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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

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

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