Daily Devotional, Year 2 – DECEMBER 14 (A Form of Godliness, Part 2: When Evil Wears A Smile!)

By admin On January 22nd, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – DECEMBER 14

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A Form of Godliness, Part 2: “When Evil Wears A Smile!”

To read Part 1, click here…Daily Devotional, Year 2 – SEPTEMBER 20 (A Form of Godliness: Humanitarianism)

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When most people think of Satan, they conjure up the picture of a sinister and evil-looking being. Perhaps a sly-looking con-artist with a wry smile.

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Satan – Lucifer – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

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But as Christians, we are not to be ignorant of his devices!

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WE BECOME NAIVE

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We know that Satan comes as an, “angel of light”, as it says in 2nd Corinthians …“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15

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But many of us Christians get somewhat naive and simple-minded when it comes to their fellow church-members.

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LETTING DOWN OUR GUARD

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Yes, we look around and see most everyone smiling, and behaving very friendly! And so, we let down our guard, because of all this friendliness.

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But listen to Scripture…“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.” Acts 20:29

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The problem with this above verse, is that it gives us the idea that these grievous wolves are vicious-looking and evil in appearance.

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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WHEN EVIL WEARS A SMILE

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But the fact is, Satan is no dummy, as many mistakenly suppose! He knows that his so-called, “ministers of righteousness” must be very friendly and cheerful, if they are ever going to be effective soul-murderers.

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And so, Satan quite often picks the smartest, the most gifted, the most cheerful, and the friendliest Antichrists from society, to infiltrate the Church.

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Yes, Satan’s “ministers of righteousness” are often the most vivacious, energetic, and charismatic members of the church!

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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LOT REPRESENTS GOD’S ELECT

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When Lot lived in Sodom, he was sorely vexed from day to day with their evil deeds. But he probably had no idea of how few righteous men lived there! Actually, he was the onlyhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpg one! Oh yes, his daughters were spared too. But they were probably just a gift from God, considering the evil that they later committed.

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And this true historical account of Lot’s escape from that wicked city is an allegorical depiction of the church-world in these last days. We too, are to “flee to the mountain” in a spiritual sense. And like Lot, many faithful “Lots” probably assume that their little congregation must have some righteous ones still attending.

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But they too might be surprised to discover that nobody else comes out of Babylon from their little congregation! In other words, they just might all be pretenders! Antichrists in sheep’s clothing! Lots of smiles, and lots of back-slapping! But no genuine fruit of the Spirit!

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Picture – Lot Escapes Sodom – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

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“COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE!”

Revelation 18:4

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But the Good News is, this whole situation is no longer a problem, since God is now calling His sheep to come out of the “Mystery Babylon, Mother of Harlot” churches. (see Revelation 17:5)

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And today’s devotional has provided one more reason to come out.

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James Tissot – The Flight of the Prisoners from Babylon – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Let me not be naive concerning Satan’s deceptions. But make me wise as a serpent, by the knowledge of Thy Word…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…“MARCH 12 (Building Relationships)”, or you can also read this shorter article…“October 20th (Christian Humanitarianism)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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Revelation 12 Dragon w/text

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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman…And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads…And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Revelation 12:1, 3, 15 

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THE FLOODWATERS OF THE REVELATION 12 DRAGON…

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winter four constellations

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The Wave Constellation is primarily comprised of the Auriga Constellation plus one star from Taurus, plus one more star. The Winter Constellations are depicted in this below sketch to the right, and shows this constellation group as they are seen in early winter, as they rise in the eastern skies. The Woman is in the north. The Dragon and Orion are farther south from the Woman.

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WINTER CONSTELLATIONS-SEEN IN FALL: This sketch to the right is how this constellation group appears in the eastern sky in fall. This is the four primary constellations of the Winter Constellations. They can be seen in this position, in the late fall above the eastern horizon. The Woman of Revelation 12 is commonly called Ursa Major or The Big Dipper and appears in the north. Orion the Soldier is the at the bottom is to the south of the Woman. The The Dragon of Revelation Constellation’s mouth isThe Hyades Cluster, and the tip of his tail is Pleiades, and his Wave of Water is primarily the Auriga constellation. The Glorious Horse Constellation  head is of Perseus Constellation and his rear end is Cassiopeia Constellation.

(Editor’s note: It is impossible to make this chart accurate, and visually correct, because the dome effect of the sky makes these constellations look different than they appear when placed on flat paper.)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Floodwaters of Satan: Introduction

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TOMORROW…

 

DECEMBER 15 (Noble Bereans, Part ?: Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding His Doctrinal Error of the Sunday Sabbath)

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s nearly 50 year long series of 90 minute nightly talk shows…

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TO HEAR MORE OF THESE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER PROGRAMS, PLUS OTHER TEACHINGS OF HAROLD CAMP, CLICK HERE…“FOUNDER’S SITE/HAROLD CAMPING”

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ABOVE PICTURE: Holy bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons lic.

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