Today’s Devotional – February 8th (Recommended Vacation Spots For Christians!)

By admin On February 8th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – February 8th

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Recommended Vacation Spots For Christians!

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There are many places in this world, which are as pretty and intriguing as one could possibly imagine!

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And with the modern means of travel, one can reach just about any place in the world! In a very short time!

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So where should one go?

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Maybe a chalet in the Swiss Alps!

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Or a gondola in Italy!

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Perhaps a tropical beach, loaded with palm trees is just what many desire!

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Or maybe the Painted Desert might suit others!

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What about the snow white ski slopes of some winter destination spot?

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Others might wish to go underwater exploring off some white-sand beach!

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Or maybe taking in the view, somewhere along the beautiful Mediterranean!

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Woman in Mediterranian wikipaintings us public domainStill others have children who are wanting to see some theme park! Or camping! Or hiking!

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Or some big league sports event!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Super_Bowl_XLIII_-_Thunderbirds_Flyover_-_Feb_1_2009.jpg

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Yes, the world offers many fun, interesting, and exciting places to go and see!

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WHAT ABOUT THE CONFINED?

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But there are many Christians who, for one reason or another, cannot take of advantage of the rapid transportation to reach and enjoy these world-class hot-spots.

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Some are in a bed-fast condition. Some are incarcerated. And still others are simply too poor. And others have given all their time and means to the Lord’s cause.

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So what about these who cannot get away? How do they get that rest and repose and revitalization?

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Well, the Bible offers some suggestions.

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prison cell of Cagliostro, fortress of La Rocca, in San Leo, Italy. Wikimedia share-alike license

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FOLLOWING JESUS

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First of all, the Christian must remember that Jesus has called us to come follow Him.

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Listen… “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven: and come and follow Me.” Matt. 19:21.

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And so, as His followers, Jesus is offering us a trip of a lifetime!

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Oh yes, this is a spiritual journey.

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But it is nonetheless an adventurous journey!

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Jesus Discourses with His Disciples James Tissot by Brooklyn Museum by wikipedia public domain

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“UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF SPICES”

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And in following Jesus, there are various excursions that Jesus takes the Christian adventurer.

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And these are places that all Christians may go, even those with very limited mobility…

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Listen to this… “The LORD God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places!” Habakkuk 3:19.

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Yes, the Christian may go to those beautiful mountains of spices, as is written below….

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Listen again…”Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.” Song of Solomon 8:14.

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To go to these mountains only requires active faith in God’s Word, combined with a vibrant prayer-life!

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And one can visit these mountains, in spite of being confined!

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The Pilgrim’s Progress by Byam Shaw – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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PHYSICAL EYESIGHT NOT NECESSARY

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And another wonderful thing is that this excursion to these Mountains of Spices doesn’t even require one to have 20/20 eye-sight.

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Listen to Solomon… “The wise man’s eyes are in his head!” Ecclesiastes 2:14.

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Yes, because a wise man’s eyes are in his head, it can be said… “we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2nd Cor. 4:18.

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So from these above passages, it is becoming evident that the Christian life is a life of miraculous power: a power from far above, which energizes the Christian in such a way: a way that cannot be explained to those who have not experienced it!

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It is a pilgrim’s journey which begins here on earth, but leads upward unto a Heavenly Country, and into the golden courts of the Celestial City of God!

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UNDER THE STARRY SKY (OR IN A MALL)

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Yes, there are places the Christian can go, which surpass all human understanding!

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To walk under the starry canopy of Heaven, while silently crying out to the Lord for one’s needs, is an excursion which transcends human language to describe!

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Even in the one’s confinement, the Christian can be transported into Heaven’s Throne-Room!

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WALKING THROUGH A MALL

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But perhaps, the same joy can be experienced by merely walking through a mall, while praying for the various people passing by!

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Or to even pray while incarcerated, for the others in that place, brings a joy which defies human understanding!

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Even to pray while working, while walking, while lying down, transports that Christian into the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary!

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YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE

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And for those on their sick-bed, they have this promise… “For in the time of trouble He shall hidhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Munch_Det_Syke_Barn_1896.jpge me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a Rock.” Psalm 27:5.

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So here is a wonderful place the Christian can go, even while upon one’s own bed! Because, remember, “The wise man’s eyes are in his head;” Ecclesiastes 2:14.

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So even a blind person needs not be left out! And this is why those Believers who are sick in body, even terminally ill, still have great hope, yes, “joy unspeakable”!

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Listen… For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day!” 2nd Cor. 4:16

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AIR TRAVEL

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And as far as getting away from all the madness of this work-a-day world, we also have a divine promise from God… “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31.

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As the Believer goes to his or her secret place of prayer, the soul becomes renewed and reinvigorated by a fresh baptism of God’s Spirit of Holiness.

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Now this above verse tells us that the Christian needs not fly on commercial airlines!

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No, we will “mount up with wings as eagles”!

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A HOME-CENTERED LIFE

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Now our divine Pattern, the Lord Jesus, did not travel much during His time on Earth.

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Yes, He accompanied his family to the yearly feasts in Jerusalem. And during His three-and-one-half-year ministry, He and His disciples walked through countryside, spreading the Good News!

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But the Christian today doesn’t even need legs to do his or her evangelism! Either by means of the Internet, or even just through prayer alone, one may send forth the Gospel to every nation under Heaven!

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And to share one’s finances with some faithful ministries, one can reach far-away places with the Gospel in ways that those early disciples simply could not, by their own physical ability!

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MAKING A PERMANENT MOVE

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But finally, if the Christian is tired of the humdrum routine in his or her present residence, there is a far away residence one can move to!

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That’s right!

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You see, they can take up residence in a far-away country! And even those who are totally bound, whether in bed, or in confinement, or by whatever other bondage there may be, can move to a new locale, permanently!

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Just listen to God’s Word… “And [God] hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:6.

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Incredible! We don’t even have to wait till we die to enjoy the gilded courts of Heaven! We can have it right now! This is the ultimate vacation spot! And you don’t even need to buy a round-trip ticket! All you need is a one-way ticket!

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And once you arrive, you will be so enamored by the beauty and splendor of Heaven, that, just as that old song says… “And the things of this world will grow strangely dim….”

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings…As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.” Psalm 17:8, 15

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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 or you can also read… “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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SIGNS IN HEAVENS PROMISED

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God promised that before the end, there would appear “signs in the Sun…Moon, and …stars.” (Luke 21:25)

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This site is dedicated to revealing these Signs Of Heaven. If you will study just one article per day, you will begin to comprehend how to locate these heavenly messengers. But more than this, these stars will shine light on our trail and guide us safely up the pathway of Bible truth, to our destination.

(see Prov. 4:18 & Col. 3:1-4)

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Sketch is of the Gospel Ship, “Castor and Pollux” (Click for link)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture”

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TOMORROW:

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