Today’s Devotional – June 5th (Keeping 1 Day Holy, Part 3 “Works”)

By admin On June 4th, 2014

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – June 5th

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Keeping 1 Day Holy, Part 3, “Works”

 

To read Part 1, just click here… “June 3rd (Keeping 1 Day Holy!)”

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CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY (click here)

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Again, how can merely ceasing from work make a day holy? This has been a big part of the last two devotionals, and it will be the main focus today.

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THE 4TH COMMANDMENT

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The 4th Commandment says, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”  Exodus 20:8-11

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Well, if this one passage was all that God has to say on the subject, then we would have to conclude that, yes, ceasing from work on the Sabbath Day is what God requires for that day to be kept holy!

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And, as we read a number of other passages, we learn that shopping on the Sabbath, and picking up sticks on the Sabbath are also strictly forbidden!

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“REST UNTO YOUR SOULS”

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But we need to keep digging further, because the Bible defines what God means, when He speaks of our cessation from labor on His Sabbath.

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Now listen to this incredible call which Jesus pleads to all humankind…“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

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This above passage from Matthew’s Gospel is an invitation to all Humanity, to come enter into His rest.

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And here Jesus is giving a much greater concept concerning the Sabbath, than merely ceasing from physical labor.

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ENTERING INTO GOD’S FINISHED WORKS

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Now, Paul addresses this same concept in Hebrews… “For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 

For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into My rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein…”  Hebrews 4:3-7.

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Now this above passage is merely saying that becoming a true Believer brings that spiritual rest.

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But then God reveals that His own works were completed from the foundation of the world! And then He goes on to wishfully lament, saying, “And in this place again, If they shall enter into My rest.” Hebrews 4:5.

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And so, the gist of this passage is, that God’s “works” were finished on the 7th Day of Creation. And God desires for us to join Him in that everlasting rest.

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THE WORKS WE MUST CEASE FROM!

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But let’s get back to the subject of “work” and “labor”. So just what kind of work are we to cease from, in order to enter God’s everlasting rest?

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Let’s go again to Galatians… “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God… 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:19-24.

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Now this above passage lists many, but not all of the works of the flesh. And don’t we suppose that if a man or woman, or even a child ceases from these works, then that individual will truly find spiritual rest? But the fact is, such a spiritually victorious life can only be possible through the indwelling of God’s Spirit in our heart!

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NO ENVYING, NO PROUD & LOFTY DESIRES!

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“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings…”

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But let’s examine just one of these works, for a moment. Take for instance, the work of “envying”.

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Just imagine if a person had no more envyings, as it says in this above passage! Well, that person would no more respond to all those TV advertisements about buying a shiny new impressive car, or an ad about having that enviable and prestigious career, or about buying that bigger and fancier house on that notable Nob Hill location!

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And “envying” is just one of the many works of the flesh mentioned in this above passage from Galatians!

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“COMPARING SPIRITUAL THINGS WITH SPIRITUAL”

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Now when we read the Ten Commandments, we just cannot fully understand them, until we read everything else the Bible has to say about them.

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Oh yes, there are many who think of those Ten Commandments as if they are some sort of little laundry-list of Christian duties, not realizing the following passage… “I have seen an end of all perfection: but Thy commandment is exceeding broad. O how love I Thy law! it is my meditation all the day!” Psalm 119:96, 97.

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As this above passage reveals, the commandments of the Lord are “exceeding broad”. They require for us to meditate (contemplate) them all through the day. And as we put together those Ten Commandments with all other related Bible passages, we then begin to get a much broader concept of just what they really mean! “Thy commandment is exceeding broad”

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JESUS: THE END OF ALL PERFECTION!

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“I have seen an end of all perfection: but Thy commandment is exceeding broad! O how love I Thy law! it is my meditation all the day!” Psalm 119:96, 97.

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But just one more comment about this above passage from Psalm 119:96. Notice it says… “I have seen the end of all perfection!” Just what is the Psalmist referring to here, as “the end of all perfection”?

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Well we know just who is the ultimate fulfillment of the Law: Jesus Christ! Yes, Jesus is the true essence of the Law! And the Law is our schoolmaster which hopefully leads us to Christ! And as we behold the life and words of Christ, we begin to see the Law in all its beauty and perfection!  

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TO READ PART 4, CLICK HERE… August 10 (Keeping 1 Day Holy, Part 4, Genuine Rest & True Holiness)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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Dear Lord, Please continue to do a work in me, to cleanse me from all defilement of the flesh. Help me to crucify the Old Man, with all his sinful desires…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Planet of Rest: “What is the True Sabbath?””

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE HOLY GHOST RIDER CONSTELLATION

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This newest Signs Of Heaven Constellation (Fall, 2013) is by far the faintest of constellations, but is a very incredible and awesome one in a number of ways (which this article will explain).

.Holy-Ghost-Rider in the Western night-sky

It is primarily comprised of the Camelopardalis Constellation (head and upper back), plus about 5 stars from the Cassiopeia Constellation (his leg), plus some random stars. It appears as an outline of a rider. Only the back of his head is detailed. And his back and the back of his legs are also detailed. Both sides of his arm are visible, and his hand is gripping the horses mane, and that is detailed by three stars (which are also part of the horse’s mane). The rider is in a position vaguely similar to a race-horse jockey. The two brightest stars in this constellation, are from the Cassiopeia Constellation, and are part of his leg. All the rest of the stars are very faint, and must be viewed on a very starry night.

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Since this constellation has just been revealed, there may be more to this constellation in the coming months. But if you can locate the Goodly Horse in Battle Constellation, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble locating this Rider Constellation, provided you have excellent star-watching conditions. 

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BIBLE VERSES PICTURED IN THE HEAVENS

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“With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.” Ezekiel 26:12

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THIS STAR-CHART: This is a Wikipedia star-chart, in which this site’s editor has sketched in these three constellation (without the Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation). Notice how the right front hoof is trampling on the tail of the Dragon. Also notice his eye is a star.It’s best seen when in the western half of the sky. It is found in mid-sky traveling from east to west. In January, it is in the west after midnight. As winter progresses, it can be seen earlier and earlier in the evening. a dark sky with good star-visibility is best, but not absolutely necessary to see this constellation. It is found on the opposite side of the Dragon Constellation from Orion. And as already stated, this Goodly Horse Constellation can be seen best in mid-winter when it is in the western side of the sky, and you are looking at it while you are facing west. The nose and head of this horse is partly made from the Perseus Constellation. The tail and rear end is partly of the Cassiopeia Constellation. The hind-leg is made partly of stars from the Andromeda Constellation.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

” June 6th (It’s a Click-n-Lie World! Part 1 – “The Problem”)”

 

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