Psalm 119:113-120

SAMECH
113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.


Journaling:

1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened to

People, today, are not afraid of most anything, let alone God’s judgment! To them, God is a “figure head” and a religious thought – “He doesn’t really exist, does He”? But just in case, they will muster up some “fire insurance” to hopefully keep them from going to Hell. And, really now, this loving God would never cast anyone into Hell, would He? This is pretty much the mentality of the unsaved individual. There are also those who just do not believe there is a God, let alone fear Him.  Why reverence/fear something you don’t believe in?  In fact, the average person doesn’t fear law enforcement officers like they did just 30-40 years ago. The respect and fear for authority is almost a thing of the past.

I’m not going to cover Hell or God’s judgment on the unsaved world in today’s post. However, I merely wanted to emphasize how little today’s born-again believer trembles for fear of God and His judgments, let alone the unsaved world. If the believer did, there would be more righteous living going on, wouldn’t there? There would be a separated people making an impact on the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not only in word but in their testimony!  What happened to being able to tell someone was a Christian because they lived like a Christian?

On the most part, today’s Christian is worldly. He is content to enjoy the world’s pleasures and indulge, all under the guise of Christian liberty. This breaks my heart because this was never practiced by Jesus Christ, or His disciples. In fact, they were first named “Christians” in Antioch.  We can read about this in Acts 11.  In fact, why not take a moment to read that Chapter and see why they were named this?  Does this definition resemble your Christian walk?  The Christians at Antioch were making an impact on their city!  People’s lives were changing because of them!  Are people’s lives changing because of you?

Who should we be patterning our lives after? Should we be listening to famous preachers of today? Should we pattern our lives according to our Pastor? What happens when that preacher goes astray? Our pattern is torn – so where do we go now?  Granted, the Apostle Paul told his followers to do as he did in I Corinthians 11:1, but that statement was followed by: “even as I also am of Christ.” He wasn’t telling people to have blind faith in a preacher but to follow that preacher IF “he is of Christ.”  How can one be certain their Pastor is following after Christ?  The Holy Spirit, who resides within you, will show you through the word of God, friend!  What you hear from the pulpit will match what is in your Bible!

Better yet, rather than looking to man for answers, why not look to Jesus Christ? His walk here on earth was perfect, was it not? He led a sinless life, did He not? His word contains truth, does it not? Then why in the world would you want to pattern your Christian walk according to someone who does not pattern his life to Christ? I have personally seen the pastor of a church drinking a beer and speaking vulgar slang words! Is this the type of pastor that patterns his life to Christ?  Is this the type of pastor who should be leading other Christians?  This is not Christian liberty, my friend.  NO WHERE in Scripture is there an account of any disciple (after Christ’s Ascension) getting tipsy and using the Lord’s name in vain or vulgar language.  There is, however, an account of a man and his wife lying and struck down dead because of it!

The Lord Jesus Christ calls us to be different! Titus 2:14 and I Peter 2:9 say we are to be a peculiar people. That word means different or set apart to Him.  Our Saviour gave Himself for us, redeemed us from ALL iniquity, and purified us unto Himself so that we would be zealous of GOOD works and we would show forth the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light! Does that sound like Christians who would want to cuss, drink, compromise God’s word – all in the name of Christian liberty? Galatians 5:1 speaks of a Christian’s liberty.  However, this liberty is freedom from the yoke of bondage of the Law. Christ sets us free to experience true freedom and liberty – freedom from the Law that even the Jews could not keep – a freedom from knowing that nothing we do can measure up to God.  Our liberty is in Jesus Christ because He paid it all!  He did not give us liberty to act like the world!  His liberty is in the ability to say no to sin!  He gave us a new life, II Corinthians 5:17, which gives us freedom from such things!

We are warned in God’s word that there are false teachers in our midst who want to lead those tender new Christians and weak Christians astray. In fact, they are so cunning that they even lead the “seasoned” Christian astray as well (II Peter 2:1-3).  How can one recognize a false teacher?  Get in the word of God, Christian!  The more you read it, the more you will be able to recognize a fraud when you hear one!  The expert in counterfeit money doesn’t study the counterfeit bills; he studies the real thing in order to recognize the fake!  Become an expert at recognizing counterfeit preachers!

How does one prevent being led astray? Do not follow man but follow after the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only one who has led a sinless life and is the only one who can lead us in the paths of righteousness. He has called us to lead separated lives – not compromise!  Take a moment to read:  II Corinthians 6:14-17, I Thessalonians 5:22, II Thessalonians 3:13-15, II Thessalonians 3:6, II Timothy 3:10-14, Ephesians 5:11-18.

Is it any wonder why the Psalmist kept turning to God’s word? He encountered the enemy at every turn but yet he kept strong in the word of God! Why? The Psalmist feared God’s judgment more than his enemy, that’s why. So where does that put us? Do we tremble at the thought of God’s judgment as it relates to our compromise? If we did, we would not be compromising but would be living that “peculiar” life that Christ called us to live. We would not be trying to cover our sin under the title, “Christian liberty.”  I’m led to believe that “Christian Liberty” is the new definition for compromise!  If you do drink alcohol, Christian, and say you’re not drinking to the point of drunkeness (which you know is spoken evil of in the word), what about your brother in Christ?  What if your brother in Christ sees you having a fun time, will he know if you’re having wholesome fun or will he think you just had a few drinks? This analogy can be applied to many areas of our life!

Study the word of God, Christian, before you pattern your life after what the world considers O.K.!  It’s not them you will be standing before when you die!

Psalm 106

1 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise? 3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times. 4 Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation; 5 That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance. 6 We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly. 7 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. 8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. 9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. 10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. 12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. 13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: 14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. 15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. 16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the Lord. 17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram. 18 And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked. 19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. 20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. 21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; 22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea. 23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them. 24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word: 25 But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord. 26 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness: 27 To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands. 28 They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. 29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them. 30 Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. 31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore. 32 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: 33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips. 34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them: 35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. 36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. 37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, 38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. 39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. 40 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance. 41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them. 42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. 43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. 44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry: 45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies. 46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives. 47 Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise. 48 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord.

Today’s Psalm hit me in such a way, I was grieved! 🙁 Why? Because Israel’s actions and sins against God are exactly what our beloved Country is experiencing!  Let’s take a look and compare:

  • Psalm 106:34 – God wanted His people to destroy the nations they conquered so they would not be contaminated by their idols and sins.  The United States is a haven for every known religion of the world. That’s a wonderful thing for those seeking asylum from religious persecution. However, our Country’s believers allowed the heathen’s doctrines into their lives.
  • Psalm 106:35 – They did not follow this and each time they disobeyed, they did exactly that – they adopted that nation’s sins and backslid. The usage of the word “mingled” is very poignant. They “learned” the heathen’s works. That doesn’t happen over night – it takes daily “mingling.” The U.S. believers mingled and learned the works of those other religions and adopted these works to their own.
  • Psalm 106:36 – After they mingled and learned the ways of the heathen, they served the heathen’s idols. It is especially obvious that the U.S. believers did this as we look upon our religious holy days. Easter has turned the Saviour into a bunny and Christmas has turned His birth into Santa Claus and presents. These are merely two examples but I think you know where I am going with this.
  • Psalm 106:37 – We have sacrificed our very children to the doctrines of the heathen (of demons) by allowing compromise into our home. What use to be sin with our forefathers is considered “passé”, old fashioned or no longer applicable to today’s society. Our children have now learned a watered down Gospel and are lucky to know the very foundations of truth from the Word of God.
  • Psalm 106:38 – We have shed the blood of our own children for the sake of convenience and money. Abortion should not even be considered in a Christian’s life. However, you would be surprised at the number of supposedly Christian women who have had abortions. Abortion is sin. Abortion is murder – plain and simple. Sacrificing our children because having a baby is not convenient or finances don’t permit is an act of pure selfishness. America will be judged for this sin!
  • Psalm 106:39 – What was considered sin a generation ago (according to the Scriptures) is no longer considered sin but a lifestyle. What people were put to death for or jailed are no longer judged – in fact, their sin is disregarded altogether. A good example of this is the sin of sodomy. What God had created as pure and holy between a married man and woman has not been defiled. America lingered long around this sin and it is now to the point where it is on the verge of collapse because of it.

I praise the Lord that I have read the Book and I know how this is all going to end (Revelation 1:3). And, it WILL end with judgment upon our Country for mingling and lingering around the sins that we have allowed into our Country. Christ WILL come again and will judge the nations for their sins. Christians need to get back to following God’s Word and not that of man. Repentance and separation from sin is our only hope.

We must learn from 2 Chronicles 7:14!

~Romans 1:29-32 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Today’s text pretty much covers all types of sins. The last verse states that those who know God’s judgment and still commit such things are worthy of death. Furthermore, those who are guilty of supporting those sins are just as guilty of the same judgment! Wow! :shock: Do you see this?  Are you guilty of this, Christian?  Take a step back and look at your life.

When you go to the polls and vote, do you vote for someone who will support the abortion agenda yet you are against abortion?  You’re just as guilty as if you had done the abortion yourself!  Do you have friends or relatives who live a life of sodomy and they don’t know your stand on the issue?  Have you confronted them about it and told them they are living in sin?  If not, you’re as guilty of that sin!  How about couples who are living together?  Do you have friends you entertain in your own home and have not spoken to them about this?  How about if it’s your own child?

I believe you understand where I am coming from today.  If you think back on the morality of our beloved country 50 years ago, none of the sins I’ve just outlined were even spoken about in public, let alone encouraged or looked upon with complacency!  No – in fact, quite the opposite.  What has changed?  The Bible says that God never changes so His judgment will still be dispersed upon this wicked generation just as much as it was 50 years ago.

~Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

God never changes! What has changed is the heart and mind of man.  Man has allowed the sin of this world to harden his heart. After all, the more you sin the harder your heart becomes to sin and the less you are convicted of it.  What God considered sin thousands of years ago is still sin today.  What God considered an abomination thousands of years ago is still an abomination today!  It is man who has strayed and has hardened his heart to the point where sin is no longer considered sin! To abort one’s child was considered murder – now it’s considered an inconvenience! To be a homosexual was considered an abomination to God – now it’s a lifestyle.

I was having this same discussion with a dear friend last week. I told her that when I was a young teenager, the world was disgusted by the sodomite’s sin! Today the world is not even mildly annoyed – in fact, laws are being passed to protect them.  Those who speak out against it are considered haters and charged with a hate crime. The world gets further and further away from the Word of God. Should the Lord tarry His return, I would not be surprised that in 50 years, pedophiles will no longer be viewed as disgusting and horrible sinners but will be an accepted lifestyle of society – or it will be stated that it is a “disease” – or they will say ‘the poor dear is sick’!  Oh deceived generation of blind hard-hearted sinners! This generation no longer recognizes sin but, instead, calls sin “good” – all under the title of “tolerance”!!

~Isaiah 5:20-21 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Judgment is coming. God does not change, dear soul. God will judge according to His Word, not according to what feels good or what other people say is right. How can one say he is a Christian when he is committing sin that God has said is an abomination or he is supporting the very same sin? Turning a blind eye is equal to supporting that sin – can’t you see that? How can you allow yourself to be so deceived by the god of this world, the devil, the father of lies? It is a choice that you will have to make and I pray your choice is made before it is too late.

If you are a Christian, then act like one! Stand up for Christ and what He has taught us. Don’t try to smooth ruffled feathers in a family when there is sin running rampant. Stay away from it – do not support it – do not condone it! And worse of all, do not be silent! The devil has his way with his children.  Why not allow the Holy Spirit of God to have His way with you?  How will they (the world) know what the Bible says on this topic except you tell them? Don’t sit on the fence – after all, the fence belongs to the devil. That’s what he wants you to do!  Jump off that fence and run as fast as you can to the Word of God! Then stop being ashamed of what He has taught you and start shouting His judgment from the rooftop!

More compromise by the catholic church!
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Source: timesonline.co.uk

That Martin Luther? He wasn’t so bad, says Pope
Richard Owen in Rome

Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate Martin Luther, arguing that he did not intend to split Christianity but only to purge the Church of corrupt practices.

Pope Benedict will issue his findings on Luther (1483-1546) in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians — known as the Ratzinger Schülerkreis — at Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence. According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, the head of the pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said the move would help to promote ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Protestants. It is also designed to counteract the impact of July’s papal statement describing the Protestant and Orthodox faiths as defective and “not proper Churches”.

The move to re-evaluate Luther is part of a drive to soften Pope Benedict’s image as an arch conservative hardliner as he approaches the third anniversary of his election next month. This week it emerged that the Vatican is planning to erect a statue of Galileo, who also faced a heresy trial, to mark the 400th anniversary next year of his discovery of the telescope.

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More compromise by the catholic church!
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Source: timesonline.co.uk

That Martin Luther? He wasnt so bad, says Pope
Richard Owen in Rome

Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate Martin Luther, arguing that he did not intend to split Christianity but only to purge the Church of corrupt practices.

Pope Benedict will issue his findings on Luther (1483-1546) in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians known as the Ratzinger Schlerkreis at Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence. According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, the head of the pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said the move would help to promote ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Protestants. It is also designed to counteract the impact of July’s papal statement describing the Protestant and Orthodox faiths as defective and not proper Churches.

The move to re-evaluate Luther is part of a drive to soften Pope Benedict’s image as an arch conservative hardliner as he approaches the third anniversary of his election next month. This week it emerged that the Vatican is planning to erect a statue of Galileo, who also faced a heresy trial, to mark the 400th anniversary next year of his discovery of the telescope.

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Phil. 4:7-8, And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (7) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (8 ) Let’s face it, my friends, how many Christians do you know that are truly sold out for God and consistently moving forward in their spiritual lives? How many Christians can you say are striving toward living a Godly life in every aspect of their lives? We can perfect one area, like what music we listen to, but if we leave inappropriate reading aside, we are straddling the fence. You are sitting on the fence of indecision.

When you don’t move forward toward righteous living, you are making the decision to sit on the fence. Jesus said it best. Matt. 7:13-14, Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (13) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (14) Yes, this speaks of the road to salvation. However, take notice that the believer has to enter at the straight gate and go down the narrow road. The person who sits on the fence is not in motion. The believer who enters in at the straight gate and then sits on the fence is not moving forward down the narrow road. He is sitting still and is not making any progress on his spiritual journey.

What is causing you to straddle the fence today? Is it impure thoughts? Is it covetousness? Is it what you watch on TV? Is it the music you listen to? Whatever you expose yourself to, you should ask yourself if it meets with the Phil. 4:8 criteria. Any Christian who does not desire to grow spiritually needs to ask himself why he is so indifferent about his progress. David took leave of his walk with God and allowed himself to straddle the fence. While he sat on the fence, his eyes caused him to covet another man’s wife. He straddled that fence a little longer and the devil wreaked havoc with David’s thoughts. Next, David began thinking of ways to remove the obstacle out of his way which prevented him from fulfilling the his lust. However, after David was convicted of his sin, he repented and moved forward from that point on. We don’t see any accounts of his falling deep into sin after that. Can you see what straddling the fence does? Any time you are idle in your thoughts, you will be tempted to wander. That is why Paul exhorted us to “think on these things”!

Where is your thought life today? These types of thoughts in Phil. 4:8 are fixed on heavenly things. What are you thinking about? The latest movie out of Hollywood? The latest romance novel? What the argument was all about with your neighbor? How many minutes/hours does your mind dwell on thoughts like these – even when you’re reading that book or watching that movie. Compare it to how many minutes/hours your mind dwells on Godly things.

Paul exhorts us to think of things that are true – only God is Truth – His Word is Truth. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (Joh 17:17)

Are you thinking of honest things in all areas of your life? Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Pet 2:12)

Are you thinking of things which are just? (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (Rom 2:13)

Are you thinking of pure things? The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psa 12:6) If your thoughts are not focused on the Word, which is pure, they will be focused on the world. The believer should be in motion on this one – he should be moving forward working toward purifying himself. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. (1Jo 3:6)

Do you think on lovely things? Not things the world has to offer – but things that God offers. Do you think about what Heaven will be like? Do you think about God’s creation? Do you think about the message you heard on Sunday? His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. (Son 5:16) Thinking on Christ is lovely! He is altogether lovely!

What about thinking of things of good report? Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (1 Tim 3:7) A man considered for Pastor must have a good reputation so the lost don’t have reason to doubt him. Are you thinking about your reputation and keeping it honorable?

What about thinking on virtuous things? Do you think on morally good things? According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (2Pe 1:3) God has called us grow in this area. The more we think on morally good things, the less we’ll have time for the ungodly works of the flesh.

Do you think about praises? [To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.] I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. (Psa 9:1) Even when you cannot think of one thing to praise God about, look at His wonderful creation and you’ll find something to praise Him for.

My friend, take moral inventory of your life today. How much time do you spend in the Word? How much time do you spend in prayer? How much time do you spend in church? How much time do you talk to others about the Lord? How much time to you study your Bible? Now compare it with how much time you do everything else in your life – be honest with yourself. Write it down on paper if you have to so you can see it in black and white. I beg you to do this assignment. Are you sitting on the fence of indifference? This ought not be so. The path to heaven is narrow and few are called. Why do you think this is? We must be growing in grace – growing in the knowledge and wisdom of the Word. It is in this growing process that we come down from straddling that fence and move forward in the path of righteousness. Remember, not only does the devil own the wide gate but he owns the fence you’re sitting on, too. He loves it when the Christian is not in forward motion!

Dear God…
Forgive me Lord for straddling the fence
Of indifference to the things of God
Help me Lord to move continually forward
As I walk the narrow way, Heaven bound.