Daily Devotional – Year 2 – February 19 (Go Ye Into All Your Heart!)

By admin On December 11th, 2014

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Daily Devotional – Year 2 – February 19

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Go Ye Into All Your Heart!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE… “Orion The Reaper”

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“The field is the world;

the good seed are the children of the kingdom;

but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 

The enemy that sowed them is the Devil;

the harvest is the end of the world;

and the reapers are the angels.”

Matthew 13:38, 39 

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The Bible is very closely aligned with wheat and with harvesting.

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God has compared His people to wheat, and He has compared the end of the world to a great harvest.

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And the Reader should keep in mind that we are all doing less than we could be, in our duty to harvest the world (including the editor of this article). And so the concepts discussed herein are for all of us to consider. We can all repent, and grow, and do better.

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For Christ is our role-model, and we have a very high and holy calling to imitate Christ in all that we think, do, and say.

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Wheat Stacks with Reaper 1888 Vincent van Gogh Wikipedia US public domain

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THE GOLDEN RULE

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“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31 

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How would we want Christians to seek us out, if we were the lost ones?

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Wouldn’t we want them to seek us out…to pray fervently for us?  Sure we would!

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Then let’s go do the same! The Bible says that the world will know us by our love. Do they know you by your love? Do they know me by my love?

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OK. So we’ve messed up! But it’s not too late! Let’s start today! Let’s get rid of our harsh and flippant words, and replace them with tender and sincere words in our agape desire for their lost souls!

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Let’s put away our toys, amusements, and worldly ambitions, and go to work for the Master… “…behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” John 4:35 

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Bernhard_Plockhorst 1825-1907 The Good_Shephard wikipedia public domain

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HARVESTING IN HOME & NEIGHBORHOOD…

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As we the believers go out into all nations, and even in our own household and neighborhoods, and most importantly, in our prayer-closets; as we cry to God on behalf of other souls, we need to pattern our lives after the divine Pattern, Jesus.

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Our prayers, our dedication, our…laying-it-all-on-the-altar attitude, should be filled with this same fervor we see illustrated in this constellation, Orion the Reaper.

.Manual_harvest_in_Tirumayam wikipedia by claude Renault

Just listen to Scripture… “If you fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, you shall love your neighbour as yourself, ye do well. But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” James 2:8, 9

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If we were the lost ones, with how much zeal would we like God’s people to have, in reaching out to us? With how much fervor would we like others to be praying for us?  

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This is the essence of the Royal Law… “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure to others it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38

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Manual_harvest_in_Tirumayam wikipedia by claude Renault

 

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MY OWN HEART SHOULD BE WHITE FOR HARVEST!

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“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? …Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3, 5

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Perhaps the greatest harvest we can engage in is the harvesting of God’s Word in our hearts. 

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It is by hiding God’s Word in our hearts, that others may begin to see Christ in us. This is evangelism in its truest form!

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There are those who travel over land and sea to win souls for Christ, and yet their own heart has never been evangelized!

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FIRST SOUL RIPE FOR HARVEST: ME!

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It just might be better to stay home and commit God’s precious promises to memory, and spend time pleading for God to remove my un-Christ-like harshness, than to travel to exotic places to hand out literature. 

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Listen… “He that gathers in summer is a wise son: but he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.” Proverbs 10:5. 

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This verse not only applies to gathering souls, but to gathering the Word of God in the heart! When Christ comes, He will judge us by how I used my talents to improve the spiritual condition of my own heart, rather than how many people I preached to.

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Just listen… “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matt.  7:22, 23. 

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To be so busy in some ministry or church duties, without personal purification time, is futile, at best!

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The main focus of any Christian should be the purification of his or her own heart.    

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“GO YE”…INTO ALL YOUR HEART

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& PREACH THE GOSPEL

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“He that gathers in summer is a wise son: but he that sleeps in harvest is a son that caus

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Doesn’t this verse make it plain that God wants us to be busy?http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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Shouldn’t we get out there and win souls for Christ? Yes, they do urge us to get busy. And yes we should. 

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But maybe we should get busy in ways that we don’t usually think about. True, we certainly want to get the word out, “that people need to repent”. But have I repented yet? We can tell others about Jesus. But can others see Jesus in me? In you? Are we consistently honest in the smallest matters of life? Do we unfailingly treat others with love and compassion? Do we?

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Or rather, do we merely see people as though they are “trees walking”? (read: Mark 8:23-25). 

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In other words, do we really see the people all around us as souls in need of Salvation? Or do we shut up our brotherly love when we shut up our Bibles in the morning after study?

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Just like that old TV ad says… “Don’t leave home without it”, we should be so prayerful, that when we walk out our front door, we take our spirituality with us throughout our day! (read: 1st Thessalonians 5:17).

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Do I smile a heavenly smile as I tell another shoppers about Jesus, but then angrily retaliate when a store clerk is rude?

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Do I obsess on politics, instead of meditating on God’s Word?

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Do I point with disgust at, “those perverts over there”, instead of praying for their Salvation? 

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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DAILY BEHAVIOR IS BEST WITNESS

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Many Christians desire to bring others into the fold, and yet it is easy to forget that one’s daily behavior is the greatest witness either for Heaven or for Hell.

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And even the people of the world will be nice when things are going well.

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But for the most part, it is the Christian who will remain kind even when being mistreated. 

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Well, at least that’s the way it’s supposed to be!

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Anger during a protest – by David Shankbone – Wikimedia – Share-alike-License

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IT’S BETTER TO SUFFER LOSS… 

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We need to be 100% loving, gentle, and kind to all…yes even to our enemies.

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Remember what Scripture says… “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.” Proverbs 18:19. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anti-Christian_sign_in_Federal_Plaza_Chicago.jpg

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The love of God is not something that you turn on then turn off, at will.

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It is a Spirit which is ever-flowing.

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You just have it…for everyone.

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No matter how bad they are.

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It is a deep love for all humanity.

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It is a great understanding and sympathy for all! 

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Protest – Anti-Christian rally in Chicago – Wikimedia

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THE GOOD NEWS

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OK, so we have messed up!

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But what can we do about it? We just can’t erase what we’ve done, can we? Well, we can’t! But there is One who can! And we need to go to Him in heartfelt repentance and remorse, asking Him to diminish the evil and destruction that our heartless deeds have done!http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-David

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Well, we have a promise from God… “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 4:9, 10

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Yes, if we will only humble ourselves under His mighty chastening hand, God promises to lift us up and restore us to His service.

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And that’s truly amazing grace!

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Mold me and remake me into Thy image, so that I might be a good and godly witness to the world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Orion The Reaper” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FINDING ORION ‘THE REAPER’…

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This constellation is the 3rd member of the ‘Orion Constellation’ Phenomena.

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This particular version of Orion is easily seen (if you know what to look for). First you must locate Orion. And then try to find the stars which comprise his sickle. The two brightest stars of his sickle are at the blade. These two stars are Castor and PolluxCastor and Pollux are known commonly as being in the Gemini Constellation.

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Of course, Orion is seen in the colder months, but can even be seen starting in late summer, in the eastern skies in the wee hours of morning. At first he is lying down. But gradually through the night and through the winter, he more and more stands upright. The sketches on this page are rough and do not show every star exactly.

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However they are close enough to be able to locate this 3rd office that Orion holds (Orion the: 1. Archer   2. Soldier  3. Reaper 4. Cross ).

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Orion The Reaper” 

 

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TOMORROW:

“FEBRUARY 20 (Jesus is Come in the Flesh? Or Not?)”

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