Today’s Devotional, January 10th (Why Isn’t This Devotional Like Other Devotionals?)

By admin On January 9th, 2014

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional, January 10th

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Why Isn’t This Devotional Like Other Devotionals?

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“Correction is grievous unto him

that forsaketh the way:

and he that hateth reproof shall die…

but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”

Proverbs 15:10 & 27:7

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One reader complained that this devotional isn’t like other devotionals. “It’s just not as uplifting like devotionals are supposed to be!”https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Disapprove.jpg

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Well, that’s very true, and is a valid complaint!

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Yes, there are countless devotionals which are beautifully and poetically written. And many devotionals from the 1800’s used very flowery language with many metaphorical and poetical analogies.

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Thumbs down – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 2.0 License

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NICE UPLIFTING DEVOTIONALS

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The problem with many of those devotionals is that they tried so hard to be cleverlyhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg written, that the message often got lost to a certain degree by all that complexity and linguistic filigree.

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Not only so, but today’s church-world has become a veritable, “City of Confusion” by all the countless winds of doctrine blowing in every which-direction.

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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“THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE!”

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This devotional series attempts to cut through the thick fog of confusion which has settled heavy upon the Christian landscape, with bright beams of sunlight from Heaven.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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And as far as being uplifting, there is nothing like truth to set one’s soul free…“If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31, 32

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Yes, it is the eye-salve of God’s plain truth that will remove our foggy vision and even our total blindness!

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And because we have been so badly misled by the prosperity-driven gospels of our day, it is the plain words of God’s truth that will lead us out of our Babylonish captivity.

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE BIBLE HAS MANY HARD THINGS TO SAY

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And so, the reader is encouraged to keep up with these daily devotionals, in spite of the negativity so often presented (And to be fair, most of these daily devotions end with a positive and uplifting encouragement.)

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But let’s not be like the people of God back in Isaiah’s day which complained to the prophets…“Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:” Isaiah 30:10

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The people back in Isaiah’s day wanted nice and smooth teachings. They didn’t like Isaiah’s negativity. Nor did they like Jeremiah and the other Old Testament prophets.

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The Prophet Isaiah (Bible Card from 1904) – Wikipedia – public domain

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“MANY OF HIS DISCIPLES WENT BACK. AND WALKED NO MORE WITH HIM”

John 6:66

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And for that matter, neither did they like what Jesus had to say…“Many therefore of His disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples murmured at it, He said unto them, ‘Doth this offend you?’…From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.” John 6:60, 61, 66.

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Yes, many professed followers and disciples of Jesus did not like those more difficult and negative things He was preaching, and actually turned away from following Him! 

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Brooklyn Museum – The Pharisees Question Jesus – James Tissot – US Public Domain – Wikimedia

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“ANNOINT THINE EYES WITH EYE-SALVE, THAT THOU MAY SEE”

Revelation 3:18https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christ_and_the_pauper.jpg

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Eye-salve is often painful, but is given to heal one’s eyes. So too, the Word of God has many hard things to say to us. But God has to be blunt so often, knowing that it is for our spiritual health and healing.

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And so, please know and understand that all of us (including this editor) are convicted of sin as we read these devotionals.

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This is because God does not want us to remain in our errors any longer. He’s trying to free us!

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Christ and the blind Pauper – Mironov – Wikipedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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“THOU ART UNTO THEM AS A VERY LOVELY SONG…FOR THEY HEAR THY WORDS, BUT THEY DO THEM NOT!”

“Ezekiel 33:32

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And let’s face it! All those nice, flowery, and uplifting devotionals have not accomplished what they were intended to do. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HallmarkMarkville.JPG

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All things considered, the Church has grown weaker and more worldly with each passing decade, in spite of all the devotionals now available!

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And the apostasy continues to deepen and widen!

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And indeed, things have gotten so bad that God is now calling His people to, “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

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Hallmark – Markville – Wikipedia – C.C. 1.0 Universal Public Domain

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“SURELY THERE IS AN END; AND THINE EXPECTATION SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF”

Proverbs 23:18http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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And so, let’s rejoice that God hasn’t cast us away altogether! But in mercy and grace, He is giving us a message designed to cure us of our spiritual leprosy.

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And as our heart becomes cleansed and our soul becomes healed, we will rejoice in the very truths which once caused us so much grief and discomfort!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a love for truth, so much so, that I begin to search the Bible for truth, no longer listening to these “feel-good” preachers of the prosperity-driven gospels…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…September 2 (Jeremiah & the Smooth Prophets, Part 5: “When ‘Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet!’”), or you can also read this article…January 18th (Jeremiah & the Smooth Prophets)

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING THE DRAGON

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(REVELATION 12 DRAGON IS NOT DRACO!)

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First, let it be stated, that this Dragon Constellation is not the same constellation commonly referred to as “Draco” (photo to right is Draco).

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This Revelation 12 Dragon from Signs Of Heaven, has not been previously recognized. But you will discover that it is a very intricate and complex constellation, once you are comfortable locating it (picture below, right).

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Draco, (Picture right) Ursa Minor Wikipedia share-alike license

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 REVELATION 12 DRAGON  

Revelation 12 Dragon w/text

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The star-charts below (below, right) are from Wikipedia and are combined into one chart to show these three constellations, which the editor has sketched over with these three constellations, as they appear when in the west. Hopefully, this will be an assist in locating these constellations in the night-sky.

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LOCATION…

Wikipedia star-charts winter constellation in West

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The Revelation 12 Dragon Constellation can be located by finding Orion in winter months. The Dragon is to Orion’s left, and the Dragon’s mouth is right next to Orion’s shield. This Dragon’s mouth is the V-like constellation The Hyades Cluster, which is also known as the head of Taurus the Bull. The Dragon’s tail-tip is Pleiades and the lower shaft of his tail is partly of Aries  and Pisces. Then with aid of a dark and starry night, you may begin to connect the mouth and the tail with a very long body in an oval shape. The front and back legs are made of a few stars: the front legs partially of stars from Taurus . The back legs and rear fin are made of 6 stars from the Cetus Constellation.

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BODY HARD TO SEE

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The long oval-shaped body has relatively few stars, but can been seen, howbeit with a dark, starry night. The four stars of the front fins are made partially of Taurus .

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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:

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January 11th (Are You A Wise Man?)

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

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THIS IS STUDY #10 IS PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

 

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