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Unleavened Bread Ministries with David Eells

Major Software Failure

Healed by God on May 6, 2007
Kevin R.

This is another testimony of God's power to fix/heal anything - even software! (Please see the testimony on how God healed our hard-drive after a catastrophic failure in January 2007.)

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

We have been producing Bible study videos for Unleavened Bread Ministries. In doing so, we use a high-end video-editing software program; this program is complex and critical to our video production process. (Note from David: This program is worth $1000 and was donated to us to do produce TV programs.)

On Saturday, May 5, 2007, Philip Sapp and I were troubleshooting why certain DVDs were created correctly and others were not. There seemed to be no consistent pattern to this problem. I decided then to consult an expert insider of the video-editing software we were using. After describing the problems to him he recommended several things to do: one recommendation was to update the video-editing software with an update patch that was now available. This update patch is used to fix problems in the current major release; one of the issues addressed in the patch was the DVD creation utility.

As with any software, there is always the possibility that an update may make things worse, rather than better. There was no way of knowing for sure whether this update would affect our system negatively because each computer is different in its hardware and software configuration (even software release notes cannot address every possible scenario). This update risk is a common dilemma in the software industry. Nonetheless, we needed this patch to help fix our DVD creation problem.

So, after downloading and applying the patch, the video-editing software immediately started to act negatively, causing the the microprocessors to lock-up at 100% randomly for no apparent reason. Locking-up both microprocessors at 100% makes the computer practically unusable. This random behavior continued even after subsequent reboots. Even when the processors were operating at normal levels (which was random), the video-editing software would not fully render the video content as it did before the update - this rendering step is critical to exporting to a DVD (or any format). The most important part of any video-editing software is its output utilities - this is the final product. (No output, no product.)

Finding ourselves in this situation, the typical action would be to go back to the earlier version (before the patch). This was not so easy in this case, because in order to use the new version I had allowed the software to update my projects to the upgraded version, and I needed this patch to help alleviate our DVD creation issues. Additionally, since the architecture of this particular video-editing software has an unorthodox/proprietary way of linking its dependencies, I knew as a software engineer, this could create a whole mess, and ultimately MORE TIME to fix. (Even going to an earlier Windows restore-point would not have fixed the problem)

Basically, we didn't have time to pursue the normal route of resolving the all-too-common software nightmare.

So, considering the complexity of the situation, the fact that it was the weekend (outside normal tech support hours), and what I knew about the idiosyncrasies of this software,I thought to ask the Lord to just fix the software, and get on with our video production. This was the best route to go, rather than waste hours on support forums that may not help at all.

We were again in a place of weakness, but in a place for God's perfect power to manifest.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

So, myself, my wife, Philip Sapp and his wife prayed Saturday night that the Lord would just heal the software, so we would not waist anymore time trying to fix it ourselves. Soon after we prayed, the devil started in on me with doubts, and alternative methods of fixing it myself.Again, I remembered what the Lord did with healing the hard-drive back in January and continued to confess that the Lord healed the software. This battle went on ALL night. I was also reminded of a testimony from David Eells whereby he was faced with situations that he could fix himself through man's ways, but chose to go to the Lord to see His power instead. When Sunday morning came around, I decided to call David and discuss the situation with him. He joined us in a prayer of agreement that the Lord heal the software.

Soon after praying with David, I fired up the software-editing program and it started operating properly. It started to render properly too. Praise the Lord! No additional time wasted and it didn't cost us a penny either. :o)

I must note that there were some trials after the software was healed: After cutting a DVD, Philip and I noticed that there was no sound-track on it; we refused that bad report and continued to confess that the software was healed. Later the next day, as I was starting to render a new project, I noticed the processor start to max out as it did before; I immediately rebuked it in the name of Jesus and verbally confessed the good report. As soon as I did this, the processor meter immediately went back to normal. I knew it was a test.

I believe one of the main lessons learned is that we may need to endure some trials before we see the full manifestation, as with a healing. Also, the fact that while we could have spent X-amount of time and possibly money to fix the problem in our flesh, the Lord is always there ready to take care of it, if we give Him the faith. Throughout my walk with the Lord, I've noticed numerous situations come up where I have the choice of relying on my experience/intellect OR go to Him. When I go to Him, I always get the best possible results, all-the-time. He is teaching me how to not rely on myself but Him - and it's building my faith up. Plus, I get to see Him do things that are impossible in the natural.

Saints, all these things work for our good - praise the Lord!

Romans 8:28 And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.

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