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Forgotten Promises

  • Behold, today I am going the way of all the earth. You know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which Yahweh your God spoke concerning you. All have happened to you. Not one thing has failed of it. Joshua 23:14 WEB

    My wife tells me that I like it when God makes the decision for me, so that I don't have to. Yes, I do. When I was young, the Lord spoke to my heart and told me that one day, I would be in the ministry, and to begin to prepare myself for it. I made a vow that I would not go into ministry unless the Lord opened the way Himself, so that I would know without a shadow of doubt that it was Him. No networking and making connections for me, if God has called me to do it then He will make a way for it. I believe that it is 'Who you know' that opens the door for you, and it is Jesus.

    So I began to prepare like He said and eagerly went through Bible college, working during the day, going to school at night, and playing in a band on the weekends. I had one evening a week free, the other six required me to be at school, a gig, or church where I served on the praise team.

    When I finally graduated and became ordained, expecting to go into ministry, I found that every single door in ministry was supernaturally closed. Even when people would schedule me to speak, they would cancel right before, often the night before and usually after I had prayed and fasted about the message for a week. Time marched onward.

    I found myself working on computers for the majority of the next twenty years. I decided that I had just misinterpreted His message and missed Him, or perhaps I had ruined His plan for me somehow. I had a list of reasons why it hadn't happened. Maybe I had been found lacking somehow, possibly I had one sin too many and He had just gotten someone else. I had given Him plenty of reasons.

    Long after I stopped thinking about ministry and forgot His promise, the computer business door closed, and suddenly I was pushed into the ministry like cattle herded through a loading chute. Like Moses, by now I had given up and just wanted Him to send someone else, so He made it the only path available to me. At the beginning of the week, we were out of work and preparing to move out of our home. At the end of the week, I was a pastor. It was not what I would call a choice, but here I am today in ministry using the skills that He taught me along the way.

    Be encouraged. The Lord loves you, and if He makes a promise to you about something, you can count on it coming to pass. It began as an 'I just know that I know' type of thing at first and then He confirmed His word through several other people that prophesied over me. Though it may take a while in our time, it is so beautiful to see His plans come together in your life and well worth any delay that you may face. Keep putting God first in your life and watch His word come to pass.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for always remembering Your promises. You are the Promise Keeper and I trust You with my life. Walk with me today and teach me to recognize Your voice, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Yep this has my name all over it ! Refreshing Hope - Forgotten Promises    
June 9, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jacksonedited: June 9, 2016 God never abandons his children; he takes the time to mold us into what he wants us to become and once that has been completed, he smiles and say's "It is time" and we begin to bloom ever so beautifully all because of our Heavenly Father!  What a true and wonderful blessing that is to me!! Amen!!
June 9, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I believe this!
June 9, 2016
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro This was exactly my prayer today.  I prayed that the Lord open doors of opportunity for so many that I know, and that they would be able to feel His presence.  AMEN
June 9, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes my Lord Jesus, amen. 
June 9, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Please God keep your promise to deliver my Larisa from this evil snare. Amen in Jesus name amen. 
June 9, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Praying for Larisa.
June 9, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen
June 9, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza LORD GOD please deliver Larisa from the devil  Amen
June 9, 2016
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Lolita Vann
Lolita Vannedited: June 9, 2016 Thank you For todays message. God i love you. Im going to keep walking with him every step of the way.Thank You Father 
June 9, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Another great message speaking straight to me! Thank you Father for you many blessings and especially for Pastor Dion and his wife Sylvia! Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for always remembering Your promises. You are the Promise Keeper and I trust You with my life. Walk with me today and teach me to recognize Your voice, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
June 9, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!
June 9, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Gods timing is always right, He will make His promices come to pass. I know that God will always keep His promices, I do trust Him.
June 9, 2016
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez Beautifully said. Thank you Pastor Todd for the reminder of God's promises to those who believe.  
June 9, 2016
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Amen !Thank you Lord .
June 9, 2016
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Chris Dibbern
Chris Dibbern That happened to me, too, albeit in a very different way. I've had big things begin with "I just know that I know"... but eventually I question them simply because I grew in relationship with the Lord and, looking back, I can say, "well, maybe I just didn't know Him well enough to know that it wasn't Him, yet."Satan will use any foothold for doubt, but with the Lord, if you stay close (or at least repent if you don't), it will come to pass, anyway.
June 9, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen Pastor Dion! I have personally found that His plan will prevail even if my decisions delay it. So I am confident that it will come to pass easier and faster if I don't try to fix things myself. If I just wait upon the Lord , He opens supernatural doors and gives me wisdom and guidance to walk through them. The closer we are to Him, the more deeper we rely on Him to speak to us, He does. We must constantly keep up on our bible study and prayerfully bring Him into every situation, even the seemilngly insignificant ones, because sometimes the things we judge as mattering least, matter the most. It is all about clinging to Him and not trying to do anything without Him.
June 9, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
June 9, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza I pray for my son. Pastor's Prayer. " FATHER GOD, I thank You for always remembering Your promises to my son. You are the Promise Keeper and my son trust You with his life. Walk with him today and teach him to recognize Your voice,for my son believes that it is 'Who you know' that opens the door for him, and that is you my LORD JESUS CHRIST . Please let all YOUR word come to pass for my son in the name of my LORD JESUS CHRIST this I pray in THY own time and will.  Amen"
June 9, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield God always keeps His promises to us!
June 9, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion for a beautiful devotion. I'm always by myself when I pray everyday in my room. I always see signs and in readings find things that I'll talk about for some time. Then I'll get a reading for days with what I was talking about. I just look up and say that was You God.. I have not heard God speak to me and hear his voice. I see things, heard things, readings, and other ways that I know that it could only come from God. I always thought that was his way of speaking to me. Dianna, finds hearts a lot and I find crosses a lot when i'm in the out doors. I've found crosses in other places too. The one I look at off of my porch was the best one that my husband found. We feel so blessed that it towers over our cottage. You can only see it head on from our porch or standing in the yard in front of the porch looking up. That was God letting us know we are doing right and he is watching over us. It could mean many more things. I always find a different meaning. I say too that he's letting us know what Jesus did for us on the cross and we are saved by his blood and healed by his stripes. I can go on and on. I should get a book and let it sit out and write every meaning that I get from it. I should let others write what they think too if they would like. Thank You Father and I love You. <3
June 10, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Father, I thank You for always remembering Your promises. You are the Promise Keeper and I trust You with my life. Walk with me today and teach me to recognize Your voice, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.
June 10, 2016
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Becky  Hines
Becky Hines Amen! 
June 12, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli

AMEN!

June 13, 2016