Today’s Devotional – September 27th (No Choice “C”!)

By admin On August 29th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional -September 27th

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No Choice “C”!

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Dear Reader: Does this present world-system seem a bit confusing? After all, Scripture tells us that “the whole world lieth in wickedness.” 1st John 5:19. And yet there seems to be many good things…many good people.

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And if the Bible tells us that those “unbelieving” people of this world are children of Satan’s kingdom…why then are they so well-behaved, at times?

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And why is there so much in the world for the Christian to do…places to go…people to see? Why is the world so friendly to us? It’s not like the “Dark Ages” when Christians were persecuted, or tortured, or banished, or imprisoned, or killed.

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen 1888 wikimedia public domain

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SATAN’S NEW STRATEGY

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Well, the Enemy of Our Souls has developed a somewhat new strategy in these modern times. The god of this world has developed a world-system designed to be a counterfeit of God’s kingdom.

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Satan would love for us to remain corrupted by his counterfeit lifestyles and worldly philosophies that seem to captivate the people of this entire world. And the god of this world would love nothing more than to keep God’s people so busy, busy with the many, many cares and pleasures of this world… “and so that Day (Day of the Lord) come upon you unawares!” (Luke 21:34, 35)

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So please read this article! It’s so important to understand the concepts which Scripture presents, as to the necessity of becoming changed into the image of Christ and purified in heart. 

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Wilde’s Great Globe courtesy Wikipedia U.S. public domain…link here.

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“WHAT SHALL A MAN GIVE…IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SOUL?”…

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“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36, 37

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The above passage presents, not only a a huge concept, but also a strong warning! But the question to be answered is, “just why would a person even want to trade away his or her soul?” Simple! The things of the world can appear very attractive! Especially when there’s a Devil to entice and enchant!

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And in every person’s life, it seems like there’s some alternative that the Devil supplies.

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For some people, Satan entices with perhaps a look-alike gospel-of-Mammon”, as an alternative to following the lowly self-sacrificing Jesus of the Bible. This is a religion mingled with earthly things or fleshy inducements…and maybe even some Bible and good works thrown in too, just to make that false-gospel look real! Many have coined this as a “Prosperity Gospel”. Some call it an “Itching Ears Gospel”.

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OTHER LIFE-CHOICES

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For others, Satan supplies an atheistic life of humanitarian-good-works as an alternative. Or maybe a life of pleasure-seeking…or career choices…or hobbies & sports…or travel…or a good health gospel…or music…or TV…or whatever lifestyle the Devil knows will entice a man, woman, or child to trade his or her soul for…

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“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26.

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Yes this world has many different alternative lifestyles, which seem attractive and appear as a common sense choice in place of such a self-denying Christ-like life that the Bible offers.

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ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD

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In Psalm 73, the Psalmist complains to God how nicely the unbelievers are doing. Listen… “For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.” Psalm 73:3-5.

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This Psalm has spoken to every generation since it was first penned. Satan has always found great success in turning people’s hearts away from God, by making them jealous at how well unbelievers do in the world. And let’s face it! God’s people go through many tribulations, as God chastens them in hopes of purifying them into the likeness of Christ.

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FIVE WISE VIRGINS

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This painting shows the “Five Wise Virgins” waiting patiently Parable_of_the_Wise_and_Foolish_Virgins_-_c__1616-wikipedia-pub_-dom_in prayer, in Bible study and in tribulation. These Five Wise Virgins know very well just what is tribulation and what is God’s chastening process. Listen as this Psalm 73 continues… “For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.” Psalm 73:14.

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So Satan makes sure that unbelievers, to a certain extent, are his best advertisements. And then Satan comes to God’s sorely chastened people, and points them to his “charmed” secular people, showing Believers how well they might be doing, if only they would leave the family of God, and join his secular ranks. Just look at this photo below! Don’t these people, sitting in a cafe in a far-away city, look like they’re having a great time?! And so Satan has created this world to be exciting, and fresh, and intriguing, and enlightening!

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Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins – c 1616 – wikipedia-pub-dom

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PITY-PARTY LEADS TO APOSTASY

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And then, the Christian becomes more and more discouraged with Christianity. They begin to notice all the hypocrisy within the Church. He or she gets discouraged with God: “Why is God such a big meany in the sky? Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” And so, that discouraged church-goer begins to withdraw from the fellowship of Christ. Perhaps that discouraged one finds a liberal church which allows just about any kind of behavior! Or maybe he (or she) just becomes secular.

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NO TRUE 3rd ALTERNATIVE

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The problem is, there is no real 3rd alternative lifestyle in this world. It just does not exist! We are either in Christ’s sheepfold, or we are the Devil’s son or daughter.

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But the Devil has deceived many into believing that they are somehow neutral, neither for nor against Christ. But Jesus plainly states…

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“He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30.

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To live a secular life is merely becoming a servant and a minister of sin and Satan.

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Even going to church on the weekend is of no value, unless it is accompanied by a “new heart” experience: a total devotion to the Lord.

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And there are not very many who have found that “total devotion”.

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FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH NOW AVAILABLE…

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COME DRINK FREELY…

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Oh Dear Reader: If you haven’t already surrendered to Christ, do it now! This poor miserable world is such a lose-lose proposition! Just a few years of frolicking in the Sun in this selfish, selfish world, eventually will give way to sickness, sorrow, hopelessness and finally…death! Why be as a fading flower, which withers and dies? Why not come drink at the fountain of the Water of Life?

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Come live forever! Be filled with the love that only God can give! That same love that Jesus Christ has for a fallen, and stubborn, and rebellious world! That same love Christ has for an unthankful world, which only returned His love by spitting in His face and nailing Him to the Cross. We have only to lose our slavish bands which bind us to a life of desperate, selfish pleasure!

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COME DRINK.

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COME LIVE FOREVER!

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Photo of waterfall by Benjamin D. Esham / Wikimedia Commons share-alike license.

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Let me not be fooled by this deceitful world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Babylon…O Destroying Mountain” or you can also read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING THIS VALLEY OF DECISION CONSTELLATION GROUP:

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Valley of Decision Constellation Group

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These three mountains, can be seen coming up in mid-summer, in the eastern horizon. The mountain to the left (north) is commonly called Cassiopeia. The middle mountain is made of some stars from the Pegasus Constellation. The slope from this mountain is part of the Pisces Constellation. The third mountain to the right (south) is made of stars from both the Pegasus and Aquarius Constellations. The Highway to Hell Constellation, which goes from the third mountain (The Destroying Mountain) straight down to the Dragon in this sketch, is made of stars from the Pisces Constellation. The dragon will begin to be seen about July, coming up in the eastern horizon, in the pre-dawn hours.

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But please read this page and the Valley of Decision page in order to really appreciate this constellation group.

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Valley of Decision & O Destroying Mtn. Constellations

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THE VALLEY OF DECISION CONSTELLATION GROUP. They appear in early-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.

 

The above star-chart shows this amazing constellation group as it appears in June through fall, just prior to the winter constellation group.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Babylon…O Destroying Mountain”

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TOMORROW

September 28th (2nd Commandment & Images, Part 2: The Holy Kiss & Footwashing)

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