Daily Devotional, Year 2 – April 30 (Am I A Josiah-Christian?)

By admin On March 13th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – APRIL 30

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Am I A Josiah-Christian?

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In the book of 2nd Kings, Chapter 22 and Chapter 23, is the account of King Josiah’s righteous reign over Judah, just prior to Judah’s downfall.

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And yet, in the days of Josiah, the long-lost Book of the Law of God was discovered.

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And faithful Josiah was amazed as he read those righteous words of the Lord.

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Because, for so many long years, the people of God were without the law, and had little conception of the will of God for their lives.

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Josiah reads long-lost Book of the Law of God – Wikimedia – US Public Domain (2)

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THE LAW WAS READ

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And so, a great convocation was made, in which the people listened to the Law for the first time!

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And they greatly rejoiced as they soaked in those life-giving words!

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Yes, for days they sat and listened to the Law of God being read to them. 

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WLA jewishmuseum Greek Torah Scroll from Ionnina _ Wikimedia – Share-alike

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IDOLATRY DESTROYED

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And as a result, Josiah began a crusade throughout the land, to root out and demolish every idol and destroy the “high-places” and “groves”, in which people had erected for the worship of pagan idols.

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King Destroys the Idols – Matthaeus Merian the Elder – 1625-30 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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NO IDOLATRY TODAY?

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Now, it sure is a wonderful thing that we Christians can read these old stories, and take comfort that we don’t worship idols in the high places and groves!

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And we haven’t lost the Book of the Law, as those foolish people did, back in those days!

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We have our Bible right over there on the shelf!

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As a matter of fact, we have about half a dozen Bibles on that shelf!

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Picture – Gold Calf – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S IDOLATRYFalse Prophet

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But the sad fact is, statistics show that most Christians are very biblically-challenged, to put it mildly!

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Statistics show that most Christians are so busy in the world, that we have little time, little energy, and little inclination to do anything but a superficial reading of our Bibles. 

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But while today’s idolatry comes in different forms than in Bible times, yet it is still very definitely idolatry!

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MANY IDOLS!

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And what are the modern-day idols?

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Well, much of television concerns images, howbeit, walking and talking images. 

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But our idolatry doesn’t stop there! No, there are many forms of idolatry in today’s world: sensual music, obsessive use of Internet devices, various games, various sports figures, music idols, fashionable and expensive cars, boats, cycles, planes, motor-homes, clubs, parties, frequent-banqueting, excessive-excursions, inordinate pursuing of homes-gardens-lands, and just about anything else in which a Christian begins to pursue to the neglect of the Salvation of lost souls!

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(Now, not all of these aforementioned things are necessarily idols. But they easily can become idols, if we let them!)

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Mall Market culture – Jakarta – Wikimedia – share-alike-lic.

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HIGH-TECH IDOLATRY

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The great problem is, that we live in a society in which, “the god of this world” has become very high-tech in his effort to conform us into his unholy image!

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And as a result, today’s Christian has become so fully indoctrinated by nearly everything around us, that we have come to view the world, in much the same way as unbelievers view the world!

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And because we must continue to live and work and eat, it is somewhat difficult to know just where to draw the boundary line between being, “in the world, but not of the world”.

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SATAN’S TAKES NO VACATIONS!

TV indoctrination

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But we must be, “wise as a serpent”, knowing that Satan is not one little bit, “laid back”.

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No, Satan and his fellow workers (both seen and unseen), are working around the clock to lock us, and our children into his world-system!

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And now, with the advent of hand-held high-tech devices, it is almost guaranteed that our children will become conformed to the image of the beast (Satan’s world-system)!

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A QUIET CRUSADE

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“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do (to mind) your own business,” 1st Thessalonians 4:11The True Accusing Finger www.signsofheaven.org share-alike license- you may use

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And so, just what can we do as a people?

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Absolutely nothing! There is absolutely nothing we can do, “as a people”, to solve this problem!

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But, as an individual, there is much that a Believer can do!

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And the first thing that I must do in my own personal life, is to become a, “Josiah Christian!”

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TO BECOME LIKE JOSIAH

 

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And just how do I become a Josiah Christian?

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Well, the very first thing that Josiah did, was to drink in copious amounts of God’s Law-Book, the Bible!

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Yes, the Christian is to become fully immersed in God’s Word, and in unceasing prayer and praise!

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As I go about my employment, or as I take a walk, or participate in recreation with my family, I can “think on these things”, quietly and secretly!

 

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Family – Children’s Playground – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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PERSONAL REFORMS

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Next is to return to the Lord in prayer and pleading for grace to make reforms in my own life!

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The Lord will give me power to turn off the TV, or radio, and instead turn on some quiet strings, like those plucking strings of David’s harp.

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Or some angelic choirs, or hymns of praise!

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Or nature sounds!

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Or some audio Bible readings!

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David the Shepherd Boy – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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A PERSONAL & PRIVATE CRUSADE

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgHere is the essence of what it means to be a true reformer, like Josiah!

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No, my responsibility is not to destroy the idols out of the lives of others!

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But I can certainly clean up the polluted idolatry in my own heart!

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This is the land that God is concerned about: the “Promised Land” within my own heart!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to become a reformer like Josiah. But help me to do this quietly…

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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… February 3rd (Fashionable Religion)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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NARROW GATE STARS

Winter Constellations in West

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This most amazing phenomenon is seen throughout the winter. Although it can be observed most of the winter, it is seen best when it is the western part of the sky, at winter’s end (The end of winter being the final scene of this heavenly Gospel story). Orion , the Dragon, and the Glorious White Horse are beginning to descend into the western horizon (sketch to right is Winter Constellations descending into western horizon. This can actually be seen as early as December, in the pre-dawn hours).

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And at this point it is apparent that the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation  is veering toward the two bright stars, known as Castor and Pollux (sketch to left). But the Wide Gate Stars are composed of the two brightest stars of the Auriga Constellation, known as the star, Capella, and the star, Menkalinan. The two stars, Castor and Pollux, make up the concept of the Orion’s Narrow Gate Stars.

Revelation 12 Woman & Orion's Gate & Wide Gate.

This can even be observed into June in the western sky (for a short time just after dark). While a dark night is best for seeing the Woman Constellation, the 4 stars which comprise the Narrow Gate/Wide Gate Stars can be seen even under mediocre conditions. It begins with the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation (AKA Ursa Major) going towards these two doors.

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The sketch to left shows, the two doors are each composed of two bright stars. The two bright stars that comprise the Narrow Gate are the two brightest stars of the Orion the Reaper’s sickle. The two stars that comprise the ‘Wide Gate’ Stars are the two brightest stars of the wave of water that comes out of the Dragon Constellation’s mouth (for explanation of “Wave of Water”, just click here). The stars that make up the ‘Narrow Gate’ are about half the width of the Wide Gate (see sketch to right).

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Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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(For more information on Orion’s sickle, just click here,“Orion The Reaper”.)

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Editor’s note: These sketches on this page are merely sketches. The stars are not in their exact place. However, they are close enough to find them in the night sky. But as with most stars, it takes persistence to finally locate them.

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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…

“May 1 (Making Deals With My Own Self)”

 

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