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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.

BEING 100% RIGHT WITH GOD

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I was reminded this morning, of how rare it is, to be totally right with God; Because as a committed Christian, the Lord may continue to “daily” speak to your heart, with instructions and directions, even if you have things wrong in your life.

I realized this as I was praying for a fellow Christian, who is in clear disobedience to the Lord in some areas of their life; But at the same time, I am convinced they are receiving instructions and guidance from the LORD.

This caused me to be very concerned, about my own walk with the LORD.  Because, maybe I have some clear disobedience in my life, but I am unaware of it, because I am so busy following God’s daily instructions in the ministry, that I have stopped examining myself.

Then I must consider, that this person that I am talking about, is in almost constant pain from one ailment or another.  And as soon as one painful condition clears up, another one popes up.  For sure, this PAIN, could be the Lord, trying to get their attention.  While in my case, I live almost a “pain free” life(PRAISE THE LORD).  And the moments that I ever do experience pain, I QUICKLY go to the Lord and ask Him to deliver me from it and He seems to always quickly touch and heal my body.

Note: This was originally a personal note I was leaving for myself, but after reading it over a few times, I realized that it should be shared here; Because maybe I am missing something.

 

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Right after posting this OP, I remembered about “grieving the Holy Spirit”: There are some sins, that will cause the Lord to stop speaking to you.....
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30)

And there are some sins, that will stop the Lord from hearing your prayer....
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear [me]:” (Psalms 66:18)

 

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17 hours ago, Donald said:

I was reminded this morning, of how rare it is, to be totally right with God;

It's only been achieved by one person that I know of.

17 hours ago, Donald said:

For sure, this PAIN, could be the Lord, trying to get their attention.

I can speak from experience that God can use such things for His glory.  Only six years ago, I considered myself a Christian, but I wasn't IFB then and I still used an NASB and scoffed at the KJVO crowd.  I was very involved in worldly music and it was an idol to me.  I was a performing musician, owned a business making musical instruments and had a day job in the operations department at Guitar Center. 

Long story short, there was an incident with a loud amplifier while at work at GC and I sustained permanent hearing damage to the point that I could no longer listen to music.  I believe, with my whole heart, that God caused that to happen in order to get my full attention.  The thing that I thought was the most devastating thing to ever have happened to me, turned out to be the most life changing and wonderful thing I have yet experienced.

I have since completely turned my back on and denounced that entire lifestyle, have discovered the glorious blessings of the KJV and a clearer path that comes from being a Bible believing Christian.  I thank God for my affliction.  It comes with certain pains and inconveniences, but I cherish it.

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I tell people all the time, that “I am a dirt rotten sinner and I deserve to go to hell, but I am not going to hell, because Jesus has paid my sin dept!”

But Jesus said...,
“If thy whole body therefore [be] full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.” (Luke 11:36)

When I talk about being “100% right with God”, I am talking about “having no unconfessed sin in my life”.
For sure, the Bible says that none of us can ever be “sin free” in this life....
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
But, the state of “having no unconfessed sin”, is one where we have repented of every “known sin” in our life and at that moment in time, we are “100% right with God”!  Even though we still have sin in our life, the LORD had not revealed it to us yet!

Our mission, if we choose to accept it(and it is not impossible), is to keep dealing with our sin, day by day, as the Lord revels them to us, so that we can maintain a life filled with light.

For sure, we will still have sin in our life(that we don’t know about), but when God reveals it to us, then we can deal with it!

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With all that said, the point of my OP, is I know individuals who are saved, but appear to not be dealing with their sin!  YET THE LORD IS STILL BLESSING THEM WITH AN APPARENT CLOSE WALK WITH HIM!?!?
Therefore my OP talks of my concern about my own closeness to the LORD:
That is, “If the Lord is going to continue to speak to me and answer my prayers and bless me, even if I am in disobedience, than HOW CAN I BE AWARE OF MY OWN SIN?”  I would prefer, that the LORD drop a ton of bricks on my head, to get my attention!

Then, I realized the answer!
The answer lies in “GOD MERCY”!
These other people, may know full well about the sin in their lives and choosing to overlook them: While our loving merciful heavenly Father, continues to bless them.

I need to mind my own business and stop concerning myself with the sins, that other people seem to be getting away with.

 

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But this continues....
“For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:” (Romans 7:22)

This is what it means to be “born again”!
We have been changed on the inside, to the point that WE DO NOT WANT TO SIN.

Therefore, “IF” a Christian, asks the LORD to help him to “hate sin, as much as He does”, and if God answers that prayer, than..... That Christian can repent to the point, where he “has no unconfessed sin in his life”!

This is not SINLESS PERFECTION!  As I said above, we are all sinners and will always be sinners, as long as we are in this body!
But, “IF” we quickly repent of every sin, that God reveals to us, praise the Lord we can be 100% right with God!
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OH, by the way, this big “IF”, is the same if that is in 2 Chronicles 7:14....
“IF” my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

 

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1 hour ago, Donald said:

But this continues....
“For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:” (Romans 7:22)

This is what it means to be “born again”!
We have been changed on the inside, to the point that WE DO NOT WANT TO SIN.

Therefore, “IF” a Christian, asks the LORD to help him to “hate sin, as much as He does”, and if God answers that prayer, than..... That Christian can repent to the point, where he “has no unconfessed sin in his life”!

This is not SINLESS PERFECTION!  As I said above, we are all sinners and will always be sinners, as long as we are in this body!
But, “IF” we quickly repent of every sin, that God reveals to us, praise the Lord we can be 100% right with God!
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OH, by the way, this big “IF”, is the same if that is in 2 Chronicles 7:14....
“IF” my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

 

2 Chronicles 7:14....
“IF” my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

i love this verse thanks for the reminder.

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