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I Did It My Way

  • And on the seventh day God finished his work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that He had done in creation. Genesis 2:2 ESV

    After coming home from church, I went straight to work on the new mail server. I kept hearing about not working on the sabbath day on my audio Bible and when I flipped the Bible open, that is where it would land. You would think I could take a hint, but I managed to brush it off week after week. After all, this was Gods work and God does not want me to be lazy.

    Today though, the work was like swimming in mud. What should have been a simple job, turned into a horrible ordeal. The machine seemed possessed. At the end of the day, I would have been ahead if I would have just stayed in bed. For a long time we would work on Sunday, but take off Monday or another day. This seemed fine. When I started working seven days a week, He cracked the whip.

    I repented, said I was sorry, and the next day fixed the server in thirty minutes. Since then, I dont work seven days a week anymore and God has really blessed the other six.

    When you feel the Lord speaking to you about something, listen. Dont be hardheaded like me. Can you have it your way? Absolutely. You will be much better off though, to go His way.

    Prayer: Father, please bless the work of my hands and allow me to rest peacefully when I lay down. Help me get my work done in six days so I will not have to work seven, in the name of Jesus.

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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
June 7, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams ITS NOT GOOD TO WORK SEVEN DAYS A WEEK THERE AS TO BE A TIME TO REST AND GOD MADE IT CLEAR WHEN HE SAID SIX DAYS YOU SHALL WORK BUT THE SEVENTH DAY YOU SHALL DO NO WORK FOR IT IS A SABBATH DAY FOR US......
June 7, 2015
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Chinye Kwentua
Chinye Kwentua That's very true. If can learn to listen to God, we will save ourselves a lot of stress. We should always ask the will of to happen in all situations.
June 7, 2015
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Lucas Napo
Lucas Napo Revelation we all know. Thanks Pastor,  Amen
June 7, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield This devotional reminds me of what happens to me every Sunday when I attempt to clean! Last Sunday, while scrubbing the bathroom, I forgot I had eggs boiling on the stove. You guessed it--they exploded, and then I had the KITCHEN to clean! The week before, I got bleach all over my new jeans! God surely is trying to tell me something!
June 7, 2015
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman Amen
June 7, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Thank you Pastor Todd for your reminder
June 7, 2015
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Chad Hale
Chad Hale Thank you Lord, for all your ways are holy. Things never work out when I'm me but in You all is manifested of, to, for good. Bless you and your works for us for they are holy. Amen. Thank you Lord for this message from brother Todd today. Amen. In Jesus name. All thanks and praise belong to you Lord. Amen.
June 7, 2015
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke This just reminds me of the book of Ecclesiastis. , which says there is a time for every purpose, God had told us that we should rest on the seventh day, which is for our own good. Thanks pastor Todd
June 7, 2015
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu After working 5 days to sustain my life. On Saturday, it's cleaning, food shopping, spending quality time with family.  Sunday, I'm tired, want to go to church but tired, sometimes I feel guilty, confused, I pray. I go. I have a good time, no regrets. I pray God give me strength and courage to do his will,  not my own! In Jesus' name I pray,  Amen
June 7, 2015
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan hum amazing what its like too have him with Us in our ordeals makes all the difference!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 7, 2015
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan What a Teacher!! I was helping the Bosses Son out the other day! His speed not caring all that always puts Him off kilter! I was in the middle of a simple Habit teaching when He- walked up! So we mis things fix em make it roll smooth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 7, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell AMEN... OBEDIENCE 
June 7, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Our life is so busy, we do need that one day to rest. I think of how Christ would go off and pray to His Father for strength. He did that when He needed to, because He knew what was ahead of Him. We need this every day. God wants us to rest so we can help others. Some times we can't always do that on a Sunday because of certian jobs, but we need one day of rest. When I had to work in the nursing home, some times I did have to work on Sunday. I can remember being with 2 patients , on their way to meet Jesus. What a blessed time that was to minister to them and their family's.
June 7, 2015
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey Dear Lord,  help me to be obedient to your word in Jerusalem name. God bless you Pastor. 
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Amen
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Susan P
Susan P Lord, please give Gail your strength and energy for her journey. 
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
June 7, 2015
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Torin  Parker
Torin Parker Thank you Pastor for your word. I would ask that we all read about the 10 Commandments in the Old Testament and then go to the new Testament and read especially in Acts and Revelation and prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten on the Sabbath subject.  God rested on the Seventh day and made it Holy.  Jesus died on Good Friday and even in his death Jesus observed God's Sabbath (Saturday). I ask you to read Acts because it illustrates that the Apostles kept the Sabbath and continued to preach every Sabbath (Saturday).  Now please remember these are the same men and women who saw Jesus resurrected, talked with him and yet they did not keep a Sunday Sabbath but God's Sabbath the 7th Day.  In Revelations God and Jesus say if you love me keep my commandments.... Always in Love and may God bless us all with the Holy Spirit to show us the right way.  God Bless
June 7, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli I have always wondered when is the correct Sabbath, is it Saturday or Sunday?  If there is a specific day I am unable to find where it says Saturday or Sunday.
June 7, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Does the Bible actually say that the day Saturday is the Sabbath.
June 7, 2015
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Lisa Kordich
Lisa Kordich I noticed the same thing. I used to work 7 days a week as well but finally gave up Saturday. My customers at first would be upset because when people need their computer fixed they don't want to wait a day extra, but in the end of that I was always blessed with enough work and even got more customers who did not mind the Saturday rest. I am back to working whatever day I get a call because work is scare again and I cannot risk telling people to wait a day. Thankfully I do not have work every day so I do get some rest.
June 7, 2015
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Lisa Kordich
Lisa Kordich I have to say Saturday here. The Bible says that Jesus rose on the first day of the week and that is Sunday which would leave Saturday as the Sabbath (seventh day) also if we look at our Jewish brothers and sisters they still follow Saturday as the Sabbath which has been since the beginning of time. Just my two cents for all it is worth.
June 7, 2015
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Reinhard Blefgen
Reinhard Blefgen Amen 
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Deleted Member This is so true, if we listen and obey God will bless our time even more. Thank you for the message today.
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Deleted Member May God give you many new customers and bless your business beyond measure, so you can work your schedule in what way you feel led to do. God is so good and He will bless us in so many ways. 
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Deleted Member May God's blessings and strength fall upon you. God bless you in all that you do.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, we need to always His perfect will be done in our lives, that we would be vessel in His Hands.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Years ago I asked a Pastor about those two days and he said that the calendar was changed and Sunday was the seventh day way back in the beginning, so I don't know, I just know it is confusing.  Thanks for your answer :)
June 7, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thanks...sharing openly is what keeps "humble pie" going around & around for more.  Where ground walks real is where I go.  I like this a lot!!
June 7, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Speak Lord, for Your servant heareth.
June 8, 2015
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman I came back to this today as I feel the need to write Pastor Dion's prayer on my heart.  Thank you Pastor and may God continue to bless you and Sylvia.
June 8, 2015
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Lisa Kordich
Lisa Kordich That could be but if we look at the day the Jewish people see it Saturday is the sabbath starting from dusk on Friday until dusk on Saturday. But when we get to heaven we can ask God. That will be awesome.
June 8, 2015
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker I do not to even turn my computer on over the weekends...during the week is enough!!  So my response to resting on the Sabath goes back to my childhood when I remember we all rested on Sunday!!  My siblings and I would get a ride to church (my Dad in wheelchair, my Mom didn't drive, we had no car anyway) Some wonderful folks would take us & bring us home.  We would read, help in the kitchen but not work.  No stores were open, expect for the one pharmacy & their hours were short on Sunday....When did we become a society where everything became 24/7??? And we stopped worshiping the Lord and resting on Sunday.  Our lives have become to hectic & loosing site of what is important. I read my Bible yesterday on Sunday, enjoyed my son's laughter ~~ talked to my brother who lives in Arkansas ~~ and Prayed for God's grace and goodness... Beautiful Sunday ~~ Amen.
June 8, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd That sounds like a wonderful Sunday, Patricia! Even Dion and I, who are the most computer-oriented of people, try to keep our computer time to a minimal on Sunday, if only because we are on it so much the other days, that our eyes need a bit of rest :).
June 8, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, we probably all need a bigger slice of humble pie than we think :D!
June 8, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd I know what you mean, Lisa, it's more difficult when business is slow. Fortunately, our clients were mostly offices who were not open on Sundays. I pray that the Lord continues to bless your business and grants you the provision you need to be able to rest, in the name of Jesus!
June 8, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd I know there are arguments to be made either way, but honestly, I believe the central point of God's commandment is that we need to take a day of rest, to slow down, spend time with Him and not wear ourselves down. There are those who work in industries that don't allow for a Saturday or Sunday off, for instance, many of our local church pastors and other staff :)! The staff at our local church take off on Monday, because the weekend is their busiest time. People in the service industry, grocery stores, restaurants, etc., have to work the shifts their assigned and make have their "Sabbath" on, say Wednesday. It's not an easy world to rest in :).
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Considering that many of our days of the week are named after pagan gods, I'm pretty sure that God did not use the calendar that we used :). 
June 8, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd You are not alone, we are usually pretty tired by the time we hit Sunday, that's just being human :). I pray that the Lord strengthens you and blesses you with greater energy and time to rest!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Wow, I have often had eggs overcook and crack open, but never explode! That must have been impressive :).
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen!
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good to us.
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Deleted Member Amen, what a precious prayer.
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Hi Torin, thank you for reading. I know that many people attend church on Saturday and choose to observe Saturday as the sabbath. I used to play in a praise band at a 7th day adventist church on Saturday. But now our church is open on Sunday, and if we want to go, it will be on Sunday. If you do go Saturday, there will be no one there.  The day that this server incident happened to me was on a Sunday, so that is what I wrote about. You should be worshiping God 7 days a week, and resting at least one day a week. That is what I try to observe. If I have to work all weekend, I will try and rest Monday. Unfortunately work is a part of our life, and sometimes we do not get to choose what day we take off.  “ One man esteems one day as more important. Another esteems every day alike. Let each man be fully assured in his own mind. ”   (Romans 14:5 WEB)
June 9, 2015