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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 chubby preacher sprinted for the elevator with the offering basket, we thought nothing of it and began to pack up our music equipment for the night. We thought he would probably settle up with us later. 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 back at us, and then told everyone: 'Whatever you were going to give, just double it. There are a lot of expenses 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 could sure 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, soiled. He had used us to double his own offering.

    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 in others, and 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.

    Note: For those interested in capturing or viewing photos of God's creation, here is this week's theme message from Creation Photographers: Proverbs 17:17 - "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." A person is truly blessed to have even one person who loves us unconditionally, and stands with us during times when we are not able to benefit them. I pray that God brings you many! This week's theme is "Friendship", and as always, feel free to interpret that freely, and post whatever else may inspire you, too! Here is the link to participate in this group: Creation Photographers group


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen....... praise the Lord, Hallelujah!
August 21, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

August 21, 2018
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

This is exactly what I was praying about before I went to sleep last night. Yahweh is real and He hears our prayers!

August 21, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

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. Thank you Lord.

August 21, 2018
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Thank you Pastor! We all need reminded from time to time.

August 21, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

August 21, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

August 21, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Father, please help me remove this two by four from my own eye!

August 21, 2018
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

I ditto this prayer, Lord. Please clean me up from the inside out. Amen. 

August 21, 2018
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen, Thank you Lord for your Grace!

August 21, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!!

August 21, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

August 21, 2018
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen. 

August 21, 2018
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Bill Digiglio
Bill Digiglio

Amen...

August 21, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen praise to God!

August 21, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes, remove the things in me and in my life that need to go Father. Thank you for this devotional Pastor :)

August 21, 2018
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

My prayer this morning as well! Thank you, Lynn and Pastor Dion. Amen!

August 21, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God give me a strong and loving heart. Amen. 

August 21, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

I do pray for our Lord to clean me from the inside out.  I know the joy I feel in my heart so it must show on the outside; in my smile, my eyes and my actions.  I pray the Lord continues to cleanse me of all unrighteousness and that He will be pleased.  Thank you, as always, Pastor Dion for giving me what I need to hear.  Have a blessed day.

August 21, 2018
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Patty Seckar
Patty Seckar

Amen Pastor, thank you!  if we are clean on the inside it will show on the outside. I want God's beauty radiating from within me! 

August 21, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

God,please clean us from the inside and outside. Amen 

August 21, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, I'm a sinner and I want You to clean me as You wish. Let me receive Your blessings to do Your work. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Beautiful devotional Pastor. 

August 21, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

I love this prayer Amen 

August 21, 2018
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Kim Dalton
Kim Dalton

Amen! One favorite verse that I don't remember exactly where in the Bible-"Search me oh God and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting".

August 21, 2018
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

August 21, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

August 21, 2018
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen!❤

August 21, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen, Pastor! I know that i'm still very much a work in progress,  and I also know that He is still working on me and doesn't give up on me! I'm so glad that my Heasvenly Father is very patient and longsuffering with all of us! Praise His holy name!!!

August 21, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Exactly what I needed!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  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.

August 22, 2018
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Awesome Word today!! Thank you!!

 

August 22, 2018