Today’s Devotional – November 18th (Squirreling-away Money)

By admin On November 11th, 2013

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NOVEMBER 18th

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SQUIRRELING-AWAY MONEY

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“Give, and it shall be given unto you;

good measure, pressed down, and shaken together,

and running over, shall men give into your bosom.

For with the same measure that ye mete withal

it shall be measured to you again.”

Luke 6:38

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Acorn_Squirrel.jpg

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Most people love the beauty of nature. But though it’s true that nature is beautiful, many do not fully appreciate that nature is also a great teacher!

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And one little varmint which repeatedly teaches us a great lesson, is the squirrel. Every summer, this little teacher is busy, busy, storing up food for the winter.

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And of course, the Christian can translate this into heavenly terms. In other words, how can the Christian store up treasure? And where do we store that treasure? Do we find a good bank? Do we call a good financial counselor?

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And what about the coming crisis before us? Just how shall we prepare for such a time of trouble and great tribulation? Should we buy gold and then dig a hole in the ground to store it?

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Acorn Squirrel wikimedia share-alike license

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THE SAFEST BANK BY FAR!

Bank of Heaven

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“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

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Why do the children of light save up our money in earthly banks, and get our counsel from worldly advisers? The Bible tells us of the safest of all banks, and of the wisest of all counselors.

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Yes, the bank of Heaven is the safest bank, and the Lord is the best money-adviser by far!

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And the Bible gives such great financial advice as this promise regarding giving and receiving. Listen… “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” Ephesians 6:8.

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Do you see the wonderful promise here? What ever good thing that any man does, the same shall he receive from the Lord! What an amazing promise!

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“MY GOD SHALL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS”

Philippians 4:19

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So we don’t need to worry about parting with our wherewithal. God will give back in some way or another, and in just at the time of our need!

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Now this doesn’t mean that we’re going to get rich, as some get-rich-gospels believe. It says here, “the SAME shall he receive of the Lord”. And the Lord knows just what circumstances are coming our way, and just when and where we will need financial help.

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Just Imagine! A financial banker and adviser who is with us wherever we go! Even in the Time of Trouble, which is just before us! “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

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BE A GENTLE BREEZE!

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Now there are many Christians who have a spouse and even children who are not so much in agreement about these things. Well, for God’s own purposes, He has placed this Christian in that very situation! And the Christian is, in essence, a steward and provider for that family-with-different-viewpoints.

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And so, as a result, the Christian will not be able to give nearly as much as, say, a single Christian.

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And in these situations, the Christian, while personally living a life of self-denying love and service for them, should consider their comfort, and contentment, and happiness in life.

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NOT A GALE-FORCE WIND!

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And here’s a saying that you can take to the bank! Listen… “Make life as light, and pleasant, and breezy as possible for all other members of your household, dear Christian!”

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This saying should be the motto of every Christian who lives in a family setting!

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And chances are, if your family sees Jesus IN you, you won’t even need to tell them about Jesus! Your godly life will do all the talking for you (and very eloquently at that!)

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And so, there should be no attempt to make them live an austere and self-denying lifestyle, so that the most money can be given to other Christian causes! They ARE your Christian cause!

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Family – Children’s Playground, – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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MANY VARYING FACTORS!https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elderly_Couple_-_Brasov_-_Romania.jpg

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And there are many elderly and infirm persons, who must meet their monthly expenses, to keep up a reasonable and comfortable and joyful lifestyle (but not an extravagant lifestyle, dear Pilgrim).

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The Lord understands all these different factors. And we must remember that the Lord’s Army is a volunteer Army! And so, we must never compel others to join!

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Elderly Couple – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

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SPIRITUAL RICHES

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“…freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses…for the workman is worthy of his meat.” Matthew 10:8-10

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And there is an added blessing for all those who store their money in the Bank of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Common_Squirrel.jpgHeaven. You see, the wonderful thing is, the more you give, the more God returns the blessing, in the form of spiritual riches! So there’s a double reward!

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But there are many, who have a thin, anemic spirituality, that can be traced right back to the little that they give to others.

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Listen… “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully….And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8.

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And the fact is, the more simply we live, that we may give the most we can give to others, the more that God will bless our spiritual life.

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Spiritual riches! Now that’s the true riches!

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Common Squirrel wikimedia share-alike-license

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TODAY’S PRAYER

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“Dear Lord, Increase my faith so that I can be more and more generous concerning the spreading of the Gospel…

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READ MORE…

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You may wish to read the following article…How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath, or you can also read this much shorter article…“MARCH 7 (The Deceitfulness of Riches)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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THE VALLEY OF DECISION CONSTELLATION GROUP.

Valley of Decision & O Destroying Mtn. Constellations

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This constellation refers to the little book of Joel… “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” Joel 3:14. They begin to appear in mid-summer in the eastern skies in pre-dawn hours. These are made of Cassiopeia (mount on left), and various stars from the Andromeda Constellation (valley) Pegasus (Mount of Cursing (middle mount) & Destroying Mount (right)), and Pisces (Broad Way to Hell). The galaxy which appears to be climbing the Mountain of Blessing is the Andromeda Galaxy.

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The above Wikipedia star-chart shows this amazing constellation group as it appears from June through fall, just prior to the winter constellation group. Actually, this Valley of Decision Constellations appear in early summer in the pre-dawn hours. (Editor of this website has sketched in this constellation group onto this above Wikipedia star-chart.)

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To read this entire article, click here… “The ‘Valley of Decision’ Constellation”

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TOMORROW: NOVEMBER 19TH

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