Today’s Devotional – January 23rd (Limiting The Holy One of Israel)

By admin On January 22nd, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – January 23rd

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Limiting The Holy One of Israel

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“Yea, they turned back and tempted God,

and limited the Holy One of Israel.

They remembered not His hand,

nor the day when He delivered them from the enemy.”

Psalm 78:41, 42.

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This above passage is a complaint by God against His faithless people, who saw the miraculous deliverance which God wrought on their behalf.

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And yet His murmuring people still remained in stark disbelief that God could deliver them from further troubles. In essence, they were limiting God’s power by their unbelief.

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Even Jesus met with such unbelief in His own hometown. Listen…

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“And when He was come into his own country, And they were offended in Him. And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Matthew 13:54, 57, 58.

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Notice that because of their unbelief, they limited the miracles that Jesus could perform.

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In essence, they were limiting the Holy One.

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Dore – Moses breaks stones – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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“WHATSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD OVERCOMETH THE WORLD”

1st John 5:4

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And isn’t true that we live in a day in which many of us Christians are content to merely live in a semi-diseased spiritual condition.

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We are told, “Oh you can’t overcome sin!” “Don’t even try to overcome all sin”. And this is the prevailing notion in today’s Christian community.

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Now if one reads several Bible passages out of context, one could easily come to such a conclusion.

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Yes, God has written the Bible in such a way, that allows those whose hearts are not right with God, to be self-deceived by strong delusion!

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ELISHA RECEIVES DOUBLE PORTION

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But this type of unbelief in the power of God is nothing new!

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You see, Elisha was a man of faith. And as such, Elisha did not listen to the prevailing sentiment of his day. No, he was willing to go forward with his mentor, Elijah, as Elijah was destined to the place of his departure, up to Heaven.

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And even Elijah himself, plus the various prophets kept telling Elisha to go back, and quit following Elijah to the place of his departure.

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But each time Elijah told him to go back, Elisha replied… “As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee!” 2nd Kings 2:2, 4, 6.

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And each time the sons of the prophets shook his confidence, Elisha replied… “Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace!” 2nd Kings 2:3, 5

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elijah and elisha www.christianimagesource.com (click for picture)

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ELISHA DIDN’T LISTEN TO HUMAN REASON

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Yes, Elisha didn’t listen to human reason.

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He was determined to go with his master, Elijah, to the very end!

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And, after Elijah parted the waters of Jordon, they both crossed over and came to the place where Elijah would be taken up.

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At this point, Elijah asked Elisha… “Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” 2nd Kings 2:9.

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A double portion! Elisha wanted a double-portion of Elijah’s faith! Now to this, Elijah replied… “Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.” v. 2:10

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elijah and elisha www.christianimagesource.com (click for picture)

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FIERY CHARIOT & HORSES

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Now came the moment of truth.

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Now came the time for Elijah to be taken up! But would his disciple, Elisha see him go up? Would Elisha receive that double-portion of Elijah’s Spirit?

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Listen… “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.” 2nd Kings 2:11, 12

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So Elisha saw the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof, and received a double-portion of Elijah’s Spirit. And as we read the story of Elisha and of his ministry, we see a man who was undaunted by discouraging circumstances.

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We see a man who exercised unwavering faith, even in those similar circumstances; yes, the very circumstances which even caused his master, Elijah to falter during earlier years of Elijah’s ministry!

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Elijah and Elisha by G. Dore www.christianimagesource.com public domain

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UNSTOPPABLE FAITH

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Now, just how does this story apply to us today?http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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Certainly we are not to go around in a hairy garment like Elijah!

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No, but as Elisha was unstoppable in his pursuit of that double-portion of God’s Spirit, so also, we must likewise pursue that same blessing with the same unstoppable faith that Elisha had!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY MORE!”

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Yes, many will tell you that such a thing is impossible!

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Many will even show you Bible verses which appear as road-blocks to such an attainment! “No”, they will say, “you can’t attain to Christ-like perfection!” They are repeating this story of Elisha as he was advised to quit following Elijah!

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But God’s Word tells us… “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20.

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Elisha & Chariots of Fire www.visualbiblealive.com

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THE CHARIOTS OF GOD

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Yes, God tells us here that He is able to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”!

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Incredible promise!

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As we see Elisha here, pointing his fearful steward to those chariots in the heavens, we too need to realize that those very same chariots are also at our disposal…if…we will only believe!

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Listen… “The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels:” Psalm 68:17.

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Is twenty thousand angels enough for you? Is that enough help in your time of need?

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Elisha & Chariots of Fire www.visualbiblealive.com

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BIBLE TESTIMONIES LIKE FIERY CHARIOTS

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We just have to realize that the story of Elijah, and all the other Bible stories, were given us by God, and are designed to increase our faith.

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And just like that chariot which took up Elijah to Heaven, so too, the faith-http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgbuilding stories of the Bible will also be our fiery chariots! Not only will those chariots come to our rescue in times of distress, but they will take us higher and higher to God’s very throne-room in Heaven!

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And far-be-it for this very fallible pen to limit what God can do in your life and in mine! Let’s just continue on, in spite of all the nay-sayers out there! Let’s just keep on that upward pathway to total Christian victory, in spite of our seemingly discouraging present-circumstances.

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And by hiding all those wonderful stories and Bible promises in our hearts, the Holy Spirit will supply the lack of our faulty memory, bringing back to our minds, the remembrance of all things which He has written in His Word!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Please open my eyes to Thy Word, that I might set my sights higher. Guide me up higher on the heaven-ward pathway…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Orion, The Good Shepherd” 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

 

.Soldiers of the Cross - Armor-Up!

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE TWO PATHWAYS

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“And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.” Jer. 21:8.

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two doors- narrow gate & wide gate

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As this above verse declares, God has set these two pathways before each human. And each human must decide which door he or she will enter. Nobody who has come into this has been overlooked. Listen… “[Jesus] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:9. Now if this verse is correct, then Christ is the light that enlightens “every man that comes into the world”. Christ is not just the light that enlightens SOME. But He is the light that enlightens EVERY man, woman and child who comes into the world; even those who have lived in remote places, throughout history. Every person has a conscience. And every man must choose who he or she will serve. This is what the Bible calls, “the way of life, and the way of death.” Jer.21:8.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)”

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TOMORROW:

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January 24th (The True Message of Revelation!)

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