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The Unfolding of His Words

Discussion in 'Daily Devotionals' started by Christsfreeservant, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. Christsfreeservant

    Christsfreeservant Senior Veteran Supporter

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    Psalm 119:129-131 ESV

    “Your testimonies are wonderful;
    therefore my soul keeps them.
    The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it imparts understanding to the simple.
    I open my mouth and pant,
    because I long for your commandments.”

    The Bible (Genesis to Revelation) is the living breathing word of God to us who believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It isn’t just a book of history, poetry, prophecy, and biblical instruction, but it is the life-giving words of God to us, the people of God.

    The Bible is Jesus’s love letter to his bride, the saints of Almighty God. Through the reading of Scripture, the Holy Spirit speaks God’s words to our hearts today. But by “love” I don’t mean romantic love or only saying “sweet nothings” in our ears to make us feel good about ourselves where we are.

    For, (agape) love isn’t based in feelings and emotions. It prefers what God prefers. For the Christian, it means to prefer to live through Christ in holiness, righteousness, godliness, and integrity. It means we prefer truth to lies, and obedience to disobedience, and self-sacrifice to self-gratification.

    And, God’s love for us is like the love a good father has for his children. He wants to guard us and to protect us from harm and from the enemy of our souls. He wants to safeguard us from evil, and from giving way to the flesh. And, so he disciplines us for our good that we may share in his holiness.

    And, so he speaks the truth in love to us through the Scriptures. And, he tells us to “get off this way,” and to “follow me in obedience.” And, he instructs us in what ways are bad for us that need to be forsaken, and he teaches and counsels us in the right way that we should go, that is for our good.

    So, these aren’t all “feel good” messages. Some of what we read in the Bible are hard truths. Some of them are warnings and rebukes. Some of what we read is graphic, and some of it is hard to understand and to accept. And, some of it will challenge what we were taught early on, and we will have to change what we believed in error in order to believe what is correct.

    But, as we read the word of God prayerfully, our Lord will speak to us personally, bringing words of instruction, counsel, healing, and comfort to our hearts. It is like having him right there with us in person, sitting beside us, talking to us, and us being able to respond verbally to what he is saying. And, we will grow to love the word of the Lord as we love God himself.

    Psalm 119:132-134 ESV

    “Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    as is your way with those who love your name.
    Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
    and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
    Redeem me from man's oppression,
    that I may keep your precepts.”

    When we believe in Jesus Christ, we are crucified with Christ in death to sin, so we can walk with Christ in newness of life in him, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Rom. 6:1-23; Eph. 4:17-24).

    But we still live in flesh bodies. We still have the propensity to sin, and we will still be tempted to sin (1 Jn. 2:1-2; 1 Co. 10:13).

    But, in Jesus’ death on a cross for our sins, he put sin to death. He delivered us from our slavery to sin that we might now be slaves of him and of his righteousness. So, we have the empowerment of the Spirit of God living within us to keep us from sin if we will yield control of our lives over to the Lord, and if we will listen to him and do what he says.

    No follower of Jesus Christ should still be living in sin, walking in it, and “struggling” with sinful addiction. The Scriptures teach, in fact, that we are all slaves to the one we obey. If we obey sin, it leads to death. If we obey obedience, it leads to righteousness. We can’t serve two masters.

    So, we must resist the devil, flee temptation, and draw near to God. We must put on the armor of God which God supplied that we might fight off Satan’s evil schemes and his evil attacks against us. And, we must take the way of escape that our Lord provided for us out from under the temptation to sin. And, please know this: If we walk by the Spirit, we will not gratify the cravings of the flesh (Gal. 5:16; cf. Eph. 6:10-20).

    And, this really is the bottom line here. We must take that way of escape Jesus provided for us and we must walk by the Spirit, and we will not gratify the sinful cravings of the flesh. But if we play with fire, we are going to get burned, sure as anything. You can’t play with temptation to sin.

    Psalm 119:135-136 ESV

    “Make your face shine upon your servant,
    and teach me your statutes.
    My eyes shed streams of tears,
    because people do not keep your law.”

    Do you weep over your own sins? Know this. If our sorrow is genuine, it should lead to repentance. If it is not genuine, it will lead to more sin.

    Now I am not saying that a truly repentant believer in Jesus will never sin again. That is certainly the goal, but it is still possible to sin. But a true follower of Christ should no longer be living in sin. Sin should not be what he practices. It should not be his “go to,” his habit. It should be the exception to the rule, not the rule itself.

    But here is another thing here. If we are truly repentant, and if we are now walking in the ways of the Lord, and if he is truly our Lord, and if we are in intimate fellowship with him daily, what grieves him should grieve us. We should feel what he feels. So, when we see people caught in sin, it should bring us to tears. And, we should weep over them, and we should plead with God for their salvation from sin and from hell.

    If it doesn’t bother us at all that our loved ones are bound in sin and headed for hell, that should disturb us. We should wonder why we feel no compassion for them and no concern for their lost souls. It should concern us that we are so nonchalant about their bondage to sin.

    I believe too many Christians have become desensitized to sin and have been programmed to say to people only what is pleasing to them and to not make waves. And, they have been instructed to “stay in your own lane,” etc. And, they have accepted the lies that say we are not to confront people with sin, but we are to just make them feel good about themselves.

    But we need to get back to the place, as the people of God, to where we truly weep over the sins of this world, and especially over the fact that so many people who profess faith in Jesus Christ are still living in bondage to sin and are not truly seeking the way out that Jesus provided.

    And, then maybe we will be compelled of the Spirit of God to tell people about the gospel of their salvation so that they can turn away from sin and turn to the Lord to follow him in obedience to his ways.

    Light the Fire

    Songwriter: Curtis Matthew Kirkwood

    I stand to praise You
    But I fall on my knees
    My spirit is willing
    But my flesh is so weak

    Light the fire
    In my soul
    Fan the flame
    Make me whole
    Lord, You know
    Just where I've been
    So light the fire
    In my heart again


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    Victor in Christ Jehovah Tsidkenu

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    wonderful passages of scripture which are very well explained and great gospel song.
     
  3. Christsfreeservant

    Christsfreeservant Senior Veteran Supporter

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    Praise Jesus! Thank you.
     
  4. Victor in Christ

    Victor in Christ Jehovah Tsidkenu

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    these words and scripture posted are so meaningful for self-examination as a Christian.
     
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    Christsfreeservant Senior Veteran Supporter

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    Praise the Lord. Thank you, Victor.
     
  6. Victor in Christ

    Victor in Christ Jehovah Tsidkenu

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    Philippians 1:6 "“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

    Every man and woman born of the Spirit is being conformed into the image of the Lord Jesus. This sanctification process, which started at rebirth, will be carried forward to full completion and beautiful perfection in the day that Jesus comes to take His own to be with Himself. Each child of God is being perfected, for God is perfect, but the work that is being carried out within the life of each believer is a work of God, not a work of our own flesh. God alone started the work in our life by faith when we were born again, and only God can complete it – for in no sense can man make himself perfect.

    Man was not required to do anything in initial salvation for it was by the grace of God alone that we are saved – it was grace alone, by simply believing in Christ Jesus. And man is not required to continue this work of sanctifying salvation for we are also being conformed into the likeness of the Lord Jesus by the grace of God alone.

    It is by faith alone that we were saved and by faith alone that we are being sanctified and changed into the likeness of the Lord Jesus. There is nothing that you or I could do to save ourselves. There is nothing you or I can do to keep ourselves saved and there is nothing you and I are able to do to make ourselves perfect – it is ALL by grace!

    Paul could have no confidence in man to complete the good work of salvation for man has an imperfect, old sin nature that is weak, changeable, proud and focussed on self. But Paul has unshakable confidence that God Who started the work of sanctification in each of us will continue to mould and make, to fashion and form, to sculpt and shape each child of His into the vessel of His own choosing.

    Psalms 23 ....and i will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever"

    Psalms 37:23-29....."
    The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand ( Yad - holy Spirit). I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

    What from Christ that soul shall sever,
    bound by everlasting bands?
    Once in him, in him forever,
    Thus the eternal covenant stands:
    None shall pluck thee
    From the strength of Israel's hands.

    Prayer
    It was God Who began this amazing work of grace in the soul of each believer. He knew each one of us before we were formed in our mother’s womb and He scheduled each day of our lives. And it is the same God that will perfect and complete the good work that He began – to our eternal benefit and to His eternal praise. AMEN.


     
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