Today’s Devotional – September 15th (Here Are Two Swords!)

By admin On August 19th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – September 15th

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Here Are Two Swords!

THE FOLLOWING DEVOTIONAL IS MADE OF A FEW EXCERPTS FROM THE ARTICLE… “Orion the Soldier Pt. 2: “The Weapons of Our Warfare””

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There is a current debate going on right now, regarding whether or not the citizenry of this society should give up their weapons, if the government decides to take them away.

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Even many ministers of the Gospel are reaching back into the Old Testament for biblical justification for the Christian to own and use guns.

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And also, many ministers are citing the Constitution as justification.

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And also, our nation’s forefathers (and how they fought and died to protect the nation), are also being cited by Christians as justification for keeping and bearing arms.

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Washington_Crossing_the_Delaware_by_Emanuel_Leutze,_MMA-NYC,_1851 wikipedia US public domain

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WHAT ABOUT CHRISTIANS?

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Now, of course, an unbeliever can do whatever he or she thinks is best. Since they havehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg no faith in Jesus, then one would only expect them to armor up with carnal weapons.

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But what about Christians? Are there certain situations which call for carnal weaponry?

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The fact is, the Bible doesn’t come right out and make a clear and concise statement about this issue. And so, God has left this question up to each Christian to make up his (or her) own mind about what God’s will is, in this question.

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WHAT ARE OUR WEAPONS?

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“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpgare not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2nd Corinthians 10:3-6

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This above passage from Paul’s letter, really places a foundation for much of the Bible. So many Bible stories begin to make sense, when filtered through this passage. With this passage in mind, we begin to understand that the Old Testament stories were allegories about faith: personal battles that all Christians must go through, as we climb up the Narrow Pathway to Heaven.

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And so, while there was so much killing in the Old Testament by God’s people, we New Testament Believers have the weapons of faith. 

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“HE THAT LIVES BY THE SWORD SHALL DIE BY THE SWORD”

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But phttp://www.joyfulheart.com/easter/images-tissot/tissot-peter-smites-off-the-ear-of-malchus.jpgerhaps the most telling statement came when Peter cut off the ear of Malchus. Did Jesus say, “Good going Peter!”? No, Jesus gently restored the ear of Malchus, and rebuked Peter. 

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Just listen… “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” Matthew 26:51-53

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This above passage let’s us know that Jesus had no intention of fighting. But Jesus went beyond, and actually used this occasion to present to us principle: that God does not wish for Christians, or non-Christians to be warring. 

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Jesus warned that… “for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”

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Peter Smites Off the Ear of Malchus – www.joyfulheart.com

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TWELVE LEGIONS OF ANGELS

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Now Jesus wasn’t a bit worried about this angry mob. Just listen to His statement… “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” Matthew 26:53. 

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Remember all those Old Testament stories of how one angel slew thousands of soldiers? Or how the walls of Jericho came tumbling down without God’s people lifting a finger to fight? Or how God confused the enemy, so that they fought and killed each other instead of killing God’s people?

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Has God lost His powers? Is He no longer able to defend us?

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Elisha & Chariots of Fire www.visualbiblealive.com

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“GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES!”

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Just listen again to Paul… “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39.

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It was the greatest joy for Jesus to lay down His life for us.

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And it should be our greatest joy to lay down our life for Him. God may call us to become a martyr for Jesus.

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Paul Shipwrecked – Acts 27:41-44 – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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ELISHA’S ARMY

Elisha & Chariots of Fire www.visualbiblealive.com

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“And his (Elisha’s) servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?…And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” 2nd Kings 6:15-17

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The stories of the Bible are given by God to inspire faith, hope and charity within the hearts of Believers. 

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Elisha, having received a double-portion of Elijah’s spirit, was undaunted in the face of danger. 

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Elisha & Chariots of Fire www.visualbiblealive.com

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MILITARY SERVICE: “TO KILL OR NOT TO KILL?”

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Many Christians are questioning whether or not they should join the military. In Scripture, there is mentioned a centurion, named Cornelius, who trusted God. And should a Christian be called to serve, he or she has the choice of whether or not to shoot to kill an enemy, or choose a non-combat position.

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The same principle holds true with becoming a policeman. Yes, God has ordained that communities and even nations must have law and order.

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For it is written… “For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” Romans 13:4.

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And so, each Christian must do much praying and Bible study before choosing such careers. No one can really give a definitive answer whether the Christian should choose a career which involves killing others.

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NOT TO JUDGE OTHERS

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But whatever side of this issue a Christian falls on concerning these matters, nevertheless, his or her rhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgeligion should be a big enough religion, so as to allow others to have differing viewpoints on these murky issues.

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But one thing is for sure: there are many careers that a Christian would not want to take, for one reason or another. So Christians must bear the Cross, in one way or another, at various times in life, because they cannot just take any and every job out there.

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And the Christian must pray and study God’s Word for deeper insight and grace.

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INTO HIS LIKENESS

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But above all else, our great desire and purpose is to become fully Christlike!

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And the greater our knowledge, and the greater our faith, the more clearly will be our understanding about these supposed grey areas concerning many debated issues of the Bible!

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Cross of Jesus Christ – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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THE READER IS ENCOURAGED TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE…“Orion the Soldier Pt. 2: “The Weapons of Our Warfare””

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Keep me from getting dogmatic with others. Let me have my faith before Thee in quietness and meekness. But increase my faith to that of Jesus, who carried out His earthly ministry without weaponry of any type, in the midst of a vast throng who wanted Him dead…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath” or you can also read… “Orion the Soldier Pt. 2: “The Weapons of Our Warfare””

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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THE GLITTERING SWORD CONSTELLATION

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constellation of signs of heaven in upright position

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“In that day the LORD with His sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” Isaiah 27:1

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Glittering Sword Constellation

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This constellation is made of most of the constellations in this website. The upper portion can be seen in the winter, while the lower blade is visible in the warmer months. (This constellation is actually in a semi-circle, as it appears in the night-sky. These pictures, however, show it as it would appear straightened out.)

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THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT

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“And take the helmet of Salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God:” Ephesians 6:17

Glittering Sword Constellation

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The Heavens Declare website is made of signs in the Sun, Moon, and Stars. But these signs point to the Bible, which is the greatest stronghold of truth, which we have in this world. But the point is, this giant sword which spans the heavens is engraved with the various constellations, much like the swords of this world which are often engraved with various writings and pictures.

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But this Glittering Sword in the heavens represents God’s Word. And these constellations tell the story of the Gospel. (These constellations span both summer and winter sky, and this constellation in this picture to the right actually appears much more curved in the sky.)

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“If I whet My glittering sword, and Mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to Mine enemies, and will reward them that hate Me.” Deuteronomy 32:41

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Glittering Sword Constellation” 

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TOMORROW:

“September 16th (Dawn of the Dead! Part 1: Music)”

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