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More on ‘Why Do People Resist God?’

This is a sequel to ‘Why Do People Resist God’ which is an often read post on this blog site. When I read it again recently, it had a much softer and somber tone to it than my first post.  But it is a serious topic, nonetheless!  God bless you all!

God's Enduring Love

A Sequel to ‘Why Do People Resist God?’

Two years ago, I wrote Why Do People Resist God?’.   I am overjoyed for the number of viewers who find this post and are reading it every day.  Perhaps it strikes close to their hearts because they, too, have unbelieving family members and friends whose spiritual lives are hanging in the balance. I would like to also think that some readers are searching for answers in their hearts, if there really is a God in heaven and does He really love them. 

We who believe that ‘there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun’ cannot help but feel  anguish and helplessness in reaching out to our unbelieving loved ones, friends and others  who resist God’s love and who reject Him and do not want anything to do with Him.  It is only through our continued intercession for them that God…

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TODAY’S WORD FOR YOU, 11-1-15

TRUST GOD.

TRUST GOD.  ‘. . . Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest’.

TAKE HEART, PEOPLE!

Have you been troubled by what you see happening in the world and about you, or have you, had a recent dose of trials, afflictions, attacks from Satan?  Whatever it is you’re going through-  WELCOME to earth’s club!

God’s Word to us today:

 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.   Col 3:2

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.   John 14:1-3

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  1Cor 2:9

AMEN!  HALLELUJAH!

 

IT COULDN’T BE TRUE! But there was no mistake.

Wonderful post that reminds us who we are in Christ when we have accepted Jesus into our heart.

MEETING IN THE CLOUDS

No mistakeA young boy from the New York slums was sent to the country by the *Fresh Air Fund.  He arrived late at night and was shown into a bedroom in the host farmhouse and told he was to sleep there.  It was like another world to the young chap who had spent his whole life in the slums, usually sleeping on the streets or in a dark hallway. He had never had a bedroom or even slept in a proper bed. In fact, he couldn’t remember ever being alone in a room before.

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Reach out and Touch Jesus – Healing -Inspirational Bible Verses

Do you have a need today? Reach out and touch Jesus as He passes by! Darrell Creswell writes one of my favorite inspirational blogs! God bless you, Darrell for sharing this!

Darrell Creswell - A Study of Christian Grace

Luke 8 44 Touch JesusJesus has provided healing for us, and by His stripes we have received that healing. Whatever the issue in your life is of sickness, or maybe you are dealing with financial, marital, personal or spiritual issues – Jesus is your healing. The following is paraphrased from Luke 8.

Jesus was traveling and speaking to a large gathering of people. In the crowd there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with a hemorrhage that caused her to have an issue of blood all the time. She had spent every penny she had on doctors and cures that never worked and nothing had been able to help her to stop the bleeding. She saw Jesus and believed if she could touch Him she will be healed.

She made her way through the crowd and slipped in from behind Him and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. At that…

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2013 A Better Year Than 2012?!

How can 2013 be a better year than 2012?

When we put God first in our lives, things will always be better for us!  When we obey His Word, and do rightly, things will work out to our benefit.

All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.  (Romans 8:28)

When we seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness, all the blessings of God will be added unto us! (Mt 6:33)

In 2013 let us “hope for the best and be diligent, and prepare for the worse.”  We can do that by seeking to have a closer relationship with God, growing our faith, getting to know Him better by giving serious time to studying the Bible and prayer.

I wrote about having a relationship with God and the importance of God’s Word in the first 3 chapters of my eBook, ‘Sounding the Shofar- Exhortations for the End Times’.  Please look over those chapters if you haven’t yet done so.  (See side bar ‘From Journal and Shofar eBook)

God promises many blessings to those who trust Him and obey Him, but we won’t know and experience His blessings if we don’t know what they are.  That is the reason why we have to search His Word to find those many blessings and claim them for our own.  When we know that God loves and cares for us, we can “hope for the best” by putting our trust in Him for our todays and tomorrows.  By persevering in prayer we can “be diligent and prepare for the worse” so that God will give us the strength we need when we need it,  and wisdom and knowledge to deal with our challenges, problems, burdens, and worries.  God will answer our prayers for help,  meet our needs, bless us, and protect us from harm and evil.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;  and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

No one knows what 2013 has in store for us, but we can trust God to help us through another year.  He will help us to be strong, and not be fearful of what the future holds as we stick close to Him and remember His promises for us- that He loves us and will never leave us nor forsake us.  (Hebrews 13:8)

 Our prayer for all of our SHOFAR readers is that you will know God’s love, His loving kindness and tender mercies, and have His Peace and Joy in your heart in this coming year!  GOD BLESS YOU!  HE LOVES YOU AND WE LOVE YOU, AND PRAY FOR YOU ALL!

Liz and Drgold

Will There Be Peace In 2013? Chapter 11 eBook- THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE

Hope for the best and prepare for the worse,” is a popular saying, but it does not speak faith for a Christian believer.  We cannot say that we have faith in God when in our hearts and minds there is a measure of fear and foreboding for the future.  It is easy to not have faith or to lose our faith when we see the unstable conditions of the economy and governments, or when we see upheavals in nature, and increasing evil and corruption running rampant in the world.  But the Bible tells us:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV))

Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (Hebrews 11:1 AMP)

As Christians our sights should be heavenward to God, for though we live in the world, we ‘are not of the world‘!  (John 15:19)  In Hebrews chapter 11 the Faith chapter, we can relate to the Old Testament patriarchs and their descendents, whose we also are, who as pilgrims and sojourners in this world “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”  They desired  “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 11:10-16)

To have faith in God means to put our lives in His Hands, to believe His Word that tells us He cares for us with an everlasting love, that He has a plan and purpose for our lives and He will take the lead in directing our lives, if we allow Him to.  Whatever comes, will come, but whatever it is, we can rest assured that God is looking after our welfare.  This is a great FEAR NOT scripture:

Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  For I am the Lord thy God…Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”  (Isaiah 43:1-3, 7)

God has a PEACE for us who know Him, and the question, Will there be peace on earth?” which was in Chapter 10 is reviewed again:

ACCEPTING GOD’S PEACE

Will there be peace on earth?  Will the present civil unrest and social revolution in America accomplish anything positive and bring us closer to having peace on earth?

Jesus said,

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

In 2 Thes 3:16, Paul said,

“Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.”

From these two verses we see that there is a peace that comes only from Jesus, and that He is the Lord of peace.  One of His titles is Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) when Jesus will establish His peaceful millennial kingdom on earth.

So for now while we are living amidst world problems and social upheaval, we can know and experience peace.  This peace comes from God as Paul states in Philippians 4:7,

And God’s peace (shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Jesus Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot whatever sort that is, that peace) which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  (AMP)

With all that said, it means that the kind of peace we can hope for can come from only God alone.  The King James Version says it simply,

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.

Paul, while imprisoned for preaching writes his letters/epistles to encourage the saints in Colossians 3:15,

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule in your hearts (deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in   your minds, in that peaceful state) to which as one body (members of Christ’s) you were also called (to live).  And be ye thankful (appreciative), (giving praise to God always).”   (AMP)

Our hope is in God who is present with us. He will get us through adverse situations, conditions and circumstances; it will not come from within us or outside of us, but it is GOD’S PEACE that will sustain us through the coming days as we pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”                                                

Jesus said that we could know peace through Him.   John 16:33 tells us

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Tribulation, afflictions, persecutions, wars, oppressions, devastations from natural disasters, calamities, social upheavals and the like affect people everywhere, of all ages and races.  There is no escaping of hard times and distresses upon every nation and people as we have seen in recent news.

WWJD- What would Jesus do and say whether Christians should participate in Occupy Wall Street protests?   NO WAY!

What do you see in the word ‘demonstrations’ that were intended to be peaceful, but have ended up in riots and bloodshed recently in Oakland, California?  It is Satan’s hand seen in ‘DEMONStrations’ of this sort to do his job which is to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10).

God is our Comforter and uses us to comfort others.

“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God  (2 Cor 1:4).

Romans 12:12 tells us that we should:

Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.”  (AMP)

Our faith in God and trust in Him will help us get through troubled times and all circumstances; God will hear our prayers and deliver us from evil.  Zechariah 4:6 states,

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” 

RESTING IN GOD

The Bible mentions a rest coming to God’s people in Heb 4:3, 9-11:

“For we which have believed (adhered to and trusted in and   relied on God) do enter that rest, in accordance with His declaration that those (who did not believe) should not enter when He said, As I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter My rest: and this He said although (His) works had been completed and prepared (and waiting for all who would believe) from the foundation of the world. So then, there is still awaiting a full and complete Sabbath-rest reserved for the (true) people of God;  For he who has once entered (God’s) rest also has ceased from (the weariness and pain) of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own.  Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest (of God, to know and experience it for ourselves), that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience (into which those in the wilderness fell).”

Jesus said,

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  (Mt 11:28).

CHAPTER 11

THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE

GOD’S KINGDOM OF PEACE

Until God establishes His Peaceful Kingdom on earth during the Millennial reign, His kingdom is WITHIN US.  Jesus said,

“The kingdom of God is within you (in your heart) and among you (surrounding you); the kingdom of God is in your midst” (Luke 17:21 NAS).

It says in Romans 14:17,

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost”.  

This righteousness, peace, and joy is not for the hereafter, but to be experienced now.  In our relationship with God and with others WE CAN KNOW GOD’S PEACE by placing our faith in His promises to us.  No matter what the situation or circumstances surrounding our lives or in the world, let us remember to keep our eyes fixed on JESUS, who is OUR PEACE.  He said:

“PEACE I leave with you, MY PEACE  I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

In Isaiah 26:3 it says,

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.”

For now, the kingdom of God is within us, His believers, but one day soon, Jesus will return to establish His kingdom of peace on earth, even as Jesus instructed us to pray, “… thy Kingdom come”.  At that time all of Isaiah 9:6-7 will be fulfilled:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end....”

Some folks worship God in church, others at home; some are having church on TV, but in the millennium, after the return of Christ,

it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s   house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be   exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people… neither shall they learn war any more”. (Isaiah 2:1-4)

There is coming a day when EVERYONE will exalt the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! EVERY KNEE shall bow and EVERY TONGUE shall confess that Jesus is the LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS!

This is the final chapter of my eBook, ‘Sounding the Shofar- Exhortations for the End Times’ which was published in Jan. 2012.  The next posts ‘From Journal and eBook’ will be from ‘Sounding the Shofar- The Enemy in Our Midst’, an unpublished manuscript on Spiritual Warfare.  I hope you have been blessed reading my eBook!)