Daily Devotional, Year 2 – DECEMBER 5 (The Truth Shall Set You Free: “You Can’t Handle The Truth!”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – DECEMBER 5

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The Truth Shall Set You Free: “You Can’t Handle The Truth!”

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There was a box-office blockbuster movie in which the phrase, “You can’t handle the truth!” quickly became a much repeated one, used in all sorts of various everyday situations.

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And as with so much of what the unsaved world does, says, and creates, this phrase, too, can also be translated into a heavenly reality.

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You see, just like the civilians could not understand, nor tolerate the innerworkings of the military, so too, the unsaved people cannot understand, nor can they tolerate the things of Heaven!

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Okay, so maybe this is a poor comparison since the commander in the movie was allowing and justifying sinful actions.

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But the fact is, there are so many truths which are “hard to swallow”, as the expression goes.

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One major stumbling block is because the Bible describes the unsaved as…”having no hope, and without God in the world“. Ephesians 2:12

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Yes, without the assurance of everlasting life, the subject of death and eternal judgment is just too difficult for unbelievers, as well as many professing believers who may be faithful church-attendees, but have never truly received Salvation.

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Another major stumbling block for most is that the Gospel, the true Gospel just seems much too bleak and austere! They look at the self-denying lifestyle of true Believers and shutter at the thought of giving up so many worldly idols, such as television, partying, and all the other selfish pleasures and ambitions which Christians shun.

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Another truth which the world can’t handle, is living a life of prayer, faith, holiness, and Bible study/contemplation. The world has no taste for such things, nor do they understand that the indwelling Spirit of Holiness gives peace, joy, and pleasure like an ever-flowing river to Christians.

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Still another truth which they can’t handle is to realize that Christ condemned this world, the only world that unbelievers know! And so, when they perceive that Christians anxiously wait for and live for the world-to-come, it’s often more than they can handle.

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“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ,

in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

To the one we are the savour of death unto death;

and to the other the savour of life unto life.”

2nd Corinthians 2:15-16

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Just think about it!

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If we are living the Christ-like life, who in the world would want to “buddy around” with us anyway!?!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpg

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Only another Believer would dare hang around us, if we are truly Christ-like.

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Do we suppose that Jesus had secular friendships?

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Or Paul, perhaps?

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Or even the Apostle John?

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Certainly the Bible makes no mention of these three having secular friendships. Only those who were contemplating becoming followers of Jesus were interested in His companionship.

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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JOHN’S ONENESS WITH CHRIST

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And as far as John’s holiness, just read John’s three Epistles and listen to his language.

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John had so merged with Jesus, that it seems that Jesus was speaking in John’s Epistles, and no longer John!

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No, the only persons who wanted to “hang out” with Jesus, Paul, or John were those who were already disciples, or those who were contemplating becoming disciples.

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The above verse from 2nd Corinthians says it all… “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life.”

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This passage really reveals just how Christians are regarded by the world: “the savour of death unto death”.

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John The Apostle by Alonzo Cano 1635-1637 – Wikipedia – public domain

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PAUL, JOHN, AND JESUS: NO SECULAR FRIENDSHIPS

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Never, never do we ever read anything about secular relationships with those three Christian role-models (Jesus, Paul & John).http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/Pictures/The%20Early%20Church%20Artwork/target8.html

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And yet they evangelized more successfully than any other humans on this planet. They felt no need to begin doing secular fellowship in order to win over unbelievers. As a matter of fact, those three role-models were so busy with their spiritual life, they had no time for secular entertainment, even had they wanted to.

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Listen to Paul… “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21.

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Does this type of total devotion to Christ by Paul, sound like something that would attract worldly friendships?

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Paul Shipwrecked – Acts 27:41-44 – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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“COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM”

2nd Corinthians 6:17

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“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. ” Colossians 4:5, 6

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We are to be kind to all, and to have Christ-like love for all.

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And while we are to beckon them to come and follow Jesus, we are nevertheless to separate from their comphttp://blog.travelpod.com/travel-photo/jeastty/3/1303829593/mall-witnessing.jpg/tpod.htmlany when it comes to our fellowship and companionship. Oh yes, there will be situations in the family and in the workplace that we need to mingle and be friendly and join in.

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But in all we do, we are to be Christ-like in our dealings with Mankind.

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What this means is that we are to deal with the people of the world just as Christ did. And yet because of our past sins, we must also have the humility of Paul…who realized he was a very fallible human.

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Sin is very contagious. We are very weak. Those who think they can “warm themselves around the fire with unbelievers” (as did Peter, on the night of Jesus trial), just do not understand how powerful is sin.

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

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Mall witnessing, Panama City, Panama

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“THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS”

Isaiah 35:8

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“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1st Peter 1:15, 16

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But the fact is, it is because we are yet worldly-minded to a certain degree, that unbelievers still desire our companionship.

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On the other hand, we don’t need to speak about Christ in the workplace, or even at home. Silence about Jesus is usually the safest course to maintain in most daily situations. Let your quiet honesty, humility, sincerity, warmth, and human compassion do the speaking for you.

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But many would like to imagine that through companionship with unbelievers, we can be an encouragement to them, to become like us. But the fact is, it is usually just the opposite that occurs: we become more like them… “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1st Cor. 15:33.

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If we will only follow in the pathway of those three role-models, Jesus, Paul, and John, we will find that God will bless our evangelism far more than we now experience.

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And that pathway is what the Narrow Way of Matthew 7:13 is all about! The Narrow Way is all about becoming a follower and Disciple of Jesus. The Narrow Way is all about following in the path of holiness.

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Listen… “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called ‘The Way of Holiness’.” Isaiah 35:8.

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ABOVE PICTURE: The True Upward Pathway www.signsofheaven.org

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Please give me an exalted vision of what it means to be a Christian. Lead me into holiness, so that Christ may shine brightly from my soul…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place”

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be an open-minded seeker of truth, even if it means giving up a very highly regarded Church opinion! Let me be willing to investigate any seemingly new teaching if it appears to have some biblical validity…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ” FEBRUARY 10 (The Deserted Island Theologian!)”, 

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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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BIBLE VERSES PICTURED IN THE HEAVENS

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“With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.” Ezekiel 26:12

Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation

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THIS STAR-CHART: This is a Wikipedia star-chart, in which this site’s editor has sketched in these three constellation (without the Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation). Notice how the right front hoof is trampling on the tail of the Dragon. Also notice his eye is a star.It’s best seen when in the western half of the sky. It is found in mid-sky traveling from east to west. In January, it is in the west after midnight. As winter progresses, it can be seen earlier and earlier in the evening. a dark sky with good star-visibility is best, but not absolutely necessary to see this constellation. It is found on the opposite side of the Dragon Constellation from Orion. And as already stated, this Goodly Horse Constellation can be seen best in mid-winter when it is in the western side of the sky, and you are looking at it while you are facing west. The nose and head of this horse is partly made from the Perseus Constellation. The tail and rear end is partly of the Cassiopeia ConstellationThe hind-leg is made partly of stars from the Andromeda Constellation.

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THIS HOLY-GHOST-RIDER

winter Constellations in the east

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.

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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. Hence, this constellation is perhaps the most faint of all the constellations of Signs Of Heaven!

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READ MORE…

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

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TOMORROW:

DECEMBER 6 (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?! Part 6: “Though He Slay Me, Yet I Will Trust Him!”)

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