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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.

Genevanpreacher Says Goodbye.

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As I believe differently about the scriptures than some here, I feel I am using my time unwisely in staying where I am not useful.

So I will no longer be on Online Baptist after today. (although I may peek in every so often!)

 

I appreciate all who have shown sincere fellowship with me and my 'differences', and I love each of you in the Lord for your faithfulness to what your convictions are, concerning the teachings of the Lord in your own life and testimony.

 

This site is an honoring site for our Lord, and I know he can, and is, using it for his glory.

 

The Mods here are upright, just, and fair in representing their sites rules and I hold no ill will to any of them.

 

As for controversies that I have been involved in, I hope all involved will be at ease now and continue with their Lord's 'work' in progress.

 

God has a plan, we just need to adapt sometimes to a different path ahead of us, and that is what I am about to engage in.

I have learned things here that I didn't even know existed before, being a 'country preacher' as I am, and I intend to take with me

wisdom gained from my short visit here, and grow a little more into God's will and purpose for my life and his ministry

through me in other's lives.

 

Thank you for letting me be in your lives and in your threads, and mostly in the 'brains' of your convictions.

(there, that sounded like a country preacher didn't it?)

 

I would like to share a free gift for all interested.  Here - https://archive.org/details/TheGenevaBible1560

 

Maybe one day someone will understand 'where' I am coming from in what I believe.

I am not recommending the download, just offering it if God would care to have you see it.

It is free.

 

I remain your fellow companion in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Genevanpreacher, a.k.a. Russ Pittman.

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Sorry that you have decided to leave and hope that you will find what you are seeking . you ask others here whom would like a free gift the Geneva Bible and left a link for it. I ask that you would do the same and get a King James Bible and study it daily.

I'm not trying to argue but I'm  just sharing the love of Jesus from my heart with you.

 

May the lord bless you my friend 

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