Today’s Devotional – July 8th (Go Ye Into All Your Heart! Part 2)

By admin On July 7th, 2014

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – July 8th

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Go Ye Into All Your Heart! Part 2

To read Part 1, go here…Daily Devotional – Year 2 – February 19 (Go Ye Into All Your Heart!)

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“Many will say to me in that day,

Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name?

and in Thy name have cast out devils?

and in Thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:

depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.”

Matthew 7:22, 23 

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There are many enthusiastic Christians who really have a heart for evangelism, but will come up to that Great Day of Judgment to sadly and tragically hear the words…I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:22, 23 

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And these earnest evangelists will then ask the question…Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?”

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But instead of waiting until Judgment Day, why not ponder these questions right now?

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“GO YE…”

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So let’s take a moment to explore just why such zealous evangelists could ever be excluded from Heaven, even though they did many seemingly wonderful works!

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After all, by a simple reading of the Bible, it would seem as though God is very much wanting His people to go out and evangelize the world.

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Yes, the Bible clearly tells us…“And He (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

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Here is seen a very plain command from God to go and preach the Gospel.

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KEEP ON STUDYING!

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And as we look around, we see that the Christian community is filled with various http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpgministries dedicated to that very purpose: to preach Jesus to the world.

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But there are other verses which present a much wider and much fuller concept.

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And every good Bible student wants to get the whole picture, not just a partial understanding about God’s will for our lives.

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FIRST REMOVE MY OWN BEAM

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Listen to the following passage…“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?…Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast outhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_100326-N-4774B-066_Chaplain_Lt._Jason_Gregory_reads_bible_verses_on_the_weather_deck_aboard_the_guided-missile_cruiser_USS_Bunker_Hill_(CG_52).jpg the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5

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Here is a different point of view. Before we correct others, God is wanting us to correct our own behavior.

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Of course, this above passage isn’t exactly forbidding evangelism, but merely counseling us to quit criticizing others while we have not yet conquered our own problems.

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CHRISTIAN TELEVISION

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And yet, we see many television ministries dedicated to evangelism in which the evangelists clearly have salvational issues in their own lives.

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And as one beholds some of the crazy stuff presently going on in the name of the Lord, it should give the Christian pause…“How is my own Christianity? Do people see Jesus in me? Or must I tell them about Jesus?”

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“I WILL SHOW THEE A MORE EXCELLENT WAY”

1st Corinthians 12:31

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Oh yes, we might be able to fool people that don’t personally know us, because they don’t actually witness our day-to-day folly as our immediate family members do.

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But the fact is, there is a much greater way to evangelize the world, and to save other souls!

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Yes, the very first person I need to evangelize is my own self!

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And the very first soul I must save is my own soul!

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“STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED”

2nd Timothy 2:15

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgIf the Christian would only use the hours spent trying to save others, and instead devote that time to copious Bible study and meditation, that Christian might just discover that he or she doesn’t even need to verbally preach to others.

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Their own life and behavior would eventually begin to speak eloquently on behalf of the Savior, much more so than mere audible rhetoric does!

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The very fragrance of Christ would emanate out to all!

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“SANCTIFY THE LORD GOD IN YOUR HEARTS”

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Listen to Peter…“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1st Peter 3:15

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Here is a wonderful encouragement by Peter, who by the way, learned a very hard lesson about much talking and about boasting too much!

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Tissot – The Sorrow of Peter – Joyful Heart.com

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“IF ANY MAN SPEAK”

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And again, Peter also says…“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God;” 1st Peter 4:11

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Notice that Peter says here, “‘IF’ any man speak”. Peter doesn’t say, “‘WHEN’ any man speaks.”

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In other words, Peter is not encouraging any man to speak.

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He is merely saying, “If” you do speak, let your words be, “as the oracles of God”.

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“BE SWIFT TO HEAR, SLOW TO SPEAK!”

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Yes, no doubt Peter learned from his hard lesson to be very hesitant to speak out.

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Peter learned what James warns Christians…“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” James 1:19

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Again, the Bible warns Christians against being quick to speak.

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KEEPING SILENT

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And last, this proverb from the wisest of all mortals, Solomon…“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” Proverbs 17:28

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Here again is wise counsel concerning the tongue.

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GOOD NEWS!

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But there is some really wonderful Good News for all of us who have been somewhat too http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgvocal about our religion.

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You see, God is still allowing us some time to purify our hearts and conform our lives, so that we might, “walk, even as He walked!” 1st John 2:6

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And so, let’s use our remaining moments to good account by spending much time studying to show ourselves “approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth!” 2nd Timothy 2:15

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Mold me and remake me into Thy image, so that I might be a good and godly witness to the world…

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READ MORE…

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

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FINDING ORION ‘THE REAPER’…

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This constellation is the 3rd member of the ‘Orion Constellation’ Phenomena.

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This particular version of Orion is easily seen (if you know what to look for). First you must locate Orion. And then try to find the stars which comprise his sickle. The two brightest stars of his sickle are at the blade. These two stars are Castor and PolluxCastor and Pollux are known commonly as being in the Gemini Constellation.

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Of course, Orion is seen in the colder months, but can even be seen starting in late summer, in the eastern skies in the wee hours of morning. At first he is lying down. But gradually through the night and through the winter, he more and more stands upright. The sketches on this page are rough and do not show every star exactly. However they are close enough to be able to locate this 3rd office that Orion holds (Orion the: 1. Archer   2. Soldier  3. Reaper 4. Cross ).

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READ MORE…

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

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TOMORROW:

July 9th (Examine Yourselves!)

 

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