Today’s Devotional – July 3rd (Leaving the City of Destruction! Part 2: How to Leave)

By admin On July 3rd, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – July 3rd

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Leaving the City of Destruction! Part 2 How to Leave

To read Part 1, click here

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In yesterday’s devotional (click here), John Bunyan’s earth-shaking allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress was discussed.

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

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And the episode concerning Mr. Worldly Wiseman, and his worldly-wise advice to the pilgrim became the foundation for the theme of these two devotionals, “Leaving the City of Destruction”.

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And without trying to go over all that was presented in yesterday’s devotional, this Part 2 will offer the remedy for those who have been deceived by the many Worldly Wisemen in the Church today.

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Yes, if the Reader suspects that he or she has been duped by those in the Church who advocate (by word or by example) settling down in this world, this devotional is offered.

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This devotional will try to give practical tips for those have become hopelessly entangled and mired in a complicated lifestyle.

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

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EVIDENCE OF APOSTASY

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Perhaps the greatest destructive result from immersing one’s self in the pursuit of this selfish world, is that it is all but impossible to contemplate God’s Word through the day.

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Listen… “O how love I Thy law (Thy Word)! it is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97. 

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This above verse, and other similar verses, exhort us to contemplate God’s Word through http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgour day! And those who find themselves incapable of dwelling on God’s Word through the day, are giving themselves clear-cut evidence that they have simply become too busy with life! Too immersed in other things!

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Oh yes, when at work, many employees must keep their minds on the job at hand! But even here, the Christian can put his or her Bible knowledge to practical application as they go through the day down at work.

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Others may decide it’s time to seek a simpler lifestyle. And of course, married couples must decide if they can make such a transition, while still providing for the food and housing and necessary comforts for the other members of the family. And so, this matter of simplifying one’s lifestyle can be greatly complicated if a spouse and children are involved. Much prayer for wisdom is the prerequisite to making any drastic changes! Make no sudden changes, especially if you are prone to make unwise or unbalanced decisions.

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But this devotional will offer some practical advice for those who are trying to simplify their lifestyle.

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PRAY WITHOUT CEASING…

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The very first thing to do, is to plead with God for His presence in one’s life. Now this pleading is http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-Davidan ongoing work.

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The life of a Christian is a life of seeking after God. We are never to become presumptuous about our relationship with God. It never hurts to beg God for mercy. It is not a denial of faith to continually plead for Salvation!

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Beyond this, we are to start wherever we are. Yes, at whatever place we are, that is the place in which our upward journey begins. And we are not to wait for circumstances to improve. But to simply start walking may just be our very first step of faith.

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COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM…

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Now the next thing necessary is to begin to clear away all ungodly associations from our lives. Unwholesome friendships. Less than godly amusements. Television. Secular radio, etc..

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Listen… “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2nd Corinthians 6:17, 18.

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This above passage should become engravened upon the mind of every Christian!

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And not only will such a separation keep us from many temptations, but will begin to clear out the rubbish from our minds, with the hope of purifying our hearts.

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Listen… “And every man that hath this hope in Him (meeting Christ), purifies himself, even as He (Christ) is pure.” 1st John 3:3

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GIVE AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN…

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The very next step is to begin loosening our tight grip on our money.

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Listen… “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” 2nd Corinthians. 9:6-8

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Yes, God is telling us that we need to trade our earthly wealth for the true heavenly riches. And those who begin to empty themselves of earthly riches, will begin to be filled with heavenly riches. So perhaps to begin with paying one’s tithes and offerings is a good place to start. But don’t stop there. In this affluent society, many are eventually able to give much more of their income to faithful ministries, and still have enough left over to pay all the necessary personal expenses.

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IT IS MY MEDITATION ALL THE DAY…

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Now the next step we take is to begin to make room for God in our life. And the Christian must begin to fill his or her mind with the pure Word of Truth. And for your information, this is the great secret http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Braet_von_%C3%9Cberfeldt_woman_with_bible_1866.jpgto having a victorious life in Christ! And even those whose life is filled with worldly obligations can still find many ways to make room for study and contemplation of the Bible. And even if we cannot seem to make ourselves study and contemplate, we must continue in constant prayer for this heavenly gift. Yes, the ability to study and contemplate God’s Word, with the intent to get to know Him, is truly a gift from Heaven!

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And we may even find that listening to a Bible on MP3 or having a small pocket-Bible to read at various moments, are the beginning ways to filling our hearts with good things.

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Braet von Überfeldt – woman with bible 1866 wikipedia US-public-domain

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IN THIS WORLD YE SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION…

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Now perhaps the next step is to pray for strength to endure the many fiery trials which will undoubtedly come. After all, Satan will be aroused by your spiritual revival, and seek to dissuade, discourage, and derail the Christian in any way possible! But God will allow only those trials which are necessary to purify the heart of His dear children.

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Listen… “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” 1st Peter 4:12, 13

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FRIEND, GO UP HIGHER…

Luke 14:10

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Well, these are the beginning steps one must take in attempting to repent of our worldly lifestyle.

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But these steps are not the end. We must continue on, willing to receive more, as God gives us more grace to attain greater and greater heights, in our upward pilgrimage!

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And the more knowledge of God’s Word that the Christian hides in his or her heart, the greater will be our spiritual strength to overcome the world…

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“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.” Revelation 21:7

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the gift of prayer! And help me to keep seeking after a rich relationship with Thee. Let me not give up and walk away. But rather, keep me  praying and seeking, praying and seeking…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart” or you can also read… December 10 (The Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Part 4: Apocalypse Now!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING ARCTURUS…

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An easy way to find Arcturus is to follow the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, in the spring through fall (these are the months in which Arcturus is visible). 

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SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS: (Sketch to right: constellations span the heavens (Ark in south, 7 Stars in north), and travel from east to west through the night.

This sketch is of the Summer Constellations as they appear when in the western half of the night sky. The box-like constellation is the The Ark of the Covenant (AKA Sagittarius) is in the south. To the right is both the Flower of the Field Constellation (AKA Scorpius) and the The Cross/Scepter Constellations. Further to the north is the Crown of Revelation Twelve (AKA  Corona Borealis Constellation) and the star, Arcturus. Farthest to the north is the 7 Stars Constellation (AKA The Big Dipper )

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Arcturus (the star that wise-men follow!)” 

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TOMORROW:

“July 4th (Look Up & Lift Up Your Heads!)”

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