Debra N. Stopforth

Author of Mary and the Woman of Samaria, a Parallel

Month: November 2016 (page 2 of 6)

Eve Was the First Woman to Be Called a Wife

 

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Eve Was the First Woman to Be Called a Wife

Fashioned out of man, she became man’s counterpart and companion. God saw that although Adam was in a state of perfect innocency, it was not good for him to be alone. It would be good for him, spiritually, intellectually and socially to have a wife. He needed someone to love and bear his children since the command had gone forth “to multiply and replenish the earth.” And so with Adam –

The world was sad, the garden was a wild,

And man the hermit sighed till woman smiled.

God spoke of the woman He was to provide for Adam as his “helpmeet” – a help meet or adapted to him – a term giving woman her true position in the world. It is only where the Bible exists and Christianity is practiced that she attains to such a position as the helper, or equal of man. In lands where darkness reigns, woman is the slave, the chattel of man. Thus Eve was given to Adam and their two hearts beat as one in love for each other and for God. Eve was formed while Adam slept. He knew no pain during the operation for as yet there was no sin in the world. How true it is that God is continually working while men sleep! He often imparts real blessings to His own as they sleep (Psalm 127:2).

When I wake from sleep,

Despair has fled, and hope is near;

The sky seems blue, and visions clear

Have banished all my dread and fear.

Milton

I Will Call Them My People Who Are Not My People

Acropolis of Athens, Greece.

Acropolis of Athens, Greece.

“I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; . . . “It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them,”

Acts 9:22-29

22What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25As he says in Hosea:  “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,”[i] 26and, “It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ “[j]

27Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:  “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.  28For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality.”

29It is just as Isaiah said previously:  “Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.”[l]

What You See and What You Hear

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What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are. (The Magician’s Nephew)

C. S. Lewis

Letter to Andrew

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Dear Andrew:

I was so happy to receive a letter from you the other day. It did my heart good to know that you are experiencing the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ who loves you very much. Not only are you being blessed, but others as well, as you hold a Bible study twice a day, and that you have led some to the Lord! That is wonderful news and I’m so proud of you, and your mother is too! You are doing things that many other Christians have never done. I’m sure you have noticed that not only are others blessed when you teach, but you as well. Keep teaching. The more you teach the more you will learn what the Bible has to say to us and that will keep you growing in the knowledge of the Lord. Being saved is instantaneous, but the knowledge of the Word of God, the Bible, only comes by time and study.

Another thing you probably are aware of is now that you hold a Bible study, people are watching you, and how you conduct your life. This is why you must be an example to others and will lead others to the Lord simply by your actions. As a matter of fact, there are four ways of witnessing:

  1. Word;
  2. Power of Holy Ghost;
  3. Confidence and boldness; and
  4. Lifestyle.

Are you filled with the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues? If not, I would strongly suggest that you receive Him. After I received the Holy Spirit, the doors of the Bible swung open and I could SEE things more clearly. But you will only fully understand this as you experience Him for yourself.

When I was a counselor at Grace Fellowship I had a scripture card for the 4 different places people are in their beginning life with the Lord, and here they are for a help to you in your Bible study group:

NEW BIRTH:

Romans 3:23

John 3:16

Ephesians 2:8-9

Romans 10:9-10

POST NEW BIRTH:

II Corinthians 5:17

Ephesians 2:1

Romans 12:1-2

I John 1:9

RESTORATION TO FELLOWSHIP:

Psalm 66:18

I John 2:1

I John 1:9

Psalm 103:10-13

Isaiah 43:25

Romans 8:1

Romans 8:11, 12

INFILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

John 14:16, 26

John 16:7

Acts 1:4, 5

Romans 8:26

Jude 20

I Corinthians 14:4

I Corinthians 14:15

Acts 1:8

John 16:13

Luke 11:9-13

Acts 2:4

Acts 2:38, 39

And another good scripture is:

Isaiah 43:25 – Jesus does not remember our sin.

I hope you will find the above scriptures helpful in leading others to the Lord, and also encouragement for yourself.

As you probably can tell by this letter, I love to teach too. I would love to be able to correspond with you on any questions you might have along the way.

I’m so happy you love your new Bible, it will be a great help to you.

Studying His Word,

Debbie Stopforth

Jesus is Already There and Waiting on Us

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Excerpt from my book Mary and the Woman of Samaria, a parallel.

John 4:1-30

1The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, 2although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

JESUS 100% MAN = JESUS

JESUS 100% GOD = LORD/CHRIST

Unbelieving Jews Waterpot is broken [Jer 2:13]

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water [Jer 2:13].

The unbelieving Jews are broken cisterns that cannot hold the living water of God because of their disobedience and unbelief.

The believers – in [John 2:7]

Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

The waterpots here represent Christian flesh, which can be filled to the brim with living water! Not like the unbelieving Jews in Jeremiah who cannot  hold any living water, because they’re cisterns/waterpots are broken.

4Now he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

12:00 Noon

Tired of unbelievers

Woman of Samaria was at the well in the 12:00 noon blistering heat of the day to avoid the other women of the city. She was an outcast of the outcasts! All the other women would go to the wells early in the morning to get the water early for the day’s household needs before the heat of the day.

In my chart all of the women came to the well to meet their husbands. The men were already waiting for them there. We come to Jesus who is the well of living water and he is waiting for us there.

When we pray, does God come to us or is He waiting on us to come to Him?

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