Good News Verses – January 2018

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) Psalm 3:4-5

I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

Application:
a) Heaven, where God resides, can also symbolically be referred as His holy mountain.

b) As God’s mountain in heaven is holy, Mount Horeb in Exodus 3:1 was holy because of His presence on it.

c) Because of God’s presence in you via the Holy Spirit, you can lie down and get precious and refreshing rest through healthful sleep.

2) Joshua 1:8

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Application:
a) For you believers in Jesus Christ, keeping His Word, the Bible, means always having it (what it says) on your lips, in your mind and in your heart.

b) By quoting Bible verses meditatively and outwardly, you keep His Word “always on your lips.”

c) Doing this will enable you to “hear”and “listen” (Homework: What is the difference between the two words?) to God speaking to you which will help you make successful and prosperous decisions for yourself and for others. Praise the Lord!

3) Deuteronomy 10:12

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Application:
a) Fearing God is the same as obeying Him, loving Him and serving Him. It is not a frightful, defensive or traumatic reaction towards Him.

b) Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Therefore fear in the above verse has no cowardice in it.

c) Loving God with all your heart and soul (Deut. 6:5:; Matt. 22:37) is to love Him inwardly and outwardly.

4) Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
(NASB)

Application:
a) What is the big deal about having my paths be straight?

b) Trusting in Someone you have never seen, heard, or felt requires help from the Holy Spirit.

c) “Leaning on your own understanding” is actually a lifestyle which does not believe and depend on God. Humanism, for example, is a philosophy of leaning on your own understanding.

5) Philippians 3:13-14

I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (NLT)

Application:
a) The Christian’s walk in this life requires that he keep focused on what is important and eternal.

b) Often, if not daily, a Christian must press on and make extra efforts in his Christian journey (race).

c) The finish line at the end of the race will have Jesus Christ’s – who just returned to earth – visible presence.

6) Psalm 37:4-5

Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:

Application:
a) You take delight in the Lord by always praying, thinking, and meditating on Him.

b) You take delight in the Lord by reading His Word everyday – thinking, meditating and obeying it.

c) You take delight in the Lord by seeking, thinking and meditating on the things that He delights in. What are they?

7) Proverbs 4:23, 26

Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it…
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.

Application:
a) Just as the pharaoh of ancient Egypt hardened his heart against releasing the Israelites (Exodus 7-11), a self-hardening of your heart can occur when you are first presented with God’s truth and then refuse to acknowledge or accept it.

b) You can give careful thought to the paths for your feet by shining the lamp of God’s Word on them. (Homework: How?)

c) What is the difference between being “steadfast in all your ways” and being “steadfast in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58)? Are both meanings of the word the same?

8) Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.

Application:
a) Many people have a “bucket list“, (click link), of what they want to accomplish in life before they die. If you already have one, why not give that list to God and see how He will help you revise and fulfill it? He will do so now and in the next life.

b) Many people have a “bucket list” of what they want to accomplish in life before they die. If you already have one, why not present that list to God and see what He will add to it?

c) Many people have a “bucket list” of what they want to accomplish in life before they die. If you already have one, why not offer that list to God and see who He wants to add into your life’s network of helpers to be tagging alongside you to accomplish it? Note: The apostle Paul had Barnabas, Luke, Mark, Philemon, Silas, Timothy and Titus (to name a few) as his missionary companions.

9)  2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Application:
a) Witnessing the gospel to the world is often an intimidating task that requires the Holy Spirit to help us announce it.

b) The apostle Paul was in prison when he wrote this verse (from his letter) to Timothy. Paul was here reminding him not to let his (Paul’s) imprisonment slow down the preaching of the gospel.

c) In order to preach the gospel effectively, the Holy Spirit empowers His disciples with:

++1) spiritual gifts to get the task(s) done,

++2) love toward others to get the job(s) done, and

++3) the self-discipline to manage their bodies, their minds and their time to get the job(s) done.

10)  Lamentations 3:22-23

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Application:
a) Although it may appear that your current problem is unsolvable, God’s compassion will always be there as you stand by Him.

b) Although today’s problem you are facing appears to be the end of the road for you, with God always with you, just wait until your new tomorrow – Lord willing.

c) The number of compassions of God and from God are in the plural. He has faithfulness and compassions always toward you.

11) Micah 6:8

And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Application:
a) What do the commandments of Jesus Christ (John 14:15) require of you?

b) Are the commandments of Jesus Christ legalistic?

c) Is there any trace of legalism here in Micah 6:8?

12) Psalm 18:2

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Application:
a) The fortress, rock, shield and stronghold are for defending yourself.

b) The deliverer and the horn has to do with being on the offense.

c) Note that God is mostly doing it all for you as you defend and fight forward alongside Him.

13) Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Application:
a) “Tomorrow” does not need you and me worrying about it.

b) Today’s trouble should be tackled now. Therefore, do not worry today and do your best to make the most of tomorrow when it arrives.

c) Nothing here is said about the trouble you had yesterday. Whatever difficulties you had yesterday should not leave you anxious about tomorrow – unless, of course, you have previously committed a crime or felony of some kind against society and have yet to be apprehended.

14) John 15:5

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Application:
a) We Christians can do nothing without the help of Jesus Christ.

b) All of God’s fruit come from Christ and works in and through us.

c) All of God’s fruit are meant to nourish others – especially those who are not attached to the vine.

15) Jude 24-25

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Application:
a) These two verses are also known as a Doxology.

b) According to one dictionary, a Doxology is a short hymn of praise to God to use in various forms of Christian worship. They are often added at the end of a canticle, psalm, or hymn.

c) This passage is primarily addressed to the church. If Jesus Christ is a stumbling block to unbelievers (1 Corinthians 1:23; 1 Peter 2:8 ), what would cause a Christian to stumble as stated here in Jude 24?

 

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