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Carving Out The Masterpiece

  • If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light. Luke 11:36 WEB

    After viewing the marble statue of David, someone asked Michelangelo: 'How did you know what to cut away?' The sculptor answered: 'It's simple, I just remove everything that doesn't look like David.' He knew what the statue should look like before he began his work, but it then took him three years to carve away the pieces that did not belong.

    They say that anything can be accomplished when it is broken down into small enough steps. I do find that when I take on a large project, it works best for me to break it into stages. I complete stage one, then focus on stage two, and so on until the project is complete. The way that you eat an elephant, is one bite at a time.

    It is important to not become overwhelmed in our life. If you brought a bride to be into her new home, and showed her all the housework that she have would do, all the dishes that there would be to wash, all the dirty diapers that she would have to change, all at once, then the wedding would probably be off.

    God is working on us in a similar fashion. He does not want us to remain in darkness, but He takes it a step at a time. That is why some teachings are so timely in our lives, it is the Holy Spirit at work uncovering things, reassuring us, comforting us.

    We all have areas of our lives that could stand improving, but if it were all done at once, we could not bear it, and we would just give up. When we first come to Jesus there are usually more areas, and after we have walked with Him a while, there should be less.

    Anger, lust, greed, idolatry, jealousy, envy, strife, out of control eating and drinking (gluttony and drunkenness), and things like pornography, are really just a few areas that the Holy Spirit will shine His light on. You know that thing that causes the hair on the back of your neck to stand up when mentioned, the one that we tend to keep quiet about? That is the one that I am talking about right there. He will bring those things up one at a time until they are all gone.

    Yes He loves us, and He will wash our sins away. But after growing up on a farm, I can tell you that it is hard to wash a hog while it is actively rolling in the mud. You have to wait for it to stop.

    Work with God day by day on improving your life and do not try and get ahead of Him. Take it one day at a time and He will let you know what is on today's to-do list. Walking with Jesus is not a sprint, it is a marathon, and He works with us individually, and at our own pace. Don't compare yourself to others that seem more polished. In time, you will be as well.

    God is working on a masterpiece that will take decades to perfect, you. He gently chips away the parts that do not belong there. Don't get too excited on the mountain top, and don't get too depressed in the valley, for this is a lifelong event.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for Your patience with me. Help me to be stable and learn to time my steps with You. Make what is important to You, important to me and help me to focus on that. Please give me the grace to get through today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning and happy Sunday! If you are in need of prayer, don''t forget that we are here for you! Just click on the Prayer link on the site menu (or it''s also at the bottom of the announcements on the home page) and you can send in a private prayer request. Have a blessed day!

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, Elohim thank you for taking care of me and for keeping me these 65 and 1/2 years.

 

 

August 27, 2017
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

Just what I needed this morning. Thank you Pastor Dion for your devotion to these devotionals. 

August 27, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen my Lord. 

August 27, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

God Morning!!!   Very good read!! Seems I learned this long ago!!! Funny I was once given a pamplet Of Peals book on positive thinking! I was crushed... At first it was overwheling trying to get it! Me the man I am, I may have jumped around alittle. Funny when I applied His suggestions they began too work!! Amazing the intentions of the heart!! He may and can let us keep missing the mark, teaching us all the great things about endurance persistance drive desire accomplishment joy--that coming from finaly winning.. Amen!! Thanks Pastor!!

August 27, 2017
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

"Take it one day at a time and He will let you know what is on today's to-do list."  Words to live by!

August 27, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen, it has taken 27 years to bring me this far and it is hard to tell what God will ask next, but I know I am His!

August 27, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

Love the hog analogy!  So true. God is working on one part of me right now and the blessings in removing my sin is greater dependence on Him for all things and the knowledge that all is considered loss except for the love, and glory of Jesus Christ!!

August 27, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen! Praying that God will keep me patient as these flood waters come down in Texas, I know he's got this in control

August 27, 2017
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Molly Minoo
Molly Minoo

Amen. Thank you for this inspiring message.

August 27, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,please teach me to have more patience.I love you Jesus.

August 27, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Great message! I receive so much from these devotionals each day, they just seem to hit the mark and are wise words to ponder. Thank you Pastor Dion :)

August 27, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

August 27, 2017
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Barbara Miramon
Barbara Miramonedited: August 27, 2017

Today's passage brought to mind this song by Cristy Lane.

"One Day At A Time, Sweet Jesus" 

 

I'm only human, I'm just a woman.
Help me believe in what I could be
And all that I am.
Show me the stairway, I have to climb.
Lord for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time.

 

Chorus: 
One day at a time sweet Jesus
That's all I'm asking from you.
Just give me the strength
To do everyday what I have to do.
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.

 

Do you remember, when you walked among men?
Well Jesus you know if you're looking below
It's worse now, than then.
Cheating and stealing, violence and crime
So for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time.

 

Chorus:

One day at a time sweet Jesus
That's all I'm asking from you.
Just give me the strength
To do everyday what I have to do.
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.

Cristy Lane lyrics

 

August 27, 2017
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Jackie Tipton
Jackie Tipton

Thank you Pastor Dion.  Please pray for all of us in Texas. Thank you and God Bless.

August 27, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Lord,thank You for all Your blessings. Clean me the way You want us to be and protect us from evil, Amen.

August 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praying with y'all for all in the path of the hurricane, brother <3!

August 27, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Dear Father in Heaven, I thank you for the wonderful Blessings you bestow upon me and I am very thankful and appreciate the beauty that I see each day.  I pray for our world and the darkness that tries to take over, but Jesus continues to shine on us and his love is everlasting.  I pray for what is going on in Texas, the rains, floods and for the people whose families are still alive and together!  May your love comfort them during this difficult time and may they know you have not forsaken or left them behind, for you are a compassionate and loving Father who cares for his children.  May they continue to have peace always.  I pray in the name of your most Precious son Jesus.  Amen!!

August 27, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

August 27, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

August 27, 2017
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Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Amen, Pastor Dion! Timely devotional!

 

August 27, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

August 27, 2017
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Jennifer Nielsen
Jennifer Nielsen

Beating timing Pastor Dionn thank you and GOD BLESS !!

August 27, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  This helped a lot!  Heavenly Father I thank You for Your patience with me. Help me to be stable and learn to time my steps with You. Make what is important to You, important to me and help me to focus on that. Please give me the grace to get through today, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

August 28, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

All I can say is, He's still working on me, He is the potter and I am the clay! One day at a time, carving, molding and shaping! Have a blessed day:)

August 28, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen

August 30, 2017
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

This message was timely right down to the core of my soul. I recognise now more than ever God's hand in my life......

September 1, 2017