Daily Devotional – MARCH 2 (Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 2: “Music” (Continued))

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Daily Devotional – MARCH 2

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ARTICLE 1

SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE TO READ ARTICLE 2 (JESTING)

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Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 2: “Music” (Continued)

To read Part 1, just click here… ” MARCH 1 (Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 1: Music)”

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In yesterday’s devotional (click here) the concept was laid down, of just how much we Christians behave like babies, when God tries to remove some particular cherished idol from our life!

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And yesterday, the example of music was presented. And it was mentioned that many Christians will go into an instant rant, at the mere suggestion that we might have to give up some cherished type of music, if we are truly serious about overcoming the world!

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Yes, many or perhaps most Christians will rebel at the very suggestion that I need to reconsider what kind of music I should be listening to! “You mean to tell me that I have to give up my favorite music!?! Well, buddy, don’t you try to tell me what kind of music I can listen to! You can just go to Hell!”

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Baby yelling – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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GENERAL PRINCIPLES

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After all, the Bible doesn’t explicitly condemn this or that type of music!

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Well, the Bible doesn’t explicitly condemn gambling either! But most Christians understand the general biblical principles that would condemn gambling! And so, gambling is pretty much considered unchristlike behavior in most Christian circles!

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But there are also general principles which, when embraced, will lead Christians to choose the very best music!

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Gambling – Poker Room – cropped image – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD

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One such biblical principle is found in the following verse… “Whether there
fore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1st Corinthians 10:31

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Now here is a great concept, which should be emblazoned upon each and every Christian heart! This should be the cardinal rule which guides the Christian safely around every questionable situation that is placed in our path!

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And just what is doing, “all to the glory of God”? Well, perhaps one might say that obedience to the Bible is living to the glory of God.

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But if we wish to be more specific, we could say that the life of Jesus was and is to God’s glory!

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Yes, Jesus lived out His every thought, deed, and word, to the glory of God!

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Crucifixion of Peter – Caravaggio Martirio di San Pietro – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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FOLLOWING JESUS

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“He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1st John 2:6

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And so, here is another cardinal rule, which will answer many perplexing questions which will undoubtedly assail us: to ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do in this situation? What would He say? How would He live? Where would He go?”

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These are the questions which we need to ask, whenever we are in doubt! And of course, by studying the Bible each day, and contemplating those life-giving words, will more and more help us to comprehend how He lived, and how we may follow Him!

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The Exhortation to the Apostles 1886-94 – by James Tissot – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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KEEP THY HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE!

Proverbs 4:23

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Now, there are more general principles which will help us to choose the kinds of music we listen to…

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Listen… “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1st Corinthians 15:33

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Here again is a great principle, presented in just eight simple words! Evil communications corrupts good behavior!

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But this above concept begins with the words, “Be not deceived!” In other words, there are many who will try to tell us that it doesn’t matter what we listen to!

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Girl with a Bible – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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“SEXY” GOSPEL MUSIC

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One time, there were several church-goers, who were casually talking. And when a Christian song began playing, one lady began swaying her hips to the seductive beat of that so-called “Christian” music. And then, when she realized that it was a song about Jesus, she got embarrassed, that she was dancing seductively to a song about Jesus.

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And so, this true story sets up the great big concept which follows!

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And just what is that big concept to be discussed?

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Listen… “And every man that hath this hope in Him (of meeting Christ in peace), purifies himself, even as He (Christ) is pure.” 1st John 3:3

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Yes, to purify my heart is the greatest commission ever given to a true worshipper of God! And this commandment is not just for some! No, it is given to “every man”. Every person, be it man, woman, or child, is to engage in the heart-purification process! Our heart is to be an extension of God’s Most Holy Place! We are the temple of God!

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Dancing woman – cropped image – Wikimedia – Creative Commons License

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“BUT YE ARE…A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD”

1st Peter 2:9

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Now just imagine a priest of God walking into God’s temple and hearing some seductive music playing!

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Well, God has elected us to be a royal priesthood! And no longer are we to minister in a temple made with hands! But the kingdom of God now dwells in our heart! That is where we minster!

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And so, even as Christ, our High Priest is holy, so should we be holy in all manner of conversation (lifestyle and behavior)!

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NOT JUST HALLELUJAH CHORUS

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And with just a little honesty on our part, we can imagine what kinds of music are heard in the courts of Heaven! 

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Oh no, not just the swelling angelic choirs, and the crashing symbols and drums of the Hallelujah chorus will be heard up there…

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Paradiso Canto – Angelic Choir by G. Dore – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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DAVIDIC PSALMS

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…But at other times, the soft strings will be plucked: very soft strings will be heard; and also, the Davidic praises will be sung, as the redeemed ones vigilantly watch over God’s sheep, as we sit in those lush green flower-strewn pastures which lay against the everlasting hills!

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And so, let us not think that God is merely trying to take away all our fun! This kind of thinking is childish! This kind of thinking is “Baby-Land” (Babylon)!

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No, we can rest assured, that whatever cherished idol we lay on the altar will be replaced by myriad-more wonderful things to come!

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And truth-be-told, if you (or myself) are truly filled with God’s Holy Spirit, our musical tastes will gradually change, until those swelling angelic choirs and those soft Davidic pastoral strains will become our greatest joy to listen to!

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David Playing Harp – www.thebiblerevival.com – US public domain

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TO READ PART 3, CLICK HERE…MARCH 3 (Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 3: Jesting)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully comprehend your desire for me. Give me the necessary experiences that will mold and me into Thy likeness. Let me listen to the kind of music that you would listen to…

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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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“By His (God’s) Spirit

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He has garnished

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the heavens;

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His hand has formed

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the crooked serpent.”

 

Isaiah 26:13

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation” or you can also read… “Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction”

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TOMORROW…

“MARCH 3 (Daily Devotional. . . . Revelation 12 Woman: “Why Are Things Getting so Crazy Terrible?”)

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ARTICLE 2

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Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 3: Jesting

To read Part 1, just click here… ” MARCH 1 (Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 1: Music)”

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“When I was a child, I spake as a child,

I understood as a child, I thought as a child:

but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

1st Corinthians 13:11

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In the first two devotionals (click here), the comparison was made between the rantings of babies, and the rantings of we Christians, when somebody attempts to take away one of our cherished idols!

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And so, for lack of time, we will not attempt to set up this comparison once again, as was done in Part 1 (click here)

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Baby yelling – cropped image – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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“FOOLISH TALK AND JESTING”

Ephesians 5:2

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But instead let’s go right into this issue of “jesting”, since it is also one of those tender subjects, just as music-listening is a tender and very touchy subject.

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Yes, we live in a culture almost totally immersed in joking and jesting!

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And with the advent of high-tech devices, we can now simply push a button, and hear the best-of-the-best comedy! Television thrives on comedy!

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And young people are especially drawn to comedy like the proverbial duck-to-water!

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JESTING, A SENSITIVE ISSUE

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And also many people we meet daily, seem to have the gift of jesting!

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And we’ve all experienced how those who are given to jesting can immediately turn a serious conversation into a fit of laughter by making just one little well-timed jesting remark!

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And society reveres the art of jesting! This is one area in which the Christian will be censured for attempting to counsel another Christian away from this practice!

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Even the most popular radio Bible teachers will call down the most harsh condemnations and cruel mockings against all those who dare criticize this almost sacred sport!

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

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FOOLISH TALK & JESTING CONDEMNED

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https://www.google.com/search?q=thomas+brooks+Christian+reformer&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjR1Iqok5nWAhVP9mMKHbsFALcQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1366&bih=638#imgrc=Ij58mhoDt3Dy1M:But listen to that well-known Reformationist of yesteryear, Thomas Brooks… “They preach more to please the ear than to profit the heart…False teachers handle holy things rather with wit and trifling, rather than with fear and reverence. False teachers are soul-murderers. They are like evil surgeons, that skin over the wound—but never heal it…False teachers are hell’s greatest enrichers.”

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Thomas Brooks had some pretty scathing words against those who joke in the pulpits, wouldn’t you agree?

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ABOVE PICTURE: Thomas Brooks after Unknown artist – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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PAUL CONDEMNS JESTING, ETC…

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Now this next passage from Ephesians pronounces a judgment upon those who engage in the various behaviors spoken of here…

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Listen, as this passage continues… “Neither filthiness, NOR FOOLISH TALK NOR JESTING, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, NOR UNCLEAN PERSON, nor covetous man, who is an IDOLATER, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” Ephesians 5:4-7

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Yes, as this above passage reveals, not only God’s wrath, but His Salvation is not possessed by those who insist on walking in uncleanness!

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – public domain.

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ALL SIN DIFFICULT TO UPROOT

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Now don’t think for a moment that giving up these unchristlike habits will be easy!

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No, Satan will constantly whisper some really funny jest into our ear, just at an opportune moment!

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And for those of us who are given to jesting, it will require a struggle to overcome these old worldly habits, especially considering that making people laugh is considered to be among the highest virtues of this antichrist world we live in!

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Devil Goat – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU

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And also, as this passage about foolish talk and jesting warns, there will be many who try to deceive us concerning these things!

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It clearly warns, “Let no man deceive you with vain (empty) words!” There is no shortage of so-called Christians who will try to convince you that God loves joking Christians!

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And so, we must overcome the inevitable oppositions by those in the Church who attempt to deceive the Church into believing that comedy and jesting is a healthy and wholesome practice! “God loves a cheerful Christian! We don’t want to be old sour-pusses!”

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Yes, these kinds of criticisms are some of the flaming arrows which false brethren will shoot at the faithful Christian, who strives to be transformed and conformed into the image of Jesus!

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

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OUR DIVINE ROLE-MODEL

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But dear Christian, just keep your eyes on Jesus!

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And no matter what arguments or philosophizing, which the world, or even which worldly Christians may assail you with, hold fast to Him! Hold on tight to Jesus! Remember that Jesus did https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianity-Jesus_Christ_Died_for_your_Sin.jpgnot engage in comedy and jesting! No, Jesus did not attempt to imitate the world! His behavior was in total harmony with holy Heaven! He was warm, but He was also serious! He was sympathetic, but He never engaged in foolish talk or jesting!

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Christ knew the seriousness of His mission to save souls! And He never tried to set His hearers at ease, by engaging in comedy or levity!

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He was filled with inner joy and peace and love, which are far more attractive qualities than being a comedian or a joker who make frivolous jokes and shallow quips about many serious matters!

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Cross of Jesus Christ – cropped image – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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THE BATTLE BEFORE US

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And it will be a battle to overcome these earthly and sensual and devilish practices, make no mistake!

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Yet, by-and-by, the Lord will replace all those silly jokes and jests and foolish quips with a cheerfulness and warmth and agape love, which will melt the hearts of those yearning for Salvation; and we will deliver those who are pressed down under the heavy weight of sin and Satan!

 

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TO READ PART 4, CLICK HERE…MARCH 4 (Babylon = Baby-Land, Part 4: Why Does God Allow Suffering?)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to study Thy Word, until I have the mind of Christ. Then I will know Thy will, and thing as you think, and do as you do…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…  “February 20th (“Picture of a Very Grave Man, Part 1″)“, or you can also read… “March 1st (A Designer Jesus!)“ 

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TOMORROW…

“MARCH 3 (Daily Devotional. . . . Revelation 12 Woman: “Why Are Things Getting so Crazy Terrible?”)

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