Daily Devotional, Year 3 – March 17 (The Two Spirits In The World, Part 2: “You’ve Got To Serve Somebody!”)

By admin On May 7th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – March 17

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The Two Spirits In The World, Part 2: “You’ve Got To Serve Somebody!”

To read Part 1 of this series, click here…November 23 (The Two Spirits In The World)

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A few decades ago, a poet/songster of the world wrote the following lines…

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“You may be an ambassador to England or France,
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance,
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPG
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls…”

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[Chorus:]

“But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
Indeed you’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the Devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody…”

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“You might be a rock ‘n’ roll addict prancing on the stage,
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage,
You may be a business man or
Some high degree thief,
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief”

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[Chorus:]
“But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
Indeed you’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the Devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody…”

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(Song continues on with more verses)

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Songwriters: BOB DYLAN

Gotta Serve Somebody lyrics © BOB DYLAN MUSIC CO

Lyrics courtesy, http://www.lyricsfreak.com

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

 

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EITHER THE DEVIL OR THE LORD!

Chess-game - checkmate - by Friedriech Moritz August Retzsch - Wikigallery.org - Public domain

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Now these are pretty good lines for somebody from the world! And these words go very well with today’s devotional about the two spirits in the world!

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Yes, indeed, each one of us must choose just who it is we will serve. And as this song says, “Well, it may be the Devil, or it may be the Lord!” But we each must serve somebody!

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And it doesn’t matter who we are, either. We can be the lowest of the low! Or we might be the highest of the high! But each of us must serve somebody, either the Devil or the Lord!

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Yes, indeed, we’re gonna have to serve somebody!

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Chess-game – checkmate – by Friedriech Moritz August Retzsch – Wikigallery.org – Public domain

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SPIRIT OF TRUTH, SPIRIT OF ERROR

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Now if these above lyrics don’t strike fear into each of our hearts, perhaps the nexthttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianity-Jesus_Christ_Died_for_your_Sin.jpg following truth will do so.

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You see, as Part 1 of this little series, “The Two Spirits In The World”, the truth was focused on that the Bible tells us that we will be indwelt by one of two spirits: either we will be indwelt by the Spirit of Holiness, or we will be indwelt by the spirit of the world. One or the other. No third alternative!

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So not only must we serve one or the other master, but we are actually indwelt by one or the other spirit!

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Cross of Jesus Christ – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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“THAT SPIRIT THAT NOW WORKS IN THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE”

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Listen to this startling verse which reveals that Satan’s spirit is within unsaved mankind…“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2

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And so, this verse reveals that Satan is the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.

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But this isn’t the only Bible passage that reveals this truth…

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

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“THEY ARE OF THE WORLD”

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Just listen to this next passage concerning the two spirits…“They (Antichrists) are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the Spirit of Error.” 1st John 4:5, 6

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Here is seen that the spirit of this world is the spirit of Antichrist! And this Antichrist spirit is the spirit of error. But those who are of the Spirit of Truth can speak to those who are of the spirit of error, but they will not hear! They cannot hear, because they are of a different spirit!

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Shoppers in Toronto – Wikimedia – share-alike license

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MANY DECEIVED ONES IN THE CHURCH!

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Now there are many faithful church-going parishioners who believe that they are indwelt by the Spirit of Truth.

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As a matter of fact, nearly the entire Christian nation around the world believes that they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of Truth.

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But the Bible makes no such statement. As a matter of fact the Bible says just the opposite…

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Listen…“Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity!” Matthew 7:21-23

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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MANY DECEIVED ONES!

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In this above passage from Matthew, Jesus presents a very sad and terrifying, but very real truth: that on the great Day of Judgment, there will be many deceived former church-goers, who thought they were signed-sealed-and-delivered-saints when back on earth.

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But as they finally stand before God on that fearful Day, they will be shocked to discover that their religion was altogether worthless!

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HOW CAN I HAVE THE BLESSED ASSURANCE?http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg

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So just how can we know that we are truly indwelt by the Holy Spirit of Truth? How can a Christian have the blessed assurance that he or she is truly on the highway to Heaven?

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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TRIALS, PRAYERS, AND PRECIOUS PROMISES

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Listen to Jesus as He addresses the worldly-minded Church at Laodicea…“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire (fiery trials which removes the dross of worldliness), that thou mayest behttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpg rich; and white raiment (Garments of Salvation), that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve (the knowledge of God’s Word), that thou mayest see.” Revelation 3:18

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Of course, the parenthetical statements inserted in this above passage from Revelation 3:18 are added by the Editor of this website.

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But this spiritual remedy which was originally given to the Church of the Laodiceans is just as needful today by double-minded Laodicean Christians!

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Chaplain reads Bible – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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PURIFIED BY FIRE, NOURISHED BY HIS WORD, SAVED BY GRACE

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Yes, we must beg and plead for God to send us through fiery tribulations, that we may one day come forth as purified gold!

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And we must continually beg for God to save us, and deliver us from our own apathy!

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And finally, we must beg and plead for God to give us a love and burning desire for daily Bible study and constant meditation of His Word!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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AS PURIFIED GOLD

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And so, once God mercifully begins to bring us through fiery trials, and gives us a genuine love for the countless precious promises found throughout the Old and New Testaments.

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And once we begin to love to spend many hours searching the Scriptures, and contemplating them, day and night.

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Then and only then will we begin to have the assurance that God is truly working in us, “to will, and to do of His good pleasure!” Philippians 2:13

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Gold smelting – Public Domain – wn.com

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TO READ PART 3, GO HERE…July 13 (The Two Spirits In The World, Part 3: “The Two Fountains of Pleasures!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to choose my master each and every day, as I choose to learn about Thee through the study of Thy Word and unceasing prayer…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The Crown of Revelation 12: What Is “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”?, or you can also read this shorter article…February 15th (The Two Images!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN.

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THE VALLEY OF DECISION CONSTELLATION GROUP

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“Multitudes, multitudes in the ‘Valley of Decision’…

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for the day of the Lord is near in the ‘Valley of Decision’.”

Valley of Decision w/names

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“The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining… 

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“The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem…

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“And the heavens and the earth shall shake…

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“But the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

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Joel 3:14-16

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LOCATING THIS CONSTELLATION GROUP…

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“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” Micah 4:1, 2

 

Valley of Decision + O Destroying Mountain Constellation Group

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Look eastward in the early summer through fall. Find the Cassiopeia Constellation. Cassiopeia is the Mount of Blessing. In the sketch, it is the farthest mountain to the left. In the sky, it is the northern-most of these three mountains when facing eastward. It resembles a pyramid.

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Then find the second pyramid to its right (south).

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Then go a little further south to the next third pyramid. The third snow-cap is the Destroying Mountain Constellation.

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These three pyramids are the snow-capped portion of these three mountains in this sketch. (of course, you won’t see the snow-caps in the sky. They are just an embellishment in this sketch to present a concept-EDITOR).

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Valley of Decision & O Destroying Mtn. Constellations

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THE VALLEY OF DECISION CONSTELLATION GROUP. They appear in mid-summer in the eastern skies in pre-dawn hours. These are made of Cassiopeia (mount on left), and various stars from the Andromeda Constellation (valley) Pegasus (Mount of Cursing (middle mount) & Destroying Mount (right)), and Pisces (Broad Way to Hell). The galaxy which appears to be climbing the Mountain of Blessing is the Andromeda Galaxy

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The above Wikipedia star-chart shows this amazing constellation group as it appears from June to fall, just prior to the winter constellation group. Actually, these Valley of Decision Constellations appear in early summer in the pre-dawn hours. (Editor of this website has sketched in this constellation group onto this above Wikipedia star-chart.) 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The ‘Valley of Decision’ Constellation

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TOMORROW…

March 18 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 5: “Satan’s Army of Mockers!”)

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

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