Him for help.  My two different neighbor's helped me.  One early to get dogs in & out of rain.  The next neighbor at around 1:30 am to come & assist with dogs for I was very weak.  And an ambulance came to take to hospital.  Soo dehydrated & nauseated yet.  Some others have had this stomach virus.  As I was leaving & waiting for Charlie to get the car I met a young mother upset...I asked & she had an 11 year old boy sweating & vomitting etc in the emergency at that time.  He was doing it all nite too.  My heart went out to this young boy for he did this the whole nite.  Wow!  Am still weakened.  Make appts for mammogram & cancel.  Did it now again.  Will try next week I guess.  It is the Lord's hands.  Last night before my husband left for trucking over nite his skin Doctor group called to say the doctor wants him in asap.  He gave a tentative appt time to them.  He had to cancel.  He is sleeping in NY.  He deals with skin cancer only this time one was on his right outer leg above ankle a bit.  I looked at it.  It looked deep to me.  He had only remembered the ones in his scalp.  The doctor is calling me tonight.  Praying for the appt time for Charlie  & he still has to work.  He missed days for heis still getting rid of sinus cold infection I had.  We are both running this race of health stuff.  I remember Dion when you & Sylvia were sick after a vacation you both were on to Sylvia's family.  He is our hope. I like the prayer & strength when we are weak along with He will never leave us or forsake us!
May 5, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you Dion.  So well said..a truth that has been experienced in class ofte : then the test.  Greatful to remember all there is to be remembered God has done yet as King David I believe I will be as he was in beginning of Psalms he wrote yet when emptied out to remember and remember who my God is & give Him all glory honor & praise  each step of the way.
May 7, 2016