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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.

Seriously? You Closed That Thread?

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  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

The sin nature thread? Closed? Why?? If you ask me it was getting interesting and was no where near being finished.

Chispas! I tell ya, some times you mods are too hasty.

You´re only contribution is to come after a few days and not like the gist of it?? Really brother!!??


Open it back up.


No one was out of line, and if we can´t handle a poor doctrine we should close up shop. Some of us can´t answer every day, so every few weeks we come in and want to to say soemthing.


If you ask me, it was John81 and NN that were getting silly and disrespectful. It wasn´t winman.


God bless,


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First of all, no one ordered you to do anything. An secondly, I wasn´t responding to any question form you. I was stating my opinion. And if you´re gonna get snippy about it, sounds like a personal prOBlem, not mine.


And SFC, the disrespectful comment was about the last few personal jabs thrown out on the thread, learn to read with some contextual comprehension. Always with the myopic statements this one.

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First of all, the statement "Open it back up" - taken directly from your OP - is written in the form of an order.  Had you added please, it might not have been taken as such.


Secondly, I never said you were responding to a question. But your OP was addressed to me as the closer of the thread - and you did state "if you ask me"...


Thirdly, I didn't get snippy, but your OP certainly was snippy.  And that's my opinion.   :icon_smile:


Winman wasn't only being disrespectful. He was being blasphemous and then added mockery of those who pointed out his error on top of it.  I truly am sorry that you don't like that the thread was closed before you could add to it (I kinda find it ironic that you accuse me of my only contribution being to close it while you state that some can only come on here every so often...I don't think I missed the rule that mods only close threads after they've contributed to them a certain number of times).


And, yes, sometimes mods are too hasty. Sometimes they are too slow.  We just can't please all the members all the time. 


You have stated your displeasure at the thread being closed.  Thank you for your input.  But this thread has come to the end of its usefulness.  So, prOBably in too much haste in your opinion, this thread is also closed.  Feel free to begin another thread on original sin if you so desire. Just know that if it goes the direction of the last one, it, too, will be closed.  Have a good day.

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