Friday, June 23, 2006

His voice is written down for all generations!

God's Word is the source of all existence
When God speaks, He creates. He brings something into existence just as He created light by using words. We can find praise for His creating power in Psalm 148. The writer urges all creation (the angels, the sun and moon and stars) to glorify God. In verse 5 he explains the reason for this worship

Let them all praise the name of the Lord! He commanded, and they were created.
God created more than the heavens and the earth. He spoke laws, promises and truths into existence. These are written down in His Word for the reader to meditate on and live by!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Express your love

God wants us to fully enjoy life!
For centuries, people have been discussing God's law, Commandments, regulations, and guidelines. Somehow, God's orders were altered, changed, misunderstood, or simply ignored. Many people have been trying to be better people by telling others what to do and what not to do. Somehow, I think they have been missing the point. God's guidelines are not about being a better person than the one next to you. God's guidelines are not about gaining favor with some folks around you or even with God Himself. He has set up His rules for the lives of His children, and in doing so, He gave them a way of expressing their love for Him. In 1 John 5:3 it says,

For our love for God means that we obey His commands. And His commands are not too hard for us.

Yes, we can express our love for God by obeying Him! His commands are about blessings, they are about a full life! In Isaiah 48:18, God says

If only you had listened to My commands! Then blessings would have flowed for you like a stream that never goes dry.
Wow, what a wonderful promise. We don't have to cry or beg for our blessings to come down; they will flow for us. God's instructions weren't given to make our lives miserable and complicated. They were given so we could enjoy life! His commands are about a life the way God had it in mind when He created us!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Re-think your life!

Useful tools in every chapter Justify Full
Before you start reading this book, it is important to take notice of the following statement: this is NOT a book about rules! The Bible says in Colossians 2:16-17,

So let no one make rules about what you eat or drink or about holy days or the New Moon festival or the Sabbath. All such things are only a shadow of things in the future; the reality is Christ.
It is not my intention to discuss the differences between Old and New Testament and whether God speaks to Jews, Christians or nonbelievers. I do not want to discuss whether modern day Christians are required to keep the whole Law, parts of the Law, or nothing at all because they are set free. These are interesting questions and worth debating, but not in this book. I certainly do not want to talk "Sabbathology". This book is a simple but clear message from God. It is a personal message for whoever wants to hear it out. It is His message, and I see it as my assignment to give it to you and make you think about it.
Throughout this book (and the whole series) I urge you to re-think your life. I hope that while reading, your thoughts will start to drift; that is why every chapter ends with some questions to meditate upon and room to journal your thoughts and ideas. For example:

# Could I use more time? If yes, for what reason?
# Do I do things in my life just because everybody does it?
# What natural and spiritual improvements do I want in my life?

I hope and pray that while reading this book you will discover the power of God's Word. I do not have to prove that God's word still works today; it will prove itself. If you are serious in discovering the secret behind the words; get your pen or pencil out, let the Spirit talk to you and...write!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

How the series started

A message given by the Holy Spirit
One morning my husband and I were studying the Bible and praying, when somehow we came across the Scripture in Isaiah 58:13-14, which deals with honoring the Sabbath as in the 4th Commandment. I heard an unmistakable voice inside my spirit. "This is your book." I wrote down that Scripture on a piece of paper, and we immediately prayed over it. We thanked God for the idea, we prayed for wisdom and inspiration, we blessed the work of my hands, and we declared it a bestseller, right there and then, before one word was written down. The book was there in the spiritual; it was my job to give it form in the natural!
When God has a message for His people, He uses someone to proclaim it, just as in Old Testament times. He uses a messenger, a prophet, many times one that has no clue as of what to say or how to explain things. In this case, someone who does not even master the language perfectly, someone who has never written a book before and who never spoke to an entire generation. I simply wrote down what He wanted me to write down. The subject has never before been on my mind. Believe me when I say it would be the last thing I wanted to write about. It is His message, and I see it as my assignment to give it to you and to make you think about it. His message still has the power to change lives and ultimately that of a nation!