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Hello All,

Happy Resurrection weekend! I've always liked the story in Luke about the banquet and the last minute guests. I love that our Lord is always about the unlikely and unexpected.

Mike your question, >>The first thought comes to mind that we are of course purified today completely by the blood of Christ. But, then, I also know that once we have made the decision to follow Christ we will still sin on occasion. And then, is purification needed? >>

My answer--Just the Word, just the Word ma'm (A take from the Cop Show Dragnet’s “Just the facts, just the facts ma’m”--Sorry)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10 KJVR).

Many of us confess--but we don't hang around for the cleansing--it is a multipart process. Also, there is a difference from living in sin and “falling” or tripping into sin, just as there is a difference telling a lie and being a liar. One is an event or maybe multiple events the other is a lifestyle choice.

Joshua 3:1-4:24:16

O.K. The river is at flood stage and I’m not sure what that would look like with this particular river. I do know that the Jordon is dirty, full of silt, and not very wide in many places. The closer the Jordan gets to the Dead Sea the slower it runs; but what does it look like when it is flooded? I have never been affected by a flooded river; although I have been affected by water main breaks in New York City, but still that is not a flood. I have seen video footage of swollen rivers washing away dirt, houses, cars and people as it rushes down and overflows its banks. Caught up in raging waters must be frightening, yet God tells the priests who are responsible for carrying the Ark to step into the waters, they have to get their feet wet.

Not only does God tell them to step in, the water stops flowing when they get in, but upstream. Now, I don’t know if this is true but I’ve heard that the place where the water was damned up is about 80 miles upstream from where the priest stood. So how long would it take for the last of the flowing water to reach them?

So we have the priests standing in the Jordan, carrying a box made from Acacia Wood, wood that is very dense and heavy, which is overlaid with gold, making it heaver, and has as a lid, a solid gold cover with two gold Cherubim with large wings. These guys had to be buffed to carry that box around in the desert for 40 years.
Step in the water, the priests were commanded, time to get your feet wet, so that the people could walk on dry land. At the beginning of their journey, the water of the Red Sea parted and everyone walked on dry land, but now they had to get their feet wet. It seems that when I first accepted salvation, many things happened that were unbelievable, without any input on my part, but then …that stopped. I now have to engage with the “enemy,” I have to hold on, hang in there, and believe that God has my back when circumstances say otherwise. My Red Sea experiences had me walking on dry ground, but to get out of the wilderness I had to get my feet wet. It was the stepping in that caused the river upstream to stop running and I had to wait for it to get to where I was.
Respect the leadership over you wherever you choose to worship. If you cannot, find a new place. Those who lead you are stepping in the water, getting their feet wet, so you can walk on dry land.

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