Today’s Devotional – June 14th (Satan’s Straw-Man Ploy!)

By admin On June 13th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – June 14th

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The Straw-Man! Part 1

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Several nights ago, a very popular Christian speaker held a large convocation with a vast throng of tens of thousands of listeners.

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And this evangelist gave a very high-energy presentation, with a very positive message. 

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Well, the gist of what he said is, that we need to think positive, speak positive, and believe positively, that God has good things in store for us here on earth! Yes, this popular speaker continued to present a message about achieving our earthly dreams: earthly dreams for ourselves and for our families.

 

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“But”, he added, “we need to take time out from our worldly-achievement-oriented lives to spend lots of time with our spouse and children!

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Above picture not connected with this story – church service by Matt Malone for Wikimedia copyrighted

 

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“SMOOTHER THAN BUTTER!”

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“The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.” Psalm 55:21

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This extravaganza was filled with short, but uplifting testimonies, a high-energy, upbeat rock band, attractive women, well-timed jokes, and smoother-than-butter preaching!

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Well, needless to say, this presentation was received with no lack of enthusiasm!

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The vast audience, 50,000 strong, seemed mesmerized, yet ecstatic about this uplifting and upbeat message! The night was a huge success!

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

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THOSE GROUPS OVER THERE!

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There is a large percentage of churches who fall into the category of “prosperity gospels”. Most of these are rather flagrant in their violation of the most fundamental principles of God’s Word.

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And because these false gospels are so obviously apostate, they become the object of a lot of criticism, by the more “conservative” gospels.

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And maybe that is a great part of why Satan has raised these more flamboyant gospels up. Because the more “conservative” gospels have their own set of issues. But compared to those “crazy groups”, the conservative groups don’t seem nearly so bad. We actually look pretty good next to those so-called “health and wealth” gospels! And of course, when compared to the “cults”, we even look that much better!

 

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THE STRAW MAN PLOY

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The Bible says concerning Satan… “we are not ignorant of his devices” 2nd Corinthians 2:11. And it is not hard to see that Satan employs this same strategy in the secular world.

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It’s often referred to as a variation of the, “Straw Man Ploy”. Simply put, Satan creates a class of persons, who make most everyone else look good.

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Just a quick look at society, and one can easily see that Satan has raised up a large class of frowned-upon groups of people: drug addicts, thieves, Satan worshippers, the morally perverse, the socially-abhorrent, and other similar-type groups. And compared to these, the status-quo, working class feel pretty good about themselves.

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“I’m a hard working, tax-paying, flag-waving, church-going citizen! I’m not a drug addict or a degenerate like those people over there! So don’t tell me I need a Savior! I’m a good, honest, decent and upstanding person!”

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This seems to be one very great deception that Satan employs against the “normal” segment of society.

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Straw man (or lady) – Wikipedia – share-alike or GNU Free Documentation license

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AS IN SOCIETY, SO ALSO IN CHURCHES!

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And so, why would we not assume that Satan employs this very same strategy within Christendom?

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Yes, this Master-Deceiver, Satan, uses this exact same strategy within the church-world as well! As already stated, next to those “far out gospels and cults”, the more conservative gospels look fairly biblical. And there are conservative talk shows that constantly point the accusing finger at those world-loving, prosperity gospels and those radical cults, not realizing that we too, are also in hot water, so to speak, with a holy and sin-hating God.

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And so for Satan, this is a win-win strategy. First, he causes us to point our proud finger of indignation at those “whackos” over there, and at the same time, we are deceived into thinking that, compared to them, we are in pretty good standing with God! A very brilliant strategy by Satan, wouldn’t you say?

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council wikipedia US public domain

 

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THE DAY OF THE LORD IS UPON THE PROUD

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And so, mainstream Christianity is quite confident that “We’re Rapture-ready!”, not knowing the following passage is referring to us…

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Listen… “For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low…. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.” Isaiah 2:12-17

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Yes, those who are proud and lofty will be the prime objects of God’s disapproval on that Day!

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And while we are pointing our bony fingers at those “other groups”, we are not realizing that God’s finger is pointing down at us!

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ABOVE PICTURE: the accusing finger share-alike license www.signsofheaven.org

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SO WHAT’S THE ANSWER?

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So what can we do about our situation? Well, this next section below tells us just where we ought to be…

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Question Mark – at a loss – Wikimedia – Share-alike license

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“HIDE THYSELF…UNTIL THE INDIGNATION BE OVERPAST”

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A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Proverbs 27:12

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So just where should we be in that Great Day of God Almighty?

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Well, this above proverb gives us a big clue, as to just where God’s people need to be, prior to the soon-coming storm. The prudent (the wise) are not deceived by all the modern-day “peace & safety” preaching, telling them that they don’t need to worry, because the Church will be raptured away prior to the soon-coming time of trouble. Yes, the wise are preparing themselves for the great tribulation! The foolish “are at ease in Zion”! But there is much more on this subject.

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Listen to this… “Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity…” Isaiah 26:20, 21.

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So now we see that we are to hide ourselves in our “chambers”. And we are to stay in our chambers till the indignation be over-past, when “the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth”.

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Now is God speaking of literal chambers?

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Here again, is a perfect example of just how often God speaks metaphorically. The obvious answer is, of course not!

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Well then, maybe we are to hide in our spiritual storm-shelter!

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Listen… “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.” Psalm 27:5, 6 Yes, God has provided a pavilion in which we must hide… 

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ABOVE  PHOTO: Hide Thyself – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

 

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TO READ PART 2, GO HERE…April 8 (The Straw-Man, Part 2: “Stigmatizing Christianity! Foolish Talk & Jesting”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to escape from this deadly deception by that Master-Deceiver, Satan! Let me not be a proud finger-pointer. But rather humble me and take away my foolish presumptuous pride…

 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1” or you can also read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart”

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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REVELATION 12 TAKES PLACE IN HEAVEN

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“And there appeared a great wonder (sign) in heaven; a woman…And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder (sign) in heaven; and behold a great red dragon…And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth…And the woman fled into the wilderness…And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon…And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness…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: 1-4, 6, 7, 14, 15 (condensed)

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This above passage is a very condensed version of Revelation, Ch. 12. (To read entire Chapter 12, click here)

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From time to time, the Book of Revelation mentions stars. But when we get to Revelation Chapter 12, it speaks of two “great signs in heaven”. First, it speaks of the sign in heaven of a woman with child. Then it speaks of the sign in heaven of a great red dragon, with a tail that sweeps one-third of the stars and casts these stars down to the earth. So we get the sense that this phenomenon that the Apostle John was seeing, was closely intertwined with the starry host of the heavens. And these two signs in heaven, a woman, and a dragon, are a big part of this website, Signs Of Heaven.winter four constellations

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And so this phenomenon that the Apostle John was seeing, was closely intertwined with the starry host of the heavens.

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What really gives validity to this idea, is that God created the Universe in such a way, that if one looks at the major constellations, then this Revelation 12 scenario can be seen. So please read on. And if you really want to see this heavenly battle, you just might. It will take some real effort on your part. But through prayer, faith, and study of the site, God may just graciously open your eyes to see this amazing story written on the heavenly scroll above. But don’t wait! This heavenly scroll will soon be rolled up, just as it is written… “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together;” Revelation 6:14

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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 north. Orion 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 is Pleiades, 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.

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FLEEING WOMAN OF REVELATION 12…

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“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  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 12:14, 15. So this Revelation 12 Woman Constellation gives a heavenly portrait of a woman fleeing from the Dragon, who is spewing water in her pathway.

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The sketch to the right is “Valley of Decision” Constellation, the Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation, and the Dragon Constellation. This is a concept sketch. These three constellations are not in this position in the night sky. So please don’t try to find them together like this. All of the other sketches have the constellation in the correct position, unless otherwise noted. For locations of each of these Constellations, please go to the article for that particular constellation.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Flees to the Wilderness)”

 

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TOMORROW:

“June 15th (David’s Secret Strength: Prayer!)”

 

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