Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 17 (Psalm 101, Part 3: Crucifying The Old Man!)

By admin On August 30th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 17

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Psalm 101, Part 3: Crucifying the Old Man!

To read Part 1, click here…AUGUST 16 (Repentance 101, Part 1: Separation)

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“A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and judgment:

unto thee, O LORD, will I sing. 

I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way.

O when wilt Thou come unto me?

I will walk within my house with a perfect heart….”

Psalm 101

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Now in yesterday’s devotional it was pointed out that Psalm 101 is all about a repentance which vows to separate from all wicked influences.

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And it was pointed out that we are living in a day in which all the filth and wickedness of this Babylonian and Sodomite world can be accessed by anyone, via television, radio, Internet, books & magazines, etc…

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ABOVE PICTURE: Dream-Maker of Babylon

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BY GRACE ALONE, BUT WORKS FOLLOW!

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And so, Psalm 101 has a special message for today’s Christian, to come out from among these wicked and corrupting influences and separate from thhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpgem, if one ever hopes to be a child of God!

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Oh yes, Salvation is by grace and grace alone!

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But only those who have truly become saved will respond to God’s grace by making decided efforts to purify the heart and transform the life into the likeness of Jesus Christ!

 

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SEPARATION

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Now having said all this, the commission has been given to every true worshipper, to separate from every evil influence, as far as possible.

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And no, we cannot come entirely out of this world!

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But we can come a good way !

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And this is what Psalm 101 is all about!

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THE EVIL WITHIN!

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But here is the point to today’s devotional: while we want to separate from outside influence which corrupt the hearts of Believers, we must also be equally concerned about the evil within!

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Yes, there is an evil man within each and every new convert to Christianity! And the Bible refers to this man as “The Old Man”. This “Old Man” is the flesh, which is corrupt and sinful, and desires to control each and every person.

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Now when a person truly comes to the Lord through Salvation, there is born within, “The New Man”. And thus begins a struggle between the Old Man and the New Man for lordship over the Believer.

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THE BATTLE OVER “SELF”

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The Bible says…  “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:16, 17

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And so, a battle begins in the life of the Believer. It is the battle over “self”! And it is an expressed commission by God for every Believer to crucify the flesh…

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Listen as Galatians continues… “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:24

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ABOVE PICTURE: The Battle over Self

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THE NEW MAN & THE OLD MAN

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And so, back to Psalm 101. Just how does this Psalm apply to this concept of overcoming “self”?

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You see, every true child of God is painfully aware that evil still exists within! When Psalm 101 speaks of separating from evil influences in the form of liars, slanderers, gossips, flatters, extortioners, and the like, the Believer sees all these qualities within his or her own heart! The Old Man of the flesh has not yet been fully crucified! The New Man, created in in righteousness and true holiness does not yet have full control.

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And so, while Psalm 101 is definitely about separating from the evil from without, but also about separating from the evil from within! Yes, we must part ways from Antichrist without, but also from Antichrist within!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Battle for the heart – www.signsofheaven.org

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AN IMPOSSIBLE CLIMB?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matterhorn

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So just how do we do this? Just how do we conquer such an impossibly ‘high mountain’?

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Well, fortunately, God makes a wonderful promise… “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6

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Yes, those who are true children of God can rest on this above promise that it is God who will accomplish this Herculean task!

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“GOD IS MINE HELPER”

Psalm 54:4

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Listen again to Paul’s exhortation to the Philippians… “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own Salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12, 13

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This above passage by Paul not only exhorts us to put out our own effort to conform our lives to Christ’s godly life, but it reveals just Who is working within us, to inspire us, and to strengthen us to do of God’s good pleasure! Yes, God is the true source of within the true worshipper! And that’s very Good News!

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

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A JOYFUL WORK!

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And so, we should not think for a minute, that this work of repentance and separation from the evil in our lives is a dreary and dreadful task!http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/Pictures/The%20Early%20Church%20Artwork/target8.html

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No, God’s Spirit within gives us great joy and peace, a joy and peace that the world cannot know!

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Yes, the world looks at Christians as, “the savor of death-unto-death”. They do not understand the joy of purification! The world is slave to the selfishness and sinful corruption which rules over this fallen planet!

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And so, the world lives in hopelessness and defeat, in this prison-house of sin, called Planet Earth.

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Paul Shipwrecked – Acts 27:41-44 – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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A WORK OF PURIFYING & TRANSFORMING

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But those who have been called to liberty, will continue on in Christ’s Word, as wehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg journey up the pathway to victory.

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And those who are truly traveling up that pathway out of this hellish world below, will be constantly engaging in the work of heart-purification, and life-transformation.

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And Psalm 101 is a very important piece of the puzzle of overcoming the world, the flesh, and the Devil!

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UP THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY!

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And so, each time I see an ungodly trait or habit within, I need to realize that this is merely, “The Old Man” still trying to regain his former dominance over me!

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And by prayer, by pleading, by Bible contemplation, and by finally eliminating that particular “noxious weed” out of my life, I will ascend higher and higher up the pathway to joyful victory!

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PSALM 101

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101:1 A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.

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101:2 “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt Thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart

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101:3 “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

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101:4 “A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.

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101:5 “Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

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101:6 “Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.

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101:7 “He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

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101:8 “I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the City of the LORD.

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David the Shepherd Boy – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a heart that longs to crucify the Old Man of sin. Help me to fix my gaze on Christ and His glory. Persevere with me until I have finally overcome the world…

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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 this shorter article… “” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“CAN YOU LOOSE ORION’S BANDS?”

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ORION & HORSE FALL BACKWARD

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God perplexes Job with the question… “Can you loose the bands of Orion?” This Bible riddle has likewise Orion Logo Signs Of Heavenperplexed theologians down through the ages, but now has been revealed to those of us living at the end of time.

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You see, at the beginning of winter, you can see Orion, the Dragon, the Horse, and the Woman in the east, above the horizon. When in the east it appears that the Dragon is winning the battle. The Horse looks as if he is tumbling backwards. Orion likewise appears to have fallen backward. This is similar to the passage from Genesis, in which Jacob is pronouncing his blessings on his children. But when he comes to Dan, it sounds more like a curse.

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winter four constellations

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Listen… “Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.” Gen. 49:17.

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God often inserts a prophecy, hidden within an Old Testament text. And here is one fine example of how God is using Dan as a picture of Satan, to illustrate a spiritual concept. 

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ORION & HORSE GET

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THE FINAL VICTORY

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Now if you will stay up all night, you will see that the tables turn very dramatically for our three warriors. This is because, as night progresses, and this constellation group moves to the west, God has designed this threesome to now be in the opposite circumstance. Now it is Orion and his Horse who are atop the Dragon. Now Orion is about to whack off the Dragon’s head with his two-edged sword, while the Horse is stomping on his tail. And of course, there needs to be no explanation, because this picture tells the whole story. Jesus wins in the end! God’s people are victorious at last! No wonder the Bible calls this story…”The Good News”!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The Orion Phenomena

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TOMORROW…

AUGUST 18 (Apocalypse Now! Part 5: Being Well Hidden)

 

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