Daily Devotional – JANUARY 3 (World of Lies, Part 1: “The Femme-Fatale Firefly!”) ALSO READ (Every Vote Counts)

By admin On January 12th, 2021

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Daily Devotional – JANUARY 3

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World of Lies, Part 1: “The Femme-Fatale Firefly!” ALSO READ (Every Vote Counts)

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“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 

2nd Corinthians 11:14, 15

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fireflies – Wikipedia – GNU Free Documentation License

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Movie-goers have been fascinated with the “Femme-Fatale” for many decades!

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The handsome and rugged hero meets the beautiful and seductive, yet unobtainable heroine! And before long this nitro-glycerin chemistry produces a 120 minute movie thriller, which keeps audiences clamoring for a sequel or two!

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Well all this is made to look really good on the silver-screen!

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And with the addition of edgy music, glamorous “stars”, and a sympathetic story-line and some great camera-work, this larger-than-life production makes such an imaginary lifestyle seem so romantic, and well, maybe even an obtainable dream to so many gullible movie-goers!

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Casablanca Poster – Wikipedia – Public Domain

 

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SATAN: “GOD OF THIS WORLD”

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And, the fact is, Satan is the true behind-the-scenes movie producer in Hollywood!

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Make no mistake about that, O Christian!

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Satan and his armies (both human and angelic) are busy, busy, busy, churning out all these 120 minute puffs of imagery from the never-dormant smoke-stacks of Hollywood’s Dream-Machine!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Dream Maker of Babylon – Signs Of Heaven.org

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SATAN’S ADVERTISER-IN-CHIEF!

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Casablanca Poster - Gold - Wikipedia - Public DomainYes, the television/movie industry is Satan’s advertiser-in-chief for this high-tech world. 

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And, well, God wasn’t taken by surprise by Satan’s arsenal of weaponry.

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Nor was He ignorant of the Devil’s modus-operandi! As a matter of fact, God had created Nature in such a way, so as to teach us all about Satan’s deceptive ways!

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Take for instance, the little seductress, the Photuris, commonly known as the femme fatale lightning bugs of North America. These alluring little lightning bugs can imitate the mating-signals of light which female fireflies emanate in order to attract the male firefly into mating rites. But when these alluring impostors make contact with the naive male firefly, they quickly gobble up that unsuspecting firefly.

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Yes, just imagine this happy-go-lucky little firefly, joyfully buzzing about the summer night air, giving his light for all the world to see! And then, he spots a certain flashing light off in the distance, giving that unmistakable love-light signal that tells him it’s another firefly of the opposite gender! And she wants him!

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And so, this naive little light-bearer responds to her love-light signal! And off he goes, straight into a deadly trap, set by this predatory impostor! And before he realizes the impending danger, he flies right into her treacherous arms!

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And in a few seconds, he is no more!

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Firefly composite – Wikipedia – Creative Commons License

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CHRISTIANS ARE ALSO TO BE LIGHT!

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Casablanca Poster - Gold - Wikipedia - Public Domain

Well, the obvious lesson here is seen when considering the Christian, who has been commissioned to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16

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Yes, just like those wonderful little fireflies, the Christian is to let his light shine for all the world to see!

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And God has given him, or her, the joyful commission to let their light be a soul-saving beacon to those who walk in darkness in this hopeless world!

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Casablanca Poster – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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SATAN’S COUNTERFEIT LIGHT

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Casablanca Poster - Gold - Wikipedia - Public Domain

Now Satan, of course, wants to put that light out!

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The last thing Satan wants, is for the Christian to be a beacon of light for all the world to see!

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And so, Satan has kept himself very busy inventing counterfeit Christians, in hopes of mingling his false light with the true Light!

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And how does Satan accomplish this? In many different ways!

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For one thing, the Bible tells us that Satan will raise up false shepherds, who will, “if possible, deceive even the very Elect”! (see Matthew 24:24)

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Casablanca Poster – Wikipedia – Public Domain

Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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UNEQUALLY YOKED

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Another way Satan seeks to gobble up the young and naive Christian, is to bring some femme-fatale across that Christian’s pathway.

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Oh yes, she’s good looking and very alluring! And before long they have a church wedding, followed by a life of going further and further away from the true pathway to Heaven!

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Yes, this femme-fatale seductress has a form of godliness: just enough to fool the simple-minded Believer!

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And just like that counterfeit little Photuris Lightning-bug, this Counterfeit Christian seductress sends out a signal of light to that naive Christian, and eventually gobbles up whatever Christian goodness he ever did possess!

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Casablanca Poster – Wikipedia – Public Domain

Weddingring – JH – cropped image – Wikipedia – share-alike license

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WHO CONVERTS WHO?

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Perhaps, in the beginning, the Christian said to himself, “Well, I know she’s not much of a Christian! But maybe I can eventually convert her! After all, she promised to faithfully go to church with me, if we marry!”

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Well as we all know, the only one who gets converted, is the Christian; converted back into the world!

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Yes, before long, she has made him the sole-provider of all her worldly dreams and aspirations! And after a few years, his life is so hopelessly devoted to striving after all the accouterments of this life, in attempt to satisfy the insatiable desires of his prosperity-driven soul-mate!

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(Of course, this above scenario is equally true when a female Christian becomes unequally yoked with an unbelieving male!) 

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Casablanca Poster – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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WORLD TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER HEAVEN!

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And so, Jesus gets put on the back-burner! The world takes precedence over the things of Heaven!

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Oh yes, they go to church each week! And this once-a-week Christian warrior attempts to please God with a two hour offering of church attendance, followed by six days of laboring for the things of the world! (And yes, they may do a 15 minute Bible study each morning. But all that is quickly dissipated, as soon as the mundane-millstone begins its daily grind!) 

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But the Bible says… “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. ” Matthew 6:24

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Casablanca Poster – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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THE GOOD NEWS!

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The very Good News is, that there is nothing impossible for God!

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Yes, with God, all things are possible! And just as God did not forget about His people who were taken captive as slaves in a foreign land, so too, God sees His Elect people who have become modern-day slaves in this Babylonish world! And at some point, He will bring each weary and heavily-ladened soul into the Valley of Decision!

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And perhaps as he or she is laying in bed, after a hard and discouraging, or even sad day, a still small voice pierces the night… “Why am I putting out all this energy and self-sacrificing toil? Why am I going after all the meaningless things of the world? And after a few more decades, I will begin to get old and eventually die! And for what? Isn’t there something better? And didn’t I once love to sing about Jesus? And didn’t I once love to read my Bible? And didn’t I once believe in Heaven and all the wonderful glories of everlasting life?”

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ABOVE PICTURE – 7 Stars Constellation as the Cross (aka Big Dipper) – winter – signsofheaven.org – not for commercial uses

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LIFE FROM THE DEAD!

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Yes, there is a very wonderful and merciful light which shines down from Heaven, piercing through the dark clouds, sending bright beams of mercy even into this dark and hopeless world!

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And even though that little unsuspecting firefly goes hopelessly into the deadly jaws of the femme-fatale lightning-bug impostor, the Christian who has been deceived by Satan’s impostors, has a God in Heaven who (if He chooses to), can bring him (or her) back from death and destruction!

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Yes, even though there’s no earthly hope for that little firefly, yet our great Redeemer has not forgotten even one wayward sinner! And He can even turn a completely hopeless situation around!

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And the One who was Himself, brought back to life from the dead, can now bring back those who have been gobbled up by one of Satan’s many counterfeit light-bearers!

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And once revived, that redeemed one will finally realize that his or her relationship with Jesus is much more fulfilling, more faithful, and more joyful than any earthly relationship could ever be!

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Sunrise from Burrow Mump, Burrowbridge, Somerset – cropped image – Wikimedia – share-alike license

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 To read Part 2, scroll down this page (A World of Lies, Part 2: Every Vote Counts!)”

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, I have been deceived, and I need deliverance from the jaws of the Destroyer! Lead me back into the light, and lighten my candle once again! Cause me to rejoice in Thy Salvation…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “‘7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’”, or you can also read… February 24th (The Valley of Dry Bones!)” 

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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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REVELATION 12 WRITTEN IN HEAVEN

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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman…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 the dragon fought and his angels…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. 12:1, 3, 6, 7, 14, 15

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Here is a sketch of this Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12. This is the Winter Constellations of Signs Of Heaven. Besides Orion and his Horse, we also see pictured in this sketch, the Dragon of Revelation 12.

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This Revelation 12 Woman Constellation is fleeing. As you can see, the Dragon Constellation is spewing a flood of water in her direction, as is written… “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. 12:15.

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This wave of water represents Satan’s lies, and his false teachers who tell those lies.

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Beholding the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation in winter, it seems that God is trying to get a very important message across to His people: that His Church is to flee! But what are they to flee from? Well, you can go to the article titled “The Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation”

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WINTER CONSTELLATIONS-SEEN IN FALL: This sketch above 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 north. Orion 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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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart”

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TOMORROW:

JANUARY 4 (Eternal Torment! Part 4: Impossible Idea!)

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ARTICLE #2

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A World of Lies, Part 2: “Every Vote Counts! Or Not!”

To read Part 1, click here… “January 3 (World of Lies, Part 1: The Femme-Fatale Firefly!)”

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Have you ever seen an Alligator Snapping Turtle? It is an amazing sight to behold! This great deceiver lies at the bottom of the water just waiting to catch an unsuspecting fish!

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But the manner in which this turtle catches its prey is a remarkable aspect of nature…

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Listen to Wikipedia’s description… “The inside of the turtle’s mouth is camouflaged, and it possesses a vermiform (literally, “worm-shaped”) appendage on the tip of its tongue, used to lure fish, a form of Peckhamian mimicry.

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“The turtle hunts by lying motionless in the water with its mouth wide open. The vermiform tongue imitates the movements of a worm, luring prey to the turtle’s mouth. The mouth is then closed with tremendous speed and force, completing the ambush.”

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Above info via Wikipedia on, “Alligator Snapping Turtle”

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Alligator Snapping Turtle – Wikipedia – Share-Alike License 3.0

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SATAN’S DECEPTIVE WORLD!

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We live in a world very similar to the great jaws of the Alligator Snapping Turtle! Yes, we live in a world, well, to put it bluntly, which is pretty much a great big lie!

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Oh yes, God is ultimately in control of what goes on here! And yes, this world is functional, providing us with our daily needs: food and clothing and housing, etc..

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But make no mistake, “the god of this world”, is the Devil! (see 2nd Corinthians 4:4) And he has designed this world in much the same way that God designed that worm-like tongue of the Alligator Snapping Turtle! This world is a great deception, in so many ways!

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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WE DO NOT CHOOSE OUR RULERS!

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For instance, we who live in democratic nations, elect our representatives. We are told that we are free. And yes, we do have freedoms which are not enjoyed in many other nations. And because the Gospel was accepted by the forefathers of this nation, we still have the remnants of Christian ideals, which set us apart from those nations which do not have a Christian heritage.

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Yes, we are fortunate to live where we do, for many reasons!

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But there is one great deception which almost this entire society does not recognize. That is, for some reason, the Christian community believes that we have the God-given duty to go into the polling booth and elect our representatives.

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And so, this devotional will present a few reasons why the Bible does not give any encouragement to vote, nor any hope that we can even choose our own leaders!

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University at Buffalo voting booth – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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GOD’S WILL IS DONE ON EARTH!

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First, does the Bible ever encourage us to go and vote? Is there any verse which leads us to believe that we have any power at all, to choose our leaders?

Elisha & Chariots of Fire www.visualbiblealive.com

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Just the opposite! Listen… “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He (God) does according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, ‘What doest Thou?'” Daniel 4:35

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Okay, so it says here that God is doing according to His own will among the people of the earth! And furthermore, nobody can stop Him from doing His own will!

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Elisha & Chariots of Fire www.visualbiblealive.com

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NEBUCHADNEZZAR LEARNED THE HARD WAY!  

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“…and He (God) does according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, ‘What doest Thou?'”

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Now, is this above passage enough to convince us that it is God, and not voters who decides who rules over the nations?

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Well, listen again to Daniel… “And they shall drive thee (proud King Nebuchadnezzar) from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever He will.” Daniel 4:32

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So this above verse was spoken to that proud and stubborn king, Nebuchadnezzar. And it took 7 years of being a beast, till Nebuchadnezzar realized that all his power and wisdom were merely the gift of God. And it took 7 years grazing in the fields until he understood that it is God alone who chooses rulers, and nobody else!

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William Blake – Nebuchadnezzar – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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FURTHER CONFIRMATION!

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Well, do we need any further confirmation?

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Listen again… “This matter is by the decree of the Watchers, and the demand by the Word of the Holy Ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” Daniel 4:17

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So in this above verse, it is revealed that even those who are wicked rulers (“the basest of men”), are likewise chosen by God to rule over men!

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The Helix Nebula – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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So, perhaps the question we should be asking ourselves is this… “Just how can I make a difference in the way this society operates?”

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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VOTE FOR PERSONAL REPENTANCE!

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http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-DavidListen… “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Daniel 7:14

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Yes, it is only when a man, women, or child humbles their heart before God, and begins to seek God, with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, that God will begin to make things happen. Oh no, we don’t repent as a group effort! That would be worse than no repentance at all!

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But individually, we must seek after the Lord, just as did David did (as this painting depicts.)

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Yes, by repentance, by hiding God’s Word in our heart, by unceasing prayer, and by enduring the trials which will begin to come our way! These are the components which will effect true change!

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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SHAMING THE “DISSENTERS”

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Now there are many who try to wrestle with Scripture, in an effort to justify their faithless attempt at joining in with the world, to elect leaders. And these same ones will gnarl their teeth and heap contempt on those who realize that we are helpless in trying to choose our own leaders!

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Yes, these faithless ones often shame everybody who trusts in God and God alone! And this should be a tip-off to us, as to what is the true underlying source of their power!

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But the fact is, when I ignore what God says, and insist on using my own human strength, I am casting a vote which registers in Heaven, these following words… “I don’t trust you, God, so I’m using my own strength to do what I don’t trust you to do, even though your Word promises that you are the only One who chooses our rulers!

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Listen just once more… “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: And He changes the times and the seasons: He removes kings, and sets up kings: He gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” Daniel 2:20, 21

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Yes, our Lord is an infinite God! It is He who orchestrates the affairs of Man. And He is intimately involved in even the smallest details of life. 

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If we have a strong urge to vote, let’s vote to have faith that God is the One who chooses our rulers, both in the great matters and leaders of local matters! That’s the only vote which Heaven fully endorses!

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Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzars Dream – www.wikigallery.com

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ONE LAST WORD!

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Now, it is not necessarily a sin to vote. This society was set up with the electoral process, and everyone should probably vote, maybe, howbeit we must understand that our sovereign Lord is the One who assigns our leaders, meaning that our vote is absolutely worthless!

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But if I ignore what the Bible says regarding God’s sovereign control over this world, and begin to think that humans can somehow affect change by our own strength, then I may be guilty of rejecting God’s Word! That then, would be sin!

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You may want to watch this little video and see him use his worm-like tongue in a vain to attempt to catch an unsuspecting prey.

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TO READ PART 3, CLICK HERE… “JANUARY 17 (World of Lies, Part 3: Silken Cords of Deceit!)”

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to study, study, study, to find out more and more concerning Your divine providence, in hopes of growing in faith in You, and diminishing in my own self-confidence…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet”, or you can also read… Taking Back This Nation For God!” 

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TOMORROW:

JANUARY 4 (Eternal Torment! Part 4: Impossible Idea!)

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THE END

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