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Finishing the Job

  • being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 WEB

    It was late Saturday night, and we were both exhausted. We were working on a networked accounting system that was bloated and slow. A simple upgrade job that should have taken a couple of hours on Friday had now taken a couple of days. Still, we chose to honor the price we had initially quoted them. That is one of the perks of being self-employed. As the night wore on, it was just us, God, and a lot of hard work. They soon left us the keys to the office and went home.

    Sometimes keeping your word and doing the right thing hurts. That job cost us twice as much as we planned and took five times as long to complete, but we did it because it was the right thing to do. We are to do unto others, as we would have them do unto us. I find it sleazy when someone quotes you a price and then doubles it later. We once hired a plumber whose ad said $75 unclogged drains! He came out and charged us $450, yet he didn't fix the drain. What a man sows, he shall also reap.

    He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. He who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? Luke 16:10-12 WEB.

    You can measure someone's character by what it takes for them to bail out of a commitment. Make your decisions intentionally. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Our God is not flippant in His judgments, and He does not waver. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). Sometimes we have to endure.

    God, who began a good work in you, will see it through to the end. Even when the cost is double, when it takes twice as long as planned, when things didn't turn out as expected, when it is just you, God, and a lot of hard work: He will still complete the job.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You do for me. Please give me the grace to complete the things that I have promised others. Help me grow in character and always honor my word. Help me reflect Your presence on this earth in a positive way, in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah!!!! Thank you for the message Pastor Dion!
Oct 14
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  At the end of the day, God knows. Be sure you can sleep with what you've done during the day.  Amen

Oct 14
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

Oct 14
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Oct 14
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

At times, when neighbors misinterpret your intentions, your word and prayers must never cease. Always keep your word and smile from your heart. Thank you Pastor dion.

Oct 14
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen I love you Father!

Oct 14
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Linda Clark
Linda Clarkedited: Oct 14

Yes lord please give me strength in jesus name 

Oct 14
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Help me to reflect You, Amen.

Oct 14
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Evan Force
Evan Forceedited: Oct 14

This is great and I especially like where Pastor Dion wrote "make your decisions intentionaly."

Oct 14
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, thank you Pastor Dion.God loves you all and so do we.

Oct 14
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You to help me to have the strength to finish whatever I start today, give us the opportunity to see through Your eyes and trust in Your will. In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ I pray, Amen. Thank you Lord, I believe in You always. 

Right on point Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia for all you do for us through the scriptures. 

Oct 14
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Oct 14
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Oct 14
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Valuable encouragement in these difficult times, Pastor Dion! Lord, please give me the grace to complete the things that I have promised others. Help me grow in character and always honor my word. Thank you! Amen

Oct 14
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Thank you Pastor Dion!

Oct 14
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Oct 14
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God

Oct 14
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 15