Daily Devotional, Year 3 – November 6 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 54: “Did I Use Lightness?” CONTINUED)

By admin On October 23rd, 2017

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – November 6

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Come Out of Her, My People! Part 54: “Did I Use Lightness?” CONTINUED

To read Part 1, click here… “May 12th (Come Out of Her, My People?)”

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“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,

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let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting,

which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks…

Let no man deceive you with vain words:

for because of these things cometh the wrath of God

upon the children of disobedience.”

Ephesians 5:3, 4, 6

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Paul – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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To read the first part of this “Did I Use Lightness?” devotional, click here…NOVEMBER 7 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 25: “Did I Use Lightness?”)

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Listen to that reformer of yesteryear, Thomas Brooks on the characteristics of false teachers…“They preach more to please the ear than to profit the heart…False teachers handle holy things rather with wit and trifling, rather than with fear and reverence. False teachers are soul-murderers. They are like evil surgeons, that skin over the wound—but never heal it…False teachers are hell’s greatest enrichers.”

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Thomas Brooks on, “The 7 Chacteristics of False Teachers”

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Thomas Brooks – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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JOKERS IN THE PULPITS, NOTHING NEW!

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These above words from the writings of Reformation author, Thomas Brooks, show that this great sin of modern-day preachers and evangelists is nothing new! And Brooks made this cutting statement about this great sin, so often seen in the pulpits of his day, but also in our day!

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And actually, even the Apostle, Paul, warned against the use of joking (jesting)…But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks….Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” Ephesians 5:3, 4

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Here again, the Apostle totally agrees with Thomas Brooks on this sin within the apostate churches.

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“EPHRAIM (THE APOSTATE CHURCHES) IS JOINED TO IDOLS: LET HIM ALONE!”

Hosea 4:17

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The fact is, those of us who possess (or rather, ‘are possessed by’) this dubious “gift” of making jokes and jests, and funny “off-the-cuff” remarks are quite often unaware that we are behaving in an unchristlike manner.

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We take much pride in our ability to come up with remarks that make others laugh. And so, our supposed “gift” actually becomes an idol in our heart. And we attempt to tenaciously cling to this idol! 

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Laughing – (color added) – Fotothek df roe neg – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

 

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“A MERRY HEART DOETH GOOD LIKE A MEDICINE!”

Proverbs 17:22

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But there are many in the church-world who are in complete denial, attempting to justify this sin by saying, “Well, isn’t good to make people laugh?”

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But to these misguided souls we would answer back, “It depends on what they’re laughing about!” The Bible says, “Fools make a mock at sin.” (Proverbs 14:9) And so much of jesting does exactly that! It makes light of this tragic world! And it “skins over” the wounds of a sin-sick soul, even as Thomas Brooks wrote.

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And of course, for the unsaved people of this lost world, what else can they do? That’s just how they deal with this tragic world!

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Joker – Jester – Puck Cover- Wikipedia – Public Domain

 

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“WHEREFORE COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE!”

2nd Corinthians 6:17

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But Christians are not to live like this hopeless and faithless world lives!

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No, we have a commission: to let the purity and faith and love and righteousness of Jesus shine out from us, that we might become as a bright beacon of light which guides lost ships (souls) out on the stormy sea safely “into their desired haven!” Psalm 107:30

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Our day in the light of prophecy and providence – 1921 – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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“ANOTHER JESUS…ANOTHER SPIRIT!”

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Of course, this particular question is really a tender subject in the church-world, since both pastor and parishioner alike engage in joking and jesting, to a great extent.

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But sadly, there are many faithful church-attendees who desire to have some of Christ, but not all of Christ! They are unknowingly seeking a “hybrid Jesus” of their own making: half heavenly and half worldly! All such only prove their hearts are still knit together with this present world!

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Yes, either we take ALL of Christ, or we will have NONE of Christ.

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THE BATTLE FOR THE HEART

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What many professing Christians do not fully realize is that there exists two men striving for the mastery of our heart: “The Old Man of the flesh”, against, “The New Man of the Spirit”.

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Listen…“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24

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It is the Old Man within who strives to keep us in bondage to these kinds of deceitful lusts.

Christian and Apollyon – Pilgrim’s Progress – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE!”

Revelation 18:4

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Yes, all those who truly desire to come out of the fog of confusion which is the current condition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_The_Flight_of_the_Prisoners.jpgof the Babylonish church-world, must understand that our goal is to purify ourselves, “even as He (Christ) is pure.” (see 1st John 3:3)

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Oh yes, Christ had a joyful heart. And yet, at the same time, He was also very serious…“A Man of sorrows, and aquainted with grief…As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing;” Isaiah 53:3 & 2nd Corinthians 6:10.

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But His inner joy and agape love was borne from Heaven and not at all from earthy and sensual behavior!

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James Tissot – The Flight of the Prisoners from Babylon – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“AND THE RANSOMED OF THE LORD SHALL RETURN AND COME TO ZION WITH SONGS AND EVERLASTING JOY UPON THEIR HEADS: THEY SHALL OBTAIN JOY AND GLADNESS, AND SORROW AND SIGHING SHALL FLEE AWAY!”

Isaiah 35:10

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And oh yes, Heaven will be a place of great and everlasting joy, and peace, and singing, and love incomprehensible!

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But there will not be even one joke or jest made there!

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Those things will have all perished along with the rest of this world of sin!

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But love, joy and peace will reign supreme in that wonderful Promised Land!

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 TO READ PART 55, click here…November 7 (“Come Out of Her, My People! Part 55: ‘A Counterfeit Congregation’”

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Make me like Jesus! Take away these awful polluted worldly jokes, sarcasm and flippant remarks which roll off my tongue, like water over a falls! Make me and mold me until I fully reflect the image of holy Jesus…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place”, or you can also read… ” April 7th (1 Preacher! 2 Sermons!)” , or you can also read…JANUARY 10th (How a Joke Killed!)

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE FIVE FOOLISH VIRGINS STARS

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Serpent Constellation

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A new constellation has been revealed, as of about May 29th, 2014. This constellation appears as a snake. Its body is comprised of stars from the Bootes Constellation, and its jaws are made of the four stars which Babylonians saw as the head of Draco, the Dragon. It also has a small single star for an eye.

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Now in this constellation is a group of five stars, which will be called “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars”. These are located on the opposite side of the Glorious Crown of 12 Stars, from the Five Wise Virgins Stars. But one big difference between the two is, that The Five Wise are curved around the Glorious Crown, while the Five Foolish are curved away from it!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars” 

 

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TOMORRO

November 7 (“Come Out of Her, My People! Part 55: ‘A Counterfeit Congregation’”

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