Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - August 06, 2009

Our devotion for today comes from Hebrew 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."  Meditate on this thought wherever you are today.

Please read the following sent to me to meditate on.

Have a blessed pushing day!

Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III 

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A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled
with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him
to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord
explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his
So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sunup
to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface
of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might!
Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that
his whole day had been spent in vain. Since the man was showing
discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by
placing thoughts into the weary mind: (He will do it every time)!
You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn't
moved." Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was
impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and
disheartened the man.
Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving
just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough."
That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter
of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.
"Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in Your Service, putting
all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this
time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is
wrong? Why am I failing?"
The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to
serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against
the rock with all of your strength, which you have done.
Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your
task was to push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent,
thinking that you have failed.
But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and
muscled, your back shiny and brown; your hands are callused from
constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard.
Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass
that which you used to have. True, you haven't moved the rock. But your
calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and
trust in My wisdom. That you have done. Now I, my friend, will move the
At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect
to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just simple
obedience and faith in Him.
By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it
is still God Who moves the mountains.
When everything seems to go wrong..........................Just P.U.S.H.
When the job gets you down...........................Just P.U.S.H.
When people don't do as you think they should...............Just
When your money is "gone" and the bills are due...............Just
When people just don't understand you.........................Just
P = Pray
U = Until
S = Something
H = Happens


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