Today’s Devotional – December 3rd (Should I rock, roll, or babble?)

By admin On November 27th, 2013

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – December 3rd

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Should I rock, roll, or babble?

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One voice says to rock.

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Another says to roll, and still another voice says to babble, and still another says to dream.

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So what should I do? Should I dance, rock, roll, babble, dream, shout, go, stop, turn, talk, or none of the above?

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There’s a lot of different choices for the Christian to make these days. After all, Christendom has become a culture to itself: a culture within a culture!

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CONFUSING WORLD TOO!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:People_on_Times_Square.jpg

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And let’s face it! The society in which we live provides many new inventions and amusements and career-choices, and hobbies and diversions.

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So in addition to the many voices in the Church telling us what we should be doing, there are even myriad-more in society, trying to tell us what to do!

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TV: THE NEW CONSCIENCE!

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Just think about how television has become such a teaching tool, today. Television constantly tells us what to wear, what to buy, how to talk, how to look, what to eat, who to worship, where to work, what to invest in, where to go, what to do, who to know, who to not know, etc., etc..

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So how does the Christian decide how to live in this very confusing world, with so many voices, saying so many different things?

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WHO’S THE GOOD GUYS NOW?

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Well, one can read the Bible. It has all the answers to every pertinent life-http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shoppers_on_Dundas,_near_Yonge.jpgquestion.

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But let’s face it! The Bible can be a very difficult read, at times! And there are so many things in the Church, and in the world, which have an element of goodness, even godliness!

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And the people of the world seem pretty nice and well-behaved, for the most part!

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OLD DAYS NOT SO CONFUSING

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But wouldn’t it be much easier if they behaved toward Christians like theAvvakum burned 1682 by artist Myasoyedov 1897-Wiki Pub-Domy did during the Dark Ages?

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At least in those days, it was pretty apparent who was your friend, and who was your enemy!

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In other words, if you saw your neighbors coming to your house with “swords and staves”, to drag you before the councils, to decide if you should be tortured, banished, or burned, you pretty much knew who your friends and enemies were!

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NOW THE WORLD’S OUR BEST FRIEND!?!

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But now we live in a much different world today, at leasthttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dutch_family_bbq.jpg it’s different in the western world (The Middle East is a different story). Now your neighbors come over to your house with a spatula and meat-fork to invite you over for a barbeque!

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Nowadays, we live in a world in which we turn on the TV and watch a nature show, or a cooking show, or a talk-show in which complete strangers sit around and laugh and joke and talk to us like we’re the guest of honor!

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So just how does the Christian successfully find his or her way through this confusing maize, called, “The World”?

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JESUS, OUR DIVINE ROLE-MODEL

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So how do we know what to do in this confusing world?http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABrooklyn_Museum_-_Jesus_Discourses_with_His_Disciples_(J%C3%A9sus_s'entretient_avec_ses_disciples)_-_James_Tissot.jpg

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Well, God has given us a wonderful example of how to live, a role-model, if you will: Jesus. Scripture says… “Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:” John 14:5, 6.

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Yes, Jesus is the way that we should live. Yes, just listen again to John… “He that says he abides in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1st John 2:6. Ah ha! So here’s the big secret! To walk, even as Jesus walked! Well now, that simplifies matters!

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AN EXAMPLE FOR ALLJesus grew up as a carpenter's son Matthew 13:55

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For instance, His twenty-five years or so, as a carpenter is certainly a wonderful example for us and our children to imitate!

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And the words He spoke, the things He did, the places He went, the way He conducted Himself in the company of others: these are only just the beginnings of the ways in which we are to follow and imitate our Lord Jesus.

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And as we study and study, day-by-day, we begin to discover even more new gems of hidden truths about our Lord!

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WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

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And so, if somebody tells me to rock, roll or babble, shout, laugh, joke, go, stop, join, or not join: whatever it is that confuses me, and I’m just not sure, Sadducees Question Jesus by Harold Copping www.wikigallery.com public domainI need not look any further than the life of Jesus! What did my Lord do, in this particular circumstance? What would Jesus do in that circumstance?

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And as you ask yourself these questions, when you are in doubtful circumstances, it seems to make the complicated quite simple.

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And so, by combining Bible study, prayer for wisdom, and looking at the life of Jesus, this makes such confusing questions much, much, easier to answer.

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Should I dance? Well, did Jesus dance?

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Or should I babble? Did Jesus babble?

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Or should I rock? Did Jesus rock?

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Or should I roll? Well, there again, what did Jesus do?

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FOG OF CONFUSION DISSIPATEStrue upward pathway www.signsofheaven.org

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The thing is, the Christian life becomes much less complicated, when I keep my eyes fixed upon Jesus.

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Listen… “Thou (God) will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in Thee (God).” Isaiah 26:3.

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If the Christian would only surround his or her self in Bible meditation and prayer, then they might begin to experience that peace which surpasses all understanding!

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Then would the fog of confusion begin to dissipate, and the light upon that upward pathway would begin to shine brighter and brighter!

 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, please teach me to keep my spiritual eyes fixed upon Jesus, that I may truly know which way to turn, and what things to choose and what not to choose in life. And give me that peace which surpasses all understanding, which comes from keeping my mind stayed upon Thee…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Running The Christian Race (Part 1: Paul & John: Our Role Models)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“there shall come a Star out of Jacob”…

Numbers 24:17

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“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Matt. 2:1, 2

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There exists a lot of intrigue regarding just what star did the Magi from the East follow, which Wise Men (Magi) From East Follow Star To Bethlehem-www.signsofheaven.org-public domain releaseled them to the First Advent of our Savior. The Bible speaks of Arcturus as a possibility. “canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?” Job 38:33. There’s nothing that is impossible for God! Arcturus may very well have been that star. Nobody knows for sure.

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RE-ENACTMENT OF WISE-MEN OF OLD

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But there is a much greater question that confronts Mankind today. Because, just as a single star guided those wise men to the coming Savior, so also, God is just now giving us many stars, to guide us safely to the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior! And so these starry signs seem to be the re-fulfillment of those wise men following the star, 2,000 years ago!

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GUIDE US TO HEAVEN’S GATE…

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And Arcturus is that brilliant star (3rd brightest in our heavens) which leads these Gospel constellations, Summer, Fall, and Winter Constellations, to present a picture story, a heavenly allegory of sorts; these constellations, which together, tell of the incredible love of God. And Arcturus, our Host Star, will lead to an summer constellations with doves & womanunderstanding of God’s Word, which will, in turn, guide God’s people up a narrow pathway; onward and upward through Heaven’s Gate itself, and ultimately into the very heavenly City of God.

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Oh don’t doubt for a moment that God cannot or will not do this! For with God, all things are possible! Listen… “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23

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And Signs Of Heaven Website will direct the Reader to God’s Word in such a way as to bring out certain Bible truths not currently recognized or emphasized in most of the current Christian theological circles.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Arcturus (the star that wise-men follow!)”

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TOMORROW:

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December 4 (Lucifer, a true bridge-builder)

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