Today’s Devotional – July 2nd (Leaving the City of Destruction!)

By admin On July 3rd, 2014

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Leaving the City of Destruction!

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Pilgrims Progress title page third edition 1679 wikimedia commons public-domain

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In John Bunyan’s earth-shaking allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, an everyman character named “Christian”, begins a journey away from the City of Destruction (this world) to the Celestial City (Heaven).

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And in spite of his warnings to his family and fellow town’s-people, Christian ultimately had to make the journey alone.

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MR. WORDLY WISEMAN

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Now on this journey, the pilgrim met a character named Mr. Worldly Wiseman, who convinced Chrishttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/John_Bunyan's_Pilgrim's_Progresstian to forsake his heavenward journey, and instead, merely take up residence in the City of Morality.

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But when Christian saw a giant mountain tottering above this city (representing the condemnation of the Law), he realized it was far too dangerous to stay in that town, and risk getting crushed by that heavy mountain!

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And so, Christian hurried away, and resumed his pilgrimage to the Celestial City.

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Worldly Wiseman – Pilgrim’s Progress p34 Mr Worldly Wiseman wikimedia public domain

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WORLDY WISEMAN, ALIVE AND WELL!

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/John_Bunyan's_Pilgrim's_ProgressNow the point of bringing this up, is that far too many called-to-be-pilgrims today, seem to have met up with this very same notorious and wily character, Mr. Worldly Wiseman!

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Yes, it seems as though most Christians have been taken, in that same deception which almost destroyed Christian!

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It seems as though many Christians today have the misguided notion that God has called us to make this world our home. And as a result, we encourage our children to get a nice education, and raise a nice family and pursue a nice life here on earth, with nice friends and nice vacations and nice hobbies and nice savings accounts and nice homes and nice cars, and lots of nice possessions, and on and on and on it goes.

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But what we don’t realize is, that we have quite possibly fallen into the same snare which almost destroyed Bunyan’s pilgrim!

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Yes, we have most likely been listening to some Worldly Wiseman’s worldly-wise counsel!

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CALLED TO LEAVE THIS WORLD!

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But the fact is, that we have been called by God to take up a pilgrimage away from this present City of Destruction, and spiritually climb that upward pathway to the Celestial City of Heaven.

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And we are called to set aside our carnal and worldly desires and seek to live the same spiritual life which Jesus lived. The same spiritual life that Paul lived! And John lived! And Peter and his family lived!

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Listen… “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1st Corinthians 11:1.

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Yes, Paul here calls us to follow his godly example!

 

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Christ calling His Disciples by Edward Armitage 1869 courtesy wikigallery.com public domain

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“NO MAN THAT WARS ENTANGLES HIMSELF IN THE AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE…”

2nd Timothy 2:4

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And though we may have a house to live in, and may even meet our prospective spouse, we should never think that we, as Christians, are to carve out some sort of ivy-covered haven for ourselves, here in this world.

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No, quite the contrary! We, as Christians, must never plant our roots in this world!

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And even if we do plan to marry, we must make sure our potential spouse is not merely a worldly-minded “Christian”, mostly seeking after a nice life in this world!

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But rather, we need to realize that it is God’s purpose to destroy our love for this present selfish world.

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NOT TO NESTLE-DOWN 

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But instead of nestling ourselves down into this world, the Christian needs to look to Jesus, and follow His example.

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Listen to the very words of Jesus, when confronted by a potential new follower… “And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.” Matthew 8:19, 20.

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Yes, like this man which Jesus spoke these words to, there are far too many of us who think that Christianity is some sort of complimentary addition to our worldly lifestyle.

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But this mistaken notion is the very essence and foundation of false religion!

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HEARTS IN HEAVEN!

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But listen to Paul... “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those thinghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpgs which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Ephesians 3:1-3

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As this passage reveals, our lifestyle and affections are to be in the heavenly courts above.

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And though we must still work and provide for needs and happiness of our household, we must, at the same time, keep our main focus on the things of Heaven!

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TRADING THIS WORLD FOR THE WORLD TO COME!

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But the Good News is, that though we must forsake our selfish lives in this world, God assures us that we will have “treasure in Heaven”!

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And part of those treasures are the riches of joy and peace and rich communion with the Lord, as we go through this dark world.

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And of course, the Bible makes clear that the gift of everlasting life is the truest of all riches!

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Yes, Everlasting Life! Now that’s true riches!!! 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, I want to be Thy disciple! I want to follow Thee, wheresoever Thou goest! But I am so heavily invested in this present world, with all its many obligations, that I don’t know how to forsake all! Help me Lord, help me, and give me great wisdom…

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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)” or you can also read… December 4 (Lucifer, a true bridge-builder)

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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HOW THE GATES RELATE TO ORION & DRAGON

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This sketch below is when these constellations are in the eastern sky in early winter (However, this constellation group can even be seen as early as late July, in the pre-dawn hours). 

.Revelation 12 Woman & The Two Gates

In the eastern sky, it’s not so easily seen which gate the Revelation 12 Woman will enter. The Wide Gate is made of the two brightest stars of this Wave of Water Constellation. Satan spews out the deadly water of his false worldly ideologies; which many of these ideologies have a form of godliness, but in some way are not in harmony; or perhaps these worldly ideologies add to the Bible, which is strictly forbidden (see Deuteronomy 4:2). 

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On the other hand, the Strait Gate (narrow gate) is composed of the two brightest stars of the Orion The Reaper’s sickle.

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The true Strait Gate represents Jesus, the Word of God.  

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Listen… “I [Jesus] am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9

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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:

July 3rd (Leaving the City of Destruction! Part 2: How to Leave)”

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