Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 24 (1st Corinthians 13…the Love Chapter: (“Love Does Not Insist Upon Its Own Way”)

By admin On February 6th, 2018

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Daily Devotional, Year 3, December 24

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1st Corinthians 13…the Love Chapter:

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“Love Does Not Insist Upon Its Own Way”

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cleaver_family_Leave_it_to_Beaver_1960.JPGGod has put us in a world in which we all want to have things our own way.

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In centuries past, the family was often ruled over by the stern hand of the father. Divorces were rare and family members knew they had to obey when in the sight of the father.

Cleaver family from the television program Leave it to Beaver. – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Intl._Church_of_Christ.jpg“As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. 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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Fast-forward into our current-day society. The father does not enjoy such supreme authority. Maybe in some other cultures. But not the western nations so much. And decreasingly so in all cultures, pretty much.

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Yes, today’s world is far different than former generations. Not that the previous generations were so wonderful! 

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But let’s face it! It’s a very stubborn world today!

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Affordable_uncontested_divorce_in_calgary.jpg“As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. 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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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fearless_Girl_at_Paternoster_Square_in_3D_2.jpgYes, sad to say, it’s a very stubborn world today!

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Just imagine how many marriages would be saved if each spouse did not insist on having their own way!?

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Just imagine how many children would be happier and healthier if they didn’t insist, “I pretty much know better than Mom & Dad!”

Divorce – Wikimedia – cropped image -the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

File:Fearless Girl at Paternoster Square – Cropped & altered image – C.Suthorn cc-by-sa-4.0 commons.wikimedia.org

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Medusa_1895.jpg“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”

1st Samuel 15:23 

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The Word of God reveals the following…“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” 1st Samuel 15:23 

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So, this above verse makes a very startling revelation! Rebellion and stubbornness are connected with Satanic powers.

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Medusa 1895 – Wikimedia Commons – Public Domain based on age

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PProg_09_p29_Obstinate.jpg?uselang=de“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy”

Proverbs 29:1

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And let’s face it! Even many faithful churchgoers might actually argue this point!

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In other words, stubbornness within the church-world tends to deny Satan’s intense warfare and innate presence in the hearts of many professed “Believers”.

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And one doesn’t need to look very deeply into Christianity to see that rebellion and stubbornness exists in the hearts of those same faithful skeptical churchgoers!

Pilgrim’s Progress – 09, p29 – Obstinate – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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Be afflicted, and…Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”

James 4:1-10

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So, just what can we Christians do about our undone condition? How can we overcome our stubborn ways and our rebellious heart?

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Listen to the New Testament Book of James…

“From whence come wars and fightings among you?

come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill,

and desire to have, and cannot obtain:

http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-David

…Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud,

but giveth grace unto the humble. 

Submit yourselves therefore to God.

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

Cleanse your hands, ye sinners;

and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 

Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:

let your laughter be turned to mourning,

and your joy to heaviness. 

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”

James 4:1-10

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The entire Book of James was given to help us realize where we so often go astray. And along with the rest of Scripture, and aided by the indwelling Holy Spirit, we stubborn ones can begin to obtain the knowledge and strength to overcome this world, our flesh and the Devil, whose antichrist spirit is now working in the children of disobedience!

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So, let’s follow James’ advice, and “Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:9, 10

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

“Dear Lord, Please do a work in my life and heart, to make me humble and submissive to Your Word

Family Prayer Before Meal – Wikimedia – US-Govt. – Public-Domain

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READ MORE…

To explore deeper into this subject, please read…May 9 (We Wrestle Not Against Flesh & Blood! Part 2, “Dealing With Defiant Children!”), Or, you may also read…June 26th (The War Nobody Prepared For! Part 3 (“Meekness”))

Question book magnify svg – Wikimedia – GNU license

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

Info & pics of constellations on this site from Wikipedia & International Astronomical Union (click here)

 

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7 STARS IMITATE CROSS OF ORION

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This phenomenon begins in October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night.

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The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart

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This Wikipedia star-chart to the left, has this Orion Constellation sketched in. You must locate Orion, when it is mid-sky, between east and west. You’ll be facing southward most likely, unless you are far south. Try to imagine it as a Cross on a steep hill. The 3-star belt of Orion becomes the crest of the hill. The 3 very faint stars that make up Orion’s head become the very top of the Cross.

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Next, locate the 7 Stars Constellation. This 7 Stars Constellation is seen by facing northward. It stands upright a little later in the night. Eventually, Orion will lay down and no longer be seen as an uplifted Cross! Beginning in November, the 7 Stars (AKA Big Dipper) can be seen as a Cross a little bit later in evening.

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When you are comfortable in locating Orion & The 7 Stars Constellations, then show a friend. This can be a great witnessing tool!

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ABOVE CHART: The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart – wikipedia star-chart with orion drawn in by this website – not for commercial use

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Question_book_magnify2.svg

READ MORE…

To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “’7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’”

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TOMORROW:

December 25 (The 4 Winds of Revelation 7:1 Now Blowing! Part 1: “The 4 Winds of Doctrine”)

ABOVE PICTURE: Hide Thyself in thy Chambers – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO JEREMIAH STUDY

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ALL ‘NOBLE BEREANS’ (open-minded seekers of Bible truth) ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. 

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THIS IS STUDY #356 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING…

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