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How To Swallow A Camel

  • You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel! Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and unrighteousness. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the platter, that its outside may become clean also. Matthew 23:24 WEB

    As the preacher sprinted for the elevator with the offering basket, we began to pack up our equipment for the night. We had been brought into a conference as the praise and worship team for a visiting speaker. I was excited to see him, but then He spoke for about forty minutes on giving, told everyone that he had to pay this praise band, pointed directly at us, and then told everyone: 'Whatever you were going to give, just double it. There is a lot of expense to cover here.'

    All of us in the band were surprised because we did not usually get paid, though I knew that one of the singers was about to lose his house, and he sure could use the money. It would have been a blessing, but instead it was a hoax and once the preacher made it to the elevator, he never mentioned the money again. It was really hard for us to get past that. We felt used.

    Jesus really emphasized what was going on inside of you. People can wear the right clothes, say the right things, and have the right position, but their inside can be full of all types of hidden sin. Like 'whitewashed tombs" (Matthew 23:27), beautiful on the outside, but the inside is full of dead bones.

    God wants to clean the inside of you first, and the outside will become beautiful naturally. There are things in my life that He is still cleaning. It is an ongoing process and a beautiful person can still make themselves ugly. Also once clean does not mean forever clean. If you get weak and yield to it again, it can come back. 'The dog turns to his own vomit again, and the sow that has washed to wallowing in the mire' (2 Peter 2:22).

    Let God point these things out to you and deal with them as He brings them to the surface. We each have our struggles in this life, but He is faithful to deliver us from them all when we work with Him. The way to swallow a camel is to nit pick over the smallest religious detail and then ignore the glaring billboard that God is flashing before you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for waking me up today. Please cleanse me from the inside out. Remove the things from my life that need to go and fill me with Your presence. Help me see the world through Your eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for waking me up today. Please cleanse me from the inside out. Remove the things from my life that need to go and fill me with Your presence. Help me see the world through Your eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3 Thank you

February 26, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Joining in your prayer, Dianna <3!

February 26, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Hum exciting too think Of a power that could expose, guide one too betterment! Thats stellar! Certianly get that spark, taste of hope too those seeking! Amen!! Very cool-Amen!!

February 26, 2017
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

thank you lord  for  washing  me hallelujah  amen

February 26, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Salvation is free.

February 26, 2017
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Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Thank You Lord, in Jesus name I pray! Amen!

February 26, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen❤

February 26, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

February 26, 2017
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Albert Chau
Albert Chauedited: February 26, 2017

Now I finally know why Jesus said unless we're more righteous than the Pharisee, the teachers of the law, we won't see heaven (Matthew 5:20). This example of the preacher says it all.

February 26, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother!

February 26, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

February 26, 2017
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Molly Miller
Molly Miller

I must not understand.  Do we WANT to swallow a camel? I certainly do not think we want to ignore what God is trying to show us.  I pray for God to show me want is displeasing in me and help me change it. Hehehe I pray for bright , flashing in red mesages that I get.

February 26, 2017
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Let us see as you see Lord, and cleanse us from the inside out...Amen♡

February 26, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!!!           Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)

 

I claim your prayer over me. Amen. <3

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for waking me up today. Please cleanse me from the inside out. Remove the things from my life that need to go and fill me with Your presence. Help me see the world through Your eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen, <3 

February 26, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord. 

February 26, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, I thank you for waking me up today. Please cleanse me from the inside out. Remove the things from my life that need to go and fill me with your presence. Help me see the world through your eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

February 26, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

There are always those people who will take advantage and being a Preacher doesn't exclude them unfortunately.  Thank you Pastor Dion for another eye opening devotional. I pray the Pastors prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for waking me up today. Please cleanse me from the inside out. Remove the things from my life that need to go and fill me with Your presence. Help me see the world through Your eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

February 26, 2017
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Donna Darling
Donna Darling

Heavenly Father, I thank You for waking me up today. Please cleanse me from the inside out. Remove the things from my life that need to go and fill me with Your presence. Help me see the world through Your eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

February 27, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Good morning!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Lord have mercy.  Heavenly Father, I thank You for waking me up today. Please cleanse me from the inside out. Remove the things from my life that need to go and fill me with Your presence. Help me see the world through Your eyes, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

February 27, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

RF Great msg....I went to this special speaker from  out of town some ladies that spoke of him & a healing Ministry he had.  From get-go this man looked he blinded people.  His swag around the front.  People in wheel chairs & other plain to see physical defects were there.  My heart felt sad.  I said this to a lady who grew up as a preacher's daughter that this did not look good.  She had gone before.  His ranting & raving in a so to look Christian walk & talk before the people began.  A collection was taken & he exposed on that.  He was dressed to the best with a group of helpers who were too.  When collecting was finished..They counted.  He began to say those who gave $5. stand up..Then $10 etc.  How humiliating.  No widow mite would have made it by his stippled.  My heart bled.  I told this lady friend I had to leave.  Healings were prayed for but his show was the biggest event.  Pray he got on his knees somewhere before the Lord in his walk.  Satan blinded him.  

February 27, 2017
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen, all what the book of Revelations says is coming to pass. I visited a church some time , the service was awesome, but the pastor was giving out envelopes to people starting from one thousand pounds to pay , people sat there and was moaning , I know I have to pay my tithes, and give whatever God laid in my heart , but not to be forced to give . Only God will help . 

March 1, 2017