Today’s Devotional – August 30th (Etch-A-Sketch Heart!)

By admin On August 9th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – August 30th

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Etch-A-Sketch Heart!

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Have you ever had an Etch-A-Sketch?

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Yes, remember those frustrating little tablets, in which we tried to draw pictures on, but could never save, if we ever wanted to draw anything else! And we had to turn them upside-down, and shake away the image we spent so much time and effort to make upon those little tablets!

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Yes, the Etch-A-Sketch was a tablet which loved to be erased!

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Taj Mahal drawing on an Etch-A-Sketch – Wikimedia – Share-Alike Lic.

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WHICH IMAGE IS ETCHED UPON MY HEART

 

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But there are tablets which we can create images upon, which are not so easy to erase! And those tablets are the tablets of the heart!

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Yes, the tablets of the heart begin as blank pages, when we come into this world! But soon, they become filled with words and images! At first it’s mostly the things our parents share with us. And then, as we begin school, the government steps in and begins to fill our hearts with its own words and images! And before long we begin to live our lives, to a great extent, according to what has been written upon the tablets of our heart.

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Listen… “My son, keep My words, and lay up My commandments with thee. Keep My commandments, and live; and My law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.” Proverbs 7:1-3

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Yes, the human heart is a tablet in which we write the important things which we see and hear and read each day! And those parents who are wise, will guard well the tablets of the hearts of their own children!

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“EPISTLES, KNOWN & READ OF ALL MEN!”

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Paul, when writing to the Corinthian Church, gave further revelation about the tablets of the human heart, when he wrote… “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.” 2nd Corinthians 3:3

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Yes, Paul, in this above passage, declared that we are a living letter (epistle), “known and read of all men!” 2nd Corinthians 3:2.

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And so, whatever is written upon the fleshly tables of our heart, is made manifest to all the world! And this is why it is so important to make sure about what we allow into the gateways to our heart: the eye-gates and the ear-gates are indeed, the avenues to our soul!

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And as Solomon warned… “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.” Proverbs 4:23-25

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And so, Solomon understood this all-important truth, that the heart must be carefully guarded! Notice he speaks directly of our eyes and of the ears, in connection to our heart? Yes, the eyes and ears are truly the avenues to those tablets of the heart!

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Paul before Agrippa and festus Nikolai Bodarevsky wikimedia US public domain

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HABAKKUK’S VISION

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Now in the little Book of Habakkuk, the Lord commands the prophet to “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2, 3

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Now the Book of Habakkuk describes just what was this vision, which God commanded him to write upon tablets.

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Listen… “Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.” Habakkuk 1:4

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Yes, this was Habakkuk’s vision: the Chaldean’s (Babylonians) were surrounding God’s people, creating their own heathen images upon the tables of the hearts of God’s people! And the corrupting influence of these unbelievers was causing great spiritual drunkenness among God’s people!

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Habakkuk by James Tissot – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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GRAFFITI ON THE WALLS OF OUR HEART!

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taj_Mahal_drawing_on_an_Etch-A-Sketch.jpgSo here is the opposite side of the issue!

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The Bible contains the Good News of Jesus! But it also contains the warnings and forebodings about evil-to-come.

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And so, as the Believer hides in his heart, all these things, both good and bad, from the Bible, we become transformed into a living letter, known and read of all whom we come into contact with!

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And as the Believer writes this vision upon the tables of his heart, he will then become a living warning to fellow Believers, that it is time that we must run! (see “August 11th (Habakkuk Says “Run!”)”)

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And so, the big difference between a mere Etch-A-Sketch tablet, and the tablets of the human heart, is that you can’t simply turn the tablets of the heart upside down and magically erase ABOVE PICTURE: Most Holy Place in the heart - Signs Of Heavenwhat has been inscribed therein! No, just like trying to erase the graffiti from off the walls of a building, it is extremely hard to erase the graffiti from off the walls of our heart!

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And a heart which has been greatly compromised by being mingled with the world’s sights and sounds, becomes a poor witness to all around us.

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Conversely, those who have a heart with God’s pure Word written upon its tablets, becomes a powerful witness to the world!

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Graffiti on walls – Bodeguita del Medio, Havana – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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THE IMAGE OF JESUS UPON OUR HEART!

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But the wonderful news is this. In Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians, he speaks about a great transformation which New Testament Believers enjoy!

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Yes, while Old Testament Believers only got the privilege of enjoying the Law, as the centerpiece of their religion, we today have the privilege of transcribing the glorious image of Jesus upon our heart.

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Yes, Jesus is now the centerpiece of the Bible! And as Paul so beautifully said… “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2nd Corinthians 3:18

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WOW! Do you see what has been said in this above passage? That as we steadfastly behold the image of Christ, He becomes the image which will be written upon the tablets of our heart! And by beholding that glorious image, we become imperceptibly changed into that glorious image! And the more that Christ becomes the image inscribed upon the tablets of our heart, the more that the onlooking world will be able to read about Jesus, as they see Christ shining out from us as golden rays of pure sunlight! 

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GUARD YOUR HEART, O PILGRIM!

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And so, dear soul, it behooves us, to guard our heart with all diligence, and as far as possible, to only allow those sights and sounds which will keep our hearts as pure and undefiled as possible!

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And the wonderful promise we have from God is, that if we will jealously guard what becomes inscribed upon the tablets of our heart, then God will bless us, by finally removing that old graffiti which we once allowed, but no longer permit!

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Listen… “That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:26, 27

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Yes, it is by the washing of the water by God’s Word, that ultimately removes the graffiti of the world, so that we might become a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing! 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to guard well, the avenues to my soul. Help me to separate myself from all evil communications, which corrupt good character (1st Corinthians 15:33). And give me the love for filling my heart with the pure water of Thy Word…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart” or you can also read… January 3rd (Television & the Image That Speaks)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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ARK SEEN IN HEAVEN 

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“And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”  Rev. 11:19

Ark of the Covenant Constellation

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The above verse from Revelation, speaks of God’s Temple in Heaven being opened. But this great constellation, the  Sagittarius Constellation  is actually the constellation of the Ark of the Covenant. So these two events go hand in hand simultaneously. The Ark Constellation, as sketched into this Wikipedia star-chart, is a representation of the heavenly Ark, as God begins to open up the spiritual concepts of that true Ark to our minds.

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Star-chart from Wikipedia (this Website has taken the liberty to sketch in this Ark Constellation)

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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” 

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TOMORROW:

“August 31st (Kunta Kinte Christians, Part 3: Golden Shackles!)”

 

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