Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 14 (Planet Earth, Devil’s Island, Part 4: “Mental Disorders”)

By admin On March 3rd, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 14

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Planet Earth, Devil’s Island, Part 4: “Mental Disorders”

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“And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.” 1st Samuel 16:23

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David Plays Before Saul – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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Whether we like it or not, the plain truth is that this world is Satan’s prison-house of sin and selfishness!

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It is a type of prison island in which God has allowed the Devil to keep humanity under lock and key, so to speak.

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You could say that we’re being held captive on this cosmic Devil’s Island!

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Oh yes, God is very merciful, and has allowed us many pleasant things to enjoy.

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But make no mistake! This world is Satan’s prison-house of sin and selfishness: a ‘holding place’ where the rebels against Heaven must remain for a time.

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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WHAT’S KEEPING US IN BONDAGE?

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So just what keeps us from making a jail-break? What is it that holds us captive here?

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One very important passage which explains our hopeless condition is found in 2nd Corinthians 4:3, 4…“But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

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Here above, we are informed that Satan, “the god of this world” has blinded our minds to the degree that we cannot see the wonderful and glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ who came to set us free!

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A WORLD FILLED WITH EARTHLY PLEASURES & LUSTS

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Now, one way that Satan has kept us under lock and key was to create a world in which we have become the helpless slaves of sin and selfishness.

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And rather than turn to Heaven’s government of selfless brotherly love, we instead have become mired in the selfish ways and wares of this sin-cursed world!

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And Satan, whom Ephesians 2:2 refers to as “the prince of the power of the air”, is an indwelling spirit that fills our hearts with the desires of the flesh, and of the mind, so that we take great pleasure in sin and selfishness!

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And so, we have a world in which we are held captive at Satan’s will.

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People on Times Square – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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FALSE IDEOLOGIES

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Now there are many people who are held captive by some ideology. Yes, this world is filled with counterfeit ideologies which have a great entrancing power over the minds of the human family!

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Such a captivating ideology is atheism, the idea that God doesn’t really exist! This ideology offers no hope for humanity, since it holds people helplessly captive to the notion that there is no God nor any Savior to deliver them from death!

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And so, these poor, dear deluded souls live out their lives believing that the grave is their ultimate inevitable destiny.

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Charles Darwin – by John Collier (artist) – www.wikigallery.com – Public Domain

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PSYCHIATRYhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Depressionen.jpg

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Another very powerful ideology is the so-called science of psychiatry.

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And here again, this false ideology holds many humans captive to the idea that they have some horrible mental defect that keeps them in bondage to fear, confusion, anxiety, and an inability to live in peace and contentment.

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Girl – Depression by Danielzanetti for Wikimedia – C.C. Share-alike License 3.0

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KING SAUL

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Now in the Bible, God has given a number of true, historical accounts in which various persons were plagued by several varieties of so-called mental conditions.

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King Saul was perhaps the most notable example of so-called mental illness. His condition was very similar to the modern-day “mental illness” known as “manic-depression”, or “bi-polar illness”. Yes, King Saul often suffered from giant mood-swings, akin to what we so often see in today’s world under the guise of these aforementioned conditions…

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But listen to Scripture as it describes Saul’s true condition… “But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.” 1st Samuel 16:14

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As this above verse reveals, the true cause of Saul’s so-called “mental illness” was that an “evil spirit” troubled him! Nothing more! Nothing less! An evil spirit was the sole-cause of Saul’s troubled condition!

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Saul attempts to Kill David – by Gustave Dore – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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VARIOUS SO-CALLED ‘MENTAL ILLNESSES’

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But there are various other accounts of evil spirits which caused conditions similar to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Capricho_43,_El_sue%C3%B1o_de_la_raz%C3%B3n_produce_monstruos.jpgwhat we see today: a man who was possessed by a legion of evil spirits which reminds us of “Multiple Personality Disorder” (see Mark, Chapter 5).

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Or King Nebuchadnezzar being given the heart of a beast of the field for 7 years is now called, “Clinical Lycanthropy” (see Daniel 4:32, 33).

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A young boy who was constantly falling in the fire or in the water, and exhibiting behavior similar to those with so-called “Epilepsy” (see Matthew 17:14-21). As a matter of fact, many different versions of the Bible actually translate the Greek into the name, Epilepsy.

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A man with a “dumb (non-communicating) spirit”, unable to speak (see Matthew 9:32, 33), reminding us of so-called, “Autism”, which often manifests itself in the inability to speak. 

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All these conditions were clearly the result of Satanic activity. But when the evil spirits finally departed, the afflicted person was totally cured.

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Yes, Satan has created this false science of psychiatry as a means of holding many souls in spiritual bondage, believing that they are hopelessly suffering from a so-called “mental illness” when the truth is, they are merely being harassed by evil spirits.

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Demonic dreams – Wikipedia – US-public-domain

Devil Exorcism – Goya Painting – Public Domaion

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THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE!

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But the Good News is, that these conditions can be totally overcome by the power of Christ.

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And through the indwelling of God’s Spirit, we can claim the Bible promise…“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2nd Timothy 1:7

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Whether it is the, “power…love, and…sound mind” spoken of here in 2nd Timothy, or the, “perfect peace”, spoken of in Isaiah 26:3, the result is the same!

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It is exactly as Paul spoke of in Philippians 4:7…And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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While it’s true that certain people have physical brain defects, the fact is, those who have so-called mental illnesses are said to have a “chemical imbalance”. 

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But the Good News is, that there is no so-called, “mental illness”, that can survive in a mind controlled by the Holy Spirit, but is replaced by, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control!” Galatians 5:23

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE UPWARD PATHWAY

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Now this website never encourages anyone to rashly throw away their medicine, of any type. It is not a denial of faith to take medicine.

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No, it is only by continuing in the upward path of wisdom and knowledge of God’s Word that such perfect peace can be achieved. It is by a mature understanding of God’s Word that will eventually cast away the power of Satan! It is the Christlike metamorphosis which occurs within, when we continually behold Jesus, through His life-giving words!

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And like any other bondage to sin, whether it be uncontrollable fits of anger, or even the lust for the sin of Sodom, it is only the indwelling Power of God’s Word and God’s Spirit that truly sets a man, woman, or child free from Satan’s prison-house of sin!

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PERFECT PEACE

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So the bottom line to all that has been said is just this: Jesus is offering us perfect peace and tranquility in a world filled with turmoil and unhappiness and discontent and hopelessness.

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And God is willing to take away the evil spirits that torment so many unsuspecting people around the world.

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And what could be better than to have perfect peace and total tranquility?

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Oh yes, one will have to work hard to achieve this kind of peace (even though it is a gift of grace).

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Listen to Paul’s encouragement… “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Hebrews 4:11

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Yes, as Paul reveals here, God causes us to labor for that perfect peace and contentment! But it will be well worth the effort!

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Woman with Bible – Brooklyn Museum – La Roche Guyon by Theodore Robinson – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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TO READ PART 5, CLICK HERE…Daily Devotional, Year 3 – April 27 (Planet Earth, Devil’s Island, Part 5: “Name Your Prison!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to make my little corner of the world into a little corner of Heaven! Help me separate myself, as far as possible from the corrupting ungodly influences all around me…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…Floodwaters of the False Prophet: “Atheism & Psychology”, or you can also read…NOVEMBER 10 The Psalms’ Power Over Evil Spirits), or you can also read…May 29 (A World of Lies, Part 11: “Mental Illness”)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING THE DRAGON

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REVELATION 12 DRAGON IS NOT DRACO!

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First, let it be stated, that this Dragon Constellation is not the same constellation commonly referred to as “Draco” (photo to right is Draco).

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This Revelation 12 Dragon from Signs Of Heaven, has not been previously recognized. But you will discover that it is a very intricate and complex constellation, once you are comfortable locating it (picture below, right).

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Draco, (Picture right) Ursa Minor Wikipedia share-alike license

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 REVELATION 12 DRAGON  

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Revelation 12 Dragon w/text

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The star-charts below (below, right) are from Wikipedia and are combined into one chart to show these three constellations, which the editor has sketched over with these three constellations, as they appear when in the west. Hopefully, this will be an assist in locating these constellations in the night-sky.

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LOCATION…

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Wikipedia star-charts winter constellation in West

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The Revelation 12 Dragon Constellation can be located by finding Orion in winter months. The Dragon is to Orion’s left, and the Dragon’s mouth is right next to Orion’s shield. This Dragon’s mouth is the V-like constellation The Hyades Cluster, which is also known as the head of Taurus the Bull. The Dragon’s tail-tip is Pleiades and the lower shaft of his tail is partly of Aries  and Pisces. Then with aid of a dark and starry night, you may begin to connect the mouth and the tail with a very long body in an oval shape. The front and back legs are made of a few stars: the front legs partially of stars from Taurus . The back legs and rear fin are made of 6 stars from the Cetus Constellation.

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BODY HARD TO SEE

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The long oval-shaped body has relatively few stars, but can been seen, howbeit with a dark, starry night. The four stars of the front fins are made partially of Taurus .

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation 

 

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TOMORROW

January 15 (Revelation 18:2: “A Cage of Every Unclean & Hateful Bird!”)

 

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain 

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