Spiritual Sundays - Filthy As Rags


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Filthy As Rags





Handcuffed, he came out of the police’s squad car. A nauseating stench followed him wherever he went. His unkempt appearance obviously told his condition of being homeless. With only a backpack crammed with a few things, it was the only belongings he carried, day after day.


The deputies took everything away and stuffed them into the big, plastic bag. He was brought into a cell where he could shower. His dirty clothes were stripped and stuffed into the big, plastic bag, together with the backpack. This would go to “Property” where they would store all the inmates’ belongings and be returned to them, once released. Everything he had was filthy, same with himself.


Cleansed from a bath he never had for a while, he was issued the orange jail uniform. If he remained dirty and housed with others, he would be prone to being attacked by other inmates if the lingering stench would make them angry. But now that he had showered and all cleaned up, it was safer to have him housed with the rest of the jail’s population.


Aren‘t we all filthy, too? Smudged by sins that are deserving of God’s anger. But because of His love, mercy and grace, He chose to offer the cleansing power that comes from the death of His own Son.


The only way we can be housed with God is when we choose to be cleansed by the “blood of the Lamb”.


Isaiah 64:5-7, Contemporary English Version:


5 You help all who gladly obey and do what you want, but sin makes you angry. Only by your help can we be saved.


6 We are unfit to worship you; each of our good deeds is merely a filthy rag. We dry up like leaves; our sins are storm winds sweeping us away.


7 No one worships in your name or remains faithful. You have turned your back on us and let our sins melt us away.


Our righteousness will not save us. It’s God’s righteousness that makes us clean. Our only hope is faith in Jesus Christ, the One Who can cleanse us and can bring us into God’s presence. There is no other way!





28 comments:

  1. What a great analogy. I'm so happy to be washed in the blood of the lamb. Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Have a wonderful weekend and a great Spiritual Sunday.
    Charlotte

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  2. Oh Rosel, as usual ... such a wonderful post. It is my heart's desire to be a pleasing aroma to our Lord. Can you imagine the stench of sin to the Lord? Nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away that stench.

    Bless you for blessing us.
    Beth

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  3. Faith in Jesus' perfect righteousness is what makes us clean before Him! Amen! So clean that we can come boldly before Him, knowing that He will not have to turn us away because of our sin but will embrace us and honor His promise of provision in every way. That is so wonderful! Thanks for sharing this Rosel! I am always blessed and reminded of God's goodness here.
    Christy

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  4. Amen Rosel! So glad to be washed by the blood of the Lamb. Made clean and white as snow! Thankyou Jesus!

    love and blessings to you my friend

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  5. Amen, amen. I am so grateful to be washed by the precious blood of the Lamb. I love you my friend.

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  6. This is a very good post Rosel. So very true. Thank heavens for being cleansed by the blood of Jesus. He who rescued us from our sins. May we all be led, following Christ and be cleansed! Thank You Sister and God Bless!

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  7. Rosel,

    Thank goodness for God's grace in allowing us the opportunity to be showered in the blood of the Son and no longer be covered by the filth and dirt of this world.

    Thank you God for showing us the way, the truth and the light through having faith in Jesus Christ and that in doing so we may have eternal life in abundance.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  8. Oh, bless the precious blood of Jesus! Without it where would we be? Thank you for a lovely post, friend!

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  9. There isn't one of us that doesn't need the washing of Jesus to make us clean and whole. I'm so thankful for Him. Have a wonderful weekend, Sister Rosel. Be blessed at work and with your family.
    Love & hugs!
    Mary

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  10. What a fitting analogy, Rose. Thank you for sharing this. It is so important that everyone realize that though there are many voices in the world today, there is still only One Way!
    Blessings,
    Elaine :)

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  11. Rosel,

    What a meaningful post! I am so thankful for being washed clean and able to start anew with Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I am going to start volunteering at a homeless shelter here in town soon. I will try to see if I can help those who are in need.

    Thank you for your posts and Keep the Faith!

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  12. Indeed we are all dirty....filthy. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father washes that stench away when we come to him with remorse and confession.

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  13. I am so thank-ful for our Lord,and I thank him daily. Thank-you so much for this powerful post.
    Ginger

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  14. "Amen" to all the comments that got here before me. Thanks for posting.

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  15. I always find myself so moved when I come here. I log to see those men transformed by the blood of Christ! Yet in todays post I am reminded that many "clean" people are wearing filthy rags of self righteousness when God looks down

    Wonderful post

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  16. Great story and comparison. We do need cleansing...daily!

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  17. What a beautiful post. Thank you for your constant inspiration.

    God bless you Anne

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  18. Love your post*! Have a blessed Sunday*!!
    _Ashley*

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  19. Hi,
    Thank you for a very powerful reminder of how we are washed clean by Jesus' Blood. Praise God!

    Blessings,
    Jean

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  20. Praise the LORD for using you to share and encourage.

    This says it all:

    "Aren‘t we all filthy, too? Smudged by sins that are deserving of God’s anger. But because of His love, mercy and grace, He chose to offer the cleansing power that comes from the death of His own Son." "The only way we can be housed with God is when we choose to be cleansed by the “blood of the Lamb”."


    Blessings and love dear sister.

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  21. A wonderful analogy to understand the cleansing of our sins. Jesus is the hope, the light and the only way. A huge blessing to read this today.

    Jeanne

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  22. How sad that he had to commit a crime to have a shower...and probably a good meal. I'm sure it is sometimes more appealing to be "in" than "out."

    Amazing analogy. May we offer a bit more grace to those whose smell lingers and point them in the right direction instead of becoming indignant with the stench.

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  23. Great analogy! I'm thankful to the Lord that I am washed in the blood of the Lamb!

    Katherine

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  24. Rosel, another wonderful post. I haven't been by in a while, but I do check in from time to time. Life has been very busy - and very blessed these days. The only down side to all of that is I don't have the time to visit with friends as much as I would like.

    You remain a blessing to me. I have lately felt heavily burdened by the needs of others for prayer. I am reminded that the burden is not be carried by me alone, but by all of us and ultimately relinquished to the one who washes us clean.

    May I grab your prayer warrior button? Andrea said you designed it yourself. I would be honored to have it at my site as well.

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  25. Hi Rosel,
    What a wonderful post! I like the analogy and am so thankful I too am washed in the blood of the Lamb! Sorry, I am late getting around to my Spiritual Sundays visitors. Have a wonderful week, sister.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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