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    I AM A MOTHER. I have loved to feed and wash and hold my eight babies.  So I know a little bit about what my Father loves for His children.  He wants to feed and wash and hold His clean child too. He wants to wash you in the Blood of his Son so you can joyfully say,

"Abba! FATHER!" *


    This Perfect Blood makes you his child. This Blood of the Lamb is the only just and pure sacrifice that cleanses us from all sin. Isaiah 1 says,

  "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, " Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool."*


    Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He leads us into green pastures, clean waters and watches over us for dirt and  disease. He uses “His rod and staff”* to comfort us, to nurture us, to guide us. To keep our coats clean and free from varmints and infection, hiding beneath the wool.


“the Blood of Jesus cleanses us”


    To think that His Blood is only for when we are saved by the Lamb, is to think we only need washing ONCE in our Earthly bodies.

 The Truth is, that this world is a dirty place. We can't avoid the filth surrounding our everyday activities. And from such filth of these temptations we often fall into sins.


 “The Father who longs to hold a clean child will delight in washing us”

     It is our “Bathing Time” when we  come to the Father each day, or each time we confess the truth of our dirty deeds in Jesus Name.  
“Whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.”
    And the Father who longs to hold a clean child will delight in washing us.

 

DON’T LET THE ENEMY CONDEMN YOU! "There now is no condemnation in Christ Jesus." * Romans 7 says,  "For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not."   Because of the "sin which dwells in us," it's hopeless to be perfect in the flesh.


But not in spirit! For God says "Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect." *  How?  By "taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" and pleading the Blood.  Thus, the cleansing Blood will always spread across our hearts for deliverance. YOU CAN LIVE GUILT-FREE. 


“Guilt-free”


    I know this because I've lived guilt-free for 44 years. Since I was saved in 1973, whenever I sensed a sinful thought or deed, I’d bring it under the Blood of my Redeemer, and ask my Father to wash me.  Because it's not possible to be immediate with every offense, due to the intention of my heart and action of my deeds, God keeps me clean as the Blood flow remains to keep me GUILT-FREE! 


“Peter who ‘stood condemned’”


    I know if I ignore that still small voice of the Holy Spirit for the conviction of sin, eventually I will end as Peter who "Stood condemned." Gal.2:11

Hebrews 3 says, “Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me as in the day of trial in the Wilderness.”’    Paul confronted his unrepentant brother for his hypocrisy, and Peter repented.

  

God's children in His Church today are full of unrepentant hypocrisy and sin. Why? Because it’s hard to not follow the crowd. It’s HARD to be like Noah and stand alone.  


 Is this not like the “Days of Noah”* with the earth filled with VIOLENCE?  “Then God said to Noah, " The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.”*


Those whom I love, I reprove -repent."


 What’s most amazing is how Christians justify such horrific, bloody violence as in “The Shack”, and every other demonic form of entertainment they invite into their soul.  This is so sad!


 Listen! “He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil; he will dwell on the heights; his refuge will be the impregnable rock; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure. Your eyes will see the King in His beauty.”    


SEE all these AWESOME PROMISES, even as we may be on the brink of war? Bread, water, most of all, God’s presence and protection!   Do you see what Isaiah says? You DON’T SEE THE KING if you even LOOK UPON EVIL!  Repent! God wants to wash you! Jesus loves you!


Our Father longs to hold his children, nurture his children, bless his children! But as in Jeremiah’s Lamentations, when "The iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin of Sodom"*, A JUST GOD  can only send His wrath!


But there is A SOLUTION! Revelation 3:19 says, "Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent." This means HE LOVES YOU!   Hallelujah!    GREAT is HIS MERCY!


“Little Faith…didn’t quit…God is pleading”


      Being repentant will not necessarily make us great Christians.    

 We may be like "Little Faith...a good man from the Town of Sincere."  He didn't do well along the road in Pilgrim's Progress, but he didn't quit.

 

Although he was robbed by "Faint Heart" "Mistrust" and "Guilt", he didn't sell his Jewels, the precious Life Jesus gives to all who call upon his Name.


Many do sell out, like Ananias and Sapphira.* But many more have lost Faith in His forgiveness, and Hope that they can try again; which is why I believe God is pleading with His children, such as here.  


“ Like jonah…They too see no way out of their sin but death.”

    Like Jonah, many have given up hope. "Pick me up and throw me into the sea." * They too see no way out of their sin but death. A lie!

  "Repent, therefore and return that your sins may be wiped away in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and that he may send Jesus who's appointed for you."*


 You need not lose hope and die no matter what the difficulty. Daniel 12:1 says even in the horrifying End Times, "everyone who is found written in the book will be rescued."  Even "You of Little Faith"*


 In the last book of the Bible many Christians in Sardis were about to die for they "soiled their garments."  But Jesus said, "Repent... and they will walk with me in white and I will not erase his name from the Book of Life."*


  “About to come "The Marriage Supper of the Lamb."*

    I am a mother, and there was nothing more I wanted to do than wash my naughty child who played in the mud just before some big event. And the biggest Event is about to come, "The Marriage Supper of the Lamb."*


Yes, I was angry at their disobedience and the filthy dress they ruined. But did I send them away?  Never!  Yet, how could I take them to this event in soiled garments?  So what would I do? I would bathe them, wash them, forgive them.  And I would do this anytime, convenient or inconvenient.


“Let Jesus bathe you in His Blood, and wash you from your sins.”

     How much more would our Heavenly Father, and His beloved Son, from whom flows Perfect Love, "For God is Love"* delight to do this for His own children?  Let Jesus bathe you in His Blood, and wash you from your sins.  "He who believes in Me as the scripture says from his innermost being shall flow rivers of Living Water."*


Jesus is "coming for a church without spot or wrinkle." *

 Be ready. Be clean. You must do your part. "Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His Name."* Jesus said, "Your time is always opportune."*  Tomorrow may be too late.  

  

BATHING TIME is NOW.










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Paul rebukes Peter

Celestial City of Pilgrim’s Progress

Bible references in order of asterisk-

 *Galatians 4:6 "And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, " Abba! Father!"


* Psalm 23  *Isaiah 1:18  *Romans 8:1  *Matthew 5: 48  *2 Cor 10:5  *John 15:16

 

*Matthew 24:37   "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.”

 *Genesis 6:13    *Lamentations 4:6.

 *Isaiah 33:15-17  


*Acts 5:3 "But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back some of the price of the land?"    


*Jonah 1:12   *Acts 3:19   *Matt 14:31

 *Rev 3:5   *Rev 19:9   *1 John 4:8   *John 7:38  *Eph 5:27   *Acts 22:16   *John 7:6

 

 Sept. 25, 2017

Clareann Berchtold