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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Matthew 22:2-14 KJV
(2) The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
(3) And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
(4) Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
(5) But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
(6) And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
(7) But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
(8) Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
(9) Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
(10) So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
(11) And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
(12) And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
(13) Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
(14) For many are called, but few are chosen.

There plenty of mediocre believers. Going through a garden one will find plenty of vegetables some for harvest, some barely ripe, and others rotten to the core. The other day taking some old flannel shirts and preparing to make quilting blocks. One shirt was torn at the bottom on the backside. Very odd place to have a tear. Yet on closer examination there was nothing else wrong with the shirt. The material still good and useable, just needed to cut the one spot completely out. When God begins to do a work in a believers life, he takes and removes anything unusable. Our garments upon faith in Christ are purified by the blood of Christ Jesus. Yet though our sins be washed away and we become white as snow in the since of sin free, not color of skin, but the color of the heart and mind stain with impurities of this world and our own ability to sin. Our wedding garment comes with the belief of Godís word as we receive salvation for our sins. Our wedding garment once purified gets taint with sin and unbelief from time to time, need purging from above. Yet with out the purification continual process our garments become unfit for use, unless it be cleansed with fuller soap of the word of God.

The problem comes can one loose salvation, the answer can God use the tatter wedding garment and make repairs or make something new of it? If God can prune a bush, He can take the wedding garment and get the stain outs or cut away the bad and pouring oil on to heal like the robots in the terminator movies, making the garment whole again. Yet without the wedding garment we have nothing to protect us from the wrath of God.

In the story the king sees a man under dressed for the wedding. The king said to go into the highways and by ways and bring them in, but there is always the curiosity seeks, with no desire to be a part of kingdom. They come for the dinner as scavengers with no desire for the bread of life. It is actors who try out for the drama of a play and is told they are unworthy of the lead role. Without the cleansing power of Christ we can never be the bride/ church. The believers are the small bit actors of the stage that as only a single part of play and yet together we make the grade of being a star production for Godís kingdom. The only one that does not fit into Godís kingdom is the one with lack of faith. How can one be in the presence of almighty God and still not have a wedding garment on. Jesus walked the earth but many understood not who He was. It just goes to show not all that meet God will believe even with seeing the bounty of the table of God. Salvation comes with faith. Judas was at the dinner of the Lordís supper only to be cast out, not by force but by his duty to betray Jesus, yet his betrayal would cost him his life. If Judas could of only repented, then he would of known the grace of the Lord.

Dear Heavenly Father let your grace abound in us, give us the hope and assurance of salvation with faith, so we are not without a wedding garment. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Daniel 9:26-27 KJV
(26) And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
(27) And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

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