EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 64

STEPS LEADING TO REPENTANCE: [a] God’s long suffering—- 2 Peter 3:The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

[b] God’s goodness —- Romans 2:Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

[c] The Conviction of Sin —- Acts 2: 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

[ prepared by Winston Staples ]

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THE RANSOM!

One day,

a kidnapper came,

he took our beings,

and I know his name;

his name is Satan,

he loves, kidnapping,

kidnapping our souls,

he sneaks in,

without us seeing.

God loves,

the souls of HIS Children;

HE knows our names,

HE sent a RANSOM,

JESUS, HIS SON came.

HE shed HIS blood,

on that old rugged cross,

that RANSOM paid the price,

and in the BOOK of LIFE

HE recorded our names!

~ Winston Staples

Words to Sing!

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Today I am sharing two favorite verses of this old hymn. I love these old hymns, they share the great news in a special way. My favorites are of course those proclaiming the birth of Christ and about His resurrection.

These verses are taken from an old hymn about victory ” Lord of the Living”. Verses three and four say this: May we, when ever tempted to dejection, strongly recapture thoughts of resurrection. You gave us Jesus to defeat our sadness, with Easter gladness.

Lord you can lift us from the grave of sorrow into the presence of your own tomorrow; give to your people for the day’s affliction your benediction.” ~ Frederick Herman Kaan

I trust you will be blessed my friends!  ~ Winston Staples

THANKS!

Thanks Father,

for my eyes that see,

all the precious sights,

You created them to see.

I see the hills,

rolling over there,

the baby blue sky,

and the babbling  brook,

flowing gently by.

I see the clouds,

fluffy and grey,

as they float,

lazily on their way.

I see the birds,

flying to and fro,

into the branches,

all nice and warm,

a shelter,

from the coming storm.

We see Your creation,

it is everywhere,

so let’s bow,

our hearts in prayer,

and say thank you,

for all  you share!

~ Winston Staples

 

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [63]

Topic:repentance continued

a/ Derived from gift of: 1/ GOD—- Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified [God], saying, Then hath [God] also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

2/ CHRIST—- Acts 5:31 Him hath God [exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour], for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

3/HOLY SPIRIT—- Zech.12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, [the spirit of grace and of supplications]: and they shall look [upon me whom they have pierced], and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

[to be continued]

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 [62]

TOPIC: Repentance. [ to turn around, 180 degree turn a round ] To turn from the darkness of sin to the light of an eternal God.

*To turn—– Acts 9:35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

*To repent—– Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

*To return—– 1 Samuel 7:And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

*To convert—– Acts 15:And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.

KINDS OF REPENTANCE:

*Natural—– Joel 3: Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:

The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:

And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it.

*Internal—– Ps.51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

*Unavailing—– Heb.12: 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

*True—– Read 9:1-20

*Unreal—– Exodus 9: 27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.

28 Intreat the Lord (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.

29 And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the Lord; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the Lord‘s.

30 But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the Lord God.

31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.

32 But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up.

33 And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands unto the Lord: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth.

34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.

35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the Lord had spoken by Moses.

[ to be continued ]