JANUARY 18 (George Whitefield, Ye Must Be Born Again! {Read all 3 articles})

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Daily Devotional – JANUARY 18

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ARTICLE 1

George Whitefield, Ye Must Be Born Again!

Part 3:

“How Do I Become Born Again?”

To read Part 1, click here… George Whitefield, Ye Must Be Born Again! Part 1: 

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The last two parts of this devotional on George Whitefield, focused on his constant harping on the Bible truth, “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN”. Yes, this was Whitefield’s mantra and message throughout his ministry! YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

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And through the years of his ministry, George Whitefield’s booming voice could be heard echoing through the valleys, those critically important words… “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!”

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George Whitefield preaching – by John Collet – www.wikigallery.org US public domain

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EXAMINE YOURSELVES, PROVE YOURSELVES

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“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svgyour own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2nd Corinthians 13:5

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But there are countless Christians who are asking the question, “Well, just how do I become ‘Born Again’?” Yes, there are so very many who faithfully attend church, and pay their tithes, and serve in their church, perhaps as an Elder or even as a Pastor! And yet they know deep down that something’s wrong with their religion! They just do not live that victorious Christian life!

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Question Mark – at a loss – Wikimedia – Share-alike license

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“A FORM OF GODLINESS”

2nd Timothy 3:5

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Oh yes, they have just enough piety so as to blend in! And of course, this undone condition ishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PS_Kr%C3%B8yer_-_Hip_hip_hurra!_Kunstnerfest_p%C3%A5_Skagen_1888.jpg most likely the same condition of most everyone else in that congregation. And so, it is no problem to blend in!

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Nevertheless, the tell-tale signs of worldliness are everywhere in that “make-believer’s” life! Perhaps a quick temper! Or a lack of self-control! Or cussing under the breath! Or uncontrollable lewd thoughts! Or stinginess with money or time! Or fighting with the spouse or other family members! Or worldly-mindedness! Or a lack of love for Bible study! Or an inability to pray or contemplate God’s Word throughout the day

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Now these are just some of the tell-tale signs which may be on-going in the life of those who have never become truly Born Again!

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! – Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE EXTREMELY GOOD NEWS!

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But the very Good News to all this is, it is still the day of Salvation! Oh yes, we mayhttp://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-David be like Nicodemus, the ruler of the Jews, who came to Jesus by night! And just as Jesus said to Nicodemus, Jesus likewise says to us… “Ye must be born again!” John 3:7

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And so, the Book of James gives us the recipe for success… “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God…Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:4, 8-10

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Yes, here is the recipe for success, for those of us who are still servants of the flesh! And no, this above recipe is not for just an hour, or a day, or even a month! It is to be our attitude with God, until the day that we are no longer servants of the flesh: until the day we have totally overcome the world!

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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AS WE CARRY ON WITH LIFE’S DUTIES!

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And though we must still continue to work our jobs! And though we must continuehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg to be cheerful for our family! And though we must still use the material things of the world! 

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But in the midst of all of life’s duties, we can still cry silently to God, and plead for His great grace to bless us, and cling to His precious promises, to bring us to full conversion!

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And we can continue to humbly accept the various trials which may come our way, and keep from despising such chastening, knowing that these are for the ultimate purification of our hearts!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Lift me up, and help me to walk by faith! Bring me the trials which will purify my heart! Give me that new life, though I will lose all this sad world…

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

Info & pics of constellations on this site from Wikipedia & International Astronomical Union (click here)

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THE HOLY GHOST RIDER CONSTELLATION

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This newest Signs Of Heaven Constellation (Fall, 2013) is by far the faintest of constellations, but is a very incredible and awesome one in a number of ways (which this article will explain).

.Holy-Ghost-Rider in the Western night-sky

It is primarily comprised of the Camelopardalis Constellation (head and upper back), plus about 5 stars from the Cassiopeia Constellation (his leg), plus some random stars. It appears as an outline of a rider. Only the back of his head is detailed. And his back and the back of his legs are also detailed. Both sides of his arm are visible, and his hand is gripping the horses mane, and that is detailed by three stars (which are also part of the horse’s mane). The rider is in a position vaguely similar to a race-horse jockey. The two brightest stars in this constellation, are from the Cassiopeia Constellation, and are part of his leg. All the rest of the stars are very faint, and must be viewed on a very starry night.

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Since this constellation has just been revealed, there may be more to this constellation in the coming months. But if you can locate the Goodly Horse in Battle Constellation, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble locating this Rider Constellation, provided you have excellent star-watching conditions. 

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READ MORE…

The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation                         

 

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George Whitefield, Ye Must Be Born Again! 

Part 2:

“Futile Preaching!”

 

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It is said that George Whitefield developed the reputation of becoming the proverbial “one-note symphony”, at times! You see, this infamous preacher and catalyst of the Great Awakening of the 1700’s seemed to be constantly harping on one aspect of the Gospel!

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And so much so, this tall and foreboding cut of a figure was once asked, “Why do you always preach about being ‘Born Again’?” No doubt Whitefield took a little pause to think about his answer. But Whitefield finally returned the answer, “Because…Ye must be “Born Again!”

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Yes, this is the over-arching answer to all the questions of life, which whirl and swirl through the cyclonic winds of strife in this confusing Babylonish world we live in! “Ye must be “Born Again”!

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And George Whitefield knew that unless a man, woman, or even a child had received a brand-new life, then all else was futile! Yes, Whitefield knew that it was a waste of time and breath to preach and preach and preach to a group of unconverted souls who had never become “Born Again”!

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George Whitefield preaching – by John Collet – www.wikigallery.org – US public domain

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NICODEMUS COMES TO JESUS!

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When Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, he gave, no doubt, his usual flatteringly gracious  salutation… “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”

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But Jesus wasted no time in cutting right through to the heart of Nicodemus’ great need…“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 1st John 3:3

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Here was the message which Nicodemus needed to hear! And this great truth took Nicodemus by surprise! Yes, this ruler of the Jews was so accustomed to hearing the vain and futile sermonizing of the Pharisees, that he could scarcely comprehend what Jesus was telling him… “Nicodemus saith unto Him (Jesus), How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? John 3:4

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Now to this, Jesus answered… Marvel not that I said unto thee, ‘Ye must be born again’. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:7, 8

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Nicodemus – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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VAIN SERMONS PREACHED!

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And in Christian world, we have a similar dilemma in today’s pulpits!

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Yes, so many preachers of the Gospel, spend countless hours preaching vain words to, yet-to-be-converted parishioners, who have no spiritual ears to truly hear!

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We preach about the many Bible virtues! We tell the congregation about all the factors necessary to become a patient and loving Christian! We sermonize about the importance of being honest! We encourage our congregation to become more generous and giving! Or we extol the virtuous benefits of speaking more gentle, euphemistic words! We give all the latest psychology on raising our children! And we host marriage encounter getaways, at some nice vacation resort!

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And yet, marriages are still failing! Children are still problem-children! We still use harsh and foolish words! Our offerings are still a little on the stingy side! We still tell “little white lies”! And we are still impatient!

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YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

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Yes, all those futile sermons do us little good! Perhaps the only good we get from all those weekly sermons, is that they pile up the Law of God upon our head, like a giant and heavy mountain! And well, maybe we need for that to happen!

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But it doesn’t solve our great need! And so, we continue to ask our own self, “How can I become a victorious Christian?”

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And to all this, the big booming voice of George Whitefield comes rolling down through the corridors of time… “YE MUST BE ‘BORN AGAIN’!”

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Yes, this is the answer to all of life’s problems! “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!”

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George Whitefield preaching – by John Collet – www.wikigallery.org – US public domain

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‘BORN AGAIN’: THE GREAT ANSWER!

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To become Born Again! This is how we can become patient with others! And this is the “watchman” whhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:George_Whitefield_(head).jpgo guards us from all dishonesty! And this is “key” which unlocks the treasure-chest of our generosity! And this is the “good judgment” which causes us to use softer and kinder words! And this is all the “psychology” we’ll ever need to know, to begin treating our family with love, respect, and gentleness!

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YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN! Yes, good old George Whitefield knew the secret of success, which no amount of patching up our character flaws and no amount of duct-taping our problems can accomplish! 

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YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN! Only a brand-new life and a brand-new heart can truly bring about that Christian victory that we so long to have!

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But the very next question we must ask, is this: “How do I become “Born Again”?

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Bring me to this wonderful experience! Give me a brand-new heart! Bring me through the trials and cause me to grow in wisdom and knowledge of Thee…

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THE END

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ARTICLE 3

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Daily Devotional – JANUARY 19

 

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George Whitefield, Ye Must Be Born Again!

Part 3: “How Do I Become Born Again?”

 

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The last two parts of this devotional on George Whitefield, focused on his constant harping on the Bible truth, “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN”. Yes, this was Whitefield’s mantra and message throughout his ministry! YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

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And through the years of his ministry, George Whitefield’s booming voice could be heard echoing through the valleys, those critically important words… “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!”

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George Whitefield preaching – by John Collet – www.wikigallery.org US public domain

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EXAMINE YOURSELVES, PROVE YOURSELVES

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“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svgyour own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2nd Corinthians 13:5

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But there are countless Christians who are asking the question, “Well, just how do I become ‘Born Again’?” Yes, there are so very many who faithfully attend church, and pay their tithes, and serve in their church, perhaps as an Elder or even as a Pastor! And yet they know deep down that something’s wrong with their religion! They just do not live that victorious Christian life!

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Question Mark – at a loss – Wikimedia – Share-alike license

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“A FORM OF GODLINESS”

2nd Timothy 3:5

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Oh yes, they have just enough piety so as to blend in! And of course, this undone condition ishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PS_Kr%C3%B8yer_-_Hip_hip_hurra!_Kunstnerfest_p%C3%A5_Skagen_1888.jpg most likely the same condition of most everyone else in that congregation. And so, it is no problem to blend in!

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Nevertheless, the tell-tale signs of worldliness are everywhere in that “make-believer’s” life! Perhaps a quick temper! Or a lack of self-control! Or cussing under the breath! Or uncontrollable lewd thoughts! Or stinginess with money or time! Or fighting with the spouse or other family members! Or worldly-mindedness! Or a lack of love for Bible study! Or an inability to pray or contemplate God’s Word throughout the day

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Now these are just some of the tell-tale signs which may be on-going in the life of those who have never become truly Born Again!

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! – Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE EXTREMELY GOOD NEWS!

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But the very Good News to all this is, it is still the day of Salvation! Oh yes, we mayhttp://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-David be like Nicodemus, the ruler of the Jews, who came to Jesus by night! And just as Jesus said to Nicodemus, Jesus likewise says to us… “Ye must be born again!” John 3:7

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And so, the Book of James gives us the recipe for success… “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God…Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:4, 8-10

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Yes, here is the recipe for success, for those of us who are still servants of the flesh! And no, this above recipe is not for just an hour, or a day, or even a month! It is to be our attitude with God, until the day that we are no longer servants of the flesh: until the day we have totally overcome the world!

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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AS WE CARRY ON WITH LIFE’S DUTIES!

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And though we must still continue to work our jobs! And though we must continuehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg to be cheerful for our family! And though we must still use the material things of the world! 

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But in the midst of all of life’s duties, we can still cry silently to God, and plead for His great grace to bless us, and cling to His precious promises, to bring us to full conversion!

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And we can continue to humbly accept the various trials which may come our way, and keep from despising such chastening, knowing that these are for the ultimate purification of our hearts!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Lift me up, and help me to walk by faith! Bring me the trials which will purify my heart! Give me that new life, though I will lose all this sad world…

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THE END

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TOMORROW…

“JANUARY 19 (Revelation 18:2: “A Cage of Every Unclean & Hateful Bird!”)

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