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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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I think a little bit of length is good for some people. Not everyone looks good with very short cuts. I know I wouldn't because of my glasses. It doesn't have to be down to your shoulders but there's nothing wrong with a little bit hanging down over your ears or having bangs just above your eyes, etc. A lot of it depends on the person's facial features.

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I think he looks great. No one should be ashamed of their facial features at all. in fact, they should have hairstyles that would help them show it off even more :)

Like if you are going bald, you don't want to do the combover to hide it. Some men decided to shave it to show off their baldness and they look great.

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I know of a conservative Baptist pastor who had a long haired motorcycle type get saved, a few months later she surrendered to preach, several weeks later he cut his hair off short when he realized no church would invited him to preach. Yes, after he cut his hair off he got invited to many churches.

Pastor never said nothing to him about his hair.

They sponsored him in starting a church for motorcycle gang members. As soon as it got on its feet, need of no support, he let his hair grow back out, dropped the Baptist name, and he now looks much like a Hell's Angel standing behind the pulpit as do all the members of this congregation.

Personally, I think the pastor failed in his duties, as did this church for ordaining him and helping start a church. he used them.

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He sound like he cut his hair for the wrong reason.


I think he did, after he cut his hair I heard him preach once, set and talked with him for about 15 to 20 minutes after the sermon. I thought he was on the right track.

But when I heard he dropped the name Baptist and grew his hair back out and was dressing like a motorcycle game member, I felt he had fooled everyone.
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Jason A,

I think you have wonderful motives, and definitely if the Lord is convicting you about doing something then you should do it. I am learning more and more about this everyday. Personally, I have changed my whole life because of this one conviction that the Lord has recently placed in my life. But all to the glory of Him, I am very much better off for doing it. In years to come you will appreciate the decision you have made more and more.

Lord Bless you,

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It sounds like he did it out of necessity, but not out of conviction. I don't think the character of a man should be judged by the length of his hair.


The thing is, everyone thought it was conviction. Then they found out he did it out of necessity. Deceiving people about your conviction to do it out necessity is just wrong.
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That's not the point. Is nature showing us that something is a "shame" or "disgraceful" make it a sin? After all, the point of that passage of Scripture was to show that a woman has her hair for a covering whereas a man doesn't need it and that rather, it's a disgrace for him. Yet, Samson bore that "disgrace" and with the blessing of God. Does God change? Does sin change?

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It sounds like he did it out of necessity, but not out of conviction. I don't think the character of a man should be judged by the length of his hair.


Why not? If a man professing to be saved deliberately lets his hair grow long, then that shows his character - one of disOBedience to God's Word.

I don't think either one of us can really know or judge his motives.


Scripturally, motives don't matter when you are doing wrong - and I truly think God would have us do right, even when we don't feel like it. Simple OBedience is blessed. I don't think a Christian can stand before God and get away with doing wrong because he felt he didn't have the right motives to do something right.
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