Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JANUARY 23 (Take Us The Foxes, The Little Foxes!)

By admin On November 10th, 2014

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Daily Devotional – JANUARY 23

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Take Us The Foxes, The Little Foxes!

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“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” Song of Songs 2:15

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CHRIST AND HIS BRIDE, JERUSALEM!

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God is a lover of poetry! No doubt about it! Both nature and the Bible are teeming with poetry!

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And there is no book of the Bible like Song of Songs, for poetry! It is perhaps, the most unbelievable and disconcerting of any other book of the Bible! Yes, this poem of love almost seems a bit pornographic in a few places, speaking of a woman’s breast in such graphic imagery!

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It makes one wonder if it even belongs in the Bible! Maybe in the centuries past, someone just slipped it in, when no one was watching!

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Jesus The Good Shepherd – Bernhard Plockhorst – 1825-1907 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“MUST BE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED”

1st Corinthians 2:13

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But here again, like all the rest of the Bible, Song of Songs must be understoodhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg allegorically, before it begins to make real sense! The Bible student can only rightly understand Song of Songs, when these many vivid descriptions are compared with other similar language found elsewhere in the Bible!

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And then it is eventually discovered that this little poem is actually about Christ and His bride, the Church!

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Yes, just like the rest of the Bible, this little Book is really all about the Gospel!

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WHO ARE THE LITTLE FOXES?

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But our signature scripture today, is not one of those verses that makes one blush, nevertheless, it is a somewhat confusing, allegorical verse!

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Listen… “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” Song of Songs 2:15

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OK, so what in the world could this be speaking of?

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Listen again… “O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.” Ezekiel 13:14

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Now, if a vineyard represents God’s people, then little foxes represent the little false prophets within the Church which spoil God’s spiritual harvest of Believers! Yes, just like a fox, God speaks of the false teachers which are found in every congregation, as though they were swift and cunning little foxes! And by bringing in little heresies, such false teachers spoil God’s vineyard!

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

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THE DAY OF APOSTASY!

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And the Apostle, Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit foretells of a day in which the Church will no longer tolerate the unvarnished truth!

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Listen… “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2nd Timothy 4:3, 4

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Now we see that the churches will come to their eventual apostasy and ultimate demise! And no doubt, it is the little foxes, i.e., the small-time prophets who will play a major role in the destruction of the local congregation!

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SATAN AND HIS FALSE SHEPHERDS

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Now we should not think that the pastors of local congregations are the sum-total of what the Bible speaks of 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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No, this above passage can be speaking of anybody, even the parishioners within the congregation: anyone who teaches falsehood, either by word or by lifestyle!

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

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LOVING JESUS WITH OUR MOUTH

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BUT LOVING SATAN WITH OUR FEET!

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Listen… “And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.” Jeremiah 33:31

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Yes, as this above verse reveals, there are many in today’s apostate church-world, who lead God’s sheep astray, if not by false teachings, then by living a worldly lifestyle, and handling daily situations in a worldly manner, we become a walking-advertisement for this fallen world of sin and selfishness!

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And so, truth-be-told, any one of us, by engaging in unchristlike behavior, can become a false teacher! Yes, as the saying goes, “We have met the enemy, and it is US!”

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Listen… “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.” Ephesians 5:3, 4

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So this passage begins by naming the grotesque sin of fornication, and ends up by naming the “little sin” of joking (jesting)! And further, it warns us that these sins, both great and little, should not be named even once among us, who call ourselves Believers!

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THE WICKED SURROUND THE RIGHTEOUS!

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Now, in attempt to tie this conversation into a nice little bundle, the words of Habakkuk should be mentioned. You see, Habakkuk saw a vision of God’s people in these last days. And this prophet saw in that vision, a deplorable condition, in which God’s people were surrounded by unbelievers (Chaldeans). And in that vision, the prophet saw that by close association with unbelievers, God’s people became perverted in their own thinking and decision-making!

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Listen… “Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.” Habakkuk 1:4

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So here we see that in these last moments of history, God’s people will be surrounded by unbelievers, who will cause us to become perverted in judgment!

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JUST LOOK AROUND!

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And all one needs to do, is to look around, both in the churches and in society to realize that that day has finally come! Yes, Christians are surrounded by those, both in local congregations, or on the television, and in our own neighborhoods, who are teaching us wrong principles and worldly lifestyles and philosophies!

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Everywhere we go, we are being indoctrinated! The music in stores, the billboards on streets, the radio, the Internet, the TV shows, and even the religious programming are all part of Satan’s arsenal, to indoctrinate Christians, and our children into a less-than-Christ-honoring lifestyle!

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These are the little foxes who are destroying God’s vineyard! We are becoming flooded by these little foxes, to the point that we are drowning in Satan’s flood-waters of falsehood!

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FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS!

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Well, so as to not end on a sour note, we must look for a solution to this http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Tissot_Habakkuk.jpgfrightening situation we now find ourselves in! Just what can we do? Where can we go?

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After all, even Habakkuk says… “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2, 3

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So Habakkuk’s counsel for us today, is “RUN”! Yes, this is the remedy! RUN!

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Unfortunately, there are not many who can simply remove themselves from this situation! Oh yes, some may be able to get to country places with their children, and have a workable situation, as far as having gainful employment!

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Habakkuk by James Tissot – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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FLEE UNTO HEAVENLY ZION!

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TV indoctrination

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But there is another place we can run to! And to simply put it, we must run into the arms of God! Yes, it is only by full surrender to Jesus, that we might be hidden from the walls of wickedness which are just now closing in all around us!

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Listen… “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings, From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about. They are enclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.” Psalm 17:8-10

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Here in this above passage, we are counselled to seek refuge under the shadow of God’s wings! Here is the only true protection from our enemies who want to destroy us! Here is the only safety from those little foxes who are constantly biting us and trying to destroy us! Here is the refuge from all those millions of frogs (evil spirits) who want to brainwash our children with high-tech devices, and perverted ideologies on TV and even in the classroom!

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IN HEAVENLY PLACES!

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So let each of us forsake our world-loving ways, and begin to armor up with the armor-of-light which is put on by immersing ourselves in the Word of Christ!

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Listen… “Although the fig tree (the Israel of God) shall not blossom (spiritually), neither shall fruit (the Elect) be in the vines (the Church)…the flock (God’s people) shall be cut off from the fold (churches), and there shall be no herd (God’s people) in the stalls (congregations): The LORD God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places. (heavenly Places in my heart)” Habakkuk 3:17, 19

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Yes, as this above passage alludes, we must stop living for this present world, and begin walking in Heavenly places! And this is where God’s people will flee to in these last days ahead!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me escape all these things, so that I may stand before the Son of Man in that soon-coming Day…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet”, or you can also read… “August 11th (Habakkuk Says “Run!”)” 

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE THIRD MOUNTAIN…CHOICE ‘C’…

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“Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.” Jeremiah 51:25   

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These three mountains are called “The Valley of Decision Constellation Group”. The first two mountains on the left in this sketch are known are the Mounts of Blessing and Cursing, as found in Deuteronomy 27:11-26 & Chapter 28.

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The valley between these two mountains is called the Valley of Decision, as is written… “Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the Valley of Decision.” Joel 3:14.

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Valley of Decision + O Destroying Mountain Constellation Group

 

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The Valley of Decision is not a physical place, but a spiritual valley in which each person of the world will make up his or her mind, as to just whom they will serve: God or Satan; God’s kingdom or this world (Satan’s kingdom). 

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From the Mount of Blessing are heard all the blessings which result from serving God. From the Mount of Cursing are heard all the curses which result from disobedience to God’s will. And those in the valley will listen to both sides, and make up their minds, just who will they serve. A very simple choice, right? Wrong!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Vanity Fair & The False Prophet”

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TOMORROW…

“JANUARY 24 (Take Us The Foxes, The Little Foxes! Part 2: Little Sins!)”

 

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