Today’s Devotional – August 19th (Crocodile Love!)

By admin On August 3rd, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – August 19th

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Crocodile Love!

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It was once thought that crocodiles ate their babies, because they were observed with their babies in their deadly jaws.

.Siamese_Crocodile wikipedia Public Domain

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But this theory was eventually dismissed, when it was discovered that the crocodile actually uses its jaws to carefully carry its young hatch-lings to a safer haven!

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And as so often the case, even the more deadly beasts of nature exercise tender loving care for their young!

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Siamese – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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LOVE FOR OUR OWN

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And so it is with humans. Even wicked despots are observed exercising this same tender loving care for their own young! 

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_crocodiles_eye_(7825799462).jpg

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And so, both the animal and human families quite often tenderly care for their young.

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And so, here is a wonderful aspect seen throughout nature, in both man and beast.

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And in these dark times, such motherly and fatherly concern for their babies is nice to see!

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Crocodiles Eye – Wikipedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

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CHRIST DIED FOR HIS ENEMIES!

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crocodiles eye - Wikipedia - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

But here is the amazing thing! Jesus Christ came down to this world and laid down His life for us! And not only for those of us who think we’re “good people”. But He laid down His life for those of us who hated Him, and hung Him on that cursed tree! He died for you and He died for me!

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And not only this, but Christ wants to come and make His abode within us, via His Holy Spirit, and give us that same love! And He wants to fill us with love, not only for our own little family. But he wants us to have the same love for all Mankind!

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For friend and stranger alike!

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For loved ones, and even for enemies!

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RENOUNCE THIS WORLD!

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crocodiles eye - Wikipedia - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

And so, why are we content to only have love for a small circle of friends and family? Why not renounce this sad old crocodile-love world we live in and take up our Cross and begin that upward sojourn to a place which has love incomprehensible?

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This crocodile-love world is such a small, selfish place! It’s a world where so few care that you ever lived or that you even died! It’s a world that mostly just cares for its own…like the crocodile cares for its own!

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PHONY LOVE

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crocodiles eye - Wikipedia - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0Oh yes, there are many who are involved in humanitarian projects. And who knows what motivates a person to do such things! But quite often, those same “merciful” people will applaud mothers who kill their young in abortion clinics! Quite often such “tender-hearted” humanitarians will turn and exude venomous hatred for others who are of a different political persuasion!

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Algeria slashes food prices amid riots wikimedia share-alike license

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A WORLD OF LOVE AWAITS US

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The place where we’re going is a place where everyone will love you dearly! It’s a place where even a stranger would be willing to lay down His life for you!

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No more will people make snide comments to you, or about you! No more will crowds trample you to get ahead of you in line! No more will people point their self-righteous accusing finger at you!

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GOD IS LOVE!!!

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And so, as we see that crocodile care tenderly for its young ones, and yet he would love to eat you or me, we realize just how small our own love is! We realize that we’re really little better than the beasts of the earth! And we begin to understand what an unloving Humanity we are!

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And then, we realize what a great God and Savior we have! And we marvel at the knowledge that “His mercy endures for ever!”, because “God is LOVE!”

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Brooklyn Museum – What Our Lord Saw from the Cross – James Tissot

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me that great love which only Jesus can give! Give me love, not only for my own, but love for young and old alike! Yes, give me Christ’s redemptive love for those who seem good and for those who are truly evil. Give me that great love which longs to see the world become saved…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Orion, The Good Shepherd” or you can also read… January 16th (How To Love Your Enemies)

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THE END

.picture - soldiers of the cross - armor up!

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“TAKE UP THE CROSS AND FOLLOW ME”

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” And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:30

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It seems obvious that the Orion Constellation fulfills the above verse. Orion seems to be the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven. But in a greater sense, all these signs on this website, are the signs spoken of in Luke 21:25… “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;” Luke 21:25. So in a very real sense, they seem to be the “sign of the Son of Man in heaven.” And it is just now in history that God is revealing this wonderful truth. And these signs tell the glorious Gospel Story in an orderly year-long cycle, from start to finish, beginning in early spring. And though they tell the basic Gospel story, these signs also present an important message to those who wish to enter into glory with Christ.

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This optical illusion combination constellation, known as Orion, is an amazing declaration from our Creator/Redeemer. ‘Orion the Soldier’, ‘Orion the Reaper’‘Orion the Archer’and last but certainly not least, ‘The Cross of Orion’. These are the four offices of Orion.

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As of December, 2012, there has been seen a new Orion: “Orion, The Good Shepherd”.

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GOD’S UNIVERSAL LOVE…

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“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Galatians 6:14.

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The Cross is the symbol that God has chosen, to represent the concept of self-sacrificing love. It is the symbol of universality, as it points northward, southward, eastward, and westward. Paul, in the above verse, speaks of his own spiritual crucifixion from the love for this world. Listen to Paul… “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”  

.The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart

And so the Cross is a symbol of universality…

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“GOD’S LOVE GOES IN EVERY DIRECTION…

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That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the BREADTH, AND LENGTH, AND DEPTH, AND HEIGHT; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”  Ephesians 3:17-19. 

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Do you see what the above verse says? It says that we might know the breadth, length, depth and height of God’s love. This is a theme worthy of much contemplation as we study God’s Word in the light of the Cross. This verse seems to be taking us into four different directions: that the Cross symbolizes God’s love which spans in every possible direction, including the depths of Hell, and the height of Heaven, and even goes beyond time and space. It is far more than mortal Man can comprehend.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Cross of Orion” 

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TOMORROW:

“August 20th (Crocodile Love, Part 2)”

 

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