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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: River (08/31/06)

TITLE: Soiled Humans
By Virginia Gorg
09/04/06


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Soiled Humans

We are soiled humans, who cannot cleanse ourselves. It is only by our dependence and faith in Jesus Christ that we can be washed as crystal clear as the water flowing from the throne of God.

As I read Revelation 22, verse 1, I was reminded of Lake Tahoe, on the border of Nevada and California. Being a freshwater lake, Lake Tahoe is so clear that one can see to a depth of 75 feet and count the rocks on the bottom of the lake.

Unlike the clarity of Lake Tahoe, we are like dirty, impure water flowing through a river of sin. Our sin makes us murky and muddy. When we confess our need for Jesus Christ in our life, He begins to change our dirty water into something presentable to Him. Jesus wants us to be cleansed.

We must move forward with Him every day, allowing His cleansing to continue. In Second Peter, we are told to add to our faith, goodness, then knowledge, then self-control, then perseverance, then godliness, then brotherly kindness, and finally, love. Possessing these qualities will help us stay effective and productive in Christ until the day He comes again. If anyone does not have these qualities, he will likely forget that he has been cleansed from his past sins. He will look to himself for salvation and become like a muddy river again.

In heaven, there are no imperfections or impurities. Christ is our cleanser, sweeping our burdens and blemishes into the river of life.

It is imperative that we call on Jesus now. Today might be the last day we have on earth. What is your choice? Do you want to spend eternity with God, sharing in His glory, or be forever tormented by fire and separation from God?

Allow Jesus to cleanse us in His river. As we pass through the throne of God and the Lamb, we come out crystal clear, made perfect by the blood of Christ.


Reference: Revelation 22:1
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. In Revelation, the throne of God is described as having a river of life, as clear as crystal.



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Marilyn Schnepp 09/09/06
A great sermon, sermonette or devotional; however, for a Challenge Contest, I'd add an anecdote or two, or begin with something that reaches out and grabs the reader's interest, pulls him/her in, then when you get their full attention, hit them with the facts about Soiled Humans. (Just a suggestion) But nicely written.
Donna Haug09/09/06
I agree that an attention grabber would help. Also watch out for switching from "we" to "you". I do that too.