Daily Devotional, Year 2 – OCTOBER 22 (End-Time Exodus, Part 6: Questions, Questions, Questions!!!)

By admin On November 26th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – OCTOBER 22

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End-Time Exodus, Part 6: Questions, Questions, Questions!!!

To Read Part 1, click here… “August 25th (End-Time Exodus! Part 1)”

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When a man, woman, or child begins the Christian sojourn, Satan becomes very nervous, and sets about to derail that neophyte Believer’s walk with the Lord.

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And one of Satan’s time-tested traps is to convince the Christian that he or she is missing out on certain “necessary and fulfilling” worldly pleasures. And so, this hellish con-man puts a nagging urge in that unseasoned church-goer for this or for that worldly pleasure or earthly pursuit. And so, the Christian begins to think that it is necessary to add some worldly pleasure back into his life, in order to be fulfilled.

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

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MANY WORLDLY PURSUITS

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Perhaps Satan will tempt us to re-introduce a little wine-drinking, or resuming worldly-sounding music, or joining some secular club, or watching TV, or listening to secular talk shows, or frequent trips to costly restaurants and cafes, or returning to amusements and sports, or beginning some ambitious career pursuit, or seeking after romance, etc., etc…

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Well this above list is just a few of the earthly cares and pleasures which Satan uses to lure the unsuspecting follower of Jesus back into the world.

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SEEKING WORLDLY ADVICEEvangelist Preaching - Church - Audience hands - Wikimedia - Public Domain

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And so, the naive Christian begins to ask questions of his pastor or the elders as well as other more mature Christians. “Is it OK to drink a little wine?” “Is watching sports OK?” “Should I join a singles website?”

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Now, one great problem with going to humans with such questions as these is, you are putting your trust in fallible humans, and may receive some really bad advice!

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Especially in this day of church-apostasy, it is dangerous to go to church leaders with such critical questions…

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SATAN’S “MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS”False Prophet

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Listen… “O My people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” Isaiah 3:12

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Here we see that Satan will come as an angel of light, and transform his ministers into “ministers of righteousness”, to “deceive if possible, even the Elect!” Matthew 24:24

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And unfortunately, the churches, to a great degree, have embraced this world, and the many cares and pleasures which absorb men’s thoughts. And as a result, the churches have become so mired in earthly pursuits, that to go to them for advice on such matters is probably not wise. The inquiring Christian is probably going to get a compromised answer.

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MANY DENY SATAN’S POWER TO DECEIVE & DESTROY

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There are many in the Church who work overtime to deny the power of Satan, saying… “Oh it’s just our weak sinful flesh! Satan has no more power over us!”

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Well, yes, the Bible speaks of our weak flesh, and also speaks of Satan’s diminished capabilities over the Christian. But these truths must be balanced with the rest of the Bible…

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OUR BATTLE WITH SPIRITUAL ENTITIES

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Yes, these truths must be balanced with the rest of the Bible…

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Listen…“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day…” Ephesians 6:12, 13

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So here we see that our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but with, “…the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…”

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Yes, all the naggings, clamorings, and tuggings of the flesh are probably none other than Satan and his fellow evil angels working to cause the believer to fall.

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Now having established this fact, let’s get to the main point of today’s devotional…

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And just what is the main point to be made in today’s devotional?

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Listen to Paul… “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” Philippians 3:7, 8

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Now if ever there was a scripture worthy of memorizing, this passage from Philippians is it! Yes, let each and every Stranger & Pilgrim emblazon this passage on his or her heart! 

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MOST QUESTIONS WOULD BE ANSWERED

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Yes, if only God’s professed people would take this passage to heart, then would most all the nagging questions be answered!

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You see, Paul is laying down the first and foremost duty of every man, woman, and child who dares take the holy name of Christ upon our lips!

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Yes, to overcome the flesh! That is our greatest commission from God!

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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A TRUTH WHICH MUST BE EMBRACED

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Listen…“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affectionshttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg and lusts.” Galatians 5:24

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This above verse from Galatians presents a great truth, which, although mentioned in passing in today’s Church, is not emphasized nearly enough, nor is properly understood.

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So, as a result, most church-goers have not yet grasped this great truth. Thus, the churches are filled with still unconverted and unsanctified world-loving professors of Christ! 

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“OPEN THOU MINE EYES…”

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“Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.” Psalm 119:18

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But once the Believer fully and finally takes hold of this truth, that we are to crucify the flesh with both the lusts, but also the affections, then all those perplexing gray areas of life will nohttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpg longer confuse and deceive the Christian.

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Yes, once the Believer begins to re-order his or her life, so as to make this truth the over-arching principle of everyday life, then the eyes of that Believer begin to be opened to see the other great truths of Salvation…

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Listen… “(I, Paul) Cease not…making mention of you in my prayers; That…The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,” Ephesians 1:16-18 (condensed for brevity)

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Paul here exhorts the already saved Ephesians to have their eyes enlightened that “that ye may know what is the hope of His calling”.

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And this devotional is trying to emphasize that “hope of His calling”, namely this: that we become finally and fully engaged in the purification and sanctification of our heart!

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – Public Domain

 

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A GREAT MOUNTAIN

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That’s right! Once we fully engage ourselves in this greatest of all commissions Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14(to purify our hearts and conform our lives into the image of Christ), we will have conquered a great mountain of ignorance (which by the way, is strewn with the bodies of so many church-goers over the past centuries.)

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Yes, to finally come to the point that we are ready to make it our whole-hearted devotion to overcome the world, the flesh and the Devil, we will now have an eye single to God’s glory.

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And now, the Devil’s hold over us will have been greatly diminished!

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HE THAT OVERCOMES

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SHALL INHERIT ALL THINGS!

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Listen…“He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.” Revelation 21:7

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This overcoming is not merely a legal declaration by God. Oh yes, it is by grace and grace alone, that we are saved. But true sanctification becomes the evidence of true Salvation! It is when God begins His  work upon our heart, and this work goes on until the day that that Christian can say along with the Apostle, Paul…“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

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Yes, Paul could finally say these words with confidence, because he was finally dead-to-self. Now Jesus Christ could freely live out His holy life through Paul.

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INFINITE POWER AVAILABLE!http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficheiro:Transfiguration_bloch.jpg

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Now there are many in the Church who will tell us that we must live in a semi-diseased spiritual condition. And they have many Bible verses that seem to affirm this idea.

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But such naysayers will never offer this verse…“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the Power that worketh in us, Unto Him be glory in the church…” Ephesians 3:20, 21

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So this above passage tells us just the opposite of what these faithless deniers of God’s Power try to tell us! Yes, this above passage reveals that God is very willing to do a work in us far greater than His Church has ever attained to or even realized!

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GREAT REWARDS FOR THOSE WHO OVERCOME

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And though this work of heart purification will be painful at times, it will nevertheless yield a rich harvest, not only in the heart of that faithful Believer, but also in the world around him (or her), as the light of Heaven shines out to the on-looking world!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to become fully engaged in this process of purifying my heart…

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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… February 11th (Come Out From Among Them!)

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FLEEING WOMAN OF REVELATION 12…

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“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Revelation 12:14, 15. So this Revelation 12 Woman Constellation gives a heavenly portrait of a woman fleeing from the Dragon, who is spewing water in her pathway.

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The sketch to the right is “Valley of Decision” Constellation, the Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation, and the Dragon Constellation. This is a concept sketch. These three constellations are not in this position in the night sky. So please don’t try to find them together like this. All of the other sketches have the constellation in the correct position, unless otherwise noted. For locations of each of these Constellations, please go to the article for that particular constellation.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Flees to the Wilderness)” 

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TOMORROW:

OCTOBER 23 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 21: Decimating The Book of Job) 

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