THE GREATNESS OF JESUS CHRIST- THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE, OUR SAVIOUR GOD

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THE GREATNESS OF JESUS CHRIST                

When the young man Jesus arrived on the scene 2000 years ago in Judaea and Jerusalem, He changed the entire world’s view about life and about Himself, by what He said, what He did, and by what happened to Him. As we recently commemorated His passion and celebrated His resurrection from the dead, it is highly appropriate to considerThe Greatness of Jesus Christ.In the annals of mankind, there was no man living with greater majesty, nobility, compassion, wisdom, foresight, power, and humility than that of Jesus Christ. Though Jesus spent only 33 years on earth, He did so many great things that the apostle John hyperbolized ‘..there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should…

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HOW GOD FEELS ABOUT US, Shofar eBook Chapter 9

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HOW DOES GOD FEEL ABOUT US? From eBook ‘Sounding the Shofar- Exhortations for the End Times’.

Originally posted on God's Enduring Love:

I was mistaken about a continuation of Chapter 8 with ‘America Under Judgment’.  It is not a topic in the  ‘Sounding the Shofar-Exhortations for the End Times’ eBook,  but on God’s Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes   America in Decline and Under God’s Judgment‘.   I highly recommend that you read this very long and detailed post if you are interested in this subject, and/or also read Is America Under Judgment?  

CHAPTER 9

HOW GOD FEELS ABOUT US

God has very strong feelings regarding His Word and how we regard His Word.  To love God is to love His Word.  To love God is to obey His Word.  To be blessed by God, we need to know His Word and we need to follow it.  God is made known to us through His Word, and His Word reveals Himself to us.  John 1:1 states,

“In the…

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A COMPROMISER’S FALL- Balaam, the prophet

BALAAM- THE DISOBEDIENT, SELF-WILLED, AND COMPROMISING PROPHET

“And God said to Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.”  (Numbers 22:12)

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“And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.” (Numbers 22:22)

Balaam- the Story of a Great Compromiser

This story of Balaam, the prophet, is an excellent illustration of how a person who starts well with God can progressively backslide and eventually lose all of his reward.  Compromise is a root cause of the today’s apostasy in the churches and of the great falling away (2Th2:1-3).  The Bible account in Numbers chapters 22-24 is a good example of how compromising God’s Word is a step in the wrong direction- when a person professes a personal relationship with God, but begins to backslide.  He should know when he pleases or displeases God, and should be able to recognize truth from error.

What happened to Balaam illustrates the weaknesses of many believers today, including many high-profile Christian leaders and evangelists, who succumb to the ‘the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life’ (1Jn2:15-16).  Leaders active in God’s work are prime targets of Satan, who seeks to destroy them, and also bring embarrassment to the Church.  It is evident that Satan has made great inroads today by the increasing number of scandals involving Christian leaders taking place in the U.S. and all over the world.  Jesus warned us about great deception as a sign of the last days (Mt24:4,11,24).

Balaam, a Prophet of God    

Balaam was a believer and a noted prophet of Jehovah God.  He had a reputation for being a strong prophetic voice to the Israelites.  Balaam was presented a challenge and a big temptation when King Balak of Moab, enticed him with rewards and great honor if he would prophesy a curse against Israel.  The setting of this Bible account was after the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt in the days of Moses, before entering into the Promise Land.  King Balak feared being conquered by Israel, so he sent messengers to fetch Balaam for the purpose of pronouncing a curse upon Israel in order to defeat them in battle.  Balaam knew that Israel was chosen of God and was a nation blessed by God.  As a descendent of Esau, the son of Isaac, Balaam was acquainted with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the commandments of God.

Using Balaam as an example of a grievous backslider, this is what the apostle Peter said to the early Church:

“(Backsliders) Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.”  (2 Pe 2:15,16)

Balaam- Disobedient, Dishonest and Manipulative

Balaam did not listen to what God told him to do. After God told Balaam not to have any dealings with Balak, Balaam still persisted to do so.  He was reluctant to obey God.  Disobedience to God is what starts believers on the wrong path, the ‘downward slide of a compromiser’.  Some other names of a compromiser are hypocrite, middle-roader, fence-straggler, uncommitted Christian, left-wing believer, and a ‘lukewarm’ person of the Laodicean church who Jesus said “I will spew thee out of my mouth”.  (Rev 3:15,16).

Balaam not willing to accept God’s Word, was self-willed in wanting to get his own way.  He stubbornly set his mind to consider Balak’s offer of riches and honor.  When King Balak’s messengers told Balaam that he should come and curse Israel, Balaam told them to spend the night and he would see what God would tell him.  This is the account in Numbers 22:

 22:10 And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying,

11 Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.

12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.

13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the Lord refuseth to give me leave to go with you.

God told Balaam two things 1) Don’t go with them, and 2) He must not curse the people because they are blessed.  But Balaam did not tell the messengers the reason why he could not go, and that God said ‘thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed’.  Balaam was deceitful by not telling the whole truth and concealing information.  To withhold information is to be complicit in deceit.  Balaam withheld the main reason why he could not go to Balak by saying only “the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you”.   (Num 22:13)

King Balak Sent A Second Contingent After the 1st Group Left

Num 22:14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us.

15 And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they.

16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me:

17 For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.

18 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more.

19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the Lord will say unto me more.

20 And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.

21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

Balaam’s Deceitfulness and Temptation to Sin

Balaam did not resist temptation and chose to be evasive.  By being dishonest, Balaam misled the Moabite messengers and King Balak, and misrepresented God.  He avoided and skirted around the part about the ‘curse’,  thinking that he could get God’s permission to go and he would say what God would have him to say at that time, whatever that would be.  He also knew that God would not let him curse Israel, but he still wanted to go to Balak in the worse way.  He could not say “No”.

22:18 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more.

Here we see the extent to which a person may rationalize his position for the temporary pleasure and gratification of sin.  Balaam was tempted and blinded by the strong promise of riches and honor from King Balak. Contrast this with the  Moses’ testimony from Heb 11:25-26:

“Moses preferred to share the oppression [suffer the hardships] and bear the shame of the people of God rather than to have the fleeting enjoyment of a sinful life.”    (AMP Bible)

Balaam’s Stubborn Will vs Doing God’s Will

Balaam stalled Balak’s 2nd group with an overnight stay as he did the first group of messengers so he could consult with God again.  This time God said he could go if the messengers call him in the morning to go with them.  But Balaam did not follow God’s instructions and instead was up early and saddled up to go with the princes of Moab.

Balaam’s Disobedience Incurred God’s Displeasure and Anger

22:22 And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the Lord stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.  

Many folks remember best the next part about the talking donkey who saved Balaam’s life when the angel of the LORD blocks their way as they leave for Moab.

22:31 Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

32 And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:

33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.

Balaam Sorry, But Unrepentant

It is often that many people caught in their sins will not truly repent.  Will they offer a simple apology because they offended someone, or are they sorry that their sins were discovered, and would they even cease from their sins?  This is what Balaam said:

34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the Lord, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.

35 And the angel of the Lord said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

In essence Balaam may have meant, “I’m sorry, but I didn’t know you disapproved of what I was doing.  If it makes you unhappy, I’ll go back home.”  

But Balaam really wanted to go to King Balak, so God gave him permission to proceed on his way to Moab on the condition that he spoke only the words from God (20:35).  So Balaam gets his way and when he meets Balak, he has the king make sacrifices to God three different times while Balaam waited for God each time to give him words to speak to Balak.

King Balak Realized He Was Strung Along and Deceived by Balaam.

To Balak’s dismay after each sacrifice Balaam spoke parables and prophecies of blessings for Israel and what would become of the surrounding nations, including Moab.  (Numbers 23 and 24)

Balak had expected that when Balaam finally came, it was to curse Israel.

23:11 And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.

23:25 And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.

24:10 And Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.

24:11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the Lord hath kept thee back from honour.

So Balaam did not get the earthly rewards and honor he sought.  However, Balaam was used by God to fulfill God’s purpose, which was to speak blessings, and not curses upon Israel.

In the book of Numbers chapters 23 and 24, Balaam gave a total of 7 prophecies from the birth of Jesus to the role of Israel in world events of the latter days regarding the Middle East, the tribulation and battle of Armageddon and Millennium.  He gave many specific prophecies about the nation of Israel. He started out as a Star Prophet of God, but became a compromising backslider.

Balaam is an example of a man who was highly favored and used by God, but fell from his place of respect through sin and rebellion.  In Nu 31:8 the Bible says that when Israel warred against the Midianites, Balaam was among those who were slain.  At the time of his death Baalam was no longer a prophet of God, but a soothsayer, fortune teller, or diviner who prophesied for gain. (Joshua 13:22)

REMINDERS FROM JESUS:

“Take heed lest any man deceive you. . .”  (Mark 13:5)

“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”  (Rev 3:11)

ISRAEL- A BLESSED NATION

Israel is in the forefront of Bible prophecy today and has a major role in end times events. God’s Word is very clear about blessing Israel.

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed’ (Gen 12:3; 27:29)

Blessed is he that blesseth (Israel), and cursed is he that curseth thee.”  ( Num 24:9)

Thus, we learn from the story of Balaam, that God will bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who will curse her, and more importantly, that we should not compromise God’s Word, by our deeds or by our words.

THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD’S WORD

This is what the Bible says about God’s Word. Moses spoke to his people:

“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you’ (Deut 4:2)

 “Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever.”  (Deut 4:40)

 King David wroteFor ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”  (Ps119:89) 

 

REACHING THE WORLD FOR CHRIST- 50,000 Views!

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The True Church

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AMEN AND AMEN!!! This IS my church! HALLELUJAH!!!

Originally posted on A Ruby In The Rough:

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…the true Church to which a man must belong, if he would be saved.
Till you belong to this, you are nothing better than a lost soul.

Where is this one true Church? What is this one true Church like? What are the marks by which this one true Church may be known? You may well ask such questions. The one true Church is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus. It is made up of all God’s elect – of all converted men and women – of all true Christians. In whomsoever we can discern the election of God the Father, the sprinkling of the blood of God the Son, the sanctifying work of God the Spirit, in that person we see a member of Christ’s true Church.

It is a Church in which all the members have the same marks. They are all born again of the…

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WORLD VISION RECANTER

PLEASE READ THE LINK POSTED AT THE BOTTOM!

WORLD VISION RECANTS ANNOUNCEMENT MADE 2 DAYS EARLIER!

We need to pray for one another, our churches and Christian organizations that are  striving to seek to do the Lord’s will as we serve Him in our different ministries.   There is unity in the love of God and in obeying His Word.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”  Psalm 133:1

PAUL’S EXHORTATIONS AND PRAYER (1 Thess 5:12-28)

12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise not prophesyings.

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Famous Christian charity hiring married ‘gays’

Shofar:

End Times Warning from Jesus:  DON’T BE DECEIVED!!!  (Mt 24:4)
Don’t be unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2Cor 6:14)  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. (Eph 5:11)  UNITY IS ABOUT BEING ONE WITH GOD AND HIS WORD! TRUE WORSHIPPERS MUST WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH (John 4:24).  DON’T COMPROMISE! STAY WITH THE WORD OF GOD!  THE SEPARATING IS TAKING PLACE OF THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS!  IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORD OF GOD AS YOU SHOULD, YOU WILL BE DECEIVED!!! DON’T EVER, EVER COMPROMISE!!!  

 

Originally posted on 'I Am NOT Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ!':

2 Thessalonians 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  We are witnessing this falling away in biblical proportions.

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(World Net Daily) The mega ministry World Vision has announced that it now is allowing employees to be involved in homosexual “marriages,” in an effort to encourage “unity” among Christian supporters.

In an interview with Christianity Today Richard Stearns, who is president of the U.S. branch, said it is a “very narrow policy change” and should be seen by others as “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity.”

The U.S. branch, based in Federal Way, Wash., has about 1,100 workers.

He said that policy still will require employees to confine their sexual activities to within a marriage, but now that’s been expanded to…

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Sex Scandals Hit Close to Home- JOURNAL MUSINGS

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Sex scandals hit close to home!

Yesterday I saw something in the morning paper that left me disturbed and agitated! I could not believe what I saw and suddenly it was like I was caught in a time warp working alongside a man who became a good friend and with whom I grew to have great respect for.   Over 30 years ago I was co-founder with a Roman Catholic priest. . .

SEE- JOURNAL MUSINGS

THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER MILESTONE REACHED TODAY!!!

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“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, .  . .” (Phil 1:3)

THANK YOU FOR VIEWING ‘GOD’S ENDURING LOVE‘!!!

This morning my STATS went over 20,000 hits!!!  I wondered when this day would come since my second anniversary is coming up end May 2014.  I thought it would be nice if I could get 20,000 hits by then.   WE DID IT!!!  YAHOO!!!  HURRAY!!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Besides viewers from the U.S. and my friend Ajay in India, TODAY’S viewers  from Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Belgium took me over the top!!!

The VISITOR COUNTRIES are color-coded and now number 148 countries where Drgold and I have readers of our blogs and whose blogs we look forward to reading, also.   Drgold’s blog  ‘God’s Hidden Nuggets for the End Times’ began a month after I started mine in 2012, but he has nearly 10,000 hits more than I have at this time.  We are hoping that by June this year we will reach a total of 50,000 views for the Shofar blogs.  He is the best Bible teacher I know of (yes, I’m prejudiced!) and can write on his subjects at length, yet with brevity so that his posts are understandable and not at all intimidating.  Do visit his blog for a ‘meatier’ diet that is unlike what you find on ‘God’s Enduring Love’.  That way you will have a balanced meal!

(Jesus said) “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”  (Mt 4:4)

My prayer for you is that God will bless you.  May you trust Him to meet your needs and give you the desires of your heart.  Seek His will that you will fulfill His plan and purpose for your lives!  May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ abide with you now and forever.  AMEN.

GOD’S END GAME OF LIFE- FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

Shofar:

Ecc3:1.2 state ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die..’. Whether we choose to be or not, everyone living today is a participant in God’s End Game of Life.

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GOD’S END GAME OF LIFE- FROM HERE TO ETERNITY      

What is God’s End Game of Life and why is it important to us? From the beginning of time, God knew that man would degenerate into gross wickedness, immorality, greed, violence, and corruption, and that there would be an End Game of Life in the very last days. In God’s End Game of Life, while we are still living, we must all choose where we want to spend eternity once we die, in heaven- God’s promised land, or in hell- the Lake of Fire; heaven if we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour, or hell, if we reject Him! Jesus said ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to…

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