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Outnumbered

  • Yahweh said to Gideon, 'The people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel brag against me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.' Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, 'Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return and depart from Mount Gilead.' ' So twenty two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained. Yahweh said to Gideon, 'There are still too many people.' Judges 7:2 WEB

    Gideon started out with an army of thirty-two thousand men, but ended up with three hundred at the start of the actual battle. God Himself took them away and separated them from Gideon, intentionally. Gideon was not abandoned, and it was completely God's will for this to happen. In fact, it was God's plan all along.

    We like as big an army as possible, but God likes to be outnumbered, He prefers it this way. In His army, quality is better than quantity. When the enemy comes in like a flood, God will cause His person to stand through it and everyone looking on will have to say that this is the work of God. When God saves you from an impossible situation, you will remember that well, but when it is all easy and effortless, where is the challenge in that?

    So you may set out to do something with a terrific group of people, and then find that it is just you and a handful left. This is probably not an accident. God has plans to make you shine and He has placed the ones around you that need to be, and removed the rest. You will come through this and everyone will know that the Lord is truly with you. All you have to do is keep pressing forward into what He has given you to do and you will succeed.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You so much for all that You do for me. I am so glad that You accept me just as I am, but will also help me become the best version of myself. Put those around me that need to be there and remove the ones that should not be, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Wise words! I've been the only one left standing before and I've been redeemed from impossible situations as well! I have my daughters as proof of that. My twins were born with not much chance of survival but the Good Lord saw fit to let them grow into beautiful and loving adults. My youngest has been through much that would keep a person down but she is healthy and thriving. I owe it all to our Lord who made those impossible situations into messages of hope and love. Thank you Pastor:)  Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You so much for all that You do for me. I am so glad that You accept me just as I am, but will also help me become the best version of myself. Put those around me that need to be there and remove the ones that should not be, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Prais God, He does know what is best for us.
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Deleted Member Amen. He surely does.
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Deleted Member Beautiful testimony of what God will do for us. Thank you so much for sharing and I pray for many blessings and peace upon you and that all worries and anxieties of any kind would be removed in Jesus Precious Name, my sweet sweet friend.
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Dion~ This is just another message from my Higher Power that I have followed Jesus's direction instead of mine.  I was alone amongst a group of people who were I conflict with what I was doing for a fellow person.  I was doing was Jesus's directed and stood alone in my stand of His message and directions.  Jesus had me in His arms. Glory to Jesus Christ and His wisdom!
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen. Thank You Lord for Loving Me So Much. 
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen. 
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambersedited: May 5, 2016 Aaaaaamen! I'm a witness! In a major court battle, God took me from having a whopping 16 witnesses to only 3. I was worried, stressed, and upset with the folks who dropped out. Then I was sitting in a ladies' Bible study by Priscilla Shirer called "Gideon", and the Lord spoke so clearly to me. He told me that HE stripped away the witnesses. I ended up winning a landslide victory in court getting EVERYTHING I had prayed for! Glory to God!!! Those who had mocked me, falsely accused me, humiliated me, taunted me, and dragged me to court were in disbelief. They had hundreds of thousands of dollars, and false witnesses to support their lies. The Lord took little me and 3 witnesses and won the victory overall! He will do it! You can't tell me that He won't uphold and defend the honor of His children! I've seen Him do it! He is amazing - a God of justice and mercy!
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Carolyn Kirk Graham
Carolyn Kirk Graham Awesome testimony!!!! Thank you for sharing it built my faith up too!!!
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Deleted Member Amen to that, it built my faith up too. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers You're so welcome, Tamara! Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers Thanks, Carolyn!
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd That is a great testimony and example of how God works Stacie! Thank you for sharing. 
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Deleted Member God can work things out that we knew was only a God Thing, because in our eyes, there was no other way it could have happened, but through Jesus. 
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers Amen!
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers Thanks, Pastor Dion! I couldn't keep it to myself - I have to give God the glory. And I have to share how practical, real, and active the Living Word and Living God are in our lives. Blessings to you and Sylvia!  :-)
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman Praise be to God! Thank you for your testimony :)
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers Thanks, Roseanne! It's my humble pleasure. 
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Praise God, He showed up, and in a big way.
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Deleted Member Amen, He surely did. God is an awesome God. 
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers He absolutely did! The opposing party still doesn't know what "hit" him. He's still filing lawsuits against me, and still losing each and every one. I can take no credit. It's nothing I've ever done. It's my God fullfilling His covenant promises. My God is awesome!!!! He's amazing! Like Chris Tomlin sings... "Our God is greater Our God is stronger God, You are higher than any other Our God is Healer Awesome in power Our God, our God"
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy Wonderful!!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers Praise God!
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza TO GOD BE THE GLORY
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Deleted Member Amen
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers Hallelujaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!
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Deleted Member This is an awesome testimony. God bless you and I pray your days will be brighter and happier from now on. God bless you in every way. Love and prayers. What an amazing God we serve, He can do anything. He can do what we think is impossible, He can make POSSIBLE, in the blink of an eye.
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers Yes, ma'am!!! Thank you SO much for your kind words! Yes, He is so incredible! It is such a blessing to be loved by Him. He's a Good, Good Father, as the song says. He will always defend, uphold, and protect His children. Always!!! Blessings to you, sweet lady! Praying God's supernatural favor and protection to rest on you and yours. 
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Molly Miller
Molly Miller I am so blessed to have love and support from my family and dear friends.  My bibe study group (s) and RHM have taught me to have a relationship with Jesus and not just go to church. All praises to you. Father.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.  
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord, God is so amazing and He loves us all so much. God bless you. Love and prayers.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I so agere with this devotion, pastor Dion, God does put the ones around us that He wants there, and removes the ones He does not want there. I might not understand it all, but this is when I need to trust that God does know what He is doing.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen. 
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez AMEN  !  !  !   So true..... Thanks be to GOD  !  !  !  
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good.
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez amen.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion. It is so important to remember what God did for Gideon. There are many times in life when as a Christian we feel we stand alone or with only a few. If the battle is for the Lord's kingdom He will give you victory though you stand alone or with just a few. God is always good!
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Chris Dibbern
Chris Dibbern Amen! I read this, then was reminded how Bernie laid off many of his workers. I hope that is a sign things will work out for him (and us!). We're getting humbled by God, in this--a Christian nation of pragmatists and gun-and-money-worshipers--all by a Jewish man who stopped to take the undeserving, beaten-down traveller to the Inn and paid his bill! Funny to think our nation often fancies itself as the Good Samaritan. :-)
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Deleted Member Praying for blessings to abundantly flow and all things work out for Bernie and all the workers that he had to lay off. God will supply our needs, we just have to have that unwavering faith at times, even in the midst of storms I've been through, I knew deep inside, Jesus was still right there, the answers or the way to be made, may have not come in the way I thought they should, but Jesus always came right on time and in His Perfect Way. God bless you and all the others.
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner good word when my Audrey and mariah were little I was invited to go a women,s conference  well so were other women at our church they couldn,t go at first disappoint just me stephanen the youth paster . well that night would draw on  God sure was useing speaker paster wife as saw confence wanted to have faith like that not be  set  mind fear worry parent two small children . I want God like saw she did well. that night left chuch rember talking stephanie and open up  to her things heart  what  teaching was about wnt God stop living like  I was  did n,t understand knew change .I know been other women car proble would have kept thought mtself not free  open up someone.  
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡ 
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen! Love the prayers they are perfect. GOD BLESS EVERYONE 
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Deleted Member Thank you and God bless you too.
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen thanku pastor Todd!  
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Deleted Member Thank you so much for your wonderful message and your ending prayer. God bless you and Syvlia beyond measure. Love y'all bunches. 
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I found so much strength when I said that closing prayer! Thank you, Pastor Todd!
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Amen!!! I stand a lone in my family now. It was because of my older sisters husband was married to her for 32 years. I told er when our daughter who are 35 now they he was doing something to hwr daughter. She gave me a big long story and I still knew in my heart what he was doing. Well last year May 30 the police was waiting at their lake house when they pulled in from Florida. They ask him his name he told them and off he went he's still there only he got moved to a big prison. He was molesting her son's daughter and friends. My sister's all hate me because I would not stand with them in their lie.  Thank Pastor Dion for another bevotion that had me thinking about al that's happen all day. Jesus, please pull me threw this and llet them see they're wromg for telling lies. Amen<3 
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Malissa Birket
Malissa Birket Amen! 
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran Amen.
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Thank You God for Your Spirit and grace Today!
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Love the msg...love the prayer.  The words what I have read in other places.  He has placed around me who I need & let go the rest.  You have plans Lord.  You know what you are doing.  Thank you
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