Daily Devotional, Year 3 – October 7 (A Form of Godliness, Part 4: “3-dollar-bill Love!”)

By admin On June 16th, 2017

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – October 7

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A Form of Godliness, Part 4: “3-dollar-bill Love!”

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THREE DOLLAR BILL – Wikipedia – Public Domain

 

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Oh yes, it’s an evil world! Nobody is disputing that fact!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPG

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And Christians are taught that the Devil, Lucifer, is “the god of this world”. 2nd Corinthians 4:4.

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Well, hopefully they’re still teaching that!

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“THEY BLESS WITH THEIR MOUTH, BUT THEY CURSE INWARDLY!”

Psalm 62:4

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So why then, does there seem to be so many acts of charity, so many humanitarianhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_080916-N-3595W-055_A_Port-au-Prince_citizen_carries_supplies_to_be_delivered_to_communities_affected_by_Hurricane_Ike.jpg programs, and so much comradery in this fallen world.

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After all, if this world is truly Satan’s kingdom of sin, you would think that everyone would be a murderer, or a rapist, or a bank-robber, or a…whatever other crime one wishes to name!

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But it’s not!

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Food Relief – Wikimedia – US Federal Govt. Public Domain

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“HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS”

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Oh yes, there is no shortage of murderers, rapists, bank-robbers, etc…

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But there are many others who are well-behaved, upstanding, hard-working, and moral people!

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But what so many fail to consider is that the Bible refers to this world as “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof”! 2nd Timothy 3:5

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Yes, the god of this world has given his kingdom a thin veneer of goodness as the means of masking the true nature of evil.

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After all, Satan is not trying to make life as horrible as possible. No, but rather, Satan is trying to create a world in which no one wants to return to Heaven’s rulership and authority.

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“IF YE WERE OF THE WORLD, THE WORLD WOULD LOVE ITS OWN”

John 5:19

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And so, it is no wonder that there are so many supposed “good people” in this world of evil!

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And if all this “form of godliness” is true, then the question must be asked, “What is the true source of all this supposed goodness?”

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Yes, here is the very critical question that each and every Christian must fully answer, if they are ever going to overcome the world.

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“IN ME…DWELLETH NO GOOD THING!”

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And perhaps the very first place to begin to answer this perplexing question is found in Romans 7:18…“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:”

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So even the great Apostle, Paul confessed that without God’s Holy Spirit, he was as wholly unrighteous as everyone else is!

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“NONE THAT DOETH GOOD, NO NOT ONE!”

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And so, Paul understood that the whole world was held in bondage to sin and Satan…As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 
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There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 
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They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 

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Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 

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Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 

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Their feet are swift to shed blood: 

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Destruction and misery are in their ways: 

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And the way of peace have they not known: 

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There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Romans 3:10-18

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“SATAN…TRANSFORMS…INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT”

2nd Corinthians 11:14

 

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So then, if this is true, and the world is as evil as this above passage says, then what is the source of all this apparent goodness and love in the world? https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Virgo_(11).jpg

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Listen to Ezekiel 33:31…“for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.”

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Now this above passage is concerning God’s professed people. And yet it reveals the great deceptive hypocrisy of the human heart.

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Young business people – Cropped Photo – Wikimedia – the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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“THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS!”

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Now listen to this next verse from Jeremiah 17:9…“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

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So here we have it! The human heart is “desperately wicked”, and yet is, “deceitful above all things: who can know it?”

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Thus we have the answer to our perplexing question: the love and humanitarian goodness of this world is the product of Satan’s deceptive spirit, “that spirit which now works in the children of disobedience” Ephesians 2:2

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“SATAN…DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD”

Revelation 12:9

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And so, Satan deceives the world into believing that they do not need God because they have, “a form of godliness”.

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In other words, society has a crude saying, “It’s as phony as a 3-dollar bill!”

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“What!?”, most people will exclaim, “Are you trying to tell me that all the love and humanitarian goodness in society is the product of Satan!?”

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Well, that’s what the Bible says…“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” 1st John 5:19

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Yes, the WHOLE world lieth in wickedness, not just some!

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THREE DOLLAR BILL – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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GOOD NEWS! TRUE LOVE STILL AVAILABLE!

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Well, in spite of this very bad news, there is some really Good News!

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Yes, there is a way of escape from this totally evil condition in this entirely wicked world we live in!

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Yes, there is a fountain in which, if a man, woman, or child drinks freely from, that soul can become filled with true love and true goodness!

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And God is the only source of true love!

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“COMPASSIONATE WOMEN HAVE BOILED THEIR OWN CHILDREN; THEY BECAME THEIR FOOD”

Lamentations 4:10

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And though it seems as if there is some level of love apart from God, it is merely the product of the anti-christ spirit in the world!

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Therefore, without God’s indwelling Spirit, all the counterfeit love and compassion of this world is destined to fail! Because very soon, God’s people will witness just how deceived we really were! And “the day will declare it!” (1st Corinthians 3:13)

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Because on that day, the love of this world will be seen for what it truly is: hate, deceitful hate, masked by a thin veneer of “3-dollar-bill” love!

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And so, let’s not wait until that dreadful day to find out the truth; but let’s right now become “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves”, as we begin our heavenward sojourn out of this deceptively evil world! (see Matthew 10:16)

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Protests – Anti Christian sign in Federal Plaza Chicago – Wikimedia Commons

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TO READ PART 5, CLICK HERE…February 18 (A Form of Godliness, Part 5: “3-dollar-bill Love!” CONTINUED)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be wise as a serpent regarding this very deceptive world. Let me not be ignorant of Satan’s devices, nor of his power over this world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… September 11 (Come Out From Among Them, Part 4: “The Powerful Influence of Daily Associations”)”, or you can also read this next article…May 11 (Seared As With A Hot Iron!), and also…April 17 (Television and The Image That Speaks, Part 2: “The Iron Furnace of Hate Television”)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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7 HEADS, 10 HORNS, & 7 CROWNS OF THE DRAGON

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“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” Revelation 12:3

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In Revelation, the Dragon of Revelation 12 is described as having seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. However, the Dragon Constellation up in the night sky does not.

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But God has faithfully created the wave of water, in such a way, as to illustrate this same concept of the seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. Because this wave of water is basically composed of ten stars.

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The main body of the wave has seven stars (#‘s, 1 thru 7). And the tip of the crest of the wave has the other three stars (#’s, 8, 9 & 10). So we have this 7 and 10 numbering. And this gives us a great clue, as to where in the Bible we should look, to find out the riddle as to just what or who do these 7 heads, 10 crowns, and 7 horns represent. Because, the Bible speaks very much about floods and waters as being associated with Satan (the Dragon).

 

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction

 

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TOMORROW…

October 8 (Devil Made Me Do It! Part 17: “As The World Politics Turns”)

 

 

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