Good News Verses – July 2017

The Christian radio station that I listen to daily is WIHS 104.9 FM based out of Middletown, CT. To me, those involved with this station, as in most Christian radio stations, are broadcasting the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

A segment that this station has been broadcasting for as long as I can remember is The Good News Verse heard every day.
Very early each morning, one thoughtful Bible
passage is given for us to consider and to
meditate. This is then repeated several times
throughout the day.

When I hear each passage, I ask, how is this “good news” for me? How can I apply it? Why did the publishers choose it for me to consider?

With that in mind, I have gathered a few of them that were broadcasted a few days ago and posted them here for your review. Underneath each I have listed three ways that the passage is applicable for us to use. Please note that the views and opinions I expressed here for each passage do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of WIHS radio’s staff and management.

As you read them, I am sure you will discover other significant applications than what I have listed.

Below is the collection:

1) Psalms 89:15

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

a) The word, learned, in other Bible versions is translated as know. How does a Christian get to know or learn how to acclaim God?

b) Walking in darkness means not being in the presence of the Lord.

c) How can a person be in the light of God’s presence if He (God) is invisible to you? Define light in this passage.

2) Proverbs 2:6-7

For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless…

a) God opens His mouth and speaks when the Bible is opened and read.

b) The Lord’s words of wisdom were spoken by Jesus Christ while on earth. They are still being spoken today.

c) Waging war against evil, spiritual forces requires having God’s presence (a shield) through His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

3)   Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

a) God has shown many of you, O mortal Christians, what is good. What is the good that is mentioned?

b) He has shown you Jesus Christ crucified, dead, buried and raised from the dead. How so?

c) Answer: By hearing the testimony and from the teaching of others; by reading the Holy Scriptures; and by obeying the Holy Spirit’s call.

4) Psalms 116:8-9

For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.

a) These two verses from this psalm may have been among Jesus Christ’s favorite passages of Scripture.

b) As did David, Jesus several times “escaped”, was delivered, from being taken and killed before His appointed time by the religious leaders of His day.

c) The best way to live as a Christian is to walk before the Lord as salt (Matthew 5:13-16) in the land of the living.

5) Ephesians 5:2

[W]alk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

a) Being admonished that we Christians are to walk in the way of love reveals how imperfect we still are.

b) One way to learn how Christ walked in the way of love is by studying the gospels.

c) Christ’s love for us was displayed from His birth to His death. It still continues from His resurrection from His resurrection and His ascension into heaven onward.

6) 1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

a) Jesus Christ’s walk in the light had Him fellowship with mankind.

b) Being in the light of Christ has us to fellowship with one another.

c) Fellowship with one another, all in the light of Christ, purifies us. True or False?

7) Psalms 23:4

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

a) The darkest valley in this passage is a place of danger physically and/or spiritually.

b) The phrase  “for you are with me” indicates that you are not alone. Even among the flock as sheep, God works individually with you to provide peace (comfort) during your trials.

c) Are the “rod” and the “staff” two separate items or are they referring to the same thing?

8) Psalms 84:11

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

a) What qualities does the sun have here that the psalmist places it alongside God being a shield?

b) Today, God bestows favor and honor to a large extent on to His children – Christians.

c) Bestowing favor and honor by God has been made available and magnified for Christians through Jesus Christ in the age of grace.

9)  Isaiah 2:5

Come, descendants of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.

a) The descendants of Jacob are also the descendants of Abraham.

b) All true Christians are the descendants of Abraham, Biblically speaking (Galatians 3:29).

c) How did believers in God, before the birth of Christ, walk in the light of the Lord?

10)  Isaiah 40:31

[B]ut those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

a) Living in this world as a Christian often takes a lot strength out of you.

b) Those who turn to God’s Word will be strengthened during difficult times.

c) Those who are led and follow the Holy Spirit will amazingly endure what at first seems impossible

11)  Hosea 14:9

Who is wise? Let them realize these things.
Who is discerning? Let them understand.
The ways of the Lord are right;
the righteous walk in them,
but the rebellious stumble in them.

a) Who is wise? Those who believe in God and seek to follow His ways.

b) What things is the phrase “Let them realize these things” referring to?

c) When you do what the Word of God says, you grow to understand.

12)  Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

a) At birth, God made sure we were programmed with unique natural skills, talents and abilities.

b) A great blessing anyone can relish is knowing and using the natural skills, talents and abilities that God has given him.

c) The Holy Spirit will provide Christians extra skills, talents and abilities for the Christian to get his spiritual mission and assignment done.

13) Ephesians 5:15-17

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

a) By reading and following the Word of God, you can live in a careful manner.

b) We need to live wisely in order to be a reflection, a witness, of Jesus Christ.

c) As a Christian, many opportunities will come to you to grow in wisdom and strength in the Lord for the church and for the unconverted.

14) 1 John 1:6

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.

a) Walking in the darkness means that Christ, the Light, is no where near you.

b) The apostle John was addressing both those in the fellowship of believers and those who yet walk in the darkness.

c) Does the word “yet” suggest there may be a chance that good things may one day become the way of person walking in the darkness?

15) Proverbs 13:20

Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm.

a) No matter how wise you are and even have God’s Holy Spirit, when you continually fellowship and behave with those who behave foolishly, you also will suffer the consequences.

b) This verse does not negate the Christian’s responsibility to be a light among fools so that perhaps one or more of them may turn from their foolishness.

c) How do you walk with the wise? Answer: By being among fellow believers, by associating with those who are honest, and by reading (and thereby walking) from authors who have followed after honesty and truth – including God and Jesus Christ.

16) Proverbs 4:26-27

Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.

a) Remembering and applying what you have learned from the Bible is a good way to watch where you are going as a Christian.

b) If you suddenly sense the way you are traveling seems to have become dark, without the Word’s support, get back on track before you lose your way.

c) Whatever it is that is lit before you by God and His Word will enable you to keep thoughtfully and carefully on the path to life.


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