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Cuts Like A Knife

  • Now he who betrayed him had given them a sign, saying, 'Whomever I will kiss, that is he. Seize him, and lead him away safely.' When he had come, immediately he came to him, and said, 'Rabbi! Rabbi!' and kissed him. They laid their hands on him, and seized him. Mark 14:44 WEB

    It was now dark. Jesus and the disciples had finished their last supper, sang a hymn together, and then went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane as He often did. Judas Iscariot, who had just been with them at supper, now showed up with an armed group of men to arrest them. Their friend had suddenly became their enemy.

    Judas walked over and kissed Jesus on the cheek to let the guards know who they were to arrest. This really hurt. One of His own, one of the twelve that He had picked out of thousands, had now betrayed Him. Jesus had a purpose, and Judas played an ugly part in bringing it about. It was not pretty, but it accomplished the will of God.

    Jesus took our sin away and He suffered for it so that we would not have to, but other things that He went through were an example for us. Betrayal is something that most of us will experience at some point, and it hurts.

    If this happens to you, do what Jesus did: stay focused on your purpose and forgive the betrayer as quickly as possible. Do not delay God's work and get sidetracked or filled with bitterness, even though it cuts like a knife. God will take care of the betrayer in due course.

    Prayer: Father, I know that You have a plan and a purpose for me, and I choose to follow You today. Help me see past the wrongs in my life and focus on what You are doing instead. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! This couldn't have come at a better time! I am trying hard to focus on the the good and the blessings right now through the resistance! I know I have been blessed through many trials and God won't fail me now! keeping the mind set is a challenge but so worth it when I can push past the fears and doubt, stepping into all that God has planned for me. Thank you Pastor for a wonderful message :) Pastor's Prayer: Father, I know that You have a plan and a purpose for me, and I choose to follow You today. Help me see past the wrongs in my life and focus on what You are doing instead. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
May 29, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!
May 29, 2016
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Becky  Hines
Becky Hines Amen! 
May 29, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza amen
May 29, 2016
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Stephanie Blakely
Stephanie Blakely Amen!
May 29, 2016
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Carmen Anderson
Carmen Anderson So true. Amen.    
May 29, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Amen 
May 29, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Amen
May 29, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I pray that I can see behoynd my situations, and know that God has a purpose and a plan for me. I know that I can depend on Him to handle anything.
May 29, 2016
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Becky  Hines
Becky Hines Lord I pray for peace with the situations I'm dealing with . I know you are in control and I know you have a plan. Strengthen me as I wait on you. Amen. 
May 29, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza amen
May 29, 2016
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez Amen!!!!!!!!!
May 29, 2016
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Amen...  
May 29, 2016
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Joseph Krell
Joseph Krell Be blessed as you are a blessing!
May 29, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Betrayal does cut like a knife, but it is important to realize that Jesus understands when we suffer , because He himself suffered the same things in His human form. There is no pain we fel, no temptation, no struggle , nothing that Jesus does not share the same experiences, to a much larger and more painful degree, than most, so He will always have compassion upon us as we suffer.
May 29, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!
May 29, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen thank you Pastor Todd for your insight and wisdom it all helps!
May 29, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
May 29, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Yes lord help me see past the wrongs in my life and focus on what you are doing instead!!   I always love the pastor's prayers , they are always perfect. Thank you pastor Dion. Thank you Jesus!!
May 29, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Amen.
May 29, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield It's so important to forgive those who have wronged us, and also so difficult--unless we pray and have faith in Jesus.He will give us the grace we need to forgive and acomplish what we can't do on our own.All we have to do is ask.
May 29, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Father, Help me see past the wrongs in my life and focus on what You are doing instead. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.
May 30, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen, thank you pastor Todd
May 31, 2016