Today’s Devotional – August 26th (End-Time Exodus, Part 2: Overcoming The World!)

By admin On August 8th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – August 26th

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End-Time Exodus, Part 2: Overcoming The World!

To Read Part 1, click here… “August 25th (End-Time Exodus! Part 1)”

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There have been a few wonderful ministries over the past decades. And some of these are still being broadcast over radio.

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The problem is, that these past ministries were quite often designed for Christians living in spiritual Babylon. And so, much of the advice on these broadcasts was mingled with some really worldly advice. And most of these had some glaring errors in the doctrines presented. 

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It doesn’t mean that these Bible teachers were necessarily apostate, (though many of them were apostate). But God is testing us, to see if we love these fallible men more than we love Him and His Word! And so, God allowed erroneous teachings to be mingled into the otherwise good and biblical teachings.

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Announcer with microphone – svg – Wikimedia – Public-Domain

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LIVING IN DEFEAT

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And one of the erroneous doctrines which has been taught over the past decades is, that we Christians must remain in a semi-diseased spiritual condition.

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Yes, the great masses within the Church have been misled by our leaders to believe that we cannot overcome the flesh.

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Now this is not to say that we will be able to be totally sinless, at this present hour!

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But it does not mean that we must be slaves to our lusts: lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life!

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Listen to Paul… “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Romans 6:6

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ABOVE PICTURE: Unfunny Judgment Day Cartoon – a party tonight – signsofheaven.org

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OLD MAN ALIVE AFTER BAPTISM

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Listen to Paul… “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Romans 6:6https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianandapollyon.jpg

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Now our modern-day teachers often tell us that this happens at the time of our baptism. But anyone who is half-way honest can tell us that just because we get baptized in water, by no means did that ceremony crucify our “Old Man”! But if anything, our Old Man will rise up and begin a relentless war for total control over our desires, at the time of baptism!

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So there has to be more to all this!

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But what does it mean to crucify that Old Man?

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

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HOW IS THE OLD MAN CRUCIFIED?

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So there has to be more to all this!

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And so, just what does it mean to crucify that Old Man?

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Perhaps this next verse will shed some light upon this common dilemma, which plagues every person who calls his or her self a Christian…

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Listen…. “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2nd Corinthians 10:4-6

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So Paul has put into military terms, the victory of obedience! We are not to war with carnal weapons, but we are to “cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when our obedience is fulfilled!”

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Marines at Prayer by Alex Raymond – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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BRINGING EVERY THOUGHT INTO CAPTIVITY

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Listen again…. “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianandapollyon.jpgagainst the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2nd Corinthians 10:4-6

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And so, here is our battle! And here is the battlefield of our warfare! Our mind! Yes, our heart is the place where the battle against sin is fought and won! One side or the other will ultimately gain control of our mind: Christ or Satan. There will be no compromise!

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But the Good News is, that if we are indeed a child of God, we have this promise… “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6.

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

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PROVIDING BEST CONDITIONS

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Yes, the Good News is, that if we are indeed a child of God, we have this promise… “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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So Christ promises to bring us to a complete and total victory over self! But there is much that we can do to provide the best conditions for victory. Yes, we can avoid much pain and suffering, by simply giving ourselves the necessary advantage, in our warfare against the Devil.

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If we will only clear our minds of all ungodly communications, and replenish our hearts with only the most holy influences, then we have cleared the way for Christ to gain a clear and complete victory.

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Yes, the Christian is to clear away all the rubbish of the world, from our heart. And all the TV shows, radio talk shows, magazines, worldly-minded clubs and associations, and every other ungodly influence must be put away!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

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COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM

Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14

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Listen… “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2nd Corinthians 6:14, 17, 18 (for entire quote, read here)

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This above passage is very revealing. In spite of the fact that Salvation is a gift, God here makes our separation from ungodly influences, a pre-requisite to Him being a Father to us! Of course, such a separation is only possible through His grace, making this above passage a totally circular concept!

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ABOVE PICTURE – Constellation – Woman of Revelation 12 (aka Ursa Major) flees to the mountains from Revelation 12 Dragon (aka: Hyades) – Mark 13:14 – This is not a star-chart, but merely a concept picture

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GRAFFITI IN MY HEART

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“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life”  Proverbs 4:23 NLT

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In this above verse, the Wise Man warns us to diligently guard our heart! But think of all this as a cleansing of our Most Holy Place of the heart!

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Have you ever tried to remove spray-paint from a wall or side of a building? Not too easy! But everyday, we Christians allow Satan to write his own graffiti on the walls of our heart. How? By allowing ourselves to listen to sensual music, or watch unchristian TV, or read exciting novels, buddying around with non-Christian friends, or reading non-Christian magazines, or Internet, or talk-shows, or whatever else the Devil has dreamed up, in hopes of destroying our soul and dominating our thoughts and pre-occupying our life.

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And just think about it. If our heart is an extension of the Most Holy Place, then it is akin to taking spray-paint and writing profanities on the walls of the Most Holy Place. And if we are the Priest of our own heart, what will the High Priest, Jesus Christ, think when He comes into our Most Holy Place to minister together with us?

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Just something to think about.

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Bodeguita del Medio, Havana,  WIKIMEDIA share-alike license

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TO READ PART 3, CLICK HERE…“August 27th (End-Time Exodus, Part 3: Overcoming The World!)”

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to become fully engaged in this process of purifying my heart…

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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… February 11th (Come Out From Among Them!)

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FLEEING WOMAN OF REVELATION 12…

Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14

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“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Revelation 12:14, 15. So this Revelation 12 Woman Constellation gives a heavenly portrait of a woman fleeing from the Dragon, who is spewing water in her pathway.

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The sketch to the right is “Valley of Decision” Constellation, the Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation, and the Dragon Constellation. This is a concept sketch. These three constellations are not in this position in the night sky. So please don’t try to find them together like this. All of the other sketches have the constellation in the correct position, unless otherwise noted. For locations of each of these Constellations, please go to the article for that particular constellation.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Flees to the Wilderness)” 

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TOMORROW:

“August 27th (End-Time Exodus, Part 3: Overcoming The World!)”

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