Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 19 (Flee To The Mountains, Part 11: “How To Be Like John the Baptist: Benefits of Nature”)

By admin On April 12th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 19

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Flee To The Mountains, Part 11: “How To Be Like John the Baptist: Separation”

To read part 1 of this article, click here… “August 22nd (Sodom Rising!)”

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.John the Baptist by Harold Copping www.wikigallery.com US public domain

One of the most interesting of all Bible heroes was John the Baptist.

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Jesus Himself made the following comment about John…“Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist:” Matthew 11:11

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Away from society in the desert, and living an extremely self-denying lifestyle, John the Baptist was a standing rebuke to the licentious lifestyles of God’s professed people of that day.

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John the Baptist by Harold Copping www.wikigallery.com US public domain

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JOHN’S AUSTERE LIFE IN THE DESERT!

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And isn’t it true, that we all admire John the Baptist for his abject disregard for all the creature-comforts which we mostly take for granted, today?

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Nevertheless most of us are not able to emulate the life of John, if for other reason than it is now against the law to merely live out on the desert.

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And let’s face it! Not too many of us could live on a diet of locusts and wild honey!

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Locust 1902 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“EXAMINE YOURSELVES”http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8f/Optic_stub.svg/200px-Optic_stub.svg.png

2nd Corinthians 13:5

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And so, in the interest of overcoming the world, the flesh, and the Devil, let’s take a moment to examine the life of John, to see if we can’t implement some of John’s trade-secrets, in hopes of our own selves winning the final victory over sin and selfishness.

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Magnifying Glass – svg – Wikimedia Commons Share-alike License

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AWAY FROM THE CITIES

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Now the very first thing that John did was to remove himself completely from city life, to live out in nature’s sanctuary.

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Yes, it would only seem logical that the closer we can come to God’s original plan, the more conducive it will be for health, not only of the body, but also for our spirituality!

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To behold nature is what God designed for Mankind in the original Garden. And to tend the garden and to keep and dress the Garden was Man’s original occupation.

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The fresh air, the pure water, the abundant sunshine, and the daily exercise only strengthened John, no doubt contributing to his strength of body, mind, and character.

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And though we may not be able to live out in the wilderness as did John, we might be able to have a little garden in our yard!

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Or maybe to just spend more time outdoors.

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Or go for daily walks.

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Or ride a bicycle to work instead of drive.

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Gardening – Wikimedia – Public Domain

Women Walking at Sunset – Wikimedia – Creative Commons License

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TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to move away from the overwhelming tide of sensuality, whether in society or in the Church…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… (Television: Enchanted Ground!), or you can also read… (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 6: The Sensual Church!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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NARROW GATE

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Winter Constellations in West

 

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This most amazing phenomenon is seen throughout the winter. Although it can be observed most of the winter, it is seen best when it is the western part of the sky, at winter’s end (The end of winter being the final scene of this heavenly Gospel story). Orion , the Dragon, and the Glorious White Horse are beginning to descend into the western horizon (sketch to right is Winter Constellations descending into western horizon. This can actually be seen as early as December, in the pre-dawn hours).

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And at this point it is apparent that the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation  is veering toward the two bright stars, known as Castor and Pollux (sketch to below left). But the Wide Gate Stars are composed of the two brightest stars of the Auriga Constellation, known as the star, Capella, and the star, Menkalinan. The two stars, Castor and Pollux, make up the concept of the Orion’s Narrow Gate Stars.

Revelation 12 Woman & Orion's Gate & Wide Gate.

This can even be observed into June in the western sky (for a short time just after dark). While a dark night is best for seeing the Woman Constellation, the 4 stars which comprise the Narrow Gate/Wide Gate Stars can be seen even under mediocre conditions. It begins with the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation (AKA Ursa Major) going towards these two doors.

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The sketch to left shows, the two doors are each composed of two bright stars. The two bright stars that comprise the Narrow Gate are the two brightest stars of the Orion the Reaper’s sickle. The two stars that comprise the ‘Wide Gate’ Stars are the two brightest stars of the wave of water that comes out of the Dragon Constellation’s mouth (for explanation of “Wave of Water”, just click here). The stars that make up the ‘Narrow Gate’ are about half the width of the Wide Gate (see sketch to right).

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Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

 

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(For more information on Orion’s sickle, just click here,“Orion The Reaper”.)

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Editor’s note: These sketches on this page are merely sketches. The stars are not in their exact place. However, they are close enough to find them in the night sky. But as with most stars, it takes persistence to finally locate them.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)”

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TOMORROW…

Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 20 (Flee To The Mountains, Part 12: “How To Be Like John the Baptist: Simplicity”)

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