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Filthy Rags

  • For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides you, who works for him who waits for him. You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned. We have been in sin for a long time. Shall we be saved? For we have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteousness is like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Isaiah 64:4-6 WEB.

    As the preacher looked over the congregation for his next victim, I sank lower and lower in my chair. He always chose someone at random from the assembly to pray at the start of the service, so everyone tried to avoid making eye contact with him during this time. You would suddenly find everyone writing out their tithe check, reading their Bible, or the church bulletin.

    When I was called on to pray, I always felt so unworthy, so unqualified. Especially when I was asked to pray for others in public. I looked down on myself and felt that if people really knew me, they wouldn't ask me to pray. I just felt like my prayers were weak and that others could do better. I often couldn't correctly get the words out because I overthought what I was going to say.

    One day while praying, I was frustrated about it. So I confessed to the Lord that "I don't feel worthy to do this." To my amazement, I heard, "That's right. You're not." Then this verse came to my remembrance vividly. He made it very real to me. All our righteousness is as a filthy rag, literally in Hebrew, a menstrual cloth. If we took all the good things we've done and piled them in front of Him, that is what it would look like.

    We all know this in our heads, but I finally began to understand it in my heart. It is not our religious performance or our acts of "righteousness" that makes us worthy to come to the Lord in prayer. It is the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross that makes us worthy to pray. We stand before God washed as white as snow by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, while our own "righteousness" is as a menstrual cloth.

    That freedom is not a license to sin, for Jesus told us: "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments" (John 14:15 WEB). He first loved us, and if we love Him, then we should do the things that make Him happy. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:34-35 WEB).

    When you are called on to pray, speak out boldly, knowing that God has made you righteous through His Son Jesus Christ. You are only worthy because He has made you worthy, and you were brought here for such a time as this. So pray boldly and mean it. Speak to Him like you would your Dad. Share with Him the things that are going on in your life. Invite Him to be a part of what you are doing today.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to redeem us, to wipe away our sin, to wash us as white as snow. Now we can come boldly to You in prayer. I adore You, and I want to know You better. Please fill me with Your love, peace, and Your Holy Spirit. Shine Your light through me. 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: Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable'if anything is excellent or praiseworthy'think about such things." ~ 'All things Praiseworthy' will be our next fun theme and will be a two-week theme. I'm asking for as many posts as possible of whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable. As always, our themes are wide open for creative interpretation We also encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect a few of the things I consider praiseworthy: memories of both of our mothers, our love of nature and birding, and of course those blessed heart blessing we see on the regular. Have a magnificent week and keep those admirable moments the spotlight in your hearts ~ God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! We are nothing without you Lord for we need YOU! ❤️
May 18, 2021
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez

Amen

May 18, 2021
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

May 18, 2021
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God I don't know how i would have come this far without turning to you for strength. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen 

May 18, 2021
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I want you in my life every day.

May 18, 2021
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

May 18, 2021
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

May 18, 2021
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen

May 18, 2021
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for all your love.We love and worship you. Amen 

May 18, 2021
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, i Thank You for saving me from sin and removing me from evil. You are my light, my guide, my everything. Amen

May 18, 2021
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

May 18, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Praise God for forgiveness and mercy! Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, Amen.

May 18, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

May 18, 2021
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

I needed this encouragement this morning, Pastor Dion. Thank you! Lord, I adore You and want to know You better. Please fill me with Your love, peace, and Your Holy Spirit. Shine Your light through me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

May 18, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. Use me oh God as you see fit. 

May 18, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for washing me clean with the blood of my Savior Jesus Christ

May 18, 2021
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

May 18, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Thank You Heavenly Father for giving us Your Son Jesus, to give us Your blessings and forgiveness. I pray to You to cleanse us from our sins and to live a life according to Your Holy will in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. 

Awesome message Pastor, thank you for leading us, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

May 18, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord 

May 18, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 18, 2021
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Roseann Rivas
Roseann Rivasedited: May 20, 2021

Father God shine your light on us all!

Thank you in Jesus name
Amen 

May 20, 2021