Today’s Devotional – May 17th (The Marinated Christian!)

By admin On May 17th, 2014

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – May 17th

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The Marinated Christian!

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The Orientals really know how to make chicken taste good: marinating them! Yes, by completely and thoroughly soaking raw chicken overnight in specially prepared sauce with seasoning, makes the chicken filled with flavor!

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And doesn’t this photo to the right look really tasty?

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Well, there are countless recipes for marinated chicken.

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Marinated chicken at Asian supermarket in New Jersey – Wikimedia – Public domain

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THE MARINATED CHRISTIAN!

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Marinated chicken at Asian-supermarket-in-New-Jersey - Wikimedia - Public-domainOK, so just what does this have to do with the Christian life?

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Very simple! Marinated chicken (or beef) can easily be translated into the spiritual realm!

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That’s right! The Christian has the ability to prepare his or her life in much the same way as chicken is marinated!

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You could say that each of us are marinated, in the spiritual sense, by whatever we soak ourselves in, on a daily basis.

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Korean BBQ marination – wikimedia – share-alike license

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COUNTLESS INFLUENCES IN A HIGH-TECH WORLD!

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Marinated chicken at Asian-supermarket-in-New-Jersey - Wikimedia - Public-domainThis high-tech world we live in affords us the opportunity to choose many different options, as to what we may marinate ourselves in, each day.

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There are many listening devices, which offer us countless choices of music for example: from Classical to Hip-Hop! From Country to Oriental! From Reggae to Rock-n-Roll! Choices, choices, choices!

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And then, there are varieties of Christian music: from Christian Rock to Celestial Choirs! Choices, and more choices!

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And then, there are many talk shows we can listen to: from political, to entertainment, to Christian news, to dramas!

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And then there are Bibles on audio. Any version we wish!

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Or there are Christian books, and audio sermons! There are conservative sermons or liberal sermons! There are get-rich gospels, and get-poor gospels! The choices are seemingly endless!

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Then there are daily choices we make as to just who we are going to associate with: friends, and family, and even strangers! 

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And so, just as there are seemingly endless choices of what ingredients we use in our marinated chicken, so too, there are endless choices in our daily recipe of how we ourselves will be marinated.

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HOLINESS IN – HOLINESS OUT!

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Marinated chicken at Asian-supermarket-in-New-Jersey - Wikimedia - Public-domainThe Bible commands us… “And every man that hath this hope in Him (Christ) purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” 1st John 3:3.

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Yes, this verse proclaims the great commission given to each and every Christian: to purify our hearts even as Christ is pure.

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Now for those who have determined to become as Christ-like as they possibly can, then there is just one recipe to be marinated in: in purely Christ-like influences!

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It’s that simple!

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GARBAGE IN – GARBAGE OUT!

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Marinated chicken at Asian-supermarket-in-New-Jersey - Wikimedia - Public-domainConversely, the more compromised our daily influences, the more compromised will be our character!

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Listen to Paul… “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1st Corinthians 15:33.

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OK, so here is a New Testament admonishment to “keep yourself pure”(1st Timothy 5:22).

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THE DAILY BATTLE!

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Marinated chicken at Asian-supermarket-in-New-Jersey - Wikimedia - Public-domainNow, at this point, someone will say… “But we have to be in this sinful world, and “rub elbows” with unbelievers on a daily basis!”

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That’s right, O Christian! And that is a large part of the Christian’s warfare!

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Yes, the Christian must be fully armored up each and every day, in order to go out and do battle against the forces of evil!

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Daily Bible-study, unceasing prayer, and constant contemplation of Scripture, shunning all ungodly audio and visual: these are the preparations and these are the weapons of our warfare! 

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UNGODLY INFLUENCES LIKE YEAST!

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Marinated chicken at Asian-supermarket-in-New-Jersey - Wikimedia - Public-domainThe Christian must not allow the worldly elements to work themselves into our hearts!

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Listen… “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:” 1st Corinthians 5:6, 7.

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As this passage reveals, the Christian must purge out the worldly yeast which permeates the soul!

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“REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!”

Philippians 4:4

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Marinated chicken at Asian-supermarket-in-New-Jersey - Wikimedia - Public-domainThe things discussed in today’s devotional are what comprise the joyful life we live!

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Yes, that’s right! This Christian battle is a joyful battle!

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“TASTE AND SEE!”

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Marinated chicken at Asian-supermarket-in-New-Jersey - Wikimedia - Public-domainAnd the really Good News is this: If we will only marinate ourselves in the pure Word of Christ.

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If we will begin to eliminate every ungodly influence, trying to only allow heavenly influences to enter our minds, then it won’t be long until we will have a rich Christ-like savor, which the world will experience in our presence.

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Yes, the world will taste and see, that we have been with Jesus!

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However pressing his duties STM2-c James Lee Frazer always finds time to read a few chapters from his Bible each day. I – NARA – 520675 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to purify my surroundings. Help me to only allow heavenly influences to enter into my ear-gates, and eye-gates. Help me to fortify myself by unceasing prayer and meditation on Thy Holy Word, as I go through this wicked world. Help me to rejoice in this battle, because you have overcome the world, and have assured me that I too, can overcome the world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place” or you can also read… “Flood Waters Of Satan: Confessions of a Political Junkie”

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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Then Job answered and said…but how should man be just with God?…Which alone spreads out the heavens…Which makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Which does great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number…Can you bind the sweet influences of the Pleiades? Or loose the bands of Orion?” Job 9:2-10 & 38:31

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The photo to the right is the Pleiades Cluster. Does it appear to you like an angel? Well, if it does, then you are encouraged to keep reading.

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The above two verses concerning the Pleiades is what the Bible has to say about the Pleiades. But if you will read this article, you will discover that the Pleiades represents concepts which span much of the Bible. This is partly because Pleiades is a constellation within a constellation. And this double-entendre constellation presents perhaps, a picture of the greatest truth regarding the Church, found in the Bible. And The Heavens Declare.net will attempt to unravel this mysterious phenomenon in the night-sky, and will, hopefully, also interpret these two verses to show just what all this means, and how it might apply to our lives.

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The Pleiades (Above constellation can be seen in colder months in mid sky, traveling east to west through the night. With the eyes alone, it would appear much smaller than this. But with binoculars, it would appear more like this photo). NASA photo by Robert Gendler

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TWO WOMEN IN PLEIADES

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The Pleiades: Mystery Babylon: Mother of Harlots

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Just who are these two women? And how can this be, that nobody has ever seen the Pleiades as a constellation of a woman? This article will discuss this great paradox of these two women, found in the Pleiades, and what it means scripturally to us: we who comprise the global community of Christians.

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Captive Angel Constellation

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Because this constellation, or should we say Constellations, plural, have very much to do with us: those of us who are living right now on the threshold of eternity. And as you might expect, the Bible holds the key to understanding all this.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Pleiades: The Captive Angel & Mystery Harlot Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

“May 18th (Dealing With An Unbelieving Spouse)”

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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