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Water for DirtyThirsty Believers


Cleansing believers for Jesus' sake

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Thank you Dennis for this lesson on the Psalms and the joy a believer can experience and learn from reading them. Your message is sound and clear.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Blessings
Janet


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reply by the author on 01-Aug-2020
    Thanks for reading and commenting! God bless, Dennis
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Some interesting thoughts here.
I've always held that foot-washing was an act performed by a servant. Jesus was serving the people instead of acting like a king or ruler expecting to be served.
You have some mechanical errors:
In paragraph 7, use a colon after "Try this." A colon provides a formal
introduction to the words that follow.
In paragraph 8, put the comma inside the closing quotes after "fly over."
In paragraph 9, spell JUDGMENT (no E in the middle). Also, "linger" should be "lingers" to agree with "blessing."
In paragraph 10, consider capitalizing Last Supper. Also, spell APOSTLES (O is missing).




 Comment Written 31-Jul-2020



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    Focusing on the servanthood of Christ and ignoring what He said about it, is a serious error repeated from many a pulpit, so you are not alone at least. As for judgement/judgment either spelling is now aceptable.
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Brother Dennis,
I am always blessed by your insight of the Scriptures and the practical ways you apply it. This is one of those messages that deserves a 6 rating.

You and I walk the same path, going in the same direction and heading for the same destination, as I also do what you have written i.e.often go to the Lord for a good foot washing.

Thank you much for this exhortation. Bro. Jerry


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reply by the author on 31-Jul-2020
    Brother Jerry, I do thank God for your companionship on this journey and I look forward to that great day when we shall embrace at the feet of Jesus! God bless you my beloved brother in Christ! Dennis

reply by GE Parson on 31-Jul-2020
    AMEN MY BROTHER, AMEN!
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Well Dennis, you got me on this one. I don't really consider myself dirty, but I do see your point in that we are walking through this fallen world and pollutants are all around us. God's word washes us, and we remember that in Christ we are cleansed, bathed in these truth every day. All the truths in the Bible remind us who we are in Christ, and keep to keep us washed in the water of the word. I appreciate the admonition, and the challenge to read through Psalms. Since I am blind, I have already put many of the Psalms to memory so that I can recall them. They are in my heart.
Sending you my best today as always,
Sally xo


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reply by the author on 30-Jul-2020
    Hi Sally, you may be physically blind but you have the sight that counts.
    I think you mention a good point about being clean as in the Gospel narrative, Christ first tells them, ?You are clean, but not all.?
    The exception is non-believing Judas.
    Everyone who has trusted Christ is clean before the Lord forever. But we cannot help but come into contact with the filth of this world and so must continually be washed in the water of the Word.
    God bless you my dear sister in the Lord, Dennis
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This is definitely not for me but there's an audience for it and I'm sure many on this site will adore the piece. What I can say is it is well written and a good advice piece for those of a similar belief-set. Thank you for sharing, later daze.


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    Thanks for you kind remarks! God bless you, Dennis
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A very well-written I spiritual lesson. To be cleansed by the water if the word, do that our minds can be cleansed from the dirt and sinful thoughts we may have.


Typo
us to do for other believers what He had just done for the Apstles. (Apostles)


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reply by the author on 30-Jul-2020
    Thanks and I will correct the typo!😄
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Hi Dennis. This is an excellent and well-constructed essay, which carries a powerful message and a wonderful suggestion. I will do as you say and read the Psalms tonight, until I can't stay awake any longer. I'll let you know how it goes. I think you have said it so well, about the reason for the washing... and the symbolism is profound. The feet are what take us down the path, a path of cleanness and righteousness, or a path of dirt and worldliness. Jesus is the Word. The Word guides our steps and cleanses our walk. Thank you for the reminder.

I did see one small typo, and only one, which is pretty remarkable. You must be a very good editor.

***He had just done for the Apstles. (Apostles)

I also thought it was remarkable what you said about the wicked, violent men who destroy and burn... Wow! I believe they must be Satan-filled to do what they are doing!

Thanks for posting this. I enjoyed it so much!. MM


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reply by the author on 28-Jul-2020
    Thank you and I can tell by your response you really thought about this passage. Just to clarify a little bit, the imagery Christ is using for this washing of the feet of believers is the public bath. Wealthy people would walk to this bath and then of course, walk home. In doing so, they did not deliberatly look for dirt or animal droppings to walk through...the fact of the matter is they could not AVOID doing so. Neither can we avoid such contamination in this world.
    If you read the passage again, you will see Peter turn from refusing having his feet washed to calling for a complete bath.
    Jesus replies, "The person who has been washed, does not need to be washed again, except for His feet."
    In other words, every believer has been washed in the blood of Calvary and so saved forever. This is a once and for all salvation experience never to be repeated.
    However, the washing of the feet, every day. Really the washing of our mind by God's saving word from unavoidable thoughts, words and actions in a sinful environmement. That washing allows us to rejoice in the presence of our living Lord, to fellowship with Him and to learn from Him! Blessed fellowship!

    This washing is also symbolized by the Priests at the Tent of Blessing in the wilderness. There the Priests would offer an animal sacrifice at the bronze altar, then go to the Laver of washing, and then into the tent of meeting to pray, praise and worship God.
    Christ was teaching about the laver of washing to maintain fellowship on the basis of faith alone and He Himself is the sacrifice which makes this grace available to us today.

    Hope this blesses your believing heart, my dear sister in Christ!
    YBIC, Dennis
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What a lovely writing , challenge, and encouragement this post is! Psalms is a favorite of mine since I was a child and Mother read from it daily in our devotionals. Your flyover idea is perfect. I will do that.


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reply by the author on 30-Jul-2020
    Wonderful! Thanks!

reply by thaities, Rebecca V. on 30-Jul-2020
    You're welcome.
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"dirt" involuntarily accumulated in our minds by simply being in this present world." And this is what keeps us from growing spiritually. Reading the psalms, meditating, and trying to align ones self with the universe are all ways to reprogram our subconscious mind.
Now, to ask your opinion: I've been helping a young man financially as well as giving him advice on how to make wise decisions regarding what little money he earns (He's a med-tech at an assisted living place and earns $12.50 an hour and has no education beyond high school) He is 26 and lives with his grandmother who makes do with small social security payments. To quote him, everyone in his family--uncles, cousins, etc. is dirt poor. I read where we should help others less fortunate than us (which I can afford)but sometimes I feel he's taking advantage of my generosity.
In return for my help and before covid struck, he helped me get through my grief when Frank passed over and then, he helped me to unpack everything when I moved (my son had the time off, but didn't want to help) Anyway, he's been using some of the money I send him to help others in his extended family and that burns me up. I pray for a dream every night that will give me the answer on how to continue. It would be no problem if I could see him in person. We had plans to do fun things together on his days off. Now, he's tested positive with covid-19 which means no paycheck for at least two weeks. His bank account is almost zero now. I sent him a check to cover his auto insurance for August (I gave him my car since his was ready for the graveyard and I didn't want to drive anymore). And I wrote a note that that would be it until the Pandemic is over and I can see him in person. What would God tell me to do? Thanks for letting me rant.


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reply by the author on 30-Jul-2020
    I sent you a long reply late last night. Now I don?t see it.
    So here?s the gist of my advice; end the relationship now and save yourself future pain.
    If you choose to go ahead anyway, at least keep your hand on the door handle, ready to exit.
    You?re vulnerable and even though he may have good points, he probably could take advantage.
    Cut your losses now or pay more when the inevitable parting arrives.

reply by Spitfire on 30-Jul-2020
    Thanks, Clark. I'm in the process of pulling the rug from underneath his feet. I think he's a pathological liar. Whatever. I don't have any feelings for him anymore.
    Appreciate your taking the time. I am vulnerable or gullible. Always have been. I like to think the best of everyone.
    Wish I had your long reply. But this will do.

reply by the author on 31-Jul-2020
    Good move! You are a good person and you can (as all of us) continue to grow in wisdom so your generosity is expressed in the most effectual way.

    God bless you my friend. I believe you are doing the best for him and yourself by cutting ties. Let?s hope he learns to work to meet his needs. God bless, Dennis
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I enjoyed this read. I think I will take your advice and do that fly-over through Psalms. Thank you for sharing this outlook on the washing away of our sins. Best of luck to you and God bless.

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    Thank you!
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