Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JANUARY 24 (Take Us The Foxes, The Little Foxes! Part 2: Little Sins!)

By admin On November 11th, 2014

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Daily Devotional – JANUARY 23

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Take Us The Foxes, The Little Foxes! Part 2: Little Sins! 

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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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Rød Fox – Courtesy of Malene – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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In yesterday’s devotional, it was shown that the “little foxes” represented all the little worldly influences which are corrupting the Church!

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Yes, both within the Church, and out there in society, the ungodly influences are just now closing in on Christians, making it more difficult with each passing day, to be a faithful and sanctified Christian!

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Television, radio, Internet, i-phones, school systems, billboards, magazines, and even fellow church-members, are just some of the powerful influences which are causing Christians (and our children) to conform to the ways of the world!

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“LITTLE FOXES” SINS

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But there is another facet of truth to this little verse frohttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Germany_Singelfingen_Gossips.jpgm Song of Songs! Yes, there are little foxes which are spoiling God’s vineyard, that many Christians don’t even see as sin!

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You see, many church-goers today, are under the false assumption that as long as we steer clear of outward sins (adultery, smoking, cussing, swearing, drunkenness, etc.) that we can engage in “little foxes” sins! Yes, it is the little foxes in the form of so-called “petty” sins, that are often overlooked, and yet will ultimately destroy the spiritual life of a church-goer!

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Listen to the very words of Jesus… “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10

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Gossips in the Altstadt in Sindelfingen, Germany. Sally Kennison share-alike license wikimedia commons

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THE “LITTLE” SINS!

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“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10

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So here is a divine principle which should guide the Christian through many questionable little situations in everyday life! Yes, faithfulness and unfaithfulness are determined by the little choices we make! There are many seemingly “petty little sins” which church-goers give little thought to…

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“Should I drive my car over the lawful speed limit?”

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“Should I tell a ‘little white lie’ for convenience sake?”

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“Should I skip purchasing the required permit to do some project?”

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“Is it wrong to grab a handful of free advertising newspapers to use at home to line the birdcage, or to wrap cups and dishes in moving- boxes?”

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FAITHFUL IN LITTLE MATTERS

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpg“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10

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This above passage from Luke tells us that, if we cannot be faithful in those little things, then we will not be faithful in the big things either!

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Yes, this passage from Luke has probably been considered one of those much-dreaded “hard sayings” of the Bible! But as unpopular as this verse may be, it is nonetheless, a very giant concept, which will either make or break the Christian’s spiritual life!

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Chaplain reads Bible – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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INCENSE TO IDOLS!

The Christian Martyrs Last Prayer - Wikipedia - US Public Domain

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Back in the days of the Roman Circus, Christians were offered the choice of sprinkling a little pinch of incense upon the altar of some god like Diana or Zeus. And only one little pinch of incense upon that altar would free them from suffering a hideous death by wild beasts!

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The Christian Martyrs Last Prayer – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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MANY MODERN-DAY IDOLS

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But in today’s world, there may be no literal altar! And yet, when I break the speed limit, am I not pinching some incense for the god of impatience? Or when I free-download some copyrighted material without paying, am I not pinching incense onto the altar of dishonesty? Or when I secretly lust after some attractive person who happens to be walking by, am I not pinching incense to the goddess of lust? Or when I purposely fail to report taxable income on my returns, am I not worshiping at the altar of covetousness?

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You see, this world is the place of judgment! And when we were yet dead in trespasses and sins, our normal everyday behavior would allow for us to commit such little sins!

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But now that we have been washed in the blood of Christ, all these little temptations are now God’s means for purifying our hearts into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ!

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Computer hacking – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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MARK OF THE BEAST NOW GIVEN!

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There are many Christians who swear that they will never take the “Mark” should the day come that it is offered to them.

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But what they do not realize is, that the preparation for the Mark is right now being offered to us, each and every day, in the form of these little choices we make!

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And should the day come that we are offered a big choice concerning the “Mark”, we will make the very same choice that we habitually made in our past everyday little choices! If we habitually choose honesty, and patience, and purity, and kindness, and longsuffering, etc., then we will refuse the “Mark”.

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But if we choose convenience over honesty, or expedience over patience, or lust over self-control, then when the “Mark” is given we will choose that Mark because it has become our second nature to do so!

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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GOOD NEWS!

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And the very Good News is, that there is still time to establish the habit of making right choices, even in the little situations of life! And the more we make such good choices a lifetime habit, the easier it gets to continue to do so! And then, when the day comes for Christians to make that big choice, it will be like tying our shoe! A “no-brainer” as they say!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be faithful in the little matters of life…

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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” or you can also read… “May 14th (The Greatest Mission-Field: My Soul!)”

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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NARROW GATE STARS

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Winter Constellations in West

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This most amazing phenomenon is seen throughout the winter. Although it can be observed most of the winter, it is seen best when it is the western part of the sky, at winter’s end (The end of winter being the final scene of this heavenly Gospel story). Orion , the Dragon, and the Glorious White Horse are beginning to descend into the western horizon (sketch to right is Winter Constellations descending into western horizon. This can actually be seen as early as December, in the pre-dawn hours).

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And at this point it is apparent that the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation  is veering toward the two bright stars, known as Castor and Pollux (sketch to left). But the Wide Gate Stars are composed of the two brightest stars of the Auriga Constellation, known as the star, Capella, and the star, Menkalinan. The two stars, Castor and Pollux, make up the concept of the Orion’s Narrow Gate Stars.

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This can even be observed into June in the western sky (for a short time just after dark). While a dark night is best for seeing the Woman Constellation, the 4 stars which comprise the Narrow Gate/Wide Gate Stars can be seen even under mediocre conditions. It begins with the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation (AKA Ursa Major) going towards these two doors.

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The sketch to left shows, the two doors are each composed of two bright stars. The two bright stars that comprise the Narrow Gate are the two brightest stars of the Orion the Reaper’s sickle. The two stars that comprise the ‘Wide Gate’ Stars are the two brightest stars of the wave of water that comes out of the Dragon Constellation’s mouth (for explanation of “Wave of Water”, just click here). The stars that make up the ‘Narrow Gate’ are about half the width of the Wide Gate (see sketch below left).

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Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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(For more information on Orion’s sickle, just click here,“Orion The Reaper”.)

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Editor’s note: These sketches on this page are merely sketches. The stars are not in their exact place. However, they are close enough to find them in the night sky. But as with most stars, it takes persistence to finally locate them.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…  “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)” 

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TOMORROW…

“JANUARY 25 (The Pre-Trib Rapture)”

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