Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JULY 29 (Am I A Deist? Part 1: Insurance)

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 Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JULY 29

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“Am I A Deist?” Part 1: Insurance

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A DETACHED DEITY?

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There is a certain daily newspaper comic strip which often features a cartoon-like God, who looks down upon Earth, from Heaven, through a giant telescope. 

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And though this cartoon is meant to give readers a daily chuckle, the fact is, many people who call themselves Christian, more or less believe in such a distantly detached God.

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The Helix Nebula – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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DEISTS OF THEIR DAY

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Some, or perhaps many of our founding fathers of the United States of America called themselves  Christian, but were actually what were known as, “Deists”.

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You see, Deists believed that God sits far off in outer space, and merely monitors the comings and goings of Mankind.

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But is that what the Bible says about God? Am I really the captain of my ship? Am I just an independent  agent? Is the world just a place where most all the actions and decisions being the product of humans?

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Or does God intervene in the affairs of Mankind?

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Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States by H.C. Christy – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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RAISED TO BE FAITHLESS

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We live in a faithless world! From infancy, we have been taught and conditioned to believe that we must, “pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps”, as the saying goes.

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Yes, this ol’ world is under the false notion, that if there is a God, He just sits out there in some far-away nebula, looking at this world through some gigantic telescope.

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We are deists! We are faithless! We think that we must scratch and claw our way through this life, by our own strength and with our own intellect!

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Shoppers in Toronto – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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DEIST = SADDUCEE

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Of course, this stark spiritual poverty is nothing new! The Bible refers to the Sadducees during Jesus’ time on earth. They were a class of secularized “believers”, who doubted any supernatural intervention in the affairs of Man, by God! And when Jesus began His earthly ministry, this group of Sadducees had absolutely not one shred of belief that He was the promised Messiah that was to come!

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Sadducees Question Jesus – by Harold Copping – www.wikigallery.com public domain

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TODAY EVEN WORSE!

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Now in today’s society, things are even worse than in the days of Jesus!

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Our western societies are not only heavily atheistic, but virtually void of any degree of living faith in God’s divine providence for man’s needs!

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People on Times Square – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License.

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INSURANCE

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For instance, just look at all the insurance companies which are making billions in profits, capitalizing on Mankind’s fear of losing our house, our cars, and any and every other personal possession!

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And of course, there is nothing wrong for the people of the world buying plenty of insurance for all these things.

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One can only sympathize with Mankind’s spiritual bankruptcy!

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Café de Flore coffee house – wikipedia – public domain

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CHURCH INFECTED 

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But unfortunately, this same faithlessness has infected the Church to a great degree!

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Yes, sad to say, we who call ourselves Christians have been groomed by society to behave much like the world behaves: faithlessly! We too spend thousands of dollars on insurance policies for our home and possessions! We have forgotten, or do not believe the scriptures which promise that God is the One who protects our belongings, or takes them away at His own discretion.

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SCORNED 

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And if that’s not bad enough, many parishioners even look down on those who choose to live by faith, calling them “fanatics”. We have been so thoroughly indoctrinated by this society (via TV, radio, family & friends, etc…), that we pretty much think like the world thinks!

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Listen…“For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.” Hebrews 10:34.

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The churches of Paul’s day gave freely for the furtherance of the Gospel! And if only today’s Christians would take those thousands of dollars they spend on needless insurance policies, and instead, donate that money to some faithful ministry that preaches to foreign nations, they would not only enjoy God’s protection, but also see many saved souls one day who were saved because of their donations!

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

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PAUL LOST ALL THINGS!

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And speaking of Paul, listen to his own personal testimony… “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” Philippians 3:8

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Paul had virtually suffered the loss of all earthly possessions, and yet counted them as dung, that he might finally become totally Christlike!  

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Paul Shipwrecked – Acts 27:41-44 – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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OBEY IN ALL THINGS LAWFUL

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Oh yes, some types of insurance are required, such as driver’s liability insurance, and now even health insurance. And we are counseled by God to obey, “every ordinance of Man”, unless of course, it causes us to sin. (For instance, paying our taxes (even unfair taxes) is NOT a sin! Or getting all the necessary permits and inspections for a building project!)

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Building Inspection – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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SATAN RAISES UP FANATICS

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Now are there those who are “fanatics” (a non-biblical name), who make a mockery of faith?

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Of course, Satan has always supplied false brethren who http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Marshall_Applewhite.jpgpretend to have great faith, but eventually end up in some disastrous catastrophe. Their faith was merely presumptuous folly.

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They were raised up by Satan to cast aspersions on those true worshipers of God who truly desire to live by faith.

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Marshall Applewhite – Wikipedia – Fair-Use Rationale

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FAITH, A GROWING EXPERIENCE

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But true faith comes from daily Bible study and contemplation, combined with trials and afflictions which are given to strengthen the faith of God’s child.

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Little-by-little, the true Believer learns to live by greater and greater faith, ever progressing toward his or her goal: to become totally Christ-like!

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PRESUMPTUOUS FAITH

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Those who do not go through this day-by-day growing in faith and love are mostly http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:David_Koresh.jpgjust pretenders whom the Devil uses to make true faith look bad to the world and who also look bad to worldly Christians!

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And sadly, the true Christian must endure the mockery and derision of all those lukewarm professors within the Church, as they (true Christians) are lumped together with all the phony-faith fanatics in the Church!

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“You mean, you don’t have your house and possessions insured!?!”, say the church pretenders, “What are you? Some sort of fanatic!?!”

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Of course, these lukewarm professors live by the faithless ways of the world! They have all their insurance programs. They spend thousands of dollars protecting their property, when they might have given this money instead for the furtherance of the Gospel into foreign mission fields!

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David Koresh wikipedia US public domain

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A TRUE GROWING FAITHhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-081218-M-4507D-001.jpg

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If only we would have an intelligent faith, based on day-by-day, year-by-year growth in grace and the knowledge of the Lord!

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Then would God lead us, even as He led His disciples, willing to help all those who desire to live by the same faith that Jesus lived by! 

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Prayer – USMC – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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NOT TO COMPEL OTHERS

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Now, having said all this, we need to NOT sit in judgment against those who do not agree with our faith. Let God be the judge.

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There are many who are weak in faith, and still very much indoctrinated in the ways of Man. We are not to force our beliefs on others. We are not to compel another person’s conscience: not even the conscience of our spouse!

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The last thing we want to become is some little dictator!

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And so, let’s just live by our own faith, and allow others to serve God according to their own faith!

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PURIFIED BY FIRE

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But God has prepared the time just before us as the fires of perfection, in which God will finally purify His Church to walk, even as Jesus walked!

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Yes, God is going to allow the Devil to remove every earthly support from His people, just as in earlier days. There may not be literal lions. But those persecutions will be every bit as fierce!

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Oh yes, the citizens of this world will continue on as usual. But God’s people will learn to live totally by faith in the coming time of trouble ahead!

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The Christian Martyrs Last Prayer – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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THE TIME HAS COME

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Now that time of trouble has already begun! Oh yes, it is still very mild at this point. But it will gradually get more and more difficult for God’s people!

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But there should be no more delay to fully engage ourselves in unceasing Bible contemplation and prayer! Let’s put on our armor! The day is at hand!

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Learn to live without all the man-devised faithless alternatives to Divine Providence! “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils!” Isaiah 2:22

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“CEASE YE FROM MAN!”

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Let us heed the words of Isaiah 2:20-22… “In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth!  Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?”

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Yes, we must cast away all our idols! Even those idols consisting of all our faithless worldly ways, which we have trusted in, instead of trusting entirely in God’s divine providence for all our needs…even providing for our joy and peace and hope during the Time of Trouble, now upon us!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to grow in faith and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus. Give me wisdom as to how I should live and how I am to provide for my family during the coming crisis…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 2nd Face: The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner, or you can also read this shorter article… “September 22nd (Thy Will IS Done in Earth! Part 2)” 

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE SEEKER (THE SADDUCEE)

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LOCATING THIS 3RD FACE

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The 3rd face of the Moon is a bit more difficult to locate, because it is mostly upside down. But this photo and this sketch are how this face would appear if it was turned right side up. (In the southern hemisphere, however, this is how the Moon would appear.)

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The third face is the most difficult to see in the northern hemisphere, but once you do, it then becomes easy. This face is like a furry creature of the field. Maybe a rabbit. Maybe a squirrel. Perhaps a chipmunk. Probably a mouse. All “seekers”; all foragers or scavengers.

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And while this picture shows this little “beast of the field” right side up, this 3rd face is always pretty much in an upside-down position.

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The other two faces appear right-side-up, and are easier to locate. This photo and this sketch are both turned around to help you see this 3rd face easily. This enhanced sketch to the above right is merely to help you to see this face more easily. (As already stated, this 3rd face is right side up in the southern hemisphere.)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Moon into Blood Trilogy: 3rd Face: The Sadducee Seeker

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TOMORROW…

JULY 30 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 15: The Basics of Babylon)

 

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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