Daily Devotional, Year 2 – MARCH 21 (The City of Morality, Part 2: Raising Children) 

By admin On January 10th, 2015

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Daily Devotional – MARCH 21

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The City of Morality, Part 2: “Raising Children” 

To read Part 1, click here… “January 5th (The City of Morality)”

 

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In John Bunyan’s earth-shaking tale, Pilgrim’s Progress, the main character, Christian, was on his way to the Celestial City, to get that great Burden off his back (the burden of sin).

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But on the way, he met a fellow named Worldly Wiseman, who informed Christian that such an arduous journey was not necessary. He told Christian that all he needed was to go to the Village of Morality. 

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Christian in Pilgrim’s_Progress wiki pub dom.

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WORLDLY WISEMAN 

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And so, Christian was duped and deceived by Worldly Wiseman into going to the Village of Morality, instead of continuing on his way to the Celestial City. There Christian could simply live a life of morality (including church-going).

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And in so-doing, Christian could live in “peace and safety”, and in a look-alike lifestyle, very similar to true Christianity, yet without having to battle daily against sin, Satan, and self! Just living a moral life was all he needed!

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Worly Wiseman in Pilgrim’s Progress – Wikimedia – Pub Dom.

 

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THE VILLAGE IS NOW A HUGE CITY!

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And so it is today. Only this Village called Morality is now a full-grown city!

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Yes, a great portion of today’s world and today’s Christendom has become just that, the City of Morality!

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And there are many Christians who, like Bunyan’s pilgrim, have been duped by that old deceiver, Worldly Wiseman!

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New York Times Square – terabass – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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STILL AROUND TODAY!

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Oh yes, wouldn’t you know it! Worldly Wiseman is still around!

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And still, he’s busily misdirecting simple-minded Christians into going to the City of Morality instead of continuing onward and upward to Zion, the City of God!

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They have been told they could merely live a very moral lifestyle, instead of dying-to-self, allowing Christ to live out His holy life through them: a life of self-sacrificing love.

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

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“WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD” (or not!)

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We Christians look around today at the people of the world, and see so many well-behaved, well-educated and even caring humanitarians!

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And this can be quite confusing, to say the least! 

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And so, there are many church-goers who erroneously believe that the world is, well, “A pretty nice place, after all!”

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9/11 World Trade Center attack – New York – by UpsateNYer & Wikipedia – Share-Alike Lic.

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A FORM OF GODLINESS

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Listen… “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, etc…..Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2nd Timothy 3:1, 2, 5 (condensed)

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So it says here that the world will have a form of godliness, and yet deny the power thereof!

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In other words, humanity will have supposed goodness, and yet reject the only source of true goodness, the Holy Spirit!

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GOING TO THE WORLD FOR HELP

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Now this devotional concerns raising children.

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And so, just how does all this above information relate to the raising of our children?

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Well, there are many Christians who try to emulate what the world does. And it is no different in the area of child-rearing!

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Far too many Christian parents are convinced that they can read books by secular authors, on how to raise children!

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The great problem is, that though these books may have much truth, they also may have some lies and deceptions mingled in!

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Benjamin Spock – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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ANTICHRIST’S ADVICE

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sigmund_Freud_LIFE.jpgAnd one thing is for sure! No matter how wonderful we might think this or that book is, the fact is, a secular author has little or no belief in the spiritual realm!

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And so, while that book has some truth, it will definitely not have a proper balance between the natural realm and the spiritual realm!

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In other words, by denying the spiritual warfare going on in this world, that book will give all credit for a child’s behavior to the natural world.

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Sigmund Freud LIFE wikipedia US public domain

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SATAN TAKES NO VACATIONS!

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But the fact is, there are evil angels trying to disrupt each and every Christian home!

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And though Satan and his fellow evil-angels will attempt to erase themselves out of existence in the eyes of humanity, they nevertheless are very real, and very present and extremely active!

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These evil spirits do not sleep, nor do they take vacations!

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They are on duty, “24/7/365”, as the saying goes!

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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WATCH! YE SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS!

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And so, it is of utmost importance for the Christian to likewise be very sober and vigilant, as the Bible warns… “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1st Peter 5:8

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Now, tomorrow’s devotional will explore how the above information should affect how we are to raise our children…

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ABOVE PICTURE: soldiers of the cross – armor up! – Orion & The Revelation 12 Dragon constellation (comprised of Hyades & Pleiades and other constellations) – www.signsofheaven.org

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To continue reading this article, click here…

“MARCH 22 (The City of Morality, Part 3, Continued: Raising Children) “

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TODAY’S PRAYER

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Dear Lord, Help me to place all my trust in Thy Word, and not in the words of men…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…“Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE THIRD MOUNTAIN…CHOICE ‘C’…

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“Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.” Jeremiah 51:25   

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These three mountains are called “The Valley of Decision Constellation Group”. The first two mountains on the left in this sketch are known are the Mounts of Blessing and Cursing, as found in Deuteronomy 27:11-26 & Chapter 28.

Valley of Decision + O Destroying Mountain Constellation Group

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The valley between these two mountains is called the Valley of Decision, as is written… “Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the Valley of Decision.” Joel 3:14.

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The Valley of Decision is not a physical place, but a spiritual valley in which each person of the world will make up his or her mind, as to just whom they will serve: God or Satan; God’s kingdom or this world (Satan’s kingdom). 

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From the Mount of Blessing are heard all the blessings which result from serving God. From the Mount of Cursing are heard all the curses which result from disobedience to God’s will. And those in the valley will listen to both sides, and make up their minds, just who will they serve. A very simple choice, right? Wrong!

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COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM

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Now that this basic concept of the first two mountains (Blessings & Cursing) has been presented, it is time to take note of this third mountain; a counterfeit mountain.

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Oh yes, such a simple choice of life or death is just far too easy for the Dragon (Satan) to accept. No, Satan’s main deception in this world is to create counterfeit “look-alike” alternatives; attractive choices. Satan really knows how to complicate and confuse the simplicity of the Gospel. Hence the name, Babylon, which means “City of Confusion” (Isaiah 24:10). A perfect and fitting name for Satan’s kingdom!

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In Jeremiah 51:25, Babylon is referred to as “O Destroying Mountain”. It is the name of this counterfeit mountain. It is Satan’s kingdom, made up of all Satan’s followers, both humans and evil angels. Satan’s kingdom also includes this fallen world, with all its governments and ideologies. It is that great city…Babylon the Great! The world! Satan’s prison-house!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Babylon…O Destroying Mountain”

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TOMORROW…

“MARCH 22 (The City of Morality, Part 3, Continued: Raising Children) “

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