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Reboot

  • 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.

    Solomon built a beautiful temple in the Old Testament 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, King Solomon was led astray by his many beautiful wives, and he began to follow their gods instead of the Lord. Solomon would marry an Egyptian, and start attending her church, etcetera. He did that about 700 times. After Solomon, each generation got further and further away from true worship. Their religion eventually became just rote repetition of traditions. It became 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, Jesus 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 the devil was actually their father. This was worse than Star Wars when Luke Skywalker learned 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 following the Creation Photography weekly challenges, here is this week's theme from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Genesis 8:22 'As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.' ~ 'Autumn Delights' is the next fun theme of the week. What delights you about fall? Our themes are always open for creative interpretation so create away! My photos this week showcase a few of my favorite delightful moments as Autumn is about to begin here in California. Like seeing the magpies and other creatures yesterday, garden goodies, and enjoying family moments. I'm excited to see what makes your heart happy in whatever season of life you might be in right now! After all, as long as the earth endures, seasons will continue, we may as well find joy through ALL the seasons! Right :)?Enjoy your week, everyone ~ God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen,
August 30, 2022
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton 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! ❤️
August 30, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

August 30, 2022
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

AMEN...THANK GOD FOR JESUS AND HIS LIFE OF LOVE...PRAISE HIM FOR HIS TEACHINGS...

THANK YOU DION & SYLVIA

XO

SHARON

 

August 30, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

August 30, 2022
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: August 30, 2022

Amen.  Heavenly Father, Thank you for being in my life & blessing me. Your will be done always.  Amen

August 30, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen 

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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!! Alleluia!! Amen!!

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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen 

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Let Your will be done Father.

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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen and amen Lord Jesus!

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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Christ Yeshua's name I pray, Amen. 

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you for your devotions Amen 

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Kevin  Moore
Kevin Moore

 Amen Father,  please Lord cut through the boring traditions of men who are like white washed tombs,  and please open their eyes and mine to your truth, and let the sunshine of your wonderful holy spirit fill us with truth, wisdom and love for one another,  in Jesus precious name I pray, Amen

August 30, 2022
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter

Thank you God for giving me Jesus. I think many of the churches today need a reboot. They have grown to used to hearing themselves preach what they think is right and the law. May God have mercy on their souls. 

August 31, 2022