Daily Devotional, Year 3 – May 24 (The Deal of All Deals! Part 3: “Free Tickets To Paradise!”)

By admin On October 4th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – May 24

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The Deal of All Deals! Part 3: “Free Tickets To Paradise!”

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What if somebody came to you with free airfare and accommodations to some belize20d_242-wikipedia-share-alike-license11beautiful tropical paradise, for both you and for your family? Would you take them?

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Well, most people would jump at the chance to go, now wouldn’t they?

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GOD IS OFFERING PARADISE TO ALL!

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And yet, that’s exactly what God is doing to the inhabitants of this sad and tragic world.

 

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Yes, Jesus came to live among us, and provide the necessary payment to allow us to go to that everlasting paradise.

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And His atonement upon that cruel cross paved the way for any and every man, woman, and child to go to that place of rapturous tranquility and beauty to live in complete joy, peace, and contentment for time without end!

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River of Water of Life – H. Melville – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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But hardly anyone is responding to His offer!

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MANY PRETENDERS!

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Oh yes, there are many who are pretending to be excited about this free offer.

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But the Bible tells us that the evidence that they have truly accepted this offer, is that they have rejected this present hopeless world, and now are preparing for that journey.

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And let’s be honest! We Christians have grown weary of waiting, and have all but fallen asleep (spiritually).

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Brooklyn Museum – The Wise Virgins – James Tissot – Wikimedia – public domain

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TOO BUSY IN THE WORLD!

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Oh yes, we are very much awake to the selfish pleasures and ambitious pursuits of this present world!

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Oh make no mistake! Most of us have traded our souls away for just a little piece of this world! Our whole-hearted devotion to preparation has been put on the proverbial “back-burner”.

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And instead of cooperating with the Lord’s desire to purify our heart, we pursue this present, selfish world with great gusto!

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Of course, we must continue to work and provide for the needs and happiness of our family. But that’s not what’s happening for the most part.

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GUESTS WHO ARE TOO BUSY TO COME!

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Instead, most Christians are like those who were invited to an incredible feast in that infamous parable.

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Listen to how they spurned that offer…“And they all…began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.” Luke 14:18-20

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This above passage was especially written for us today! Yes, we who live in this present-day cornucopian super-society have been mesmerized by all the countless diversions, amusements, career opportunities, etc., which have flooded us!

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GOD WILL HAVE HIS SUPPER FILLED WITH GUESTS!

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And we are so self-satisfied with our earthly endeavors that our heavenward sojourn has all but come to a halt!

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But God will have His great supper filled with guests.

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Just listen as this parable continues…“Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.” Luke 14:21

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Yes, God is now ready to bypass His pre-occupied people, and begin to call those who have nothing to lose, to come enjoy His feast! This class is made of, “the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.” They have nothing to lose. The world has all but turned its back on these!

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SUPPER NOW BEING SERVED!

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And what is His feast? Well, to begin with, God’s great supper is comprised of a variety of heavenly delights: the fruit of the Spirit, the milk and meat of the Word, the wine of Salvation, the bread of life!

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This kind of spiritual feast is now ready to enjoy. But we poor deluded ones are too busy with the cares and pleasures of the world!

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EVIDENCE OF TRUE SALVATION

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And those who consider themselves to be children of the kingdom do not realize that the evidence that they have truly received this free trip to paradise, is seen in whole-hearted devotion.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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Listen to Jesus, as He defines who His true disciples are…“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33

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No, God is not looking for part-timers. He does not accept those who attempt to cling to this world, refusing to let go. He wants us to live for one world or the other. We each must choose.

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MANY ONLY GIVE LIP-SERVICE

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Listen to James 4:4…“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is thehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berlin-neukoelln_satellite-dishes_20050314_p1010596.jpg enemy of God.”

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Oh yes, many church-goers claim that they are no friend of the world, but claim to be devoted followers of Jesus.

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But listen to God’s complaint to Ezekiel regarding His apostate people…“And they come… and they sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.”

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Here is the sad condition of God’s people today, to a great degree! We love to show much love with our mouth. 

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GOOD NEWS!

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But it doesn’t have to be this way!

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No, the very Good News is that God is still stretching forth His nail-pierced hands to His professed people pleading with us…“Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:8-10

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Yes, this is the kind of heart-felt repentance that is required in these closing hours of time! And those of us who have wasted so much precious time in past days, must begin to redeem the precious little time remaining! And by the grace of God, we may begin right now to enjoy all the delicious culinary delights found in God’s Word.

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Listen to Job’s love for God’s Word…“I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12. This is the great supper which God is now offering us!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Prayer – Wherefore He is able to save to the uttermost…” Hebrews 7:25

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PARADISE BEGINS IN OUR HEART

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And as for that promised Paradise? We don’t have to wait for that either. Because God’s Paradise begins in our very own heart! Right now!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Most Holy Place within the heart – Signs Of Heaven

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to really see what a great trade that God is offering. And let me not be deceived into thinking that I can have both worlds! But like the apostle, Paul, let me lose all things, that I might win Christ…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… January 7th (TIME TO GET OUT OF DODGE!), or you can also read… (It’s a throw-away world!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“Multitudes, multitudes in the ‘Valley of Decision’…

for the day of the Lord is near in the ‘Valley of Decision’.”

Joel 3:14

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AT THE CROSSROADS OF LIFE…

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As we all know, life is made up of one decision after another. Some are of little consequence. Others are more important. And then there are those times which require life-changing decisions.

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The Bible speaks of the Valley of Decision…“Multitudes, multitudes in the ‘Valley of Decision’…for the day of the Lord is near in the ‘Valley of Decision’.” Joel 3:14. Of course, this valley is a spiritual concept and not a literal place.

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But God has inscribed this very truth in the heavens. It is called “The Valley of Decision” Constellation. It speaks of that valley that each person must walk through.

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LOCATING THIS CONSTELLATION GROUP…

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Look eastward in the early summer through fall. Find the Cassiopeia Constellation. Cassiopeia is the Mount of Blessing. In the sketch, it is the farthest mountain to the left. In the sky, it is the northern-most of these three mountains when facing eastward. It resembles a pyramid. Then find the next pyramid to its right (south). Then go a little further south to the next third pyramid. The third snow-cap is the Destroying Mountain Constellation. These three pyramids are the snow-capped portion of these three mountains in this sketch. (of course, you won’t see the snow-caps in the sky. They are just an embellishment in this sketch to present a concept-EDITOR).

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“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” Micah 4:1, 2

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The ‘Valley of Decision’ Constellation” or you can also read… “Babylon…O Destroying Mountain”

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TOMORROW:

May 25 (The Natural Man’s Prosperity Gospel, Part 2: “Peace, Prosperity, Health & Family Values”)

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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