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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

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