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Feel Like a Number

  • Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter; James the son of Zebedee; John, the brother of James, and he surnamed them Boanerges, which means, Sons of Thunder; Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. Mark 3:16 WEB

    Jesus and the disciples had to have been tired, for they had been traveling all day when they finally came to a town. But the people of that city would not welcome their group, and they had to travel on to the next town. James and his brother John, wanted to call down fire from heaven and burn the city to the ground for rejecting them, but Jesus calmed them down (Luke 9:54).

    Jesus had seen more in the disciples than simple fisherman on the day that He called them. He named James and John 'Boanerges' which means: 'Sons of Thunder' for He knew that they were a hot tempered pair. Simon He nicknamed 'Peter' meaning 'The Rock.' Peter had great faith and as far as I know, he was the only disciple to walk on water (Matthew 14:29). Jesus knew them well.

    When I first started attending church, I felt that I was on the outside. I believed that God knew the pastor and the elders well, but I doubted that He knew, or really cared that much about me. I felt pretty insignificant. Yes, they talked about God's love, but I had not seen it in my upbringing. My mom divorced nine times, and I saw a lot of hate, profanity, and bitterness.

    As I began to really seek God with fasting, praying, and listening to the Word, He began to show up in my workplace and invade my everyday life. Sometimes, I could speak a few words to someone and they would begin to weep or shake under conviction. Soon I was coming to church and telling them what God had done for me during the week, and whom I had led to the Lord. When I came to church, I would often bring a whole row of people with me.

    The real turning point in my relationship with God was when I realized that I was not just another number. He knew my name. He actually knew and loved me personally, not just globally. It was not that I was special, it was that I welcomed Him, I wanted Him, I spent time with Him, and I was willing to look like a fool for His sake.

    We are each unique in our own way. God made each of us as individuals, and there is no one on earth just like us. He also understands why we are the way that we are.

    Know today that you are not a number. There is not another person on earth like you. You are special, and God formed you with all of the traits and the characteristics that you have. You are not an accident. You have a name, and God Almighty knows it.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for today. Help me to know You in a special way. Let me know that You truly care in more than words. Fill my environment with Your presence and change my surroundings, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Very Encouraging PAstor...that God knows me by my name...

Thank You...

March 2, 2019
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Faith Oglesby
Faith Oglesby

Beautiful words of praise, praise, joy in the Lord and God’s great mercy and love. I am grateful for this devotional today as it spoke volumes to my heart and mind. Thank you Pastor for Your ministry of God’s Word!

March 2, 2019
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Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore

Thank you pastor for this devotional and each and every devotional,  thanks for your time & hard work,   these really help me get though each day

 

God bless you and sister sylvia

March 2, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

March 2, 2019
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for today. Help me to know You in a special way. Let me know that You truly care in more than words. Fill my environment with Your presence and change my surroundings, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen ~ Thank you

March 2, 2019
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I have always felt insignificant. It’s a rough feeling. I pray always for God to strengthen me and give me more confidence and nerve. Praise God. Amen. 

March 2, 2019
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen!

March 2, 2019
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen

March 2, 2019
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, I thank You for today. Help me to know You in a special way. Let me know that You truly care in more than words. Fill my environment with Your presence and change my surroundings, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

March 2, 2019
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,thank you Paster and Sylvia.God Bless.

March 2, 2019
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father give me the strength to feel more acceptable to You. I know that You are there for me, speak to me and I will follow Your designs. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

As always an excellent message, God bless you Pastor. 

March 2, 2019
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Mary  Ann
Mary Ann

Amen ✝️

March 2, 2019
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! Great message Pastor Dion

March 2, 2019
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Truth Amen ❤

March 2, 2019
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

March 2, 2019
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

OH THAT IS BEAUTIFUL AMEN

March 2, 2019
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for today. Help me to know You in a special way. Let me know that You truly care in more than words. Fill my environment with Your presence and change my surroundings, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen

March 3, 2019
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

March 3, 2019