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  • If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion, make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. Philippians 2:1 WEB

    After two decades of data-center level computer-networking experience, someone pushed me aside to show me how to re-install a simple program at church one day. There were many thoughts that ran through my head, sadly not one was good. To put it nicely I thought something like: 'If this idio' er' these people had any idea what I know, they would not have done that.' Eventually they got the program installed, though it pained me to watch them fumble about when I knew exactly what needed to be done.

    Later, as I was thinking this over, it made no sense for me to be bothered by this at all. Someone else stepping in to help should be appreciated, even welcomed. Now I can go sit down with my wife and enjoy the service while they fix the broken computers, but that was not what I was thinking at the time. We like to be noticed, respected, important, needed, in the spotlight. I want to talk about me and how much I know and what I am doing. Needless to say, I had some repenting to do and felt like a prize idiot for thinking that way.

    God wants us to be balanced. Many of you think too little of yourself and God wants you to know that is wrong. He loves you, delights in you, and formed you in your mother's womb (Psalms 139:13). You were no accident, but carefully planned through the centuries. If a single person in your family line had died before their time, then you would not be here today. He has carefully prepared for you to live in this time, and He has a plan and a purpose for your life. Do not think too little of yourself, and do not waste the time that He has given you here.

    I came up as white trailer trash, a despised step-child in abject poverty. In total, I had nine dads and three moms and by the time they were done, enough step-brothers and sisters to populate a small town. Somehow I was always the youngest one there and most referred to me as 'Robert's boy' or 'Carolyn's son.' Many never bothered to learn my name before they were gone. I can tell you in intricate detail what an unwanted child feels like.

    God cannot use someone that will not let Him, and I really struggled with that. I felt so 'worthless' that I would resist Him. Then after I came to know the Lord better, He began to build me up, so that later He could raise me up. He does not want us to look down on ourselves or our past. It is a new day and the old has passed away. He can use me, He can use you. Eventually the Lord brought me up to balance, but I began to like my new self a lot, and then He had to bring me back down. He is faithful to bring discipline when needed (Hebrews 12:7).

    It is so obvious looking backwards that God wanted to bring things into balance. He brings the lowly up, He brings the prideful down. At church that day He brought some more deep-rooted pride and selfish ambition to the surface. Their actions may not have been right, but I am only responsible for my actions, not theirs. Resist the temptation to always talk about yourself. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent (Proverbs 17:28). Let others push you aside and then enjoy the free time it gave you. They can work on all the computers in the world now (except mine), and I would happily let them.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please bring my life and my view of myself into proper balance. Help me be grounded and stable in You, neither too high nor too low. Give me a clear vision of what You have for me and help me live my life here to the fullest and in Your presence. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! For those who missed the Sunday message, "The Restoration of the Church", it is now available under the "Watch" page on the site menu. ALSO, the Creation Photographers group fun theme of the week is "A Stranger''s Smile", based on Matthew 25:35 and Dr. King''s quote, "Life''s most persistent question is ''What are you doing for others?''". As always, our themes are open for interpretation and you are encouraged to post as you like as well!

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord. 

January 17, 2017
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you, Pastor Dion, for this prayer for balance this morning. Much needed in my life as we begin a new semester today. Lord, keep me grounded in You!

January 17, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes Lord I can definitely use balance in my life. Help me to be wise and know your will for my life. To be who you intended me to be and use my gifts and talents for your glory! No pride, no unworthiness. Amen.

January 17, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Good Morning!! Hum amazing Devotion!! Funny how Humans think!! Funny the true differance it makes when you put a force into action in a situation!!-truely a God given Blessing when things turn out correct--changing it all!! As in My life if I were wise smart to continue too hold on for dear life! I certainly didn't get this far on My own wit and smarts! Praise God!!

January 17, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

Perfect for me now loved this.   I pray in Jesus name: Heavenly Father please bring my life and my view of myself into proper balance. Help me be grounded and stable in You, neither too high nor too low. Give me a clear vision of what You have for me and help me live my life here to the fullest and in Your presence. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

January 17, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen.We must watch out for pride, it can get the best of us and bring out the worst in us.

January 17, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I am so blessed that God knows my heart. I pray that my mind will be renewed daily so God can use me to serve, how He wants me to serve. He has so much to teach me,and I need to wait on Him, and His timing. He truly never waste anything.

January 17, 2017
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey

Thank you for that word today, uplifting and inspiring for me to know that I am somebody in Christ Jesus. Thank you for the prayer that I prayed out loud for myself.

 

Blessings!

January 17, 2017
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Thank you for today's word Pastor Dion!, I definitely can relate to the feelings of an unwanted child and learning my true identity in God and how He is not just building me up, but also healing those broken pieces of my heart that the enemy always tries to use against me. God is so good!...Won't He do it!..♡

January 17, 2017
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen

January 17, 2017
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

Amen!!!

January 17, 2017
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

January 17, 2017
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Wonderful message!

January 17, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

Great message!

January 17, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father please bring my life and my view of myself into proper balance. Help me be grounded and stable in you, neither too high or too low. Give me a Clear Vision of what you have for me and help me live my life here to the fullest and in your presence. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

January 17, 2017
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Linda Burt
Linda Burt

Pastor Dion, I love, love, love your messages. Your humor adds so much. I have to giggle at some of your anecdotes, and most of us can empathize. You have a wonderful gift of storytelling  God bless you and Sylvia. 

January 17, 2017
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys

Thank you for your message Pastor Dion I think everyone can identify with this it important to find a balance between being to full of yourself and thinking to little of yourself I know I myself need to pray the Lord would give me that balance!

January 17, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!     Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)

 

I claim this prayer over me. men. <3

Prayer: Heavenly Father please bring my life and my view of myself into proper balance. Help me be grounded and stable in You, neither too high nor too low. Give me a clear vision of what You have for me and help me live my life here to the fullest and in Your presence. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen and Amen. <3 

January 17, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father please bring my life and my view of myself into proper balance. Help me be grounded and stable in You, neither too high nor too low. Give me a clear vision of what You have for me and help me live my life here to the fullest and in Your presence. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. YES! Balance Please :) Ground me in your will and ways. Keep me under your wings of protection. Never let me loose focus on you! Use me! Use me <3 Amen <3 Thank you God bless

January 18, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

   Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father please bring my life and my view of myself into proper balance. Help me be grounded and stable in You, neither too high nor too low. Give me a clear vision of what You have for me and help me live my life here to the fullest and in Your presence. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

January 18, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Amen!

January 27, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Heavenly Father,for my life and all the things you have brought me through and taught me though them.Please help me to keep things balanced in my life and in my walk with you.Help me at all times to be teachable and open to hearing your voice.In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Thank you Pastor for this devotion and prayer.

February 14, 2017