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The Car Wash

  • Jesus answered him, "If I don't wash you, you have no part with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "Someone who has bathed only needs to have his feet washed, but is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you." For he knew him who would betray him, therefore he said, "You are not all clean." John 13:8-11 WEB.

    After spending most of my Saturday detailing our car, it looked great. I washed, waxed, vacuumed, leather conditioned, and gave it the works inside and out. Then after a week of sitting there, even though it had not been driven, it started to become dirty again. A cat walked across the hood. Though it was white, it began to turn green with pollen. Soon the car needed washing once again because that is the natural course of things. It is the path of least resistance.

    So it is with us, we lay our burdens and bondages down, but then we slowly pick them back up again. Our "feet" get dirty once more. Be quick to repent of things that you know you did wrong, or else the enemy will use that as a foothold to mess with your life. He will cause the sin to grow into bondage or a heavy burden once again. When we take our saddle off, he will try and put it back on and take us out for a ride. God already knows about our sins, but it will do you good to get it off your chest. Sin is not a popular subject these days, but the Bible has a fair bit to say about it. And it is always bad.

    "This is the message which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in the darkness, we lie and don't tell the truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." (1 John 1:5'8 WEB).

    Religion without morality is just an illusion. Willful sin will always be a barrier to intimate fellowship with God, or satan and God would still be friends (Psalms 5:4; 66:18; Isaiah 59:1'2). What fellowship can light have with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14).

    Just as with our cars, it is not once clean, always clean. Peter wrote, "But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog turns to his own vomit again, and the sow that has washed to wallowing in the mire." (2 Peter 2:22). Is your life different than it was before you met Jesus, or did you slowly return to the ways of the past?

    In this scripture, the dog got rid of the bad things inside them but then went back to it. While the sow was clean on the outside, but then returned to wallow in the mud. God underwrites a person's deliberate choice with: "As you wish." You can have it your way.

    The good news is that nothing you have ever done can separate you from God when you repent of it. Jesus will wash us clean. Repentance means to turn away from it, to say that you are sorry, to try and not do it anymore. Keep a shortlist with the Lord, and the enemy will not be able to use it against you. Jesus will give us a fresh start if we only take a moment to ask.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for forgiveness, and I am sorry for the things I have done wrong. Please wash me, and I will be clean. Deliver me, and I will be free. Guide me, and I will follow You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Oh Father Jehovah, Thank you for forgiving me and everyone of our sins! We are nothing without you! We need you, Lord! Please guide us and bring us closer to you in Jesus’ name we pray! ❤️
Jan 20
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jan 20
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Michele  Smart
Michele Smart

Amen. Praise the Lord for His mercy and grace!

Jan 20
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask this, Amen. I love You Lord Jesus and thank you for washing me clean.

Jan 20
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen! Thank You Jesus!

Jan 20
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You for Your Forgiveness

Jan 20
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you dear Heavenly Father for your forgiveness of sins. Let me get closer to you. In the name of Jesus Amen 

Jan 20
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Thank You Heavenly Father for all my Blessings and forgiveness of my sins. You are my guide. Amen

Jan 20
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jan 20
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus, please forgive us of our sins.We love you and worship you.Thank you for all our blessings. Amen 

Jan 20
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 20
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Guide me and I will follow You, Lord. AMEN

Jan 20
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank You Father For All Of The Times You Forgave Me For All Of My Sins Amen

Jan 20
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for Your forgiveness! Please guide me in all Your ways, Amen.

Jan 20
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen Lord I need you to be my master instead of anything that belongs in this world, Please continue cleaning me up we have come a long way and I am ready to change in whatever way you want me to, In Jesus'name I pray amen.

Jan 20
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Jan 20
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen and Amen !!!

Jan 20
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Paul Boore
Paul Boore

Wash me Lord, may I be whiter than snow and stay that way as I continually lean on you and love you.  Please forgive any sins I might have committed and keep me under Your wings. 

Jan 20
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You to wash, clean and lead me to follow You always. That all I do be of Your likeness and show others the love You have for all of us. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praises to You Lord, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for showing us how the word of the Lord lead us to our salvation, God bless you both, Amen. 

Jan 20
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jan 20
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Heavenly Father for your forgiveness.  Thank you that I have you and can serve you freely. Help us all Lord to put you first in our daily life. Amen

Jan 21
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jan 22