Daily Devotional, Year 3 – August 10 (Cease Ye From Man! Part 11: “Looking To Heaven For Help”)

By admin On February 5th, 2017

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – August 10

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Cease Ye From Man! Part 11: “Look To Heaven For Help”

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

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“EXCEEDING GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES!”

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When a man, woman, or child becomes a disciple of Jesus, he or she begins a http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgheavenward spiritual journey, unlearning the man-focused ways of the world, and learning to trust in the God-focused ways of Heaven.

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And this is one very important reason why God has given us the Bible.

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It not only reveals God’s grace in saving souls through Christ’s atonement upon Calvary.

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But the Bible reveals a brand new system: a heavenly way in which the follower of Jesus learns to live by faith in God’s, “exceeding great and precious promises”! (2nd Peter 1:4)

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TURN THE OTHER CHEEK? OR HIT BACK?

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For instance, the Bible commands…“And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.” Luke 6:29

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Now this above verse requires faith to obey.

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And this is not the way the world handles such encounters.

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Instead, the world says, “You hit me, and I’ll hit you back!”

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“FAITH COMETH BY HEARING… THE WORD OF GOD”

Romans 10:17

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But the Christian disciple learns to trust in God’s many promises to help in such times of trouble.

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After all, the Bible is replete with many accounts of how God helped His people when they suffered various afflictions.

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And by reading these Bible stories, our faith begins to grow, and our confidence in Divine Providence begins to strengthen.

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“A FORM OF GODLINESS”

2nd Timothy 3:5

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Now the world has various humanitarian organizations, many which attempt to help people in one way or another.

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Often these organizations are in the form of an encounter group in which needy persons may attend regular meetings to share and to provide mutual support in hopes of overcoming some particular personal problem.

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And for the people of the world, such humanitarian organizations are just fine!

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This is the way that the world attempts to solve problems.

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“THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH”

Romans 1:17

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But, is this the way that the Christian is to solve his problems? Are we to go to the world for help in times of trouble?

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The fact is, the Bible encourages, rather COMMANDS us to go to the Lord for deliverance in times of trouble!

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“THE POWERS THAT BE ARE ORDAINED OF GOD”

Romans 13:1

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Oh yes, when we get into a car accident, we call the police for help.

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Or when our house is on fire, we call the fire department.

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Or when we want to build a house we must get the necessary permits and inspections.

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Yes, there are many times in which we are required to seek after society’s help.

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Yes indeed, God has established the various governments of the world for those very purposes.

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FLEEING TO THE ROCK

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But there are many times of trouble and seasons of weakness in which God gives us the choice between seeking after Heaven’s help or after man’s help.

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Listen to this prophecy concerning the Day of the Lord… “In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth. 

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Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” Isaiah 2:20-22

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Here is a prophecy which is somewhat veiled in allegory, yet is fairly clear about what we must do in that fearful Day of the Lord: flee to the Rock of our Salvation, Jesus!

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“CEASE YE FROM MAN”

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But notice the last verse…“Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” Isaiah 2:22

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Here is a very clear and concise command to seek after God’s protection instead of man’s help.

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“FOR VAIN IS THE HELP OF MAN”

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Now take this above verse and combine it with this next verse…“(Lord) Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.” Psalm 60:11 & 108:12

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“For vain is the help of man”, says the Bible!

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We have been so greatly and thoroughly indoctrinated into the ways of the world that we just naturally seek for man’s help in times of our various troubles and difficulties.

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From cradle-to-grave, the world seeks to be our divine provider. And especially in the past century, the western societies have even been tagged as becoming, “Nanny-States”, as the popular saying goes.

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In nearly every aspect of life, our government, along with many private organizations, seeks to provide any required assistance.

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“LEARN OF ME”

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But Jesus calls to every one of us to, “Come unto Me, all ye who are weary and heavy laden…take My yoke upon you and learn of Me…and ye shall find rest unto your souls…” Matthew 11:28-30

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This is the essence of the Christian life: to learn all about Jesus!

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To begin to walk in His ways.

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And to ultimately find His perfect peace and trust, and His perfect rest for our burdened soul!

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“EXCEEDING GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES”

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So why do we instead seek after man’s help? Why do we voluntarily search the phone directory for some support group in which we wind up “leaning on the arm of flesh” instead of learning on, “the everlasting arms of almighty God?”

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After all, the Bible is filled with many promises, such as this one…

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“There is no king saved by the multitude of an host:

a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. 

An horse is a vain thing for safety:

neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. 

Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear Him,

upon them that hope in His mercy; 

To deliver their soul from death,

and to keep them alive in famine. 

Our soul waiteth for the LORD:

He is our help and our shield. 

For our heart shall rejoice in Him,

because we have trusted in His holy name. 

Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us,

according as we hope in Thee…

but we will remember the name of the LORD our God…

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:

They are brought down and fallen:

but we are risen, and stand upright. 

Save, LORD: let the King hear us when we call.”

Psalm 33:16-22 & Psalm 20:7-9

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TO READ PART 12, GO HERE… August 15 (Cease Ye From Man! Part 12: “Whose Image Am I Beholding Today?”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to realize how futile it is to look to man’s ways, as a means of overcoming life’s difficulties…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…February 6 (It’s A Rosie-The-Riveter World, Part 2: “Without Me, Ye Can Do Nothing!”) or you can also read…July 31 (Finding Perfect Peace, Pt. 9, “Living By God’s Precious Promises”) 

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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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.

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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:

August 11 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 13: “Revelation 11:18: Why Are The Nations Angry?”)

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