Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 22 (Flee To The Mountains, Part 14: “How To Be Like John the Baptist: Diet”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 22

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Flee To The Mountains, Part 14: “How To Be Like John the Baptist: Diet”

To read part 1 of this article, click here… Today’s Devotional – May 30th (Flee To The Mountain!)

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When speaking of overcoming the flesh, and crucifying the Old Man, we are essentially speaking of the same thing.

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But there is “no magic bullet” as the saying goes. There is no one thing a Christian can do to get the victory.

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No, to get the victory, the Bible tells us is a holistic process.

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In other words, we must purify ourselves in every area of our heart, to root out sin. The Book of James 4:8, counsels us to, “Purify your hearts, ye double-minded!”

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Yes, this God-ordained commission to purify our hearts, even as Christ is pure, is not optional!

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It is required of every true worshiper of God, who hopes to one day meet Christ in peace! (see 1st John 3:3)

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John the Baptist by Harold Copping www.wikigallery.com US public domain

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VICTORY ASSURED!

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But even though we may lose many little battles, we just cannot get discouraged.

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Because, there are so many precious promises regarding these things. And God is willing to keep working with us until the Day of Jesus Christ!

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Listen…“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6

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Yes, there is no reason to get discouraged.

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After all, the Bible tells us, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

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And also, “if God be for us, then who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

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Three wonderful promises which we all should commit to memory!

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3 BASIC CATEGORIES OF SIN

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Now the Bible speaks of the three great sins: the Lust of the Flesh, the Lust of the Eyes, and the Pride of Life.

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These three sins are a synopsis of all the many various sins in this world of sin.

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THE LOWER PASSIONS

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Now, the Lusts of the Flesh are considered in Scripture, as being the lower passions, whereas the Pride of Life is considered the higher places of the human.http://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/daniel-dream/

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And today, we are living in the very lowest portion of the human anatomy, as revealed in Daniel. Remember the great image which Nebuchadnezzar dreamed about? The head of the image represented the Kingdom of Babylon, while the feet and toes represented the kingdoms which exist in our day, the last days of Planet Earth’s history.

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And so, that great image which Nebuchadnezzar saw represented the continual moral declension of earth’s societies, beginning with the head of pride, and working downward to the feet of lust.

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Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream – www.freebibleimages.org

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WORLD GIVEN OVER TO THE FLESH

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And so, as already mentioned, we are now living in the age of fleshly lusts.

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Oh yes, the world has always been lustful in every age.

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But Satan is now working around the clock, to immerse this present-day society in Lust to such a degree, as has never before been witnessed!

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Yes, Satan created a society in which every form of fleshly lust has become, “state-of-the-art”, so to speak.

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From high-tech devices, to culinary delights, to pornography, to sensual music, to the television and movie industry, Satan has turned this world into a spiritual danger-zone: a modern-day Sodom & Gomorrah!

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Time – New York City Night-lights – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 2.0 Generic License

Girl Texting – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 2.0

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“BE SOBER, BE VIGILANT!”

1st Peter 5:8

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And so, it becomes necessary for today’s Christian to become watchful and vigilant like never before in history!

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And for those who have a propensity toward the lower passions, a double-vigilance is required!

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Yes, for all those who desire to overcome, the world, the flesh, and the Devil, there must be a 24/7 vigilance and watchfulness.

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“GIVEN TO APPETITE”

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“And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Proverbs 23:2

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Now, one way in which the Christian can overcome the lusts of the flesh is in the area of diet.

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And with all the stimulating culinary delights and “junk foods” so easily available, the Christian should consider the lifestyle of John the Baptist.

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Yes, John lived a life of self-denial.

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His daily life was a combination of fasting and eating a simple diet (probably not exactly the diet (locusts & wild honey) that most of us in the western nations would choose.}

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Gluttony – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

John the Baptist by Harold Copping www.wikigallery.com US public domain.

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CHRIST’S DIET, THE ULTIMATE

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Now this website doesn’t want to dictate the very exact diet that Christians should have.

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But let it suffice to be said that the original diet given to Mankind, was a diet of fruit and seed-bearing herbs.

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This is perhaps the very best diet, although many might disagree!

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Fruit Cocktail – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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JESUS’ DIET: THE ULTIMATE DIET!

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But ultimately, the very best diet for overcoming the world is found in the imitation of Christ.

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His life of fasting and eating a self-denying diet stands as a rebuke to the present-day era of gluttony and decadent culinary delights.

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Jesus – by J. Tissot – Brooklyn Museum – US Public Domain

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“THE GLUTTON SHALL COME TO POVERTY

Proverbs 23:1

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“He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” Proverbs 13:3

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To gain the victory over the appetite will bring victory in all other areas of the life!

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And whether one decides to live on the original diet of the Garden, or whether one includes animal products, to follow Jesus is not an option: it is an absolute requirement if one ever hopes to overcome the world!

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Jesus Disciples – James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum – US Public Domain (2)

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THIS SUBJECT WILL BE CONTINUED IN TOMORROW’S DEVOTIONAL

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to move away from the overwhelming tide of sensuality, whether in society or in the Church…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… (Television: Enchanted Ground!)or you can also read… (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 6: The Sensual Church!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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NARROW GATE

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Winter Constellations in West

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This most amazing phenomenon is seen throughout the winter. Although it can be observed most of the winter, it is seen best when it is the western part of the sky, at winter’s end (The end of winter being the final scene of this heavenly Gospel story). Orion , the Dragon, and the Glorious White Horse are beginning to descend into the western horizon (sketch to right is Winter Constellations descending into western horizon. This can actually be seen as early as December, in the pre-dawn hours).

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And at this point it is apparent that the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation  is veering toward the two bright stars, known as Castor and Pollux (sketch to below left). But the Wide Gate Stars are composed of the two brightest stars of the Auriga Constellation, known as the star, Capella, and the star, Menkalinan. The two stars, Castor and Pollux, make up the concept of the Orion’s Narrow Gate Stars.

Revelation 12 Woman & Orion's Gate & Wide Gate.

This can even be observed into June in the western sky (for a short time just after dark). While a dark night is best for seeing the Woman Constellation, the 4 stars which comprise the Narrow Gate/Wide Gate Stars can be seen even under mediocre conditions. It begins with the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation (AKA Ursa Major) going towards these two doors.

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The sketch to left shows, the two doors are each composed of two bright stars. The two bright stars that comprise the Narrow Gate are the two brightest stars of the Orion the Reaper’s sickle. The two stars that comprise the ‘Wide Gate’ Stars are the two brightest stars of the wave of water that comes out of the Dragon Constellation’s mouth (for explanation of “Wave of Water”, just click here). The stars that make up the ‘Narrow Gate’ are about half the width of the Wide Gate (see sketch to right).

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Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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(For more information on Orion’s sickle, just click here,“Orion The Reaper”.)

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Editor’s note: These sketches on this page are merely sketches. The stars are not in their exact place. However, they are close enough to find them in the night sky. But as with most stars, it takes persistence to finally locate them.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)”

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TOMORROW…

Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 23 (Flee To The Mountains, Part 15: “How To Be Like John the Baptist: The Signs Of Heaven”)

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