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Say Nothing Negative

  • Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore don't be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day's own evil is sufficient. Matthew 6:31-34 WEB

    We sat quietly at the table while we ate our food. Normally we talked and laughed, but tonight we were both worried about tomorrow. We had found a lien on our property for a tax bill that we never owed, but it had accumulated late fees until it was more than we had. Disputing it was going to be a challenge in the least because it was a decade old.

    What could we do? We called the state tax office to begin a dispute and they explained that the record was so old that it had been archived and removed from their system. They would have to restore it from a backup and it would be an overnight process, so we had to call back tomorrow.

    My wife and I sat down together and prayed over the situation, and got an impression to 'Say nothing negative.' It was the only word for that day so we stood on it and just said nothing at all because my every single thought was negative. It was very difficult to not whine and complain and talk about all the different scenarios and the 'what if' that may happen. We managed to restrain ourselves and ate our food silently.

    After a night of silence, the next day came and we called them back. To our surprise, the tax office was extremely polite and had cleared the lien. We owed them nothing. They took care of all of the paperwork and explained that because we never owed the original tax bill we did not owe the late fees and penalties either.

    Do not worry about tomorrow. Pray and try to follow the Lord as best you can today, and let tomorrow worry about itself. One word from God changes everything. Many times, the things that we are worried about will never even come to pass, unless we open our mouth and welcome it in.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for being on my side. Please give me the grace to say nothing negative and remind me of my speech, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Clide  Coppin
Clide Coppin

Another meaningful article for me on not speaking the negative or wrong thing and just outing things into the hands of the Master and not worrying. God can fix it. 

September 2, 2016
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Marie Hall
Marie Hall

Amen

 

September 2, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for being on my side. Please give me the grace to say nothing negative and remind me of my speech, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.Amen! Thank you! Great message and something I need to work on... say nothing negative! I love it! Thank you  Pastor Dion and Sylvia! You do so much for us each day! God bless

September 2, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

September 2, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

September 2, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

 

September 2, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

           Amen-- Faith -hope-endurance for those up north!!!

            Great teaching this Morning!! I've been struggling alot lately!!! I most realize why and change it! Out thoughts can be so great-or such a hinderance!! Growth, moving away winning over struggles is a great thing!! They will always be there!! To surround Myself with positive thinkers is key!! Any one of Us can fall into wining-complaining-and little good action!! So gratfull for this sight!!!

September 2, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother, and I know you have been going through a lot, and have been for years - praying for a mighty breakthrough and healing!

September 3, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner

 thankyou timely messeage  as enjoy three   I wonder how juggle act of baby three others .then read  this and calm that has purpose everything work out for the best  thanks.

September 2, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen! Our words have power. We must use them wisely and speak positivity into our trials and storms. As we speak praise and we thank Abba Father for our circumstances and trials, He moves them out of our way so we can thrive in this world. There is no battle, no storm, no trial that our Abba Father cannot win, calm or cease. Nothing is impossible to Him. We must always look to the end when He will give us victory and thank him for the blessings that come as we grow in our faith.

September 2, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen like your message 

September 2, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

God bless you Loriann!

September 2, 2016
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Karen Stoeger
Karen Stoeger

Thank you!

September 2, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

God bless you Karen!

September 2, 2016
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Karen Stoeger
Karen Stoeger

And you as well!

September 5, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

September 2, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Carol, beautifully said!

September 3, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

((hugs))

September 3, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank you Lord for reminding me not to speak anything negative about my problems and struggles. But depends on you for answers to any problems or struggle into my life. Thank pastor Todd for this devotion this morning 

September 2, 2016
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Nicole Summers
Nicole Summers

Amen 

September 2, 2016
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Karen Stoeger
Karen Stoeger

I really enjoyed this. It is a very good reminder! Thank you!

September 2, 2016
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Michael Mathewson
Michael Mathewson

 The only way I am able to stay positive is to give my worries over to Jesus. He is my savior for sure. Without him I would probably be an angry unhappy person.

September 2, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That is the best way, Michael <3

September 3, 2016
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Thank you!

September 2, 2016
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Amen

September 2, 2016
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Pat Turner
Pat Turner

Good lesson for us "worry-warts"

September 2, 2016
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Kim Smith
Kim Smith

This word really hit home for me.... Say nothing negative.  I feel like the Lord has been on me about that for the past two weeks.  My grandmother, mother, and father, were very negative people and had a lot of anxiety and dreaded life! I'm trying to break the cycle and become more positive, but it is so difficult.  I was brought up to expect the worse instead of the best.  This is one of the things I will be praying about during my fast.  

September 2, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

I know that can't be easy, Kim, especially with it being patterned into you like that. I pray that the Lord blesses you with new revelation that turns that pattern around and guards you during the times when you are tempted to be unnecessarily negative.

September 3, 2016
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Kim Smith
Kim Smith

Thank you so much! 

September 3, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

September 2, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Saying nothing negative can be really hard but usually the best way to deal with problems. Once you speak out you can't take it back.Pray about it...Amen.

September 2, 2016
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

This devotional is so perfect for me today!! My boss recently announced a 10% pay cut for all office personnel. I've been passed over for a raise twice. This pay cut was going to really hurt my budget. I prayed and prayed to God for his mercy and guidance. I asked my boss for a meeting, to let him know that I have taken on more work & that I don't think my 10% would increase his budget, but would definitely hurt mine. I have a disabled son @ home & it's tough to make ends meet. After two days of thinking about it, my boss called me into his office today & gave me back my 10% pay plus that raise I earned!! Thank you God for listening & answering my prayers!! Thank you Pastor Dion for your devotional. !!

September 2, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!

September 3, 2016
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Thank you Ticardo!  May God Bless you and yours.

Amen

September 4, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praise God for granting you the wisdom to speak effectively and for His amazing grace! Very happy for you, Patricia :)!

September 3, 2016
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Thank you Sylvia,

Sometimes we need to speak from the heart and I prayed prior to going into that meeting that God would give me the right words to say.  I know for a fact, that God does hear our Prayers.

May God continue to Bless you and Pastor Dion for the amazing work you both do.

Amen.

 

September 4, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

PRAISE AND GLORY TO GOD FOR HE IS GOOD AND FAITHFUL.  Remember always Patricia.  GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH.

September 3, 2016
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Thank  you Deng for your strong devotional as well.  May God Bless you and yours.

Amen.

 

September 4, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You for being on my side. Please give me the grace to say nothing negative and remind me of my speech, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

September 3, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Thank you Heavenly Father, for your word and the number of times it says fear Not.Be anxious about nothing.Iuse to worry about everything life in general.When I opened my Herat to you O Lord,you helped me change my ways and thoughts by your word grace and mercy.I surrender all to you,and all my weaknesses,and ask you to give me an undivided heart,to trust in you at all times.In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Thank you Pastor, for being my Pastor,and all the encouragement and being there for us.

September 3, 2016