EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 69 {LESSON 5}

STEADFASTNESS CONTINUED a/ Saints are are to pray for steadfastness. 

Psalms 17:Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

b/ Saints praise God for their being steadfast.   Psalms 116:For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

c/  MINISTERS ARE  1/ EXHORTED TO BE STEADFAST     2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.  TITUS 1:Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

2/Ministers are to pray and rejoice for their people!   1Thess. 3:For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. Colossians 2:For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

This finishes our brief study on being steadfast; I trust it has been a blessing to you! ~ Winston Staples

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EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 69 [cont’d]

LESSON 2: STEADFASTNESS IS SECURED BY:

a/ Psalms 55:22 —-22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.  Psalms 62:2 —-He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.  1 Peter 1:5—- Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.                 Jude 1:24  —-24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,     Steadfastness is by the Power of God!

b/ Steadfastness is by the Presence of God—- Psalms 16: I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

c/ Steadfastness is by trust in God—- Psalms 26:Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.

d/ Steadfastness is by the intercession of CHRIST—- Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

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EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 69!

Preparation: Read 2 Thess.2 

Lesson 1. As believers [ sinners saved by God’s grace ] we are to stand firm by the renewing of our minds by God’s word. In the next few weeks we are going to look at some Bible verses on this subject. I trust you will be blessed and encouraged.

a/ We see this in God’s purposes and and ways.  The Bible states this in the following verses.  Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?  Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.  James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

b/ We are commanded to be steadfastThe Bible states this in the following verses. Philippians 4:Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 2 Thess. 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. James 1:But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

c/ Godliness is needed to be steadfast.  We read this in Job 11:13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be steadfast, and shalt not fear:

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A FAVORITE PORTION OF SCRIPTURE!

Ephesians 4King James Version (KJV)

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

27 Neither give place to the devil.

28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

I trust this reading blessed you!

THE BIG RAIN!

The Summer was dry;

the Fall too,

danger of forest fires,

everywhere loomed.

The wells and streams,

are going low,

Prayers going up,

for the storm clouds

on the horizon show.

They all prayed,

for a big rain;

they needed water,

so much they knelt,

and God answered,

and sent a big rain,

now the wells are not dry,

the streams are filled;

Thank you Father,

thanks again;

You heard our prayers,

and You sent a big rain.

~ Winston Staples

JUST THINKING!

I awoke this morning,

put my feet on the floor,

my head was aching,

and my throat was sore.

I said thank you,

to my Creator,

for this day,

because I could,

read His word,

and for my needs,

and others could pray.

So, no matter what state,

no matter the place,

You can call HIm;

His line is not busy,

He hears our prayer;

He may answer instantly,

and sometimes you must wait!

~ Winston Staples

 

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [61]

After  Spiritual awakening we need a revival to sweep our nation’s, beginning with me. Revival to renewed zeal to obey God. Let’s look at a few Bible verses that tell us things we need to be revived.

1/ 2 Chron. 7:14 tell us we need humility and prayer.

“2 Chronicles 7:14King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” [also read James 5:16]

2/ Psalms 34:18 states we need a broken heart and contrite spirit.

“Psalm 34:18King James Version (KJV)

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”

3/ Psalms 66:18 tells us we need confession.

“Psalm 66:18King James Version (KJV)

18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”

4/ We need to repent.   Read 2 Cor. 7:10 – 14.

5/ we need to tun away from sin.    [ 2 Cor.7:14; 2 Timothy 2:19 ]

6/ we need complete surrender.

” Romans 12:1-2King James Version (KJV)

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” [also read Acts 9:5-6]

[ prepared by Winston Staples ]