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Monday, March 10, 2008

His Ways... Day 1... Daryl Johnson

Today's first devotion is from a former elder Daryl Johnson and focused around Hebrews 8:12...

"For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more."

This devotion centered around the idea of washing out the stains in our lives and trying to do it by ourselves. Daryl talked about a time in the Navy when he was picked for a duty based on some stains in his uniform.

As I was reading it, it made me think about a recent trip to the laser tag arena nearby. We took a bunch of high schoolers who were doing the 30 hour famine together. As we were standing there waiting to go in, the place is totally covered in "black light." And if you've ever been around black light, you know that you can see where the laundry detergent was when it was on your clothes in the washer. In regular light, you can't see it, but in black light, it's very plain.

That got me thinking about what Daryl was saying. He asked a couple of questions in making the application.
1. Has God washed stains in your life white as snow?
2. What stains are you currently trying to wash out by yourself? What is keeping you from giving them to God? Pray that he will wash you today.

In regular light, you can't see those invisible stains on your clothes. But they are still there. Just as looking at me as a person, you can't see the sin that's there in my life. But God can see it. And it's a stain that only he can wash away. And boy am I glad that he has??!!!

Thanks Daryl for the thoughts today.
Jim

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