Today’s Devotional – February 28th (Psychology & Vain Deceit!)

By admin On February 27th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – February 28th

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Psychology & Vain Deceit!

THE FOLLOWING DEVOTIONAL IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE SIGNS OF HEAVEN ARTICLE… “Floodwaters of the False Prophet: “Atheism & Psychology””

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“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:” Colossians 2:8-10

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Psychology has become a close companion of atheism.

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After all, it is the desire to solve Man’s problems, without the acknowledgment of the spiritual realm.

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And so from the very start, psychology was in trouble.

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Being an atheistic science, it attempted to explain the human mind, not realizing that unseen spiritual influences, both good and evil were constantly at work in the lives of human beings.

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

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WE LIVE IN PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL REALM

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So when an individual was experiencing various troubles, he or she might have been in the midst of harassment by evil angels.

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Or when that same individual was experiencing joy, or peace of mind, it might have been because angels of God had chased away those demonic spirits for a time.

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Or it might even have been that God’s merciful, gentle Spirit was showering that person with joy and peace… “Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14:17

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So for psychologists to attempt to explain the human mind, without acknowledgment of the spirit realm was an impossible task, to say the least. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” Psalm 14:1

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council wikipedia US public domain

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TWO DIFFERENT WAYS TO CURE SADNESS

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Psychology doesn’t normally take in to account, that God may have been trying to bring an individual back into a right relationship with Him.

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Take for instance, a person who was sad. Psychology attempted to diagnose either a physical or mental or social cause and solution for that sadness. In other words, there was no attempt to look to the Bible; no attempt to look to prayer and humbling of that sad person before the Heavenly Father to find the cause & solution for that sadness.

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And so the sad person is counseled that, perhaps, the sadness was due to a lack of exercise, or maybe from a need to become more sociable, etc,.

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GOD AFFLICTS TO REPENTANCE

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Munch_Det_Syke_Barn_1896.jpgAnd so the sad person is counseled that, perhaps, the sadness was due to a lack of exercise, or maybe from a need to become more sociable, etc,.

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But what was really needed was consecration, prayer and Bible study.

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God can take away sadness even from people who cannot exercise, nor have a social life. A bed-confined person can be the world’s happiest person, by the power of God!

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It’s not that exercise is a bad thing. By all means, exercise, if you’re able! And fellowship with Believers may be a good thing!

 

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But psychology usually completely missed the big point about sorrow.

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And the big point was this: God may have been allowing that “storm cloud” of sadness to hang over a Christian’s head, in order to cause that Christian to seek a closer relationship with the Lord.

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Psychology’s goal was to get the person happy, as quickly as possible.

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God’s goal may have been to allow Satan to bring a season of sadness, in order that the person fell to their knees in prayer and repentance.

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“IT IS OF THE LORD’S MERCIES THAT WE ARE NOT CONSUMED”

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The Bible is filled with accounts of all sorts of troubles that God brought on His people tohttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Angel_prayers.jpg get them to look up!

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Listen… “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness…But though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies…Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.” Lamentations 3:22, 23, 32, 40.

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By this passage it begins to be understood that God brings sorrow to bring us to repentance from our selfish ways!

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UNBIBLICAL ADVICE

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But psychology may divert that Christian, by encouraging some daily jogging program, for instance.

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The Christian may even be encouraged to join some secular jogging club for an enhanced social life, too. And as a result, the Christian may begin to spend more and more time in this pursuit and less and less time with Jesus!

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So now in his new endeavors, the Christian may grow further and further away from the Lord to an even greater extent, by diverting precious time to running races with unbelievers or worldly Christians.

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JOY A GIFT FROM GOD

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And anyway, true joy is something that can only come from God.

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It is something that only God can even give to unbelievers at times. God’s rain, “falls on the just and the unjust” Matthew 5:45, says Scripture.

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In His mercy, God gives joy to all His creatures. “God is no respecter of persons” Acts 10:34. So for Mankind to attempt to find true happiness apart from God is vanity.

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We are complete in Christ, and we are to bring nothing into Christianity from the world.

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We are to keep Christ’s religion pure and undefiled… “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit” Colossians 2:8.

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“BODILY EXERCISE PROFITS LITTLE”

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And one more word on this subject.

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If God wishes for the Christian to get more exercise, God may inspire His trusting child with such things as taking daily walks, while praying or just contemplating Scripture.

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So if that Christian had gone to the Lord in prayer, instead of seeking the advice of the psychologist, the Lord may have put that Believer on such things as a walk/prayer exercise program instead of going off in a completely different direction, such as joining a time-consuming running club.

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Or maybe raising a garden, or other things which have so much more meaning!

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BIBLE ANSWERS ALL MATTERS OF HEART

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No, the Christian doesn’t need to pay money to a psychologist, to solve his http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpgor her problems.

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What’s needed is for that Christian to begin reading God’s Word, and then contemplate that Word throughout the day!

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Of course, this requires a full surrender, and a total forsaking of all, in order to become a disciple and follower of Jesus. (see Luke 14:33)

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But as that Christian begins to grow in grace and in the knowledge of God’s Word, the questions of life will begin to be answered, one-by-one, one-and-all!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a confidence in the Bible, and a knowledge of that Word, which will give me the answers to all my questions…

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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””

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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WHAT DOES THE WATER REPRESENT?

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“When the waves of death compassed me…THE FLOODS OF UNGODLY MEN made me afraid. The sorrows of Hell compassed me about;” 2nd Samuel 22:5.

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So this passage (and many others too) equates flood waters with the sorrows of Hell, with ungodly men, and with waves of death. And so then, by comparing Scriptures dealing with flood waters, we begin to see just what this Woman of Revelation 12 is fleeing from. Listen to Revelation, Chapter 12… “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 12:15. As you can see in this sketch to the left, this woman is fleeing from the water which the Dragon is spewing, exactly as it says in Revelation 12. And so, by looking at various related Scriptures, we begin to understand just what this wave of water represents. This Woman of Revelation 12 is fleeing from ‘waves of death’, from ‘sorrows of Hell’, and from ‘floods of ungodly men’, as stated in Psalm 18:4.

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DRAGON CONSTELLATION’S WAVE OF WATER

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Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation

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In Revelation, the Dragon of Revelation 12 is described as having seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. However, the Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation up in the night sky does not. But God has faithfully created this wave of water, in such a way, as to illustrate this same concept of the seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. Because this wave of water is basically comprised of ten stars. The main body of the wave has seven stars (#’s 1 thru 7, in the sketch), and the tip of the crest of the wave has the other three stars, (#’s 8, 9, 10). So in this wave, we see the same 7/10 numbering found in the Revelation description of the heads/horns/crowns of the Dragon. And this gives us a great clue, as to where in the Bible we should look, to find out the riddle as to just what or who do these 7 heads, 10 crowns, and 7 horns represent. Because, the Bible speaks very much about floods and waters as being associated with Satan (the Dragon). Listen again… “When the waves of death compassed me…THE FLOODS OF UNGODLY MEN made me afraid. The sorrows of Hell compassed me about;” 2nd Samuel 22:5.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

February 29 (By Beholding Jesus…Changed!)

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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