Daily Devotional, Year 3 – September 2 (Jeremiah & the Smooth Prophets, Part 5: “When ‘Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet!'”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – September 2

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Jeremiah & the Smooth Prophets, Part 5: “When ‘Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet!'”

To read Part 1, go here…January 18th (Jeremiah & the Smooth Prophets)

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“The full soul loatheth an honeycomb;

but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”

Proverbs 27:7

 

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anti-Christian_sign_in_Federal_Plaza_Chicago.jpgThis above proverb reveals a giant concept as to why so much of the world hates the Bible!

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You see, the Bible is a closed Book for most people, to a great extent.

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Because upon opening the Bible, it seems to be filled with so many awful, harsh, and judgmental condemnations!

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It’s scary to the average person!

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It’s like hearing one’s life-sentence being handed down by some harsh and blunt court judge!

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Anti-Christian rally in Chicago – Wikimedia

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“HUNGER & THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS”

Matthew 5:6

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shoppers_on_Dundas,_near_Yonge.jpgAnd so, how can we expect anyone to open up that Book and begin reading, when it seems so unhappy and so frightening?

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Well, as today’s signature verse says, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” Proverbs 27:7

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The people of the world, for the most part, are enjoying this world of selfishness.

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They have no reason to turn to the Bible for help!

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Shoppers in Toronto – Wikimedia – share-alike license

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LONGING FOR THE FLESHPOTS OF THIS WORLD!

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The Bible is filled with accounts of how the Old Testament people of God were not at allhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Gula_II_Gluttony_II.jpg happy with God’s leading. They remembered their flesh-pots back in their Egyptian captivity…“We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:” Numbers 11:15

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Yes, except for their cruel bondage in Egypt, they pretty much enjoyed their selfish lives back in Egypt!

And they missed all that selfish carnality!

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And this attitude continued on throughout their pilgrimage toward the Promised Land.

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Gluttony – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Laughing – (color added) – Fotothek df roe neg – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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DESIRING TO HEAR “SMOOTH THINGS”

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And even after entering into the Promised Land, they didn’t like what God’s prophets had to say to them! 

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anger_during_a_protest_by_David_Shankbone.jpg

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Listen to the assessment from God…“That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:” Isaiah 30:9, 10

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Just like so many faithful church-goers today, they just did not want to hear all the negativity directed at them.

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And so, there is a rebellion in God’s house against all such hard and difficult words, either read from the Bible or spoken from the pulpit.

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Anger during a protest – by David Shankbone – Wikimedia – Share-alike-License

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TURNING AWAY THE EARS FROM TRUTH

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This disdain for the “hard sayings of the Bible” is why Paul foretells of the future time of church-wide apostasy… “For the time will come when thttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elacin_(R)_ER-25_-_musician_Earplug_worn.JPGhey will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2nd Timothy 4:3, 4

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Yes, the day is coming (and now is) when those in the churches will no longer endure sound doctrine.

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But with ears longing to receive non-judgmental permission to continue pursuing this proud and selfish world, the vast majority of parishioners in today’s church-world insist on having the pulpits filled with preachers who will mostly avoid those Bible verses which condemn their proud and selfish ways.

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musician ear-plug – Public Domain – by Kick The Beat – Wikimedia

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GOOD NEWS!

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But there is Good News, believe it or not!

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Yes, for those who desire to hear the whole Gospel, both happy and unhappy, the following promise is still available…“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svgafter righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6

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Yes, for those who long after the righteousness of Christ, the entire Bible will begin to open up, and no longer be such a bitter pill to swallow!

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And how is this possible?

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How is it possible to actually begin to love these hard and difficult verses that make up so much of the Bible!?

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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Listen to the New Testament Book of James…

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“Ye adulterers and adulteresses,

know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-David

whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world

is the enemy of God… 

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 4:4, 8-10

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jesus_Christ_in_prayer.jpgHere is the remedy for all spiritual maladies.

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This is the prescription for a 100% devotion to God and His Word!

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This is the Way that a hungering and thirsting soul might become indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit. 

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

Prayer – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 6, CLICK HERE…November 16 (Jeremiah & the Smooth Prophets, Part 6: “Why All the Negativity?”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me such a Spirit of meekness and deep, heartfelt repentance. Give me a love for correction and chastisement. Make me glad to hear Thy faithful rebukes, that I may become wise…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1” or you can also read this shorter article…  March 1st (A Designer Jesus!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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VARIOUS SIGNS SPOKEN OF…

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Now as far as those who search Bible prophecy concerning “signs of the End”, most of us were expecting extraordinary heavenly phenomena; you know, such things as giant asteroids or other colossal cataclysmic occurrences.

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VARIOUS SIGNS MENTIONED…

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But you see, God has mentioned various constellations in Scriptures: Orion, The Pleiades, Mazzaroth, etc.. But He also spoke in Revelation of “great signs” in the heavens: a woman with child, a dragon who swept a third of the stars, and Michael who fought against that dragon (see Revelation, Ch. 12).

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The Bible also speaks of other signs in the heavens, and it is the purpose of Signs Of Heaven website, to introduce these wonderful signs and to reveal the many Bible passages which explain them. And if you are one of the fortunate ones to receive this amazing message, then you too can begin to proclaim this heavenly love story to anyone willing to listen.

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Comet Hale-Bopp-29-03-1997 wikipedia share-alike license

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“LAY UP…TREASURES IN HEAVEN”

Matthew 6:20

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“My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.” Proverbs 8:19-21. This above passage speaks of a pathway which leads to riches and treasures.

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Yes, God is just now revealing the long-awaited signs, as it is written, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;” Luke 21:25. And God is just now opening up a pathway to the stars: a figurative gate to Heaven itself!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Arcturus (the star that wise-men follow!)”

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TOMORROW

 

Daily Devotional, Year 3 – September 3 (The Return of Elijah, Part 3: “Fathers & Children” CONTINUED)

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