Today’s Devotional – August 4th (Happy, Happy, Happy! Part 2)

By admin On July 24th, 2014

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – August 4th

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Happy, Happy, Happy! Part 2

To read Part 1, go here…Today’s Devotional – August 3rd (Happy, Happy, Happy!)

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Have you ever heard the expression, “Preaching the right sermon to the wrong crowd”? Well, there’s a lot of that going around in today’s Christendom!

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An earlier devotional,  “March 29th (Preaching to the Wrong Church!)”,  dealt with this modern-day spiritual plague!

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In that devotional, it was discussed how preachers today, like to talk to their congregation, as if they are all, “signed, sealed, and delivered saints”! 

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And probably just the opposite is true!

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Church service – by Matt Malone for Wikimedia – copyrighted

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SODOM RISING

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Yes, in this current generation of the great apostasy of today’s churches, the chances of finding “tenhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpg righteous men” in any one congregation, are about as slim as they were in Sodom, on the day of her destruction!

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And yet, pastors are preaching sermons that would be OK, if only they were preached to the Church of Philadelphia.

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But what today’s church needs, is a sermon for the church of Laodicea… “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” Revelation 3:17. This is the message we need to hear, today!

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The fact is, we have not been fulfilling our great commission to purify our hearts, even as Christ is pure. Instead, we have been pursuing the opulence and hedonism of this modern-day Sodom in which we now see arising all around us!

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Picture – Lot Escapes Sodom – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

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PREACHING TO THE WRONG CROWD

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Now in yesterday’s devotional, a certain You-Tube evangelist/humorist was telling his audience how important it is to be rejoicing in the Lord, at all times!

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Well, to tell the Church of Philadelphia that we need to be rejoicing in the Lord always would be a very correct message. But today’s church is anything but the church at Philadelphia! At best, we are the church at Laodicea! That’s right, both you and I and all of us need to hear sermons directed to that Lukewarm church!

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The fact is, we need to be weeping and mourning! Paul said to “rejoice in the Lord always”. But he was addressing this statement to the Philippian church. They had every reason to rejoice! We don’t!

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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JOEL IS WHO WE NEED TO HEAR!

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What we all need is to have the book of Joel preached to us. Oh no, not the part about seeing visions and dreaming dreams! No, we need to hear… “Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it is cut off from your mouth.” Joel 1:5

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Yes, we have been drunken with the wine of Babylon, which is served up to us daily. And if we watch a copious amount of television, as this certain aforementioned You-Tube pastor admits to watching, to some degree, then we are certainly drinking the poisonous cup of Babylonish wine!

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Listen to more of Joel… “Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD. Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.” Joel 1;13-15.

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We have been called, in Peter’s letter, to be a royal priesthood! We are the only true priesthood in these last moments of time! There is no other priesthood but us! And we need to weep and howl for the apostate condition of the Church and even our own family members, but mostly for our own self!

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Joel the Prophet – www.wikipaintings.com – Public Domain

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OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES ARE FOR US!

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And if only we would read Isaiah and Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, and the other prophets, and simply replacehttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Tissot_Habakkuk.jpg “Jerusalem”, and “Judah”, and “Israel”, with word, “churches” or “God’s people”, or even “Me”, then we might truly begin to understand that those fiery letters are actually for us, upon who the ends of the earth are come!

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And don’t think that those Old Testament rebukes are not in the New Testament! Listen to the New Testament… “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….Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble…Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:4-6, 8-10

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This above passage from James is every bit as fiery, as any Old Testament command!

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And we should not think this command from James is for a mere one-day sorrow and tears! No, until we are all completely cleansed from every single sin which that book of James lays to our charge, then we need to keep weeping and begging and pleading for God’s mercy and cleansing!

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Habakkuk by James Tissot – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY!”

Proverbs 25:25

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But the Good News is, that our failures are God’s opportunities! And God can turn our failures into far greater blessing than had we not fallen at all!

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And so, let’s turn off all hedonistic entertainment of this Neo-Sodomic society and begin to fulfill the Book of Joel’s admonition to spiritually fall down and to literally weep and howl and beg and plead for God to return with a blessing for the Church-Elect, and for our family!

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And let’s continue to do so, until we see our children rise up and take the-mantle-of-that-double-portion-of-God’s-indwelling-Spirit, and begin to walk, even as Jesus walked!

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Elijah and Elisha by G. Dore – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 3, GO HERE…September 1 (Happy, Happy, Happy! Part 3: “The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Seeing that we are in such a world-loving and apostate condition, let me see the true message for this hour, and not be deceived by those so-called “healthy, wealthy, and happy” gospels… 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Floodwaters of the False Prophet: “Atheism & Psychology”” or you can also read… December 2 (The gospel according to Pollyanna).

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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WHY IS THIS WOMAN RUNNING SO FAST?

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(THE FLEEING WOMAN OF REVELATION 12: (The Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 sketch above can be seen in winter in the northern sky. It is Ursa Major, AKA The Great Bear, and her right leg and her torso is commonly known as the The Big Dipper . She appears like this in the early fall in the pre-dawn hours, and is running westward. The pathway with Bible books of course, are the artist’s embellishment)

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THE WINTER CONSTELLATIONS

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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman….and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:  And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon….And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon….And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness….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.” Rev. 21:1-3, 14, 15    

.winter four constellations

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This Woman of Revelation 12 is definitely fleeing to the mountains . As you can see in this sketch below, The Dragon of Revelation 12 is spewing out his water of falsehoods: false gospels, false ideologies, various temptations, false brethren who will embrace her with the poisonous wine of the The Great Harlot of Babylon. These are what comprise this wave of water coming forth from the Dragon’s mouth. (see “Flood Waters of Satan”)

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WINTER CONSTELLATIONS-SEEN IN FALL: This sketch to the right is how this constellation group appears in the eastern sky in fall. This is the four primary constellations of the Winter Constellations. They can be seen in this position, in the late fall above the eastern horizon. The Woman of Revelation 12 is commonly called Ursa Major or The Big Dipper and appears in the northOrion the Soldier is the at the bottom is to the south of the Woman. The The Dragon of Revelation Constellation’s mouth isThe Hyades Cluster, and the tip of his tail is Pleiades, and his Wave of Water is primarily the Auriga constellation. The Glorious Horse Constellation  head is of Perseus Constellation and his rear end is Cassiopeia Constellation.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Running The Christian Race (Part 2, Sensual Music)” 

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TOMORROW:

“August 5th (Valley Of Decision, Now!)”

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