Daily Devotional, Year 2 – April 13 (Perfect Peace, part 3: Alternative To Television) 

By admin On February 7th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – APRIL 13

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Perfect Peace, Part 3: “Alternative To Television”

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“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…”

Psalm 101:3

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For those who are captives in this society, it is often very difficult living the Christian life.

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And throughout our working day, it is all we can do to just keep our heads above the din and mire of Satan’s kingdom.

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And so, by the time we get home, most feel so exhausted, simply wanting to make a retreat to the television room, and just plop down with the remote.

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But as Christians, we understand that God wants better things for us. He wants us to purify our hearts and minds in heavenly things.

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Nevertheless, there comes a time to relax at night.

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CHRISTIAN LIFE NOT STARK AUSTERITY!

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But may it never be suggested that when God takes something away from the Christian, such as television, that He merely wants that Christian to live an austere and meager existence…

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No, just the opposite! Listen to the Psalmist of Israel… “How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house; and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures.” Psalm 36:6-8

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This above psalm makes the Christian life sound pretty wonderful, doesn’t it?

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This psalm doesn’t sound bleak or austere, wouldn’t you agree?

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DRINKING WATER OF LIFE

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The problem that most of us encounter, is that we need to drink much more abundantly from the well-springs of Salvation!

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Yes, our spiritual life is so shallow, compared to what it could be! And the LORD desires for us to drink of the river of His pleasures, and be satisfied with the fatness of His house.

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Oh, the world just can’t understand this supernatural experience!

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And the even more sorrowful thing is, neither can most Christians!

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Yes, the really sad thing is, that we are content to merely live a Lukewarm existence! We refuse to drink deeply of the life-giving droughts of Salvation. And as a result, we feel that we instead must drink from the broken cisterns of the world!

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“WORLDLY PLEASURES (NOT) ALL FORSAKEN”

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Stanza from, “I Surrender All” (with the parenthesized word, “not”, added)

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And so then, we resort to our games, and TV shows, or our hobbies, or banquetings, or coffee breaks, or social clubs (just to name a few), as a means of enjoying life. 

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And what is the result of our worldly pleasure-seeking? Our Christian testimony is greatly destroyed! People don’t take us seriously when we tell them how wonderful our communion with Heaven is! After all, we’re seeking the same enjoyments that they seek, for the most part!

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So just how can I escape this life of defeat? How can I show the world that Heaven is for real? How can they be convinced that I have died, and Jesus now lives His life through me?

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BULWARK OF SPIRITUAL LIFE

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Yes, how can I escape this life of defeat, and show the world that Heaven is for real?

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The very first thing I can do, is to beg and plead with God, to help me to construct a bulwark around my day!

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And just what does that mean?

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Well, just like Daniel, I need to establish a thrice-daily prayer-time… “…Daniel…kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God” Daniel 6:10.

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Now Daniel was one of the few Bible heroes that never had any sins or weaknesses mentioned.

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And here is revealed one great secret behind Daniel’s strength! His bulwark of prayer, three times daily. 

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Poynter’s Daniel’s Prayer 1865 public domain

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgMORNING BIBLE STUDY

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The next step in ordering our lives aright, is to begin a Bible study each day.

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Yes, to simply study our Bible each day, “comparing spiritual things with spiritual”, is an integral part of our wall-of-strength.

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HEAVEN-ON-EARTH

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And the point of today’s devotional is to encourage us all, that we need to plead with God, that He will graciously help us to create a bit of Heaven-on-earth, in our own personal life.

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And by the power of the Holy Spirit, I can begin to enjoy this heavenly lifestyle even more than my previous mundane existence.

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And if my children decide to leave off watching TV and enter my world, then we can all listen to some Bible story from the Internet, or sing simple Christian songs, such as, “Dare To Be A Daniel”, or something similar.

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Or if my children are older, we might try to engage in a meaningful discussion about world affairs, in the light of Salvation.

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Family Prayer Before Meal – Wikimedia – US-Govt. – Public-Domain

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“PRECIOUS PROMISES!”

2nd Peter 1:4

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But even if my family doesn’t come along with me on my heavenward journey, I have many precious promies in Scripture!

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Listen…“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways…Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.” Psalm 128:1, 3, 4

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And it is such promises as this that the Christian clings to every day, as he or she climbs that gently ascending pathway to the celstial City of God!

 

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TO READ PART 4, CLICK HERE…JULY 1 (How To Find Perfect Peace, Part 4: Perfect Peace In The Storm! (The Ball-Cap))

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the spirit to begin to re-construct my life, making it a little corner of Heaven! Give me great wisdom to know just how this can be accomplished in my household…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place”, or you can also read… “MARCH (How To Have Heaven Now!)”

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE CROSS-SCEPTER CONSTELLATION

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(NOT THE NORTHERN OR SOUTHERN CROSS)

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Cross-Scepter Constellation

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This is not the Northern Cross, nor is it the Southern Cross. This cross is made of stars from both the Serpens Constellation and the Ophiuchus Constellation. Here is a star-chart from Wikipedia, in which the editor of this site has sketched in this Cross/Scepter Constellation. The stars in this star-chart are accurately placed, and this Cross/Scepter Constellation stands out in brilliance, among the other stars in the night sky.

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The sketch below is the Summer Constellations, as seen when looking west. Well, if you look just to the south (south is to the left in this sketch) of Arcturus, you will see what appears to be a scepter. But this scepter also appears as a Cross. And this constellation has been named, the Cross/Scepter constellation. It can be seen in January, in the pre-dawn hours. Each night, it appears a little earlier, as it slowly inches its way westward. Finally this constellation dips below the western horizon, in the fall, not appearing again till January, back in the eastern sky.

 

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Now, as earlier stated, this wonderful prophecy (“there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel”) has its greatest fulfillment in the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus is represented by that glorious Star. And His death on the Cross is truly His scepter of authority. Jesus died to save a world of rebellious sinners.

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Sceptre_and_Orb_and_Imperial_Crown_of_Austria Wikipedia photo by Michal Maňas  US public domain

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Cross/Scepter Constellation”

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TOMORROW… 

“APRIL 14 (Shouting Good Words! Part 2: Emotionalism)”

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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

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