Daily Devotional – August 22 (Habakkuk Says “Run!”, Part 4: Flee Fornication!)

By admin On September 8th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, year 2 – August 22

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Habakkuk Says “Run!”, Part 4: Flee Fornication!

TO READ PART 1, CLICK HERE…

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“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1st Corinthians 6:18-20

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Schnorr von Carolsfeld – Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife – Wikimedia – US Public Domain (2)

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Habakkuk the prophet warns Christians of the corrupting influence of Chaldeans (the unbelieving people of the world).

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Yes, like never before, God’s people are being spiritually corrupted by the close contact with unbelievers.

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But Habakkuk foretells of the day when God tells His people to “RUN!”

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Habakkuk by James Tissot – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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“EVIL COMMUNICATIONS CORRUPTS”

1st Corinthians 15:33

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Now, we don’t know all the reasons why we are to run. But we do know a good many reasons.

TelevisionThe Babysitter From Hell

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For instance, as Habakkuk says…“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.” Habakkuk 1:4

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Yes, with such close contact with unbelievers, it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid being corrupted by such things as the high-tech devices which young and old alike are now addicted to.

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And by just a little bit of improper judgment, the Believer can now drum up ungodly images on the Internet which could never before seen, so easily!

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A MOST DANGEROUS SITUATION

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And  as a result of so-called “Women’s Liberation”, the work-force is now filled with bothhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usu%C3%A1rio-HM.png women and men, working together, side-by-side, five days a week! Now isn’t this a great temptation for both women and men?! Yes, both the married and the unmarried are forced to mingle each and every day with the opposite gender, who by the way, are all dressed up and on their best behavior!

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So here is just one more example of how Satan has made today’s living conditions even more dangerous! The divorce rate for both Believers and unbelievers is incredibly high!

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Male – female symbol – Wikimedia – GNU General License

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CHURCHES FORGET THEIR HIGH & HOLY CALLING

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And today’s churches are exercising wrong judgment in relaxing the dress codes and having men and women sit together during services.

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And sexual promiscuity within the churches has been steadily increasing through the past decades. Even ministers are showing imprudence by hiring attractive secretaries, often falling into affairs, ending in divorce!

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And school children are now beginning to be encouraged by their schools to engage in sexual perversion!

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Church of Christ worship music – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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SODOM ALL OVER AGAIN!http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVarticles/PaulsTentmaking.html

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Now just what can God’s people do about this sad situation? It is very difficult, because Christians must earn a living. So what are Christians to do?

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Well, one thing for Christians to do, is to perhaps forget about trying to live the same opulent lifestyle which the unbelievers are living. In other words, in order to not place yourself in harm’s way, you might think about learning a trade in which you are not rubbing elbows with the opposite gender each day.

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This is one way to “RUN!”, as Habakkuk warns.

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Paul Tentmaking – La Vista Church of Christ – Creative Commons License

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FLEE FORNICATION!

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The Bible says… “Flee fornication!”1st Corinthians 6:18. This is the same message as Habakkuk, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Virgo_(11).jpgwhen God tells us to, “RUN!”

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Parents should likewise encourage their children to seek for employment which is not going to be a snare for their souls. Far too many Christian parents encourage their children to seek after time-consuming, energy-sapping, high-paying careers which lead to the same opulence which led Sodom down into decadence and into its ultimate destruction!

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

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But where can we run? And where do we hide?

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Question Mark – at a loss – Wikimedia – Share-alike license

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HOW TO BE HIDDEN

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The prophet, Isaiah gives us the direction in which to go… “Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Isaiah 26:20, 21

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The very first step in hiding ourselves is to shut out as much of this ungodly society as possible, and begin to surround ourselves with a heavenly atmosphere. Sacred music, Bible readings, meditation on the Bible, unceasing prayer. These are among the godly influences which replace such things as the TV, secular radio, sports, amusements and other worldly influences.

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No, the Christian cannot come completely out of the world. But we can come a good way out, if we so-choose!

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And then, if our work-place environment is unwholesome, we can pray for wisdom and help to correct the situation.

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ABOVE PICTURE: Hide Thyself in thy Chambers – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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TO READ PART 5, CLICK HERE…SEPTEMBER 4 (Habakkuk Says “Run!”, Part 5: Schools of Babylon!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to flee fornication. Give me wisdom to know what to do about my workplace situation…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath or you can also read… JULY 14 (Sodom Rising, Part 9: Sensuality In, Sensuality Out!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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WIDE & NARROW GATES IN THE HEAVENS

Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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As the opening verse says, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 

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So what are these two gates all about? And how can I choose the right door? Well, just read this article and these questions and more will be answered.

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But before we explore these questions, let’s take a look at why these two sets of stars represent these two biblical gates.

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(This sketch, while not 100% accurate, gives a fair portrayal of how this constellation group appears at winter’s end and even into June, when above the western horizon.)

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HOW THE GATES RELATE TO ORION & DRAGON

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This sketch below is when these constellations are in the eastern sky in early winter (However, this constellation group can even be seen as early as July, in the pre-dawn hours). 

Revelation 12 Woman & The Two Gates

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In the eastern sky, it’s not so easily seen which gate the Revelation 12 Woman will enter. The Wide Gate is made of the two brightest stars of this Wave of Water Constellation. Satan spews out the deadly water of his false worldly ideologies; which many of these ideologies have a form of godliness, but in some way are not in harmony; or perhaps these worldly ideologies add to the Bible, which is strictly forbidden (see Deuteronomy 4:2). 

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On the other hand, the Strait Gate (narrow gate) is composed of the two brightest stars of the Orion The Reaper’s sickle. The true Strait Gate represents Jesus, the Word of God.  

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Listen… “I [Jesus] am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9

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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:

AUGUST 23 (Apocalypse Now! Part 8: “These Things in the Churches”)

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