Daily Devotional, Year 3 – August 23 (Planet Earth, Devil’s Island, Part 8: “Planet Earth: Hacksaw Ridge!”)

By admin On February 28th, 2017

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – August 23

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Planet Earth, Devil’s Island, Part 8: “Planet Earth: Hacksaw Ridge!”

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There was a very shocking movie named “Hacksaw Ridge” in which the bravery of soldiers was showcased upon Hollywood’s “silver screen”.

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Hacksaw Ridge – Wikipedia – Non-free Media Rationale

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DESMOND DOSS 

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The primary hero of the story, Desmond Doss, reached upward for the faith he needed to perform his acts of love on behalf of his fellow soldiers, as he fearlessly carried 75 wounded men to safety through the barrage of enemy gunfire, and lowered them down to safety over a ridge.

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But this movie also emphasized the bravery of, not only Doss, but of all the soldiers who risked their lives for their nation.

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Doss – Hacksaw Ridge – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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UNWAVERING DEDICATION TO PRINCIPLE

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As one watched this movie, it was no doubt an inspiring portrayal of the unwavering dedication which Desmond Doss exhibited during those horrific days on the battlefield, rescuing those 75 soldiers (and saving others as well, by deflecting several hand-grenades).

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Desmond Doss awarded with the medal of honor by President Truman – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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WISER IN THEIR OWN GENERATION THAN WE CHRISTIANS!

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Now having only seen the previews of this movie, this website is not encouraging Christians to watch the movie.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hacksaw_Ridge_poster.png

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And yet, there is a certain inspiration and encouragement to be gleaned from this movie, as the Christian translates the wisdom of the world into heavenly wisdom.

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Yes, Jesus freely acknowledged that, “the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” Luke 16:8

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And so, as the Christian witnesses the actions of the people of the world, these various deeds done in the natural world can quite often be translated into the heavenly realm!

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Hacksaw Ridge – Wikipedia – Non-free Media Rationale

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MINISTERS OF GOD

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Now this devotional is not intended to diminish the hard work and bravery of those soldiers who risk their lives on the battlefield.

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The Bible says concerning man’s government, “For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” Romans 13:14

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And this admonition from Paul’s writings can probably be also applied to the soldiers on the battlefield who have been commissioned to protect their own nation from an invading enemy. In a very real sense, it can be said of each and every soldier, “he is the minister of God”.

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No, not in the salvational sense. But in a temporal governmental sense, as God uses many secular authorities to keep peace and order in the various societies.

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Soldier – Air Force Sergeant on guard duty – Public-Domain

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“THE POWERS THAT BE ARE ORDAINED OF GOD”

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Yes, God uses the people of the world to maintain the safety and order of a nation.

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And the various governments of the nations are carrying out the necessary actions required to protect their own citizenry from any cruel enemy.

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Traffic Cop – Wikimedia – Share-alike license

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“NO (SOLDIER) ENTANGLES HIMSELF IN THE AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE”

2nd Timothy 2:4

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But having said all this, today’s devotional desires to showcase those who have been chosen to serve as soldiers in Heaven’s army!

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And the Bible is also replete with true, historical accounts of bravery displayed by various Bible heroes of faith!

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Now those Bible accounts were also concerning literal, physical battles fought to preserve the physical safety of God’s people.

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Gideon and His Three Hundred (Bible Card) www.thebiblerevival.org – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“THEREFORE I SPEAK TO THEM IN PARABLES”

Matthew 13:13

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And yet, the Bible is a spiritual book, and must be interpreted spiritually to be properly understood.

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In other words, just as David, or Gideon, or Joshua or any other Bible hero fought in literal battles, so also, the Christian is called to fearlessly engage the enemy on the spiritual battlefield which rages all around us!

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And every Christian has been elected to fight against the Enemy of Souls as he ruthlessly attempts to take as many souls as possible with him down into Hell, Sheol, Tartaroo, or any other biblical name used to describe eternal destruction!

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Christian and Apollyon – Pilgrim’s Progress – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“YOUR LIFE…IS…A VAPOR…AND THEN VANISHES AWAY”

James 4:14

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And by far, to save a human soul is infinitely more important than saving a physical life.

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Because even if you save a person from literal death, that same person will eventually die.

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But by saving a soul, that redeemed one will go on to live forever!

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As Jesus says…“whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:26

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And in addition to fighting for his nation, Desmond Doss made a lifetime profession of fighting for Heaven, as a Christian.

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Desmond Doss grave – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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“THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL…”

2Corinthians 10:4 

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And the very first and foremost commission devolved upon every Christian is to “work out your https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-081218-M-4507D-001.jpgown salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12, 13

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This above verse exhorts every Christian to engage in the battle over self, the world, and over the devil’s angels, with the same unwavering bravery and tenacious dedication as Desmond Doss displayed on the physical battlefield!

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And though we fear and tremble in the sight of God, we nevertheless should have the same bravery as those brave soldiers who die every day on life’s battlefields!

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Prayer – USMC – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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TO READ PART 9, CLICK HERE…November 2 (Planet Earth, Devil’s Island, Part 9: “Planet Earth: Bizzaro World!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to follow those brave soldiers’ examples in my own life, in the spiritual realm! Help me to bravely endure the fire-storm of Satan’s wrath in the coming days, knowing that all those fiery trials are for purification of the hearts of God’s army…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…Floodwaters of the False Prophet: “Atheism & Psychology”, or you can also read…NOVEMBER 10 The Psalms’ Power Over Evil Spirits)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING THE DRAGON

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REVELATION 12 DRAGON IS NOT DRACO!

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First, let it be stated, that this Dragon Constellation is not the same constellation commonly referred to as “Draco” (photo to right is Draco).

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This Revelation 12 Dragon from Signs Of Heaven, has not been previously recognized. But you will discover that it is a very intricate and complex constellation, once you are comfortable locating it (picture below, right).

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Draco, (Picture right) Ursa Minor Wikipedia share-alike license

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 REVELATION 12 DRAGON  

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Revelation 12 Dragon w/text

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The star-charts below (below, right) are from Wikipedia and are combined into one chart to show these three constellations, which the editor has sketched over with these three constellations, as they appear when in the west. Hopefully, this will be an assist in locating these constellations in the night-sky.

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LOCATION…

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The Revelation 12 Dragon Constellation can be located by finding Orion in winter months.

Wikipedia star-charts winter constellation in West

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The Dragon is to Orion’s left, and the Dragon’s mouth is right next to Orion’s shield. This Dragon’s mouth is the V-like constellation The Hyades Cluster, which is also known as the head of Taurus the Bull. The Dragon’s tail-tip is Pleiades and the lower shaft of his tail is partly of Aries  and Pisces. Then with aid of a dark and starry night, you may begin to connect the mouth and the tail with a very long body in an oval shape. The front and back legs are made of a few stars: the front legs partially of stars from Taurus . The back legs and rear fin are made of 6 stars from the Cetus Constellation.

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BODY HARD TO SEE

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The long oval-shaped body has relatively few stars, but can been seen, howbeit with a dark, starry night. The four stars of the front fins are made partially of Taurus .

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation 

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TOMORROW

 

August 24 (Nature’s Witnesses, Part 10: “The Joy of Creation!”)

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