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The Scary Door

  • All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 1 Samuel 17:24 WEB

    When Goliath walked out onto the battlefield, all the men of Israel fled from before him. Not even King Saul would face this nine-foot tall giant. For forty days this taunting continued on until a young shepherd boy named David came to deliver some supplies to his brothers, and he heard Goliath insulting them.

    David had been spending time alone with God in the fields while tending sheep. It was a boring job. He learned to played a harp quite well and wrote psalms. He practiced with a sling, and when lions or bears came, he defended his flock from them. David came to know the Lord in a deeper way than the others did.

    When David heard Goliath speaking, the Holy Spirit urged him to go out there and face him, but David had to make that choice. In the same way, God's door of promotion is often behind that scary circumstance in your life. If you are strong enough to open it, you get the prize inside. David faced the giant and it was a turning point in his life. It began his journey to become the next king of Israel.

    In the late 80s / early 90s, I worked on computers after work as a hobby. One day an insurance company called me and they had twelve computers networked together running DOS. One of them had lost connection with the others and they wanted me to come look at it. A software company from out of state had originally come in and set up the network for them, but now they were unreachable.

    At the time, no one here had internet here, especially where I lived. There was no way to research anything, no books to be had, and no one to call for advice. I grew up on a farm and had never seen a computer network before, but they had gotten my number from someone else and called me out of desperation. I explained that I didn't work on computer networks, but they would not take no for an answer. I started to say: 'I can't help you with that' but I felt the Holy Spirit urging me quietly with, 'Go and I will go with you' so I said, 'I'll come look at it.'

    It was about a twenty-five minute drive and I prayed all the way there. 'Lord I can't do this without You, please help me!'. I thought, 'I am going to look like a fool. What am I doing! Turn around!' Then I quoted Moses: 'If Your presence does not go with me, don't send me up from here' (Exodus 33:15). All the while, He was quiet while I wrestled with the fear inside myself.

    Finally, I arrived at their office and met the owner. He showed me the computer that was broken and we walked around the office and stopped at a filing cabinet to talk. I was already out of ideas, my heart was racing, and I was ready to tell him, 'I can't help you', when a flashing box on top of the filing cabinet caught my attention. As the manager talked on, I rested my hand on top of the flashing box and another light came on. When I picked up my hand, the light went out.

    After closer inspection I found that a wire had worked itself loose on the back of the hub. That was the entire problem. I fixed the network cable, the computer came back online, and they thought that I was a genius. They became a regular client for the next seventeen years.

    That was a long time ago and today networks are everywhere. All of this is now common knowledge, but at that time I had never seen a network hub or network cable or even read about one in my life. Yet, I had the Holy Spirit with me and that is all that it took. 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me' (Philippians 4:13).

    The Lord gently pushed me into my own computer business and it seemed that I could do no wrong. He carried me daily. Soon I had over fifty regular clients. The same type of story happened repeatedly in my life at accountant's offices, lawyer offices, doctor's offices, banks and more. What seemed to be an impossible task was trivial.

    The problems grew more and more complex and today I deal with load-balancing Linux mail servers on a daily basis, but through the Holy Spirit, I have always managed to fix the problem. Still today, someone can call me over the phone with a computer problem and while they are talking with me, it will often fix itself.

    God does not call the equipped. He equips the called and will provide all that they need. Like David, if you will step out when He calls you to do something, He will back you up and the giant will go down. The water became solid when Peter stepped out on it. When he was overcome with fear, he began to sink.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for bringing me this far and I am excited at what you are doing on the earth. Make me a part of it! Use me Lord. Speak to me and through me. Put me where I need to be, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: The highlighted group of the week is "Creation Photographers", a place to share your pics of God''s awesome creation, or just view what He shows others. All skill levels are welcome! It is not a place to critique anyone''s work. Even if you have never taken a picture, it is not too late to start :). The goal is for each of us to find a way to better appreciate what God has created! ALSO, for those who missed the RHM Live Sunday service, the message and transcript are available under the Watch page (click on Watch Previous Services on that page)! Your feedback and comments are much appreciated! FINALLY, the Creation Photographers theme of the week is "April Fools", based on 1 Corinthians 1:27. As always, you are free to post anything else that inspires you, too!

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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Love, love, love this!!!!! <3

April 3, 2017
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Deb Farris
Deb Farris

Amen!  Philippians 4:13 keeps me focused and grounded every day!  Love this!

April 3, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for bringing me this far and I am excited at what you are doing on the earth. Make me a part of it! Use me Lord. Speak to me and through me. Put me where I need to be, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3 Great word today thank you :)

April 3, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen. 

April 3, 2017
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Thank you Lord for bringing me this far, in Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

April 3, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Faith---I know the key too this being effective is being in Him!! As we know its assurance coming from with in!! A feeling you bet!! I've had a touch all along of Him in Me as I've said! Its going too new levels now! Hum a learning process!! All I've experiemced is becoming My base for wht I share-Teach! Experience - the best experience!!!! I didn't pick up on David the shepp and practice killing off the foses too his flock. what a story!!

April 3, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen,Thank you Lord for your guidance

April 3, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

What an insperational story of how God works through His Holy Spirit. It seems that God has been doing this kind of thing all through history. We can learn so much from the experiences of other's lives, but we have to apply the princeables to our own lives! Thank you Father for your guidence!  

April 3, 2017
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Maria Mesia
Maria Mesiaedited: April 3, 2017

Pastor, the word you post every day, comes from God to you to minister His flock at any time 7/24, in my case, it is in my cellphone. How great it is: I am crossing a situation with the bank & my house which I have been paying for 28 years, but I am unemployed now, & the bank anounced that is going to accelerate the balance, that means foreclosure. Their letter is "scare", the same word in your today post. I understand God is talking to me in this difficult time, to not be scare but confident IN HIM. In this our I need the level of faith for A MIRACLE, PLEASE HELP ME WITH YOUR PRAYER. Pastor Dion do never hesitate that God is using you in the lives of those who read the word. Even if God tells you to post the same word repeteadly, HE knows why: because of us that are in need of His guiding word. PLEASE ¡¡¡ I NEED SUPPORT WITH PRAYER FOR A MIRACLE : DEBT OFF. Thanks with my heart. Bless you all

April 3, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Prayers sent for you.  Keep the faith.  Always remember that our LORD GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH

April 3, 2017
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman

For the first time ever I'm trying to get a friend from Uganda lined up with several churchs, church groups, etc for her and her husband, who is a preacher to visit.  She is raising money for a special home she has set up to take in abandon unwed teenagers.  Please, pray that God will show me how to met this challenge.  If anyone reading this has any suggestion I would appreciate the help.  God's blessing

April 3, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

April 3, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, Jehovah-Jireh

April 3, 2017
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

I feel God is calling me to go through a very scary door in my life... going back to school.  Not only do I have no idea how I would finance it (maxed out on student loans) but I'm overwhelmed just trying to work and keep up with the housework and everything, let alone adding school to the mix.   Please pray for me that I can do all that God wants me to do.  I feel I am already failing at what He wants me to do as far as taking care of housework and such.  

April 3, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Keep the faith.  remember always:  GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH

April 3, 2017
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen♡

April 3, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for bringing me this far and I am excited at what you are doing on the earth. Make me a part of it! Use me Lord. Speak to me and through me. Put me where I need to be, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)

April 3, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Amen.

April 3, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You for bringing me this far and I am excited at what you are doing on the earth. Make me a part of it! Use me Lord. Speak to me and through me. Put me where I need to be, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

April 4, 2017
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Karen Robertson
Karen Robertson

There have been so many times that fear has kept me from stepping out.  I need to remember Who I belong to!  2Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  I need to remember that!

April 4, 2017
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen

April 5, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen♡

April 14, 2017
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Tom Cartmell
Tom Cartmell

Hey Sylvia, is the devotional down ??  I haven't gotten one for 2 days now. Can you ur Dion help me ??

April 22, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Hello :)! Looks like you were unsubscribed - I re-activated you, so you should start getting them again in the morning!

April 22, 2017