Daily Devotional, Year 3 – April 8 (Finding Perfect Peace, Pt. 8, “Protecting Our Kids”)

By admin On June 12th, 2016

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – April 8

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Finding Perfect Peace, Pt. 8, “Protecting Our Kids”

To read Part 1, click here… Today’s Devotional – March 6th (How To Find Perfect Peace!)

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“I will both lay me down in peace,

and sleep: for Thou, LORD,

only makest me dwell in safety.”

Psalm 4:8

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The Bible is a book of God’s intimate dealings with mankind.

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Account after account shows how closely God works in this world.

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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PHYSICAL HEALTH & SAFETY

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Now there are those who are greatly concerned about the health and safety of their children.

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After all, we live in a society that places a great emphasis on physical health and safety. Just watch television for a day or two, and count the number of programs and advertisements concerned with health and safety!

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And let’s face it! This is a dangerous and evil world we live in! This world is filled with all kinds of evils, just lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce upon any vulnerable potential victim!

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Boston Marathon Bombing – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 2.0

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GOD IS OUR SHIELD

.Elisha & Chariots of Fire www.visualbiblealive.com

But what the world doesn’t understand is that physical health and safety are the result of God’s blessings.

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The Bible is literally teeming with account after account of God’s protection for His people.

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Elisha & Chariots of Fire www.visualbiblealive.com

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“MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED…SEEING THOU HAS FORGOTTEN THE LAW”

Hosea 4:6

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Consequently, the Bible also reveals that it is a somewhat futile endeavor to attempt to protect one’s self and family against all the dangers out in the world, while spurning God’s Law!

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

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AHAB DESTROYED

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Take for example, the death of King Ahab.

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Here is a perfect example of how futile it is to attempt to protect one’s self against danger.

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We read that Ahab was going to war, but it was prophesied that he would die in battle.

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And so, he disguised himself so that no one would recognize him as being the king of Israel.

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And yet in the heat of the battle, a stray arrow struck him between the shoulder blades and he died!

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The Death of Ahab – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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NOBODY DELIVERED BY HIS OWN STRENGTH

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King Ahab’s fate is just one example of what the Bible plainly tells us…“There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.” Psalm 33:16-19

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Here in Psalm 33, the Lord reveals through the Psalmist, David, an important truth: that human strength and wisdom are worthless to deliver a person from trouble.

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It is the Lord that delivers a person from danger and destruction!

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David the Shepherd Boy – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH”

Psalm 46:1

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Now listen to this next verse… “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly: for He it is that shall tread down our enemies.  Psalm 60:11, 12

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This passage basically says the same thing: safety is from the Lord, and “vain (worthless) is the help of mankind!”

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Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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“(GOD) SENDETH RAIN ON THE JUST AND UNJUST”

Matthew 5:45

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Now, God is a very merciful God!

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And He has often protected unbelievers and their children from dangers and disasters!

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If we only knew how often God has delivered us out of the hand of evil, we would fall to our knees in grateful adoration of our Heavenly Father and His great mercy for mankind!

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And yet, God does allow evil to have its way in this sad and hopeless world!

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But it doesn’t have to be that way. And while we cannot completely escape all evil, we can enlist God’s protection for our family.

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Family Portrait – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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And so, just how does a parent attempt to build a wall of protection around the family?

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A PRECIOUS PROMISE!

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Listen…Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in His ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.” Psalm 128:1-4

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Here is a great promise, howbeit in poetic allegorical language: a promise that should inspire hope and faith in God within the hearts of His people!

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It is by walking in the Way, the Truth and the Life of Christ that a person enlists God’s protection and blessings!

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

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A GREAT & PRECIOUS PROMISE

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Here’s another precious promise, one of the most renownedhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marines_at_Prayer_by_Alex_Raymond.jpg promises in the Bible…“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my Refuge, even the Most High, thy Habitation;” Psalm 92:2-9

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And so, with promises such as these, what’s stopping us from throwing ourselves entirely upon the mercy of the Lord?

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Marines at Prayer by Alex Raymond – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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ENLIST GOD’S PROTECTION

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Therefore, dear child of God, there is nothing wrong with our concern for our http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgchildren’s safety. And certainly we must watch over them and provide a safe environment for them.

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But we must realize that only God can truly protect them from harm. Therefore, above all things, we must be daily drawing ourselves closer and closer to Jesus, hiding His precious promises in our heart.

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In that way, we will gain a peace that surpasses all understanding, as we cast upon Him all our worries and cares about our children, and begin to walk according to those promises!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 9, GO HERE…July 31 (Finding Perfect Peace, Pt. 9, “Living By God’s Precious Promises”)

 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Slow me down, so that I take time each day to hide Thy precious promises in my heart. I know that I don’t have the memory sufficient for this. But I know that by faithfully lingering upon these promises, You will be faithful to remind me of them, at just the time when they are needed…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Orion the Soldier (Armor of God)”

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FLOWER OF THE FIELD CONSTELLATION…

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LOCATING THIS CONSTELLATION…

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This constellation group can best be seen in spring through summer in the southern sky just above the horizon. Like all constellations, it slowly moves westward through the months, appearing a little earlier each night. It also appears to move through the sky westward each night. It can be easily seen under any degree of darkness. In other words, you don’t need a very dark night. In the sketch to the right, the ‘Flower of the Field’ Constellation `is in the lower part of the screen, directly under the Cross/Scepter Constellation. The sketches in this site are approximate, and not 100% accurate. The individual stars have different brightness than seen here. But these sketches are close enough in order to find them in the night sky.

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This constellation presents one of the most beautiful verses in Scripture. And yet that Scripture presents one of the most repugnant concepts (which unsaved Mankind has tried to elude for millenniums). And that concept is, that Mankind is like the grass that withers, and his glory as the wildflower that fades away. But God’s Word and those that love it will go on forever and ever!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Flower of the Field Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

April 9 (Baptism By Full Immersion! Part 2: “The Endless Bible Study!”

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