REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS! (Philippians 4:4)
These 3 young ladies are my granddaughters, ages 15, 21, and 19. This is one of their last summer flings on the beach before returning back to school. The one on the right goes off to college in Washington state this weekend. The painting I just finished this week will go with her to remember this joyful day with her sister and cousin in Blue Hawaii.
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
Holding Fast to the Blessed Hope
I just returned from the memorial services for a favorite cousin. Two days ago the newspaper published a lengthy obituary of 8 paragraphs on his life. Besides family information, it described the highlights of his life- accomplishments as an all-star athlete, professional achievements, awards and recognition as an educator and leader in the community, state and at the national level. His exemplary character and life lessons he expoused were extolled by the author of his obit.
BUT the most important paragraph was the first one which was a testimony of who he was- a child of God who had an intimate relationship with God, his Father in Heaven:
(He was) ‘lovingly surrounded by family and friends, and filled with the Holy Spirit’. . . ‘called home to enjoy everlasting life with Jesus Christ in heaven. His family laid hands, and prayed the Lord’s Prayer saying a final aloha, knowing goodness and mercy shall follow him as his spirit lifted to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’
My cousin loved the Lord with his whole heart and knew WHO he was; he knew WHERE he was going when his time on earth was over; and he knew HOW he would receive salvation and eternal life by believing in the name of Jesus. He knew about the BLESSED HOPE and was holding on to it.
‘Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto himself a peruliare people, zealous of good works.’ (Titus 2:12-14)
Hebrews chapter 11 says this about the ‘heroes’ or patriarchs from the Old Testament:
‘These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. . .
‘But now they desire a better country, that is an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.‘ (Heb 11:13, 16)
This is our BLESSED HOPE– That because Jesus was resurrected from the dead so we, too, can also HOLD ON TO THE BLESSED HOPE OF OUR RESURRECTION!
‘But I would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words‘. (1Thess 4:13-18)
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12)
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:4-5)
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.(Mt 5:13-16)
. . . be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; (Phil 2:15)
Recent oil painting of lava flow moving toward Pahoa, Big Island Hawaii in 2014.
‘Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and outstretched arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: ‘ Jeremiah 32:17
‘And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.’ Genesis 1:9-10
God’s creative power is still at work in the world today. The islands in our Hawaiian archipelago came forth from the sea, and the Big Island of Hawaii is still growing and being transformed like in my painting above. Kilauea volcano is the most active volcano in the world and has been erupting continuously for the past 33 years. It is the most active of the 5 volcanos in our state, 2 others are underwater and 2 are dormant.
HOW MIGHTY IS OUR GOD!!!
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GAIUS, FAITHFUL SERVANT OF GOD
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John vs 2)
In 3 John the apostle John wrote a letter to Gaius, an elder in the church, to praise his good works and Christian testimony among the brethren. He mentioned his displeasure with Diotrephes for lording over the people, and his callous attitude and behavior toward the leaders (fellow helpers, vs. 8-10). A third person John wrote about is Demetrius, another leader, for whom he has words of praise (vs. 12). Here are a few significant points from 3 John.
BELOVED OF GOD
We, who are loved of God and who love God are called His Beloved, even as Gaius was addressed by John- ‘Beloved’. John wrote of himself as the disciple ‘whom Jesus loved’ in John 20:2; 21:7; 21:20.
TRUTH 6 References to ‘The Truth’, ‘In the Truth’ (2 x’s), ‘In Truth’, ‘To the Truth’, ‘Of the Truth’.
This refers to GOD’S WORD, the Words of Jesus as He taught His disciples, the teachings and lessons from the Bible that we should learn and live by.
John said ‘I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth’ (verse 4).
JOHN’S WISH FOR GAIUS
3 Parts- Prosperity, good Physical health and Spiritual Prosperity (vs 2).
Why did John wish or pray for prosperity or financial and material blessings for Gaius? In his letter he reveals what Gaius did with his prosperity.
- Gaius was faithful– vs 5, ‘Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;’
- He was charitable in supporting and receiving the workers who go forth in ministry, vs 6-8, thus being ‘fellow helpers’ to the truth;
- Gaius had a good testimony (and he noted that of Demetrius who ‘had a good report of all men’, vs 12.)
May we, too, understand what ‘TRUE PROSPERITY’ means, what purpose it should serve, and let’s provide support and encouragement to our brethren-fellow workers!
GOD’S LOVE, PEACE AND JOY BE WITH YOU ALL!
J-O-Y is: JESUS FIRST, OTHERS NEXT, YOU LAST! AMEN!
The 3rd Epistle of John:
1 The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
7 Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.
9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.
(Jesus said) ‘ I am come that they (you and I) might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.’ (John 10:10b)
Someone recently remarked in our adult Bible class that he did not think that many Christians seem to know and experience the ‘abundant life’ Jesus spoke of.
Abundant life is not about financial prosperity, worldly possessions and material goods, luxury cruises and vacations, or fine dining restaurants. It is not even about a comfortable home and closet full of clothes; it is not club memberships, one’s life style, a steady job and popularity, or anything associated with the world we live in. The abundant life/prosperity message of many ministers and teachers today is deceiving many Christians into thinking that the focus is on living in the here and now, rather than focusing on where they will spend their eternity.
Jesus came preaching about the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, a soon coming kingdom, unlike any of the kingdoms on earth (Mt 4:17). The apostle Paul was commissioned to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom of God/the mystery of Christ more fully (Col 1:27, 4:3; Eph 3:1-12).
‘My kingdom is not of this world. . .’ (John 18:36)
‘For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost’. (Rom 14:17)
The abundant life will not be fully realized until Jesus returns to establish His Kingdom on earth (John 14:1-3). In this present earthly life, Jesus will never leave us, nor forsake us (Heb 13:5) and is our advocate, interceder for us to our Father in heaven, even as the Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Teacher. Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer and coming King, our Rock and Fortress, our Deliverer in time of trouble and need; He is our Blessed Hope (Titus 2:12-13).
What is this ‘abundant life’ in John 10:10b? It is about having ‘the peace of God that passeth understanding’ (Phil 4:7) which comes with placing our trust in God, and obeying His Word; it is to live without fear, having been given the Spirit of ‘love, power and a sound mind’ (2 Tim 1:7) to endure living in a dark and sinful world.
The abundant life is to know the joy of our salvation. It is to know God’s love and abiding presence in our hearts and lives, His blessings and promises to all those who love Him and are His children. We will be His heirs to rule and reign with Him in His Kingdom (2Tim 2:12; Rev 20:6).
Without Jesus, we would not experience any measure of abundant life now or ‘life more abundantly’ later.
‘Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom though ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:’ (1Pet 1:8)
‘Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?’ (James 2:5)
This is what Jesus said about heaven and hell.
What if you could spend 30 seconds in heaven and 30 seconds in hell? Which of the two do you think would give you a greater burden for lost people: the glory and majesty of heaven or seeing and hearing those in agony in hell?
Today, we are going to consider two things we need that are in hell. In the passage we are going to look at, Jesus pulls back the veil between this world and the next and shows us there is a heaven and a hell. There are only two eternal destinies and everyone in this room will end up spending eternity in one of them: either heaven or hell. There are only two directions you can go after death.
People don’t like to talk about hell. But because I’m committed to teach the full counsel of God, I am going to devote today’s message to this…
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Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (1Peter 5:8)
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: (John 10:10a)
After talking with some Christians about afflictions they’re going through or have recently experienced, I realized that the source of our testings and trials could be reduced to the works of Satan. My sister’s husband who was well and happy one day was hospitalized the next day for pneumonia. Two friends have teenagers whose personalities underwent extreme changes and are receiving psychiatric treatment. Another friend became bedridden for 4 months, unable to use her hands or feet; she was otherwise healthy her whole life. The works of Satan can be recognized by any or all of the following:
THE ENEMY’S S’s
- SUBTIL/SUBTLE; SNEAKY
Please learn about Satan’s evil works and spiritual warfare so you can stand against him!
See END TIMES TEACHINGS ‘Spiritual Warfare’ on Tab Bar https://heulu.wordpress.com/end-time-teachings/
Read about what happened to Job. In Job chapter 1 you will find ALL of the ENEMY’S S’s! He is crafty, the Master Deceiver of all mankind from the beginning of time until NOW!
Put on the whole armor of God (Eph 6:10-18); resist the enemy and he will flee from you (James 4:7; 1Peter 5:9)!
God bless you and protect you from the fiery darts of the enemy!
YESTERDAY I REACHED 40,000 views!!!
IS THAT A BIG DEAL?! YES, FOR ME IT IS!
You see, I started ‘God’s Enduring Love’ on May 26, 2012. I didn’t know the first thing about blogging, but Word Press saw me through my ignorance and incompetencies and now my site has been up nearly 4 years since then. In the beginning what was really tough was being a relic from the pre-computer age, meaning being computer illiterate. Even till this day the learning is gradual, though I’m moving ahead slowly. Six months ago I was talked into getting an iPhone so family members can text me and in seconds I could text them back! So I am also learning how to use the computer features slowly, but surely, mainly with the help of Logan, my youngest grandson (12 y/o) who is proud to show off how smart he is for his Nana.
Logan has several years experience over me with computer education in school plus his gadgetry and computer games he’s grown up with. All 7 of the grandchildren can tell anyone about the latest upgrades and how to shop on iTunes and the App store. Of course what helped them is that as babies they were already playing games with the gamut of the mobile devices their little hands could get on. It is amazing that they just learned how to do stuff without knowing how to read yet. Even after they acquired reading skills, they still could figure out most anything on their computers without written instructions or a computer manual, a demonstration by a live tutor, etc.
Shortly after I started my ‘miracle’ blog, in June 2012 I helped my husband with his blog ‘God’s Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes’ to post his many Bible lessons based on over 40 years of learning the Bible from the Holy Spirit. He has really serious teachings, current events relating to last days, etc. and zoomed ahead of me in viewership. He hasn’t posted anything new in months now and still has daily hits, doubling my daily averages. His last post is well read, ‘Warning- Hell is for Real. . .’ I feel happy for him that people are interested in his very provocative writings.
My original intent when I started blogging was to learn how to get a blogsite going for Drgold, my husband’s pen name. I hadn’t planned to continue mine, but just wanted to learn how to format a blogsite. However, curiosity got the best of me and I thought I would continue since I enjoy writing as much as Drgold, even though he is a better writer than me. To this date Drgold has over 65,000 views, and after a hiatus of 10 months, he will soon blog again!
I recalled what a WordPress editor said about blogging, that a 10,000 views minimum per year was a good indicator of a blog’s viability. This year would be the year to decide whether I would continue writing or have more time to pursue my other hobbies, art and music. So I thought. God has His own plans for my blogsite.
Anyway, this is the point I want to make. No one who drops in here to my site comes ‘by accident’. The sheer low numbers tell the story in themselves! It is ‘God’s Enduring Love‘ that draws anyone to a not so popular site with often unpopular topics, but written for those God has chosen to Himself for His plan and purpose for their lives. One will never know who reads my blog, whose life is touched by God. An example was a Hindu man with a photography blogsite who liked to read my posts. He died of a heart attack a year ago, a week after his last post, and somehow I believe that he reached out to God and God is with the Lord.
SO, I made 40,000 views one month before the 4 year deadline I had set for myself.
I want to THANK ALL OF YOU WHO READ MY BLOG POSTS, whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever reasons you have for visiting my blog, GOD KNOWS. God has touched the lives of folks from large countries to remote little islands all over the world. As I continue to write, my hope is to share God’s message of His Enduring Love for us all. Many have read ‘Why Do People Resist God.’ We can only hope and pray that the resisters will experience God’s love, be blessed with the gift of Salvation and have a better life than the one they now have.