Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 15 (Rollie-Pollie Bug Christians! Part 3: How To Dwell In Love)

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 15

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Rollie-Pollie Bug Christians! Part 3: “How To Dwell In Love”

To read Part 1, click here… September 6th (Rollie-Pollie Bug Christians!)

 

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Are you a Rollie-Pollie Bug Christian?

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Well are you?

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Are you one of those Christians who respond to all the troubles which assail you, by simply curling up into a little ball, and hiding in God’s Secret Hiding Place?

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Do you sometimes just pull your covers over you and hide yourself in God’s protective shell which He surrounds you with?

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Do you just roll yourself up in a little ball and pray to Him? Do you just close out the world and listen to some quiet music, or maybe a Bible reading?

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Well, if you are one of those types, then you are definitely a Rollie-Pollie Bug Christian! That’s for sure!

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But that’s not necessarily a bad thing! You see, a “Rollie Pollie Bug” is one of those little garden bugs who wear a little coat of armor. And when threatened or attacked, this little bug simply curls up into a little ball, and surrounds itself with its coat of armor!

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Photo, above left: Armadillidium vulgare – Pill Bug – Wikipedia – Share-Alike License

Photo, above right: Rollie-Pollie Doodle-Bug – Slater rolled up – Wikipedia – Share-Alike License

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DWELLING IN LOVE

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 Well, this little bug can teach us further lessons, than merely curling up with God during times of trouble.

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You see, most of us Christians are struggling to be filled with the agape love of Jesus! And the fact is, most of us don’t do so well, most of the time, do we?

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Photo, above : Rollie-Pollie Doodle-Bug – Slater rolled up – Wikipedia – Share-Alike License

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ALL IS VANITY & VEXATION OF SPIRIT

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We live in a world of sin and sorrow. Evil is all around us. We are surrounded by horrible news reports! Political parties are at war with each other, each vying for supremacy instead of thinking of the good of the nation.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ISIL_Execution_of_man_September_2014.jpg

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Cars honk at each other, and curse words are exchanged. Family members fight with each other. Fellow employees betray one another. Nations war with each other. Hatred abounds in this sorrowful world! Greed too! Lust and perversion are rising up all around us! Drugs and alcohol destroy loved ones and neighbors. Satan works tirelessly to steal the souls of our children! Rogue nations are willing to blow themselves up, if only they can take us with them! Courts and judges often making unjust decisions! Once great nations now in moral and economic free-fall!

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The current situation in this sad world is so bleak and hopeless, it’s a wonder that people can even get through the day amidst such disturbing daily news reports.

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PUT ON CHARITY

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And yet, the Bible exhorts us, “…And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” Colossians 3:14

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But how in the world do we put on love? From every direction we are bombarded by a barrage of evils, which seem to be closing in on us and our children, like walls of iron!

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

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CLOSED IN WITH GOD!

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Well, God has given us this tiny Rollie-Pollie bug, to be our little instructor of wisdom. 

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Yes, this little metaphor of nature has the right solution when approached by an enemy. It merely curls up into a little ball, protected by its coat of armor.

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And for those of us who are seeking to live a life of agape love, we too must imitate this little bug, but in a spiritual sense!

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Photo, above right: Rollie-Pollie Doodle-Bug – Slater rolled up – Wikipedia – Share-Alike License

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GET ARMORED UP!

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First of all, do we even have a coat of armor?

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Listen… “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:11-13

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This would be the very first step in imitating that Rollie-Pollie bug! To put on the armor of God!

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VEXED BY NEWS & POLITICS

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But in addition to armoring up with God’s Word, we Christians need to quit poisoning our souls with all the evil reports in the news.

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Listen… “Evil communications corrupts good manners.” 1st Corinthians 15:33

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Yes, far too many Christians expose ourselves with the daily news, thereby becoming filled with the vanity and vexation which abounds in the world!

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And so, we really need to quit vexing our own soul by our morbid desire to hear the bloody daily news reports! This is part of curling up with God, as the little bug illustrates.

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Satan purposely creates news stories which are designed to fill people with hatred, frustration, jealousy, and lust.

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TV – ABC-Good Morning America – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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POLITICAL SHENANIGANS  

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For instance, when we become a regular audience to partisan political talk shows, we are soon in danger of becoming hateful towards our supposed political enemies.

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Yes, when we listen to all the dirty little tricks and shenanigans one political party plays against the other, it is all but impossible to not become filled with rage against all those injustices, and against all those who commit them!

 

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Now, how in the world are we supposed to walk in love, when we allow ourselves to be poisoned on a daily basis, by such deviousness, envy, hatred, injustice, and strife?

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

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WAS LOT WARNED BY NEWSPAPERS?

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Well, someone will say, “How are we to keep abreast of all the dangers in the world, if we cut ourselves off from the daily news?”

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OK, how did Lot know to flee from Sodom on her day of destruction? Did the daily newspapers warn Lot to flee? No, of course not! No doubt, the morning papers probably predicted peace and safety on that fateful day!

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No, it was the Lord that got Lot to safety, just prior to Sodom’s destruction!

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Lot Flees Sodom – by Benjamin West – www.christimages.org – US Public Domain

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BIBLE CONTEMPLATION & UNCEASING PRAYER

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The Christian will find that contemplating the Bible and praying without ceasing is absolutely necessary to walking in love!

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Listen… “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3

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Here is the recipe for Christian victory: to shun the soul-vexing negativity of the world, and merely dwell upon the Bible!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE BUSY-NESS OF LIFE

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Oh yes, everyone has many daily duties which must be performed. But far too many Christians pile on needless duties and ambitious pursuits, thereby suffocating their spiritual life.

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It’s just as the Wise Man warned…“For a dream cometh through the multitude of business;” Ecclesiastes 5:3

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This above verse speaks of those who pursue a multitude of busy endeavors, only to eventually lose their heavenly vision!

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And instead, they will begin to pursue earthly dreams!

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Yes, they will wake up one morning and discover a bright idea!

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Only that bright idea won’t be of heavenly brightness, but merely of earthly glitter!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Dream Maker of Babylon – Signs Of Heaven.org

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THE DESTRUCTION OF THE RICH

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But those who are like the Rollie-Pollie bug, will be careful not to be carried away with earthly pursuits, but merely be content with food and covering…

 

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Listen… “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1st Timothy 6:7-9

 

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BE LIKE THE ROLLIE-POLLIE BUG

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So today’s admonition is to shun the many diversions and distractions which the Enemy of Souls places in the pathway of Christians, and begin to enclose ourselves in the heavenly armor of God’s Word and unceasing prayer! Just like the Rollie-Pollie bug encloses his self with his protective armor.

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And by so-doing, the Christian may just find that he or she is filled with the heavenly love that the world cannot know!

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Photo, above right: Rollie-Pollie Doodle-Bug – Slater rolled up – Wikipedia – Share-Alike License

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PERFECT PEACE!

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Isaiah put all this information into just a few words… “Thou (God) will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee (Jesus).” Isaiah 26:3

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Yes, perfect peace and agape love are essentially the same thing!

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And once you discover the joy and peace and love that flows out of you, it just might be that you will never want to uncurl yourself! 

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Prayer – USMC – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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TO READ PART 4, CLICK HERE… JUNE 18 (Rollie-Pollie Bug Christians! Part 4: Building A Hedge Against Satan)

 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Slater_rolled_up_for_wiki.jpg

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“Dear Lord, I want that agape love that Jesus wants to fill me with! Take my off this desperate and deceitful world, and fix my gaze heavenward… 

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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 this shorter article…“April 4th (Apostle Paul’s Fun & Recreation)”

 

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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.Two Turtledoves (Sagittarius)

“But they that escape of them shall escape,

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and shall be on the mountains

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like doves of the valleys,

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all of them mourning,

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every one for his iniquity.”

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Ezekiel 7:16

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LOCATING THIS CONSTELLATION

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THE TWO TURTLE-DOVES CONSTELLATION… This constellation appears in early spring in the south. It moves from east to west during the night and slowly moves to the western horizon by fall. It is commonly known as Sagittarius. (The three stars at the top of the 2nd Turtle-dove are not shown in some Sagittarius Star-charts, but are in others.)

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Sagittarius Constellation star-chart from a wikipedia. Editor of this site has sketched in the Turtle-Doves. Star-chart is under Share-alike license

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GOD’S LAST CALL

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So these Two Turtle-Doves are a sign of witnessing to a lost and dying world. And it may just be that these Two Turtle-Doves are a sign of God’s last message to the world!

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Yes, the Bible says… “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:25-27.

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And so, if these signs are a fulfillment of Luke’s prophecy, then these Two Turtle-Doves are a symbol of God’s last message of mercy to this world!

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ABOVE PICTURE: summer constellations with Two Turtledoves

 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… What Is The Meaning of the Two Turtle-Doves Constellation?

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TOMORROW…

JUNE 16 (“To The Moles And To The Bats!”)

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

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