Today’s Devotional – September 16th (Dawn of the Dead! Part 1: Music)

By admin On August 21st, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – September 16th

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Dawn of the Dead! Part 1: “Music”

Inspired by the article…“Running The Christian Race (Part 2, Sensual Music)”

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Are you old enough to remember that startling movie, “Dawn of the Dead”? Being one of the first of its kind, it had a stunning effect on movie-goers. That is, to see dead people slowly sleep-walking through a giant shopping mall, surrealistically going through the motions of shopping, while silky violin strains of “elevator music” echoed through the mall, was a giant shock to movie audiences back in those days!

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Now the premise of that movie was that some apocalyptic holocaust had killed off the bulk of Mankind, leaving no more room in Hell. And this is loosely based on Jeremiah’s prophecy… “Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place.” Jeremiah 7:32

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Thus the world was now mostly populated by these half-dead zombies, who continually sought to cannibalize the few surviving humans left on earth! And that infamous shopping mall became the backdrop for this scenario!

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Dawn of the Dead – Wikipedia – Copyrighted – Fair-Use Rationale

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THE LIVING DEAD TRULY EXIST!

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Now this devotional is not promoting the idea that we should be watching movies. No, but the intent is only to provide an earthly analogy for biblical ideas! After all, Paul quoted a line from a secular poet’s poem, when trying to make sense with a group of potential converts. (see Acts 17:28)

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And of course the Bible declares our pre-Salvation condition in the following manner… “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:11, 12

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Yes, the Bible repeatedly pronounces our condition as being walking-dead souls, prior to Salvation! That is, without the life-giving Holy Spirit indwelling our hearts, we are merely enjoying the selfish pleasures of Satan’s Dark Kingdom of the Living-Dead!

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THE MUSIC OF THIS WORLD

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Now, just as the music in the mall playing while dead people stumbled from one shop to another, so too, the bulk of the world’s music only sympathizes with the ungodly qualities of Satan’s kingdom.

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You see, it is the purpose of most worldly music to place the most emphasis upon the performance of a piece of music, in effort to exalt and focus the attention upon the performers and upon the composer of that composition! That is the common practice in all areas of invention, in this self-exalting world!

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And so, when a song is sung, the normal manner is for the singer to bring as much attention to his or her performance as possible. And so, there is usually some vocal inflections added as “gingerbread icing” for the performance.

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THIS SENSUALLY-DRIVEN WORLD!

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In today’s sensually-charged society, there is quite often an effort made by the singer to sound sensual. And so, the voice is often strained in such a way as to sound as seductive as possible.

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The Bible encapsulates the wisdom of this world as being, “earthly, sensual, devilish” James 3:15.

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And so, it only makes sense that the music of this fallen world should likewise reflect those same qualities.

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THE WORLD IS WISER IN THEIR GENERATION,

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THAN ARE THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT!

 

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Now, the Bible tells us that “the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” Luke 16:8

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Yes, the children of this world really know how to make their music in such a way, that it is deeply stamped with the name of their first love! And the children of light can learn a great lesson from them. We just need to take note of what they do in the physical realm, and translate that into spiritual terms!

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SPIRITUALLY TRANSPORTED

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Now, once we are “born again”, we are no longer to share in the world’s spirit. Listen… “Even when we were dead in sins, (God) hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved). And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:5, 6

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So, as this above passage reveals, our soul has been miraculously transported into the Throne-Room of the Heavenly Sanctuary! At least, that’s the way things were supposed to be.

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And so, as God’s royal priesthood, we should now have been given a totally new Spirit, which desires Christ’s love, holiness, and purity!

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AS CO-PRIESTS & CO-REGENTS WITH CHRIST!

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“And (Christ) hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:6

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Thus, we who are now to inhabit Heaven’s Most Holy Place, must repudiate the world’s wisdom (not so much by mere words, but in lifestyle)!

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And so, it only makes sense that our music should reflect that same purity which echoes through the hallowed halls of the courts of Heaven! And because we are a royal priesthood, we should have been keeping ourselves pure and holy. And because the Kingdom of Heaven is to dwell in our heart, we are counselled to be cognizant that God’s Throne-Room is likewise in our own heart! That is where we should be ministering before the heavenly Mercy-Seat!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Most Holy Place in the Heart – Signs Of Heaven

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JUST WHO CONFORMS TO WHO?

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And so, I am commanded to conform myself to Heaven’s standards, and never to expect Heaven to conform to my standards!

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Listen… “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

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Yes, as this above verse reveals, it is me, not God who needs to be transformed: yes transformed and conformed to Heaven’s timeless ways! I must now begin to cast away my idolatrous love for the fickle and changeable whims and fancies of this spiritually dead world. And having my mind renewed into Christ’s image, my conduct will be that which Peter describes in the following manner… “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,” 2nd Peter 3:11

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, I have been guilty of conforming myself to this world! But please help me to press forward in conforming my life to Heaven’s standards…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Running The Christian Race (Part 1: Paul & John: Our Role Models)” or you can also read… “Running The Christian Race (Part 2, Sensual Music)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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THE WINTER CONSTELLATIONS

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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman….and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:  And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon….And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon….And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness….And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Rev. 21:1-3, 14, 15    

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 Early Winter Bible Constellations- darker

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This Woman of Revelation 12 is definitely fleeing to the mountains . As you can see in this sketch below, The Dragon of Revelation 12 is spewing out his water of falsehoods: false gospels, false ideologies, various temptations, false brethren who will embrace her with the poisonous wine of the The Great Harlot of Babylon. These are what comprise this wave of water coming forth from the Dragon’s mouth. (see “Flood Waters of Satan”)

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WINTER CONSTELLATIONS-SEEN IN FALL: This sketch to the right is how this constellation group appears in the eastern sky in fall. This is the four primary constellations of the Winter Constellations. They can be seen in this position, in the late fall above the eastern horizon. The Woman of Revelation 12 is commonly called Ursa Major or The Big Dipper and appears in the northOrion the Soldier is the at the bottom is to the south of the Woman. The The Dragon of Revelation Constellation’s mouth isThe Hyades Cluster, and the tip of his tail is Pleiades, and his Wave of Water is primarily the Auriga constellation. The Glorious Horse Constellation  head is of Perseus Constellation and his rear end is Cassiopeia Constellation.

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THIS WOMAN IS FLEEING…

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BUT SHE’S ALSO RUNNING A RACE

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Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14

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“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” 1st Corinthians 9:24, 25

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But this Woman is also fleeing TO something. She’s fleeing to the mountains, especially to Mount Zion (see “Woman of Revelation 12-Fleeing to the Mountains-Part 1”). She’s fleeing to a close walk with Jesus.

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 But this Woman is also running the race to win the prize, Jesus: Jesus as her prize, but also her answered prayers for others, as the prize; these are the jewels in that glorious Victor’s Crown. This is made clear by the Summer Constellations, in which this same constellation appears as a woman with child trying to grasp this Revelation 12 Crown Constellation

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(This concept sketch above right of The Revelation 12 Woman fleeing to mountains is not a star-chart. These particular constellation are NOT in these positions.)

The constellations on the lower left are two constellations from the Summer Constellations.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Running The Christian Race (Part 2, Sensual Music)” 

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TOMORROW:

“September 17th (Dawn of the Dead! Part 2: Tattoos)”

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