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  • He answered them, 'Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 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'the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things.' He said to them, 'Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition." Mark 7:6-9 WEB.

    In the Old Testament, Solomon built a beautiful temple using his father's plans. King David had spent years planning it and setting aside money for it. On the day the temple was dedicated, God lit the fire on the altar, then the priests continued to offer sacrifices there each day.

    Eventually, Solomon was led astray by his many, many, beautiful wives, and he began to follow their gods as well. Solomon would marry an Egyptian and then start attending church with her, etcetera. He did that about 700 times. After Solomon, each generation got further and further away from true worship. Their religion eventually became just a rote repetition of traditions. It was the blind leading the blind.

    In Amos 7:10, God sent the shepherd Amos to prophesy to Amaziah, the high priest of the temple at Bethel. God had to use a farmer to try and speak to the high priest, who no longer listened but was still there offering daily sacrifices at the temple. They ran the prophet, Amos, away.

    This happened many times, like in 1 Kings 13. The priests kept offering their daily sacrifices while spiritually deaf and completely ignoring what God was trying to tell them. When God sent them prophets to bring correction, they killed them because they didn't like the message. Jesus covered this in His parable of the Tenants in Matthew 21:33. Their hypocrisy became sickening to God.

    In Malachi 1:10 WEB the Lord said: "Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you," says Yahweh of Armies, "neither will I accept an offering at your hand."

    When Jesus came, He brought life, renewal, and a spiritual freshness the people had not experienced before. The tax collectors, prostitutes, and sinners who were excommunicated from the temple were drawn to Him. Jesus was love, He was life, He was fun to be around. He was forgiving and non-condemning. Jesus touched the lepers, healed the sick, and He ate with the sinners.

    In the religious circles, though, Jesus regularly butted heads with the spiritually dead. They so hated Him. The undead priests were jealous and envious of the life that Jesus carried. They envied the miracles He performed and the crowds that followed Him. The harshest words that Jesus spoke were towards the religious dead. The walking dead who thought they were alive. In John 8, He said this:

    You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. John 8:44 WEB.

    These Pharisees were the religious elite of the day. The ones the people looked to as spiritual leaders. They wore long robes and prayed long beautiful prayers. The strange part about this verse is they thought that God was their father. Yet Jesus told them that it was the devil who was actually their father. This was worse than Star Wars when Luke Skywalker found out that Darth Vader was his dad. El diablo was their dada.

    Jesus rebooted the cold, dead religious system of the day. He returned it to a personal relationship with God, Abba, Father. We are the temple of God, and His Spirit lives inside of us (1Corinthians 3:17). The Lord tore open the veil in the temple that separated God and man, and now we can come boldly to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). We are accepted, and the Holy Spirit brings life, forgiveness, grace, wisdom, and spiritual gifts with Him as well.

    God is not dead, but some forms of worship are. Don't try to sell that cold, dead religion. Jesus is alive, and He brings things to life.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I look to You today for wisdom and guidance. Please cut through the traditions of men and let me experience Your living word. Speak to me in a way that I understand. May Your will be done on the Earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Colossians 2:8 "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ." ~ Did you guess it? Our next fun theme will be 'Traditions' and is open wide for creative interpretation! It's always fun to learn about traditions from around the world!! We encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect a couple of our favorite traditions and family gatherings. Have a fantastic week and a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you celebrate) taking care always to focus on 'spiritual truth' as our most treasured 'Tradition'. God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Amen!❤️
November 24, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

November 24, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In the name of Jesus I ask, Amen.

November 24, 2020
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

November 24, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

November 24, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. In Jesus I pray.  My Faith and Trust is in the Lord. AMEN

November 24, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

November 24, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God I need you always Amen

November 24, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus!We love and worship you. Amen 

November 24, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

 

November 24, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

November 24, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Hallelujah,  Thank you Jesus, Amen 

November 24, 2020
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Cindy Holcomb
Cindy Holcomb

Amen!

November 24, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, I thank You for the wisdom You have given me to understand Your word as You speak to me. I was lost but now I'm found. Thank You for Your love, care and forgiveness You have given me. In the name of Your beloved Son Jesus Christ I pray, Amen. 

Pastor I felt your message, God bless you and Sylvia. 

November 24, 2020
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Great devotion today!! Thank you Pastor Dion for always taking time to write these. They are so excellent and what we need each day! You are blessed and gifted by God for this purpose, may God continue to bless you and Sylvia in your ministry for the Lord.

November 24, 2020
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen, thank you Pastor Dion! Lord, may I always seek You and worship You in spirit and in truth, not in vain babblings or actions, in the name of Jesus I ask and pray, Amen!

November 24, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord Jesus 

November 24, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

He has risen, yes he has risen indeed!! Abba Father thank you for sending us your son Amen

November 25, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

November 25, 2020