Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ps. 119:152

Ps. 119:152 I have known from my earliest days that your decrees never change.
God’s Word and ways never change. God never goes back on his Word. He had written exactly what he meant to be written. It is sin to try and adapt the Word to fit our times or understanding. God’s Word is absolutely true from beginning to end. We do not have the wisdom, right, or authority to try and make it say what we want it to say.
It is becoming increasingly popular to question what God says. Many people take things out of context to make the Scriptures say what it doesn’t say. Many pick and choose what they want to believe and live by. Many will adapt the Word to our culture and times in order not to offend certain people. Many refuse to believe that the Scriptures are indeed truth from God.
If we don’t have absolute confidence in the authenticity of the Word, we have nothing to stand on and live by. If God has not spoken clearly to all people of all time in the same way, man becomes his own god. There is no absolute truth; everybody is able to determine for themselves what is right and wrong. We see the end result of this way of thinking all around us. There are a multitude of belief systems, all claiming to be truth from God. There are a multitude of religions who deny the Word as God’s final authority for belief and practice. Truth is adapted to fit the sinful desires of people, all in the name of God. God’s character is distorted and deemed to be a God of love who embraces all people and invites them into his kingdom.
God’s Word is non-negotiable and non-changeable. God says what he means and means what he says. If you have a problem with that, then you have a problem with God. Take your complaints to Him, not me. I stand unmovable on the absolute authority and authenticity of God’s Word. ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God. He didn’t need man’s help in deciding what is truth when he moved man to write it, and he doesn’t need man’s help in deciding now what is truth.
God has spoken. It behooves us to accept it, learn it, and strive to live by it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Psalm 119:59-60

Ps. 119:59-60 I pondered the direction of my life; and I turned to follow your statutes. I will hurry, without lingering, to obey your commands.

When was the last time you pondered the direction of your life? Have you ever done it? Take a moment right now and give it some thought. Are you going in the direction you want to go? What do you really want to do with the rest of your life? Are you heading in the right direction? What about your spiritual life? Are you heading in the direction you want to go? Are you doing what you need to do in order to get there? You will never reach your goals when heading in the wrong direction.

In order to get to where you want to be, you must have a plan on how to get there. There are important steps to follow. Spiritually, it begins, not stops at the cross. Spiritual growth involves consistent Bible reading and study. It includes time consistently spent in praise. It involves Christian fellowship and worship. It involves serving the Lord and being witnesses for him. Without these key elements in your life, you will never move forward and get to where you need to be.

The key to making progress is to take the first step in the direction you want to go. You can pick up steam as you begin your walk. The more you walk, the more able you are to walk faster. Now is the time to do something to help you achieve your goals. Hurry, don’t delay! Don’t mess around Begin your journey today.

Do what the Lord has given you to do today. Don’t listen to the voices that say you can’t do it. The world is full of people who aren’t doing it because they believe those who say they can’t. Don’t be one of them! You can do all things through Christ who is our ever-present strength and helper. Begin your journey of faith today. You will be glad you did.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ps. 119:35

Ps. 119:35 Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found.

We need help don’t we? We don’t always live by God’s Word. We tend to forget, neglect, ignore, or downright refuse to obey what God tells us to do. We struggle with living by God’s Word because we want to do things the easy way or we want to satisfy our own pleasures. We think sometimes that God’s Word is too demanding. Whatever we may think about God, we find it hard to want to obey him. Therefore, we must seek the Lord’s help. We are at war with our sinful thoughts and desires and we must have God’s help if we are going to obey him. The Psalmist said, “MAKE ME WALK ALONG THE PATH OF YOUR COMMANDS.” We need to pray the same prayer. We must have God’s help if we are going to obey him.

Sometimes the Lord has to make us walk in his Word. Because of our sinful leanings, we don’t always want to do what God wants us to do. We would wander away from God if it were not for his intervention. We must have His restraints on our lives if we are going to obey him.

Why do we need to obey the Lord? Because that is where happiness is found. God’s way is the only way to true happiness. The joy we get from obeying God has staying power. We find in obedience peace with God. We find satisfaction of soul that is not found anywhere else. We find that as we obey Him we want to obey him. Our desire for Him increases. We see through obedience gratitude for God’s blessings.

You can look for happiness all over the world and within the things of the world, but you will never find it. Happiness can only be found in walking along the path of God’s commands.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Ps. 119:29

Ps. 119:29 Keep me from lying to myself, give me the privilege of knowing your law.

Reread today’s Scripture. How might we lie to ourselves? One thing we tend to do is to think we are better off spiritually than we really are. We look at others and compare ourselves to them. We realize that we are better than many and become convinced that we are alright with God. We believe that the Bible is true and we might even read it and pray. We might be involved in various ministries in the church. We see ourselves in a good light.

But, what does God say about us? Are we really living holy lives before God? As we read and hear the Word can we honestly say that we are like that, doing that? Can we? God commands us to be holy and holiness is living free from sin. It is having godly thoughts, speaking in godly ways, acting in godly ways. No one can say that they have arrived and have no room for improvement in their walk with the Lord. No one who sees himself through the eyes of the Lord can do anything but be humbled before him and recognize his need for God.

It is a privilege to have at our disposal God’s Word. Some of us have several copies of it in our homes. We are blessed with the opportunity to not only become aware of God’s law, but to know it. We have no excuse for not knowing how the Lord wants us to live. Our ignorance is nothing but our laziness. We must be actively spending time in the Word so we can know how to live. We must meditate on it and discover ways to apply it to life. If you are too busy to spend time in the Word, you are too busy and your priorities are in the wrong place.

It is a privilege to get to know the ways of God. Let us not take it for granted or abuse it.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ps. 119:9

Ps. 119:9 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word and following its rules.

How can anyone stay pure? Note first of all that the question is not, “How can a young person become pure?” We are made pure before God the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior. Jesus forgives all of our sins and makes us pure before God. In Christ the old nature that causes us to sin is changed into the new nature that causes us to want to not sin. We desire to please God and live under his guidance and influence.

We stay pure by obeying God’s Word and following its rules. Our unwillingness to do it hinders our growth and discolors our souls. Every time we disobey God we put a chink in our armor of purity. Disobedience darkens our soul. It impacts our relationship with God. It pulls us away from God and the farther we get from God, the less pure we become.

In order for us to remain pure we must obey God’s Word. We must purposely strive to know God’s Word and obey it. We can’t put into practice what we don’t know. So, we must constantly stay connected with the Word. We must read it, meditate upon it, and ask the Lord to help us live it out. We won’t be able to perfectly do it, but we will be able to do it more than we don’t. Our ability to live in obedience is directly connected to the effort and time we put into studying the Word.

There is no sugarcoating it. In order to stay pure before God, we must invest our lives in his Word. We must strive daily to put into practice what we know and seek to learn more.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God, both now and in eternity.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Psalm 119:8

Ps. 119:8   I will obey your principles. Please don’t give up on me!

The Lord never gives up on those who are determined to obey him. He knows whether or not we are sincere and whether or not we are really trying. He knows that it is a demanding way of life. He never meant it to be anything other than that. We are in a war, not a cakewalk. The forces of evil are a formidable force, not easily conquered. There are many obstacles in our way to obedience. We can find a lot of excuses to not obey. We are easily convinced that to obey God is too hard or not in our best interests. It takes a strong will to follow up on our commitment to obey the Lord.

To obey God’s principles mean that we are constantly changing. We cannot stay who we are and still be who God wants us to be. God’s ways are the way of holiness. He is constantly at work in us to make us who we can and should be in him. God doesn’t give us principles to live by to make us feel good. He gives them to us to make us fit for the Kingdom. We are messed up because of sin. We have become ugly and sin hardens our hearts. So, it often is painful as we go through the change process. The Lord has to soften up our hearts in order to gain control of us. He takes His time to make sure it gets done right. He is persistent because he knows that there will be resistance. He is patient because he knows we don’t always understand what he is doing or why it needs to be done.

In order for the Lord to make us holy, we must do our part. We must submit to His authority over us and obey his principles. We must be determined to make His way our way. If we don’t give up our fight, the Lord won’t give up on us. He will always be on our side to help us gain the victory, one battle at a time.

Great is our victory in Jesus! Will you obey the Lord and share in it?