Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 10 (Our Minimum Daily Requirements! Part 2: “Part-timers Need Not Apply!”)

By admin On February 16th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 10

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Our Minimum Daily Requirements! Part 2: “Part-timers Need Not Apply!”

To read Part 1, click here…Daily Devotional, Year 2 – April 18 (Our Minimum Daily Requirements!)

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Have you had your minimum daily requirements today? Do you even know what they are? Well, don’t feel bad! Most of us don’t know them either!

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The fact is, the medical community has determined just what are the M.D.R. (Minimum Daily Requirements) and this has all been done as a result of the invention of vitamin pills!

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Yes, the vitamin pill industry has developed all the pills necessary for our good health, as long as we take our Minimum Daily Requirements.

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Vitamin Display – by Mark Buckawichi – for Wikimedia – Universal Public Domain

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THE “HOLISTIC” APPROACH

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Of course, if a person is desiring to obtain maximum health, then common sense dictates the “holistic” approach. And what is the “holistic” approach, you ask?

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Simply put, the “holistic” (or “whole-istic”) approach is a total health regimen: daily exercise, proper healthy diet, pure water, ample sunlight, fresh air, proper rest, self control, and whatever else may be beneficial for health.

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But the problem with this holistic approach to health is, most people would rather just take a few pills! It’s much easier to simply try to take some pills, thinking that’s the way to get our Minimum Daily Requirements!

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Fruit Stall in Barcelona Market by Daderot – Wikipedia share-alike license

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TEN LITTLE RULES?

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And so, this idea of Minimum Daily Requirements, and a holistic health regimen likewise seems to have a spiritual application to Salvation!

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For instance, the children of Israel were given the Ten Commandments by Moses. Oh yes, they were also given many other laws as well.

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And they began to look at these laws as a type of Minimum Daily Requirements for spiritual health.

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In other words, they thought that by merely keeping this little short list of rules, that they could please God. 

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Tissot – Moses and the Ten Commandments – Wikipedia – US Public Dom.

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“I CAN HEAR CRICKETS!”

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The host of a popular religious current-events radio program complained that whenever his program focused on salvational issues, his audience dwindled to the point that he said, “I can hear crickets!”

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In other words, whenever his program focused on some scandal or some heresy committed by some currently well-known religious figure, or whenever his program focused on the Antichrist, his ratings shot way up! But whenever his program happened to feature a Bible study about Jesus, his ratings dropped way down! 

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It’s like that old adage which says, “There are multitudes who are willing to travel across the country for a Revelation Seminar about Antichrist, who would not even cross the street to hear a study about Jesus!”

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Announcer with microphone – svg – Wikimedia – Public-Domain

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NO HUNGERING & THIRSTING AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS

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Now just what is the cause for this bleak and unspiritual condition among https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_100326-N-4774B-066_Chaplain_Lt._Jason_Gregory_reads_bible_verses_on_the_weather_deck_aboard_the_guided-missile_cruiser_USS_Bunker_Hill_(CG_52).jpgChristians? Why are so many confessing Christians so lacking in hunger and thirst for the soul-saving words of life?

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Jesus said in His infamous Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6  

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US Navy – Chaplain Lt. Jason Gregory reads Bible on weather deck – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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LITTLE DESIRE TO BE CHRISTLIKE!

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The problem is, not too many so-called Christians truly have the desire to become like Jesus.

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At least, their level of desire does not rise to the point that they hunger and thirst for the life-giving words which would save their soul!

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THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

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Perhaps, the great reason for this lack of spirituality is that far too many church-goers are merely content to remain part-timers!

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Yes, there are many church-attendees who would like to enjoy the best of both worlds. In other words, there are many want the ear-tickling aspects of Christianity, such as sensual worship music, entertaining sermons, conspiracy-theories about Antichrist, and Creation/Evolution seminars.

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But when it comes to really digging in and learning salvational issues, there is little enthusiasm! 

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Rock Music Christian CHURCH Pomona – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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NOT TRUE DISCIPLES

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And what is the reason for this lack of enthusiasm?

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The sad fact is, that the great majority of church-goers have never truly become disciples of Jesus!

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And the reason that they have never become true disciples of Jesus is found in the very words of Jesus…“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My Disciple.” Luke 14:33

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Here it is! Becoming a true disciple of Jesus requires a total forsaking of this present selfish world! And this is too much for most professed followers of Christ! They would rather remain just part-timers. This way, they can still hold fast to their earthly passions and pursuits, and have Jesus too!

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“I STAND AT THE DOOR & KNOCK”

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Unfortunately, such a half-hearted service will never work! Jesus says to all such…“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” Revelation 3:15-17   

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Jesus Knocking by Hunt – wikipedia – US Public Domain

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GOOD NEWS! STILL TIME TO REPENT!

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Now the very Good News is, that this is still the day of Salvation! And those who are wanting more than a superficial relationship with Christ still have opportunity to cry outhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg to Jesus for His wonderful Salvation!

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Perhaps, the New Testament Book of James says it best…“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God…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 4:4, 8-10

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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A HUNGERING & THIRSTING

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And those who persevere in such a repentance as this, will ultimately discover just how wonderful it is to be a full-time servant of Christ!

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Their hearts will now desire to sit at the feet of Jesus and soak in His life-giving words! They will now thrill every time they can learn some new gem of truth! And they will now hunger and thirst after Christ’s righteousness. And they will delight every time they can lay some little cherished idol on the altar of self-sacrifice for their Lord!

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And they will finally be able to say, along with Paul… “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20  

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a new heart which desires to become an entirely new creation! Keep me back from falling into a mere religion of trying to do the minimum. But mold me and make me into Thy Likeness…

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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)”, or you can also read… February 27th (Love Is Not A Pick-N-Choose Buffet)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“And there appeared a great wonder (“sign”) in Heaven;

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a woman clothed with the sun,

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and the moon under her feet,

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and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:”

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Revelation 12:1

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – Summer Constellations w/ark & Rev. 12 Woman – www.theheavensdeclare.net

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If you were to go out on a dark and starry night in the summer months, and lift up your head, you might just see this constellation group. Looking at this sketch, do you see this woman as she tries to take hold of that crown?

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Well, this is a heavenly fulfillment of the above Bible verse (“And there appeared a great wonder (or “sign”) in Heaven; a woman…and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:” Revelation 12:1).

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And this woman is known as the Revelation 12 Woman, and that crown is known as the Revelation 12 Crown. You can see this constellation group in the summer months by looking in the western skies.

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – Summer Constellations w/ark & Rev. 12 Woman – www.theheavensdeclare.net

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The 12-Star Crown Constellation of Revelation 12”

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TOMORROW…

January 11 (Keeping 1 Day Holy, Part 6: “The Dumbing Down of Christianity”)

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