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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. After his long speech, we assumed that he planned to settle up with the rest of 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. I have 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 home and 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 it again. That was really hard for us to get past. We felt used, soiled. He had used us, and our praise and worship, 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 participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge: Psalm 126:2 "Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for them.'" ~ Our next fun theme is 'May There Always Be Laughter' and is open wide for creative interpretation. We encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect our laughter filled afternoon yesterday. Next time something messy knocks at your door, welcome it in, it just might be that blessing in disguise! Have a wonderful week filled with laughter and joy! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Jehovah God for this RHM and this new day...... Help me to absorb your words mentally and my heart and help me to think twice before speaking! In Jesus’ name I pray.....Amen
Apr 29
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Apr 28
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Help me grow spiritually dear God. Thank you for everything my God. Praise God in the name of Jesus Amen 

Apr 28
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. 

Apr 28
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Apr 28
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Marlene McEwen
Marlene McEwen

Amen! Lord please walk with me through this Day!

Apr 28
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Father I Thank You

Apr 28
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmannedited: Apr 28

Amen another very timely devotional pastor Dion thank you for helping me to see that walking with Jesus is a daily inside cleaning job and to have a daily routine of prayer worship and reading my Bible you bare good fruit for me to see and apply to my life, Thank you Father! My Bible reading today is Romans chapter 12  isn't God's timing perfect!

Apr 28
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen, Scott!  Always perfect timing!

Apr 28
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Apr 28
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you Lord Jesus for cleaning me for making me new and teaching me the beauty of your love

Apr 28
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Lord, clean me from the inside out and I thank you Holy Spirit for teaching me new things. Amen

Apr 28
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus fill us your Holy Spirit and let our lives be for you and your glory. Amen 

Apr 28
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Apr 28
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for all You have done for me while am here, cleanse me from the inside out and have Your presence in me. That Your Holy Spirit lead me to have more of You. In the name of Your Son Jesus I pray, Amen. Praises be to You Lord almighty. 

Awesome devotional Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Apr 28
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Such truth in the word for today, Pastor Dion! Thanks for the reminder. Lord, help me see my students and the world through Your eyes. AMEN!

Apr 28
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Guide me in Your will Father, Amen.

Apr 28
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. Thank You Father Yahweh for being faithful to deliver me of my struggles in life. Praise You! In Jesus name Amen. 

Apr 29
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Yada (Wendy)
Yada (Wendy)

if you look up the words in OT for gnat and camel and search for punns you can hear better what He says to them (compassion and recompense i think Hes suggesting with His Thing?...) would be awesome to hear what others might find digging for pearls ♡

Apr 29
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Apr 29
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

Apr 29