Daily Devotional – FEBRUARY 25 (Cease Ye From Man! Part 16: “Trust Ye Not In A Friend!”)

By admin On January 19th, 2021

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Daily Devotional – FEBRUARY 25

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Cease Ye From Man!

Part 16:

“Trust Ye Not In A Friend!”

To read Part 1, click here… “August 21st (Cease Ye From Man!)”

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“Trust ye not in a friend,

put ye not confidence in a guide:

keep the doors of thy mouth

from her that lieth in thy bosom.

For the son dishonoureth the father,

the daughter riseth up against her mother,

the daughter in law against her mother in law;

a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. 

Therefore I will look unto the LORD;

I will wait for the God of my salvation:

my God will hear me.”

Micah 7:5   

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“Et tu Brute?”

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It has been reported that Julius Caesar’s last words were “Et tu Brute?” as he saw his young protege, Markus Brutus, numbered among his assassins.

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In other words, he was startled that his supposed beloved and trusted friend would actually betray him.

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Assassination of Julius Caesar – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:F463.highresBaiserJudas.jpg“They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service”

John 16:2

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But not only the wicked of the world are hated and betrayed!

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No, even Jesus, a totally righteous Being, was hated by the world!

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And just as Jesus even became the enemy of those who professed to love God, so too, God’s faithful remnant can expect the same treatment from today’s church-community! 

Judas Betrays Jesus – courtesy Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD”

Jeremiah 17:5

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There is an old adage in the political world which says, “If You want a friend in Washington (D.C.), get a dog!”

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Yes, Washington DC probably sees more high-profile back-stabbings than any other American city.

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But Washington is not the only place in which one must be on guard against being betrayed by supposed friends.

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Listen to Scripture… “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. ” Micah 7:5-7

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So here is a warning from God to Christians, that we cannot place our trust in a friend or even “her that lieth in thy bosom!”

Stab-in-the-back postcard – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anti-Christian_sign_in_Federal_Plaza_Chicago.jpg“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you”

1st John 3:13  

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We live in a society which has misled us into believing that the vast majority of the secular world are benign and moral.

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And yet, the Bible warns us…“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you”. 1st John 3:13

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From this above verse, we begin to understand that the world is not our friend! Just the opposite!

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And listen again as the Apostle John continues…“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” 1st John 5:19

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Dear Christian, we have no friends in this world!

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Oh yes, there is a faithful remnant interspersed in the world. And the Bible tells us…“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.” 1st John 3:14

Anti-Christian rally in Chicago – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

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SHARING HEAVENLY MANNA…OR JUST SHARING WORLDLY FARE?

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And even though we are to have the heavenly love of Jesus for the unsaved world, we should never get the idea that we should form relationships with them.

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The Bible clearly commands to avoid such relationships with unbelievers…

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“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]” 2nd Corinthians 6:17

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Does the distinction become clear between evangelizing and fellowship? When evangelizing, we are trying to get them to eat of the Bread of Heaven. But when fellowshiping with unbelievers, we are partaking of their worldly fare: hence we are as though eating the unclean meat of sin!

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We must never forget that we are their enemy! And given any opportunity, Satan will work through unbelievers to destroy our souls!

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Mall witnessing, Panama City, Panama

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fritz_von_Uhde_-_Weib,_warum_weinest_du_(1892-94).jpg“A man that maketh many friends doeth it to his own destruction; But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother”

Proverbs 18:24

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But there is one friend we can depend upon.

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Listen…“…Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” Micah 7:5-7

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Now, is God telling us to not have any friends? Is He warning us to not take a spouse?

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Not necessarily. He is only warning us to not be surprised if we are betrayed by those we love.

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There is only one Being in the universe who will never betray us. That, of course, is God.

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God can bring us a friend. And God can remove a friend.

Jesus – Woman why weepest thou – Jesus – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“Take ye heed every one of his neighbour,

and trust ye not in any brother:

for every brother will utterly supplant,

and every neighbour will walk with slanders”

Jeremiah 9:4 

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgTODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to become wise as a serpent, yet harmless as a dove…

USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Question_book_magnify2.svgREAD 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… “MARCH 26 (The Whisperer: No Gossips In Heaven!)”

Question book magnify svg – Wikimedia – GNU license

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE MILKY WAY RUNS THROUGH

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THIS HOLY-GHOST-RIDER

winter Constellations in the east

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Now one thing that is noticeable and makes this constellation even more dramatic, is the fact that the Milky Way runs right through it. And the question that must be asked is, “What biblical implications does this constellation/Milky Way connection have?” Well, very simply put, if stars represent Believers, then this rider works in the world through His True-Worshippers, to a great extent.

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WHY IS THIS CONSTELLATION SO INCOMPLETE IN APPEARANCE

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So why is this constellation merely an outline? Well it does show his back, rear end and leg…and arm. But unlike, say, Orion, this constellation is very vague, even mysterious in appearance. Almost vacant in appearance. Yes this horseman represents Christ. But even more than this, it represents the Holy Spirit of Christ. And as we all know, the Holy Spirit is very, very, un-intrusive, almost impossible to detect His presence.

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Question_book_magnify2.svg

READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

Question book magnify svg – Wikimedia – GNU license

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Island_of_Chichimen,_Cuyos_Limones,_Guna_Yala,_Panama.jpgTOMORROW…

“FEBRUARY 26 (Deserted Island Theologian, Part 3: Dispensationalism)”

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Island of Chichimen, Cuyos Limones, Guna Yala, Panama – the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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