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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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One day years ago, I was talking to a preacher friend of mine about soul winning and the subject of Election came up; At this point he quoted some famous preacher that had once said, .. “The more I win souls, the more people get Elected!”...

Now, this is funny; Until you think about what might be really happening!
(This preacher, may be getting professions, by hook or by crook.)
Therefore, these people may not be getting saved at all.

Someone might ask, ... “Is there a wrong way to get professions?”
I am sure some of you might disagree, but when we are dishonest with our presentation of the Gospel, this could be called the “wrong way”!

When “I say” dishonest, I am not talking about watering down the Gospel(this is wrong): What I am talking about is, twisting or tweaking Scripture in such a way, that it “tugs on heart strings” and manipulates people to make professions.
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Note: This is a very important issue(question), to me, because I don't have all the answers and am looking for some Biblical answers in this area.

First of all, we can’t win souls....
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” (1 Corinthians 3:6)

But.... “Is there a wrong way to get professions of faith?”
 

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One day years ago, I was talking to a preacher friend of mine about soul winning and the subject of Election came up; At this point he quoted some famous preacher that had once said, .. “The more I win souls, the more people get Elected!”...

Now, this is funny; Until you think about what might be really happening!
(This preacher, may be getting professions, by hook or by crook.)
Therefore, these people may not be getting saved at all.

Someone might ask, ... “Is there a wrong way to get professions?”
I am sure some of you might disagree, but when we are dishonest with our presentation of the Gospel, this could be called the “wrong way”!

When “I say” dishonest, I am not talking about watering down the Gospel(this is wrong): What I am talking about is, twisting or tweaking Scripture in such a way, that it “tugs on heart strings” and manipulates people to make professions.
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Note: This is a very important issue(question), to me, because I don't have all the answers and am looking for some Biblical answers in this area.

First of all, we can’t win souls....
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” (1 Corinthians 3:6)

But.... “Is there a wrong way to get professions of faith?”
 

 

Donald, we just had a good discussion on this issue. Click >here to see it.

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Some use emotionalism to elicit a response. If the response to "accept Christ into your heart" or "say this prayer" is based upon the emotionalism rather than a repentant heart truly surrendering to Christ, then we have folks making false professions in a most dangerous way.

 

I say most dangerous because these people likely believe they are now saved and those often become much harder to reach with the Gospel.

 

Meanwhile, those who use such emotional appeals are counting "professions" and in some churches this wins them much acclaim as a great soul winner.

 

We must be very careful to present the biblical Gospel, not sugar coating things, not playing to emotions, but presenting the true Gospel.

 

Recall how Christ once "lost" many of His followers because He was so clear with them about the cost of following Him. Jesus didn't pull punches, sugar coat the message, play on their emotions, He told people the truth.

 

When Christ told the rich young man he needed to give all he had to the poor and then follow Him and the rich young man turned away we don't see Christ calling him back and offering a softer, gentler appeal. Christ presented that man with the truth and left it up to him.

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Some use emotionalism to elicit a response. If the response to "accept Christ into your heart" or "say this prayer" is based upon the emotionalism rather than a repentant heart truly surrendering to Christ, then we have folks making false professions in a most dangerous way.

I say most dangerous because these people likely believe they are now saved and those often become much harder to reach with the Gospel.

Meanwhile, those who use such emotional appeals are counting "professions" and in some churches this wins them much acclaim as a great soul winner.

We must be very careful to present the biblical Gospel, not sugar coating things, not playing to emotions, but presenting the true Gospel.

Recall how Christ once "lost" many of His followers because He was so clear with them about the cost of following Him. Jesus didn't pull punches, sugar coat the message, play on their emotions, He told people the truth.

When Christ told the rich young man he needed to give all he had to the poor and then follow Him and the rich young man turned away we don't see Christ calling him back and offering a softer, gentler appeal. Christ presented that man with the truth and left it up to him.

If that Rich young ruler gave all, he woulda went to Hell broke.

Jesus wasn't telling him what he had to do to be saved, he was showing him that he wasn't righteous, inspight of his desire to justify himself....always fulfiling the role of stumblingblock.
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I was assuming, I know that's not something we should always do, that everyone in this IFB section would already understand that. Jesus was pointing out to the man what really held his heart and what was separating him from God. That was a matter he needed to address first, which would fall under repentance.

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I was assuming, I know that's not something we should always do, that everyone in this IFB section would already understand that. Jesus was pointing out to the man what really held his heart and what was separating him from God. That was a matter he needed to address first, which would fall under repentance.


That should be a safe assumption. ......
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