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NEW ON TAB BAR- SHOFAR eBook

You can find my eBook posted  from July 21, 2012 to Dec. 28, 2012 in the Side Bar CategorySounding the Shofar eBook and Related Posts.  But you will have to read backwards since it is in descending order.  OR you can follow the chapter links posted on SHOFAR EBOOK on the TAB BAR.   (As of 7-16-13 I have started and will be adding all of the chapter links.)

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https://heulu.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/sounding-the-shofar-a-recap-2/  Posted 7-14-13  The reasons for my blog and eBook.

https://heulu.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/sounding-the-shofar-exhortations-for-the-end-times/  Introduction to the eBook.

TABLE OF CONTENTS OF ‘SOUNDING THE SHOFAR’ eBook

  • INTRODUCTION- Why I wrote the eBook and its purpose.
  • Chapter 1 God Is Faithful- God loves us and desires fellowship with us.
  • Chapter 2 Pleasing God- We please God by loving Him, loving His Word and obeying Him.  And He blesses us.
  • Chapter 3  The Power of God’s Word- God reveals Himself to us through His Word which builds our faith; the importance of the Word of God
  • Chapter 4  David, A Man After God’s Heart
  • Chapter 5 Worship and Praise
  • Chapter 6 Kingdom of God Mysteries
  • Chapter 7  Watchmen on the Wall
  • Chapter 8 The World and Church Today
  • Chapter 9  How God Feels About Us
  • Chapter 10 Choosing to Please God
  • Chapter 11 Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done
  • About the Author (Read my ‘Home’ and ‘About’ in top bar)

SEE TAB BAR-  SHOFAR EBOOK

This post can give you reasons why God gave us the Bible, His Holy Word.

Darkened Glass Reflections

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV).

The above passage is one of the familiar passages that we use to teach about the inspiration of Scripture. The King James Bible phrases it as “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (hence, the theological term “divine inspiration of Scripture”), whereas the ESV translates it more literally, “breathed out by God.” The image depicts the words of the Bible being exhaled from the lips of God.

It is important that we avoid the temptation to simply focus on the fact that God breathed forth these words. Paul tells his young protegé, and us, that God breathed these words forth for a reason. God wants us to learn from His word. This learning…

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STS eBook-Table of Contents,Chapter 3 GOD’S WORD

This is a repost (8-23-12) to challenge us in diligent Bible study this New Year of 2014!  The focus is on the importance of God’s Word for our lives and why we must study it.

I have posted up to Chapter 2 and will be posting Chapter 3 in two parts.  Chapter 3 is a very important chapter because our faith in God, our relationship with Him, and everything we need to know about God and His plan and purpose for our lives is based on our understanding of His Word.

Below is the TABLE OF CONTENTS for Sounding the Shofar- Exhortations for the End Times published Jan. 2012.  You can read a description of the book by clicking ‘Sounding the Shofar eBook on the BLOGROLL in the sidebar or preview it on amazon.com.  I plan to share the entire STS eBook with you over the coming weeks.  (SEE TAB BAR ‘SHOFAR EBOOK’ TO READ ENTIRE BOOK)

 TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • INTRODUCTION- Why I wrote the eBook and its purpose.
  • Chapter 1 God Is Faithful- God loves us and desires fellowship with us.
  • Chapter 2 Pleasing God- We please God by loving Him, loving His Word and obeying Him.  And He blesses us.
  • Chapter 3  The Power of God’s Word- God reveals Himself to us through His Word which builds our faith; the importance of the Word of God
  • Chapter 4  David, A Man After God’s Heart
  • Chapter 5 Worship and Praise
  • Chapter 6 Kingdom of God Mysteries
  • Chapter 7  Watchmen on the Wall
  • Chapter 8 The World and Church Today
  • Chapter 9  How God Feels About Us
  • Chapter 10 Choosing to Please God
  • Chapter 11 Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done
  • About the Author (Read my ‘Home’ and ‘About’ in top bar)

CHAPTER 3  

(Note: Bold and CAPS are added for emphasis in some scripture verses.)

THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD

Love God, Love His Word

God’s Word is the expression of Himself, of who He is, what He is to us, who we are and what we mean to Him. It gives us the parameters by which to live and to enjoy His blessings; it tells us what these blessings are and how to appropriate them. The psalmist knew His God and about the importance of maintaining a relationship with Him, so much so that he extolled God’s laws by delighting and rejoicing in them, speaking of them in Psalm 119, the Psalm of the Word of God. This is what God says about someone who loves him with his/her whole heart:

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name (has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness- trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no never). He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation” (Psalm 91:14-16 Amplified Bible).

God’s Word Builds Faith

In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said,

…”Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”. 

The amount of time we spend meditating on God’s Word and learning of His blessings and promises will determine the degree of good success (Joshua 1:7) we can experience in our lives. Regular Bible reading builds our faith because “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). As Wyman teaches, “faith is our currency to receive from God.”  Whatever our needs are today, God is able to meet them. But we need to exercise faith, and faith comes from knowing God’s Word. If we don’t know much Word, we will not have much faith; BUT, and if we know more of God’s Word, we are likely to have greater faith.

Hebrews 11:6 says…

without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He is God and a Rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

In the book of Joshua, God says at least 7 x’s,  “don’t be afraid”,  “be strong”,  “I will be with you”;  “I will not fail you”;  “I will never leave you, nor forsake you;”  “be strong and of good courage.”  We can face any obstacles when God is with us!

God’s Word on FAITH

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  (Hebrews 11:1 New American Standard Bible)

The Bible tells us,

FAITH comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17)

Our righteousness before God must be a righteousness based on believing God’s Word to us, i.e., a righteousness which is of FAITH. The Amplified Bible says this righteousness is of God, and refers to us being in right standing or a right relationship with God (Romans 10:6).

The apostle Paul also said,

“The  word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:8-10, 13).

Verse 14 states,

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they BELIEVE in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”  

FAITH comes from hearing and learning from Holy Spirit-inspired teachers of the Word of God, and from the Holy Spirit Himself! FAITH IS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE ANYTHING FROM GOD, whether it is salvation, answers to prayers, healing, deliverance from oppression, etc.

Hebrews 11:6 tells us,

‘But WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must (necessarily) BELIEVE that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him (out)- ( Amplified Bible, caps are mine)

God’s Word must be faith building or it is preached in vain. 

“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being MIXED WITH FAITH in them that heard it.” (Hebrews 4:2)

Knowledge of the Word only is just head knowledge when devoid of of faith and is of no benefit, and “whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23).  This FAITH is all about believing that God’s Word is True; God is who He says He is; He says what He means and means what He says,

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’ (Hebrews 11, the Faith chapter)

STUDY GOD’S WORD!

Why We Need to ‘STUDY’ the Bible

In 2Timothy 2:15 Paul says,

“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.. This is done by “correctly analyzing and accurately dividing (rightly handling and skillfully teaching) the Word of God” (Amplified Bible).

It is by STUDYING, not just by “Do your best” (NIV), which is not specific enough to mean learning and understanding God’s Word. God commanded Joshua to meditate day and night on His Word (Joshua 1:8). STUDY IS REQUIRED in order to have God’s APPROVAL AND NOT BE ASHAMED BEFORE HIM, also before man, by our ignorance or lack of understanding of His Word.

Psalms 1:1-2 (Amplified Bible)

  “BLESSED, (HAPPY, fortunate, PROSPEROUS, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly (following their advice, their plans and purposes), nor stands (submissive and inactive) in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down (to relax and rest) where the scornful ( and the mockers) gather. But his DELIGHT AND DESIRE are in the law of the Lord and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.”

We Should Study the WHOLE Bible

We need to STUDY THE WHOLE BIBLE, both Old and New Testament.

2Tim 3:16-17 state,

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  God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (Amplified Bible)

The reason we should learn about the O.T. history of the Hebrew people is explained in 1 Corinthians 10: 11:

Now all these things happened unto them for EXAMPLES and they are written as WARNINGS for us, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” 

As an example and warning, consider what the apostle Peter wrote:

“For if God did not spare the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an EXAMPLE unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.”  (2 Peter 2:4-7)

(To be continued- THE WORD OF GOD AS OUR WEAPON)

Measuring Prosperity and Success- STS eBook Chapter 2 PLEASING GOD (con’t)

God views prosperity and success from a spiritual perspective, not in the way we think of the accumulating of wealth, material possessions, status and reputation.  Neither are the latter a measure of success, but success in God’s eyes is about whether or not things are working out in our lives, whether or not we are experiencing His blessings as a result of how we live our lives in obedience to His Word.

The soul of man is much more valued by God than all the riches in the world :

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [in the eternal kingdom of God]?”  Mark 8:36 AMPLIFIED BIBLE

To be rich in faith is a far better position to be in than to be living in spiritual poverty.  James 2:5 states:

 “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?”

Where are you laying up your treasures?

Mt 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Mt 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Mt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

(Review ‘PLEASING GOD AND GOOD SUCCESS’ in the earlier part of Chapter 2)

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Prosperity and Success  (Conclusion of Chapter 2 PLEASING GOD-LOVE GOD, LOVE HIS WORD AND OBEY HIM)

In 3John 2 it says,

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

John was encouraging persecuted Christians, but today we have many Christians in America who suffer with hard times and deprivation! Don’t listen to any ‘Prosperity Preachers’ who are wolves in sheep clothing! They wrongfully use 3John 2 to equate prosperity and success with material gain and status, bilking people out of their money to make only themselves rich!

Throughout the Bible the word ‘prosper’ means a state of well being, of doing okay despite one’s circumstances, being wise in making right decisions; it has to do with having good emotional and spiritual well being, being at peace with one’s life and relationships with God and others, knowing that you are in God’s will.

To prosper and be successful we need to:

do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that IT MAY BE WELL WITH THEE, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers”,…

The last part about possessing the good land is about receiving the blessings God has in store for those who love and obey Him. (Deut 6:18)

Being Blessed                  

We began In Deut 6:18:

“And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers”...

Here is the clincher in vs 19,

…”To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the Lord hath spoken.

The blessings of God are conditional, i.e. they are not forthcoming unless certain requirements are fulfilled. For the Israelites, it meant they had to destroy everyone in the heathen lands they invaded. The obvious reason was that they were idolaters and would contaminate God’s people (which they eventually did!).

The lesson for us is that we must IDENTIFY AND GET RID OF things or obstacles in our lives that hinder God’s blessings from us, that keep His love, joy, and peace from permeating our lives, our children’s lives, our home, our jobs, etc. It could be something within our character and behavior that we need to change, or the way we sometimes treat one another in unloving ways; it could be things we do that are not pleasing to God, for some maybe it’s what we’re listening to, reading, the movies or You Tube videos we watch, how we spend our time, who we spend it with that is grievous to God, etc.  Only when we “do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord” will the blessings of God be released upon us!

Let us pray as David did in Psalm 51; he confessed his sins and asked God for mercy and forgiveness, that God would not withhold His blessings.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of they righteousness.”  Psam 51:10-14 

STS eBook- Chapter 2, Pleasing God

Welcome back to ‘Sounding the Shofar- Exhortations for the End Times’ eBook.   See Category on side bar, ‘From Journal and Shofar eBook’ for Introduction and Chapter 1.

We all want things to go well with us and the Bible holds the keys for this to be possible.

CHAPTER 2    PLEASING GOD 

Love God, Love His Word and Obey It                    

Read Deuteronomy 6:13-19. The key verse is Deut 6:18:

“…do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers; vs. 19 … To cast out all enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.”

We must please God so that things will go well for us (vs 18). The last verse of the previous chapter (vs 5:33) tells us WHY we must obey God:

  1. that we may LIVE, 
  2. that things will go WELL in our life, 
  3. so that we will have a LONG life! 

How many people have had their lives cut short prematurely by their choices, by the way they treat others, and by the way they live their lives.

Deuteronomy 6:2-5 tells us how we can be blessed with long life and “that it may be well with thee”.  It is not by only hearing, but also by doing what God has commanded. This is only possible when we “love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might”.  This is also “the first and great commandment” in Matthew 22:37.

God said that David, king of Israel, was “a man after mine own heart” (Acts 13:22), whose heart was ‘perfect’ before Him (1Kings 11:4). In Psalms 119, the longest chapter of the longest book in the Bible, we can read about David’s intimate relationship with God, and the importance of God’s Word in his life. Of 176 verses, all except for 3 are about the Word of God, grouped by each of the Hebrew alphabet and mentioned by these names: Law, Commandments, Testimony, Precepts, Statutes, Ordinances, Judgments, Ways, Word, and Truth.

Psalm 119 is called the Psalm of the Word of God.

Here are some verses about God’s Word:

  • “Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” (verse 89);
  • “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (verse 105);
  • “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them” (verse 165).

Meditate on these scriptures today and keep them in your heart.

WWJD and Doing Our Best

Paul in Colossians 3:17,23 instructs us how to please God and receive His blessings of Deut 6:18 and 5:33 (to have a good and long life):

“Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus… And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men…” 

WWJD, What Would Jesus Do? He did everything the Father told him to do.  Jesus said in John 5:19,

“…The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do:  for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”

And we know that everything God does, He does well.

When I taught school, the only reports I accepted from my students were their BEST work. I asked them, “Is this your best? Can you do better? What can you do to improve this?” I also expected their best handwriting and many a child got spelling words marked wrong for illegibility. A major mindset in the work force today is to expect maximum pay and benefits for minimum output. Look at what is going on with state and union labor negotiations. Take a good look at every strata of institutions in our society today. Only when there are attitudes of pride in work excellence and productivity, you will likely find successful individuals and companies. Only God can motivate us as individuals to do our BEST in EVERYTHING we do. Not only that, but He will help us and reward us when we strive TO DO OUR BEST in everything we put our minds and hands to do. Christians should be the ones who are recognized as outstanding in everything they do!

Pleasing God and Good Success

“…whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men…”  (Colossians 3:23)

If pleasing God is uppermost in our lives He will bless us and enable us to be successful. He will be with us and not fail us, nor forsake us. He is the road map to our destination; He is the rudder on our ship through troubled waters; He will lead us by His eye. God does this through His Word, and the more we understand His Word, the greater will be our success! We can have GOOD SUCCESS!  God told Joshua,

“trust me, don’t be afraid; do what I tell you, don’t go your own way by turning to the right or to the left.” Joshua 1:7 (paraphrased)

Verse 8 says,

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt MEDITATE therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to DO according to all that is written therein: for THEN thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and THEN thou shalt have GOOD SUCCESS.”  (Caps are mine)

Everything we do, we do to PLEASE GOD (Colossians 3:17, 23) which is through FAITH in Him and believing His Word. We get our faith by meditating on His Word (Joshua 1:8).

As Hebrews ll:6 says,

“...without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must BELIEVE that He is (God)  a Rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

As professed believers in Jesus, Paul tells us,

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”  (Hebrews 4:16)

This means that we must know that God is our Father and we are His children, that

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

There you have it, when we are in a relationship with God and we know He is our Father, we can approach Him any time!  His phone number is Jeremiah 33:3,

Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” 

Matthew 19:36 states,

...”With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” 

And another faith builder is Isaiah 59:1,

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear”...

Question is, have you made Jesus your Lord and Savior?  If so, then God is your Father and Jesus is your Savior and your Brother!

(To be continued- Prosperity and Success, Being Blessed)

A GOOD POST TO READ:

Here  is a link to a very nice blog by two sisters who share their faith in God.  Read “Would you really like to know how to get to heaven?”  

http://wp.me/P2p49X-2