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Gods transforming Word Ps 119:15

Ps 119:15
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
KJV

I will meditate. This is a very important concept. The psalmist is telling us he, “meditates in thy precepts”. Do we meditate in God’s holy Word or do we just read it? I know some Christians that only read their bible at church during the sermon, if that. The key to having a fruit filled life, and a life of victory, is given here in this simple verse. Do you fight and struggle with sin? Do you hear that sin is not to have hold of a christian, but you keep falling into it? Well one reason is you are not meditating in God’s word. You might say ” oh no I read the bible, I study it”. Well reading the bible like a newspaper will do nothing for you. You need to meditate on it. How long do people stay in one book? Do you read each verse one by on? Do you mull that verse over, and over, thinking to see if your life conforms to it. If it does not do you then spend time in prayer with repentance, and seek God, so your life will be changed?

Rom 12:2
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.
KJV

When we meditate on His word, it will transform us. We will start to walk as the bible tells us to walk. We will continue to be transform until the day we die, becoming more and more like Jesus.

The problem in today’s culture would be, most people spend their time on entertainment. Watching TV, listening to worldly songs, hanging out with unsaved people (not saying not to spend time with them, but not being best friends either) and acting like them. We wonder why the church looks like the world. We wonder why people are not getting saved. Can I suggest that in a lot of cases the world does not see a difference between them and us except we go to church?

Before I was saved in 1994 I had friends that were “Christians”. They went to the bars with me, they entertained themselves in the occult with me, all the while going to church. I liked them. They did not preach to me or tell me I was wrong. They were cool. But then I started to meet these other Christians, that lived holy, preached to me, were not hypocrites. I hated them and wanted to beat them up,  I insulted them, made fun of them. They brought out a hatred in me I did not know I had, until the day I gave my Life to Jesus and repented of my sins, and accepted the sacrifice He did on the cross for me, so I would not suffer the wrath of God myself.

Brothers and sisters, the only way to transform your life, is to reject the pleasures the world offers you. Just like Moses rejected the pleasures of Egypt. We must do the same. Search out Gods word, apply it to our lives.

Once we have done that, then we must walk in the second part of the verse. “Have respect unto thy ways”. This means we must be a doer of the word, to walk in God’s ways, and not just a hearer or a reader. We must take into practice what the word says.

I remember when I was a new Christian, I could not forgive this one guy I knew. He did something to me that just hurt me, and I could not forgive Him. A friend came to me and explained I had to forgive him. I would complain, and say ” you do not know what he has done to me”. Then his answer to that pierced my heart. He did not spout off a scripture saying ” If you do not forgive others, I will not for give you”. No what he did was worse. He looked at me and then started to explain how I sinned against a Holy God all my life. That I rejected Him, and constantly put Him to shame, and cursed Him. He continued to explain that no one on this earth has ever hurt me like I hurt God. And while I was an enemy of God, he had all the right to crush me to dust, and slay me were I stood, He chose not to do that. He chose instead to step in my spot and take all the punishment and wrath for Himself. Now if he did that for me, how can I in good conscience not forgive another.

If we truly Love God, and we are children of God, then we will meditate in His Word and walk the way His word tells us to. This is the Narrow road that leads to life. Do not take the wide road that leads to death. That road is an easy road, doing what you want, and living how you want to live all the while saying and confessing you are a christian, but your fruit is not from a good tree.

God Bless

Dale Turenne

Psalms 119:8

Ps 119:8
I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
KJV

Here is a very interesting verse.  What I love about the bible is you can meditate on one verse for a very long time and get so much out of it. This is a very small verse but it has so much meaning. If we just glance over it we can miss the importance of it. If we do not look at it through the covering of Jesus Christ and His Grace we can miss so much. From discussion I have had with other Christians, I learned that most gloss over  things like this and say it is old testament. It may be old testament but we will see how the principle of it can transfer to the new testament and still impact our lives through the Power of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

  • In verse 7 we learned that we will praise God with an upright heart, when we learn His ways. Now in this verse we can see that after David learned the ways of God he resolved in his heart to keep them. We as Christians in the new testament still have to have the same resolve. Yes we do it not to get saved, not to attain favor with God, but because we love Him and have a desire to follow His ways. There are some that think we do not have to make a choice to be obedient to God. Their reasoning for this idea comes from a misguided thought that we are saved by grace, therefore they have no effort on their part and God will do all the changing. They can just live how they want and it is up to God. This is a lie from satan himself. we as Christians must follow God’s commands, and it is the person doing it. Yes God helps in our struggles, and picks us up when we fail, but it is God who puts us back on track so we may walk again. Look at these verse.

Phil 2:12-13
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
KJV

  • We need to work, it is us who is doing the working, our choice. As David said ” I will keep”, and we should say the same thing, “I will obey”. When we make that choice we apply scripture to our lives, repent where we need to repent and change where we need to change. But the most awesome part of this scripture is the next line. FOR IT IS GOD WHICH WORKETH IN YOU BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO HIS GOOD PLEASURE. Even though we make the choice to keep His commandments it is still Him who works in us and through us. That is just so amazing.  He commands us to work, to obey to change, but as we make those choices he is working in us to accomplish what His word says. This is why we must be doers of the word and not just hearers. We make the choice to DO, and then God works in us as we do the word.

Col 1:29
 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
KJV

  • Paul is making the choice to STRIVE according to His work. We must do the same thing, and again we see when we do, it is God working in us. But we have to do the striving, the doing, and God does the rest in us.

Heb 12:2-4
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
KJV

  • We are to look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith, but we are to STRIVE against sin. We must do it, not God for us. We are to obey God, we are to read the bible, we are to take up the word of God and use it as a mirror to our lives. When we see we have failed we repent and strive to do what the bible says, what is good and acceptable to God. When we do this He works in us to change. The word of God is Sharp, it cuts, it shapes us. But we must do the works of reading it, of studying it, of praying, of seeking God.

Now the second half David said ” O’ forsake me not utterly”. This sounds like David was afraid, and rightly so. The bible says this:

Heb 10:31
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
KJV

  • We need to fear the Lord. I hear many people try to reason saying that the bible does not mean we are to fear the Lord but to reverence the Lord. I disagree. We need to fear God. Fear is not a evil emotion. If it was an evil emotion God would be sinful to give it to us. Fear is a healthy emotion. The devil just perverts it like any emotion, jealousy, love, ect. Fear of the Lord is used thirty times in the KJV bible. And with each verse brings wisdom. I encourage you the reader to study it for yourself. You will be well rewarded.

Ps 111:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
KJV

  • By fearing God we become wise, and we do His will. A good example of this healthy fear is as follows. Say you have a million dollars. You have to deliver this million dollars to a bank. You have two choices. You can take the long route that goes up hills and lots of turns that will take work to go, but on this path there is always light and a police officer at every corner. Your safety is guaranteed. Or you can take a second path which is shorter and a straight line to the bank, but it goes through a dark alley infested with gangs. As you start down this path, fear of being robbed will kick in and this healthy fear will put you back on the path of safety.
  • As it is with God. If you have a healthy fear of God, not a perverted devilish fear, but a health God given fear of the Lord, if you start down the path of sin, the fear will bring wisdom to you, and place you back on the path of holiness.

Do not just read my blog, but please study for yourself, and be doers of the word. Please comment and discuss the word of God with others and myself. Have a great day, and remember, go and Serve our King!

 

Dale Turenne

 

 

 

Psalms 119 5

PSALMS 119:5

O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

Here in this verse I hear David’s heart cry. He knows that God has commanded us to keep his commandments. He knows that he has not done this, and his heart is for God to direct him to keep them. He has a love for God’s word and God’s precepts and statutes. We can see this undeniably throughout psalms 119. He longs to keep them for he loves God. When he does not keep them he is grieved deeply (Psalms 51:10).

David’s desire here has been answered to us that are in Christ. David did not have the Holy Spirit indwelling him like we do (1 Cor 6:19). He was not made a new creature like we are (2 cor 5:17). So his prayer and his desire have been answered for us in Christ. We have the Holy Ghost who will direct our path (John 14:26), and chastise and corrects us if we fall off the path of righteousness ( Heb 12:5-11).

Today we have that direction in the Holy Spirit. But we still need to prayerfully seek God and ask him to guide us for His will in our lives. To gives us the boldness to proclaim His word and to live it.

We have to examine our lives to His word and repent when we are wrong and he will give us the power to live it through His grace that is in our lives.

2 Cor 13:5

 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

1 Cor 11:27-32

 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

We are commanded to examine ourselves, to judge ourselves, and in doing this we will find where we error. Then God’s grace will help us to get back on track and strengthen us to live for Him, turning from our error. This is why it is so important for us as followers of the Most High God, to read and study His word daily.

With the Holy Ghost in our lives, and we being His temple, we now have the direction we need to keep the statutes of God. God has answered David’s desire through Christ and His crucifixion. This is what David wanted to see in his life, and we now have it.  Jesus Christ gave us the Holy Spirit just for that purpose. Praise God in the Highest.

John 14:26

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Please comment and leave your thoughts.

 

Dale Turenne

PSALMS 119:4

PSALMS 119:4

Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

This verse would seem not to fit in most people’s Christianity today. What we would hear from most people are Satan’s word’s echoing in our thoughts “Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Gen 3:1) What I mean by this is that we hear the same whispers but a little differently today, something like “we are not under the law but grace”, and “we do not have to have works because we are saved by grace”.

Satan plays the same old games, but he words things a little differently; he knows man’s pride and weaknesses, and wants to exploit them. There is nowhere in the bible that tells us to throw out God’s commands for our lives because we are under grace. It is quite the opposite as you will see in following quotes.

Matt 28:19-20

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

-It is simple we are to observe whatever Jesus commanded us to do.

John 14:15

If ye love me, keep my commandments.

– Because we love God we love Jesus. Because we love Jesus we keep his commandments. Psalms 119:4 says to do it diligently. This means with all our heart and soul and mind. Grace has never told us we can live ungodly and have the right to forsake God’s commands.

1 John 5:3

 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

-We are to keep God’s commandments. Now if you notice all these verses are new testament. I left the Old Testament out because people would argue that it is Old Testament. We also have to realize John told us that God’s commandments are not grievous. They are not hard. The love of God propels us to follow his commands and gives us the strength to keep them.

Titus 2:11-12

 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

– Here we find that the very grace people say they are under, teaches us to deny ungodliness, and worldly lusts. That we are to live soberly righteously and godly today in this world we are in. If we do not have this grace teaching us then we do not have the grace that brought us salvation.

In conclusion what we have to do is reject the modern day thinking that because we are under grace and not the law that we do not have to obey God’s commands diligently. We need to remove from our ears the voice of Satan saying “Hath God said” and rebuke him. Embracing the bible and conforming our lives to it and its commands to live Godly in this present day.

So in response to Satan asking us, “Hath God said”, we are to respond with “yes God has said “Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.”” Amen.

Please respond with added comments, even disagreements. Thanks and God bless.

Dale Turenne