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David has written several Psalms that praise God and His Creation, and what strikes me about these verses is that David lived in a time where electric lights did not exist. Candles and lamps were the only source of light at night. But even with the whole town lit up with flaming candles and lamps, the stars in the night sky will still be visible.

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”  – Psalm 8:3-4

On a recent camping trip with my church, we had the opportunity to go out at night to an open field to gaze upon the dark blue sky, with the bright twinkling starts scattered all over the endless sheet of night. I lay there on the rocks in awe of the heavens. I could see the Big Dipper, Venus, and the spray of white that was the Milky Way. And what made me silent was the number of stars hanging there.

“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” – Psalm 147:4

Only God could know so many names. I could hardly take in everything I was seeing. I felt like I could just lie there and stare at the sky the whole night. It was just so beautiful! It was that night that I really came to understand David’s fascination of the heavens and the night sky. How awesome and powerful God must be to be the Creator of all these gorgeous wonders in the world. Only a Perfect Designer could have set everything in place with such ideal planning.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” – Psalm 19:1-4

I would strongly encourage everyone to plan a camping trip to an open field; a desert or meadow or anywhere where you can gain a clear view of the sky. What with today’s technology, electric lights are all over the place. It is difficult to see even a few stars in the sky. But once you get a good view of the sky, it is an ineffable experience. The expanse of the heavens is so marvelous, you can only know that the Lord of all Creation had set everything where it is, and knows every single star by its name.

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While studying Proverbs one morning, one verse really stuck out to me.

“Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” -Proverbs 25:28

As Christians, our heart is protected with a wall of God’s Word. The more scripture and truths we know, the higher and stronger the wall. As we meditate on the Word of God, our wall becomes more fortified. That is why daily Bible study is so important. It helps us exercise self-control and protect us from the enemy’s lies. But when we lose self-control and give in to sin, we give ground to Satan. He gains more and more ground until our walls come crumbling down. It lays in ruins until we go back to the Lord and seek out His word to rebuild our defenses. It is a long and hard process, but that’s to be expected when you have to clear up all the debris and then rebuild the walls from what’s left.

Part of Revine‘s mission is to equip you with God’s Word and truth so that you may keep the devil at bay by setting of the Truth against his lies. If you haven’t already done so, establish a daily Bible reading plan, memorize verses, and meditate on them throughout the day, Don’rt wait until your walls come down and leave your heart exposed; fortify them daily to hold strong against the enemy’s attacks. If you need help finding a daily reading plan, check out BiblePlan. For a new verse to memorize every day, check out Verse of the Day. Stay strong in the Word, rely on God’s grace, and live each day for the glory of the King!

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Clean or Unclean?

Please read Acts 10 before you read this post. 🙂

In verses 9-16, we read about Peter as he observes a blanket filled with ‘unclean’ beasts and birds. The Lord told him to get up, kill the animals, and eat. Peter, being raised in the Jewish faith, was shocked. He refused to eat the ‘unclean beasts’ that God told Israel in the Old Testament not to eat. The Lord then said “Do not call unclean what I have made clean.” This happened three times.

Peter ponders on this for a while, until several servants Cornelius, “a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment”, sent came to his door. Peter received them and they became his guests for the night. Two days later, we find Peter and Cornelius’ servants in the town of Caesarea. They meet Cornelius and assembled his entire household to hear Peter preach to them.

By the old Jewish law, Jews should not eat certain ‘unclean’ animals. I discovered that the unclean animals stood for the Gentiles. Since Gentiles are also considered unclean, it is fitting for the unclean animals to symbolize them. The Lord then said that Peter should not call unclean what He has made clean. That means Peter should not call Gentiles unclean, for man is made in the image of God. Peter didn’t understand at first, but when Gentiles-Cornelius’ servants came, Peter invited them to be guests in his own house! Then Peter preached to Cornelius’ household, who were also Gentiles! He began to associate with the Gentiles after this revelation.
The meaning in a nutshell: Peter learned that what God has made clean, he should not call unclean. 🙂

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