Daily Devotional, Year 2 – August 10 (Keeping 1 Day Holy, Part 4, Genuine Rest & True Holiness)

By admin On August 22nd, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – August 10 

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Keeping 1 Day Holy, Part 4: Genuine Rest & True Holiness

To read Part 1, just click here… “June 3rd (Keeping 1 Day Holy!)”

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QUESTION: Does ceasing from physical laborhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg make a day holy?

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ANSWER: Obviously, physical rest cannot make a day holy!

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

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God has written the Bible in such a way that it requires searching and digging and praying to discover the true nature of God and His Salvation plan.

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Oh yes, there are beginning principles to Salvation, such as Christ’s deity and His atonement on the Cross for the sins of humanity! And these beginning truths are made as clear as the noonday sun, in Scripture.

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A TOTAL COMMITMENT REQUIRED

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But there are other truths which require much study and mhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpguch prayer and consecration, to finally understand…

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Listen… “And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

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As this incredible little verse reveals, the only way to truly find Jesus, is to cease from all earthly desires, and devote one’s entire life to seeking after and searching out our true Lord and Savior!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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‘FORSAKING ALL’, A PREREQUISITE 

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Listen again to Jesus… “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33

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Here again in this above verse is a second witness that becoming a student (disciple) of Jesus requires an undivided heart and an eye single to finding all about the true nature of Christ. The Bible warns concerning those who are double-minded… “let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” James 1:7

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Yes, those who attempt to serve God and the world too, will find confusion and false doctrines in the Bible.

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PHYSICAL REST OR SPIRITUAL RESThttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-081218-M-4507D-001.jpg

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Now back to the 4th Commandment. The point to today’s devotional is, that physical rest cannot make a day holy.

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Ceasing from physical labor cannot make a day holy. And so, this 4th Commandment cannot be understood literally. It must be understood spiritually!

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And those who are truly on the road to truth, will eventually come to the place where they have to concede that the 4th Commandment must be understood spiritually. It just doesn’t make sense literally!

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TRUE HOLINESShttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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A person cannot close his or her self off from the world for 24 hours, expecting that to make the day holy! Taking great effort to cease from every form of physical work will not cause any amount of holiness! 

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And so, this 4th Commandment requires a spiritual interpretation to rightly understand what it is saying!

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A REST UNTO YOUR SOULS

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But when Jesus began His earthly ministry, He revealed the true nature of the Sabbath…“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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Here we see just what is the true Sabbath. It is a, “rest unto your souls”, which comes about when a man, woman, or child renounces this selfish world and begins to follow Jesus and learn of Him!

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Jesus The Good Shepherd – Bernhard Plockhorst – 1825-1907 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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LABOR TO ENTER INTO HIS REST

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And the more that any man, woman, or child increases his or her knowledge and understanding of Christ, the greater and more perfect will be that, “rest unto yourhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpg souls”.

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That is why Paul said… “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Hebrews 4:11

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Yes, it takes genuine labor to find the true Sabbath, “rest unto your souls”! Bible study and daily contemplation through the hours of each day, combined with unceasing prayer and continual effort to become Christlike are the main ingredients to enjoying the true Sabbath! It is a Sabbath which extends into the entire 7 days of every week!

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

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NOT TO JUDGE OTHERS

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Now having said all this, we must be very careful not to judge others, bringing condemnation down upon our own head!

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Listen to Paul… “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpgalike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it” Romans 14:5, 6

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Yes, to judge those who regard one day above another will only bring unrest and turmoil into our own soul! Contrariwise, those who judge others who regard all days alike will only bring spiritual unrest and turmoil upon that 1-day-per-week Sabbath-keeper!

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But whatever one’s conception of Sabbath-keeping is, unless that Christian has found the true rest unto his or her soul, any attempt to keep 1-day-per-week holy will be a mere exercise in futility!

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

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DOOR OF MERCY STILL OPEN

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The Good News is this: it is still the day of Salvation! The door of mercy has not yet closed! And all who desire Salvation may still labor to enter into the “Rest unto your souls”! And so, let us each labor to fully enter into that rest! Let us each cast away our earthly idols and flee unto the “Ragged Rocks”, and hide ourselves within the pages of God’s infallible Word, making that Spirit-inspired Word our daily hiding place!

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And whether at work, or at physical rest, or at recreation with our family, we will be hiding ourselves in Jesus and His precious promises!

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

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TO READ PART 5, CLICK HERE… NOVEMBER 5 (Keeping 1 Day Holy, Part 5: The 3-Minute Sermon & The Benefits of Keeping 1 Day Holy)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help to understand Thy Word, in all its complexities. And give that rest unto my soul and the peace that surpasses all understanding…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Planet of Rest: “What is the True Sabbath?””

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE HOLY GHOST RIDER CONSTELLATION

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This newest Signs Of Heaven Constellation (Fall, 2013) is by far the faintest of constellations, but is a very incredible and awesome one in a number of ways (which this article will explain).

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Holy-Ghost-Rider in the Western night-sky

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It is primarily comprised of the Camelopardalis Constellation (head and upper back), plus about 5 stars from the Cassiopeia Constellation (his leg), plus some random stars. It appears as an outline of a rider. Only the back of his head is detailed. And his back and the back of his legs are also detailed. Both sides of his arm are visible, and his hand is gripping the horses mane, and that is detailed by three stars (which are also part of the horse’s mane). The rider is in a position vaguely similar to a race-horse jockey. The two brightest stars in this constellation, are from the Cassiopeia Constellation, and are part of his leg. All the rest of the stars are very faint, and must be viewed on a very starry night.

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Since this constellation has just been revealed, there may be more to this constellation in the coming months. But if you can locate the Goodly Horse in Battle Constellation, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble locating this Rider Constellation, provided you have excellent star-watching conditions. 

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BIBLE VERSES PICTURED IN THE HEAVENS

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“With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.” Ezekiel 26:12

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Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation

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THIS STAR-CHART: This is a Wikipedia star-chart, in which this site’s editor has sketched in these three constellation (without the Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation). Notice how the right front hoof is trampling on the tail of the Dragon. Also notice his eye is a star.It’s best seen when in the western half of the sky. It is found in mid-sky traveling from east to west. In January, it is in the west after midnight. As winter progresses, it can be seen earlier and earlier in the evening. a dark sky with good star-visibility is best, but not absolutely necessary to see this constellation. It is found on the opposite side of the Dragon Constellation from Orion. And as already stated, this Goodly Horse Constellation can be seen best in mid-winter when it is in the western side of the sky, and you are looking at it while you are facing west. The nose and head of this horse is partly made from the Perseus Constellation. The tail and rear end is partly of the Cassiopeia Constellation. The hind-leg is made partly of stars from the Andromeda Constellation.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

AUGUST 11 (Apocalypse Now! Part 3: The Little Book)

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