37 And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat. 38 When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner.
When Jesus, the Messiah entered an unclean man's house (the Pharisee) and sat down to eat, they were astonished he didn't follow their tradition of hand-washing. They had followed the handed down tradition that Moses taught that their heads were still stuck on the old. They also viewed Jesus as unclean. Jesus knew this and let them have it. "Shame on you Pharisees and teachers of the law because while you are so concern about having clean hands, you forget about the condition of your heart." I think Jesus accepted the invitation to dine with them because he wanted to teach them something. Jesus cared more about the heart than following tradition. He didn't say we shouldn't follow them but we need both inside and outside clean. To kinds of cleansing is mentioned here: physical (hand-washing) and spiritual( inside)
They have neglected to take care of what was in their heart. They needed a spiritual cleasning.
Are you clean? Everyone takes baths and or showers. They even wash their hands before eating, but if you don't spend time reading the Bible and let the water of the Bible cleanse you, then you are not completely clean. Paul wrote this: 7 Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.(1 Cor 7:1)
God's word is spiritual water for our cleansing. In John 13, Jesus told his disciple that they are already clean because they have him, the living word. He taught them many things while he was alive. He teaches us what they have already learn, but we can't just be hearers of the word, but doers. We must become like the man who built the house on And let's a rock. When we do, we are blessed and we become clean. What makes us filthy is not just dirt and soil, but wickedness and sin. Let's face it, we all have sinned become short the glory of God.
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He trains my hands for war and my fingers for Battle."
There is a song by Phil Wickman I like called the Battle Belongs. (I will post the link below). The song talks about fighting on our knees. What is that called? Prayer. In David's day (when he wrote this Psalms), David fought as a warrior. He fought many battles, but he gave God credit for preparing him for war.
God prepares us for war, but not in the same way as David. Our battle is spiritual. "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds." Two "p" words comes to my mind when I read that and we could use our hands for that: prayer and praise. When we get on our knees, we use our hands to pray. We could also use our hands to praise. Have you seen in a service when people sing God's praises that they lift up hands? They also lift up holy hands to pray for people in authority. We need to do that. If we could see into the spiritual realm, you could see demonic forces at work. That's why our weapons are not carnal. It would defeat the purpose if we use weapons of this world. Paul wrote "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood..." (Ephesians 612) It is a spiritual battle.
So get on your hands and knees and pray. Pray in the spirit too. Use the language that God has given you because when you do, the devil in no way can use what you pray against you. He's clueless! Praise confounds him too! He wants us to look at our circumstances and think it's hopeless. So far he has succeeded with some but not all. Keep your eyes on Jesus then you won't drown in it. If we praise God IN everything, God will do amazing things for you.
One final note and so very important: Unity. This has been on my heart because the devil wants to sow discord. Scripture says that a house divided can not stand. In order to stand strong as one, we need to put aside our differences and see ourselves as one as Jesus is one with the Father.
Discerning the Times.
Today, I started to read a new Christian fantasy called The Prayer Warrior by Traci Wooden Carlisle and D. Tina Batten. I could already tell its about the battle for the children by the book opening. In the beginning, the female character is in a dream where she declares the words on her sword, which is the word of God. The sword represents faith. It isn't just saving faith either. It's mountain moving faith, and today believers need it to fight the good fight of faith.
Many people who aren't taught this, won't agree that what's going on in the world is more than about politics. The enemy of our souls have blinded them, but for the rest of us, the veil had lifted and we see it is not a fight for our country, but for the children. God opened my eyes when I watched a documentary about Q and the president. There is a secret group called Deep State and their goal is to destroy all what America stands for and turn it into a socialist nation. But what they do in the dark is much more sinister than establishing the New World Order as they desire. One reason why they are pro-abortion is what they do with the aborted babies is use their adrenochrome in an elixir and drink it--it's their fountain of youth. Planned Parenthood also sell baby parts.
This has been going on for years, and a result, Christian Americans have been crying out and praying. They also prayed because when people learned that Hilary Rodham Clinton became the democratic candidate for the general election, Americans prayed for a man who would save America-a non political machine would not fall into the swampy mire of the deep state. His name is Donald J Trump. Many in the charismatic/evangelical circle claimed he is our modern day Cyrus. You can read about it in Lance Wallnau book, God's Chaos Code. Ever since Trump became president, the democrats schemed to remove him from office and when all their efforts had failed, they had helped from China to steal Trumps votes.
We are still in a battle. With Biden in office, the blood of aborted children are crying out and more and more children are taken off the streets for human sex trafficking, but God heard our prayers and he is working on it. The problem is some Christians have given up because they have given God a timeline or deadline and when he didn't meet it, they thought God had handed us over to our enemies and given up on the prophets. In order to discern the times, you need to read about the gods in the Bible. Pagans and some Jews have given their sons to Molech by sacrificing in them in the fire. Believers should read about kings and queens in the Bible who weren't faithful and obedient to God like Ahab and Jezebel. Trump won fair and square, but social media will tell you otherwise. Some Christians will even disagree, but he had over 74 million supporters, way more than Biden.
I'm calling on all believers not to lose hope and keep on praying. God will act in his perfect time and he has. The snow, the rain and the extreme winds are all sent from heaven, God is still on His throne. He will answer.
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