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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. A simple job that should have taken us a couple of hours, had now taken a couple of days, but we had chosen to honor the price that we had originally 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 as they soon left us the keys to the office, and went home.

    Sometimes 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.

    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 decisions and He does not waver. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). Sometimes we have to do the same.

    God who began a good work in you, will see it completely 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: Father, I thank You for all that You do for me. Please give me grace to complete the things that I have promised. Help me grow in character and always honor my word. Help me reflect Your presence on this earth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Good word today! Thank you :) Blessings Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for all that You do for me. Please give me grace to complete the things that I have promised. Help me grow in character and always honor my word. Help me reflect Your presence on this earth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
January 21, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Dianna!
January 21, 2016
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Lord help me continue to "fight the good fight" (2 Tim. 4:7) until I reach my heavenly goal, in Jesus name. Amen! 
January 21, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen
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Trish Hicks
Trish Hicks Thank you for this i guess you call it your word for today. Pastor Todd a few things in here hit home. So apparently it is something i needed to hear. Although it's not really pertaining to a job in me persay. But let me say I have said it once and i will say it again. It just totally amazes me  how God can give you or any messenger for that matter a word, and it can split multitudes of ways, so that it will prick the hearts of many in all of diffrent ways that they needed to hear it at that time and place in their lives.
January 21, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd It's certainly not me doing it... :)
January 21, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
January 21, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan Yes-after reading Pattons Post-I'm pumped! I am a Drafted Nam Vet! I certainly didn't choose to become Military!! In that I still contain that Training! I'm proud to be His Child! I'm excited! We are On a Mission!! Amen  
January 21, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan Rolling!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 21, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, God is intentional!
January 21, 2016
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LaTesha Alexander
LaTesha Alexander Right on time!!!    Just needed the push to finish what I started... many blessings to you! May GOD get the blessing out of my termination and that my family will lack nothing in this season.    I put in my two weeks notice to focus on my studies by faith. I still have my part-time employment but letting the full time go. Before I leave my job I told them I'll see all my clients because it's the respectable thing to do..    Thanks for the conformation! Love you guys:)
January 21, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, LaTesha, I pray that the Lord blesses your step of faith and blesses you with grace!
January 21, 2016
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LaTesha Alexander
LaTesha Alexander Thank you so much!! Blessings to you guys!!! Thanks for all that you do!
January 21, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Thank God it is His work, and He will complete it. I am so thankful that God knows what He is doing with my life. I pray that I will trust Him with my life. I want to put my belief into action, to glorify God.
January 21, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Deleted Member Awesome message.
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Thank You for this Wonderful message. Amen. 
January 21, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Padyedited: January 21, 2016 I can so relate to that for many years my husband has been self employed and he too has undercharged. Yet when we do the right thing God has always given us the money we lost. He is so good to us. I can not imagine how greater our blessings will be when Jim finds salvation.                          
January 21, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Lord, amen. 
January 21, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!  I remember when my girlfriend and I decided to clean houses to make some extra money.  One of the houses had 6 kids (3 girls and 3 boys).  The girls bathroom was fine but when we entered the boy bathroom, oh my gosh it was so gross.  But, instead of quitting because we did promise the to do this, we decided that one week I would clean the boys and the next week my friend would, it worked out good that way cause we didn't have to look at the gross all the time.  That is how we honored our contract with the lady.
January 21, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord What a great world it would be if we all honoured our commitments and went the extra mile. So many people try to take the easy way out do short cuts and end up doing a shody job. I always remember someone telling me to work as if you were doing the job for God.It does make a difference...
January 21, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, exactly right, Janet!
January 21, 2016
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Elana Phelps
Elana Phelps Amen. So true!
January 22, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus AMEN!  I love Philippians 1:6 thank you Father for always keeping your promises.
January 21, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Yes, He is the one who is always faithful!
January 21, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
January 21, 2016
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen. And to do this, the focus must be on Him, not us. Otherwise we will fail.
January 22, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, Help me to honor you in all that I do!
January 22, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.
January 22, 2016
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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith Amen
January 22, 2016
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Jeanne Hill
Jeanne Hill Amen.  
January 22, 2016
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Michelle Toney
Michelle Toney I love this devotional....i am usally a person of my word...thats what my daddy taught me growing up...but i have noticed the past year or two...things have gotten in the way of me doin that, an i dont like that. .at all...it seems like im having to choose between two important things...on that day...why does that always happen ? If it was some petty things that can wait id sure do that...but i NEVER fails that one of my grown kids will desparaty need me on the day i promised to somebody/something  eles...that is just as important to me. ..it drives me crazy...lol...any suggestions ? 
January 22, 2016
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas Amen!!
January 23, 2016