Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 24 (Salvation’s Monkey-Wrench (“The Frown”))

By admin On May 28th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 24

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The Monkey Wrench in the Works of Salvation

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monkey_wrench_derivative_from_Rogers_1903_p172.pngHave you ever heard the expression, “There’s a monkey-wrench in the works”?

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Well, this old saying refers to the impeding problems in our life which are akin to a mechanic unknowingly dropping his wrench down into the gears, causing the machine to completely stop working.

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The fact is, there is a similar “monkey-wrench” which causes the gears of our Salvation to come to a complete halt!

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So let’s read today’s devotional, and find out just what that “monkey-wrench” can possibly be!

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Monkey wrench – derivative from Rogers 1903 p172 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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A TRUE INCIDENT

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One day, an older man, standing in a Christian bookstore, overheard a young man say to the clerk, to the effect, “I really want to move up to a higher level with Jesus!”

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A few minutes later, the older man saw the younger man in the parking lot. Well, the older man didn’t always feel the urge to witness to strangers. But for some reason, he decided to give a little encouragement. And so he walked up and said, “I heard you say that you wanted to move up to a higher level with the Lord. You know, I have found that the only way to really move up to a higher level with the Lord, is to forsake this world, and begin to follow Jesus.”

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Well, at hearing this, the young man’s countenance fell, and a frown came across his face as he drove off.

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Christian Bookstore – Appleton Wisconsin – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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AN UNPOPULAR TRUTH

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Now it’s impossible to know exactly why the young man responded the way he did.

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But the Bible clearly teaches… “Reprove (correct) not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke (scold) a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” Proverbs 9:8, 9

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The mere fact that this young man grew angry at this advice may have been an indication that he needed a lot of heart-work.

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But one thing is for sure! In the current climate within the Christian community, this idea of forsaking all, to follow Jesus is not a popular one. And of course, this is nothing new! When Jesus said this same thing back 2,000 years ago, it was received with the very same frowns, by the very people who professed to love God!

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Brooklyn Museum – The Pharisees Question Jesus – James Tissot – US Public Domain – Wikimedia

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THE RICH YOUNG RULER

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For instance, remember the account of the rich young ruler, who came to Jesus and said, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?…Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me.” Matthew 19:16, 21

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And as we all know, the young man did not like this advice. No, this young man had many possessions and did not want to give up all, to follow Jesus. He merely wanted a religion which allowed him to serve God, while still clinging to his world-loving ways.

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Rich Young Ruler – Hoffman – Wikimedia Commons – US Public-Domain

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A CORNUCOPIA WORLD TODAY

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But today, 2,000 years later, we live in a very materialistic and hedonistic world!

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Practically everyone in this industrial/high-tech society has more than the heart could wish! Even the so-called poor today are almost as wealthy as the upper class who lived in centuries past! (Well of course, there are many places in today’s world, where the general populace is still very poor.)

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But this is the reason why we put Jesus on that Cross! We just didn’t like His advice! We didn’t appreciate hearing that this world is evil! And we certainly didn’t want to give up our selfishness. Oh yes, we didn’t mind following Him! But we stubbornly insisted on retaining our selfish wares and ways too!

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Time – New York City Night-lights – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 2.0 Generic License

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LET ME JUST DO SOME GOOD WORK!

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But Jesus plainly reveals… “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33

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This above verse is perhaps one of the most unpopular verses in the Bible!

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It cuts right to the heart of Man’s rebellion against Heaven! We love our selfish ways! We love our materialistic lives! Just like that rich young ruler, we would like to do some good thing! Some good work that will make us right with God!

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Maybe a sort of “Do-it-yourself” gospel, based on some good work.

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Hands – Wikimedia – share-alike license

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FREE-WILL? WHAT FREE-WILL!?!

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That’s why the so-called “Free-will gospel” is so popular today!

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Because if I “choose Jesus”, then that good work sets me apart from others! Yes, by the good work of me choosing Salvation, then obviously, I have a degree of self-righteousness that others do not possess! And this good work of me-choosing-Jesus will supposedly allow me to go to Heaven while still clinging to my selfish life down here!

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And so, this is the “monkey-wrench-in-the-works”, as the saying goes. This is why the rich young ruler could never move up to a higher level with God.https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monkey_wrench_derivative_from_Rogers_1903_p172.png

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And this is why the churches in this society today are filled with very nice people, but who are still very lost!

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

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IN SATAN’S PRISON-HOUSE

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But the fact is, Salvation is totally by grace…”if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2nd Timothy 2:25, 26

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This above passage reveals that repentance is the gift of God. And we are hopelessly in Satan’s prison-house of sin!

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This is because humanity’s free-will was lost way back in the garden, when Satan became “the god of this world”. (2nd Corinthians 4:4)

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council wikipedia US public domain

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GOOD NEWS!

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Well, the Good News is, that God has not yet closed the doors of mercy and grace!

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And make no mistake! Salvation is by grace alone! And yet, God commands us to begin right now to plead for mercy, asking for the desire to forsake all, and follow Jesus. 

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And no, God is not necessarily wanting us to immediately trash all our belongings!

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But it’s just like that old song says… “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace!” When we truly have our focus on Him, the treasures and pleasures of this selfish world lose their hold on us!

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

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MONKEY-WRENCH FINALLY REMOVED!

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Yes, the more we grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus, the more we will desire to live like Him!

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To follow Him in our hearts!

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To imitate Him in all we do!

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To get “self” out of the way, so that He can live out His glorious life through us!

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And the things of this world will begin to lose their grip on us. And instead, our hearts will long to be more and more filled with the unselfish agape love of Heaven!

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And no more will there be a “monkey-wrench-in-the-works” of our Salvation. And we will continue to move up to a higher and higher level with the Lord!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to forsake all, to follow Jesus. Deliver me from all the false notions about Salvation, and guide me up the Narrow Way…

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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… January 6th (Baptism By Full Immersion!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE GLORIOUS 12-STAR CROWN CONSTELLATION

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If you were to go out on a dark and starry night in the summer months, and lift up your head, you might just see this constellation group. Looking at this sketch, do you see this woman as she tries to take hold of that crown?

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Well, this is a heavenly fulfillment of the above Bible verse (“And there appeared a great wonder (or “sign”) in Heaven; a woman…and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:” Revelation 12:1).

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And this woman is known as the Revelation 12 Woman, and that crown is known as the Revelation 12 Crown.

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You can see this constellation group in the summer months by looking in the western skies.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The 12-Star Crown Constellation of Revelation 12

 

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TOMORROW…

JUNE 25 (Eternal Torment? Part 9: No Sympathy In Heaven!?!) 

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