Daily Devotional, Year 2 – DECEMBER 28 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 36: Into The Promised Land!)

By admin On December 26th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – DECEMBER 28

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Come Out of Her, My People! Part 36: “Into The Promised Land!” 

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The Bible is a double-edged sword.

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In other words, it cuts to save, or it cuts to destroy.

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Listen to the words of a man named Simeon, as he prophesied to Jesus’ mother…“For mine eyes have seen Thy Salvation, Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people…(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:30, 31, 35

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“THE LORD SHALL HAVE THEM IN DERISION”

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Yes, the Bible reveals what’s in the heart of every man, woman, and child.

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It is written in such a way, that it will lead ‘me’ in whatever direction my heart wants to go.

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This is why the Bible seems so confusing.

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And this is why there are so many preachers and teachers and evangelists who contradict one another.

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And this is why there are so many denominations, who hold to different beliefs.

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JESUS WENT TO THE HEART OF THE ISSUE

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One thing that was repeatedly evidenced in the life of Jesus, was that He always seehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hoffman-ChristAndTheRichYoungRuler.jpgmed to, “cut to the chase”, as the saying goes.

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Yes, when speaking to various groups or individuals, Jesus went right to the heart of the issue…

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When confronted by an unconverted spiritual leader, He said… “Ye must be born again!”

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And when in the company of the proud, Jesus spoke of humbleness.

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And when in the presence of the rich, He spoke of selling all, and, “Come follow Me”.

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Yes, Jesus was always on point, no matter who He was speaking with. He always went to the deep need of the human heart.

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Rich Young Ruler – Hoffman – Wikimedia Commons – US Public-Domain

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A WORLD OF PITFALLS & SNARES

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The Heavens Declare.net website has likewise attempted to stick to the main point, as well.

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Because, in this very affluent cornucopia society, there are so many traps, pitfalls, and diversions which the Enemy-of-Souls has created in hopes of deceiving not only the world, but Christians as well!

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FORSAKING THE WORLD, A MUST!

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And the Devil works 24/7/365 to, “deceive, if possible, even the Elect”.

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And so, this website has hammered on the all-too-easily-forgotten truth of, “forsaking the world”, to, “follow Jesus”, with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength.

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Pilgrims Progress – His Burden Fell Off His Back – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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HUMANITARIANISM

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Now in this age when humanitarianism is extremely popular, even fashionable, there is a great temptation for Christians to merely engage in some charitable good works, instead of being fully engaged in the purification of the heart.

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But Christ is not so interested in good works as He is in sitting as the purifier of the hearts of His people!

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After all, there is no shortage of those who wish to perform humanitarian good works!

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But to have a heart renewed in knowledge into the image of His dear Son, is of infinitely more value to our God, who wants a people to represent Christ to a world on their way to eternal destruction!

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Free Food Distribution – Gangasagar Fair Transit Camp – Kolkataw – Wikimedia – Free Documentation License

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GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD!

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(BUT DON’T NEGLECT YOUR OWN SALVATION!)

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Another snare, is one heavily promoted by Christian TV and radio. It is the constant barrage of exhortation to spread the Good News.

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Now there is nothing wrong with being encouraged to spread the Good News to the world.

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But there must be an equal or greater encouragement to become changed into the image of Christ! But there is not!

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Yes, these TV and radio programs fail to hammer home the all-important commission to become changed into the very image of holiness.

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THE DEVIL IS QUITE OFFENDED!

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And obviously, whenever cherished idols are exposed, people are going to get upset.

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Not so much will true worshipers get upset.

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But it is the yet unconverted ones who do not like to have these seemingly innocent amusements and worldly ambitions exposed.

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FORSAKE THIS PRESENT WORLD

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And so, let it be said, just one more time, before these devotionals end, the very words of 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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These above words cannot be over-emphasized, especially in this hedonistic, opulent, and materialistic society.

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COMING EVENTS MAY SOLVE PROBLEM

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Now, the days which are just ahead, may quite well solve this problem for God’s faithful
remnant people!

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In other words, we just might soon discover that in order to remain faithful to Jesus, we may have to walk away from any financial affluence or economic security.

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Global Warning – Christ Coming by Julian Osley – Wikimedia – Share Alike License

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DON’T WAIT FOR TIME OF TROUBLE!

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But for those who ignore the call of Jesus, to, “forsake all”, thinking that they will wait for the coming, “time of trouble”, to forsake all, they will be bitterly disappointed.

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In other words, it is the, “forsaking all”, right now, that will prepare the way for the next phase of the great tribulation.

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And so those who do not forsake all, will only look upon the troubles of God’s remnant people, as being just a bunch of fanatics getting only what they deserve!

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DON’T QUIT JOB, DON’T TRASH BELONGINGS!

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Now, as in all devotionals concerning, “forsaking all”, it has been heavily emphasized that God is not wanting us to immediately trash all our belongings and move to the wilderness!

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No, but it is like that old song… “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face! And the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace!”

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Yes, when we look full in His wonderful face, the things of this world will gradually lose their grip on us.

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ONE BIG MESSAGE OF SIGNS OF HEAVEN

The Strait Gate is the Narrow Way and the broad way is the Wide Gate

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And so, this one last appeal is made to hopefully encapsulate what has so often been said already in the past two years of these devotionals.

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May God’s grace be upon His people and upon the Reader of this devotional.

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TO READ PART 37, CLICK HERE…DECEMBER 29 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 37: Into The Promised Land!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Let me not get detoured or derailed by Satan, from the great task at hand, the transformation of my heart into His image…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…“February 27th (Love Is Not A Pick-N-Choose Buffet)“or you can also read…Daily Devotional, Year 2 – May 5 (Ants: Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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ETERNITY NOT A PUFFY LITTLE CLOUD!

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29:18

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In the beginning, God placed our first parents in a beautiful garden. But as a result of sin, this world lost much of its beauty. The curse has marred, to a great extent, the pristine condition of nature.

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But there are perhaps many, who are under the impression, that God’s redeemed will spend all eternity sitting on a puffy little cloud, strumming a harp. Nothing could be further from the truth! “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:” Revelation 21:1

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Do we really imagine that the same God who created that incredible garden for our first parents, would then put us through all this sorrow and hardships of this life, only to now stick us in some boring situation, for all eternity? Such people don’t know God nearly well enough.

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The beauty and innocent joys of this present world, are just a faint reflection of what awaits all those who persevere on the upward pathway to that Celestial City of God.

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LET’S CATCH A VISION OF THAT PROMISED LAND

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So Signs Of Heaven encourages the reader to begin to get a vision of the New Heaven and New Earth, and begin to get excited about it. When we hear the cry of a new born baby, or the innocent laughter of little children. When we see a little forest creature having fun, or we enjoy a walk along the sand at the ocean, and hear the majestic roar of the crashing waves. These, and the many other joys of life were created by the One who has also gone to prepare an even more beautiful place for us to live. He knows our needs, and will provide a place: a far more wonderful home than this sin-cursed Earth!

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And when we finally cross that river, and we stand together on the shores of that world to come, we will look in amazement at what He has in store for us there. And then we will know for certain, that “His mercy endures forever”, because “God is love”!

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TOMORROW

DECEMBER 29 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 37: Into The Promised Land!)

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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…This is Open Forum Show #46

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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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