Daily Devotional – January 1 (Look Up, Lift Up Your Heads!)

By admin On January 9th, 2021

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Daily Devotional – January 1

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FIRST ARTICLE

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Look Up, Lift Up Your Heads! 

SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO READ THE SECOND ARTICLE

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Jesus spoke to His disciples about the various signs of the end, and of His Second Coming. 

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And among the various signs, Luke 21:25 speaks of these…“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:25-27 

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – Summer Constellations with Two Turtledoves (Sagittarius) & Flower of the Field (aka: Scorpio) & The 12-Star Crown (aka: Corona Borealis) & The Cross-Scepter (aka: Ophiochus & Serpens) & Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) & Arcturus Star – www.theheavensdeclare.net

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SIGNS OF HEAVEN

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Starry_Night_at_La_Silla.jpgNow this website has the privilege of revealing these signs.

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And so of course, the Reader is encouraged to begin to deeply explore this website to the point that he or she is so familiar with everything written, that they can then go outside and merely look up, and God will reveal all these heavenly messengers as they sparkle and shine in the heavens!

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But this Part 3, will hopefully encourage both of us to look up, and lift up our heads, just as verse 28 of Luke commands…  “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

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DON’T LOOK DOWN!

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You see, what most of us do not fully realize is that this little verse holds the key to Christian victory!

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Yes, it is fully time for Luke 21:28 to be implemented in the Christian’s life! Thus, it’s now high time to look up, and lift up our heads, and never ever look back down! This is the key to Christian victory!

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So the question you’re probably asking is this… “How in the world am I supposed to never look back down to earth, when I have so many obligations?”

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EARTHLY OBLIGATIONS!

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Yes, that’s the big question… “How am I supposed to never look back down to earth, when I have so many duties pressing upon me daily?”

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Well, the answer is quite simple! If I am truly looking upward by the power of the Holy Spirit, then even though I am down at the office, or at recreation with my family, Heaven is before my eyes! Oh no, I don’t physically see Heaven! But in my mind’s eye, Jesus and Heaven are the backdrop to all that my physical eyes behold!

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Of course, this is a supernatural experience! And this is a growing experience. But it will happen if I really desire it to happen!

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Family – Children’s Playground – Wikimedia – Share-alike License 

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PRACTICAL LIFESTYLE CHANGES

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Now, there are some practical things I can do to create an environment conducive to this supernatural experience.

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Yes, as far as possible, I can immerse myself in holy things! Listening to celestial choirs, sacred hymns, and Davidic psalms, carrying a pocket Bible and reading it whenever I get a spare moment, staying in an attitude of quiet unceasing prayer and Bible contemplation, ceasing from television and every other mundane or ungodly association, praying for a less complicated life…

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Yes, these are among the many practical good works that the serious seeker must do, to hope for God’s blessing!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

 

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FAMILY OBLIGATIONS

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Now of course, if I am single, and free of debt, then there will be little in the way of obstacles to prevent me from inculcating these practical lifestyle changes into my everyday life.

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But if I have family obligations, then I am pretty much like Daniel the servant in the courts of Babylon! In other words, I have a great amount of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_Prayer_for_those_at_Sea_by_Frederick_Daniel_Hardy.jpgworldly obligations!

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And yet, like Daniel, I can still balance those worldly obligations with my spiritual obligations!

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And like Daniel, I can still focus my mind’s eye Heavenward, even though I am living in the midst of Babylon! 

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Poynter’s Daniel’s Prayer 1865 public domain

A Prayer for those at Sea – by Frederick Daniel Hardy – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Starry_Night_at_La_Silla.jpg“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse”

2nd Timothy 3:13 

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And, truth-be-told, as the horrible state of affairs in the world continues to grow worse and worse, its getting harder and harder to look down at this poor sick planet.

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And so, God’s people need to look up and live!

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For our redemption draweth nigh!

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Starry Night at La Silla – cropped and altered image – Wikimedia – Share-Alike license

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MUCH PRAYER FOR GREAT WISDOM NEEDED!

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But the point to this devotional is this: I need to look up and never ever allow myself to look back down!

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I need to keep my mind’s eye ever looking Heavenward! And yes, my family may become angry that I no longer watch TV at night with them. But, with much prayer for great wisdom, I may be able to substitute other things in place of those ungodly influences. And who knows, my family may just decide to eventually join me in those other pursuits, instead of watching TV themselves…

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For instance, if I decide to become an expert in the Signs Of Heaven, making it my hobby: my family may likewise become interested in this pursuit!

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But even if I have to, “go it alone” in my spiritual pursuits, I must remember, that countless other pilgrims have carried this particular Cross long before me!

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And God will give me grace and strength to endure such a spiritual separation!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Winter – Revelation 12 Woman with Eagle Wings

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to focus the eyes of my understanding only upon Jesus…

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ABC_-_Good_Morning_America.jpgREAD MORE…

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To read the second article, please scroll down the page…January 2 (Look Up, Lift Up Your Heads, Part 4: Nightly News!)

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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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FIVE WISE VIRGINS

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A few weeks ago (May, 2014), as I was walking, one night, along a nearby Canal, I noticed a group of stars in a slight oval position right next to the Beautiful 12-star Crown.

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And these stars were maybe even a little brighter than the Crown. Now because they were even distanced from each other and in such a definite oval pattern, I became somewhat bothered. After all, in my human thinking, I didn’t like that crown to have such tough competition, from this unrecognized group of stars.

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But a few days later, it came to me that those stars represented the Five Wise Virgins from Matthew 25. And that slight oval pattern represented their gathering around the Glorious Crown, giving the Crown the attention it deserved. In other words, it is only true worshippers of God who highly esteem the crown of victory which awaits those who persevere with Jesus to the very end!

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Then as I kept considering this new phenomenon, I began to realize that these Five Wise Virgins were gathered at the feet of the Sign of the Son of Man Constellation, just as Mary Magdalene sat at Jesus feet to hear His Word! And so this realization gave further credence to these stars representing the Five Wise Virgins.

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But after a few more nights of watching this, I then realized that these five stars might even be the five toes of Sign of the Son of Man Constellation! And so, this meant that the crown represented the heel of that Son of Man, as He hung on the Cross.

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Wikipedia Star-Chart – Corona Borealis

Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven Constellation

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Discovering Bible Constellations Pt. 3: Happily Ever After”

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TOMORROW…

Daily Devotional – January 2nd – How Do I See These Signs of Heaven?

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SECOND ARTICLE

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Look Up, Lift Up Your Heads,

Part 4: “Nightly News!”

To read Part 1, click here… “July 4th (Look Up & Lift Up Your Heads!)”

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Jesus spoke to His disciples about the various signs of the end, and of His Second Coming.

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And among other places in scripture, these signs were foretold of in Luke 21:25…

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“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring… “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:25, 28 

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – Summer Constellations w/doves & Revelation 12 Woman – www.theheavensdeclare.net

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SIGNS OF HEAVENhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Starry_Night_at_La_Silla.jpg

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This Part 4, will hopefully encourage both of us to look up, and lift up our heads, just as verse 28 of Luke commands…  “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

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Starry Night at La Silla – cropped and altered image – Wikimedia – Share-Alike license

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DON’T LOOK DOWN!

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You see, what most of us do not fully realize is that this little verse holds the key to Christian victory!

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Yes, it is fully time for Luke 21:28 to be implemented in the Christian’s life! And it is now high time to look up, and lift up our heads, and never ever look back down!

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This is the key to Christian victory!

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ABOVE PICTURE – winter constellations – Orion & Revelation 12 Dragon seen at Eagle Ridge – Signs Of Heaven.org – Not for profit use!

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RIVERS AND FOUNTAINS BECOME BLOOD

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“And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because Thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and Thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.” Revelation 16:4-6

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So just what does this above Bible passage from Revelation have to do with the nightly news?

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You see, this passage speaks of God’s judgment upon Mystery Babylon, the great harlot. Yes, this spiritual city is charged with being guilty of having all the blood of the martyrs.

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Listen… “And in her (the Harlot city – Ed.) was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” Revelation 18:24

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So how does this passage from Revelation 18 connect with Revelation 16:4-6, in which the waters will be turned into blood for the people to drink?

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THE BLOODY WATERS OF TODAY’S MEDIA

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Just look at the various shows on TV! Blood, blood, blood!!! Yes, television is literally overflowing with violence and blood! This world is getting so violent and bloody! And to whatever degree that we Christians and our children are content to spend time watching television and/or daily news, are we not drinking in violence and blood that we see and hear, to that same degree?

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Yes, just as God gave those Egyptians bloody waters to drink, so too, we Christians today are drinking in blood wherever we turn on the evening news, it seems!

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“I WILL SET NO WICKED THING BEFORE MINE EYES!”

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Listen to the testimony of the Psalmist… “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I WILL SET NO WICKED THING BEFORE MINE EYES. I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. A froward heart shall depart from me: I WILL NOT KNOW A WICKED PERSON. Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.” Psalm 101:2-5

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Everything mentioned in this above passage sounds like your average TV show, doesn’t it?

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Wickedness in various forms, turning away from the True Path, froward (evil) hearts, evil people, slanderous remarks, and pride: these are just some of the countless evils seen on daily television!

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And the nightly news is no exception!

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TV: The Ultimate Mind-Control Device

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THE HEARING OF BLOOD

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Listen to this prophecy concerning the days we are now in… “The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the Devouring Fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he…that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;” Isaiah 33:14, 15

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Do you see the connection here? This above passage seems to be speaking of the daily television lineup of programs! And isn’t it true that television news is very greatly focused on all the bloody conflicts around the world? All the disease? All the slander? All the adultery? All the greed? All the hate and revenge? All the pride and bigotry and racism? Yes, all these evils are a form of violence! And they are the very focus of TV news!

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And so, dear stranger and pilgrim, just when, oh when will we finally say, “Enough is enough”, and turn off all these channels of sin and violence, and quit drinking in all that blood?

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TV – The image of the Beast – www.signsofheaven.org – not for public uses

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OUR JOYFUL COMMISSION TO LOOK UP!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Starry_Night_at_La_Silla.jpgWe have such a wonderful and joyful commission from God!

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Yes, to look up and fix our gaze upon our Lord and Savior, and Friend, Jesus Christ is our true Great Commission! And all this is made possible and enjoyable by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of Christ!

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And it is high time to look up and lift up our heads on high, to behold our soon-coming Savior, who will save us out of all this selfishness, sorrow, death and mourning which is what this present dark world is all about!

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3  

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“See then that ye walk circumspectly,

not as fools, but as wise, 

Redeeming the time,

because the days are evil.”

Ephesians 5:15, 16

 

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TO READ PART 5, CLICK HERE…Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 7 (Look Up, Lift Up Your Head, Part 5: The Heavenly Scroll, Rolled Up!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me victory over television and secular radio! Help me to begin looking upward, looking unto Jesus…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Television & The Image That Speaks”, or you can also read… February 10th (Television in a Perfect World!)” 

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