Saturday, March 22, 2014

Book Review—“THE DEEPER LIFE” By Daniel Henderson

Book Review  The Deeper LifeGood Morning to All!

“The Deeper Life"  by Daniel Henderson is a Very thought provoking book, as well as a “go to guide” for developing a deeper relationship and successful walk with God.

I received this book as a free complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers  for my open and honest opinion of it. 

 It deals with eight very deep and important questions that we should ask ourselves when encountering this endeavor. “Who is God?, Why am I here?, What Really Matters?, What Shall I Do?, How Shall I Do It?, When Shall I Do It?, and How Will I Finish?”.

These are all very important questions we should each be asking ourselves. I like this book because I have asked myself some of these questions many times, but never could get my thought process going quite in the right direction. My mind would tend to wander and I would get off track. This book put the questions into perspective for me. It gave me specific things to work on, and invoked other ways of thinking about things, for example the anagram below.

This should be our daily goal if we want to be successful in our walk with God. If we plan to enter His Kingdom when He calls for us. It is our daily “WIN”.

W I N

Worship is the ultimate foundation and passion that overcomes the devil.
Integrity is the commitment that provides victory over the flesh.
Nonconformity is our triumph, transcendent response to the temptations and trials of the fallen world.  It teaches us that Worship is the “FUEL for a deeper life”, Integrity is the Fiber OF a deeper life, and Nonconformity is the Fruit of a deeper life.

This book spells things out for us. For example, it states 8 things that people long for such as “To know and experience God in the fullness of His person and His presence”. Then Mr. Henderson states the questions we should ask ourselves such as “Who is God?”

He then explains the issue which would be “MY theology”. Another would be the longing to live from an authentic core of biblical self-understanding and security, in which the questions to ourselves is “Who am I?”, the issue being My Identity. He then goes on with six more longings, such as “to give one’s life to a worthy cause, to be respected as a person of sound principles and solid character, to focus on and fulfill rewarding and meaningful commitments, to enjoy strategic and effective accomplishment of worthwhile objectives, to be a faithful steward of eternally significant  opportunities, and last but not least to be remembered as a person of extraordinary contribution. 
 
These are questions we all probably think about on some level, but we dig into our souls deeper and keep them on our minds  and not let them be a “fleeting thought, but really concentrate on them because they have EVERYTHING to do with our everyday walk with God. Our eternal Salvation depends on our everyday relationship with Him.
This books has helped me keep my thoughts on a direct path of getting my relationship with Him on track and keeping it there, because I am thinking about it on a deeper level, and I know it will help others.

We all know that we need a relationship with our God, but we tend to let the cares of the world, our everyday occurrences take over our lives without thinking. Maybe if we will concentrate on these eight topics in this book, it will enrich our daily walk with Him and at the same time help us in our everyday earthly lives. We must always remember that “we are to be IN the world, but not OF the world, and I think this book helps to keep that thought resonating in our minds.
Another thing that is so helpful is that it has exercises to do at the end to help us to learn and remember what we have read.

It is an excellent book for all who want a deeper, more meaningful walk with their “Father in Heaven”.

Have a Wonderful Day and May God Bless!


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

“DREAMS AND DREAMERS"


Good Evening to All!
As I prepared the answers for the Bible Quiz, I couldn’t help but feel a pull to elaborate on that subject.  Therefore, this is the subject of my post as well.

Now, according to my Hayford’s Bible Handbook, it gives this definition for dreams.  A dream is a vision in the night. The root of this noun is the verb chalam, “to dream.”  Dreams of various types are mentioned in Scripture, ranging  from the product of one’s imagination  to the vehicle of God’s communication with a person (compare Ecclesiastes 5;3 and Genesis 20:6;  see also false dreams,” Jeremiah 23:32).  Many biblical figures such as Jacob, Laban, Pharaoh, Solomon, and Nebuchadnezzar, are known for having dreams (see 1 Kings 3:5; Daniel 2:1).  Joseph and Daniel are the dream champions  of dream revelation; each not only received his own dreams but also interpreted the dreams of others.
 
The Eastern people, and in particular the Jews had a very great regard for dreams.  They observed them, and applied to those who professed to explain them.  We see  this ancient custom among the Egyptians, in the history of Pharaoh’s  butler and baker, and in Pharaoh, himself.
 
Joel 2:28 states:  “And it shall come to pass that will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

This was a prophecy, brought forward into the New Testament.  According to the Bible, God’s Word is settled in heaven.  In other words it does not change.  He does not change, nor does His mind.  Everything God had for us back then, He has for us now.  The Old Testament was to lead us into the New Testament.  Therefore, what they did back then, we can do now.  

The trouble is today we don’t seem to have the faith that they did back then.  That is where our problem lies.  We put our faith in everything but what we should.  If we would go back to FIRST PLACING OUR FAITH IN THE GOD WHO CREATED US and knows us better than we know ourselves, then we would have no problems doing what they did back then. 

Not only that, but I truly believe that many of us hear from God, we just are too “busy” to listen, or doubt that it’s Him.  I know that from experience.  I will hear Him speaking to my heart, yet I will second guess it.  “Is that just me thinking that, or is it truly God?  Why would He want Me to do that?  He ought to know I’m not equipped with that kind of knowledge.” 

 Well, I have a very intelligent word for myself on that matter,  “DUH!”  He knows what I am and am not equipped to do.  He will equip me to do anything He wants me to do.   Not only that, but as far as dreams and visions go, He doesn’t use the “important”or scholars  for all His work.  He uses people just like you and me. 

 We are just as important to growing His kingdom and spreading His Word as the Scholar, or theologian.  We matter.  We are important to Him. 
Listen to your dreams.  Pray about them.  Let Him talk to you about them.  Let Him use you in whatever manner He chooses. 

Scriptures about dreams are spread all throughout the Bible.  Here is a list if you are interested in reading more about them:  Thick, dreadful darkness, Genesis 15:`1; Seeking God’s Will (that’s a good one)  Genesis 28:11-22; Revealing the future  Genesis 37:5-10; Divine utilization of visions, dreams  Numbers 12:4-6; Dreams as vehicles of evil  Deuteronomy 13:1-5, Zechariah 10:2; Symbol of unreality  Job 20:8; Warning in a dream  Job 22:14-17; Cause of dreams  Ecclesiastes 5:3; dreaming of food, awakening hungry  Isaiah 29:8; Prophetic dreams of delusion  Jeremiah 23:25-29;  Pleasant sleep  Jeremiah 31:26;  Interpreting visions, dreams  Daniel 1:17 (Chapters 2, 3, 4);  Dreamless sleep  Micah 3:6;  Instructional dream  Matthew 1:20-21; Macedonian vision  Acts 16:9-10; Assured in a vision  Acts 18:9-11.   If you want to do an in-depth study on this subject this is a good start on the scriptures. 

As you can see there are many of them listed for the Old Testament, and some in the New. 

The answers to the Bible Quiz “Dreamers” are as follows:

1. Jacob  (Gen.28:12) ..
2.  Pharaoh  (Gen. 41)
3.  The magi (wise men)  ( Matt. 2:12)
4.  Joseph’s  (Gen. 37:5)
5.  Paul  (Acts 16:9)
6.  Solomon  (1 Kings 3:5)
7.  Daniel (  Dan. 2)
8   Joseph  (Matthew 1:20)
9.  Peter  .(Acts 10:3-6)
10.  Pentecost (Joel 2:28)  (Acts 2)
11.  Daniel  (Daniel 7)
12.  Pilate  (Matthew 27:19)
13.  Saul (Paul)  (Acts 9:10-16)
14.  Joseph  ((Gen. 40)
15.  Gideon  (Judges 7:13)
16.  Ezekiel  (Ezek. 43)
17.  Psalms ..(Psalms 126:1)
18.  Peter ( Acts 10:9-16)

I hope you did well.  If you had to use the scripture reference, I also hope that you were able to take the time to maybe read a little bit more than  just the answers to the questions.  God’s scriptures are like nuggets of gold, with one difference.  They will never lose their value. 

Have a Wonderful Evening and May God Bless!

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