SURVIVING AS A CHRISTIAN

HAVE FAITH IN GOD
HAVE FAITH IN GOD
FAITH vs FEAR
FAITH is needed to survive as a Christian.  FEAR is the enemy of FAITH.
 
There are two things about fear, actually three to be concerned with.
 
The first thing to fear is FEAR ITSELF.  Fear is the opposite of our faith in God!  Fear defeats any faith we may have.  It is the enemy to ‘our hope and encouragement and success’, even our survival itself as a Christian believer.
 
God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.’  (2Ti1:7)
Fear comes from Satan, the father of lies who seeks to put us down with anything and everything that he can conjure up.
The thief cometh but for to steal, and kill, and destroy. . .’ (John 10:10a)  but Jesus came ‘that they (we) may have life, and may have it abundantly.’  (John 10:10b)
The second thing to fear, for the unwary, is the CHURCH they may be attending.   Do you know that the church can serve as an enemy to our souls? Fear the church that does not preach and teach the Gospel of Christ and the whole counsel of God, that does not teach that there is only ONE WAY to be saved which is through the blood of Jesus.  Fear the church that does not explain the way to salvation and eternal life through repentance of sins and believing in God’s Word.  Fear the church that has compromised with the world and adopted its views to ‘go with the flow’ and is leading their members down the broad way that leads to destruction. Jesus said:
‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.’   Mt7:13,14.
RUN from the church that never mentions sin and repentance, hell and coming judgment, the signs of the end times, and soon return of Christ.
The third and most important fear is a godly fear, FEAR GOD, this fear meaning to honor and reverence God and His Word.  This is what the Bible says about the fear of the LORD:
 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Prov 1:7
 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.  Prov 9:10
FEAR GOD should be number one on this short list.  If we fear God and live by His Word we can have faith to live above those things that discourage and defeat us.  This is why it is important to be in a church where Bible study is taught by Bible-believing pastors and leaders who teach from the Bible, and not preach ear-tickling, feel good sermons, and the latest false teachings that are going around as new revelation.  
We overcome worldly fears by the Word of God which builds up our faith. These are some of the many promises in the Bible regarding God helping us in time of need:
 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Psa 46:1
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  Rom 10:17 
 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.  Jer 33:3 
 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  Psa 34:4 
 

Faith is the opposite of Fear. Here is more on Faith:

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Heb 11:6.
‘… faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’   Rom 10:17
 
the man in right standing with God [the just, the righteous] shall live by and out of faith and he who through and by faith is declared righteous and in right standing with God shall live. [Hab. 2:4]  Gal 3:11 AMP Bible
 
To ‘endure to the end’ and survive as Christians, we will need GREATER FAITH, which will only come by serious personal study and taking heed of God’s Word, especially if there is little or no emphasis on Bible study in your church.  
 
Jesus said, 
The words that I speak to you, they are spirit and they are life.   John 6:63b  
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Satanism: America’s Religion

Shofar:

‘. . .God does not exist for us; we exist for God.”  Excellent post!

‘the thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy’ (John 10:10a)  

It is Satan who blinds people from the Truth and robs them of the gift of salvation and eternal life.  Satan is at work in the churches,  not only in the unchurched world.  DECEPTION is his main strategy and many are fooled by Satan by listening to false teachings from his charismatic agents of  ‘feel good religion’ and the popular prosperity gospel.

Be sure to read this post:

http://heulu.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/why-do-people-resist-god/

Originally posted on Waxing Philosophical:

I think Satanism is probably the largest religion in America. Don’t discount me just yet, let me explain. Not the Satanism in movies where they draw upside down pentagrams, turn their crosses 180 degrees and sacrifice goats. No, the Satanism we practice here is LaVeyan Satanism, and it is so very insidious because it looks like the American dream.

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Though LaVeyan Satanism certainly encompasses more than this, I am going to focus on this aspect of it. This is taken from the wiki about LaVeyan Satanism, “The religion of Satanism, as LaVey espouses it, is centered almost exclusively upon the concept of being one’s own god; as such, values and attachments such as love, affection, and caring, along with opposing concepts such as hate and wrath, are to be disseminated at the discretion of the individual Satanist.”

This is our religion America. At last we have found our true calling…

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AGENDA 21- THE COMING NEW WORLD ORDER vs GOD’S AGENDA

Shofar:

Drgold’s post- AGENDA 21 is the precursor to the Antichrist Beast System found in Revelation 13. For Christians in the New World Order, their faith will be severely challenged, tested and redefined by new laws and pressure put on its leaders and pastors for compliance to AGENDA 21. Being a Christian will not be popular. . .

Originally posted on God's Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes:

AGENDA 21- EARTH’S SUSTAINABILITY AND DEPOPULATION  

All governments and kingdoms must have rules or laws to remain viable. Without rules or laws, it is anarchy. Also rules or laws without any consequences are just plain good advice. There is a coming New World Order of control, containment, confiscation, martial law and a police state. There will be definite rules and laws that will dictate our daily lives, our every movement, what we must do and follow, based on the foundational principles developed in theAgenda 21 of the UN Initiative in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Agenda 21,masterminded in 1992, laid the groundwork and scope of theNew World Order.The ‘21’ in Agenda 21 refers to this present 21st Century.  What America is experiencing today is moving us from the planning to the implementation stage of the New World Order-the present thrust coming…

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The Man Who Was Mad At God!

Shofar:

I am reblogging this because 2 years ago I didn’t even know how to post a photo. It helps the viewer to see how high the condominium is and where the penthouse is situated.

Originally posted on God's Enduring Love:

I LIVED IN THIS CONDO ACROSS FROM ALA MOANA  BEACH PARK, Honolulu Hawaii.

I LIVED IN THIS CONDO ACROSS FROM ALA MOANA BEACH PARK, Honolulu Hawaii.

 (REBLOGGING THIS STORY WITH PHOTO- originally posted Sept. 2, 2012)

After our children had all grown and flown the nest, Wyman and I moved out of our large 9 bedroom 5 bath home to a luxurious, 32 floors and 350-unit condominium near  Waikiki.  On the 3rd floor level was a spacious well-manicured lawn, beautiful landscaped garden with a walking path, and large swimming pool and hot tub.  There was also a well-equipped party room, and next to it was a glassed in, fully equipped exercise room.  Being retired, Wyman liked to exercise daily during the mid-mornings.  One day while exercising, there was just one other person in the room with him, an 80-year old Japanese man.  Wyman knew this man, who at one time was a very prominent real estate developer, lawyer and city councilman in Honolulu.  He struck…

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Birth Pangs are not only Increasing and more Intense, but are more Frequent!

Shofar:

I was impressed by the Holy Spirit that God is speaking this same message to many believers of Jesus Christ today who are hearing His voice.

Originally posted on End Time Bible Prophecy:

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Preacher Woman on a Boat

Shofar:

Edited post on Philippines Mission- This is being reblogged because I noticed the photos got separated from each other when I did the post in 2012.

Originally posted on God's Enduring Love:

Preacher Woman on Boat

Preacher Woman on Boat

Going by boat to the small island of Pugaro.  Me on the right accompanied by a pastor’s wife.  I’m the guest speaker for the Sunday service.  I’ve preached there a number of times- a lot of youth and old folks faithfully await the infrequent visits of American missionaries to encourage them in their faith.   The island is near Dagupan City.  The church is very  humble  with open air windows and the folks are happy to have an American missionary bring them a fresh Word from God.  I often give strong words of exhortation to be faithful to God in their daily living, etc. and pray for their needs.   Then after church I will have a lunch of milk fish/bangus and vegetables with them!

Pugaro Island

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SHALL I OR SHALL I NOT???

SEE  https://ebible.com/questions/1735-should-a-christian-attend-the-wedding-of-a-gay-couple?mlgq=1&rpt_k=email_weekly_1408406400&rpt_m=clicks&rpt_uid=204135

 A TOUGH DECISION TO MAKE!

A TOUGH DECISION TO MAKE!

END TIMES SONG- Johnny Cash

GREAT SONG WITH GREAT LYRICS!

ENJOY ‘CASH’ AND LISTEN TO ALL THE WORDS!

NEW PAINTINGS ON ART GALLERY

JUST A REMINDER TO LOOK AT MY TAB BAR!

SEE- ART AND PHOTO GALLERY!

Drgold strumming his ukulele and praising the Lord.

Drgold strumming his ukulele and praising the Lord.

WEATHERING THE STORMS IN HAWAII- A REPORT BY DRGOLD

TALKING TO MY NEIGHBOR YESTERDAY 

 She said, “We cannot control Mother Nature.”

 I said, “NO, not Mother Nature.  It is FATHER GOD who controls the WEATHER.”

THE BIBLE states:

“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”   John 1:3

This is Drgold’s 8-8-14 email report to family and friends on Hurricane Iselle hitting the island of Hawaii:

“Hurricane Iselle made landfall over the Big Island at 11 pm last night, and is now Tropical Storm Iselle, being torn up by the twin high mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.  Tropical Storm Iselle has already passed the Big Island bringing  just high winds, heavy showers, and localized power outages, but not much different from many of the storms there.  Iselle is now moving westward and will be passing to the south of Maui and Oahu today, and Kauai later on Saturday.

Maui, Oahu and Kauai should expect strong and gusty winds, but no hurricane force winds; occasional heavy showers, and very rough seas.  Honolulu Airport at 8 am this morning  reported NE winds at about 30 mph, partly cloudy skies with light rain.  Gusts up to 60-70 mph can be expected at higher elevations.  Please tie down loose objects and furniture.

Direct hurricane hits over Hawaii are very rare, especially over the Big IslandThis is the first hurricane to hit the Big Island since 1871, 143 years ago.  Also it has been about 8000 days since Kauai was last struck by Hurricane Iniki 22 years ago with 175 mph windsbringing $1.8 billion damage and costing 6 lives.  (In contrast, the Philippine Islands where we visit and minister gets about 25 tropical storms/typhoons each year, including recent devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan last Nov 8, 2013 with 195 mph winds, over 7500 dead or missing and $3 billion in damages!)

 

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Here is an interesting diagram of past storms, how close they came to Hawaii since 1950, but with only 3 hurricanes striking, only Kauai- Dot in 1959, Iwa in 1982, and Iniki in 1992 and none over  the rest of the islands!  A blowup and careful study of the diagram and the color code will yield a lot of information.

 

Since this year’s El Nino warm water season in the Pacific is relatively strong and hurricane season officially ends Nov 30, we can expect more Tropical Storm/Hurricane threats till then, but the effects this time of Iselle should be relatively mild over us. The next one to watch is approaching Category 2 Hurricane Julio about 2.5 days away with 100 mph winds.  Julio may weaken later, but it is too early to tell.”

(Drgold is a retired meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Honolulu, Hawaii)

 

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