Daily Devotional, Year 4 – March 26 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 23: “Romance: The Real Thing or Just Another Devilish Delusion?”)

By admin On January 26th, 2018

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – March 26

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The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 23: “Romance: The Real Thing or Just Another Devilish Delusion?”

To read Part 1, click here…Today’s Devotional – October 13th (The Devil Made Me Do It!)

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“How art thou fallen from heaven,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Paradise_Lost_12.jpg

O Lucifer, son of the morning!…

They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee,

and consider thee saying,

Is this the man that made the earth to tremble,

that did shake kingdoms;

That made the world as a wilderness,

and destroyed the cities thereof;

that opened not the house of his prisoners?

Isaiah 14:12-17

Lucifer Fallen – Gustave Dore – Wikipedia – US Public Domain 

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Back in the 1970’s, a certain saying was popularized…“The Devil made me do it! The Devil made me do it!”https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flip_Wilson_-_1970.jpg

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And this was merely mocking Christians, who were seemingly obsessed with pointing the finger at the Devil.

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Then this unbelieving world could all laugh and mock the notion that Satan is a very active and powerful force controlling the peoples of this world, by mockingly saying…“The Devil made me do it!”

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Flip Wilson – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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SATAN, “THE GOD OF THIS WORLD”

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2nd Corinthians 4:4

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But the horrifying fact is, the Devil does indeed cause the vast percentage of the world’s inhabitants to do a great amount of things!

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

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ROME AND ROMANCE

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As the popular saying goes, “All roads lead to Rome”.

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Yes, we live in a world in which the City of Rome has been more or less, the centerpiece of western civilization.

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But what about the word “romance”? Are we to assume that Romeo’s & Juliet’s all-consuming passion has some connection with Rome?

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ROMANCE CAN TURN RATIONAL PEOPLE INTO ABSOLUTE FOOLS!

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DickseeRomeoandJuliet.jpgWell, regardless of the etymology of the word, “romance”, the real question is, “just what is the source of the overwhelming amorous passion which overcomes two people who ‘fall in love’?”

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After all, most adults have personally experienced the rapturous euphoria which so often accompanies a new relationship. And most people will cringe over their memory of some past moment when they made an absolute fool of themselves, because of getting hopelessly caught up in a romantic state of mind.

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And let’s face it! Romance quite often causes really bad decision-making. And many terrible and critical mistakes have been made because of the blinders which lovers so often wear because of a romance.

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Frank Dicksee: – Romeo and Juliet – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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AMNON’S ROMANTIC LUST

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The Bible is not completely silent about the superficiality of romantic feelings. The story of how “Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his (half) sister Tamar.” 2nd Samuel 13:2

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Yes, King David’s son was “head-over-heals” for Tamar, a beautiful young virgin, also the daughter of David (from another wife).

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But after Amnon finally forced her to lose her virginity, “Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her.” 2nd Samuel 13:15

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So here is an incredible account of how fleeting and superficial that romantic feelings can be. Amnon’s love instantly turned to hatred as soon as he got what he wanted. His burning passion turned to disdain for that lovely girl! And let’s face it, many a young school-girl must learn this same tragic lesson, when she gives her virgin body to be used by some sexually-charged boy who tells her “I love you forever, and just can’t live without you!”

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SONG OF SOLOMON

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Now of course, many Bible students will argue that “But the Book, Song of Solomon is all about the passion of romance!”

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Well, if one reads that little book superficially, then certainly that conclusion can be arrived at. But the Bible is a spiritual book. And quite often, God will use some earthly object of situation to make a spiritual analogy.

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For example, the Bible compares wine to the Gospel. And thus, many erroneously assume God approves of Christians drinking alcohol. In this way, countless church-goers have stumbled at the Word.

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Solomon And The Queen Of Sheba Giovanni Demin wikipedia public domain

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“Comparing spiritual things with spiritual”

1st Corinthians 2:13

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgBut with a prayerful study of “Song of Solomon”, “comparing spiritual things with spiritual”, the true meaning of that little book can be discovered: God’s love for His bride, the Church!

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And all those seemingly “gushy” descriptions are actually metaphors for spiritual truths. For example, when God speaks of “breasts” He is actually referring to “the milk of the Word” which gives spiritual life and growth to new Christians.

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“The spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPGNow, what almost everyone forgets or never even knew, is that Satan is who 2nd Corinthians 4:4 names, “the god of this world”. And as such, the inhabitants of the world are indwelt by “the prince of the power of the air, that spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”. Ephesians 2:2

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And because the world’s populace is void of the Holy Spirit, the “prince of this world” can bring on any type of lust and idolatry he wishes. And let’s face it. So often, romance is nothing more than lust and idolatry.

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

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GOOD NEWS: TRUE LOVE IS STILL AVAILABLE!

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But the Good News is, that any man, woman, or child can begin to reach out to the Lord, and seek after the knowledge of His Word.

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And by receiving His Holy Spirit, that true Believer can experience genuine agape love. And then, should that Believer decide to seek after a spouse, there will be a calm and rational and self-controlled attraction to his or her spouse-to-be, which will not be a passionate lust or idol-worship.

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But rather, it will be a tri-fold union with Him whose great agape love for His Church is shared between those two Believers who desire to join in holy matrimony.

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Weddingring – JH – Wikipedia – share-alike license

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TO READ PART 24, CLICK HERE…Daily Devotional, Year 4 – April 22 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 24: “Satan, the Great Puppet-Master!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully be aware of Satan’s devices in these very deceptive times… 

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READ MORE…

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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7 HEADS, 10 HORNS, & 7 CROWNS OF THE DRAGON

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“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” Revelation 12:3 

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In Revelation, the Dragon of Revelation 12 is described as having seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. However, the Dragon Constellation up in the night sky does not.

Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation

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But God has faithfully created the wave of water, in such a way, as to illustrate this same concept of the seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. Because this wave of water is basically composed of ten stars.

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The main body of the wave has seven stars (#‘s, 1 thru 7). And the tip of the crest of the wave has the other three stars (#’s, 8, 9 & 10). So we have this 7 and 10 numbering. And this gives us a great clue, as to where in the Bible we should look, to find out the riddle as to just what or who do these 7 heads, 10 crowns, and 7 horns represent. Because, the Bible speaks very much about floods and waters as being associated with Satan (the Dragon).

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction

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TOMORROW…

March 27 (Dawn of the Dead! Part 6: “The Time of Trouble”)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumphal_entry_into_Jerusalem#/media/File:Enrique_Simonet_-_Flevit_super_illam_-_1892.jpgTHE DESIRE OF AGES, BY ELLEN G. WHITE

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This is a chapter of the audio book about the Gospel of Jesus Christ in His life and ministry.

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Chapter 41 – The Crisis in Galilee

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Jesus over Jerusalem – Enrique Simonet Flevit – 1892 – Wikimedia – Public-Domain

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

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This recording #135, 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 his stance on the end of the church age teachings…

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ABOVE PICTURE: Holy bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 

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