EXPORING GOD’S WORD [55]

Todays topic is repentance, something we all must do if we want to be saved from our sin and return to fellowship with God the Father, Jesus the SON and the Holy Spirit. The word repent means, deep sorrow or contrition for past sin or wrong doing. So, let’s open our Bibles and read the following verses, underlining the things that speak to you.

  • 2 Chronicles 7:14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
  • Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
    A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
  • Psalms 107:10 There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    Prisoners in misery and chains,
    11 Because they had rebelled against the words of God
    And spurned the counsel of the Most High.
    12 Therefore He humbled their heart with labor;
    They stumbled and there was none to help.
    13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
    He saved them out of their distresses.
    14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death
    And broke their bands apart. —-17 Fools, because of their rebellious way,
    And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
    18 Their soul abhorred all kinds of food,
    And they drew near to the gates of death.
    19 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
    He saved them out of their distresses.
    20 He sent His word and healed them,
    And delivered them from their destructions.
  • Joel 2:And rend your heart and not your garments.”
    Now return to the Lord your God,
    For He is gracious and compassionate,
    Slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness
    and relenting of evil.
  • Acts 8:22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours,and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you. 
  • 2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
  • 1 John 1:If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The above verses were taken from the American Standard Version; I trust they will be a blessing to you.

[ prepared by Winston Staples ]

 

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [54]

* Wisdom……Today so many people are seeking knowledge and wisdom, often in the wrong places. Some people obtain knowledge but fail to have the wisdom to use it correctly.

Let’s look at the following Bible verses about knowledge and wisdom:

  • Proverbs 1:The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. [20-22]20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

    21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

    22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

  • Proverbs 4: Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
  • Luke 2: 39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

A FAVORITE PSALMS!

Two Roads There are two main roads, main roads in life I am told, one leading upward, to streets of gold. The other wide, and spiraling downward to eternal torment and forever bound. So choose the straight and narrow road, where Jesus leads us upward, to Heavens streets, many streets of gold.

Psalm 23 (KJV)

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 53!

TOPIC: Road to Salvation
There are so many roads in life to travel, some good and some bad. One road is straight and narrow and few find it, it leads to Heaven. Another road is wide and many on it and it leads to destruction. The road we are looking at in this brief study, is the road to Salvation, This road we look at today is called the ” Romans Road”!

  • Romans 3: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
  • Romans 5:But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Romans 6: 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • Romans 10: 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

    12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

    13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

If anyone asks about the way of Salvation, the Romans road is a great place to start!

[ prepared by Winston Staples ]

THIS DAY!

This day is cloudy,

this day is drear,

this day God made,

this day is dear!

This day,

my dear wife,

got me outside,

to see the high water,

as we took a drive.

This I smile,

this day I am glad,

God gave us His SON,

no better gift to receive,

from our Potters hands;

This day let’s rejoice,

across our God given land!

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 52e

This is the final study on “Atonement!” Why the Atonement?

WHY THE ATONEMENT?

The Atonement was needed to save the souls of mankind; the ones who heard and accepted the call of God. The atonement had to be pure and Holy, without spot or wrinkle. The sacrifices of mankind fell short, so, God gave the perfect sacrifice of His Only Son to atone the sins of mankind. Isaiah 59:14-17 King James Version 

14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

Luke 19:And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Hebrews 9: 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.

19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.

21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

I trust you have enjoyed this brief study on ” The Atonement”.

prepared by Winston Staples

Noises!

Drip,drip,

goes the rain drops,

as they fall,

from the limbs,

soon in their puddles,

tadpoles will,

swim, swim, swim.

Chirp, chirp,

the little birdies sing,

chirp, chirp,

it’s Spring, it’s Spring.

Croak, croak,

the old frog said,

who, who said the owl,

as he scratches,

scratches his head.

Yes, all these noises,

noises of Spring,

God gives us,

ears to hear,

makes my heart sing!

~ Winston Staples