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Just as I Am

  • The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac. Isaac became the father of Jacob. Jacob became the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron. Hezron became the father of Ram. Ram became the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon. Nahshon became the father of Salmon. Salmon became the father of Boaz by Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed by Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse. Jesse became the father of King David. David became the father of Solomon by her who had been Uriah's wife. Matt. 1:1 WEB

    The first paragraph of the genealogy of Jesus Christ amazes me. There is an adulterer / murderer listed, as well as a former prostitute, and a father that impregnated his daughter-in-law, and people that descended from incestuous relationships. You would think that God would have chosen better, but instead He accepted flawed people just as they were and then He made them better.

    Tamar was Judah's daughter-in-law (Genesis 38:16). Rahab was a former prostitute (Joshua 2:1). Ruth was a Moabite which means that she came from incest between Lot and his own daughter while he was drunk (Genesis 19:36). Solomon was born from David and Bathsheba, after David had her husband Uriah killed and took her as his own wife (2Samuel 12:24).

    All these people had problems, yet God chose them to be in the lineage of the Lord Jesus. Their lives were successful because there is forgiveness when we make mistakes. His grace is sufficient. Your problems will not stop God from using you, only you can do that. The things that you do not want to talk about, He already knows about anyway.

    God wants to use you right now, just as you are, yet we often resist and say that we are not worthy and will not let Him. We withdraw into a corner and shrink back. Life is not all about your faults and frailty. Stop looking at your own weaknesses. If God calls you to do something, He will also equip you to do it.

    Prayer: Father I thank You for today. Use me. Open the door and I will step through it. Give me a clear vision and speak to me in a way that I understand. Let me show Your love on this earth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

Amen. This was definitly meant for someone. 

July 5, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen! Thank you <3 Pastor's Prayer: Father I thank You for today. Use me. Open the door and I will step through it. Give me a clear vision and speak to me in a way that I understand. Let me show Your love on this earth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

 
July 5, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen. 

July 5, 2016
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys

Amen!

July 5, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Satan uses a effective tool to silence those who God is calling. He whispers lies about our not being worthy, our past failures to follow God closely, our broken past, our unsucessful endeavors, on and on. Yet, " I can do all things through Christ." if God brings you to it , He will lead you through it. Our inadequacies are not important, because God enables us, He qualifies us and rises us up to do His work. We cannot do it on our own, but with Him we can accomplish more than we ever imagined possible.

July 5, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!

July 5, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

AMEN

July 5, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 5, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Big Amen

 

July 5, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Hallelujah, in Jesus' name!

July 5, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 5, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN! I believe all of this! It is God that works in us, and through us acording to His will and plan.

July 5, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank you God for loving and using me because of all of my flaws because when others seen the worst in us. You still uses us even when we mess up. Thank you Pastor Todd and Sylvia for this wonderful devotion it sure brings a blessing to my soul.  This devotional message tell me even when we made mistakes there is still hope all is not lost amen. 

July 5, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

There are no "Cast-Aways" with Jesus. He is the Redeemer. Thank you for reading!

July 5, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 5, 2016
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

This is amazing. Once again, I am so touched. I have always been the "different" one of my siblings. The one who was always rejected and left out. After several years, I have finally got to get back to Church. I went the last two weeks. Wow! It was amazing to be around such great and inspirational people. God is really opening so many doors for me  now, that is overwhelming! I have  not been this happy in a long long time. Praise God!

July 5, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

to GOD BE THE GLORY.  Amen

July 5, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 5, 2016
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin

Amen awesome devotional Pastor Todd it lets me know that I can come to Jesus just as I am despite my past.

July 5, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

His love is unrelenting,  and He's always pursuing us, thank you God that we can always come to you as we are, you don't destroy who we are, you make us better!...Amen♡

July 5, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

July 5, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 5, 2016
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Arlene OBrien
Arlene OBrien

The Lord is merciful and His grace is amazing!

July 5, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Open your door and I will step through it LORD GOD.  What can I do for you my LORD GOD?  I know that whatever you want me to do for you, you will always me equip to do it.  Let me and my son step into your door of love, faithfullness , mercy and full of your graces in the name of my LORD JESUS CHRIST this I pray Amen.

GOD BLESS US ALL in the RHM family.

July 5, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, sister, God bless <3!

July 5, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! (Pastors prayer ) Father I thank you for today. Use me. Open the door and I will step through it. Give me a clear vision and speak to me in a way that I understand. Let me show your love on this earth,  in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!

July 5, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

This is a wonderful message for me to remember when I feel unworthy! We aren't perfect, but God loves us anyhow!

July 5, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord, I thank You for Your grace Today.  Help me to lay ahold to what You have for me Today.  Help me to rely on Your Strength in the midst of my weakness.  In Jesus' Name.  Amen.

July 6, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Father and thank you Pastor. Father we always seem to be asking you to do things for us and for others.Lord my God I surrender all to you and give my heart my all to you ,my desire is to reach out to others where ever I may be to proclaim your Glory and give you the Glory,that other will be drawn to you.Freely you have given unto us,freely may we go in your name.use me Lord I ask in Jesus name.

July 7, 2016