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Dream of Mom in Heaven, STS eBook

I dreamt about my mom being in heaven.

A few years ago I had a vivid dream that I saw my mom in heaven.  I tried to capture the scene in a small oil painting.  She stood in a clearing in a white dress. There were trees on both sides of a path that led to a cottage at the end of it.  It was so beautiful and serene that I could only attempt to convey the mood in the picture with my limited artistic skills.

My mom knew Jesus as her Savior; she knew that God was her Father and she was His child, His daughter.  She lived a life that was pleasing to God.  And when she died she went to heaven where I will see her again one day.  When my dad passed on we had a private family graveside memorial.  Dad honored God his whole life.  Wyman told our family and friends to say their “Good bye,” or “I’ll be seeing you later”  if they accept Jesus into their hearts.  Many said a simple prayer of faith that day to assure themselves of their salvation, simply by believing Romans 10:9:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

John 3:16 tells us:

“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.”

(Continuation of STS eBook, CHAPTER 1, GOD IS FAITHFUl.  Note: I have highlighted some words and phrases.)

Having a Relationship With God

To know God and receive all of the blessings that He has for us requires a knowledge of who God is and finding out what it means to be a child of God.  This is why we need to learn to apply our faith to believe and obey God’s Word, as we enter into a relationship with Him.  Our relationship with God depends upon our love and obedience in following His commandments.  We accept the authority of the Bible as Truth and allow the Holy Spirit to give us understanding and clarity.  We accept it WHOLE and not pick it apart since God said that

“Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin,  for correction of error and discipline in obedience, and for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action).  So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work”  (2 Tim 3:16-17 Amplified Bible).

We have to know what the requirements are to be in a relationship with God, and then we can receive the blessings and rewards of our obedience to Him.  Everything we do in obedience to God’s Word in our families, our jobs and businesses, whatever we set our hands to do, will have God’s blessings in abundance, and we will be respected (paraphrased from  Deuteronomy 28).  But on the other hand, if we don’t follow God’s ways, curses and calamities, everything that could go wrong will happen to us because we have left the protective care and promises of God

The only way to be accepted by God and for us to have a relationship with Him, is to fully believe that God is who He says He is: He says what He means and means what He says, i.e. believe that HIS WORD IS TRUE! 

Numbers 23:19 says,

“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction (for what He has promised). Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” (Amplified Bible)

The reality of this is that a non-acceptance of God’s Word is a rejection of God Himself. This is the issue that confronts most folks today, even in the Church. So many folks want to accept God on their terms according to what they find agreeable with them or what meets with their approval.  God’s Way is the only way to eternal life. God sent Jesus to point out HIS WAY for us:  Jesus said (to Thomas and to us),

I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Since God reveals Himself and His plan and purpose for our lives in His Word  it is important to do serious Bible study, not just simply read it, but read and expect God to reveal His truth to our hearts, to make it real to our hearts and lives.  We need to STUDY to have God’s approval, to understand and interpret the scriptures correctly and not be ashamed by being ignorant of basic Bible principles; we bring reproach upon ourselves and do not bring glory to God if we present ourselves as poor testimonies of our  Christian faith (paraphrased from 2Timothy  2:15)

(NEXT- CHAPTER 2,  PLEASING GOD- LOVE GOD, LOVE HIS WORD AND OBEY HIM)

STS eBook- Introduction And Chapter 1

INTRODUCTION  

This book is from ‘Sounding the Shofar’, a Facebook group on which I posted words of encouragement and Bible teachings for family members and friends.  The posts were submitted nearly every day over a two and a half month period from mid September 2011 until the end of November 2011.   Friends who didn’t do Facebook had the messages emailed to them.  God’s Word encouraged all of us, me including, as I conveyed what the Holy Spirit was saying. Then I thought there must be more folks who will read and benefit from these posts.

I began to write because I  believe this is where God’s heart is and where my heart is. . . to begin to share what is more important than living a mundane life . . . to reach out and touch God, and have others, too,  receive a touch of His love, His mercy, and grace.

My purpose for this book is to emphasize the importance of the Word of God to help us in our faith walk- as we occupy and endure in these last days, while looking to the soon Return of Christ.

All scriptures are from the King James Version, or Amplified Bible (AMP) or otherwise indicated.

CHAPTER 1

GOD IS FAITHFUL

From my Journal:

“God is Faithful and True.  His love for us is an Everlasting Love, for He loved us from before time was, and will forevermore (Ephesians 1:4-5). There is nothing that He would withhold from us in the way of blessings.  He will pour them upon us, His children, releasing His love and blessings from heaven above, even as His love flows down upon all those who seek Him and call upon His name.  God proves Himself Faithful as He arrests those going the way of destruction, like He did the apostle Paul, and also does the same today, reining in wayward youth and adults and pressing them into service for His glory!  “For the wages of sin is death, but God’s gift to us is Everlasting Life and His desire is that all be saved” (Romans 6:23; 1Timothy 2:4).

God intervenes in the families of our friends and loved ones as we continue to uphold them in prayer and intercede for them.  This we must not neglect to do because the fiery darts of the devil are against them and us as well; he is unrelentless in his destructive work.  Satan will beat us down unless we make every effort to submit ourselves to God, and steadfastly resist the devil so that he will flee from us.  James, Jesus’ half brother says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7)

Satan doesn’t leave us alone, but troubles us on every side, at every opportunity, more so when we let our guard down.  That is why we need to know how to use our spiritual weapon, the Word of God, so we can stand our ground and push back the forces of darkness that seek to destroy us.

1John 4:7 states, “. . .greater is he that  is in you, than he that is in the world.”

We must take heart and know that it is God who does the fighting for us.  The battle is HIS  and the victory is OURS!  If God be for us, who can be against us?  No power or demon can put us down when Jesus is present to lift us up and sustain us! Praise the Lord!

God  Desires Fellowship With Us

Garden Experience, Kauai, Hawaii 8-27-2005  (Previously posted 6-8-2012, God Moments)

Hiking down from the Fern Grotto, it was as though the Spirit of the Lord was present among the thick tall trees and foliage of the lush rain forest.  Wyman and I were the last ones in our group and everyone had gone down ahead of us.  So no one was around when I was compelled to call out in a loud voice from the top of the trail.  I cupped by hands to my mouth and yelled, “WHERE ARE YOU?!”  From further down the trail I heard someone answer back, “HERE!”  I told Wyman to call out, “WHERE ARE YOU?” in his bigger voice, and he shouted, “WHERE ARE YOU?”  Again some guy yelled back from somewhere, “HERE!”

We started walking down the trail to join our tour group.  On the trip back down the Wailua River, Wyman sang ‘Beyond the Reef’, one of the few oldies he still remembers from bygone years.  We also sang two Christian songs to our small party of 15 passengers.  Then I shared with the folks that on the hike I called out, “WHERE ARE YOU?”  I asked if anyone heard someone shouting “WHERE ARE YOU?”  One guy identified himself as the one who shouted back twice, “HERE!”  It was a ‘chicken skin’ experience for me as I proceeded to explain how God called out “WHERE ARE YOU?” to Adam and Eve when He came to have fellowship with them in the Garden of Eden.”  God calls each one of us also, to have a relationship with Him, to  fellowship with us!  Praise the Lord that the boat captain was a ‘hang loose’ guy and let us have the mike so we were able to be Christian witnesses on this beautiful day in Kauai!

(To be continued- Having A Relationship With God)