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Surviving A Famine

  • Elijah said to her, 'Don't be afraid. Go and do as you have said; but make me a little cake from it first, and bring it out to me, and afterward make some for you and for your son. For Yahweh, the God of Israel says, 'The jar of meal will not run out, and the jar of oil will not fail, until the day that Yahweh sends rain on the earth.' She went and did according to the saying of Elijah; and she, and he, and her house, ate many days. 1 Kings 17:14 WEB

    Because of a string of bad choices made by the leadership of Israel, Ahab and Jezebel, the entire land suffered drought and then famine. Those two seemed to honor any god around except for Father God, so it did not rain for years and the people could not plant crops in the dry dust.

    During this drought and famine, Elijah was sent to stay with a poor widow in Zarephath, who had only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in jar. She planned to make her and her son a small cake as their last meal, then they would starve to death together. While she was out gathering sticks to build a fire on which to cook her last meal, she met Elijah the prophet.

    Though it is totally against what we think that our God would do, instead of God providing for the poor widow, He asked her to give Him something first. Would God really ask a poor, starving widow with no income to share the little that she had with someone else? Apparently. It is all about putting out trust in Him, and none are exempt from 'Give, and it will be given to you.'

    Elijah told her to first make him a small cake out of what she had, and then some for her and her son, because the bin of flour and the jug of oil would not run out until it rained on the earth. When she did as he asked, the little bit that she had fed them all for the next three years.

    Our God is a sustaining God, and when trouble comes on the earth, He is more than able to take care of those that listen for His voice. He took care of Elijah and the widow even when the land that he lived in was undergoing judgment. Stay close to the Lord for He is able to sustain you during the hard times. It may not come in the form of something new, but it just may be that what you already have goes a lot further.

    The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self control (2 Tim 1:7). Do not fear the circumstances that seem to engulf you. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight (Isaiah 59:19 AMP).

    Prayer: Father, I put my trust in You today. Lead me, speak to me in a way that I understand. Help me to see the big picture and beyond my own circumstances. Thank You for providing for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Thank you Father in Heaven for always providing for me!  I am satisfied with what you have given me and I am blessed by you ALWAYS!  Amen!!

June 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen!

June 27, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

June 27, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 27, 2016
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

This scripture has reminded me of Asher and I many times. My unemployment comes to an end this Wednesday. Thus far God has sustained us. There is still food in the refidgerator, the bills are current. There is gas in the car. All I can do is wait on the Lord to fullfull the job opening for me. Although I no longer have to record for unemploymnet, I still have to put forth the effort to reach out to these job sites. Today I go to Goodwill to see what programs they have to offer. I do not yet know the know the door, but I have to keep in mind "Perseverance means you don't quit, you don't stop, you dn't give up.You keep going. Perservance means you keep at it, what ever it takes. God said He would provide, I have to trust and Believe He will, as I have seen Him do so many times before. 

 

June 27, 2016
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

Keeping you & your son in my prayers, for God to make a way where there seems to be no way.  God bless you my friend! >i<

June 27, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Lord, please open the door to the job You have waiting for Leslie.  Bless her and provide for her and her husband and bring her to the job which is best for her soon in Jesus' name, Amen. 

June 27, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen! I know he will provide as I see he has not left you through all youve been through! Praying for peace and opportunity to be yours <3

June 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!

June 27, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Blessings on your journey Leslie 

June 27, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Praying for you LEslie for the door LORD GOD has opened up for you.  Amen

June 27, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 27, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Father, I pray that you bless Leslie and Asher with wisdom, discernment, provision, healing and open doors. Please let them know clearly what each of them should do and do not let them waste time on things that are not of you, in the name of Jesus, amen!

June 27, 2016
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

Amen Sister!

 

June 27, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

June 27, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen. 

June 27, 2016
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we don't have enough and forget to share what we do have...even in the midst of hard times! Give and it will be given to you.

June 27, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen!

June 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!

June 27, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

June 27, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 27, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Julie! I know it's easy to forget all that we are blessed with during times of stress especially, but I believe having an attitude of gratitude is part of staying in His blessings.

June 27, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Father, I lift up Perry to you and pray that you please guide him through this valley. I pray that you bring him peace, wisdom, discernment and open doors. I thank you and pray this in the name of Jesus, amen!

June 27, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Praying for peace, guidance, wisdom, discernment, provisions, and God's mighty Grace to be yours.

June 28, 2016
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Khalilah Horton- Spencer
Khalilah Horton- Spencer

GM, this is why we have to meditate on the word. The confirmation of God's presence will sustain thee! Too God be the Glory. 

June 27, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Lord for providing for me and giving me wonderful blessings.I thank you and praise you for all you do for me. Amen.

June 27, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen! Give and it will be given! Thank you Pastor! I have been trying not to be worried about certain things...My daughter moved out which is a very good and blessed thing as it says she is healed and ready to stand on her own again. Praising God for her healing! Along with my unemployment which has now run out, my Husband's meger income, and the small amount we were getting from our daughter to help while she stayed with us, was how we were making it work so, while it's a great blessing she is healed and ready to step out on her own once more, the simultaneous loss of both my and her income has left me struggling to completely trust God for his provisions... I should NEVER doubt God's mighty provisions! We have some friends also struggling, in fact they are in between homes and looking. We offered them my daughter's bedroom until they were able to find a place of there own weeks ago when we found out their situation. He said he would get back to us and we didn't hear from them again untill yesterday. They still need a place and I think they will be staying with us for a moment. I believe it is God's solution for us both to help each other through these lean times.  We don't have, much but together, with God providing, we can make it work!  Thank you Father for guiding us each day and all you provide along the way! Your gifts are abundant even through the struggles!  Pastor's Prayer: Father, I put my trust in You today. Lead me, speak to me in a way that I understand. Help me to see the big picture and beyond my own circumstances. Thank You for providing for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

June 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

God will and does provide.

June 27, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Blessings Dianna!  Praise God from whom all Blessings flow.....I pray.. Father in Heaven pour out Your Spirit on Dianna & her husband's needs.  May your love surround them & all you have given them.  Tend to the needs of their hearts.  We are dumb sheep in need of a Shepard ...come Lord Jesus to the both of them with great news!  Start it out with a Holy giggle as to acknowledge what you are about to do in their situations.  Love & Peace in case them as to lean back against you & feel your heart  beat.  Thank Lord.  We wait & watch to see your  hand.  Amen!  

June 27, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

 Amen for you Diana and you husband.I pray and claim  this prayer too for me and my son.  In the name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST I pray.  Amen

June 27, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Thank you! Praying for you and your son too, Deng. God bless 

June 28, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen! Thank you Cheryl! God bless 

June 28, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 27, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Father, thank you for sending people to David and Dianna, people who can not only help them with some income, but can also be blessed. Your ways are always the best ways! I pray that you richly bless David and Dianna, that you provide for all their needs and guide their every step, in the name of Jesus, amen!

June 27, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen! Thank you so much! Love you<3 God bless

June 28, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen even if I am in a season of lack, if I give, He will sustain me. It doesn't have to be monetary giving, it can be giving of my time to help someone in need, it can be spending time in Bible study, worshi and prayer for others needs, putting their needs above my own. He sees these offerings I give and He provides far more than enough to get me through these dry seasons.

June 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I believe this, Carol.

June 27, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

HE provides our need  for GOD is love and our great provider.  Amen

June 27, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 27, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Father, I pray that you please bless this faithful woman of God, that you provide for her needs and speak to the heart of her husband to finally know you, in the name of Jesus, amen!

June 27, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Thank you! Love you!!

June 27, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!!

June 27, 2016
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Shay Hall
Shay Hall

An amazing word this morning. Much needed. To God be the glory

June 27, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen Lord am going to put my trust in you in spiteof my famine am going through right now.  I know  that you are bigger than my problems.  Thank you pastor for this devotion very uplifting.

June 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen, Loriann.

June 27, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 27, 2016
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

There have been so many times that  GOD has provided for me in ways that I didn't even know. Yes, I have had many low points, just as I am going through now; but, for now I am at peace with my current situation. A big part of that was joining Refreshing Mininistries Website. Due to my illness or work hours I was finally able to attend church yesterday and all the love of the people and Praising the Lord with others just surrounded me as though I had never left. It was awesome to feel the The Holy Spirit among others again. The sermon: GRACE! Just what I needed. Like the song; When you feel you have reached your limit, it's not over yet. GOD is moving in my life in a mighty way!!! Great message, Pastor Dion.

June 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen, Rebecca.

June 27, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

GOD is moving in a mighty way.  It is not over yet. Be strong and courageous for GOD is always with us through our life. Amen

June 27, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 27, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That is wonderful, Rebecca, thank you so much for sharing that! You are just as much a blessing to us as we are to you :). I pray that God blesses you and keeps you each step of the way through your situation!

June 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN! When God is up to something hard, He is up to something big. I pray that I will go through the hard, with Gods help so I can let Him do the big thing in my life.

June 27, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Me too.  Amen

June 27, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen!

June 28, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Needed this... uplifting!  Feelings aren't truth unless it is true physical warning.  I am gloomy since yesterday.  Had foot surgery & need to keep resting it.   Can't explain this cloud of gloom except it is that.  Thankful for the  msg & RHM... Blessings Dion & Sylvia.

June 27, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Father, I lift up Cheryl to you and pray that you please shine your light on her face and bless her with a sense of the joy that only you can bring. Please bless her, comfort her and bring a quick healing to her foot too, in the name of Jesus, amen!

June 27, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Thank you

June 27, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wylesedited: June 28, 2016

Heavenly Father thank you for each new day. Thank you for our sister Cheryl! I ask that you lift her up , restoring her spirit and aiding in her healing. Cast out the gloom and fill her heart with your love and positive vibrations so your healing may come faster! Always bless and prosper Cheryl in you! In Jesus name Amen 

June 28, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen ♡

June 27, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 27, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Father, I put my trust in You today. Lead me, speak to me in a way that I understand. Help me to see the big picture and beyond my own circumstances. Thank You for providing for me, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

June 28, 2016
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Lasheika Simmons
Lasheika Simmons

This was the word I needed to move forward today. Glory to God for all He has done and getting ready to do. Thank you Pastor Todd for this word. God bless.

June 28, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Pastor. Todd.Really need these words of encouragement today. Father forgive me when I fail to remember your word and my guard is down.,allowing fear to come into me.Help me Lord to stand strong and firm on your word,lead and guide me in the way you want me to go.In Jesus name I pray.

June 29, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen! Thanks for another blessings!b :-)

July 2, 2016