Today’s Devotional – July 9th (Examine Yourselves!)

By admin On July 8th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – July 9th

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EXAMINE YOURSELVES!

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There are many false doctrines blowing in the wind these days, in and out of the Christian community. And one sucaccusing fingerh false teaching is the popular idea that it is a denial of faith to ever question one’s own Salvation. But this is complete and utter avoidance of Bible truth!

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“EXAMINE YOURSELVES…”

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As a matter of fact, even if you are the most highly respected leader in the Church, you are not exempt from the admonition to, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2nd Corinthians 13:5. That’s right. It is the very leaders of God’s house who are the prime targets for satanic deceptions and even devilish delusions!

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“THE HEART IS DECEITFUL”

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The Bible warns us that… “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9. 

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And so it is a very healthy practice to take regular inventory of one’s spiritual health, since it is so easy to be deceived by the “deceitfulness of sin”.

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And so, today’s devotional is dedicated to asking some very critically important questions which can be extremely revealing about one’s relationship with God…

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REBUKE NOT A SCORNER, LEST HE HATE THEE

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And so, maybe the very first question to be asked is… “Do I become resentful when others point out my own sins, or offer spiritual advice?”

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The Bible says… “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” Proverbs 9:8

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Yes, it can be rather painful when someone points out my sin that I am not aware of. Even when I discover my own sin, as if rebuked by God’s gentle Spirit, it can be very painful. But this is the life and lot of the Christian. And if I cannot tolerate the sincere reprovings by others, then this above verse from Proverbs suggests that I may not be a wise man, but merely a scorner. But if indeed, I am a wise man, then any advice which will help me should be received with gratitude, because that’s what my life is all about! To become more and more Christ-like!

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PRAY FOR WISDOM

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Now, the Christian should not just rebuke someone who already understands what his or her sin is. You don’t need to tell a drunkard that he needs to quit drinking, or a fat person, he’s fat! He’s already painfully aware of his problem! But when you perceive that a brother or sister is unknowingly living in a particular sin, then perhaps you should pray for wisdom and for opportunity to gently mention that problem to that person, realizing that you also have your own sins, too!

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HAVE I TRADED THIS WORLD FOR HEAVEN?

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When Jesus called His disciples to “Come and follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men”, they immediately, “forsook all and followed Him” Luke false prophet5:11. And later on Jesus plainly spoke to us, saying… “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33.

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There are many who begin the pilgrim way, yet do not forsake this present world. They still cling to the many idols and non-Christian associations, while trying to maintain their connection with God. But such a double-minded attempt at having a relationship with God is utterly futile! And all who try to hold on to the world will ultimately find themselves in a counterfeit religion: among “the congregation of the dead” (see Proverbs 21:16).

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I cannot hold on to this world and have Heaven too! I must let go of one or the other!

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Listen… “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

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And so, if I find that I am living such a lie, I must decide which world I want to have. And then discard the other!

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GRIEVING FOR THE SALVATION OF SOULS

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Another question to ask myself… “Am I grieved for the Salvation of my children and other loved ones? Is the primary goal of my life to order my life aright before God, that He might answer my countless and continuous prayers and tearful pleadings for the members of my own household?”

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The Bible admonishes us with many similar passages like this one… “This is My commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” 1st John 15:12, 13.

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The above passage sets down the primary concept of life: to lay one’s life down on the altar of service for my family and for others! And there is no higher good, than the Salvation of souls. Without everlasting life, everything else is utterly meaningless! And so, this is our great goal: to become ambassadors for Christ, to share the Good News of Salvation with the world!

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TWO-WAY COMMUNION

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And still another giant question to be asked is… “How is my life of two-way communion with God?” Prayer and contemplation of the Bible is the life-blood of the spiritual health of a Christian! And though many try to make excuses for such a lack of two-way communion, saying.. “Oh, my gift is witnessing, so I don’t need to hide God’s Word in my heart!” Others might sayhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg… “Oh God speaks to me directly, so I don’t need to study!” All such are self-deceived!

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“O how I love Thy Law (Thy Word)!  It is my meditation all the day!” Psalm 119:97.

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“Pray without ceasing!” 1st Thessalonians 5:17. 

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These and other similar Bible passages are not merely suggestions. No, but they are the very evidences that God’s Spirit is dwelling in my heart. And without such moment-by-moment communion with God, the soul will dry up and wilt away.

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THE LIFE OF REPENTANCE

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Now there are many other similar questions that one might ask his or her self. But without all http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-Davidof these above questions being answered in the affirmative, the chances are, that I have not yet become truly converted.

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But there is some very Good News! It is still the Day of Salvation! There is still time to turn to the Lord! 

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“Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:7-10.

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The life of a Christian is the Spirit of repentance! Throughout a Christian’s life, there is an ongoing contriteness and sorrow for sin. It grieves the Christian to be un-Christ-like in any way! And the Christian is constantly pleading for grace to reflect the likeness of Christ to the world!

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This is a work which the indwelling Holy Spirit transforms into a joyful work!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to take inventory of my life! Let me not be deceived by my own deceitful heart, or by those around me. Give me grace to live wholly for Thee…

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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… “March 1st (A Designer Jesus!)“

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE WAVE CONSTELLATION LOCATION…

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The Wave Constellation is primarily comprised of the Auriga Constellation plus one star from Taurus, plus one more star. The Winter Constellations are depicted in this below sketch to the right, and shows this constellation group as they are seen in early winter, as they rise in the eastern skies. The Woman is in the north. The Dragon and Orion are farther south from the Woman.

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WINTER CONSTELLATIONS-SEEN IN FALL: This sketch to the right is how this constellation group appears in the eastern sky in fall. This is the four primary constellations of the Winter Constellations. They can be seen in this position, in the late fall above the eastern horizon. The Woman of Revelation 12 is commonly called Ursa Major or The Big Dipper and appears in the northOrion the Soldier is the at the bottom is to the south of the Woman. The The Dragon of Revelation Constellation’s mouth isThe Hyades Cluster, and the tip of his tail isPleiades, and his Wave of Water is primarily the Auriga constellation. The Glorious Horse Constellation  head is of Perseus Constellation and his rear end is Cassiopeia Constellation.

(Editor’s note: It is impossible to make this chart accurate, and visually correct, because the dome effect of the sky makes these constellations look different than they appear when placed on flat paper.)

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 FLOOD-WATERS OF SATAN CONSTELLATION

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No matter where this constellation is in the night sky, this wave of water is always going towards the path of the Woman of Revelation 12 (Flees to the Wilderness). This wave of water is made of the Auriga Constellation plus two fainter stars closer to the Dragon’s mouth. Let’s see what Scripture has to say about flood waters.  

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“And the serpent cast out of his mouth WATER AS A FLOOD after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood..” Revelation 12:12. 

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So what do these flood waters represent?  Does the Bible have anything to say about Satan’s flood-waters?         

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction” or you can also read… “The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

“July 10th (Satan Never Takes a Vacation!)”

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