Daily Devotional, Year 2 – SEPTEMBER 23 (Flee To The Mountain! Part 7: Prosperity-Driven Gospels!)

By admin On October 16th, 2015

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – SEPTEMBER 23

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Flee To The Mountain! Part 7: Prosperity-Driven Gospels!

TO READ PART 1, CLICK HERE… “May 30th (Flee To The Mountains!)”

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“And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that He said, ‘Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.'” Genesis 19:17

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Lot Flees Sodom – www.christianimagesource.com

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This above verse from Genesis is the command and warning from God to Lot: Lot being the nephew of faithful Abraham. 

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Yes, God was going to destroy Sodom and its surrounding cities! Because, Sodom had spurned God’s warnings, it had reached its day of the fierce judgment of Almighty God!

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And Lot, and his family had unknowingly moved to a wicked city, merely for the sake of convenience and prosperity! But Lot came to despise the wickedness of city life!

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But by now, Lot was stuck there! His family, no doubt, learned to love the pleasures and conveniences which an opulent city afforded them. And they grew insensitive to the prevailing wickedness of that city!

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Their consciences became blunted by the daily association with sin, as is written… “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1st Corinthians 15:33.

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Picture – Lot Escapes Sodom – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

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LOT, THE PROGENITOR ‘PROSPERITY GOSPELS?’http://christimages.org/biblestories/sodom_and_gomorrah.htm

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Yes, as the sad account of Lot and his decision to live close to the Sodomites, for luxury’s sake, one might come to the conclusion that Lot was the originator of the modern-day prosperity-driven gospels. And while he took his family to that rich fertile valley in hopes of becoming financially prosperous, yet in the end, only escaped as it were through the fire of Sodom’s Judgment Day.

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Lot Flees Sodom – by Benjamin West – www.christimages.org – US Public Domain

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PSALM 73

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Now listen to this following Psalm and how another of God’s servants likewise coveted http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:New_york_times_square-terabass.jpgthe prosperity of this world…“But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well-nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” Psalm 73:2, 3  

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Here we have a testimony which many Christians can relate to! Especially in today’s cornucopia societies, it is so easy to envy those who prosper in the world.

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

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PSALM 73 CONTINUES…

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Listen as the Psalmist continues of those who prosper in the world…“For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like Evangelist Preaching - Church - Audience hands - Wikimedia - Public Domainother men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish…Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.” Psalm 73:4-7, 12

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While this above passage speaks of the prosperity of this unbelieving world, we must not think that it is not also speaking of the current-day prosperity-driven gospels! Yes, whether it is those so-called “Name-it-and-claim-it” gospels in the liberal churches, or the “entrepreneurial spirit” of the so-called conservative churches, the outcome is the same: “Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.” Psalm 73:12

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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IGNORING THOSE IN NEEDhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Starved_girl.jpg

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We live in a world in which there are many people who are suffering deep poverty. And so, for those so-called Christians who strive to increase earthly Mammon, the following passage from the New Testament aptly fits…“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you…Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days…Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.” James 5:1, 3, 5

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In this lost world there are many who are starving, not only for earthly bread, but also for the Bread of Life! And so, for Christians to heap up treasure for the last days is an unthinkable abomination!

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Starving little girl – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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LIVING IN PLEASURE ON EARTH

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Listen again to James…“Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days…Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.” James 5:3, 5

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Yes, just like poor Lot, today’s Christians have likewise chosen the fruitful valleys of this Sodom & Gomorrah world, instead of going to the hill-country as did faithful Abraham.

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ABRAHAM & LOT AN ALLEGORY

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You see, Abraham and Lot present an allegorical picture of two kinds of riches: the earthly Mammon of living for this world, or the spiritual riches obtained by letting go of this world and living for Heaven!

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Abraham & Lot Part ways – www.christianimagesource.com

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SODOM RISING UP AROUND US!

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But today’s Christians have for the most part gone after all the pleasures and caresTV: The Ultimate Mind-Control Device and proud pursuits of this present Sodomish world, instead of taking refuge in the holy mountain of God! And God has rewarded our prosperity-driven ambitions and our pleasure-driven pursuits by allowing Sodom to rise up all around us and our children. We are now drinking of Jeremiah’s cup of God’s fury! Our situation is seemingly hopeless!

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How in the world can we and our children escape the evil influences which are creeping into our homes, via television, radio, and Internet?

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Oh, I may be able to resist these things! But how can my family resist them? These influences are literally everywhere! At school, in the home, and with our family, friends and neighbors!

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Well, God is faithful and has provided a way of escape!

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SAME ADVICE FOUND IN NEW TESTAMENT

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You see, God gives us the same remedy which He gave Lot…“Escape for thy life; look nhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpgot behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.” Genesis 19:17

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Here we have the directions of where we can take refuge from the approaching storm. It is the very same advice which we read of in Mark’s Gospel…“But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:” Mark 13:14, 15

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Just like the story of Lot fleeing Sodom, Mark’s warning must also be understood allegorically. That is, while Mark seems to be warning those living in literal Judaea, he is actually warning us who are now members of “The Commonwealth of Israel” Ephesians 2:12

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Picture – Lot Escapes Sodom – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

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HEAVENLY MOUNT ZION

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And just as Lot was counselled to flee to the mountain, so also are we counselled to fleeConstellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14
to the holy mountains of God!

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Listen…They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about His people from henceforth even for ever.” Psalm 125:1, 2

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Here we see that God is speaking of heavenly Sion, and of the holy mountains which await those who are escaped of the apostate churches.

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PICTURE – Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14 This is not a star-chart, but merely a concept picture

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OUR HEAVENLY BREAD & LIVING WATERS ASSURED

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But we need not despair! We have this promise…“And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of [living] waters in the day http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elakala_Waterfalls_Swirling_Pool_Mossy_Rocks.jpgof the great slaughter, when the towers [churches] fall.” Isaiah 30:25

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Yes, we are assured by God that our spiritual needs will be supplied, because our “place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given (us); (our) waters shall be sure!” Isaiah 33:16 

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And from our mountainous stronghold, as we look across the spiritual landscape, “(our) eyes shall see the King in His beauty: (we) shall behold the (Promised) Land that is very far off.” Isaiah 33:17 

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And so, Dear Stranger & Pilgrim, it is time to make our Exodus out of this Egypt, land of darkness, and go up to the place of refuge which God has abundantly prepared for us! 

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Elakala Waterfalls Swirling Pool Mossy Rocks – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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TO READ PART 8, CLICK HERE…OCTOBER 26 (Flee To The Mountains, Part 8: Dwelling With The Devouring Fire!)

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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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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to lift up my eyes from this world and fix them Heavenward. Keep me from going after the vain treasures and pleasures of this life…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…” June 23rd (The Natural Man’s Prosperity Gospel)”, or you can also read…“July 6th (Power of Positive Thinking Gospels & Conservative Gospels)”

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Soldiers of the Cross - Armor-Up!.

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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VALLEY OF DECISION GROUP…

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“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” Micah 4:1, 2

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Look eastward in the early summer through fall. Find the Cassiopeia Constellation. Cassiopeia is theValley of Decision + O Destroying Mountain Constellation Group Mount of Blessing. In the sketch, it is the farthest mountain to the left. In the sky, it is the northern-most of these three mountains when facing eastward. It resembles a pyramid.

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Then find the second pyramid to its right (south).

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Then go a little further south to the next third pyramid. The third snow-cap is the Destroying Mountain Constellation.

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These three pyramids are the snow-capped portion of these three mountains in this sketch. (of course, you won’t see the snow-caps in the sky. They are just an embellishment in this sketch to present a concept-EDITOR).

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THE VALLEY OF DECISION CONSTELLATION GROUP. They appear in mid-summer in the eastern skies in pre-dawn hours. These are made of Cassiopeia (mount on left), and various stars from the Andromeda Valley of Decision & O Destroying Mtn. ConstellationsConstellation (valley) Pegasus (Mount of Cursing (middle mount) & Destroying Mount (right)), and Pisces (Broad Way to Hell). The galaxy which appears to be climbing the Mountain of Blessing is the Andromeda Galaxy

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The above Wikipedia star-chart shows this amazing constellation group as it appears from June to fall, just prior to the winter constellation group. Actually, these Valley of Decision Constellations appear in early summer in the pre-dawn hours. (Editor of this website has sketched in this constellation group onto this above Wikipedia star-chart.)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The ‘Valley of Decision’ Constellation

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TOMORROW:

SEPTEMBER 24 (The Commandments of God, Part 3: Love Not The World!)

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