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Keeping from Sin Psalms 119:11

Ps 119:11
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
KJV

We need to remember verse 10. The psalmist asked God to help him not wander from God’s commandments. This I find to be a very Good prayer. We know God will accomplish this thing we ask. Now the problem that I find, is that if we stop there, then things most likely will not happen and we will wander away. After praying that prayer what we need to do is exactly what the psalmist proclaimed. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart”

Have you been wondering why you stray away from God. Have you wondered why it seems to feel so hard to not sin, or to get lead astray by temptation so easily. Have you wondered why depression takes over, and or you just have no will to serve God, but yet you desire to. If this is you, then I suspect you do not hide God’s word in your heart. This verse tells us how important the word of God is to a Christians life. If you take away the word, then you have taken away your sword, and you will lose every fight that comes against you.

This verse tells us that the psalmist has hid God’s word in his heart so that he will not sin against God. Lets look at other verses in the bible

Ps 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. KJV

Ps 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. KJV

Prov 2:10-11 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: KJV

Jer 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts. KJV

We can see there is definite fruit from hiding God’s word in our hearts. When we do this and meditate on them, it will grow with in us like a tree planted by the water, where the roots will grow strong, as in psalms 1.  Col 2:7 tells us the we need to be rooted in Him (Jesus). The only way this can happen is by the word of God. If we are left to our own devices and ignore the word of God, we will start to take on beliefs that are not biblical. We will conform to what we find right in our own eyes, and eventually even fight against the principles and truths of God’s word out of ignorance.

If you want to live a victorious life, living for God to the fullest. then I encourage you, pick up His, word and hide it in your heart. Do this daily as if you are feeding your body, for the word of God is the food for your soul. Do not starve it. For revival only comes in His word.

Dale Turenne

Wandering from God Psalms 119:10

Ps 119:10
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
KJV

In the first half of this verse we see that the psalmist is saying he has sought God with all of his heart. In reflection to this lets apply that verse to our lives. Can we say that we are seeking God with all of our hearts? Is God our all in all. Do we say we seek him but in reality we seek our own well being. We feed our appetites for entertainment, friendship, lusts of worldly goods. Lust after God’s blessings in a way that will serve us? Do we seek out what is His way? Do we read the scriptures like a mirror? Seeking God is not just talking to Him in prayer. Seeking Him with our whole heart is seeking to be LIKE him in all our ways. This is why the Word of God is so important.

James 1:23-25
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
KJV

We need to use the word of God as a mirror in our lives. We see what the word says, and then look at ourselves by what the word of God teaches. When we see that our lives are contrary to the word, we then need to repent. Turn from our ways, turn from what seems right in our own eyes, and conform to the word of God. Repentance is not a bad word. It is giving up our ways for God’s ways. We seek out His word to show us how to be more like he is. In doing this we renew our mind and the word of God takes a hold of our lives and transforms us.

Matt 6:24
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
KJV

Deut 4:24
For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God
KJV

We can not serve two masters. We can only serve one. When we try to be in the world, and love the things of the world, and put God aside, we are not seeking God with our whole hearts. God is jealous for us. He wants all of us. Just like we would not want our wives or husbands flirting with others, or our children calling another mother or father, God is the same. He wants us to seek Him. He is our Father. He is our God. Yes sometimes we wander, but if we listen to the Holy Spirit who lives in us, he will always bring us back to Him. We must read and heed the word. If we stay in His word daily, and apply it to our lives, we will wander less and less. We will become more like Him.

So the first half is the key for the second half of the verse. If we pursue God, seek Him with our whole heart, and we refuse to share our affections with the world, then we will not wonder from Him. The difference between the psalmist and the new testament christian, would be the fact that we have the living God in us, as we are His temple. He is not far from us. 

So this day I urge you, trust in Jesus Christ, pick up a bible and read it daily, applying the truths of the word to our lives. Not just being readers but doers also. There are many false gospels today, and people who twist scripture. If we love God we will follow His commandments, and if we are not, we will repent, and turn towards the commandments of God. Do not get me wrong. We do not do this to get saved, we do this out of our salvation, for we are saved if we trust in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us. Works will not save us. Our works come out of our salvation from Him. A good tree bears good fruit.

May God richly bless you in His wisdom and love. God bless.

Dale Turenne

psalms 119:9

Ps 119:9
 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
KJV

This is a very encouraging scripture to me. As Christians we all have a starting point. We all trusted in Jesus Christ as the sacrifice for our sins. We trusted that God’s wrath for every wrong we have done was poured out upon Him. We repented of our sins and started on a path with God. But there is one problem. Yes we became born again, Yes we became the temple of the Holy ghost, Yes we became a child of God, Yes we were transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. No our mind did not forget the path we were on. We remember our sins, we remember, our former life, we still had thoughts and morals that were not in line with the bible. 

So the big question, how do I change and become more like Jesus. This scripture has the answer. By taking heed according to thy word. What does that mean? It means if we have morals, ideas, or lifestyles that are contrary to God’s word then we are wrong and the bible is right. We need to repent and fall in line with what the word teaches. The word of God is our sure anchor that never moves.

Now I remember when I was being discipled  by a man of God that influenced my life greatly, there was an encounter that happened. I remember I was with him when a young man came up to him and was excited. He was excited for what God promised in the sermon that was spoken. I new this young man as he was a friend of mine, but his life was still messed up as mine was. This man of God asked to see his bible. As he flipped through it, he said to the young man, you have many scriptures underlined. The young man said, yes he likes to go through the bible and underline scriptures that are relevant to him. Now this man of God showed me the scriptures through out the bible underlined and gave the bible back. He then took me out to Tim Horton’s. What he then did was open His bible, and started to explain to me about the young man who had a messed up life. All the scriptures he had underlined were scripture of blessings and promises. He then showed me his underlines. They were scriptures like, ” do not gossip”, “we must forgive”, “if you look at a woman to lust you committed adultery in your heart”. He went on to explain that we need to look at the hard scriptures that cut into our lives and repent when our lives do not meet what the bible says. This is the only way when change comes. Our minds become renewed and transformed, the sword of the Spirit cuts into us, and changes us. We then start to grow and mature. He told me that the promises of God will come, we do not focus on those but focus on how to live for Christ. Denying ourselves, dieing to ourselves, living the hard scriptures, with the help from the Holy Ghost.

This was over 20 years ago that this happened and I still remember it today, and many other meetings with this Man of God. Ask me what sermon I heard 20 years ago I could not tell you. This is why Jesus said to make disciples, we need to pour our lives into others and direct them in the word of God so they can wield it themselves correctly and not deceitfully. In doing this, they will cleans their ways and grow in holiness.

Revival only comes in His Word

Dale Turenne

2 Tim 2:15
 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
KJV

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

 

 

 

Has Satan lit a strange fire in God’s Temple (Church)

In today’s charismatic churches we can find anything from speaking in tongues and having an interpretation, to rolling around on the floor acting like animals, to shaking uncontrollably in fits that look like seizures. How do we know what is the Holy Spirit and what is not the Holy Spirit? What ever happened to the gift of discernment? Do we allow anything to enter the church unquestioned? If we question things why do people become defensive and say, “You’re not spiritual enough to understand it,” or, “You are just religious,” (meaning being like the Pharisees). What does scripture say about these things? Or does scripture even talk about it? I would like to look at the scriptures to see what we can find. For those reading, I would really like you to contribute your feedback, but remember this before you leave a comment: Opinions or experiences mean absolutely nothing. Only the the Word of God can discern the truth, not an opinion or an experience. (As a side note, before we go further, do we hold more to our experience or do we hold closer the written word of God as our guide and light?)

2 Tim 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
KJV

Acts 17:11
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
KJV

If we are going to find what is truth or what is false, we must always cling to the Word of God no matter what our experiences, thoughts, or denominational views are. We cannot hold fast to what WE want to believe. We need to hold fast only to the truth of scripture. We need to search scripture, for it is our only hope and lifeline. Without it there is no anchor in our lives and we may believe every wind of doctrine that comes our way. We will not be able to identify the doctrine of devils that the bible promises that will come in the end days.

1 Tim 4:1
 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
KJV

Let’s look at some examples of what happened in the past—when strange fire is allowed in the temple of  God.

Lev 10:1-2
 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not.
And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.
KJV

I am using this scripture to show that in God’s temple there is order and instruction. Nadab and Abihu brought a strange fire before the Lord. Their punishment for doing so was death. If we continue reading we learn that Aaron was not even allowed to morn for his sons.

Today we are allowing strange fires into our churches and into our temples; falling under its authority and submitting to it, claiming that it is God when it does not meet the criteria of scripture. Maybe we fall under its spell because we want God so desperately, or because we think it is spiritual. In either case we could very well be deceived and our Lord and Saviour has strictly warned us in scripture that these days would come.

Matt 24:24
 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
KJV

Let’s get down to what I have seen in churches as I travel and preach, as well as on TV with these so-called revival meetings.

  1. People shaking uncontrollably in the middle of the service while there is preaching going on;
  2. People falling to the ground and rolling around like a snake or an epileptic;
  3. People screaming and yelling like they are in pain or in distress;
  4. People acting like animals: roaring, barking, etc;
  5. Speaking in tongues randomly in service WITHOUT an interpretation (we will address that with scripture).

These are only some examples. There are a vast amount of other things that happen. How are we to determine what is of the Holy Spirit and what is not of the Holy Spirit? If it is not of the Holy Spirit then we come to one of two conclusions: It is either the person worked up doing it, or it is a devil doing it. There are people that will get very offended at what I have to say because they practice such things believing it is God, yet are not obedient to what scripture says. They make excuses instead of taking scripture seriously and being obedient to the written word. Some would rather be obedient to the modern day prophet who claims they are speaking from the Lord but their words contradict the written word. When this happens we can easily identify that they are false. The problem is people are not regularly reading and studying the word of God.

Let’s look at scripture to determine what would be of the Holy Spirit.

John 15:26
 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
KJV

Here we see that the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, will testify of Jesus. His job is to speak about Jesus; to tell us about Jesus’ ministry: who He is and what He has done. The Comforter points to Jesus Christ. Now I ask in all these manifestations we see, are they pointing to Jesus? Are they testifying of Jesus? In the majority of cases I would say, no they are not.

When we see the Holy Spirit come in chapter 2 of Acts, we see that the manifestation of the Holy Spirit was to testify of Jesus Christ. They all spoke in tongues but all heard in their own language and it was testifying of Jesus. There were none of these modern manifestations happening. Now some try to argue with a straw man’s argument quoting Acts 2:13, “Others mocking said, ‘These men are full of new wine.'” (KJV) trying to make a case that they acted drunk because of what was said. But we see that they were mocking. There is no indication that they were actually in disorder, looking drunk. We will address this further with other scriptures.

John 16:13-14
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
KJV

Here we will find two more MAJOR points about the Holy Spirit.

He will guide you in all truth. How shall he guide us. Through His Word. This is what king David said about God’s word.

Ps 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. KJV

  • The Holy Spirit will guide us in His Word. It is our lifeline. It will tell us everything we need to know about God. His hates, His loves, His character, how He acts. We cannot get any of these characteristics about God from anywhere other than the bible. We are guided through His Word. The Holy Spirit will NEVER contradict His own word. Everything the Holy Spirit does will glorify Jesus Christ. He does not ever glorify Himself.
  • If we see any manifestation of any kind in church we have to ask ourselves this: Is it glorifying Jesus, the individual, or the manifestation? The Holy Spirit will not glorify Himself.
  • Does it speak of Jesus, the person, or organization—bringing them into the spotlight and receiving the attention?
  • Does it distract from the Word of God or contradict the Word of God?
  • Does it distract us from a walk of holiness, from seeking God, or cause people to seek a manifestation?

These are just some of the questions that need to be asked. We must be biblical Christians and operate according to the bible, not what we feel. Things can make us feel good but that does not mean they are of God. We cannot accept teachings that are not based in the bible.

An example of this is the Gift of Tongues. I  have been in many churches where people sing in tongues, talk in tongues, pray in tongues. I have even seen TV preachers apparently talking to each other in tongues without an interpretation. There is no respect for the word of God, and they dismiss all concerns. This is what Paul says about tongues. (Before I continue I would suggest every one read all of 1 Corinthians chapter 14.)

1 Cor 14:23-28
If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
KJV

Here we see the order Paul has set in the church. When we gather together as the church there must be an interpretation. If an unbeliever comes in they will think we are crazy if there is no interpretation. Verse 27 tells us if someone speaks in tongues and there is no interpretation to sit down and speak to God quietly. So if this is what Paul says why does the church ignore it? Because it does not fit with their own desires, so they are rebellious to God’s word. Some would say that it was just Paul writing and not God’s command, but reading further tells us otherwise.

1 Cor 14:37-39
If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
Let all things be done decently and in order.
KJV

  • Paul is saying if we are a prophet or are spiritual we have to acknowledge that these things he wrote are the commandment of the Lord.
  • Paul also states that we are not to forbid speaking in tongues but it has to be done as the scriptures dictate. The Holy Spirit will never contradict Himself.
  • Paul then states that ALL THINGS must be done decently and in order.

God is a God of order. If He is so concerned about tongues being in order because otherwise unbelievers will think we are crazy, what do you think that these manifestations of screaming, yelling, shaking, acting like animals, acting drunk, etc. would make an unbeliever think? I would go as far as to say they are not done decently nor in order. They do not point to Jesus, do not glorify Jesus, and do not speak of Jesus; therefore, in conclusion of scriptural evidence, cannot be of the Holy Spirit.

We must decide if we are going to agree with scripture even if it contradicts our desires and or denominational doctrine, or if we are going to believe every wind of doctrine. I, myself, will stand on the word of God as my only authority and I hope many of you will do the same.

I implore you, if you are involved in these things, please repent, ask God to forgive you and become a student of the word of God. Do not let this strange fire into your temple. Guard your heart, renew your mind, and be transformed more into the image of Jesus. There is nothing new under the sun, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Please don’t seek after a new thing, but seek after Jesus Christ.

May God bless you who read this.

Rev. Dale Turenne