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Does your Joy in life waver

This will be a short message but I hope an important one. What is joy? What steals your Joy? Are their times where you just wonder what happened?

I have heard many sermons on how to maintain your Joy, how to learn to rejoice in all circumstances, to praise God for the little things and big things and this will restore your joy. To thank God in all circumstances. Their are a mass amount of sermons and keys and tips to try and get your joy back. Do you ever wonder after you follow the 12 steps or use the 3 keys that it is only a temporary thing, and you try to refill it again and get your fix like someone who is trying to lose weight, going to the convenient store to get that chocolate they crave to satisfy their hunger for sugar?

Why can’t we be like Paul and Silus sing Hymns in a dirty jail? or like Peter sleeping so soundly chained up between Guards that an angel had to strike him to wake him up?

Well the bible has the answer, and in today’s self help feel good society and churches most sermons forget the one reason the joy is strangles out of their life in a slow cruel death.

Ps 90:8
Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. KJV

The reason my friends would be secret sin. The sin in our lives that is hidden in darkness and no one can see, except it lays naked and open before God. That sin that strangles the life slowly out of you. The jealousy, or anger that creeps in. You suppress it and no one can see, but it poisons your soul like a deadly virus that slowly eats away at your flesh. That stubbornness and rebellion, that you think you are right, and the other people are wrong. The wanting to get your own way over letting others get theirs. The great desire that over whelms you to gossip, but making yourself look spiritual  by covering it with the camouflage of a person needing prayer.

Sin has a hold of you an beckons you to come. Hold my hand it says. Lets fellowship for a little bit. Its not going to hurt. You deserve this. Others do not know what you are going through so lets indulge just a little.

Sin seeking ultimately to wear you down, torture you, and to become your master once again.

I got good news. Jesus destroyed the power of sin. He conquered it. He  gave us the victory over it through Him. But in order to get out of it, to get your joy back to stay, is to repent. The dreaded R word that is not allowed in most churches. It is considered bad because you are judging or you are putting down. But in reality it is the greatest word for freedom. Repent means turn from sin and go the opposite direction. To forsake it. To many people Just apologize to God and ask for forgiveness. That is only half of repentance. We also have to turn our feet and leave the sin, where it lies.

To be free, you need to do what David did, ask God to search your heart for any secret sin. Repent of it. Confess your faults to a trusted brother or sister. They can lift you in prayer. But their is no magic formula. It is work. Just like a person losing weight, they have to work at it, resist the temptation to eat, and work out. We have to resist the temptation, flee from it, not dance with sin or see how close we can get. It is work we have to put our feet to and when we strive against sin.It becomes a life style of pursuing holiness, then and only then will your joy stay even if you trip.

Eph 5:10-14
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
KJV

Ps 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. KJV

James 5:16
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
KJV

In Christ

Dale Turenne

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

God’s Word is a treasure Psalms 119:14

Ps 119:14
I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
KJV

Is it not great to be able to rejoice in God’s word? As a christian His word should be our joy. It is a treasure to be mined. If we are bored with God’s word, or we hardly read it, then we must examine ourselves, and ask the question why?

There are many reasons to rejoice in it.

  1.   It is the source of all truth. God’s word does not lie. It is an anchor that will always keep you in one spot, which is God’s will. It will correct us, it guides us, it does not flip flop in it’s meanings. It defines what good is and what evil is. It is always true. Every man can lie but God and His word is forever true. This is something that we can truly rejoice in, as we will always have somewhere to turn to in times of trouble, or times of confusion, or hurt,  and it will always show us the true path to take. It exposes the large gate that leads to destruction, and lights up the narrow gate that leads to life.
  2. It shows us how Jesus Christ has saved us. The devil or his minions can whisper lies to our ears, or men/women on this earth can persecute us with doubt or unbelief, but we can cling to His Word, knowing it is truth and does not lie. Reenforcing our salvation in Jesus Christ.
  3. It reveals to us the character of God. How he thinks and acts. It shows us His likes and dislikes. We do not serve a god of mystery, but a God of Love, who reveals Himself to us through His Word.
  4. It lights the path that we are to walk. It is living and active, and it changes our lives, and conforms us more into the image of God. If you truly read His word, and apply it to your life, watered with repentance, then you will constantly grow and become more like Christ. We will walk more like Christ, act more like Christ, and continually to be transformed more and more, day by day, till we meet our Jesus Christr in person on that great and glorious day to come.

The reason why the psalmist compares his rejoicing to riches would be because he loves God so much, his joy is constantly for God. Have you ever seen someone on TV winning a million dollars or large some of money. They jump up and down excited yelling and screaming. And later in life they get a gleam of excitement in their eye when they repeat the story. Or have you ever seen a child on Christmas opening their present and they are very excited about what they received? When you are truly in God’s word this is the kind of excitement you receive when you dig and dig and search His word to find the answer you need and God gives you a revelation of the answer. The main difference between this and riches, would be your joy would stay and not leave you. It is a continuous joy in your life that His word brings you. Remember His word is alive and active and working in you. We serve a living God. Not a God of our creation, that never answers. We serve a Living God, the only true God, who conforms our lives into the image of His son Jesus Christ.

Now I implore you, go and read His word, spend time in it every day, mine it, and watch it transform you from the inside out!!!!!!

 

Dale Turenne

 

Declaring God’s judgments Psalm 119:13

Ps 119:13
With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
KJV

If we truly become Christians, and truly understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then we will boldly proclaim God’s Judgements. We know that every single person has sinned. We know we all broke God’s commandments. We know that the wrath of God is being treasured up for the day of wrath. God’s judgement has been decreed. Humanity is guilty. We rebelled against God. This is the reason why Jesus came to earth. He became our substitute. He endured the cross, and God’s wrath was poured out on Him.

A true Christian who knows this, will boldly proclaim the Gospel to others. They will tell of God’s judgment. They will warn of the wrath to come. They will also proclaim the gospel of Christ. They will shout that Jesus saves us from God’s wrath. If we do not do this, if we do not share the true gospel, and we ourselves believe we are saved, then we are the most selfish people alive. We can not truly believe the gospel if we are afraid to preach, share, witness to people. Noah preached to any one who would hear, and only His family was saved. Imagine building an ark and preaching all those years to deaf ears. He knew the flood was coming and warned people, even when they would not listen. And when the time of the flood came he hid in the ark. We need to look at Noah as an example. We need to preach the wrath that is to come, and preach the Gospel. Repent of your sin, and hide in God’s ark which is Christ.

If we are afraid to do this, if we say we don’t know how, or make up excuses, are we really saved?  Do we fear man more than we fear God?

Matt 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
KJV

Ezek 33:8-9
When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
KJV

I encourage all who read this blog. The day of wrath is coming. Lets not slumber in this time. Stand up and proclaim the coming of the Lord. As John the baptist stated, and as Jesus stated, “repent for the kingdom of God is at hand”, let us stand up and proclaim the Gospel. For this is the reason we are on the earth. Not to make comfortable lives for ourselves, or to entertain ourselves with worldly things, or to live the way we want to live. We are to do as Jesus has done. To seek and save the lost, through the preaching of the word. How can they get saved if they have not heard? How can they hear if you do not speak? Lets die to our selves as the Gospel teaches. Lets become of no reputation, and proclaim the word of the Lord. Do we serve Him, or do we serve our own wants and lusts? This is your decision to make. No one can make it for you. God Bless

Dale Turenne

Give praise to our king Ps 119:12

Ps 119:12
Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
KJV

Here we find the psalmist praising God. He calls God Blessed. God is the only one who is good. In all circumstances we need to recognize that God is good and has only good intentions for us. Now the mistake we make comes when things don’t go our way and then we can fall in the trap of thinking God does not hear us, or he is ignoring us, or he is angry with us. We do not see the whole picture, nor do we see what is going on in the back ground. Many times I have wondered why things are happening, but I still trust in God and wait. Sure enough what looked like disaster turned into something good. I am not just talking about monetary things. I am talking about God developing my character, and making me more holy. Making me more righteous, by changing how I think or react to a situation. God is indeed blessed. He knows the beginning from the end. He created all things. He is the Alpha and Omega. He is the risen King. So who are we to get angry with Him. Who are we to judge Him. Who are we to question Him?

The psalmist knows all this and much more. That is why he asks God to teach him His statutes. The psalmist wants to know God’s way of thinking. He wants to follow God. He desires God’s ways. We must also have this mind set. We need to shed the humanistic liberal North American mindset that we deserve something from God. The only thing we truly deserve from God, would be His Holy Righteous Wrath poured upon us, to crush us into dust and thrown into Hell for eternity. We have sinned and rebelled against God in times past. But even though we did this to Him, He still bought us with His own blood. Jesus took all of God’s wrath upon Himself so we could go free in Him. When we trust in Jesus and serve Him, we need to know that he purchased us. We are no longer our own. We have no rights to our self.

1 Cor 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
KJV

 

So who are we to rebel against God when we are not our own?

Yesterday I met with a Man and women of God. In talking with them, they expanded my theology on this subject. They were telling me that we as Christians are dead to sin. Therefore we need to recon ourselves dead. With this they continued to explain that we as Christians have no more rights. No more rights for our needs to be met by others. We have no right to expect to be treated a certain way by others. What hit me was when they continued to explain that a dead man, if walked all over by another person, would not feel being walked over because they were dead. This I have been meditating on. It is a very true concept. We are to lose our lives for Christ sake. We are to die daily. This I knew and was practicing, but when I heard that statement, it opened so much more to that scripture. All our needs have to be met by Christ alone.

So Yes the psalmist understands where we all should be. Praising the blessed God of our salvation, and to seek Him to teach us His ways. If we think we are already there, and no one can correct , or we are perfect with God, then that is a sign of pride. We will always have growing to do. When a tree stops growing it is dead. For revival only comes in His word.

Dale Turenne