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 ]

 

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [59B]

TOPIC: ASCENSION OF CHRIST [b]

  • He ascended from the mount of Olivet.  Luke 24: 50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.  Mark 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  Acts 1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.
  • He ascended while blessing His disciples   Luke 24:50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
  • He had finished His work of atonement    1/ Hebrews 9:12 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.  2/ Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
  • He was triumphant   Psalms 68: 28 Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.

    30 Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war.

    31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

    32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:

    33 To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.

    34 Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.

    35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

  • His ascension was with supreme power and dignity     1/ Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?  2/ Ephesians 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  3/ 1 Peter 3: 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

    21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

[ Prepared by Winston Staples ]

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [59A]

TOPIC: Ascension of Christ [a]

*Prophecies respecting His ascension:  Psalms 24:Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. [ Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.]  E ph 4:7-8:

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.

*His ascension fortold by Himself: a/ John 6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? b/ John 7:33 Then Jesus said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me. c/ John 14:28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said,”I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. d/ John 16:“But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ e/ John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

*He ascended forty days after His resurrection: Acts 1: to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

*His ascension described: Acts 1:Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

[ prepared by Winston Staples ]

 

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Topic: The word we are exploring today is ” redemption”.

Redemption means: 1/ to deliver or rescue 2/ to pay off a debt or bond. 3/ In Theology it means delivered from sin or salvation.

Let’s read the following verses: 1.Exodus 15:13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.   [ God’s people were delivered by God’s Power to God’s place of salvation.] 2. Luke 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 3. Galatians 3: 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.   [ man can not redeem himself no matter how hard he tries, no matter what he sacrifices. God sent His only SON Jesus as a perfect sacrifice for the sinfulness of mankind to die on that old rugged cross.]

4. Ephesians 1:In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;  5.1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

I love that old hymn ” Redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb”!

[ prepared by Winston Staples ]

MY SONG!

O Lord,

I sing my song,

to thank you;

I sing my song,

to praise you,

for Your salvation plan,

giving hope to sinful man.

I sing my song to You,

for giving me joy;

I sing  my song to You,

for giving rest;

I sing my song,

when I am happy;

I sing my song,

when I am stressed;

I sing,

” O God, How Great Thou Art “.

I sing to praise You,

and to thank You;

I sing my song,

to say I love You,

because You so much love me!

~ Winston Staples

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 ]