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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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There's some people in my life, that I suspect, aren't saved. 

Some people on my husband's and Mom's side of the family, and one of my Dr.'s. 

Although, I don't know if my Dr. Is a Christian, he doesn't have very Godly things on his Facebook, and anytime I bring up anything Christian related, he changes the topic quickly. 

On my husband's side, I only know for sure that his brother named Jacob, says he's not religious. I'm not sure about his other siblings, though. 

On my Mom's side, the ones i know aren't beleivers are, my Grandpa, Uncle, and a few of my cousins. 

Please pray for these people, in my life. I really want them to know the Lord. 

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Update: I found out my dr. Is a Mormon. So I suppose he beleives in God, but he's in a very messed up "denomination ", if you can even call it that. I don't beleive Mormonism is a true Christian group, because of some of the crazy things they believe. 

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On 7/1/2017 at 5:29 PM, Roselove said:

Update: I found out my dr. Is a Mormon. So I suppose he beleives in God, but he's in a very messed up "denomination ", if you can even call it that. I don't beleive Mormonism is a true Christian group, because of some of the crazy things they believe. 

My wife was a former Mormon. Mormonism is a false religion. They believe Jesus is their older brother and nothing more. They do not believe He is God the Son.

They have a myriad of unscriptural beliefs.

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8 minutes ago, TheSword1227 said:

My wife was a former Mormon. Mormonism is a false religion. They believe Jesus is their older brother and nothing more. They do not believe He is God the Son.

They have a myriad of unscriptural beliefs.

Indeed, they have a lot of blasphemous viewpoints. I don't even understand how you can associate with the Bible and think such twisted things. It makes me very sad, for them..

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24 minutes ago, TheSword1227 said:

If you give me some first names of those in your life that need prayer, my wife and I would be happy to include them with our own prayers.

 

Thank you! I truly appreciate it! 

Their names are: Arthur, Bob, Phillip, Jacob, Madelyn, Aaron, Carolyn, Katie, Carley, Aiden, David, Miguel, and Taj.

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Pray for my salvation I want faith I want to believe my life is a lonely struggle I work hard to raise my daughters alone my wife who is not the mother of my children left me just as their mother did but I do my best maybe I have too much immaturity and too much lack of faith actually I have no faith I don't know if I ever did but I'm reaching out to anyone who will show me how to have faith but reading scriptures does not help I do not know why but someone has to imprint an impression on my soul and heart and bypass my stubborn mind there has to be a way because I want to believe I really do and not just for my soul but my children's how do I find faith it's seems so troublesome to ask but maybe just maybe there is someone out there who has the right answer to explain and make me understand the answer I'm trying to learn trying to believe but it's a struggle 

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Samuel,

Hello, and welcome. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles and struggles. 

I see that you said that you want to have faith, but reading scripture doesn't help...

The word of God is exactly where faith comes from.

(Romans 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

There is no magic formula to having faith. When we read God's word (or hear it), the Holy Spirit will work in our heart, mind, and soul to confirm the truth of God's word...

I can only guess that you're like many others; in that, when you read scripture, perhaps it doesn't make sense, so you stop reading it? That's what so often happens. There are spiritual reasons for that, but I won't go into that now.

If you want faith...true faith...then you will only get it through God's word.

What I would suggest is for you to read the Gospel of John. Don't hurry through it. Just read a chapter a day if you're comfortable with that. However, as you are reading it, pause periodically, and think about what you've read. Then think about it again throughout the day.

Then, after you've done that, do the same with the book of Romans.

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