Daily Devotional, Year 3 – August 24 (Flower of the Field, Part 20: “Slip-Sliding Away”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – August 24

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Flower of the Field,

Part 20:

“Slip-Sliding Away”

To read Part 1, click here…“Flower of the Field, Part 1” 

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“But as for me, my feet were almost gone;

my steps had well-nigh slipped.

For I was envious at the foolish,

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Then I went into the sanctuary of God;

then understood I their end.

Surely thou didst set them in slippery places:

thou castedst them down into destruction.

How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment!

they are utterly consumed with terrors”

 

Psalm 73:1-3, 18, 19

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Every now and then, in this world-of-lies, a certain, secular storybook, or television show, movie, or maybe even some popular song slips through the cracks, presenting some profound truth which aligns itself with God’s infallible Word-of-Truth.

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Such is the case with a certain song/poem with the following lyrics in the last verse…

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(4th verse) “…God only knows, God makes his plan

The information’s unavailable to the mortal man

We work our jobs, collect our pay

Believe we’re gliding down the highway

When in fact we’re slip sliding away

Slip sliding away, slip sliding away

You know the nearer your destination

The more you’re slip sliding away”

Lyrics of Paul Simon provided by Musixmatch

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Yes, the citizens of this tragic world, while trying to be happy and prosperous, are merely “slip sliding away”, day-by-day, year-by-year, falling in and out of troubles, both little and big.

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Now in this very well-done song, the composer cites three examples of how this world is caught in various human tragedies, so common today:

1. A person totally and hopelessly enveloped in romantic idolatry,

2. A woman unhappy and remorseful with her bad marriage and poor life-choices,

3. A father separated from his son, longing to explain to his little one why he made the life-choices which separated the two.

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Well, the point of today’s devotional is to expand on this theme, so as to make a greater emphasis on the main lyrics: “Slip-Sliding Away”

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So true are these human sentiments…“You know the nearer our destination, the more we’re slip-sliding away!”

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Yes, the author of this popular song made the observation that the entire human race would like to “Believe we’re gliding down the highway When in fact were slip sliding away” 

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After all, we humans quite often believe that our lives are going pretty well, maybe even a great success, when in fact, we are just one step away from misfortune, failure, and even disaster!

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Perhaps we’re having great victories in our careers. Or maybe our looks and personalities are attractive to others.

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Or we enjoy endless partying, socializing, laughing, and joking our way through life, seemingly unscathed!

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Or maybe we’re just “livin’ the dream” (as the saying goes), and “the envy of all!”

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But what we so often forget is, that sooner or later, we are certain to meet with failure…or sickness…or rejection…or bankruptcy…or divorce…or addiction…or war…or loss of loved ones, and finally, for each and every one of us…our cruel appointment with death.

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Yes, that hard-working entrepreneur who joyfully puts in an 80-hour week, quite often does so at the expense of his marriage, and/or children! And his daily sacrifice of his family upon the altar to “the god of prosperity and pride” will eventually catch up to him (or her). And sorrow, tragedy, and bitterness will then replace all the joy of success and prosperity we once thought would never end.

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But this same tragic tale comes in countless forms. A certain movie called “The Days of Wine & Roses” is about a successful business executive who began drinking “just one celebratory glass of wine” with his young, beautiful wife. but before long they became hopeless drunkards, losing all their many worldly attainments which financial/social success usually brings! 

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Says the Preacher…“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them” Ecclesiastes 12:1

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“…God only knows, God makes his plan

The information’s unavailable to the mortal man”

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As these lyrics so poetically say, God, “the Author of Life”, is infinite in knowledge and wisdom. “His understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5)

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And the people of this last world have no knowledge of why things happen, both in the world, but also in their own person lives, as the song says…“…God only knows, God makes his plan. The information’s unavailable to the mortal man”.

 

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But those who have returned back to follow Jesus…they know…they understand.

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Listen to the Prophet, Jeremiah…”But though He (God) cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. To crush under His feet all the prisoners of the earth…Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD” Lamentation of Jeremiah 3:32-34, 40

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This passage reveals that God allows us to eat the fruit of our ways, in hopes that in our sufferings, we will turn to the Lord for help, guidance, and deliverance from death!  God says…“I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die…?”

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And Heaven’s alternative to our slippery ways gets even more wonderful, as Jesus stretches out His hands and proclaims…”Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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Such a simple solution to mankind’s tragic mismanagement of this world! “Perfect peace” can be ours! (See Isaiah 26:3) Not only can we have peace and joy in this present little time on earth, but also throughout eternity in the earth-made-new! A new Heavens and a new Earth, in which all nature will be freed from decay and death. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”. Revelation 21:4 

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“All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field…The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” Isaiah 40:6, 7

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And just what destination are we getting nearer to? Old age? Death? Yes, it seems like all our youthful victories and successes seem to eventually fall away, like the proverbial flower of the field.

From little children, oblivious to much of the hopeless wickedness of this fallen world, to teens who begin suffering various pains of peer-pressure, personal problems and inadequacies.

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And then becoming senior citizens, suffering increasing health issues, financial issues, loneliness, loss-of-loved-ones, fear-of-death, it can be truly said…“You know the nearer your destination, The more you’re slip sliding away”. Yes, the older we get, the more that life can get difficult, to put it mildly!

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No One Is Righteous
Rom 3:9  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Rom 3:13  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Rom 3:14  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Rom 3:15  Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Rom 3:16  Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Rom 3:17  And the way of peace have they not known:
Rom 3:18  There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

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TO READ MORE…Daily Devotional, Year 3 – October 13 (It’s A Throw-away World, Part 2: “Mojo-Magic or Devilish Design…or Both?”), or you may also read…DAILY DEVOTIONAL October 26th (It’s a throw-away world!)

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THE END

Soldiers of the Cross - Armor-Up!.

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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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FLOWER OF THE FIELD CONSTELLATION

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This is perhaps one of the most amazing constellations that God has created! It truly looks like a flower, and appears to be blowing in the direction of westward. But as autumn draws near, this constellation appears to bow itself down, just like the flowers of Earth bow down, at the summer’s end.

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And these are not merely obscure stars. These are among the biggest and brightest stars in the night heavens!

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Two Turtledoves-Flower of the Field- Cross/Scepter Constellations

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The Two Turtle-Doves Constellation is also known as Sagittarius .

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The Flower of the Field is commonly known as Scorpio .

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But there is another obvious aspect to this constellation group. Notice that the birds are flying in the same direction as the flower is bending; it is as if the east wind is blowing these heavenly messengers…

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“The wind blows where it desires, and you hear the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:8.

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So here is another incredible Bible concept, written in the heavens! And God has spoken of these signs! Listen… “For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89

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THE ZODIAC CONSTELLATION NAMES

By the way, it is not the purpose of www.theheavensdeclare.net to give any validity to the Zodiac or any pagan deities. But the common names of many constellations must be given, solely for the purpose of locating them on star-charts.

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FLOWER CONSTELLATION BOWS DOWN…

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AUGUST 28TH, 2011

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"Ark of the Covenant" and "Flower of the Field" Constellations (Springtime)Public Domain-www.signsofheaven.org

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It has become apparent, on this date, that as summer draws to a close, this Flower of the Field Constellation” appears to bend almost completely down. This occurs as it travels into the western skies. It somehow rotates in order to produce this effect. This is a very wonderful phenomenon…and biblical too! After all, the Bible says “the grass withers and the flower falls away”. And that’s exactly what this flower constellation seems to do. It almost seems to be bowing itself…in the direction of that bright and beautiful star, “Arcturus” (which represents Jesus). This would make sense. After all, Scripture states…

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"Ark of the Covenant" and "Flower of the Field" Constellations (Autumn) Public Domain-www.signsofheaven.org

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“…unto Me (the Lord), every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear… Bel bows down, Nebo stoops… They stoop, they bow down together… Listen to Me… all you remnant of the house of Israel (God’s people)… which are carried from the womb: And even to your old age I am he… even I will carry, and will deliver you.” Isaiah 46″1-4 (condensed)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Flower of the Field Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

August 25 (The False Prophet, Part 19: “Destroyed For A Lack of Knowledge!”)

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