Today’s Devotional – March 5th (Who Lowered The bar? Pt. 3, “The Remedy”)

By admin On March 4th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – March 5th

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Who Lowered the Bar? Pt. 3 “The Remedy”

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

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

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

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“PARTAKERS OF THE HEAVENLY CALLING”

Hebrews 3:1

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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 what can be done about all this.

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Just what is the remedy for this great apostasy?

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SO WHAT’S THE REMEDY?

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So just what can be done to remedy this sad situation in the church-world?

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Well, the answer is, there is nothing that can be done in the churches! The churches have already had their wake-up calls! And they have continued on in their apostasy!

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And once the Holy Spirit has be taken out of the midst, there is no more repentance…

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NO PLACE FOR REPENTANCE!

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Yes, when the Holy Spirit is removed from a church, there is no more repentance…

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Listen… “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.” Hebrews 6:4-6

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This above passage is not speaking of an individual Christian, but is speaking of a church.

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Notice how this above verse speaks in plural terms, as if speaking as to a group, rather than to an individual? Yes, God’s call to repentance to an individual extends till the grave! But that call to repentance is not same for a church. Churches are not people.

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They are a corporate body, made up of both Believers as well as false-brethren, which look like true sheep, but are not.

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EVEN GRACE HAS ITS LIMITS!

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So even though a Believer within any particular congregation may truly be the heir of Salvation, the church as a whole has no guarantee that God’s Spirit will remain active in that body…

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Listen… “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:16

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This above verse is spoken to the Laodicean (“Laodicean” = “People of Judgment”) Church.

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Yes, the Laodicean Church was on the verge of being cast out of God’s kingdom.

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Her half-hearted service to God was more than Christ could stomach!

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:UChicago_pole_vault.jpgSo then, seeing the hopeless condition of the church-world, just what can the Christian do, to raise up the bar again among God’s people?

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RAY OF HOPE IN THE DARKNESS!

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Well, there is only one thing that the Christian can do. He (or she) can order their life aright!

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Yes, the Christian can raise the bar back up in his own life. And by so-doing, the Christian can become a good example to other individual Christians.

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But how can this be accomplished? Just how can the Christian restore the “Old Paths”?

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Listen to God’s Word… “In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth.” Isaiah 2:20-22

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As this above passage reveals, there is coming a day (and now is), in which God’s people will realize our great error, as we have foolishly ran after the same greedy error of Balaam!

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Yes, like Balaam, we too sought after the same hedonistic pleasures and proud pursuits of this Sodom-like and Babylonish society!

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But how do we run? And where do we run?

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HIDE THYSELF…TILL THE STORM PASSES BY

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Yes, there is a hiding place!

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Listen again… “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: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Isaiah 26:20, 21

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Yes, here is where we must flee to! Here is where we must hide, until the indignation be over-past!

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Because, God is just now beginning to punish the world for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain!

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svgBut what chambers are we to hide in?

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And just where are my chambers?

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THOU ART MY HIDING PLACE

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 Well, just what chambers are we to hide in? And where are my chambers?

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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 

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This above passage deserves much contemplation, because it is filled with hidden counsel! But for our purposes, this passage speaks of the chambers in which we must hide, in the day of trouble!

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It reveals that we must hide in God’s almighty and everlasting arms!

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That is the place of our chambers… in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me;”

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Hide Thyself in thy Chambers- inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION!

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Yes, but we must not wait for the time of trouble!

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No, we must begin to hide right now! Because if we wait until the great day of God’s wrath, we will not be able to find our way!

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So, dear child of God, come along right now! Let our everyday life be covered with God’s Word, and unceasing prayer, even as the waters cover the sea! Hide ourselves, as far as possible from all the din and clamor of this ungodly world!

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Surround ourselves with the celestial sounds of angel choirs, or the quiet plucking strings like those of the Psalms of David!

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Contemplate God’s Word, throughout our day!

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Turn off the bad reports! And instead, sing the songs of deliverance and promise!

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Immerse ourselves in unceasing prayer and praise!

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Make my bed into my fortress of faith, as I meditate in the night-watches, upon the glories of the world-to-come!

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Yes, do this now! Don’t wait till the floods of evil begin to overflow! 

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Hide Thyself in thy Chambers- inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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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 thhttp://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pilgrim%27s_Progress_2.JPGe 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 6th

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(How To Find Perfect Peace!)

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