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Brothers and Sisters

  • Brothers and Sisters from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    I was raised to work hard and take pride in my work. I often turn it into a game as if I were doing it directly for the Lord. If I am making dinner for one of the Lord's people, I prepare it as if it were for the King Himself. If I am repairing a toilet at the church, it's the throne of the King.

    The way you treat the Lord's people is not such a little thing to Him. For as you do unto them, it's like you are doing it directly to Him. It will be a hot topic on judgment day:

     (Matthew 25:40 NKJV)  And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

    This is what the Apostle Paul warned the Corinthians about when they were having communion. Some of them were full and drunk, while others went hungry. There were strife and divisions among them, and in their case, it was causing weakness, sickness, and death:

    (1 Corinthians 11:29–30 NKJV)  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

    To discern the Lord's body means to understand who it is you are dealing with. The body of Christ is made up of all the believers on Earth (1 Corinthians 12:12). An example of not rightly discerning the Lord's body would be to have strife, unforgiveness, racism, or hard feelings against other members of the body of Christ. In short, that can make you sick.

    The golden rule of "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is not just a commandment, but great advice for your future and health. Be good to the Lord's people. It's a great investment. 

    Yet, even good work for the Lord can become exhausting if we don't balance it. I have pushed myself into burnout more than once by making sandwiches no one ordered. Trying to do good things that the Lord hadn't given me to do. A good rule of thumb is from Andy Stanley, "Don't sacrifice what's unique to you for something someone else can do." 

    The Lord has a gentle way of nudging us back on course when we drift. Though sometimes, it's not so gentle, for a swift kick in the pants works better for some than others. Jesus touched the lepers and healed them, but struck the Apostle Paul blind on the road to Damascus. He deals with each of us as individuals. 

    We need to balance work and rest, as too much work will make you grumpy, but too much fun will lead to ruin. Two sisters in the book of Luke are prime examples of this. They lived in a quiet little hamlet called Bethany, and Jesus occasionally stopped by their house.

    (Luke 10:38–40 NKJV)  Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving..."

    Martha was busy working hard with "much serving." She was doing a good thing, which was fine, but she was also glaring at her sister Mary who wasn't helping. Martha was working while Mary was resting in the presence of the Lord. Jesus was in between them. Though both were doing good things, when Martha finally snapped and told Jesus to make Mary help her, He refused:

    (Luke 10:40–42 NKJV)  ...and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."

    Martha was working, but not gracefully. She no longer enjoyed what she was doing. It was becoming a burden. The Lord has said, It's 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit' (Zechariah 4:6). And we know that Jesus never had a shortage of food. He could feed thousands from a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish, so there was no emergency in the kitchen that day. Martha needed to step back and take a little break, maybe rest at the Master's feet and listen for a bit to recover her peace and joy.   

    Have you ever felt you were serving alone? "Lord, don't You care?" I always feel that creeping in when I start to get overwhelmed. When you start telling the Lord to correct one of His servants, it's probably you that's gonna be corrected. We can so often see the splinter in our brother's eye but miss the treated 6x6 fence post sticking out of ours.  

    Jesus told a parable about two brothers and a father who lived together on a farm. The younger brother asked the father for his inheritance in advance while his father was still living. When he received it, he took everything he owned, traveled to a far country, and blew it on parties and prostitutes until he was broke. Too much fun can lead to ruin.

    When the younger son began to starve, came to his senses, and returned home, the father in the story welcomed him and threw a banquet to celebrate. Yet, when the older brother learned of it, he was furious. 

    (Luke 15:25–28 NASB)  "Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. "And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. "And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.' "But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.

    (Luke 15:29–30 NASB)  "But he answered and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'

    That older brother has been working too hard and not spending enough time with the Father. He has drifted and feels slighted, even cheated. He wants the father to correct that young brother or even put him back out on the street, but the father will not do that. Too much work makes one grumpy. 

    The father is in between the extremes. We need to balance our work with spending time with Him. And we need to treat each other with the love and respect we would like ourselves.

    There is only one banquet, and the whole family of God is invited, but not everyone will attend because so and so will be there. It's best to put that attitude aside and be thankful that you even have a place at His table. 

    (Luke 18:9–12 NASB)  And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. "The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 'I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.'

    (Luke 18:13–14 NASB)  "But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!' "I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

    You can pray this with me if you like: 

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I love and thank You today for Your grace and mercy. Please help me balance my life and treat others as I would like to be treated. Make Your desires become mine. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Father keep my life in balance, Amen.
October 31, 2022
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen, Pastor Dion!!! All I can think of is the "Golden Rule", not just "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", but as of today's message the rule is much more "golden" than I ever thought it to be! It redirects our focus from of ourselves as we would like to be treated to the Lord, as we reach out in love to others and touch their lives, we lovingly reach out to the Lord himself!! Oh, just the thought alone as we gently reach out to some elderly and lonely person, and lightly touch and stroke their face in a loving manner that we touch the face of GOD!!! (h5)

October 30, 2022
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen!! Thank you so much for this message today! It is a great reminder that we all need to hear every now and then. We should be doing our service for God and for God only and not looking for a reward or a pat on the back. We are here to serve and honor God and treat His sons and daughters with love and respect. We are Jesus' hands and feet, whatever we do for the least of these we do for God. What ever you do, do it in Jesus' name and not looking for a reward but just knowing you are doing the Father's will. We all need this reminder. We all try hard to honor God and do His will but we all fail sometimes and all we need to do is stop and ask Him for forgiveness and try to do better. When we ask for forgiveness He is happy to forgive us right away. He loves us so very much, like the Father in the "Prodigal Son" story. There is nothing that we can do that will ever make Him stop loving us. He knows we are human and mess up, as soon as we realize our mistake we must go to Him in prayer and ask Him to forgive us and He will forgive us in that same moment without even thinking about it. God bless every one here at Refreshing Hope Ministries. You are all very special to me because we are sisters and brothers in the Lords family and we are united by the Blood of Christ that was spilled for us on Calvary, Amen.

October 31, 2022
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

WE PRAISE YOU LORD.  AMEN

October 31, 2022
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Christ Yeshua's name I pray this, Amen. 

October 31, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen ❣️

October 31, 2022
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

God, be merciful to me, the sinner.  Help me balance my life and focus on Your will. Amen - thank you Pastor Dion

October 31, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Father forgive me of my sins, have mercy on me. Amen 

October 31, 2022
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Narciso Salas
Narciso Salas

Amen

October 31, 2022
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!!

October 31, 2022
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Excellent teaching today, Pastor.

The Lord be praised. Amen!

October 31, 2022
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. Heavenly Father,  Thank You for a brand new day.  Your Grace and Mercy I Thank You.  AMEN

October 31, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

October 31, 2022
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

October 31, 2022
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen 

October 31, 2022
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Amen ???????? 

October 31, 2022
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen

October 31, 2022
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen !

October 31, 2022
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

October 31, 2022
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, I love and thank You today for Your grace and mercy. Please help me balance my life and treat others as I would like to be treated. Make Your desires become mine. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

October 31, 2022
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

October 31, 2022
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

October 31, 2022
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

October 31, 2022
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery

LOL :  cleaning the toilet, cleaning it for the Throne of the King!

 

Do directory for the LORD.

 

Assuredly...Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine!

 

How Great Thou Art...take care of the body of Christ.

 

I am a Believer of Jesus Christ.  I belng to a Bible Believing church.  I am a member of Refreshing Hope Ministries since 2015...the year after my Believer's Baptism in 2014 at First Baptist Henderson.

 

Yes...burn-outs...eating Ramen noodle soup a few years ago...ate so much I got burned out!

 

Yes, He nudges me when I do something wrong to go back to doing right.

 

Balance:  not do too much work.  not too much fun.   wellbeing:  spiritually, mentally, emotioanlly, physically.

 

Worry and trouble:  Worry is like a rocking chair...it will get you nowhere.   My trouble becomes my triumph.

 

Going to lay down my burden down by the Riverside.  It is 2 p.m.  Tea time.

 

Thank You Jesus for this day...peace and joy!  in Your name, Amen

 

 

November 2, 2022
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Rhoda  Mora
Rhoda Mora

Thank you ! 

November 2, 2022