Daily Devotional, Year 3 – November 25 (As The Flower of the Field, Part 12: “Are You A ‘Flower of the Field’, or a ‘Flower of Heaven’?”)

By admin On December 12th, 2017

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – November 25

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As The Flower of the Field, Part 12: “Are You A ‘Flower of the Field’, or a ‘Flower of Heaven’?”

To read Part 1, click here… “March 19th (As the Flower of the Field!)”

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God has placed two flower constellations up in the night-sky.

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In the spring appears ‘The Flower of the Field’ (picture right).

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But in late winter appears ‘The Flower of Heaven’ (picture left).

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These two flower constellations present the two classes of people in the world: the “redeemed” souls and the “lost” ones.

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“ALL FLESH IS AS GRASS, AND…THE FLOWER OF GRASS”

1st Peter 1:24

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The fact is, most all of us begin life as a flower of the field…“As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.” Psalm 103:15

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This and several other similar verses present this poetic analogy of Mankind. Our very limited lifespan is like the grass, and our glory is like a fading flower.

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We begin life as a fresh new baby. We grow up and flourish until about the age of 21. But then, we slowly begin to deteriorate. By the age of 30, we begin to show a few signs of aging. And then, by 40 we become noticeably aged. And from then on, the aging process seems to accelerate. We eventually begin to bow down. We might even lose some of our teeth.

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Girl with a Bible (Faith of Our Fathers) – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

Maes – Old Woman Dozing – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS AWAY”

1st Peter 1:24http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Galanthus_nivalis_(snowdrop)_flower_FS17.jpg

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Truly, Mankind’s glory is like the flower that begins so pretty and bright! But as the summer passes, it begins to lose its petals. And as autumn sets in, that little flower begins to bow down and lose its beauty.

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Eventually, a cold blast of winter causes that once beautiful flower to finally die.

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This is Man’s fate! There’s no escaping our death sentence!

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flower – Galanthus_nivalis (snowdrop) – Wikimedia – Share-alike lic.

Ice Flower – Wikipedia – Share-alike lic.

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Well actually, that’s not quite correct.

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Exclamation Mark – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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GOD HAS PROVIDED “A WAY TO ESCAPE’

1st Corinthians 10:13

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:6tag_250316-124351.jpgYou see, even though our mortal bodies are doomed, yet our soul does not need to die. Yes, the One who gave His life and suffered on the hill called Calvary, has provided a way of escape for all those who place their implicit trust in His infallible Word of truth.

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This is where that Flower of Heaven Constellation comes into play. Yes, even though we begin life as an earth-hugging little flower, the Lord is able to transplant our heart and soul as a fruitful vine in heavenly soil!

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And as we look up in late winter, the year-long progression of the signs written in the Sun Moon, and stars comes to its conclusion with this flower appearing as if clinging to the altar constellation!

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While it once was doomed to die in its earthly condition as a flower of the field, it now has seemingly hitched a ride on this altar constellation in the sky, also seen in late winter.

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Cross of Jesus Christ – cropped photo – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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THE BRIDE OF CHRIST AS A FRUITFUL VINE!

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Of course this reminds us of Psalm 128:1-3…“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in His ways…Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.”

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:THE_WAYNE_GIPSON_FAMILY_SAYS_A_PRAYER_BEFORE_THEIR_EVENING_MEAL_IN_THE_KITCHEN_OF_THEIR_MODERN_HOME_NEAR_GRUETLI..._-_NARA_-_556611.jpgHere is a picture of a man’s family like living fruit trees. And this man’s wife is like a fruit-filled vine by the sides of his house.

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But also, here is a great portrait of Christ and His bride, the Church!

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No, not the various denominations, but God’s elect and chosen ones: individual souls, saved by grace.

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

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THE FLOWER “HITCHES A RIDE” TO HEAVEN!

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Like that flowered vine constellation, the saved soul hitches a ride Heavenward on the Altar of God Constellation.

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And miraculously, this little flower no longer clings to the earth, but is destined for everlasting life in the Promised Land, the Paradise which God has provided for all His faithful redeemed ones!

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It is a Land in which pain, and suffering, and crying, and mourning have all been vanquished away forevermore!

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“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4

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It is a land filled with beauty and laughter and joy unspeakable, where we will never grow old, but be forever young! 

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The River Of The Water Of Life by H. Melville – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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A FLOWER OF EARTH OR OF HEAVEN?

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And so, back to our original question in today’s devotional, “Are you a flower of the field, hopelessly doomed to live and die in this cursed earth? Or have you been miraculously transplanted into Heaven’s soil: a flower of Heaven which will never ever fall away and die?”

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That is the one and only truly important question of life!

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That is the greatest question of all questions!

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TO READ PART 13, CLICK HERE…December 21 (As The Flower of the Field, Part 13: “Forever Young?”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully realize the meaninglessness of this life and to fully appreciate the infinite value of the world-to-come…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…“October 26th (It’s a throw-away world!)”, or you can also read this next article…“April 22nd (All Is Meaningless!)”

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THE END

 

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29:18

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In the beginning, God placed our first parents in a beautiful garden. But as a result of sin, this world lost much of its beauty. The curse has marred, to a great extent, the pristine condition of nature. In spite of that, God has mercifully left enough beauty in nature for mankind to enjoy.

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FAMOUS CARTOON

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But though this world retains much beauty, there are still many, who are under the impression, that God’s redeemed will spend all eternity sitting on a puffy little cloud, strumming a harp. Whoever is responsible for that infamous cartoon of a man with a harp, sitting on a little cloud, was unwittingly doing the Devil’s bidding. Lucifer would love nothing more, than for people to have the discouraging notion, that Heaven is just a puffy little cloud, with nothing going on, day after day, for all eternity. Nothing could be further from the truth!

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Do we really imagine that the same God who created that incredible garden for our first parents, would then put us through all this sorrow and hardships, only to now stick us in some boring situation, for eternity? Such people don’t know God nearly well enough.

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Sin and rebellion has marred the original beauty of this present world. But in spite of that, there still remains some of the beauty that this planet originally possessed. But marred as it is, still the beauty and innocent joys of this present world, are just a faint reflection of what awaits all those who persevere on the upward pathway to that Celestial City of God.

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CATCH A VISION OF THAT PROMISED LAND!

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“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Revelation 21:1, 2

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So Signs Of Heaven encourages the reader to begin to get a vision of the New Heaven and New Earth, and begin to get excited about it. When we hear the cry of a new born baby, or the innocent laughter of little children. When we see a little forest creature having fun, or we enjoy a walk along the sand at the ocean, and hear the majestic roar of the crashing waves.

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“Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. ” Psalm 40:5.

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These, and the many other joys of life were created by the One who has also gone to prepare an even more beautiful place for us to live. He knows our needs, and will provide a place far more wonderful home than this sin-cursed Earth.

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And when we finally cross that river, and we stand together on the shores of that world to come, we will look in amazement at what He has in store for us there. And then we will know for certain, that “His mercy endures forever”,  because, “God is love”!

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Elakala Waterfalls Swirling Pool Mossy Rocks wikimedia share-alike license

Sunset at Huntington Beach wikimedia share-alike license

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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…

November 26 (The False Prophet, Part 21: “The World’s Most Dangerously-Deceptive People!”)

 

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