Today’s Devotional – March 21st (Pilgrim’s Progress: Passion & Patience)

By admin On March 20th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – March 21st

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Pilgrim’s Progress: “Passion & Patience”

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In John Bunyan’s incredible allegorical tale, Pilgrim’s Progress, he tells how the main character, Christian, was shown various symbolic people: people who represented some important aspect of the Gospel.

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PASSION AND PATIENCE

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One such person, or rather, two such persons were two young boys.

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Listen… “I saw, moreover, in my dream, that the Interpreter took him (Christian) by the hand, and had (directed) him into a little room, where sat two little children, each one in his chair. The name of the eldest was Passion, of the other Patience. Passion seemed to be much discontent, but Patience was very quiet. Then Christian asked, ‘What is the reason of the discontent of Passion?’ 

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“The Interpreter answered, ‘the Governor of them would have him stay for his best things, ’till the beginning of the next year; but he will have all now: But Patience is willing to wait.’

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“Then I saw that one came to Passion, and brought him a bag of Treasure, and poured it down at his feet; the which he took up and rejoiced therein, and with-all laughed Patience to scorn: But I beheld but a while, and he had lavished all away, and had nothing left him but rags.

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AM I ‘PASSION’ OR AM I ‘PATIENCE’?

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And so, the question comes down to each of us: “Am I more like Patience? Am I willing to patiently wait for my Heavenly reward? Am I willing to Passion & Patience courtesy www.kenpulsmusic.com Public Domainwalk like Jesus in this world, waiting for all those spiritual treasures of wisdom and love and purity and joy everlasting?”

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Or “am I more like the boy, Passion? Do I want to live my life out in self-indulgent little pleasures? Am I willing to sell out the self-sacrificing Jesus, for the treasures and pleasures of this world?”

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Well, God holds out this same choice to each and every human who comes into the world. “Which world do you want? This present world of selfish pursuits, or the everlasting world-to-come?”

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HOW DO I SPEND MY TIME?

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Passion & Patience courtesy www.kenpulsmusic.com Public Domain

Now just because a man, woman, or child attends church each week, or reads their Bible and attends prayer-service, is not evidence of Salvation!

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That’s right, the real evidence is seen, in how the rest of the week is spent… “Do I return to my life of self-indulgence? Or do I keep contemplating what I have studied in the Bible? Do I keep praying through my day, or do I simply forget my moment-by-moment relationship with the Lord, only to return to pursuing the cares and pleasures of life?”

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Well, only those who live to purify their hearts into Christ’s image, are in the same camp as “Patience”.

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BROAD & NARROW WAYS IN CHURCH

.The Broad Gate Which leads To Destruction

The fact is, there are two divisions within Christianity in this world!

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There is one division that caters to all who are like “Passion”: those who want the temporary treasures and the carnal pleasures of this selfish world! And the other division, the true Gospel, which is for those like “Patience”, who are patiently waiting for the everlasting joy and love of the world-to-come.

.Narrow Gate Which leads To Life Everlasting

And the Broad Way that leads to destruction goes smack-dab through Christendom! And many self-deceived ones unknowingly walk that downward pathway, all the while thinking they are on the upward pathway to Heaven! They attend church. They pay their tithes. They even live a moral life! But their hearts are entwined by the seductive tendrils of selfishness, which bind their hearts to this present world.

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GET ON BOARD THE GOSPEL SHIP!

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But there is some very Good News in all this doom and gloom!

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Yes, there is still time for all the Passion’s of the world, to become like Patience!

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And God is just now making a last call for anyone who wants everlasting life, to get on board that Gospel Ship, which is just about to embark from this earth, to the world-to-come!

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And all those who are willing to trade in this worn-out old world of selfishness, in exchange for the joy-everlasting world-to-come, may get on board this Gospel Ship!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Reveal the selfishness which lies deep within my heart. Show me the Narrow Way, that I might walk securely on that pathway to the heavenly and eternal City of God…

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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”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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WIDE & NARROW GATES IN THE HEAVENS

Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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As the opening verse says, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

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So what are these two gates all about? And how can I choose the right door? Well, just read this article and these questions and more will be answered.

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But before we explore these questions, let’s take a look at why these two sets of stars represent these two biblical gates.

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This sketch, while not 100% accurate, gives a fair portrayal of how this constellation group appears at winter’s end and even into June, when above the western horizon.

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HOW THE GATES RELATE TO ORION & DRAGON

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This sketch is when these constellations are in the eastern sky in early winter (However, this constellation group can even be seen as early as July, in the pre-dawn hours). In the eastern sky, it’s not so easily seen which gate the Revelation 12 Woman will enter. The Wide Gate is made of the two brightest stars of this Wave of Water Constellation. Satan spews out the deadly water of his false worldly ideologies; which many of these ideologies have a form of godliness, but in some way are not in harmony; or perhaps these worldly ideologies add to the Bible, which is strictly forbidden (see Deuteronomy 4:2).

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On the other hand, the Strait Gate (narrow gate) is composed of the two brightest stars of the Orion The Reaper’s sickle. The true Strait Gate represents Jesus, the Word of God. Listen… “I [Jesus] am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)” or you can also read… “Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture”

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TOMORROW:

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