Daily Devotional, Year 2 – MARCH 14 (Come Out of Her, My People, Part 4: Churches)

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Daily Devotional – MARCH 14

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Come Out of Her, My People! Part 4: Churches

To read Part 1, click here… “May 12th (Come Out of Her, My People?)”

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“And he (an angel) cried mightily with a strong voice,

saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen… 

And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying,

Come out of her, My people, t

hat ye be not partakers of her sins,

and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

Revelation 18:2, 4

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Manhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burgkmair_whore_babylon_color.jpgy Bible students read this above passage, and wonder, “what in the world it could possibly be talking about?”

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Perhaps it could be speaking of some city in Iraq, or perhaps the city which has recently sprung up called Dubai!

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But for those who have discovered that the Bible is a totally spiritual revelation of the Gospel, they know that the City of Babylon actually represents the world and the worldly portion of the Church, the Mystery Harlot of Revelation 17.

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Whore – Babylon – Burgkmair – 1523 AD – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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YESTERDAY, THE WORLD, TODAY, THE CHURCH

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In past devotionals, it has been a constant theme that Babylon, i.e., the world, has its own way of handling life’s problems.

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And when we become a Christian, we still have much of these worldly ways firmly entrenched within our thinking!

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And yesterday, the encouragement was made that we must strive to become renewed in knowledge and wisdom of the Word of Christ.

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Today however, we will see how we Christians have been somewhat deceived into wrong thinking, and as a result, have been living a compromised life, instead of the purity of Christ…

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

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COMPROMISE NOT ACCEPTABLE!

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Yes, we Christians, for the most part believe that we can live a compromised life, instead of the purity of Christ…

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Listen… “Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before Me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as My mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.” Jeremiah 15:19

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In this passage, God is speaking to Jeremiah, warning him to separate himself from the apostate people of God!

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And the second message in this verse is for Jeremiah to, “take forth the precious from the vile”, so that God can become as Jeremiah’s mouth.

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Repin – Cry of prophet Jeremiah – www.wikigallery.org – US Public Domain.

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PURIFYING THE HEART, A MUST!

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“Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thoumark on forhead shalt stand before Me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as My mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.” Jeremiah 15:19

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Well, this above passage is repeated throughout the Bible in various ways. And this message of separating the precious from the vile, is a message for God’s people today…

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Listen… “And every man that hath this hope in Him (the hope of meeting Jesus in peace), purifies himself, even as He (Jesus) is pure.” 1st John 3:3

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So here we see the great work before us: to purify ourselves even as Jesus is pure!

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LIFT UP THY VOICE LIKE A TRUMPET!

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“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Isaiah 58:1

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Now it should be a very distasteful duty to point out the sins of the Church.

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But unless it is done, too many people remain in a fog, concerning just exactly what are the problems within the Church!

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But to merely summarize what is wrong, and what is right, let it suffice to say that we just are not purifying ourselves even as Christ is pure! To a great degree, we’ve taken our eyes off Jesus! We don’t really believe that we need to become exactly like Jesus!

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We think that God will accept some hybrid version: partly like Jesus, and partly like the world!

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John the Baptist by J. Tissot – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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PRESUMPTUOUS SINS

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In other words, we believe we can talk like the world, as long as we are kind to people.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PS_Kr%C3%B8yer_-_Hip_hip_hurra!_Kunstnerfest_p%C3%A5_Skagen_1888.jpg

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We believe that we can pursue the materialism of the world, as long as we pay our tithes and go to Church, etc..

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We have been convinced that we can spend hours each day indulging our minds in worldly amusements, such as TV, etc., as long as we don’t watch the “bad programs”.

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We are under the notion that we can carry on our worldly fellowship with unbelievers, and not be affected by their world-loving ways!

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We think that as long as we pay our tithes, we can lavish ourselves with the rest of our rather large incomes, when instead, we could easily give 20% or even 30% to the Lord’s cause!

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We listen to quasi-Christian music, believing that the sensual earthiness of that music won’t have a negative affect on us.

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We build lavish church buildings, not realizing that if the Church was truly faithful to our divine commission, that Satan would tear or burn our buildings down!

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! – Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

Church of Christ worship music wikipedia share-alike license

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GOOD NEWS?

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And so, just what is the Good News in all this?

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Is there any happy side to all this?

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Well, maybe not for the corporate churches.

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But for the individual Christian, there is great hope!

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Yes, there is great news!

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You see, God in His great mercy, has provided time for His people to seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways!

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Oh no, we do not have lots of time!

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Just enough time!

 

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You may wish to listen to this 20 minute Bible study regarding Hebrews 6, in which God speaks about the impossibility of renewing to repentance of those who fall away. You may be surprised to learn the true meaning of this passage. (This study is conducted by Harold Camping of Family Radio.)

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To read Part 5, click here… MARCH 15 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 5: The Christian)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to become fully engaged in the purification of my heart! Oh God, transform my worldly life into the holy image of Heaven…

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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… January 18th (Jeremiah & the Smooth Prophets)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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DOUBLE ENTENDRE OF REVELATION 12 WOMAN

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“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the Church: and He is the Savior of the body.” Ephesians 5:23

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This page concerns the constellation which is commonly known as The Big Dipperand the “Great Bear”. It actually appears in the summer months as a woman travailing in child-birth. God has purposely given her no head. But God did this to present a very important concept.

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Yes, this woman represents the Church, the, “Jerusalem above, which is free, and is the mother of us all” (see Galatians 4:26).

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You see, the single star she is giving birth to typifies the Christ child. Reading in Ephesians that Christ is the “head” of the Church, this single star is logically going to become her head. But how will that be accomplished? .

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WOMAN FLIPS AROUND IN WINTER

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Now, if this Woman-in-Travail were all that the Lord created in the heavens, it would be nothing short of amazing! But God, in His infinite power and majesty, has made this a great sign in Heaven, just as Revelation 12 proclaims. Because as the summer passes, this constellation begins to slowly flip around, until the stars representing her arms now become her legs. And the stars that once represented her legs now become her arms.  And finally, it appears as the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12. And at that point, this single little star in her womb-area, representing the Christ-child, now becomes her head! And of course, this reminds us of the passage… “And He (Christ) is the head of the body, the Church…” Colossians 1:18.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Woman in Travail)”

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TOMORROW…

“MARCH 15 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 5: The Christian)”

 

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

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