Daily Devotional, Year 4 – June 3 (Who Is The Rich Young Ruler? Part 3 – “Going Through a Needle’s Eye” CONTINUED)

By admin On January 26th, 2018

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – June 3

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Who Is The Rich Young Ruler? Part 3 – “Going Through a Needle’s Eye” CONTINUED

To read Part 1, click here… October 22 (Who Is The Rich Young Ruler?)

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THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF YESTERDAY’S DEVOTIONAL (CLICK HERE TO BEGIN READING YESTERDAY’S DEVOTIONAL)

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“JESUS…LOVED HIM”

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hoffman-ChristAndTheRichYoungRuler.jpgNow, back to the story of the Rich Young Ruler. Notice that it says in Mark 10:21…“Then Jesus beholding him loved him…”

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Now, why in the world would Jesus love this obviously selfish young man? After all, he was rich! He had most of his life still ahead of him! And he was a ruling authority!

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He was a rich, young, ruler!

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Well, obviously, Jesus saw something about him, that we just cannot see.

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Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler – Hoffman – complete and entire surrender of this world, in order to gain Christ – Wikimedia Commons – US public domain

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“THE FIRE…SAYS NOT, ‘IT IS ENOUGH!'”

Proverbs 30:16

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Now this is the same sad condition that many faithful church-going people are in. They have their talents, their good looks, their youth, their many material possessions, their big bank accounts which assure them that they’ll never go hungry or homeless.

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Yes, many in this world have so much to live for, and so much to enjoy.

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But the sad truth is, that all those things do not make a person truly happy nor content.

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No, selfishness is like a fire burning within a man’s soul, that needs to be constantly fed to keep it burning.

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And so, those who are still seeking after the things of the world will never find true satisfaction.

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Their hearts are constantly clamoring for more!

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Campfire Pinecone – Wikipedia – Share-alike license

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“…THE RICH MAN SEEKS AFTER A STOMACH!”

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Another problem with so many people in this affluent society is that we often have too much. It was Herbert Shelton, the great health reformer who once said…“A poor man seeks after a meal, while the rich man seeks after a stomach!”

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In other words, a rich person quite often overeats, or over-drinks, or has too much entertainment, or too much of this or that or the other thing. And so, with constantly having too much of this life’s goods, his enjoyment level is drastically reduced!

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But a poor man might find a few slices of bread and some soup, and actually enjoy them far more than that rich man’s banquet-extraordinaire!

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Drunk Drinkers – Jacob Jordaens – The Feast of the Bean King – Google Art Project – US Public Domain

Lady Helping the homeless street-person – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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“THE ABUNDANCE OF THE RICH WILL NOT SUFFER (ALLOW) HIM TO SLEEP!”

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And furthermore, those who do not have true faith in God often worry about losing their health. Every new spot that appears on their body often makes them fearful, “Do I have cancer?”

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And many souls are in constant turmoil because of so many other questions and concerns! “Will my spouse leave me? Will I lose my job? Or lose my money? How can http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hair_pulling_stress.jpgI keep up with all my debts? Why do my children misbehave?”

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The Bible tells us…“The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.” Ecclesiastes 5:12

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Yes, here is a profound contrast between the rich and the poor. And this further confirms that riches and possessions are not the way to find true happiness.

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Human worry & stress & depression – by Becky Wetherington for Wikimedia – Share-alike License

Hair pulling stress – frustration – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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“GIVE ME NEITHER POVERTY NOR RICHES”

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Now, this contrast between rich and poor doesn’t necessarily demand that we must become poor, to find happiness.

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Just listen again to the Wise Man…“Two things have I required of Thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny Thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the Name of my God in vain.” Proverbs 30:7-9

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Here we begin to find some balance between being rich or being poor. Having enough is important. But having too much can be detrimental!

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

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“IF ANY PROVIDE NOT FOR…HIS OWN HOUSE…HE…IS WORSE THAN AN INFIDEL”

1st Timothy 5:8

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On the other hand, those with families must provide the necessary comforts for their loved ones. The Christian must try to please his or her family, as far as possible.

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Of course, there has to be balance here as well. And while the Christian must work to provide for his or her family, that Christian must please Heaven and Heaven’s Jesus, first and foremost!

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No, the Christian must not become so involved and enamored in the world that he forgets to keep his mind on Jesus and His Words of Life!

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Great and precious promises must constantly be hidden in the heart. “O how I love Thy law (Thy Word)! It is my meditation all the day!” Psalm 119:97. There has to be copious amounts of Bible study, contemplation, and prayer through every Believer’s day. And so, the Christian has to strike that proper balance in everyday duties.

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Barbecue – Dutch family – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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THIS DISCUSSION WILL BE CONTINUED TOMORROW (CLICK HERE TO READ)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, By Thy great mercy and grace, make me one of Thy disciples! Take away my love for this present world! Let me forsake all in my heart, and give me an undivided heart that follows Thee onward and upward out of this present world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven), or you can also read this shorter article…JANUARY 7 (TIME TO GET OUT OF DODGE!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE NARROW GATE STARS

Revelation 12 Woman & Orion's Gate & Wide Gate .

This can even be observed into June in the western sky (for a short time just after dark). While a dark night is best for seeing the Woman Constellation, the 4 stars which comprise the Narrow Gate/Wide Gate Stars can be seen even under mediocre conditions. It begins with the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation (AKA Ursa Major) going towards these two doors.

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The sketch to left shows, the two doors are each composed of two bright stars. The two bright stars that comprise the Narrow Gate are the two brightest stars of the Orion the Reaper’s sickle. The two stars that comprise the ‘Wide Gate’ Stars are the two brightest stars of the wave of water that comes out of the Dragon Constellation’s mouth (for explanation of “Wave of Water”, just click here). The stars that make up the ‘Narrow Gate’ are about half the width of the Wide Gate (see sketch to left).

Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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(For more information on Orion’s sickle, just click here,“Orion The Reaper”.)

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Editor’s note: These sketches on this page are merely sketches. The stars are not in their exact place. However, they are close enough to find them in the night sky. But as with most stars, it takes persistence to finally locate them.

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WIDE & NARROW GATES IN THE HEAVENS

Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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As the opening verse says, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

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So what are these two gates all about? And how can I choose the right door? Well, just read this article and these questions and more will be answered.

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But before we explore these questions, let’s take a look at why these two sets of stars represent these two biblical gates.

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This sketch, while not 100% accurate, gives a fair portrayal of how this constellation group appears at winter’s end and even into June, when above the western horizon.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)

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TOMORROW…

June 4 (Who Is The Rich Young Ruler? Part 4 – “Going Through a Needle’s Eye” CONTINUED)

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CHRIST OBJECT LESSONS, BY ELLEN G. WHITE

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This is a sampler of the audio book about the Bible’s parables in which Ellen White relates them to every day practical living…

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Chapter 22 – “Saying and Doing”

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The Five Wise Virgins – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This recording #204, is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s 90 minute nightly talk shows. This particular program aired in the last few years of his 50 year radio ministry, and includes caller’s questions regarding his teachings on “the end of the church age”…

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ABOVE PICTURE: Holy bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons

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