EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 70 [ Lesson six ]

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Today we are looking at more Scripture verses about who receives blessing from God: The first verse we turn in our Bibles too is: *Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. [Yes, God tells us that a faithful person will be blessed!]

*On the Sermon on the mount Jesus said as recorded in Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit. 3/ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

*We read in Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

*Those who show mercy shall be blessed! Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

*Likewise those who mourn will be blessed as seen in Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. and Luke 6:21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

*Blessed are those who make peace! Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

*Blessed are the bountiful! Psalms 41:Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.  Proverbs 22:9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. Luke 14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

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EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 70 [ lesson 5 ]

On this twentieth day of August  we  are going to look at more Scripture  verses about who God blesses!

*Those who die in the Lord —- Rev.14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (KJV)

*Those who have part in the resurrection —- Rev.20:Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

*Those who favor and love the Saints  —-Gen.12:And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  Ruth 2:10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

*Those who are undefiled  —- Psalms 119:Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

*Those who are the pure in heart —- Matthew 5: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (KJV)

*The generation of the upright —- Psalm 112:His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

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EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 70 [ lesson 4 ]

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TOPIC: Who receives blessings from God?  Today we are looking at Scriptures on who receives God’s blessings. Open your Bible to the following verse and read the wonderful words. I am using the King James Version.

1/Isaiah 30 :18 tells us that those who wait for the Lord will be blessed! Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

2/ God blesses those who find strength in the Lord!   Psalms 84:Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

3/ The Bible tells us in Matthew 5:6 that those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be blessed.   Matthew 5:Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

4/ Psalms 65:4—- Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.  Psalms 84:Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. These verses tell us those who visit the house of God and seek His presence will receive a blessing!

5/ Blessed are they who avoid the wicked!  Psalms 1:Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

6/ Blessed are they that endure temptation! —-James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

7/ We read in Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

8/ Blessed are they that watch for the Lord! —- Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

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EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 70 [ lesson 2 ]

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GOD’S WORDS BLESS!

God blesses those who believe—-  Luke 1:45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.  Gal.3:So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

God gives blessings to those with their sins forgiven—- Psalms 32: Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.  Romans 4:Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

God gives righteousness without works —- Romans 4:Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

God blesses those whom He chastises—- Job 5: 16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

God blesses those who suffer for Christ.—- Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Those whose Lord is their God are blessed. Psalm 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

[ prepared by Winston Staples ]

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 69 CONTINUED

TOPIC: Steadfastness

Lesson three : Steadfastness is a character of the Saints.    Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.  John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

STEADFASTNESS SHOULD BE MANIFESTED:

a/ IN CLEAVING TO GOD   —- Deut.10:20 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.  Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

b/ IN THE WORK OF THE LORD —- 1 Cor. 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

c/ IN CONTINUING IN THE APOSTLES DOCTRINE —- Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

d/ IN HOLDING FAST OUR PROFESSION —- Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

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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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