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The Sand Castle

  • Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn't fall, for it was founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24 WEB

    When I was young, I once built a sand castle on the beach. I put a lot of work into it, but later the tide came in and washed it all away. When the tide went back out, there was not even a trace of my masterpiece left. It had failed to endure the test of time.

    In this life, it is easy for other things to become the center of your attention, and then you start to build everything around that. When the tide rolls in, your life can come tumbling down with it.

    Jobs end, people change, beauty fades, children grow up, everything that we see with our natural eye is temporary and will change over time. All these have a place in your life, but they cannot be the center because when they change, your life will, too. You will never be stable unless you develop that personal relationship with Jesus, the Rock.

    Put your trust in God and do not build your life around things that change. Build it around Jesus and then you can still enjoy the rest. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33). He is the unchanging, everlasting rock, and the ones that trust in Him will not be wiped out when the tide changes.

    Prayer: Father, I want You to be the center of my life. Help me put things in the proper perspective and get my priorities in order. Give me the grace to live a life that is pleasing in Your sight, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

Amen.

July 9, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen! Thank you! Pastor's Prayer: Father, I want You to be the center of my life. Help me put things in the proper perspective and get my priorities in order. Give me the grace to live a life that is pleasing in Your sight, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

July 9, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 9, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

hallelajuh   amen

 

July 9, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 9, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Living a Jesus centered life s the only way to thrive in this world. No matter what comes against, what tries to distract and change that course, we must keep Him as the center of our lives. We must toss out our anchor and remain there, steadfast in prayer, bible study and fasting. Always with our eyes upon the cross. We must follow Him daily and let Him lead us to still waters. Let Him calm the storm and let Him perform the miracles in our lives. We must always abide in Jesus. This is the way to peace that passes all understanding. As we walk with Him and talk with him throughout our daily lives He enables us to live an abundant life. Not a life free from storms or trials, but a life in deep intimate relationship with our Savior.

July 9, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

So true.  Amen

 

July 9, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen Carol, totally agree.

July 9, 2016
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys

Amen !

July 9, 2016
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Nichole Richardson
Nichole Richardson

Amen!

July 9, 2016
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Yesterday I sang a current song in my head all day: If you don't move the mountain...part the water or...give the answer, I will trust in You! Today I'll be humming the "The wise man built his house upon the rock..." I can tell you're a musical guy, Dion. Your messages have a beautiful way of guiding me through the day. Thank you!

July 9, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Thank you for this word today. Amen ♡

July 9, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, amen. 

July 9, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

I trust you LORD GOD with all my heart for in the middle of the storm you are in control.LORD GOD you are the unchanging, everlasting rock, and the trust  and faith I have in you will sustain me all my life.  Thank you for you love, your faithfullness and being my rock in the name of JESUS CHIRST this I pray.  Amen

July 9, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 9, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Pastor Dion for this message. I also pray the prayer.Help me to follow this dear Lord. Amen.

July 9, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

There's been a lot of recent changes in my life, so I can really relate to this message.Thank you, Pastor Dion!

July 9, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: July 10, 2016

Amen!! Thank you Pastor, Dion for your daily devotion that so many enjoy. <3 Todays devotion is one that was always spoke to us from my mother. My daughter even says this all the time. She makes sure she tells one if they are moving to a area that the homes are built on sand. Martha Pena, we better forget moving to the Florida Keys I don't think it will work... <3 

July 9, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks. Pastor Dion!  Father, I want You to be the center of my life. Help me put things in the proper perspective and get my priorities in order. Give me the grace to live a life that is pleasing in Your sight, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

July 10, 2016