Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JULY 3 (Hide Thyself…For A Moment! Part 2: Dwelling In Love! (“John’s Victorious Life”))

By admin On June 6th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JULY 3

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Hide Thyself…For A Moment! Part 2: Dwelling In Love! (“John’s Victorious Life”)

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“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God,

and God in him.

Herein is our love made perfect,

that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment:

because as He is, so are we in this world.”

1st John 4:16, 17

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So as we examine this above statement by the Apostle, John, we see that it refers to the Day of Judgment in relation to our becoming totally Christ-like… Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.”

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Well, in our quest to find out just what was the secret to John’s success in achieving total Christ-likeness, it was decided that both Paul and John had become totally devoted to becoming totally Christ-like! This was the focus of yesterday’s devotional.

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John The Apostle – by Alonzo Cano – 1635-1637 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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But we need more practical ways of achieving this heavenly prize!

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GRACE THAT WORKS!

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Oh yes, we know that from a heavenly vantage point, our Salvation is all the product of grace.

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But God wants us to be players in all these things! He doesn’t want us to merely drift off in some doctrinal fatalism, or cringe in fear of being accused of, “working our way to Heaven”. No, but God wants us to work as if Salvation IS by our own works, even though we realize that it is totally by grace.

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And this great work is totally by grace, through the promptings of the indwelling Spirit of Holiness…

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ABOVE PICTURE: soldiers of the cross – armor up! – www.signsofheaven.org

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GOD WORKS WITHIN

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Listen… “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12, 13

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Here in this above statement by Paul, it is revealed that while we seem to be working out our Salvation with fear and trembling, it is actually God who is working behind the scenes within us.

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – Public Domain

 

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PERFECT PEACE

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Now in today’s devotional, the focus will turn to another aspect of dwelling in God’s love. This aspect is found in Isaiah 26:3…“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.”

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Yes, here is one of the most powerful statements found in Scripture! It is perhaps the Grand-daddy of all precious promises! It is the most joyful and hopeful of all statements in Scripture! Perfect peace! What the world yearns for but never finds! Perfect peace! What the Christian world professes to be all about, but never yet has achieved!

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Woman with Bible – Braet von Überfeldt – 1866 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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FALLING INTO THE MIRE

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Oh yes, when life is going our way, and all is tranquil and serene, we might fancy ourselves to have peace-of-mind.

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But just as soon as some store clerk makes a tiny insult, we instantly “lose our cool”, as they say. Or somebody yells at us!

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Or when some discouraging news is announced, our thoughts instantly become immersed in fear, or in sadness, or in grief, or in despair!

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Anger during a protest – by David Shankbone – Wikimedia – Share-alike-License

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So just how can we achieve that same unwavering faith and love that John enjoyed?

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How can we keep our minds stayed upon Christ, as Isaiah promised? 

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PRECIOUS PROMISEShttp://www.wikiart.org/en/james-tissot/saint-peter-walks-on-the-sea-saint-pierre-marche-sur-la-mer

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Well, we need to turn to Peter’s revelation… “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2nd Peter 1:4

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You see, it is only by the great and precious Bible promises, that we can maintain perfect peace! In other words, whenever something comes up, which attempts to mar or obliterate that perfect peace, it is only by clinging to God’s precious promises that we can keep from sinking in a sea of doubts.

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Peter walks on water – James Tissot – www.wikiart.org

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WHAT WILL I CHOOSE?

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For example, if I get the news that my employer might possibly be cutting 500 jobs in the near future, then how am I to react? Do I go into a “tail-spin”, as they say? Do I begin to worry and fret and obsess over this possible future catastrophe?

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Well, instead of sinking into grief, there is one precious promise I can rather choose to cling to… “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:34

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Yes, in light of this encouragement from Matthew’s Gospel, why should I borrow tomorrow’s supposed troubles? Why not rather just do what I can do today, and leave tomorrow in God’s hands?

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And this is just one of many appropriate Bible promises for just such an occasion! And so, instead of allowing this future foreboding threat to destroy my perfect peace in Christ, I must instantly begin to pray for God’s precious promise to lift me back up! “Lord, help me cling to this admonition to leave the future in Thy hands! Keep my focus today, upon Thy Word, and how it applies to my present duties!”

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ANOTHER PROMISE

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Well of course, there are many other promises which will come to my rescue in such times of discouragement! For instance, here’s another Bible promise…“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19.

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Yes, this promise is also a great comfort during times of impending economic crisis! God shall supply all our need!

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NECESSARY INGREDIENT

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Well, the big point in today’s devotional is just this: in our quest to achieve what both Paul and John achieved, as far as becoming totally Christ-like, we must enlist this concept of maintaining perfect peace, by clinging to God’s precious Bible promises!

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This is not optional! It is a vital and necessary ingredient to living in victory!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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HIDE THOSE PROMISES!

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But wait a minute! One thing we must remember! Do you recall that little Christian 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.jpgsong… “How can you stand of the promises of God, if you don’t know what they are?”

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Yes, each and every one of us can do a much better job of spending much more time in God’s Word, seeking out those precious promises, which are hidden between each and every verse of the Bible!

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But Bible study doesn’t stop when we close our Bible in the morning! No, that’s just when true Bible study actually begins! You see, it is only by meditating (contemplating) upon God’s Word, day and night, that those precious promises become truly ingrained and etched upon the tables of our heart!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, I surrender all! Give me the desire and ability to be busily hiding Thy precious promises in my heart. Give me remembrance of these promises in every time of need…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Planet Of “Rest” – Finding “Rest Unto Your Soul” (Part 2, Perfect Peace), or you can also read this shorter article…“May 13th (Do One Thing!)”

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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HOLY GHOST-RIDER

Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation

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 Notice how the right front hoof is trampling on the tail of the Dragon. Also notice his eye is a star. It is best seen when in the western half of the sky. It is found in mid-sky traveling from east to west. In January, it is in the west after midnight. As winter progresses, it can be seen earlier and earlier in the evening. a dark sky with good star-visibility is best, but not absolutely necessary to see this constellation. It is found on the opposite side of the Dragon Constellation from Orion. And as already stated, this Goodly Horse Constellation can be seen best in mid-winter when it is in the western side of the sky, and you are looking at it while you are facing west. The nose and head of this horse is partly made from the Perseus Constellation. The tail and rear end is partly of the Cassiopeia Constellation. The hind-leg is made partly of stars from the Andromeda Constellation.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation

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TOMORROW…

JULY 4 (Lucifer’s Music Solo, Part 2: Pleasing God or Man?)

 

 

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

 

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THIS IS STUDY #548 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING…

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

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