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One Step at a Time

  • By faith, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out to the place which he was to receive for an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he went. By faith, he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a land not his own, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise. Hebrews 11:8 WEB

    The Lord told Abram to leave his father's house and country and travel to a land that He would show him in Genesis, Chapter twelve. After this it simply says, "So Abram went as the Lord had told him." What a step of faith it was for Abram to leave his country and his family, without even knowing where he was going.

    At this point God had not done anything for Abram yet, except to tell him to leave his home. Yet he stayed positive, completely convinced that God was able to do what He had told him. Abram did not have to leave his country at all if he had chosen not to. He made a choice to do what God told him and now we read about Abraham, the father of nations. If Abram had chosen not to go, God would have used someone else and we might be reading about someone named Mathez, the father of nations.

    Only the first step of God's plan was revealed to him: leave this place. Later after Abram obeyed, God gave him the next step. He walked with God one step at a time, often not understanding why or where. When God tested Abram by asking him to sacrifice Issac, do you think that he wondered why? I would have.

    Many times in my life I did not understand what the Lord was doing or why. I just had to take that next step and trust that the problem was going to work itself out, and it did, time after time after time. If you hold onto what God has told you and walk through the doors that He opens for you, things will work out. Though it is a narrow path lined with thorns, He has cleared the way in front of you. So stop looking to the left or the right, and focus on Jesus. Trust Him and do not let fear and unbelief hold you back. You do not have to understand where this is going or why, because He does.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for taking care of me. I know that You see the big picture while I am limited to today. Draw my heart to You Lord and let me know You in a deeper way, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Yes, I understand this. I've been in The Springs Nursing Home since June 24th with a broken right femur bone in rehab. I also have asked this question about where He wants me to be. I just guess I am where I'm suppose to be where I am for the moment now. He is taking care of me. Again, Jeremiah 29:11. His plans are better than mine.   :)

July 23, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN! Sharon, He meets us where we are, and uses us where we are, just like Paule in prison.

July 23, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 23, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

yes  i am  listening  lord  lead  me and give  me this  day  thank you for this  day  hallelajuh amen

 

July 23, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 23, 2016
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Abraham had to have faith or he would have never left his country. The problem I see in this day is there are too many people who think they are God's chosen Prophets telling us to do what they say, and we are not waiting to hear from God for our self. The best advice is what Isaiah said, wait on God to say and then do. He is more than capable.

July 23, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

So true! God gave each of us a calling.

July 23, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That's the truth, Jim. I know you, like us, respect the prophetic, but we are all also called to have our own relationship with Him and hear from ourselves.

July 23, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: July 23, 2016

So true.  just know that HE IS GOD AND KEEP STILL.

July 23, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen Draw me in! I want to be guided by only you Father! Thank you Pastor <3 God bless! Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for taking care of me. I know that You see the big picture while I am limited to today. Draw my heart to You Lord and let me know You in a deeper way, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

July 23, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!

July 23, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Dianna <3!

July 23, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen, where He leads me I wll follow. Though I know not where I will travel, I will go along with Him. He will guide me through this tempestuous world and across many stormy seas, to spralling peaceful green pastures and blue sparkling still waters. I only need to go with Him.

July 23, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 23, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

July 23, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Amen! I just need to be clear on the steps He wants me to take.....I am tying to follow what I feel He wants me to do but's an uphill battle.  I feel like I'm fighting against an almost physical feeling of being pushed down. 

July 23, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

God never pushes you down, He always lifts you up.

July 23, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

 Amen thank you Jesus for this reminder just to take one step at a time.  Lead me Lord and I will follow I trust you  with my life. Where ever you want to me to go I will go. Thank Pastor Todd for this devotion. 

July 23, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!

July 23, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Praise God He goes before me, is beside me and behind me. I have to keep believing that, and trust Him, because He is God, and knows what is best for me.

July 23, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Twila!

July 23, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

July 23, 2016
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys

I need to be able to not look at things through my limited understanding but put my faith completely in the Lord and trusti n him!

July 23, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Agreed, brother, that's for all of us!

July 23, 2016
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Gayle Knutt
Gayle Knutt

Just wanted to say Pastor Dion, that every one of your devotions are so helpful and so clearly given  from God to you to share.

 

 

 

July 23, 2016
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Focus on Jesus. You took the words right out of my heart!

July 23, 2016
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Khalilah Horton- Spencer
Khalilah Horton- Spencer

GM, today we bury my Aunt Jackie, she fought a good fight. Everything seems unreal, it's like I am in a dream. We really had the faith that she would be healed from cancer on this side. I ask for your prayers today for my family. We still believe God. God is still a healer. I am going to continue to focus on him. Pastor Todd, thank you so much for your word. Be blessed church...afterall it is by  his grace and mercy that brought us this far.

July 23, 2016
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Thea Williams
Thea Williams

I am so sorry for your loss, Khalilah.  I believe your aunt has experienced the Ultimate Healing, because she is now with the Lord, where she'll never get sick or be in pain again.  Yes, it means her earthly life has ended and that's sad for you and her family.  I pray that you all will find comfort in knowing she's forever free from suffering, and that you'll be reunited in Heaven one day.  

July 23, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Sorry for your loss khalilah. I pray for God to comfort you and hold you in his bosom in Jesus name Amen!!

 

July 23, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Father, I lift up Khalilah and her family to today and pray that you grant them your peace and comfort, as they mourn their Aunt Jackie. Please bless them and keep them close, in the name of Jesus, amen <3.

God bless, Khalilah (((HUGS)))

July 23, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.  You will find comfort and peace with OUR LORD GOD knowing that she is fully healed for she went to a place where there is no mere pain and sickness but only joy, peace and happiness.

July 23, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thinking of you and your family Khalilah.So sorry for your loss. May God surround you with his peace and love and help you get through the day and the days ahead.Love and blessings to you and your family. 

July 23, 2016
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Thea Williams
Thea Williams

Absolutely, I have experienced this in my life.  Just recently (November 2015), I visited another church along with my daughter (I had been a member of my previous church for 9 years; my daughter had stopped attending our former church and had not found a new church home yet).  I told her we could visit this new church on my "off Sunday" (I served as a Greeter every other Sunday).  We walked into the doors of this new church, and we felt right at home from the moment we walked in.  I didn't realize, until that day, that I'd been missing that sense of being connected, of that "intimacy" with other people--my former church had grown very large in numbers, but the small connections had gotten lost.  Believe me, I didn't know I'd be deciding to permanently leave my former church--but, the more I attended church services at the new church, the more God showed me that it was where He wanted both of us (my daughter and me) to be!  My daughter and I both became official members of our new church; it's such a joy to see her excited about fellowshipping in church again. And, there are doors opening for me to serve using the talents and gifts God has blessed me with--opportunities I wouldn't have had at my former church.  Yes, God does indeed lead and guide us when we take the first step, and I am so thankful for that!

July 23, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 23, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: July 23, 2016

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR DAUGHTER THEA

July 23, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 23, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

July 23, 2016
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Nicole Summers
Nicole Summers

Amen! This is exactly what I am going through..

July 23, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Pastor Dion for another pearl of wisdom. I pray the prayer, Amen. 

July 23, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!!! Thank you Pastor Dion for your daily devotion. I'm just going to take one day at a time right now until I feel God wants me to make a move. My body, brain and all my feelings. I'm just feeling really beat down my body and mind is telling me you need to take it easy and go slow. That's about all I can do right. When I get up and walk around I just feel like i'm going faint that's my bost telling me go slow. Amen <3

July 23, 2016
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Dianne Freeman
Dianne Freeman

Amen!!!

July 23, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Thank you for the faith full reminder...

July 24, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Father for you know me and all my ways.There are times I have been fearful,stressed and lacked faith,or called upon you for help.Forgive me,for those time,Yet you have seen me through those times.,and helped me.Help me Lord to take time when that happens to be still and take time knowing you are there and to take one step at a time and let me allow you to lead me.With a grateful heart In Jesus Christ I pray. Thank you Pastor.

July 24, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Father, I thank You for taking care of me. I know that You see the big picture while I am limited to today. Draw my heart to You Lord and let me know You in a deeper way, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

July 24, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella

Love this story of Abraham's Faith. Thank you. Amen

July 29, 2016