Daily Devotional, Year 2 – FEBRUARY 5 (Whose Name Is Engraven On My Heart?)

By admin On December 1st, 2014

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Daily Devotional – FEBRUARY 5

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Whose Name Is Engraven On My Heart?

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“Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared

to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us,

written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God;

not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.”

2nd Corinthians 3:3

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Jesus was drawn into a heated exchange with the citizens of Jerusalem, which claimed to be children of Abraham… “They answered and said unto Him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham….Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:39, 44

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Now these people sincerely believed they were children of Abraham. And yet, Jesus pointed out to them, that merely invoking the name of Abraham is meaningless.

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But why was it meaningless to claim to be Abraham’s children?

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Because Jesus revealed to them… “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.”

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Brooklyn Museum – The Pharisees Question Jesus – James Tissot – US Public Domain – Wikimedia

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A NAME IS DEFINED BY CHARACTER

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And so, the concept was given them, that the name of Abraham was intertwined with his character. But their character was actually intertwined with the Devil!

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Listen… “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44

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So here in this above verse, Jesus plainly revealed to them that their character was in alignment with the Devil’s character! And so, it was meaningless for them to invoke the name of Abraham, when their character revealed that their true father was the Devil.

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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BY BEHOLDING, CHANGED

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Now the Bible tells us the following… “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2nd Corinthians 3:18http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficheiro:Transfiguration_bloch.jpg

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So here above, is an incredible revelation, that by beholding the glory of the Lord, we become imperceptibly changed into His glorious image!

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Here we have a concept that is so profound, it is amazing that so few really understand it! This passage reveals that, by having the veil removed from our eyes, and beholding Christ as in the mirror (glass) of the Bible, we become changed into His glorious image, little-by-little!

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Transfiguration – Bloch – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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THE LAMB’S FOLLOWERS

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And so, when we read… “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.” Revelation 14:1

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianity-Jesus_Christ_Died_for_your_Sin.jpg

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Here is a class of followers of the Lamb, who have the Father’s name written in their forehead.

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Cross of Jesus Christ – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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 A MARK IN THEIR FOREHEADS

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But there is another group mentioned in Revelation, of whom it is said… “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16, 17

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Now this above passage speaks of a mark, or the name of the Beast, or the number of his name, in their forehead. Obviously, this class of persons had not been beholding the glory of the Lord, nor did they have the Father’s name written in their forehead.

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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“PURIFY YOUR HEARTS YE DOUBLE-MINDED”

James 4:8

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So now we begin to see that it is what we behold, that determines who it is that we worship. If we constantly behold the attributes of God, then those attributes will become engraven upon the tables of our heart! But if we allow ourselves to behold the attributes of Satan, then those evil attributes will likewise become engraven upon the tables of our heart!

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The Bible says… “And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” 1st John 3:3

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So in this above verse, it is revealed that God wants us to purify our hearts, even as Christ is pure. God does not want a mingling of His character with the unrighteous attributes of this, the Devil’s world!

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Listen… “and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as My mouth: let them (the apostate congregation) return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.” Jeremiah 15:19

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God speaks these words to every person who desires to be a spokesman for Heaven! There must be a separation from the ungodly influences (which work like yeast within the heart of a man, and corrupt that heart.)

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GUARD YOUR HEART, O PILGRIM!

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So what is the bottom line to all this? The great gemstone of truth here, is that if we wish for God‘s name to be written upon the fleshly tables of our heart, we must carefully guard our heart, allowing only the purity and righteousness of Christ, to fill the chambers of our heart.

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Listen once again… “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil” Proverbs 4;23-27

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This above passage from proverbs should be emblazoned upon the tables of our heart, so to become the mantra for our daily walk with the Lord!

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If we really mean business with God, then let our prudent footsteps be the sign of our fervent desire to become changed into His likeness, that His name might become the engraving upon our heart… “Holiness to the LORD” Exodus 28:36

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, I am weak! Please help me to stay as far away from ungodly influences, which corrupt the heart…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place”, or you can also read… February 15th (The Two Images!)” 

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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WHAT IS THE SEAL OF GOD?

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“And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” Ezekiel 9:4

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That book of Ezekiel got its “fiery” reputation from such chapters as Chapter 9. In this chapter, the Lord commanded the man with the inkhorn to go through Jerusalem, “and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” Ezekiel 9:4.

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Then after this was accomplished, the Lord commanded the men, who were together with the man wearing linen, with the writer’s inkhorn… “And to the others He said… Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.” Ezekiel 9:5, 6.

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From this little scenario, it’s not hard to see why Ezekiel got such a fiery reputation. Of course, this was all symbolic. But God is painting for us a picture, concerning those among His people who will be saved, and those who will be lost. This has everything to do with God’s seal. It presents the concept that many among God’s people, are merely pretenders. As one old southern preacher used to say: “There are the Believers and there are the make-believers”.

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But God is the searcher of hearts, and knows just who it is who has made a covenant by sacrifice… “He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge his people. Gather My saints together unto Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice. And the heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is judge Himself. Selah.” Psalm 50:4-6

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And as this passage declares, “The heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is judge Himself!” And God has written His judgments in the Sun, Moon, and Stars! And this website is declaring those signs and those judgments!   

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Giotto-innocents wikimedia US public domain

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Mark of the Beast & Seal of God”

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TOMORROW…

“FEBRUARY 6 (Sodom Rising, Part 5: True Manliness!)”

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