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Cant Touch This

  • If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, 'Don't handle, nor taste, nor touch' (all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men? These things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, humility, and severity to the body; but aren't of any value against the indulgence of the flesh. Colossians 2:20 WEB

    In the beginning, God told Adam 'but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die' (Genesis 2:17). A chapter later Eve told the serpent 'you shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die (Genesis 3:3). Now God did not say anything about touching it. That was a personal preference that was added to the word of God, but it became part of the commandment as an 'add on' item and it increased the strictness of God's original commandment.

    Traditions get added to the word of God and begin to be taught as if they were from God. Churches split over the type of music that they feel God prefers, when it has nothing to do with Him at all. An acoustic guitar is not inherently 'Holy' and an electric guitar is not inherently 'Evil.' My wife does not care for loud high-pitched guitar leads because they make her teeth hurt. That is a personal preference. When one of the praise teams that I was playing in practiced, she would go wait in the parking lot until it was over, while others thought it sounded fine.

    I know of a church that taught that wearing neckties was a sin, but that is not from the Bible. Sure we should dress modestly, but the rest is just personal preference (1 Timothy 2:9). Everyone thinks that God is in their political party as well, Adolf Hitler did. Though if you study Daniel chapter 2, you will see that God has His own party that will eventually replace all the others. It is the same routine with what people wear, eat, and drink. We feel that as long as they are like us, they will be saved.

    Jesus quoted Isaiah and said: 'They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men' (Mark 7:7'8).

    The next time that you are tempted to become angry over something religious, examine it and ask yourself if this is actually scriptural, or is it just a personal preference, a tradition of your elders. Jesus wore a robe and sandals, I wear jeans and shoes. If the word does not give us a clear direct commandment about it, leave it out of your doctrine.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please get me back to the basics and keep my faith simple. Help me to rightly divide Your word and to discern the truth when I hear it. Guide me today and work Your perfect will in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is "Thankful Thursday" at our "Ladies in Distress" group! All group members are welcome and invited to post something, whether big or small, that you are grateful for! This group is private, so if you are not a member and are having trouble joining, just post on the website somewhere and we will get you set up :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress group


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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Great devotional and I must repeat your beautiful prayer.  Heavenly Father please get me back to the basics and keep my faith simple.  Help me to rightly divide Your word and to discern the truth when I hear it. Guide me today and work Your perfect will in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I ptay. AMEN

September 13, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Bella <3!

September 13, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

September 13, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

September 13, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

September 13, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

September 13, 2018
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Very timely in today’s world.  Amen!

September 13, 2018
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Suzy Romaine
Suzy Romaine

Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion. We are praying for protection for you, Sylvia and all during the storm.

September 13, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much for your prayers, sister! (((HUGS)))

September 13, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!

September 13, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I pray to keep it simple and know Your truth, Amen. Continued prayers for all those in the path of Hurricane Florence. (L)

September 13, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you always for your prayers, Lynn <3!

September 13, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen  God bless you,  and your family during the storm  

September 13, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen to this one! Father, please let us follow you and not the traditions of man!

September 13, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen 

September 13, 2018
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen Amen and Amen

September 13, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, Help me to follow Your designs not the principles of men. That Your message always be in my mind to do Your designs. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

September 13, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen, Pastor Dion!!! We once attended a church that became more and more legalistic, people reporting on people, such as young ladies sometimes . seen wearing jeans that were not allowed to be in the choir or even attending practices, even though they were always modestly dressed, and wearing dresses and skirts at church or other places. Thank you again Pastor for addressing man-made traditions and rulings!  

September 13, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you!

September 13, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

September 13, 2018
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this word today and I pray that you all remain safe during the hurricanes! ! God bless!!

September 13, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

God please lead and live our lives for your will.Please bless the family's in the hurricanes path and keep them safe. Amen

September 13, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen!

September 16, 2018