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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

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

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.

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