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The Way to the Top

  • The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matt 23:11 ESV

    When I showed up at a church work day event, the job they assigned to me was scrubbing all the bathrooms: upstairs, downstairs, and down the hall. I did not remember the church having that many bathrooms. Though I was tempted to complain that they were underutilizing my skills, I sensed that the Lord had set me up. I set my heart to give those bathrooms the best cleaning job they ever had. The walls, floor, mirrors, and doors all shined when I was done with them.

    After a few weeks, a door opened up for me and the Lord used me to minister to others. C.S. Lewis once said 'Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.' I have been on both sides of this fence. Once as a child I thought very little of myself and wished that I could have been someone else. Later, as a man, I gravitated towards thinking a lot of myself.

    God is faithful and tries to keep me balanced in this with little blessings like the one above. If you find yourself in a humbling situation, thank God that He has taken notice of you, and He may be preparing you for something bigger. The lower you go the higher He can take you! The way to the top is through humility.

    Prayer: Father, please keep me balanced. Reveal areas of pride in my life and give me the grace to get rid of it, in the name of Jesus.

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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Amazing how Our Lord works!! Amazingly way beyound Our imaginations! A like interesting awakenings-Hey! His is good all the time, no matter what we think!!!

June 25, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen, Mike.

June 25, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 25, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

I would like to share with everyone a simple daily prayer I have added, " Abba Father keep my feet rooted on the straight and narrow path that leads to You. " I pray this for the members of my family also daily. Since praying this I hear His still small voice more often than ever. He has taken captive my every thought, word and deed. He is keeping me from sins of commission and ommission. Boy I wish I had done this many years ago. The Holy spirit is doing this work in me, as I become less me and more  Jesus. Everyday I am dying more to self, and now I undertsand so much better what Paul meant when he said:

Philippians 1:21New International Version (NIV)

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

As I die to myself I am gaining so much Jesus!!!

June 25, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!, Carol, I believe this, when I get myself out of the way, then God can do His work.

June 25, 2016
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you for sharing this prayer, Carol! It will become part of my prayer day, too!

June 25, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 25, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN! Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God and then He will lift you up.

June 25, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen thanks pastor Todd 

June 25, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro

Dion~

Powerful message!  At first I thought, dang I'm not humble.  I keep thinking of ways to be a better servant to God, a wife, recovering alcoholic/addict, friend, sharer of my experience, strength and hope, etc.  Those aren't selfish, they are thinking of others and using my skills God has blessed me with.  Yes, I am guilty of thinking less of myself at times.  I turn to my Higher Power, my support group and RHM and think of myself less.  I then am able to remember the gifts I have been given and the things I have learned and the self absorption least, for then.  It always stands there ready to re-enter my brain!

June 25, 2016
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Robert Fraser
Robert Fraser

I would like to thank everyone for their prayer.Keep them comeing  please I am feel the holy sprit in me and I need to know what the lord has planed for me. Love From Robert

June 25, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Prayers sent for you.

June 25, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Praying for wisdom and clarity for you in Jesus name Amen

June 25, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen ♡

June 25, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

God recognizes a humble spirit, just as He did with His own beloved Son!

June 25, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

June 25, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!! Thank you Pastor Dion for another daily devotion. :-) My husband always says many people need to humble them selves. He's even talked to men at work that get really upset he told the one guy Jeff you really need to humble yourself. He asl him if he had a bible and he said no. He ask him if he believed in God, he said yes. My husband said Jeff I never really preach to anyone at work. He told him if you humble yourself and buy a bible and start to read it you will start to find peace. He told him that when you start to seek for God your like will start to change. He told him he won't worry about everything he has to do at work just do it put your day in and don't worry about others. I pray Jeff bought a bible he's a nice guy he just gets ttso unset and hurt about what other people get to do.. That's the only guy my husband said anything like that to at work and he's not like that. Jeff, was really going down the wrong path. He needs to find the narrow path to the stright gate and that takes time for us all. If stops worring about everyone else at work he will do just fine. My husband have many people come to his office when he's at work about their problems. He's their number one computer guy for 30 years and he always had to network into other states and countries. But he always stops and give them his time. He leaves at 6:00 a.m and sometimes don't get home until 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. He's one of the most humble men I know. What I love the most is he's my husband. <3 Thank You Father for my dear husband. <3 Amen 

June 25, 2016
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Rev.Donald  L Mercer
Rev.Donald L Mercer

Pride is one of the 7 Cardinal or Venal sins according to Catholic Theoloogy.  I was a Catholic until I saw the Archbisop in my Dicoese sit down hard on a Priest who was hosting a Friday night Charismatic Catolic Renewal Meeting which I attneded for many months.  That Priest Father Dick was sent away to a remote Parish as punishment for daring to teach others about the Paraclete (the Holy Spirit)!  He was labelled a miscreant and silenced.  Many Priests that I met had endured hardships before Father Dick during the turbulent Civil Rights Era and Anti-War Era of the 60's and 70's including the Berrigan Brothers.  Without the Holy Spirit present in the hearts of those who have truly turned their lives and wills over to Jesus the Christ Salvation is not possible.  All Churches are not teaching this basic tenet of the Faith, and are guilty of apostacy.  When one has the choice of serving Jesus Christ or the World, I made my choice decades alo and attempt to carry that message as much or more by example instead of just speaking!  No man can serve two Masters ~ Humility is the Key to receiving HIM into our hearts!  We must bare all to HIM and accept without HIM we are nothing!

June 25, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Father, please keep me balanced. Reveal areas of pride in my life and give me the grace to get rid of it, in the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

June 26, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Pastor for sharing this with us.Yes Father help keep me balanced,and if there is any pride in me ,forgive me and help me to be rid of it.Help me Lord Jesus to see others as you see them,and love them as you love them.In Jesus name I pray.

June 28, 2016