Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 29 (The Heart, Part 4: Desperately Wicked! The Remedy)

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 29

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The Heart, Part 4: Desperately Wicked! The Remedy

To read Part 1, click here… April 20th (The Heart: Treasure Chest of the Mind!)

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“Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6, 7  

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This above passage from Philippians gives us a taste of what that wonderful chapter 4 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:P_Pharmaceutics.svgis all about! And if that 4th Chapter were to be given a name, many might call it, “The Prescription For a Peaceful and Contented Heart Chapter”. Yes, this very uplifting chapter gives us the recipe of the necessary ingredients for perfect peace and faith-filled contentment in the Believer’s heart!

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And since today’s devotional is all about how to overcome the feverish lusts which so often ensnare Christian souls, in this cornucopia of a society, let’s continue to explore this subject for a few moments!

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LOOKING BACK ON SODOM

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:P_Pharmaceutics.svgIn yesterday’s devotional, it was focused on the desperation and feverish lusts which take captive so many Christians!

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Yes, many of us naively look back on the lusts and pride of this cornucopia society, and think that we too must also pursue these same vain world-loving pleasures and meaningless earthly treasures!

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And so, as a result, today’s church-world has mingled the common things of the world with the holy things of Heaven! Even the so-called conservative churches are filled with Mammon-loving pursuers of the same pleasures and cares which the world goes after!

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THE ROOT CAUSE OF OUR CANCER

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So just where do we look for the deep-seated root cause of this terrible crisis which has been like an aggressive cancer within the Christian community?

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The big reason why we have been feverishly and desperately seeking after the vain and selfish things of the world is that we have forgotten (or never understood) what our great commission was: to become fit representatives of Christ to this selfish Mammon-loving world!

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Yes, God has elected us out of the world to become transformed into His image and likeness, so that the world might be convicted of their selfishness and indifference and sinfulness!

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But “the god of this world” has successfully diverted us from our high and holy calling, and deceived us into becoming lukewarm pretenders!

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Instead of rebuking the world for their folly and selfishness, exposing them by the light of our godly example, we have instead gone head-long after the same folly and the same selfish lifestyles of this lost world!

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RENOUNCING THIS EVIL & SELFISH WORLD

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When Jesus called His disciples, He plainly told them…“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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Jesus is being perfectly clear about the basic requirement to becoming a disciple: to forsake all that we have, and follow Him out of this hopeless world!

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Jesus Teaching His Disciples – Luke 4:31-32

 

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‘FAMILY DUTIES’ MERELY AN EXCUSE FOR SEEKING WORLDLY RICHES?

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Of course, if we have a family, we have to provide food and warm covering for them. And as far as possible we will try to make them content. And so, to a certain extent, we must pursue the things which will provide for the needs of our family.

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The problem comes in when we begin to go so aggressively after these things that we put our “great commission” on the proverbial “back-burner”. We allow our hearts to become overcharged with the cares and pleasures of life. And this is when desperation and lust begin to show up in our hearts.

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PAUL’S WARNING IGNORED!

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Listen to this warning by Paul… “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1st Timothy 6:8, 9

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Now here’s a verse which has been mostly ignored by Christians! “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”

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PRETENDERS, BUT NOT TRUE DISCIPLES

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And so, the great cancer which has all but destroyed today’s church-world, is that the great majority have never forsaken all that we have (in heart), and therefore have never become true disciples of Jesus.

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Oh yes, they may regularly attend church. We may pay our tithes and offerings. We may even do a 15 minute Bible study each morning! But as soon as they leave church, their hearts turn once again to their other gods: the gods of pleasure and Mammon. And as soon as we close our Bibles, we forget all about what we have just read!

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No, our minds are all revved up and ready to charge back into the world, in pursuit of all its vain affections and lusts!

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THE GOOD NEWS!

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Now the very Good News is that there is a remedy for our spiritual poverty. And this prescription for restoration is found in the Book of James…

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Listen…Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-Davidworld is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God…Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:4, 8-10

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So here is our prescription for the healing of our sin-sick soul! The question to be answered is this: “Am I willing to take this prescription? Am I willing to part ways with this selfish order of things? Am I willing to become a poor and despised disciple and follower of Jesus?”

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JAMES 4: PRESCRIPTION FOR DELIVERANCE!

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Well dear darling soul of mine, This is how God’s Elect are to be delivered from the desperation of lust.

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Yes, James, Chapter 4 has that necessary prescription for deliverance from our spiritual undoneness and poverty of soul!

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STANDING FIRM ON PHILIPPIANS, CH. 4

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But the object of our pleadings and humbling before God, is so that we might stand firm on Paul’s exhortations in Philippians, Chapter 4!

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Listen again to Paul’s recipe for peace…Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6, 7

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Well this above passage presents what our daily mind-set should be. We should not allow ourselves to begin to become anxious about our wants and needs. But rather we must allow God to be our Heavenly Guide & Provider throughout our each new day. And daily, if we merely do what lies in our pathway, we can rest assured that God will answer all our prayers according to the riches of His glory.

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MERELY A PIECE OF THE PUZZLE…

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And this devotional is a simplified prescription for personal victory. But http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Magnifying_glass_on_book_iconsthe Reader is encouraged to study Philippians Chapter 4 very carefully to the point of knowing that chapter by heart.

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Because that chapter is a big piece of the puzzle in understanding the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and just who He is! 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:P_Pharmaceutics.svg

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“Dear Lord, Help me to take inventory of my life, to see if I am truly walking in the Spirit of holiness, or if I have unwittingly entered onto a path that leads to destruction. Give me the will to apply the prescribed remedy found in James 4, and Philippians 4, so that I may walk in spiritual health and restoration… 

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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) or you can also read this shorter article…January 10th (Why Doesn’t My Christianity Work?)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE SWINE: “LUST OF THE FLESH”

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“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1st John 2:16

 

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This article will introduce this third beast-like face, inscribed in the Moon: a swine. And it will be shown that the three beast-like faces in the Moon, represent the concept taught in the above verse concerning “the lust of the flesh…the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”. 

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It has become apparent that the second face in the Moon, besides appearing as a wolf-like beast, also appears as a Swine. Let’s explore this concept, for a moment. First of all, when a person sees the second face up in the sky, it’s arguable whether or not it looks like a swine.

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But it must be conceded that the photos do indeed make it appear as if this character has a “sawed-off” snout like a swine. And of course, a swine is spoken of quite frequently in Scripture.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… 

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TOMORROW…

AUGUST 30 (Revelation 9, Part 3: The Three Woes!)

 

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. 

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