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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

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

 

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

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

As Christians we should purpose in our hearts to keep God’s word. Not to be saved or earn any favour with God, but because we are saved and love Him. Jesus said John 14:15
” If ye love me, keep my commandments.”  KJV We can see that the word IF means a lot. If we love him we will keep His commandments. In other words because we love him, out of our love for him, our love cause a desire to keep His commandments. If we do not keep His commandments then what we are saying is we do not love Him. We can not continue to live in and or constantly break or ignore His commandments and say we love Him. If we do we lie and know not the truth.

We also have an assurance that God will not utterly forsake us. The new testament clearly states this.

Heb 13:5-6
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.KJV

As a child of God we know Jesus will never leave us. He is our God. He knows whats best for us, and loves us, and will guide us. At times we may feel alone but He is there. We just need to turn to Him. We have the Holy Spirit living in us. So in times that seem difficult, or times that are very hard, and there seems to be no hope, remember. God is with you and in you. He is first our God and Savior, then our Father, then our brother, and finally our friend. When he fulfills all those rolls in our life how can we be afraid what man can do to us. How can we be afraid of the enemy. We serve a living God, who cares more about us than we do. Go serve him this day, and talk to Him. Read his word study and live for Him alone. All else will come together in His timing and will. God bless.