Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014 … “<‘KOKO><“

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 233

Devotional Song: Go to this link - Please take the time to see a lyrical video of Curtis Mayfield singing his soulful song from 1972 … Keep On Keepin On, which was Mayfield’s plea for mankind to keep seeking love to supplant the times of war which was being experienced in those days. … And then YOU CAN GO TO THIS LINK  and hear a song I often have linked for my journaling, with Steve Green singing Find Us Faithful, where there is another plea for Christians to overcome discouragement by living out their faith in Christ

Highlight Passage: Hebrews 10: 35-36 … [NKJV] …
35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: … 
Highlight [Context] - NKJV: Hebrews 10: 19-39 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK

Reference Passage #1 - NKJV: Hebrews 10: 32-34 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  The Author reminds his Jewish Christian readers of their faithfulness in the face of many trials …

Reference Passage #2 - NKJV: Hebrews, Chapter 11 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  And here we have the great “Hall of Faith” chapter, where the author reminds Christians of those of faith who have gone before …

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by David McCasland took me back to the Letter in the Book of Hebrews, written by an unnamed author, who was writing to a group of persecuted Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, likely about 60-65 AD. These converted Christian Jews were being pulled into false teachings by many different faith groups; and the author of Hebrews was writing to help these Christians to remain true to Christ in their faith - the authentic faith of the true Gospel message.

In today’s world, it’s all too easy to get tugged and pulled away from Christ with so many false versions of “the gospel” being taught, where Satan is trying to confuse and discourage Christians from the true walk of faith which is espoused and taught in the Bible - both Old and New Testaments.

There are Mormons who teach a type of revised and so-claimed “christian’ belief, brought about by their “latter-day” prophet, Joseph Smith. There is the centuries-old false religion of Islam, especially with it’s radical element, which has captivated much of the world and is doing all it can to irradiate Judeo-Christian believers. There are many, modern gurus of faith, like Oprah Winfrey, who teach multi-faith approaches to dealing with life, but cannot abide Orthodox Christianity, which teaches that Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven. And finally there are many, modern-day, so-called “prophets” or teachers, calling themselves “christian,” who espouse heretical “word of faith” teachings which draw attention away from THE TRUTH of orthodox Gospel reality.

It can be so difficult to seek and find THE TRUTH in this milieu of untruth and confusing, man-made doctrines of faith. That’s why I came up with a signature encouragement when I write to real Christians who might be confused about their faith. As the Author of the Book of Hebrews was trying to do, my signature is " <'KOKO>< " … which means “Keep On Keeping On in Christ!” 

It’s my way of encouraging my fellow believers in Christ to continue to pursue a deeper, more abiding relationship with our Savior and Lord, Jesus. And in this signature, I’m also trying to exhort fellow believers to stay true to the REAL Christian faith, which is found by a clear and Spirit-led interpretation of God’s word.

So, as you read this today, ask yourself: … “Am I faithfully doing all it takes to know our Lord more through His word EVERYDAY … and am I going deeper in my relationship with Christ … EVERYDAY? … And if we can truly say “YES” to these questions, … I say …

" <'KOKO>< "  

My Prayer for Today … Lord, help me to stay true and go deeper to know You today … and even more so tomorrow. … Amen

Blogger Note: Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread [TGIF], distributed online via email by RBC Ministries. If you GO TO THIS LINK  on the date of my blog, you’ll find a link to read the Our Daily Bread blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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