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TOPIC: FULNESS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Scripture:

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

The word filled here means to have a constant flow of the Spirit is continually flowing therefore being always full of the Holy Spirit. When a believer is filled by the Spirit, with the Spirit, they are walking in the Spirits way; talking the Spirits words and have understanding of the things of God.

Illustration: We are filled with the Spirit when we confess our sins. 

1John 1:If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We are filled by the Holy Spirit when we yield to Him. Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

We can be filled if we have desire and prayer.  Matt.5:Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Every Christian should be filled with the Holy Spirit to give them power to serve HIM. Acts 1: 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

First Ref. Ex.35:31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;

Let us close with these two Scripture verses: Eph.5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;   1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
To do God’s work we need to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit!
[ This short study was prepared by Winston Sr Staples ]
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In this blog I am sharing some quotes and Bible verses on the word “wisdom”.
Quote: Patience is a companion of wisdom. ~ St. Augustine
Bible Verse: 2 Chron.9:And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.
This verse tells us that wisdom worth seeking is the wisdom given by God through His creation and His word.
Quote: The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ~ Isaac Asimov
The Bible states in James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. And in Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. Then in Proverbs 2:6,7 we read: For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
We read in Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. [ God is the provider of wisdom and understanding]
Colossians 2: 2-4 tells us God is the true giver of wisdom.
Colossians2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
So if we seek wisdom let us turn to God’s word! Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

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Topic: Hang in There.
Quote: When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
~ Author Unknown
Quote: Let your strongest mussel be your will. ~ James Landell Basford
[ 1845- 1915 ] Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897
Psalms 85:7.Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation. [ ESV ]
Psalm 86:5/For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Hebrews 6:19/We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
Quote: When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. ~ Author Unknown
Quote: A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn. ~ Author Unknown
James 5:11/Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
James 1:11/ For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Quote: God uses suffering as a wetstone to make men sharp with.~Henry Ward Beecher

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TOPIC: Being Justified-  Being made righteous

*Justified by faith

*Peace with God

*Through the grace  and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Quote: There is no justification without sanctification, no forgiveness without renewal of life, no real faith from which the fruits of new obedience do not grow.     

~ Martin Luther

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.     

~ C. S. Lewis

Romans 3: 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 5:Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 5:Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

I thank God for justifying my soul in the Fall of 1958 when I asked Jesus to save my soul and set me free from the bondage of my sin! AMAZING GRACE!

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Topic: Adversaries

Over the past 60 years as a Christian I have seen the decline in those who truly love the Lord and know how to rightfully use our enemies. In this brief blog we are going to look at a few Bible verses about this.

1/ We are to pray for them—– Psalms 71:13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.

2/Use the weapons God gave us—— Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

3/ Fear not—— Phil.1:28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. [ 1Timothy 3:14-16]

1Timothy 3:14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

4/Remember God is the Judge not us-—— Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

[Prepared by Winston Staples]

 

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John 19: 16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.

17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews.

20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

A few years ago as I sat  thinking about the pain Christ endured with each step He took baring a cross these words came to mind:

Painful Steps

Each painful step up Calvary’s hill,

He took His Father’s will to fulfill.

Each painful step was for you and me,

Providing us the way to walk into eternity.

Each painful step, each painful blow,

He endured for you and me,

His everlasting love to show.

Each drop of blood He freely gave,

To bare our sins, our souls to save.

The painful spear that pierced His side,

He willfully endured, so with Him we could abide.

Yes, dear soul! Jesus God’s only Son,

Through these painful steps, victory was won.

Jesus endured all this agony and pain,

To defeat Satan and our salvation to gain.

All hail the power of Jesus name,

Thank Him for His victory, we can claim.

He bore the sin of the world; His salvation to bring;

Jesus, the Christ, the Lord of Lords,

And King of Kings.

~ Winston Staples

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TOPIC! CHRISTIAN HOPE, PEACE AND SALVATION
AS I LOOK AROUND THIS OLD WORLD AND SEE THE SITUATION IT IS IN AND IT’S CONDITION, THE ONE THING I DON’T SEE IS HOPE. AS I READ AND HEAR GOD’S WORD IT OFFERS US HOPE, PEACE, GUIDANCE AND BEST OF ALL SALVATION. WE ARE GOING ON A TRIP THROUGH THE PAGES OF GOD’S WORD AND GET SOME HOPE TO FUEL OUR SPIRITUAL TRIP ON OUR JOURNEY TO HEAVEN.
John 3:16 King James Version (KJV) FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON,THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. Jesus is our only hope of salvation!
Ephesians 2:13-14 King James Version (KJV)
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Jesus is our true peace!
Romans 15:13 King James Version
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
God is our source of strength! Isaiah 40:31 King James Version (KJV)
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Proverbs 13:12 King James Version
12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
We are to be thankful! Colossians 3:15 King James Version (KJV)
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
We are to be like minded! Romans 15:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

John 3:16-18King James Version (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Let’s look at these Bible verses:
2 Cor. 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Colossians 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;

22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

If we are to produce or show the fruit of the SPIRIT we must WALK IN FAITH!
Read Gal.5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
To obtain the wonderful jewels of life we must Call upon Jesus to forgive and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit walk in FAITH!

[ prepared by Winston Staples ]