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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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For the short time I've been on this site, I have been referred to as a "sipping saint," "relativist," "reformed Calvinist," "ecumenical," "liberal," "professing Christian," and told that I was "marked."

 

For what?  Because I have a mind, an opinion and can express myself?  Because I made comments on a few topics in a short time?  By this, people know who I am, where I came from, where I'm going, how I live my life on a daily basis?  What my struggles are, my fears, temptations, victories.

 

This forum isn't life or church or real community.  You can't "know" people here on a personal level. 

 

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For the short time I've been on this site, I have been referred to as a "sipping saint," "relativist," "reformed Calvinist," "ecumenical," "liberal," "professing Christian," and told that I was "marked."

 

For what?  Because I have a mind, an opinion and can express myself?  Because I made comments on a few topics in a short time?  By this, people know who I am, where I came from, where I'm going, how I live my life on a daily basis?  What my struggles are, my fears, temptations, victories.

 

This forum isn't life or church or real community.  You can't "know" people here on a personal level. 

you forgot I call you a she

 

One of the reasons I ask about your gender is to know you better.

 

Unless you open up we can only know you by your words.

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You don't want to know me better.  You wanted to know my gender to point out if I had a right to post some of the topics I posted.

knowing your gender is very important in knowing you as a person especially because I can't see you to know the difference.  And by that knowledge I could scripturally address your posts according to your gender.  Because I say things to men differently than to women just a s God's word does.

 

for example I can encourage you to study 2Tim2:15 but I would not encourage you to teach Christian men.  the first is commanded of all the second is commanded only to women like yourself.

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knowing your gender is very important in knowing you as a person especially because I can't see you to know the difference.  And by that knowledge I could scripturally address your posts according to your gender.  Because I say things to men differently than to women just a s God's word does.

 

for example I can encourage you to study 2Tim2:15 but I would not encourage you to teach Christian men.  the first is commanded of all the second is commanded only to women like yourself.

This is not church.  You're not my pastor or spouse.  We're all strangers on a forum posting topics.

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This is not church.  You're not my pastor or spouse.  We're all strangers on a forum posting topics.

This is a virtual gathering or assembling place of the body of Christ, believers whether you or anyone else like it, and this truth will stand at the judgement seat of Christ to which you will give account a to how you built on the foundation of Jesus Christ.  the Church your referring to is a building or organization, however the body of Christ is not a building or organization it is a spiritual Body that surpasses walls and time.  So wherever the Body of Christ comes together it is an assembly of believers.  you don't have to agree but it is a truth. Just because they didn't have Internet in Paul's day doesn't mean God didn't speak on the assembly of believers over the Internet.

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This is a virtual gathering or assembling place of the body of Christ, believers whether you or anyone else like it, and this truth will stand at the judgement seat of Christ to which you will give account a to how you built on the foundation of Jesus Christ.  the Church your referring to is a building or organization, however the body of Christ is not a building or organization it is a spiritual Body that surpasses walls and time.  So wherever the Body of Christ comes together it is an assembly of believers.  you don't have to agree but it is a truth. Just because they didn't have Internet in Paul's day doesn't mean God didn't speak on the assembly of believers over the Internet.

We're not "together."  Anyone can come here Christian or not.

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I will stop now on this subject.

 

I only teasingly said that I called GS a she because of her disappointed thread.  Which by her replies I know without a shadow of a doubt GraceSaved is a female.

 

be blessed and don't let the sun go down on your anger.

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I never claimed any authority over you.  But you do believe the word of God has authority over you don't you?

Of course. The mods on this forum have authority, which you seem to be undermining, because you continue to want to point out my gender and stifle my style of posting topics as teaching to Christian men.  Although this is primarily an IFB site, I am not IFB and do not submit to IFB teachings.

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I will stop now on this subject.

 

I only teasingly said that I called GS a she because of her disappointed thread.  Which by her replies I know without a shadow of a doubt GraceSaved is a female.

 

be blessed and don't let the sun go down on your anger.

I'm not angry.  I'm "disappointed." :-)

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Grace, you mentioned you're not IFB. Fair enough. However, this is an IFB site, and you have to expect that if your beliefs do not agree with ours, those beliefs will probably be disagreed with and 'attacked'. What else would one expect? If you believe that those labels mentioned above are not an accurate reflection of you and your beliefs, by all means, prove them wrong!  Remembering, of course, that our definition of terms like 'liberal' and yours are unlikely to match. That's par for the course, I guess. No one ever thinks they're liberal. Ha! :wink (I'm poking fun at all of us a bit - my friends call me a liberal when reminding me of my rather conservative evangelical background! But then they only do it because it bugs me so much... :frog:)

That being said, I am in no way defending any who have been actually rude to you personally. That is wrong!  (And calling someone 'marked' - although I don't know the context - definitely sounds rude to me.)

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