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

By admin On February 4th, 2014

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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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 – CROPPED IMAGE – 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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“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 – croped and altered image – 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 – cropped and darkened image – 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 at my jokes, 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.

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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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Brooklyn Museum – What Our Lord Saw from the Cross – James Tissot

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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 of 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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AN “EPISTLE, KNOWN & READ OF ALL…”

2nd Corinthians 3:2

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O 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! This should be our great desire and purpose!

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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 me and make 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

The info and pics of the constellations on this site are all taken from Wikipedia and from The Internation Astronomical Union (click here to view their site)

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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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20 MINUTE+ AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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

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