Pilgrim's Path Daily

Friday, December 23, 2005

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all." Ps 34:19

DAILY THANKSGIVING

RAIN!

I live not very far from a rain forrest - on the western side of the United States. It gets so much rain there - and there is such an abundance of ferms and evergreens - that the air is often green. Green air might be nice at times - but it takes lots of rainwater to make and keep a rain forrest. Thank you Lord for rain.

IMAGINE THAT! - New scientific discoveries

The development of a new deep sea submarine offers the possibility to explore the two-thirds of the ocean floor that still remain uncharted. CLICK HERE

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NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

There is a place in the U.S. where you can experience a bit of both Canada and Mexico at the same time. CLICK HERE

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FOTO TOTO?

Cute baby!

Babies are cute - right? God was a Baby. God was cute. Cuddly. Tiny and helpless - completely submissive and reliant upon His parents for help, nourishment, changing or affection.

In fact, there was great danger for His very life right after He was Born - they sought to kill Him when He was just a Sprout! Imagine the slaughter of such innocence? In fact there was what has come to be known since as, "The Slaughter Of Innocents". (MANY infants that MIGHT have been Jesus were slaughtered - just in case!)

God's Love - even His Very Own Beloved Son - came to us helpless, as an infant. He then told His Own disciples that they had to Come (to Him) as infants - as little ones - or they could not enter His Kingdom. But for adults, surrender is very hard. It is one thing for a child to grow up into adulthood - but quite another thing for any adult to become a child again. Even so - this very thing is HOW Jesus insists we MUST Come - or not at all.

This baby in the photo has not experienced much of this world - yet. That may be considered one type of innocence. But the kind of Innocence Christ Provides is AFTER sin-guilt. After we have experienced much of this world's vice and have been stained by the graft and greed and lust of worldly pleasures. Innocence that FOLLOWS guilt, is like Life AFTER death!

Even so - those Christ Says are Innocent - are Innocent INDEED! That much is Written!

Jesus was completely Pure. He never sinned. We have. But His Blood Washes White and Pure as newly Fallen snow - and BRIGHT! Purity is the Brilliance of God's Own Holiness. And Jesus Said that only the PURE will See God! I want that! Just like that Babe in that Manger!

A Gift at Christmastide? My Gift is That Babe - the Very Best Gift ever Given!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Because of the hardness of hearts today, few can muster sincere honesty (Salt).
Where there is no Salt, there can be no Light. The heart that is dishonest and insincere cannot receive the Truth of God anymore than the carnal mind can receive the things of the Spirit - as Paul makes clear in 1Cor2:14,15, "But the natural man (unregenerate man, or carnal mind) receiveth not the things (gifts) of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know (understand) them, because they are spiritually discerned (BY The Spirit Who Dwells within all NewCreatures in-Christ - Spirit-unto-Spirit, as Christ Says in Jn3:6). But he that is spiritual (Alive with God's Spirit within) judgeth (Sees & Discerns) all things, yet he himself is judged of no man (by God alone!).". Salt is that heart-quality Jesus says we can lose - and that if we do, we are "Racca!" (good for nothing - of no Real Value to God). Humility, Sincerity, Genuineness, Simplicity, Childlikeness, Open-ness, Contrition, Willing to be Taught, Hungry and Thirsty for God's Government (Discipline) and Righteousness (Christ) - these are the heart-Qualities of Salt. We can lose it all. Some have approached me with questions of their soul-Salvation, only to recoil when presented with the Bible information regarding Salvation. Insincerity. Some asked Jesus directly about Salvation, only to be saddened to learn that the Gain of Heaven will mean the loss of the love of this world - the cross. No dishonest nor disingenuous heart can be Saved. Jesus Christ CANNOT SAVE an unrepentant rebel. He came to Seek and to Save the Lost and Damned - those who were ready to TURN TO GOD, or Repent. Spiritual leprosy of the heart is the determined soul committed to resist God's Control (Government). That soul is not only Damned, but doomed to be Abandoned by God! But LOSING our Salt implies we HAD it first - only to lose it later! So Jesus Warns us all - "Remember Lot's Wife!"

CHRISTIAN STUDY RESOURCES

"SOUL FOOD"
A Book By G. D. Watson [A 19th Century Deeper-Life Author]
CHAPTER 20: "CONCERNING SOUL SLEEPING."

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(To HEAR the PREVIOUS Chapter, CLICK HERE)

We are living in the times when the winds of heresy are blowing in every direction. One of these foolish heresies is "that the soul of man sleeps in utter unconsciousness from the time of death until the resurrection." In all those Scriptures where death is called a sleep, the plain reference is to the body. The only sleep that the Scriptures ascribe to the soul is to be asleep in sin. Sin acts upon the soul as opium on the body, rendering it unconscious of the things of eternity. Hence the word says, "Awake, thou that sleepest!"

We find in the Scripture the following facts to disprove the sleep of the soul in a disembodied state:

1. That the soul has a natural constitution of immortality.

We are told by Paul, in the 15th of 1st Corinthians, that Adam was made a living soul, but that Christ was made a quickening Spirit. The word "living soul" signifies an immortal soul; but Adam had no power to communicate spiritual life after his fall. On the other hand, Christ not only had an immortal soul, but power to regenerate other souls, and quicken them with the life of God. This is the difference between the first and second Adam.

We are told, in Ecclesiasted, 3rd chapter, that the spirit of man goeth upward, but that the spirit of a beast goeth downward; proving that at death the soul of man, in its mode of existence, is opposite to the soul of beast. We read in Zechariah, 12th chapter, that the "Lord formeth the spirit of man within Him." And the Apostle speaks of an "inner man." All such scripture plainly teaches that the soul has a formation and constitution independent of the physical life.

2. We read in several places that after persons had died, they were raised from the dead by their souls coming back into their bodies, showing that it was immortal.

In 1st Kings, 17th chapter, we read the account of Elijah's raising the widow's son from the dead. It says: "And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived." A similar passage is found in the 18th chapter of Luke, where Jesus raised from the dead the daughter of Jairus, when He said: "Maid, arise; her spirit came again, and she arose straightway." These Scriptures prove that the soul is a conscious, immortal personality; that it can exist in the body and out of the body, and returns again into the body.

3. The Scriptures speak of the soul going down to hell after the body is dead.

In the 14th chapater of Isaiah, we have an account of the death of the tyrannical king of Babylon, and his descent into hell. He was such a great man that at his death "hell from beneath was moved to meet him at his coming;" and the other wicked kings, who had gone into hell before him, "rose to meet him at his comming" and exclaimed, "Art thou become like unto us!" We are also told, in verse 16, that they "looked narrowly upon him, and considered him," exclaiming, "Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms!" And while all this was taking place in hell, we are told that his body was in the grave "covered with worms." (See verse 11.)

In the 10th chapter of Matthew, Jesus warns us "not to fear them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell," in which Jesus shows clearly that the soul can exist apart from the body; that it cannot be killed, as the body can, and that it can be in hell apart from the body.

The Lord also tells us of an actual occurrence, in the 16th of Luke, of a "curtain rich man" that died, "and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment." This man's soul had been asleep in sin all his life, and he never woke up to the reality of eternal things until he awoke in hell. This is the condition of millions today. They will never get their souls' opened until they open them in hell.

4. That the soul is alive and conscious when separated from the body is clearly shown from a great many Scriptures.

We see, in Ecclesiastes, 12th chapter, that at death the dust of man's body "returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns unto God who gave it."

"Life is real, life is earnest,
And the grave is not its goal,
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul."

Jesus told the penitent thief on the cross that before that day ended he would be with Him in Paradise. (See Luke 23: 43.) The real man to whom Christ was talking was not the fleshly body which was soon buried, but the immortal spirit in the body. He says, "Thou shalt be with Me in Paradise," showing that the real man would be conscious and happy in a world of bliss, away from all the sufferings of the body.

Paul tells us, in 2nd Corinthians, 5th chapter, that "whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord," but that we who have the earnest of the Spirit are "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." He also tells us, in the same Epistle, 12th chapter, that at the time he was stoned at Lystra, and left for dead, he was caught up into Paradise, and that whether he was in the body or out of the body he could not tell, and that while in that state he heard unspeakable words; proving conclusively that the real, thinking, knowing soul can exist apart from the body, with all its faculties and powers intact.

Peter tells us, in his Epistle, 3rd chapter, that after Christ was crucified, "He went unto the spirits in prison, who had died in the Flood, and proclaimed unto them His victory," showing that the souls of those drowned in the Flood were alive, and had been confined in a place of imprisonment ever since the days of Noah.

5. The recognition of souls in the disembodied state is expressly stated in nearly all the foregoing Scriptures.

The souls in hell immediately recognized the king of Babylon, in Isaiah 14. The rich man in hell at once recognized Abraham and Lazarus across the impassable gulf; and Abraham noticed his lost kinsmen. Moses had died, and his body was buried in one of the valleys in the mountains of Moab; but we read, in Luke 9: 30, that at the transfiguration of Jesus, Moses and Elijah appeared with Him, and that they were recognized by three apostles. When Stephen was being stoned he saw the heavens opened and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and he said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." This demonstrates the fact that the spirit of Stephen was not going to die or sleep with his body, and that he recognized the Savior in heaven. When St. John was in Patmos, receiving the revelation, he "saw the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held, and he heard them cry, "How long, O Lord?" (Rev. 6: 9-11). This proves that these disenbodied martyrs were not asleep; that they were recognized by the Apostle; that they possessed all their faculties; that they could pray; and that they were earnestly expecting the time to receive their resurrected and glorified bodies.

These Scriptures teach that souls in the disembodied state possess all their mental faculties-thought, memory, reason, perception-unimpaired; and that they have the same moral character that they had in the body; that they have suffering or joy; torment or comfort; that they recognize each other; that they can communicate with each other; that they take a great interest in the affairs of this world in reference to its destiny.

In confirmation of these Scriptures, volumes could be compiled of dying sinners who have had glimpses into hell, and dying saints who have had visions into heaven, and recognized the presence of angels and departed friends ere they left the body. For a Christian to be so deceived as to believe that the soul is unconscious after death, shows either a lack of Scripture knowledge, or a mind that is deluded by Satan.


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 5:15-17 "Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

  • ON 'REST/SABBATH' - (6:16 minutes)
  • ON 'THE CROSS' - (4:52 minutes)
  • ON 'ADVENT' - (4:13 minutes)

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DAILY POEM

"Strange gift indeed! - a thorn to prick,
To pierce into the very quick:
To cause perpetual sense of pain;
Strange gift! And yet, twas given for gain.

"Unwelcome, - yet it came to stay;
Nor could it e'en be prayed away.
It came to fill its God-planned place, -
A life-enriching means of grace.

"And he who bore it day by day,
Found Christ his power, his strength, his stay:
In weakness glorified, since thereby
The power of Christ might on him lie.

"Oh much-tried saint, with fainting heart,
The thorn with its perpetual smart,
With all its wearing ceaseless pain
Can be thy means of priceless gain.

"God's grace-thorns, - ah, what forms they take!
What piercing, smarting pain they make!
And yet, each one in love is sent,
And always just for blessing meant.

"And so, whate're thy thorn may be,
From God accept it willingly:
But reckon Christ, - His life - the power
To keep, in thy most trying hour.

"And sure - thy life will richer grow:
He grace sufficient will bestow:
And in Heaven's morn thy joy twill be
That, by His thorn, He strengthened thee."

--J. Danson Smit

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

No understanding Truth (God), apart-from KNOWING Love!

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"Unbelief sees God through CIRCUMSTANCES!"
--F.B.Meyer

(Put your roots down in circumstances pilgrim, and you will soon learn the hard way that this mortal life is all about LOSS!)

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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