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The Mail Server

  • They went out from there, and passed through Galilee. He didn't want anyone to know it. For he was teaching his disciples, and said to them, 'The Son of Man is being handed over to the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, on the third day he will rise again.' But they didn't understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him. Mark 9:30 WEB

    The manager of the the office nodded and smiled as I explained the details of the new mail server that I had just installed for them, but as his eyes glazed over and he began looking at his watch, I could tell that he did not really understand it. Many times while working in the computer field, I have tried to explain something that I thought was simple to someone and received that very same look.

    It was a look that I saw often, but it did not matter. The system worked well and they were able to continue on with their office work, without ever knowing how that mail server worked. It ran silently in the back room for years and consistently delivered their email. Most of the employees did not even know what that box was, or why it was back there, though they sent mail through it every single day. They only knew that the blue light should be on, or they needed to call Dion, because my phone number was taped across the front of it. They were happy to let me worry about the things that they did not understand.

    In your walk with God, there are going to be some things that you do not understand. 'Why did this happen?' will always be just a thought away. If you really want to know, don't be afraid to ask Him, but never let your lack of understanding become an impasse for you. Don't let it become a stumbling block, save it for a later time.

    God answers us because He wants to, not because He has to. Just as with a person, you should ask your question nicely and be patient. If you try and twist His arm, you will find that it does not bend easily, and you are always free to go sulk in a corner while the world marches on around you. It is your life, and you can choose to do that. But if you will keep a positive attitude and just let it go, then you will be able to continue on and one day you may understand it anyway.

    There are many questions that I do not have an answer to, and many things that I cannot explain. I have decided to put things like that on the back burner, to focus on what I do understand today, and to keep that as simple as possible.

    My relationship with Jesus is my prize, my goal, my passion. I choose to rest in the arms of Jesus and to let Him worry about the things that I do not understand. For me to do it would be like an ant worrying about the orbit of the Moon. It is simply beyond me and my abilities.

    Many times when I have asked about a scripture or a question, I have had a dream or a revelation that did help me to understand it better. Just know that you do not need to understand how God works, for Him to work. Just keep doing the part that you do understand until He gives you more. It is good to not understand something, but choose to trust that He does and not let it affect your relationship.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for being there for me. You know the end from the beginning. There are things that I don't understand, but I choose to trust in You and I will not let my lack of understanding diminish my faith, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen
May 27
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John Smith
John Smithedited: May 25

And to think, I was worried about YOU :-)

May 25
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John Smith
John Smith

I remembered this tonight about yesterday...

 

For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.

Mark 11:24 (AMP)

 

We have to give GOD time to work and not doubt (or fight thoughts of doubt) because I have seen that, for something to come about in the natural, it takes time.  An angel or the Holy Spirit or some invisible force of GOD has to whisper and put thought in this person’s mind to prompt an action and then do same thing with another person and keep moving the necessary people including the person waiting on the prayer, until the request is accomplished.  

 

During that time there are demons putting thoughts of doubt trying to defeat you.  And the invisible forces of GOD are operating according to the faith of the person who prayed and if  that person believes the thoughts from the enemy (demons) and stops believing, then the prayer will not be fulfilled.

 

GOD is tipping the first domino in the row of dominos, perhaps lining them up first, and it might only require one domino (person/occurrence) or it might take many.

 

Some things take more time, like weeks. Others take hours.  Some could take minutes.   

May 25
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen, John! In my life I’ve experienced this sequence over and over. God strengthens patient endurance as He forms my character! PTL!

May 25
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Thank you for your thoughts and reflections on this matter. I appreciate it very much.  We humbly pray and be patient for GOD works and timing are the best.  Give our LORD THE GLORY AND PRAISE.

May 25
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

May 25
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Suzy Romaine
Suzy Romaine

So thankful for Your Word Lord . Thank you for Pastor Dion, Sylvia and RHM who always explain Your Ways so well!! 

May 25
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus,please help us to understand and lead our lives for your glory. Amen 

May 25
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

May 25
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Keep us in your loving arms Lord. Amen. Praise God. 

May 25
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen!

May 25
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

This message was for me today.  Thank you Bro Todd. I do want always Gods Will for me, my loved ones. I will continue to pray for his will and except what happens. Our Heavenly Father knows best for each of us. Amen

May 25
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I put my trust in You, Father. Amen.

May 25
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

May 25
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, in You I have place my trust of things I don't understand. I need Your love to surround me always in any situation and protect me and mine, in Jesus Holy Name I pray. Amen. Thank You Lord for all Your help and support. 

Thank you Pastor I needed these words of encouragement, God bless you.

May 25
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 25
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, amen

May 25
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen Thank you Jesus for giving all that you have and are going to do in the future,you are the BEST Friend I have ever had thanks again love you!

May 25
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen my Jesus understands when I don't understand and often He will reveal things to me, little by little. It may come in a couple of words that instantly come to mind, or in a scripture verse, even the conversation with an unbeliever. The words touch me in my moment of need and always point me to Jesus. I trust Him to always take me places that I will question and places that are difficult to understand. Yet He will lead me through these places and give me everything I need to get where I need to be. Sometimes I just need to be still and just lean on my Jesus. He will help me carry any burdens I have. He will keep my feet on the right path as long as I am willing to let Him lead.

May 25
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

 

May 26
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

May 26
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this devotion once again. Your devotionss are always spot on. I absolutely love them. I am so thankful that you take the time to prepare these and write them out. These devotions are always a great blessing to me.

Jun 3