Daily Devotional, Year 2 – MARCH 1 (Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 1: Music)

By admin On December 25th, 2014

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Daily Devotional – MARCH 1

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Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 1: Music

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“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child;

but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”

Proverbs 22:15

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Children are such a wonderful blessing! And to experience all the joys and even the sorrows that come with parenthood help us to become more complete and well-rounded adults!

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BABY DERIVED FROM BABYLON

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The name, “baby” is said to have been derived from the name, “Babel”. In other words, just as those Babylonians in the days of the building of the Tower of Babel, became confused in their language, so too, babies all speak an unintelligible language!

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Listen… “And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do…let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Genesis 11:6, 7

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Yes, just as no Babylonian could understand one another, once God confused their speech, so also, nobody can understand a baby’s language!

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Babylon – Wikimedia – Share-alike License 4.0

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WE’RE NOT BABIES! (or are we?)

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Now of course, we grown-ups can laugh and enjoy the babbling of a baby!

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It’s cute!

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And thankfully, we are far above the baby-like behavior of little children!

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Yes, we have matured over the years!

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We are now very sophisticated, through the years of our physical development and our wisdom gained through experience!

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Right?

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Well, perhaps we should look a little closer at babies, and see if we have truly risen above mere babies!

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Innocent baby laughing – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic. 2.0

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JUNK FOOD

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For instance, a baby does not discriminate between junk food and healthy food, does it?

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Even older children will mostly choose foods based solely on taste, rather than on what is good for their health!

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And so, perhaps, many of us have not yet risen above the level of babyhood, to the same degree that we eat for taste, instead of eating for strength!

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What do you think?

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Crab cakes, sweet potato french fries, cole slaw, tartar sauce, Cola wikimedia share-alike license

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DO WE RANT?

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But there is another aspect of baby-like behavior, that we need to explore!

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And this is the focus of today’s devotional.

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Most babies are very temperamental about doing something they don’t want to do! Yes, a baby will often cry and rant and rebel when they are asked to do something they don’t want to do!

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Even older children will, quite often, put up a fight, when told to go to bed, or pick up their mess, or anything else that doesn’t align with their desire to play and be free from responsibilities!

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Crying girl – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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SIN = CHILDISHNESS 

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So how are we Christians like children in our relationship with God? How do we likewise rebel from God’s commandments?

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Well, maybe we are rebellious in many ways!

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Maybe we’re just not aware of how many ways we behave like little children, even babies when it comes to doing God’s will!

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GENERAL PRINCIPLES

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For one thing, God doesn’t always spell out every last detail of His desires for our obedience.

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But instead, God will, quite often, merely lay down principles.

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For instance, God does not explicitly condemn gambling. And yet, He lays down principles, when obeyed, will lead us away from all destructive behavior!

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Listen… “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.” Proverbs 13:11

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And there are other concepts and principles laid down in Scripture, which will bring us to the same conclusion, that gambling is not convenient behavior for the Christian.

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Gambling – Poker Room – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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CRUCIFYING THE FLESH

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And let’s face it! There are many other duties, both good and bad, which the Bible does not explicitly approve or condemn!

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And God tests us on these very points!

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One very great area of Christianity, in which God doesn’t overtly reveal every last detail, is in the area of the Christian Race. Yes, whether we call it, “overcomhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpging the world”, or, “crucifying the flesh”, or, “putting away, the Old Man, and putting on the New Man”, the result is nevertheless the same! God wants us to “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”

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Now these above concepts are the absolute hardest of the hardest sayings of Scripture, without a doubt! These are the Bible-sayings which cause many church-goers to turn back, and no longer follow Jesus!

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Oh no, these may not cause us to quit Christianity altogether!

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But these may indeed cause us to rebel, just like little children who begin to rant and rebel and cry against some little command by its parents!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

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LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT!

Winning the Christian Race (you are free to share)

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Now let’s look at another related passage… “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1, 2

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Here it is revealed to us that God, through the hand of Paul, lays down a great principle, which will greatly help us in our battle to overcome the world!

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Yes, just what am I holding on to, which drags me down, and holds me back from finishing the race and winning the Prize?

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GIVING UP WORLDLY MUSIC

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Well, this devotional will not attempt to name each and every last thing which could be considered a detriment to overcoming the world!

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But maybe it’s enough to just mention one area in which we behave like babies, refusing to give up something we want!

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In fact this area of self-sacrifice is such a sensitive issue, that quite often, church-goers will become enraged and even throw a tantrum, at the mere mention of it!

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And just what is this very sensitive issue? The choosing of music!

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Yes, many or perhaps most Christians will rebel at the very intimation that, “I need to reconsider what kind of music I should be listening to? You mean to tell me that I have to give up my favorite music!?! Well, buddy, don’t you try to tell me what kind of music I can listen to! You can just go to Hell!”

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Now, maybe instead of trying to complete this entire concept in just one devotional, let’s wrap this up in the next devotional.

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, please teach me to keep my spiritual eyes fixed upon Jesus, that I may truly know which way to turn, and what things to choose and what not to choose in life. And give me that peace which surpasses all understanding, which comes from keeping my mind stayed upon Thee…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Running The Christian Race (Part 2, Sensual Music)”, or you can also read… December 3rd (Should I rock, roll, or babble?)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“there shall come a Star out of Jacob”…

Numbers 24:17

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“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Matt. 2:1, 2

Wise Men (Magi) From East Follow Star To Bethlehem-www.signsofheaven.org-public domain release

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There exists a lot of intrigue regarding just what star did the Magi from the East follow, which led them to the First Advent of our Savior.

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The Bible speaks of Arcturus as a possibility…“canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?” Job 38:33.There’s nothing that is impossible for God! Arcturus may very well have been that star. Nobody knows for sure.

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RE-FULFILLMENT OF WISE-MEN OF OLD

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But there is a much greater question that confronts Mankind today. Because, just as a single star guided those wise men to the coming Savior, so also, God is just now giving us many stars, to guide us safely to the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior! And so these starry signs seem to be the re-fulfillment of those wise men following the star, 2,000 years ago!

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GUIDE US TO HEAVEN’S GATE…

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And Arcturus is that brilliant star (3rd brightest in our heavens) which leads these Gospel constellations, Summer, Fall, and Winter Constellations, to present a picture story, a heavenly allegory of sorts; these constellations, which together, tell of the incredible love of God. And Arcturus, our Host Star, will lead to an understanding of God’s Word, which will, in turn, guide God’s people up a narrow pathway; onward and upward through Heaven’s Gate itself, and ultimately into the very heavenly City of God.

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Oh don’t doubt for a moment that God cannot or will not do this! For with God, all things are possible! Listen… “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23

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And Signs Of Heaven Website will direct the Reader to God’s Word in such a way as to bring out certain Bible truths not currently recognized or emphasized in most of the current Christian theological circles.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Arcturus (the star that wise-men follow!)”

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TOMORROW…

“MARCH 2 (Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 2: Music, Continued)”

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