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By My Spirit

  • Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, 'This is the word of Yahweh to Zerubbabel, saying, 'Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says Yahweh of Hosts.' Zechariah 4:6 WEB

    David wrote in Psalm 37:4: 'Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.' After getting laid off from a great paying job as a foreman in a factory, I spent an humbling year polishing brass by hand at a buffing machine for one-third of the pay. My skin became green and black from the dust. The work was mind-numbingly boring, but I knew that God wanted me there. I stuck it out, I listened to the Bible all day, fasted about as much as I ate, and prayed for several hours every day.

    At night, I worked on computers. It had become a passionate hobby and I had parts scattered everywhere that I had gathered, which I assembled in various configurations and then disassembled so I could do it again. I loved electronics and working with computers, but I had no education and had dropped out of high school early to go to work. I could only dream about those that were lucky enough to work with computers every day for a living, but I never, ever dreamed that I would.

    My job at the brass plant ended when it merged with another company and I was not sure what I was going to do. One day I got a call from a business which had a network of twelve computers. Computer networks were rare then. Being completely self taught, I knew very little about them and this was well over my head.

    This was before the Internet came to homes, and before we carried cell phones. Most computer work was done from a command prompt or a custom written program on a monochrome screen, usually green or amber.

    While on the phone, the insurance company explained to me that they had purchased agency management software from an out-of-state business. Their technicians came down and installed the software a few years ago, but now one of the machines had stopped working. The company that had installed them had gone out of business and they didn't know who else to call. They had gotten my number from a friend.

    I listened to them and was about ready to say: 'I can't help you' but then I felt more than heard: 'Go and I will go with you.' So I went.

    I prayed all the way to the location and when I arrived, they showed me the machine that was broken. There was a filing cabinet nearby and I rested my arm on it as we talked about the problem.

    As I was standing there with several people staring at me for answers, I had none and fear began welling up within me. I looked around and laid my hand on a small black box with a lot of flashing lights that was sitting on top of the filing cabinet. When I did, another light came on. I removed my hand and the light went off.

    That caught my attention, and looking closer I discovered that one of the network cables had a short in it. I could hold it just right and it worked, but if I let it go, it was broken. I fixed the cable and the malfunctioning computer worked fine.

    The people there thought that I was a genius as I had not been there ten minutes and had diagnosed and fixed the problem that had plagued them randomly for weeks. They were my client for the next fifteen years.

    God added client after client just like that and soon I had over fifty businesses that I was taking care of. Many would call with some impossible sounding problem that I had never dealt with. I would pray all the way there, and fix it in moments. It was truly a golden time when I could literally do no wrong. Sometimes just putting my hands on it fixed the problem. Yea, it sounds crazy, but I did it for years. The things that I could not even dream of doing, I was now living.

    Delight yourself in the Lord. Step out today into whatever He gives you to do. It is not by your might, power or intellect that you will succeed in this life, but by His Holy Spirit. Just as David stepped out against Goliath and won, God will help you accomplish anything that He gives you to do. God doesn't always call the equipped, He equips those that He calls.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I delight in You! Push me into deeper water and let me know that You are right there with me. Hold me tight and guide my every step. Let me be a conduit for Your power on this earth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen,  Yahuah Jirah

August 15, 2017
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

This is so great this morning. Work through me LORD.

August 15, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!!

August 15, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord, here I am just as I am, send me.

August 15, 2017
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Obioma Ukegbu
Obioma Ukegbu

Pastor I am very happy to have a device that can access and write comments now. I am not ashamed to be a member of your ministry. Your message always blesses me. God bless you and your family.

August 15, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That is wonderful, Obioma, praise God!

August 15, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

August 15, 2017
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Ted Muilenburg
Ted Muilenburg

Stepping out into deeper waters begins with ankle or toe deep water and TRUST at any age and mono  vision - eye on The MAN !!   Amen thank you team great devotion!

August 15, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Ted, well said :)!

August 15, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

I love this story. I never tire of hearing it. Thank you pastor!!

August 15, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen Pastor Dion! Great story, God gives us the strength and wisdom we need and when we need it.

August 15, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

August 15, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praying for His direction for your son, brother!

August 15, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!

August 15, 2017
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen thank pastor for this devotion 

August 15, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Lord, use me to do Your will in every ocasión and to fulfill Your command,Amen.

August 15, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,our God is so awesome 

 

August 15, 2017
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you very much for your help understanding how God works in our everyday lives sincerely Scott R.

August 15, 2017
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Leland Fay
Leland Fay

This was my experience as well in computer science and solving complex problems. I can say I have never been successful whenever I started thinking I could do the job myself, knew the answer etc. but 100% successful when turning my thoughts and focusing on 'thy will be done' along with an open mind and wiling attitude. The true lesson for me in all of this and it is to this day the only thing  'I know' is that on my own I am nothing, the Father does the works. This applies to every aspect of my life today however big or small... not necessarily because I want this to be the case but because my life does not work any other way. I can't say that's the way it is for the world but good,bad, right or wrong it is that way for me.

August 15, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Well said, Leland, amen <3!

August 16, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

August 15, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Praise the Lord!!! That is exactly what I needed to hear! Thank you Lord and pastor Dion for speaking His word of encouragement, especially today!!!

August 15, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

I love this story Pastor Dion. What a wonderful testimony. Thank you Lord. Give me the courage to step out in whatever You want me to do. Guide me, push me into deeper water and let me know You are right here with me. In the name of Jesus I pray.Amen.

August 15, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father I delight in You! Push me into deeper water and let me know that You are right there with me. Hold me tight and guide my every step. Let me be a conduit for Your power on this earth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! 

 

Thank you Pastor, I always enjoy hearing this story. I love the way you just placed your hand on the black box and you saw the lights changing. You knew through God, that was where the problem was. I'm sure that was a blessing for you. You went and stepped out and God was with you all the way. Amen. :-)

August 16, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Diane, doing our little part is the most important thing :)!

August 16, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I delight in You! Push me into deeper water and let me know that You are right there with me. Hold me tight and guide my every step. Let me be a conduit for Your power on this earth, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

August 16, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother!

August 16, 2017