Today’s Devotional – March 4th (Who Lowered the Bar, Pt. 2)

By admin On March 3rd, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – March 4th

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Who Lowered the Bar?, Pt. 2

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In yesterday’s devotional (click here), the basic premise was discussed, as to just what the true standard of the Church should be, and how the Church has been duped by Satan, into accepting a lower standard.

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Today, will continue this discussion, with a mention of why Satan has done this, and what he thinks he has to gain, by so-doing.

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A VERY HIGH BAR!

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Yes, pole-vaulting is a sport which only a small portion of people are able to accomplish successfully!

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Now of course, if someone would have lowered the bar, then just about any one of us could have been a pole-vaulter.

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And, as with most things of the world, this too can be translated into spiritual terms!

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Yes, if the bar is lowered, spiritually speaking, then just about any behavior is acceptable in the Church!

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WHY HAS SATAN LOWERED THE BAR?

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But if Salvation is the gift of God, and if not one true sheep will be lost, then what does Satan have to gain by bringing Christianity down to a lower standard?

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The fact is, we have plenty of Bible passages which reveal the answer to this question.

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NO CHILDBIRTH, WORLD NOT FALLEN!

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Listen again… “We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Isaiah 26:18.

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As this above prophetic passage reveals, the Church has not given birth to Christ.

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This is because Satan successfully mired us in this opulent and decadent society, to the point, that we have failed to focus all our heart, soul, strength and mind on the true goal, of overcoming the world and the flesh.

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And as a result, we have not caused the inhabitants of the world to fall, as it says above in Isaiah; but instead, the world has caused us to fall! And ,“we have as it were brought forth wind!”

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SATAN’S MIND-CONTROL!

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And we and our children are being groomed by Satan, day-by-day, month-by-month, by all the world-indoctrination techniques that Satan can invent and employ: Internet, television, radio, books, newspapers, magazines, learning institutes, high-tech devices, people of the world, and worldly people in the Church!

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These are all an integral part of Satan’s arsenal of destruction against both the world and against the Church. (see Habakkuk 1:4)

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SERVING THE WORLD

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Jesus plainly warned us… “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. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” Matthew 6:24, 25

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If only we had taken heed to this counsel, the Church might have already been victorious!

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But because we have inter-mingled with unbelievers, we have surely “reaped the whirlwind”. , to the point that Satan is rapidly bringing the world down, down, down into ultimate destruction!

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SODOM-LIKE DESTRUCTION!

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And we have all been like Lot’s wife!

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Yes, we have all looked back at this world, with all its many lusts and pleasures.

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And now, the spiritual fire of God’s Judgment has fallen upon us… “for in one hour is thy judgment come…For in one hour so great riches is come to nought…And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.” Rev. 18:10, 17, 19.

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This above passage is not speaking of the world!

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This is speaking of the various local and congregations and denominations, which have long ago devolved into Laodicean lukewarmness! And so, this is why our judgment has come in only one hour! Because our judgment was the vacating of God’s Spirit from our churches!

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And as a result, it can be said… “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2nd Timothy 4:3, 4.

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Yes, as this above passage foretells, the Church was going to ultimately lose its connection with Heaven.

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THE “OLD MAN” IS STILL ALIVE & WELL!

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But again, what is the true standard?

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Yesterday (click here), it was discussed in four Bible passages, of just what was the true standard for the Church.

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But there are many other similar passages which reveal just how far we have fallen!

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Listen… “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:” Galatians 2:20.

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The Christian must ultimately become so yielded to Christ, and so dead-to-self, that it is, “no longer I, but Christ”, living out His glorious life in him or her!

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OUR TEACHERS DECEIVED US!

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But instead, we’ve been deceived by our leaders into the notion that our semi-diseased condition is just fine with God!

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We are making the same error that the Old Testament people of God made. But our judgment will be far worse, since we have received much light, over what they received back then!

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And on Judgment Day, we will be asked why we ignored such passages as this… “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:24.

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And our answer will be, “Our leaders told us not to worry about such things!”

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But to this, we will then be asked, “Did you not read this… ‘O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.'”? Isaiah 3:12.

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To this we will answer, “Well I was told that such verses were only for those Old Testament people.”

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To this, we will be referred to Timothy 3:16, 17… “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” To this we will have no answer.

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The bar has been lowered, O child of God!

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The bar has been lowered!

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PART 3, “THE REMEDY” CONTINUED TOMORROW

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Deliver me from this apostasy which has consumed the Church and has deluded our minds! Help me to come out of this Babylon of Confusion which has overspread itself upon us…

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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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THE NARROW WAY: THE PILGRIM’S PATHWAY

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“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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That world-shaking allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, picked up the theme of the Narrow Gate. The hero of the story was Christian, a man who was warned to flee from the City of Destruction (the world), and to embark on a journey to the Heavenly City. And along the way, Christian encountered many adventures and dangers. This first of its kind allegorical book absolutely rocked the western world, and became perhaps the first million seller book (along with the Bible).

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But God has also given this same Narrow Way parable in the night heavens! Incredible? Yes, incredible…and amazing too! And though these two stars can hardly be considered a constellation, but when sitting next to the two stars which comprise the Broad Gate, well, it makes a powerful statement, for the people of God.

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So please come along on this journey and find out just why this pathway graces the night heavens, and perhaps you might find yourself embarking on your own pilgrimage up that very same Narrow pathway.

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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)”

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TOMORROW: March 5th

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(Who Lowered The bar? Pt. 3, “The Remedy”)

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