Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 28 (Prayer In A Fragile World! Part 4: It’s An “I-Me-Mine” World!)

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 28

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Prayer In A Fragile World! Part 4: It’s An ‘I-Me-Mine’ World!

To read Part 1, click here…Today’s Devotional – June 16th (God’s Royal Priesthood Today!)

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It was once said that a very tell-tale sign that the world is getting more and more selfish is because the popular magazines of the day keep appealing more and more to our selfish nature.

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For instance, three of the earlier national magazines of the past century had names like, “Look”, “Life”, and “The Saturday Evening Post”.

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But then, as society become more self-centered, the magazine, “People” came on the scene. And as things digressed even further, magazines came on the scene, “Us”! And finally, we now have the magazine, “Self”.

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Saturday Evening Post – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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ALWAYS A SELFISH WORLD

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Now this is not to say that selfishness is some new phenomenon. No, selfishness began way back in the Garden, when Satan first tempted our first parents into sin and selfishness.

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Now of course, it’s no big secret that this is a selfish world! Almost everyone instinctively understands that this is a world of countless selfish pleasures and pursuits!

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CHURCH CALLED TO BE SEPARATE

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And even though, as 1st John 5:19 says, “the whole world lieth in wickedness”, and gohttp://blog.travelpod.com/travel-photo/jeastty/3/1303829593/mall-witnessing.jpg/tpod.htmles headlong after the many selfish pleasures and proud pursuits of this, the Devil’s world, this is not what the Church has been called to do!

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No, but rather, the Church has been called by Heaven, to separate herself from this selfish world, to become ambassadors for Christ, calling out those who are imprisoned by their own selfishness.

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Yes, we are to be a royal heavenly ambassage, sent out into all the world, to call earth’s inhabitants to likewise come out of this selfish world and return to Heaven’s allegiance.

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Mall witnessing, Panama City, Panama

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CHURCH ENSNARED BY SELFISHNESS

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And yet, it seems as if the entire church-world has likewise been ensnared into a false, prosperity-driven gospel (which is no gospel), and has forgotten our high and holy calling!

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Yes, instead of warning the world to flee from the wrath to come, we have instead nestled down, right along-side the world, in our own selfish pursuits!

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FALSE PROPHETS TODAY

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If one listens to today’s false prophets, via the radio and TV air-ways, there is an on-going call to, “pursue your dreams”, and to, “strive for success”! And this is not just confined to the so-called “liberal” teachers! No, even among the so-called “conservative” teachers, we hear about, “The American Dream”, and about having an, “entrepreneurial spirit”!

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And many Christian parents encourage their own children to seek after lucrative careers: not understanding that such a love for “filthy lucre” ultimately led to the destruction of Sodom and her surrounding cities.

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A SUFFERING WORLD!

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But Paul declares the following warning about erring church-goers… “supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” 1st Timothy 6:5

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This above verse warns against the very condition which the Church is now in.

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Just think about it! While Christians are pursuing our earthly dreams and striving for earthly success, the world is suffering intensely! Illness, religious persecution, murders, rapes, kidnappings, slavery, terrorism, thefts, divorce/re-marriage, drug addiction, and all sorts of similar miseries are literally everywhere in this hopeless and dying world!

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

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“HASTING UNTO…THE DAY OF GOD?”

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And what has been our response to this human misery?

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We simply ignore the following warning by Peter… “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” 2nd Peter 3:11, 12

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How can we be, “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God”, when we are instead pursuing our earthly dreams?

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DO WE WANT CHRIST

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TO COME QUICKLY?

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Or what about the last words of the Bible…“Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20

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And how in the world can we agree here with both Jesus and John, the Revelator, “Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”??? 

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Christ Returns – Triumph of Christianity – by G. Dore – www.christimages.org – Limited-use-license – see their website for restrictions (2)

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NOURISH OUR HEARTS, AS IN A DAY OF SLAUGHTER?

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ISIL_Execution_of_man_September_2014.jpgJust how can we continue to pursue our worldly dreams and pleasures when the world is suffering so intensely?

 

Listen to James…“Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.” James 5:5

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Yes, we have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton, as in a day of slaughter!

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The above list of atrocities occurring around the world only proves we’re living in, “The Day of Slaughter”, spoken of here in James 5:5! (read again the list of atrocities in the above section titled, “A Suffering World”)

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ISIL – Execution of man – September 2014 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!”

1st Thessalonians 5:17

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The Church, insteahttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgd of pursuing our earthly dreams and proud ambitions and hedonistic pleasures, should instead be pleading with God to end all this human suffering, by the Return of Christ!

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And we should be pleading for the Church to rise to her high and holy calling as the, “royal priesthood”, spoken of in 1st Peter 2:9!

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Yes, our fervent prayers should be ascending, night and day, for God to relieve the intense suffering of the human family!

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“COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE!”

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And so, it is no wonder that God is now giving the call to, “Come out of her (spiritual Babylon), My people!” Revelation 18:4http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_The_Flight_of_the_Prisoners.jpg

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God has been very patient with His professed people.

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But there comes a time when God’s patience with His professed people has run out.

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And now He is calling us to forsake the world-loving ways of the apostate churches, by completely separating from them.

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James Tissot – The Flight of the Prisoners from Babylon – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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A FAITHFUL REMNANT

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Yes, there is a faithful remnant willing to forsake this present world’s pursuits, and become that royal priesthood, even as we go about our daily duties! That’s right! Our priestly duties are to be carried out, even as we walk, as we work, as we lie down, or as we engage in recreation with our families!

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Silent prayers will be ever-ascending from our lips, throughout our daily business! And the greater our awareness of the human sufferings all around us, the more fervently will our prayers be for Christ to return and end all this utter misery!

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“Because the creature itself also shall be delivered

from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth

in pain together until now.” 

Romans 8:21, 22

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the grace to rise to the responsibilities of being a royal priest. Give me the grace to pray without ceasing, no matter where I am. Give me the joy in ministering in Thy Tabernacle, as a faithful member of your royal priesthood…

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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…JUNE 21 (Love Is Not A Pick-n-Choose Buffet, Part 2: Our Royal Priesthood)

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE HOLY AND MOST HOLY PLACE

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“And thou shalt put the Mercy Seat upon the Ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy Place.” Exodus 26:34

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The Tabernacle in the wilderness was a picture of God. Just listen to Revelation… “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” Revelation 21:22.

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So, instead of dwelling upon all the fine points of the earthly tabernacle, let it suffice to be said, this earthly tabernacle is merely a metaphor of God Himself. And the Most Holy Place is the heart of that temple, and upon the Ark, represents God’s throne, as is written…

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“And David arose…to bring up from thence, the ark of God…the LORD of hosts that dwells between the cherubims.” 2nd Samuel 6:2.

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So, if, as it states here, that God dwells “between the cherubims”, then this is speaking of the Mercy Seat over the Ark. But even though it speaks thus, we need to keep in mind that the temple itself, represents God Himself, as is written… “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” Rev. 21:22.   

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ARK SEEN IN HEAVEN 

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Ark of the Covenant Constellation

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“And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”  Rev. 11:19

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The above verse from Revelation, speaks of God’s Temple in Heaven being opened. But this great constellation, the  Sagittarius Constellation  is actually the constellation of the Ark of the Covenant. So these two events go hand in hand simultaneously. The Ark Constellation, as sketched into this Wikipedia star-chart, is a representation of the heavenly Ark, as God begins to open up the spiritual concepts of that true Ark to our minds.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Ark of the Covenant Constellation”

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TOMORROW: 

NOVEMBER 29 (A Designer Jesus! Part 2: “Keep Thyself Pure” (1st Tim. 5:22))

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s nearly 50 year long series of 90 minute nightly talk shows…

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