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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)

Revealing Truths from the Word of God

For those of you who are serious students of the Bible and are interested in the economy, current events, and what the Bible teaches on the End Times and how they are tied together, please read our other blog:

In Dr. Gold’s ‘God’s Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes’  there are 2 teachings on ‘America in Decline and Under God’s Judgment’

and ‘Time Running Out On Mankind’ which you can read  by clicking on my BLOGROLL.

http://drgoldsite.wordpress.com

Are We Living in the Last Days

From my Journal-  April 16, 2012

Are we living in the last days that the Bible speaks about? Is this generation the generation that will see the return of Christ?

Why is the church without power and not making a difference in the world? What is happening with the increasing evil, greed and corruption, economic crisis, civil revolutions in every nation, earthquakes and bad weather? Why are the institutions of family and marriage being threatened? Why does everything seem to be falling apart at the seams? What is Satan’s role in any of this?

God is looking for watchmen, his priests, ministers, lay people, His servants like the faithful Bible heroes Moses, Joshua, Abraham, Joseph, and the prophets of old who stood in the gap for their people.  There were people like Rahab, Cornelius, the Macedonian jailer and those who heard about and believed in the saving power of the Lord who they took the responsibility for their household’s safety and salvation.  The Bible is replete with testimonies of God’s people who trusted in Him and faithfully served Him!

What about our present day generation?  How will people be saved except that they be shown their Savior and Redeemer and be brought to safety?  We have to enter into the ark of safety as Noah and his family did.  We need to be covered by the blood of Jesus as the homes that were marked the night the death angel passed the homes of the Israelites and Egyptians.  We must stay inside the walled city, in the shelter of the Almighty.  We must secure the hedges round about us that leave no place for the enemy to come in.  We must abide in the secret place of the Most High God and we must abide in God’s Word so that  He will abide in us and with us.