Daily Devotional, Year 2 – OCTOBER 25 (Look For The Light! Part 4 Confessions of a Political Junkie!)

By admin On December 4th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – OCTOBER 25

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Look For The Light At The End of the Tunnel!

Part 4: “Confessions of a Political Junkie”

To read part 1, click here…April 12th (Look For The Light At The End of the Tunnel! Part 1: Judging Others!)

 

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In Part 1 of this topic, it was discussed about how there are many different lifestyles and philosophies which appear to be pathways to happiness, when in truth are just devilish deceptions which ultimately lead to perdition and destruction.

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Yes, the Devil is so much like that spider who weaves his web, in hopes of catching simple-minded insects, who believe they are entering a tunnel that leads to a desired haven.

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Yes, that little fly is fooled by that optical illusion which the spider weaves! And though it looks like a nice pathway to travel down, it really only leads to his (or her) destruction!

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And this world is the Devil’s spider-web! And that web has many silken cords!

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Today’s devotional is a short excerpt from the Signs Of Heaven article, “Confessions of a Political Junkie”, and deals with the spider-web of politics and how hard it is to be set free of this powerful addiction…

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THE TRAP OF POLITICS

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Back in about 1989, as I was turning off from Date Palm Drive into my Father’s Gated Community in Cathedral City. As I was about to enter, I turned the radio dial and heard the tail-end of a conversation between an ex-rock-n-roller-turned-conservative, and a certain right-wing radio talk show host. It was very interesting and, well, frankly I agreed with the moralistic viewpoints being tossed about.

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Well, to make a long story short, from that point onward, I became a radio talk show junkie. I began listening to these talk shows, day and night. And as a Christian, I could find much in what they were saying that I agreed with. Now, I must say, that I had previously been totally immersed in the Bible. But now, my time was divided with this new addition into my daily mental and spiritual diet. I bought a little radio, and headphones, and went through many days listening to these,  “fiery preachers of apple pie, motherhood, God, and the American way”. And so, through the 1990’s, I became torn between my previous love for the Bible and my newly acquired love for politics. After some years, I even went back to watching TV (something I had given up as a new Christian, during the 80’s.) So I found a politically based news channel, and added that to my daily diet.

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Now I must say, even though the conservative party has an element of Christianity mingled in, I nevertheless realized it was a rather nominal type of religion. It was more of a group-think moralistic religion, rather than a personal relationship with the Lord. And before long, my mind was focused on politics more than on the Bible. Oh I listened to a Christian radio station too. But I was torn between politics and Jesus. I knew every scandal, every hypocrite, and every underhanded political chess-move by every bottom feeding, political hack! And I knew deep down, I had to stop this political…uh…insanity. But by now it had indeed become a deeply entrenched habit!

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I guess the pinnacle of my habitual political bondage came to a climactic scenario, when I got into a heated exchange one sunny afternoon with my neighbor during the Presidential scandal years of the 90’s. She defended one side of the issue and I defended the opposite. And of course, it was a Mexican standoff as they say. Finally we both angrily stomped away back to our respective homes across the street from each other. But walking away, my outrage at her unwillingness to “see the light” quickly turned into shame: I realized that my politics was getting in the way of my Christian witness. I knew my neighbor would never be a convert to Christianity from my poor witness. I knew this political addiction had to go. I realized that I was mingling the purity of Christ with the finger-pointing and judgmental nature of politics. 

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I recalled such Bible passages as this one… “And every man that hath this hope in Him (of Christ’s return), purifies himself, even as He (Christ) is pure.” 1st John 3:3.

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What I had become was definitely NOT the purity and holiness of Jesus! And the overwhelming conviction came over me, that true Christianity points the accusing finger at my own sinful self as the “chief of sinners“, while politics points at “those people over there” as the great evil.

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ON THE PATHWAY BACK HOME

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“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness;” Isaiah 35:8

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And so began the arduous sojourn back to the purity of the Gospel. And I want to tell you, it was a very long and difficult road to recovery! I had become a political junkie. I was an addict. Whenever the news came on, my heart would begin to pound with excitement. But I had to give it up. I knew that if I didn’t, I was just a Christian pretender.

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Such passages as this one convicted me of my great fall from grace… “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:7, 8.

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I knew deep down I had become an idolater, and was abominable in the sight of a holy God. I had mingled the purity of Christ with the common things of the world. I had become judgmental and accusing. I no longer loved Bible study. My prayer life had become anemic, at best.

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But I knew I must overcome. And so I prayed for victory. I tried to stop listening to all these shows. Radio shows. TV shows. And nightly news. It had all become addicting and it all had to go. One day I would have victory. The next day, I would be back on it once again. This battle went on for years. And many tears were shed in prayer for my deliverance.

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Well, finally about 4 years ago (2008 or 2009) the Lord graciously took this addiction away. I pulled the rabbit ears off my TV, and shut off the radio. Oh there are times when I still turn on some radio show for a few minutes or more. And my heart beats once again with renewed excitement. But I have to completely stop. I’m an addict! I can’t even take one little “drink” or I’ll be back on the “sauce” once again!

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My prayer life is much improved. I only listen to a sacred music station on the radio. But I’m asking for your prayers that I don’t fall back into this horrible addiction, or any other addiction, like video games, television, or some other time-wasting pastime. And I have a lot of catching up to do, spiritually!

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I suppose there are many Bible passages I could give. But this one speaks as well as any to this matter of time-wasting pastimes… “Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  ” Ephesians 5: 14-16

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I had wasted 20 years which could have been used for prayer and Bible study. I would no doubt have become much more spiritually mature, if I had only stuck with the Bible for those 20 years. Ah but now, the words of a well-known poet seem so appropriate: “The saddest words by tongue or pen are these, ‘What might have been!” (Whittier)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Steer me away from all the critical programs, lest I catch that critical spirit…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… November 16 (Look For The light At The End of the Tunnel! Part 1) or you can also read… “September 30th (How To Spot The Biggest Sinner!)”

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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SATAN’S WAVE OF WATER CONSTELLATION

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“For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.” Psalm 32:6

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The majestic waves of the sea. One of the most beautiful creations in nature! The sounds of the crashing surf! The moist wind and spray upon one’s face! Truly, standing upon the sand, and facing the ocean surf overwhelms all the human senses! It’s quite an exhilarating experience to say the least!

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But the ocean and the surf, and the sand were created by God, not merely for beauty’s sake; but also to teach. And the Bible has interwoven many aspects of nature into the Gospel story. And these various things in nature were created by God to instruct Mankind in Bible truths, both good and bad.

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Revelation 12 Dragon w/text

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Waves are used in Scripture to represent both good as well as bad things. And in the black sea of the heavens, is seen a constellation of a dragon. And this dragon is spewing a wave of water out of his mouth. And this article will explore just what all this means. And the Reader is invited to come and behold secrets in the Stars, which have been hidden since Creation; but now are being revealed by God, for such a time as this. So come along and behold these grand heavenly pictures which our great God has inscribed, in the heavenly scroll, and stretched, even from sky to sky.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction” or you can also read… “The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

OCTOBER 26 (Dwelling With The Devouring Fire!)

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