Today’s Devotional – February 6th (Forked-Tongued Christianity)

By admin On February 4th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – February 6th

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Forked Tongued Christianity

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Have you ever heard the expression, “Him speak with forked tongue!”

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Well, that was a common expression used by angry native Americans in many old cowboy movies.

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Now of course, this expression came from the observance of snakes. And one has to assume that God created this forked tongue on a snake to show us the hypocritical nature of evil.

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Well, today, we would use the word “liar”, or perhaps, “hypocrite”, instead of the “forked tongue”.

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But possibly, the expression, “Him speak with forked tongue!”, really says it best!

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Brown tree snake – Boiga – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“WHOSO SLANDERS HIS NEIGHBOR, HIM WILL I CUT OFF”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Germany_Singelfingen_Gossips.jpg

Psalm 101:5

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Brown_tree_snake_Boiga_irregularis_2_USGS_Photograph.jpgAnd when you really think about it, how often do we speak with a forked tongue?

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Well, whenever I’m nice to a person to their face, but criticize them behind their back, am I not speaking with a forked tongue?

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Or when I spread malicious gossip about them, is this not hypocrisy?

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Gossips in the Altstadt in Sindelfingen, Germany – Sally Kennison – Share-alike License – Wikimedia

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CHRISTIAN HYPOCRISY

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And just think about it! Even the Christian must beware!

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For instance, when I want to tell the world about the glories of Heaven, but my comfortable, opulent lifestyle preaches about earth, can it not be said about me, “Him speak with forked tongue”?

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Or when I claim to have Jesus living His life out in me, but my conversation is anything but Christ-like, am I not speaking with a forked tongue?

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

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“SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY, WITH REVERENCE & GODLY FEAR”

Hebrews 12:28

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When I say the most inspiring words about following Jesus, and yet my normal behavior is to be “hip” or cute, or funny, or sexy, am I not preaching two entirely different sermons?

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Oh yes, my words might preach Jesus. But my behavior preaches the world!

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Dancing woman – Wikimedia – Creative Commons License

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TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MESSAGES!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Avril_Lavigne_high_mic,_Hammersmith_Apollo_(tint).jpg#/media/File:Avril_Lavigne_high_mic,_Hammersmith_Apollo_(tint).jpg

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When I perform a song with inspiring words about Heaven, but the music, and my vocal intonation and inflections sound earthy, raw, and sensual, is my song not delivering two entirely different messages?

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Music Song Singer – Wikimedia – C.C. Share-alike License

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FLEE FROM THE WRATH TO COME! LOL!

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If I’m warning people to flee from the wrath to come, while at the same time, purposely making them laugh, am I not speaking as “onehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpg who jests”?

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This was Lot’s problem, when trying to warn others to flee from Sodom. They thought he was just being funny!

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Yes, to warn others that we are very close to the day of Judgment and fiery indignation is a most solemn message.

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Yet when we keep our audience chuckling, they just think we’re being funny!

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

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“THE…ONE…WHOSE NAME IS HOLY”

Isaiah 57:15

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When Jesus walked this earth, He spoke the plain unvarnished truth.

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But He felt no need to use worldly tactics to gain a large following. No, Jesus knew that by simply conducting Himself in a holy and reverent manner, that His heavenly Father would bless His message.

Sermon On the Mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter, d. 1890.

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Jesus didn’t need to joke, and make people laugh! His message was very serious, and He didn’t want to cheapen the moment by “silly talk and jesting” (see Ephesians 5:4). The eternal destiny of souls was hanging in the balance, and He was very careful not to mingle “lightness” and “levity” into His solemn message.

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Oh yes, Jesus had an inner joy, which shone in His eyes. Yes, He was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.

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But He could give an encouraging, sincere look of compassion to those who were weak and downtrodden.

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Jesus – Sermon On the Mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter, d. 1890.

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“TILL WE ALL COME IN…UNTO…THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST”

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“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature ohttp://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficheiro:Transfiguration_bloch.jpgf the fulness of Christ:” Ephesians 4:13

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There is soon coming the day when these above words will be fulfilled. And on that day, each and every true-worshipper of God will fully reflect the character of Christ. 

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On that day, God’s people will finally be illuminated with the brilliant light of God’s glory, even as the brightness of Christ, when standing on the Mount of Transfiguration!

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Transfiguration bloch wikimedia commons US public domain

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AN “EPISTLE, KNOWN & READ OF ALL…”

2nd Corinthians 3:2

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Dear Stranger & Pilgrim, it is high time that we who profess to be followers of Jesus, make sure that both our life and words preach the same message!

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And the fact is, if our life reflects the holiness and warm sincere love of Jesus, then we really don’t even need to preach!

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Our generous, caring, sanctified lives will do all our preaching for us!

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Mall witnessing, Panama City, Panama

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CURLING UP WITH GOD

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Now God knows that we are “but dust”. He fully understands that we are weak and feeble.

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And isn’t it true that quite often, all we can do, is pull our covering over us and curl up and pray, maybe listen to soft choir music or a Bible reading, and wish for the Day of Resurrection to come!

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There is no higher trust, than to throw our entire mediocre life upon His great mercy, though our outward works look pretty bleak and dismal.

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And so, even though our past witness has been, well, less than what it should have been, we nevertheless can begin right now, to cast all our cares upon Him!

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Johann Heinrich Füssli – Woman Sitting, Curled up Google Art Project US public domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully comprehend your desire for me. Give me the necessary experiences that will mold and me into Thy likeness…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1” or you can also read… “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“By His (God’s) Spirit

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he has garnished

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the heavens;

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His hand has formed

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the crooked serpent.”

 

Isaiah 26:13

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation” or you can also read… “Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction”

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TOMORROW:

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February 7th (Why Not Just Eat, Drink & Be Merry?)

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