Today’s Devotional – January 14th (Ostriches & Us!) Also Read…”Fainting Goats & Us!”

By admin On January 13th, 2014

.

Click on credit links below each photo, for licensing names/details/tags/etc.. Most images cropped/reduced in size

.

.

“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

.

.

.

Today’s Devotional – January 14th

.

.

.

.

Ostriches & Us!

.

.

.

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ostriches_in_a_farm.jpg

.

“Gavest thou…wings and feathers unto the ostrich? Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust, And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear; Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding. What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.” Job 39:13-18

.

Ostriches in a farm, Thailand – CROPPED IMAGE – Wikimedia – GNU Free Documentation license

.

.

.

.

.

In the last few chapters of the Book of Job, God asks Job some pretty tough questions.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnat02.jpg

.

And in this above passage from that wonderful book, God is scolding Job because Job’s pride caused him to think that he was righteous, when actually, he was not! Yes, Job had covert wickedness within his heart

.

So God was putting Job in his rightful place, as a sinner who desperately needed God’s grace.

.

Job by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922) Wikimedia – US public domain

.

.

.

.

.

OSTRICH COMPARES TO CHURCH-APOSTATE

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ostriches_in_a_farm.jpg

But this little critique by God regarding ostriches, from the Book of Job, presents an allegory that should not escape our attention!

.

Because in today’s world, WE Christians have far too often conducted our lives in accordance to this passage (which by the way, is not so much about ostriches, than it is about God’s Church.)

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Ostrich_nest.jpg

.

For instance, this passage speaks of the haphazard manner in which the ostrich cares for her soon-to-be-born babies. She takes no precautions for their safety! She merely leaves her eggs in an open place, even in pathways where they are easy targets for travelers to crush, or beasts to devour!

.

And of course, God is not nearly so concerned about ostrich eggs here!

.

No, this is an obvious comparison to how we Christians so often handle our own young ones.

.

Ostrich nest – Wikipedia – share-alike license

.

.

.

.

.

CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ostriches_in_a_farm.jpg

Just think of how many ways that we Christians have been careless with our young ones!

.

Pregnant mothers quite often don’t take good care of themselves during those nine months. Constantly eating less-than-wholesome food, and sometimes taking possibly harmful medications.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Junk_Food.JPG.

And after delivery, nursing Christian mothers are often too quick to begin feeding them formula milk instead of her own milk, merely for convenience sake.

.

And a little later, the Christian mother needlessly returns to work, leaving them in the care of others for four or five days a week, often for the sake of maintaining a self-indulgent lifestyle that financial affluence affords.

.

Junk Food – CROPPED IMAGE – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

.

.

.

.

.

“SPIRIT…WILLING, BUT…FLESH…WEAK”

Matthew 26:41

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ostriches_in_a_farm.jpg

Of course, the Lord fully understands that extenuating circumstances often make our choices limited, in the whirl of everyday business and in the varying circumstances of this present life.

.https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Angel_prayers.jpg

Nevertheless, all these things have both a direct, and indirect bearing on the future health and happiness of our children!

.

And Christian parents need to make every possible concession and sacrifice in their own lives, to accommodate the health needs of their developing children.

.

Girl Praying – Wikimedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

SECULAR ASSOCIATIONS

Street basketball during a church fair - wikimedia share-alike license

.

And as the child grows older, Christian parents often allow their children to make friends with children of unbelievers, enabling them to learn the godless ways of the world.

.

Instead, we should have been crying out for the Lord’s deliverance from harmful environments.

.

Children’s Street basketball during a church fair – Wikimedia – share-alike license

.

.

.

.

.

SECULAR INDOCTRINATION

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ostriches_in_a_farm.jpg

Next, we Christian parents often send our children to secular institutes to learn, “the three ‘R’s'”.

.

A recent survey found that most Christian children attend public schooling!

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Homeschoolers_playing_Dutch_Blitz_at_picnic_gathering.jpg

.

And of course, along with the “three R’s”, they also get a thorough indoctrination into godlessness, from less-than-wholesome peers, and from the atheistic curriculum which is a normal undercurrent at such places.

.

Homeschoolers playing Dutch Blitz at picnic gathering – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

.

.

.

.

.

.

“EVIL COMMUNICATIONS”

1st Corinthians 15:33

TV indoctrination

.

And then, when the children get home, many Christian parents allow the children to watch TV and Internet and listen to radio, allowing Satan to further fill their minds with less-than-wholesome talk and often even vile images!

.

.

.

.

.

SEEKING EARTHLY RICHES

.

And then, to top it all off, many of us Christian parents often encourage our youth to pursue some high-paying career, not remembering Paul’s admonition…

.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Graduates_of_Brunswick_High_in_2007.jpg

“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1st Timothy 6:8-11.

.

Do we somehow think this above advice is not for us? It says here, “having food and raiment, let us therewith be content”.

.

college grads – Wikipedia – share-alike license

.

.

.

.

.

STRANGERS & PILGRIMS?

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ostriches_in_a_farm.jpg

Now is this the normal position that the Christian-community takes today?

.

Are there not many Christians today, exerting and expending much energy, all in effort to amass great stores of earthly Mammon in their pursuit of self-indulgent lifestyles?http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/File:The_Pilgrim%27s_Progress_by_Byam_Shaw05.jpg

.

Now of course, the people of the world are perfectly right in pursuing their earthly dreams. After all, this world is their final home. But Christian pilgrims have a calling to, “come out from among them and be separate”.

.

And yet, Christians have been called out to follow Jesus, not to seek after the self-indulgent pleasures and proud pursuits and the vain dreams of this selfish world!

.

But we are called to sojourn to a better place.

.

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

.

.

.

.

.

OUR BIBLE ROLE-MODELS!

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ostriches_in_a_farm.jpg

Look at Jesus.

.

Was this what His life on earth was all about?

.

Or just look to Paul! Was Paul trying to live out his declining years in a leisurely pursuit of personal pleasure?

.

http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/Pictures/The%20Early%20Church%20Artwork/target8.htmlNo, but both of these men expended all their time and energy for the love and Salvation of all souls before them! And these two, Jesus, and even Paul, are to be our role-models, as Scripture plainly commands!

.

And listen to Paul’s declaration of what his life was all about… “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:20, 21.

.

Do these words sound like they come from a man who sought to enjoy the pleasures and pursuits of this present life?

.

Paul Shipwrecked Acts 27:41-44-www.lavistachurchofchrist.org–public domain

.

.

.

.

.

SINS OF SODOM REPEATED!

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ostriches_in_a_farm.jpg

Through the ages of centuries past, Christian parents encouraged their children to become evangelists.

.

Young people were content to live a life of poverty, working menial jobs, in effort to get out the soul-saving Gospel to all those who were starving for the bread of life. No sacrifice was too costly! No hardship too great, if only they could take the Gospel to the world!

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Girl_with_a_Bible_(Faith_of_Our_Fathers).jpg.

But nowadays, Christian parents follow the self-seeking ways of the world, to a great degree, encouraging the same opulence and the same self-indulgence which ultimately destroyed the people of those wealthy cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the other surrounding cities!

.

And of course, along with a high-paying career, comes all the time-consuming, energy-sapping, and spirituality-draining obligations.

.

And by the time that young college grad finally gets his or her self on an even-keel with their careers and family life, perhaps as much as ten or twenty years may have passed by; long ago leaving Jesus Christ back somewhere along the dusty trail!

.

Girl with a Bible (Faith of Our Fathers) – cropped image – Wikimedia – share-alike license

.

.

.

.

.

SOME VERY GOOD NEWS!

.

Well, none of us can hold our heads up high, since we’ve often ‘dropped the ball’, so to speak, in our own parental responsibilities!

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ebenezer_Newman_Downard_Morning_prayer_1860-61.jpg

.

Ah, but in all this bad news report, there has been discovered some extremely Good News, O stranger and pilgrim in the earth! Yes, we have a very merciful and pitying God who loves happy endings!

.

Yes, if we will turn back to Him with all our heart, putting away all our earth-loving pleasures and worldly idols!

.

then who knows if God might just begin to bring our grown-up children back to a rich and dedicated life in Christ!?

.

morning prayers Ebenezer_Newman_Downard_Morning_prayer_1860 – Wikipedia – public domain

.

.

.

.

.

THE READER IS ALSO ENCOURAGED TO GO TO PAGE BOTTOM TO READ “FAINTING GOATS AND US!”

.

.

.

TODAY’S PRAYER…

.

“Dear Lord, Help me to repent of my backsliding and ease-loving ways before it’s too late! Give me the wisdom that accompanies a new heart: a heart that desires to follow Thee, whithersoever Thou goest. Help me to pray unceasingly for my family.

.

.

.

.

READ MORE…

.

To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart” or you can also read… “Revelation 12 Fleeing Woman: “I Say Unto All…Watch!””

.

.

.

.

 

THE END

.picture - soldiers of the cross - armor up!

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

Info & pics of constellations on this site from Wikipedia & International Astronomical Union (click here)

 

.

.

.

THE HOLY-GHOST-RIDER CONSTELLATION

.

“Gavest thou…wings and feathers unto the ostrich?….What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.” Job 39:17, 18

.

Here in the above condensed passage is revealed a tremendous Bible prophecy! Here the ostrich (being a symbol of the Church-Apostate) is going to lift up herself and scorn the horse and his rider.

.

Well, if we look in the winter-night skies, we might possibly have our eyes opened to see a most incredible constellation group, known as the “Horse and His Rider” Constellation Group.

Holy-Ghost-Rider on Goodly Horse (above western horizon)

Holy-Ghost-Rider on Goodly Horse (above western horizon)

.

And so, this above passage speaks of the time of the end (which we are just now in). And sadly to say, there will be many in the Church who will scorn this last message, just as the wisdom-deprived ostrich scorns the Horse and His Rider, who symbolize God’s Church in battle, being ridden by the Spirit of Christ! Such a sad ending for the Church-Apostate, to scorn the Holy Spirit: the same Spirit that they so often exulted in praise, with their lips!

.

This constellation group is made up of a number of smaller constellations: the horse’s head, made from the Perseus Constellation. The tail and rear end is partly of the Cassiopeia Constellation. The hind-leg is made partly of stars from the Andromeda Constellation. The Rider is made primarily from the Camelopardalis Constellation.

.

.

.

.

READ MORE…

.

To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation” or you can also read… “Goodly Horse in Battle Constellation”

.

.

.

.

.

TOMORROW:

.

January 15th (Emperor Penguins & Us!)

.

.

.

.

.

.http://christianimagesource.com/prophet_jeremiah_g341-prophet_jeremiah__image_2_p2281.html

20 MINUTE+ AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH

.

ALL ‘NOBLE BEREANS’ (open-minded seekers of Bible truth) ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

.

THIS IS STUDY #14 IS PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING, FORMER CEO OF FAMILY RADIO…

.

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

.

.

.

.

.

.

FAINTING GOATS

.

.

.

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GoatEatingWeeds.jpgGoats are a biblically clean animal, and yet God sometimes speaks of them in the negative.

.

Listen to Jesus…“And before Him (Jesus) shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left…And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Matthew 25:32. 33. 46

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ardiak._Zumaia._Euskal_Herria.jpg

.

So here we see that goats in this scenario are considered fit for “everlasting punishment”, while sheep are destined for“life eternal”.

.

Goat Eating Weeds – Wikimedia – Public Domain

sheep – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

.

.

.

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Worker_ant_carrying_leaf.jpg“Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.”

Proverbs 8:33 

.

But God has created all nature to not only be interesting, fun, and often beautiful, but also to teach us wisdom…“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; http://theheavensdeclare.net/sign-of-the-son-of-man-in-heaven/and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?” Job 12:7-9

.

Yes, from the tiniest atomic particle, to the great galaxy, and everything in between, all of nature teaches us lessons!

.

Worker ant carrying leaf – Wikimedia – Public Domain

ABOVE STAR-CHART (constellations found on Wikipedia and Bible constellations drawn in by this website) – Sign of the Son of Man – www.theheavensdeclare.net – Not for commercial uses

.

.

.

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fainted.jpgFAINTING GOATS

.

Now, there is a certain type of goat, often called “The Fainting Goat”, which is the favorite animal on many farms, primarily in the southern states of the USA. This certain breed has a seeming abnormality which causes the goat to stiffen up and fall down whenever startled, frightened, or excited, as if it were dead. But then, after lying stiff with its legs in the air, it soon regains its composure, and stands back up again.

.

Fainting Goat – cropped and altered image – Wikimedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”

Proverbs 24:10

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fainted.jpgNow, beside being a source of laughter and comedy by human spectators, these odd creatures can be the source of a real teaching moment for Christians!

.

Listen…“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Proverbs 24:10

.

Yes, this little Fainting Goat is a fitting symbol of those of us in the church-world who lack faith whenever some supposed trial, big or little, comes our way.

.

Fainting Goat – cropped and altered image – Wikimedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Affordable_uncontested_divorce_in_calgary.jpg

“…they could not enter in (God’s Rest) because of unbelief”

Hebrews 3:19 

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ghost_Stories_August_1928.jpgThe fact is, there are multitudes in the Church who do just fine when all is going well. But the moment some trial comes their way, they faint away from any faithful biblical response!

.

Yes, instead of claiming God’s “exceeding great and precious promises”, they rather just handle that situation exactly like this faithless world reacts to such situations. (see 2nd Peter 1:4)

.

Divorce – cropped image – Wikimedia – the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Ghost Stories August – 1928 – cropped image – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

“…and be not faithless, but believing”

John 20:27

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HatfieldClan.jpg.

For example, when many faithful church-goers feel they have been mistreated, instead of “turning the other cheek”, they rather react angrily, demanding justice and recompense. (see Matthew 5:39)

.

Or they resort to using carnal weapons, instead of claiming the promises of God, such as…“And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?” 1st Peter 3:13  

.

Hatfield Clan – Wikipedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fainted.jpg.

Well, there could be multitudes of examples given to illustrate how we Christians react faithlessly when in the trials of life which come our way.

.

Fainting Goat – cropped and altered image – Wikimedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

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

“Be strong, and of good courage!”

Joshua 1:9

.

But the Good News is, this is still the Day of Salvation! And there is just enough time to begin hiding God’s “exceeding great and precious promises” in our hearts, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-081218-M-4507D-001.jpgand praying for strength to stand and walk in those promises.

.

Listen…“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.” Isaiah 40:29 

.

The Bible is replete with passages concerning this topic. And with a KJV Bible and a concordance, these passages can be searched out.

.

USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

Prayer – USMC – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

http://theheavensdeclare.net/orion-2/“be strong…in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand…in the evil day” Ephesians 6:10, 11, 13

.

Because, in the very near future (even this very day), the Time of Trouble is coming which requires us to have those precious promises hidden in our hearts, ready to use, as we walk through “the floods of ungodly men”, and through the “Devouring Fire” before us! (see 2nd Samuel 22:5 & Isaiah 33:14) 

.

just as it is written…“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Isaiah 43:2
.

ABOVE PICTURE: The armor of God – theheavensdeclare.net – use by permission only

.

.

.

.

.

THE READER IS INVITED TO WATCH THIS 2 MINUTE VIDEO ABOUT FAINTING GOATS…

.

Leave a Reply