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Shark Bait

  • Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren't tempted. Galatians 6:1 WEB.

    We all make mistakes. Not one of us on Earth has lived a perfect life except Jesus. Yet we tend to compare our righteousness to that of others. Sometimes we feel like, "Though we all fall short, I am a lot closer than them." The truth is that we all need Jesus because our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). It literally means a "menstrual cloth." Maybe our rag is not quite as dirty as someone else's, but it's certainly not a wedding veil.

    When sharks are injured in the wild, their friends and family may turn on them and tear them apart. A feeding frenzy occurs, and they begin to devour the wounded with their mouths. This is how sharks behave when there is blood in the water.

    Too often, when a Christian stumbles, the rest turn on them and rip them to shreds with gossip. Some feel better about themselves by making others look bad. Maybe our righteousness is now bumped up to a four because we haven't done that yet' The "yet" word is the tricky part.

    Bart Simpson once said, "This is the worst day of my life!" Homer wisely told him, "This is the worst day of your life, so far'" Much like Bart, we don't know what is coming in our lives. I once heard an elder at our church in his mid-seventies say one morning that he had gone back and done everything he said he would never do. As I grew older, I began to understand. I find it interesting that when Jesus confronted the Pharisees with condemning another of sin, the oldest left first:

    "But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her." Again he stooped down and with his finger, wrote on the ground. They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last" (John 8:6'9).

    When I was young and cocky, knowing very little, I thought I knew a lot. Then as life happened, I learned what it brings with it and what you can do when given the right set of circumstances. The sin that so easily besets us is always lurking right around the corner (Hebrews 12:1). It crouches outside your door seeking an entrance into your life (Genesis 4:7). I believe that as you get older and your pile of sin gets even more massive, you become a little more understanding of when people fall. Thus the oldest left first.

    Most often, people do not need you to tell them they have fallen. They already know that better than you. They need help to get back up. We have all fallen short in the sin area. It only takes one sin to be guilty of the whole law (James 2:10), and all liars will have their part in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). Without the Lord Jesus Christ's grace, we are all hopelessly lost and will bust hell wide open. Not literally, but you get the idea.

    Yet there is hope. There is forgiveness for our mistakes. If you are down right now, know that the Lord Jesus died for you to have eternal life, and your past can be wiped away with a simple prayer. If you know someone today that has fallen, be kind to them. Treat them like you would like to be treated. If the Lord has already forgiven them, who are we to point at their past. Help restore them, and in doing so, you may not become shark bait yourself.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for all You do in my life. Please help me see the lost and hurting through Your eyes. Fill me with Your compassion. Help me show mercy, as I have been shown mercy, in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen,
June 17, 2022
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for all You do in my life. Please help me see the lost and hurting through Your eyes. Fill me with Your compassion. Help me show mercy, as I have been shown mercy, in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
June 17, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

June 17, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

June 17, 2022
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen 

June 17, 2022
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

June 17, 2022
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: June 17, 2022

AMEN

  Heavenly Father,  Thank You for forgiveness and Your blessings.  I need You Lord.  AMEN

June 17, 2022
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

June 17, 2022
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You for Your forgiveness, Father! Amen.

June 17, 2022
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! Have mercy and grace for others! Great Word Pastor Dion! 

June 17, 2022
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David Krull
David Krull

Boy howdy that's right. The older I get the bigger sinner I see myself as having been in life. Thankyou Holy Spurity for conviction. Forgive me my sins Father and heal me for Your Name's sake. Thank you for providing us with a rental, a beautiful place in mountains. Your mercies endure forever. 

June 17, 2022
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Glory to God ,Amen !!!

June 17, 2022
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father 

June 17, 2022
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen! Thank you, Father, for Your salvation. Fill me with Your compassion. Amen

June 17, 2022
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

I believe we are all guilty at some point, as you have pointed out.  PTL, for His forgiveness, mercies and love.  Thank you Pastor Dion.

June 17, 2022
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen !!! We all have sinned and come short . . . but the Lord took pity on us, and gave Himself for us, grace unmerited!!! So heaven came down and glory filled my soul and gave me joy unspeakable! Thank you my Lord and God!!! (L)

June 17, 2022
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

June 17, 2022
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCoshedited: June 17, 2022

Amen! Yes we all have sinned and have fallen short of God's law. Jesus please help us to be more kind and non judging of other people around us. Thank you God for sending Jesus to die for all of us on the cross, without Him we would all be doomed. There is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and my Lord and savior, Amen!!

 

June 17, 2022
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

June 17, 2022
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery

Dear Lord, please help me continue to keep faith, hope and love so I can follow You more closely and share with others about the Rapture.  In Jesus' name, Amen

June 17, 2022
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God Amen 

June 17, 2022
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

June 18, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen. 

June 18, 2022
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask, Amen. 

June 18, 2022
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter

Dear Lord forgive me. I say something stupid like "we will all have to stand before the Lord. I'm glad I only have to stand in mine.". I pray that I can be a better person than that. There is nothing nice about saying that and i am truly sorry I said it.  God be with me and help me to only focus on the things I do wrong.

June 19, 2022
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen!

June 20, 2022