Daily Devotional, Year 2 – OCTOBER 13 (Cease Ye From Man! Part 7: Trust Ye Not In Any Brother!)

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – OCTOBER 13

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Cease Ye From Man! Part 7: “Trust Ye Not In Any Brother!”

To read Part 1, click here… “August 21st (Cease Ye From Man!)”

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“Take ye heed every one of his neighbor,

and trust ye not in any brother:

for every brother will utterly supplant,

and every neighbor will walk with slanders.”

Jeremiah 9:4   

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There are many Bible passages which practically the entire world loves, such ashttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg this…“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

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Now who couldn’t support such verses as this above verse?

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Of course, hardly anyone lives by this above verse.

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But they still would like to!

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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HARD SAYINGS OF THE BIBLE

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But there are many other Bible passages which are not so popular in today’s church-world!

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Some refer to such passages as, “The hard sayings of the Bible”.

 

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Now one such, “hard sayings of the Bible”, is the following verse…“Take ye heed every one of his neighbor, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will walk with slanders.” Jeremiah 9:4

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Here is a warning which is distasteful, for any Christian!

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To not even trust in our brother (fellow Christians) is ‘way over the top’, as the saying goes!

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“What!? Does God want me to separate myself from the whole world!? http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg

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Am I supposed to hide in my closet when my neighbors come to my front door to invite me over for a barbecue?

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Or should I decline, when Christians want to get together for a Bible study?”

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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“TRUST NOT IN A FRIEND!?!”

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Obviously, there needs to be a wise balance in answer to all these above questions!

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But listen again to this similar passage… “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lies in thy bosom. For the son dishonors the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.” Micah 7:5, 6

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Now this passage even goes further, to one’s own immediate family! 

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Jesus and Judas – The-Last-Supper-large-WIKIPEDIA-US-public-domain

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WHAT DID JESUS SAY?

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Well maybe all this is just Old Testament nonsense! Maybe I need to just stay in the New
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But listen to the New Testament, to the very words of Jesus…“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” Matthew 10:35, 36

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Here we have the very same truth being presented!

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And God is basically telling Christians that they cannot place their confidence in anybody in this world…for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will walk with slanders.” Jeremiah 9:4

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EARTH: SATAN’S TURF!

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What we must keep in mind is that this world is Satan’s kingdom!

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We are pilgrims in a foreign land of Antichrist deceivers! (see 1st John 5:19) 

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And as Peter warns…“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1st Peter 5:8

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Yes, we must remain sober and watchful, because Satan is always lurking in the shadows, setting traps for the unwary Christian.

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Christian and Apollyon – Pilgrim’s Progress – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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SOME EXAMPLES OF DECEPTION…

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For example, suppose that you are listening to a friend or famhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Germany_Singelfingen_Gossips.jpgily member who happens to be criticizing a third party, and you give a half-hearted nod of agreement to one of his accusations about that third party.

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And then, your supposed friend goes back to that third party, telling them that you criticized them, as if YOU were the sole accuser of that third party!

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Or what if you make some private comment about something, or about someone, to a fellow Christian, and then that Christian repeats your comment to others, further embellishing what you actually said to make you look even worse?

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Gossips in the Altstadt in Sindelfingen, Germany – Sally Kennison – Share-alike License – Wikimedia 

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THEY TWISTED JESUS’ WORDS…

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Well, this is exactly what they did to Jesus, isn’t it?

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Listen to Jesus’ false-accusers…“We heard Him (Jesus) say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. But neither so did their witness agree together.” Mark 14:58, 59

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So the accusers of Jesus made various false statements about Jesus.

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And don’t you think that Satan will do the very same thing to you?

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OUR HOUR OF TRIAL ALSO COMING!

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The Bible tells us that we too will stand before earthly authorities, to give a testimony…“But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.” Mark 13:9

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Church history presents a long account of the testing of God’s people, as they were brought to trial by the apostate church, using civil governments as their “enforcers”.

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So we must not think it cannot happen again!

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Oh no, our time of testing will not go on for centuries, as did theirs.

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But God’s faithful remnant can expect to be put on trial in the coming months. 

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Luther before accusers – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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APOSTATES NOT CONCERNED

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Of course, all these ideas are foolishness to those who are, “at ease in Zion.” (read Amos 6:1)

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But for the true worshiper of God, these truths are merely part of their daily battle.

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Yes, this world is the battlefield between the armies of Heaven and Hell!

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BE CAREFUL!

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Now, this does not mean that Christians must cut off each and every person out of their lives.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anger_during_a_protest_by_David_Shankbone.jpg

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But it does mean that they must be very careful what they say, and what they approve of, or disapprove of, when in the presence of others.

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Because their adversary is just waiting to turn their statements against them, so as to cast dirt upon the Gospel in the eyes of the onlooking world!

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

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DAVID’S WARINESS

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Listen to the words of the David…“I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.” Psalm 39:1, 2

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David knew that his words would be used against him, by his enemies.

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And even if he said nothing wrong, he knew his enemies would nevertheless twist and embellish his words to make him look guilty.

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Saul attempts to Kill David – by Gustave Dore – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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WORKS BOTH WAYS

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Now having said all these things, it must also be mentioned that these verses work both ways!

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In other words, when it says, “Trust ye not in any brother…”, that not only applies to others, but also to you and to me too!

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That’s right! Other Christians need to be wary of us too! Because in an unguarded hour, Satan may just use us for evil too! And we too may share harmful secrets about a trusting friend! We too, may fall into gossip!

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And so, faithful Christians need to keep a watch over their words when in our company, too!

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TO BECOME LIKE JESUS

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And so, today’s devotional is a warning.

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No not a warning to cut our self off from everyone, but merely to exercise great caution about what we say to, or approve of, with others.

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This is an integral part of becoming Christlike!

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And becoming Christlike in every way is our great desire and life-devotion, isn’t it?

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Brooklyn Museum – What Our Lord Saw from the Cross – James Tissot

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Finally, let’s listen to this passage from David…

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“O God: for Man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresses me…

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for they be many that fight against me, O Thou most High…

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Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

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They gather themselves together, they hide themselves,

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they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.”

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Psalm 56:1, 5, 6

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Saul attempts to Kill David – by Gustave Dore – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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TO READ PART 8, GO HERE…February 10 (Cease Ye From Man! Part 8: “Time To Be Hidden”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to spend my remaining time on earth, studying and meditating on Your Word, as much as I possibly can. Help me to become fully engaged in the purification process of my heart…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath or you can also read… “MARCH 26 (The Whisperer: No Gossips In Heaven!)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE MILKY WAY RUNS THROUGH

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THIS HOLY-GHOST-RIDER

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Now one thing that is noticeable and makes this constellation even more dramatic, is the fact that the Milky Way runs right through it. And the question that must be asked is, “What biblical implications does this constellation/Milky Way connection have?” Well, very simply put, if stars represent Believers, then this rider works in the world through His True-Worshippers, to a great extent.

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WHY IS THIS CONSTELLATION SO INCOMPLETE IN APPEARANCE

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So why is this constellation merely an outline? Well it does show his back, rear end and leg…and arm. But unlike, say, Orion, this constellation is very vague, even mysterious in appearance. Almost vacant in appearance. Yes this horseman represents Christ. But even more than this, it represents the Holy Spirit of Christ. And as we all know, the Holy Spirit is very, very, un-intrusive, almost impossible to detect His presence.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

OCTOBER 14 (Chief of Sinners, Part 4: “O Wretched Man That I Am!”)

 

 

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