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Filthy Rags

  • But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; Isaiah 64:6 KJV

    As the preacher looked over the congregation, pondering his next victim, I sank lower and lower in my chair. He always chose someone at random from the congregation to pray, so everyone tried to avoid making eye contact with him during this time. You would suddenly find everyone reading their Bible or the church bulletin.

    When I was called on to pray, I just felt so unworthy, so unqualified, especially when asked to pray for others. I looked down on myself and I just felt that my prayers were a waste, others could do better, and I could not properly get the words out because of over thinking it.

    Finally in frustration I just confessed to the Lord one day that 'I am not worthy to do this so stop asking me.' To my amazement I heard 'That's right. You're not.' and then this verse came to my remembrance in a very clear way. He made it real to me.

    We all know this in our head, but I finally understood in my heart that it is not our religious performance, or our acts of 'righteousness' that makes us worthy to come to the Lord in prayer. It is the sacrifice of His Son Jesus that makes us worthy to pray. We stand before Him washed as white as snow by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our own 'righteousness' is as a menstrual cloth, that is what the 'filthy rags' refer to in this verse.

    When you are called on to pray, step out boldly knowing that God has made you righteous through His Son Jesus Christ, and not by your own actions. You are only worthy, because He has made you worthy, and you were brought here for such a time as this. So pray it boldly like you mean it.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to redeem us, to wipe away our sin. Now we can come boldly to You in prayer. I adore You and want to know You better. Please fill me with Your love and peace, shine Your light through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! Don't forget that our RHM Live weekend service is happening tomorrow (Sunday) at 10am EST! We will be continuing our online Bible Study with Luke, Chapter Eighteen. To find out more or join us this morning, go to this page: RHM Live


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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God please. Amen

January 13, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Have you ever heard the song Pastor Dion sings about telling everyone they do not have to hide?

I would take that one step further, you can not hide! Some how God knows what you are about to do even before you do it! The Bible says that nothing is hidden, more importantly, everything is recorded. Have you ever thought of that? God wants us to live by His standards because that is what we choose to do, not because we have too. Then you will see how blessed a life can be!

January 13, 2018
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

January 13, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Ha, that is true, Jim, He knows everything about us, and everywhere we are! There is no need to even try to hide :)!

January 13, 2018
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Thank you so much! Amen :)

January 13, 2018
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,Jesus please let me shine for you.Let your will be done I serve you. I love and worship you. Amen 

January 13, 2018
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen <3

January 13, 2018
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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi

Amen

January 13, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

January 13, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You for Your forgiveness Father! Amen.

January 13, 2018
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

I agree! Amen <3

January 13, 2018
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

January 13, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clarkedited: January 13, 2018

Thank you Lord for loving us so much in Jesus name amen 

January 13, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Lord, thank You for all Your blessings. Amen.

January 13, 2018
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Atooba Abiodun
Atooba Abiodun

Thank you Lord Jesus for uncompared love given to us . Amen

January 13, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen!

 

January 13, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

January 13, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen, Lord Jesus, we need Thee every hour, every minute and every second!

January 13, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

January 13, 2018
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin

Amen 

January 13, 2018
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to redeem us, to wipe away our sin. Now we can come boldly to You in prayer. I adore You and want to know You better. Please fill me with Your love and peace, shine Your light through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

Thank you Pastor Dion for all your time on the daily devotions. :-)

January 13, 2018
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

January 14, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to redeem us, to wipe away our sin. Now we can come boldly to You in prayer. I adore You and want to know You better. Please fill me with Your love and peace, shine Your light through me, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

January 14, 2018