Today’s Devotional-November 6th (It’s A Rosie-The-Riveter World, Part 2: “A Rosie the Riveter Christianity”)

By admin On November 11th, 2013

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NOVEMBER 6TH

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It’s A Rosie-The-Riveter World, Part 2: “A Rosie the Riveter Christianity”

YOU MAY ALSO READ PART 1… “IT’S A ROSIE THE RIVETER WORLD!”

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There are many who come into Christianity, thinking that God brought them in, so that He could use their talents in some way. Some have musical talents. Others have marketing skills. Still others are great communicators, or perhaps great organizers.

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And so, these come into Christianity thinking that they are going to be “Movers & Shakers for God”.

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Perhaps it could be said that they have a “Rosie The Riveter” mentality. You know, they have a “We Can Do It!” philosophy…like Rosie here, flexing her arm in all of her self-confidence. They were successful in these areas, when living for the world. And now they think that God has brought them in to Christianity for their useful talents!

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But the fact is, the Bible tells us where true strength comes from: it comes from the knowledge and wisdom that only Heaven can give!

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We Can Do It! Rosie the Riveter wikipedia public domain

 

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OLD ENGLISH WORD FOR MONEY

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Yes, many come into Christianity thinking that God brought them in, so that He could use their talents in some way.

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But where did this term “talent” come from anyway? It certainly is a popular phrase!

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Well it originated, like so many other terms, from the Bible. Yes, if one goes to the Parable of the Talents, this word has its origin.

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Listen… “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.” Matt. 25:14, 15. A talent was a piece of money, in the ancient cultures. And so in this parable, each person received a certain amount of money, and each began to invest that money (talents).

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“TALENT”, A CONFUSING WORD

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The point to this article for November 6th is just this: many people get the mistaken notion that on Judgment Day, they will be judged according to how they used their “talents”, in the modern sense of the word, “talent”.

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CORRUPT WAYS OF MAN NOT NEEDED

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But more often than not, the worldly “talents” we bring into Christianity have been greatly marred by sin. In other words, quite often our music has a worldly twang to it. Quite often, our business “talents” have a harsh edge to them. And all too often, our organizational “talents” frequently depend on using strong-arm tactics. God is not desiring these kinds of worldly ways.

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ACRONYMS, SHARP-DEALERS, AND CROONERS 

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The fact is, God desires purity, and gentleness, and generosity, and exact honesty, even to a fault. Listen to James… “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:17, 18.

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Yes, God’s ways are vastly different from man’s ways. And true Christianity has a pure, gentle, heavenly, peaceful aura about it. God has no use for harsh and worldly-tainted business tactics. He has no need for worldly-wise acronyms in the Church. He has no stomach for the sensual crooning, so often heard in the today’s music. God’s ways are the ways of love and holiness and purity. Heaven operates on eternal principles; not by fad, fashion, or by whimsy, as does the world, so much of the time!

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TRUE WEALTH

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But there is a much greater meaning to using our talents (money). Listen to the words of the wise man, Solomon… “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” Proverbs 1:5.

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Now here, Solomon was laying down a great fundamental principle, namely this: the Bible is a vast treasure-trove of knowledge and wisdom. God has given this Book to humanity, so that anyone who will, may come and drink of its vast stores of heavenly living waters. And listen to what God has to say about knowledge and wisdom…

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“Acquaint now thyself with Him (the Lord)…Receive, I pray thee, the law from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart….Then shall you lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks…and you shall have plenty of silver.” Job 22:21, 22, 24, 25

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Oh, so that’s how I can increase my talents, my spiritual riches! Yes, God’s Word is the true riches, and those whom the Lord has given a talent or two, can do no better than to trade it for the true riches…of knowledge and wisdom!

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OR YOU CAN HIDE YOUR TALENT

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Yes, we can trade our talent of heavenly money for the true riches of knowledge and wisdom found in God’s Word.

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On the other hand, a man may chose to do what that one man did, in that parable: “Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, And I was afraid, and went and hid thy tahttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpglent in the earth: lo, there you have what is yours. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant…cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:24, 26, 30.

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So those who are wise will use their time prudently, and begin to fill the treasure chest of their heart with the wisdom and knowledge of God. And in that way, they can transform their mind into the likeness of Jesus Christ.

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There are many who come into Christianity, and spend their precious time in some ministry for others, to the neglect of their own soul. These have mistakenly thought that because of their great humanitarian efforts, that somehow this excused them from the battle to overcome “self”. No one is excused from that war!

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LET NOTHING INTERFERE

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“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2

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It would be best for all such to put aside that ministry, or that earthly talent, and rather, use their time, reading their Bible and praying for God to bring them the experiences needful to purify their hearts and renew their minds. God is willing to mold and shape us into the image of Christ. And this is the first and utmost duty of the Christian: to purify his or her heart.

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Listen… “And every man that hath this hope in Him (His 2nd Coming) purifies himself, even as He (Christ) is pure.” 1st John 3:3.

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Notice that this verse says “every man”. This verse applies to each and every man, woman, and child, who takes the name of Jesus on the lips. This is the great duty before us. There is nothing in life so vitally urgent as the duty to purify the heart and life, into Christ’s image. And those who are deceived into thinking that they can substitute some humanitarian ministry or earthly talent, for this work of heart purification, will be very disappointed when standing before the Judgment Throne on the Last Day!

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MOSES, THE ANTITHESIS OF ROSIE the RIVETER

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Then, when a man, woman or child has finally put off the “old man”, and has put on the “new man, which http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:We_Can_Do_It!.jpgafter God is created in righteousness and true holiness”: then can that fully-converted Christian use his or her God-given gifts in a right manner: in the spirit of true meekness, purity, and holiness.

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Then, instead of sounding like a dreamy-eyed crooner, that fully-converted singer will now sound like a holy angel in God’s choir.

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Then instead of cutting sharp deals, that fully-converted businessman will now exercise generosity to the point of being accused of becoming too naïve.

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Then will that great communicator and organizer now exercise the quietness, the meekness and the self-distrust of, say, a man like Moses (whom God chastened 40 years till he was transformed from being the proudest of all men to becoming the meekest of all men).

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Just look at this picture of proud Rosie. And then examine this picture of meek Moses. Whose attributes would you rather have?

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For further study: Romans 8:29, 2nd Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 4:22-24 Isaiah 55:6-9

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ABOVE PICTURES:

We Can Do It! Rosie the Riveter wikipedia public domain

Millais Victory O Lord – Moses with hands held high wikipedia US public domain

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TO READ PART 3, GO HERE…January 27 (Rosie The Riveter Christianity, Part 3: “How To Live By Faith”)

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THE END

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TODAY’S HEAVENLY SIGN:

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THE REVELATION 12 WOMAN…

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This sign is about the Big Dipper, also called the Great Bear constellation (Ursa Major ). However, the ancient pagan cultures did not see this constellation as God intended it to be seen. It is actually a headless woman in childbirth. This is seen in springtime. It is seen in the northern skies.

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But as the seasons progress, this travailing woman flips upside down, now appearing as a woman with upraised arms like eagle wings who is running (eventually flying, as shown in sketch on right) into the wilderness (westward). The single star representing her birth-child (Christ) now becomes her head (“Christ is the head of the church.” Ephesians 5:23

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star-chart ursa major

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The 7 Stars (Big Dipper) is easy to see with its very bright 7 stars. But the Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) must be seen on a dark starry night, away from city lights.

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To explore more into this Sign Of Heaven, just click here… “The Revelation 12 Woman in Travail” or you can also read… “The Revelation 12 Woman Fleeing”

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These are star charts from Wikipedia, with sketches of the Woman added.

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TOMORROW:

NOVEMBER 7TH

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO JEREMIAH STUDY

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. 

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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