Today’s Devotional – April 8th (The True Nature of Evil)

By admin On April 8th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional -April 8th

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The True Nature of Evil

THE FOLLOWING ARE EXCERPTS FROM THIS WEBSITE’S ARTICLE… “Television & The Image That Speaks” (click here)

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Hasn’t the Devil has done a masterful job of erasing himself out of existence?

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And even those who still believe he exists, mostly think of him as some red-suited, pitchfork wielding “dude”, who hangs out primarily with the occult!

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And to this misunderstanding is this daily devotional dedicated…

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Devil-goat wikipedia public domain

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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

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IS STILL A ROSE…

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(AND THE DEVIL, BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL THE DEVIL)

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Lucifer knows that in order to have himself worshipped, doesn’t require the world to believe that he even exists!

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It only requires for people to love his attributes.

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The Bible points out, that a mere name has no power!

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It’s the qualities of character that determine just who our God is.

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council wikipedia US public domain

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“YOUR FATHER, THE DEVIL”

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When the children of Israel claimed to be children of Abraham, Jesus plainly pointed out that it is useless to invoke a name, and yet deny the character behind that name. 

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Listen…“They answered and said unto Him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham…Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.” John 8:39, 44.

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These were God’s professed people, whom Jesus called the children of the Devil!

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Because even though they invoked the name of God, they possessed the selfish attributes of the Devil.

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Jesus Speaks Near Treasury with Sadducees & Pharisees present – James Tissot – courtesy Brooklyn Museum – US public domain

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LOVING THIS WORLD IS TO LOVE “THE gOD OF THIS WORLD”

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And so Satan works undercover, erasing himself out of existence, then creating a world filled with tokens of his attributes.

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By so-doing, he accomplishes his grand scheme.

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Listen… “And they (the people of the world) worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” Rev. 13:4.

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And so, this passage is fulfilled, simply by the people of the world, loving this world-system, with all its selfish wares and ways.

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And by their friendship with the world, they are, in reality, friends with Satan!

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WHOSE CHARACTER DO WE LOVE?…

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So we don’t need to bow down to a statue of a pagan idol, in order to pay homage to Lucifer.

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Simply by pursuing the things of this, the Devil’s world; by conforming ourselves to the customs, vanities and behaviors of this unbelieving world, are we not worshiping the author of this present evil World-System…Lucifer, who Scripture refers to as “the prince of this world” John 14:30?

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“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:4  

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New york times square terabass wikipedia share-alike license

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ANTICHRIST IS THE WORLD-SYSTEM

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There are many who mistakenly believe that the Antichrist Beast is going to be one single person: perhaps a business-man or religious leader.

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And because they are so locked into this idea, they tend to ride rough-shod over this passage from Revelation Chapter 17, which explains what this Beast actually is.

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Listen… “The beast that thou sawest was…And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman (the apostate Church) sitteth. And there are seven kings…And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings…” Revelation 17:8-13

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So this Antichrist Beast, which, by the way, is in the image of the Dragon of Revelation 12, is a composite of various kingdoms and various kings. 

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ABOVE PICTURE – The whore city, Babylon, the apostate church-world – Burgkmair – 1523 AD – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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ANTICHRIST NOT GROTESQUE MONSTER

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And this is what the Mark of the Beast is actually all about, when you really think about it.

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This present World-System, and ahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Frankenstein%27s_monster_(Boris_Karloff).jpgll its loyal citizens comprise Satan’s Antichrist Beast.

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Listen to Scripture… “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now ARE THERE MANY ANTICHRISTS; whereby we know that it is the last time.” 1st John 2:18.

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From this verse it becomes evident that an Antichrist is not some hideous monster. 

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Just listen… “and this is that [spirit] of antichrist…They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” 1st John 4:3, 5. OK, so antichrists are of the world, speak of the world, and the world listens to them.

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Monster – Wikimedia – US public Domain

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“BUT I’M NOT AN ANTICHRIST!”

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But to this concept, (that an antichrist is merely a worldly person), many might protest, saying, “Satan doesn’t have any power in my life!”

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Well, just listen to this… “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2.

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So by this statement, we see that the spirit of Satan, the “Prince of the Power of the Air” now works in the children of disobedience, i.e., the people of the world! 

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen 1888 wikimedia public domain

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NO MIDDLE GROUND:

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(EITHER LOVERS OF HEAVEN OR LOVERS OF WORLD)

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And just one last proof, that there are no neutral fence-sitters in this world.

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Listen to Jesus… “He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30. .

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Either we are firmly ensconced in Christ’s sheepfold, or we are in Satan’s camp. There’s no middle ground, as far as the people of this world are concerned. 

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And of course, there are many in the Church who, as Jesus said…“This people draw nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.” Matthew 15:8.

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Frankenstein’s_monster_(Boris_Karloff) wikipedia public domain

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WHO IS CHIEF OF SINNERS?

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“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. ” 1st Timothy

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Notice in this above verse, that Paul says… This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation”. Paul just wasn’t talking of himself, as the chief of sinners. No, this is a saying worthy of my own acceptation (and your’s too!)

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God knows our hearts, each and every one! He sees the wickedness within. 

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And as Jeremiah put it…“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeemiah 17:9.

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Now Jeremiah is speaking in general terms. He’s not speaking of one heart. Nor is he speaking of some hearts. God here is speaking of every heart. 

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Paul Shipwrecked Acts 27:41-44- www.lavistachurchofchrist.org –public domain

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AND SO, THIS ARTICLE CONTINUES WITH A DISCUSSION REGARDING THE ILL EFFECTS OF TELEVISION UPON THE HEARTS OF CHRISTIANS. AND THE READER CAN READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT… “Television & The Image That Speaks”

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Let me not be ignorant of Satan’s devices. But give me a greater and greater understanding of these things, by studying my Bible more carefully…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet” or you can also read… “Floodwaters of the False Prophet: “Atheism & Psychology””

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FLOWER OF THE FIELD IN HEAVEN

 

Two Turtledoves-Flower of the Field- Cross/Scepter Constellations

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This Flower of the Field Constellation graces the summer night sky, reminding us of the vanity of this life. The opening verse are the words of the “voice in the wilderness”. Listen… “The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? ‘All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.'” Isaiah 40:3, 6-8. This verse tells us that all the glory of Mankind is as a fading flower.

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These two constellations in the above sketch are the Two Turtle-doves (AKA Sagittarius) and the Flower of the Field Constellations(AKA Scorpio). They appear in the southern skies, moving from east to west. They are best seen from spring through fall. This sketch is how they appear in the spring in the northern latitudes. In the southern latitudes they are more tilted. As they move through the night sky, the flower appears to bend down.

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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 9th (Two Flying Epistles!)”

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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