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Man On The Run

  • Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, 'So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I don't make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time!' When he saw that, he arose, and ran for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree. Then he requested for himself that he might die, and said, 'It is enough. Now, O Yahweh, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.' 1 Kings 19:1 WEB

    Just yesterday, Elijah was a man to be reckoned with. He had called fire down from heaven and defeated hundreds of false prophets at Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:38). He had prayed for rain and broken a three year drought (1 Kings 18:42). He had even outrun a horse on foot!

    Today though, he was a man on the run, fleeing for his life from that rotten Jezebel. One of the greatest prophets of the Bible was now scared, alone, depressed and praying to die, even after he had seen so many powerful miracles in his life. He was tired, burnt out and did not want to continue on. He prayed to end it. The Lord understood and told him to anoint Elisha, who would be his successor. He then took Elijah home in a whirlwind.

    If you do anything meaningful for God, there will be resistance. Sometimes the greatest successes in life are followed by purely utter failure. There is a backlash that often follows a breakthrough. Do not be alarmed if things suddenly go wrong after a major victory. This to will pass.

    You can win this fight just as you did the last one, but you need to stand your ground and stay in the battle. When you fall, get back up. Don't get down and depressed and start praying for God to just end it all. If you do, He may just listen.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for all that You do for me. Please strengthen me and confirm Your words to me. Let me know that I am in the right place, doing the right things. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen my Lord Jesus. 

August 20, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen

August 20, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I have to remember to keep running toward the prise, that God has for me. He is faithful!!!

August 20, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen Pastor Dion!  I have felt the enemy come against me the strongest, when I am striving the hardest to serve my Abba Father! The spiritual warfare increases and distractions come at me left and right. Thank God for His Holy Spirit which has given me the ability to discern this as an attack by the enemy. I find as I persevere in prayer, as I call out to my Abba Father to send in the warrior angels of His army and help me defeat the enemy, that peace always prevails. He gives me strength to rise to the occassion and to defeat the enemy's futile attempts to stop my progression.  As I praise my Savior and my Abba in the midst of the battles the enemy retreats.

August 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

August 20, 2016
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Samantha Greer
Samantha Greer

Thank you for the much needed encouragement! God has truly blessed me this year and just when I felt excited and full of joy, I was hit with a freight train of problems. I felt exactly like Elijah - alone, afraid, and ready to meet my maker! I don't know many people I can call and cry to nor do feel comfortable sharing some of my spiritual battles. This message pierces my heart. 

Thank you!

August 20, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

      Good Morning!!!  Hum I was here quit early this Morning!!! I gave a sweet testemony, and lost it taping the like page setting!! I laughed!! As those following Me realize I'm a stuggling Veteran!! Best part is I learned the ropes of living to acquire 12 years of solid recovery from drugs and alchohol!! Amazing what lurks, for any one of Us!! This reading makes Me realize the stuggles I've been through, and doubting the realism Of God and Jesus and power in it-I truly find out when I step back into Him!!! Half measures avail Us nothing!!! Hum life position now, time to truly get serious! No one oar in the water! Funny how man backs away from those who have fallen verses reaching out with a giving hand!!! Exactly why when I found CR AC Michigan I sored in My Recovery!! I'm excited this Morning because I have Hope!! I know with out a doubt, the Power of The Holy Spirit! a walk in Him every moment of the day! Yes!! Michael!!!

August 20, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

You are blessed.  Keep your head up and praise and give glory to  OUR LORD GOD for his love and mercy endures forever.

August 20, 2016
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Revisiting these stories in the life of Elijah come at a critical time in my ,life as reminders of God's constant presence and leading. Thank you, Pastor Dion.

August 20, 2016
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Rhoda  Mora
Rhoda Mora

Amen ! 

August 20, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Thank you this Word, Pastor Dion! It's so meaningful.  Of course, now I have "Band on the Run' stuck in my head.... ;)

August 20, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen♡

August 20, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

O LORD MY GOD thy mercy, loving kindness and faithfulness endures forever .  Will you please hear all my prayer as I ask they mercy for me and my son and help me to trust and love you more forever and ever.  In the name of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST this I pray. Amen

August 20, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!!! Thank you Partor Dion!!! I'm really having a battle in my life now. I keep praying for God my father to made a change for the better in my life. I need a break threw. I claim your prayer over me, In Jesus, name. Amen <3

Prayer: Father, I thank You for all that You do for me. Please strengthen me and confirm Your words to me. Let me know that I am in the right place, doing the right things. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

August 20, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen pastor another super awesome devotional thank you so much for your wisdom and love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

August 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

August 20, 2016
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

TYL

August 20, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Father, I thank You for all that You do for me. Please strengthen me and confirm Your words to me. Let me know that I am in the right place, doing the right things. Help me recognize when You are speaking to me. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

August 21, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Father for all that you have done and do for me.Thank you for the people who lift me up and give me encouragement when I have felt down.,and thank you for showing me the way to over come.,my downs.Help me Lord to be there for other people when they need help,give me wisdom and your guidance when doing so.Help me to be tentive to hearing your voic when speaking to me.In the Name Of Jesus Chris I pray.

August 24, 2016