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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.

Will a person who loves sin trust in Jesus for salvation?

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WILL A PERSON WHO LOVES SIN AND DOES NOT WANT DELIVERANCE TRUST IN JESUS AS SAVIOR? 

All men are sinners by nature (Romans 3:23).  Sinners love darkness, that is sin and sinful practices.  Should a sinner be convicted of his sins, feel sorry about it and change his mind and heart concerning sin in order to trust in Jesus as Savior, or is it okay to continue loving sin and desiring it at the same time trusting in Jesus as Savior?  

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A lost man cannot deal with his sin until after he has submitted to God and is born again. Otherwise he is only a self righteous lost man, trusting in his own measure of reform or regret. It is only after we are born again that we become dead to sin and alive to Christ and HIS righteousness. Dealing with sin in the life of a believer is a matter of sanctification, not salvation (study John 3 and  Romans 6-8). A lost man needs only to repent of anything keeping him from believing and trusting in Jesus payment for his sin. Afterwards God will properly deal with their sins.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

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35 minutes ago, John Young said:

A lost man cannot deal with his sin until after he has submitted to God and is born again. Otherwise he is only a self righteous lost man, trusting in his own measure of reform or regret. It is only after we are born again that we become dead to sin and alive to Christ and HIS righteousness. Dealing with sin in the life of a believer is a matter of sanctification, not salvation (study John 3 and  Romans 6-8). A lost man needs only to repent of anything keeping him from believing and trusting in Jesus payment for his sin. Afterwards God will properly deal with their sins.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Yes I agree that he cannot deal with his sins, since it is only the Lord who will cleanse and forgive him of all his sins after he repent and believe.  My question, when does the Holy Spirit convict a man of sin, is it before salvation or after salvation?   

My next question is, If the Holy Spirit convicts the sinner before salvation, is it not possible through the grace of God that he would realize his sins, and change his mind from loving sin to hatred of it, and desire for Salvation and so trust in Jesus as Savior?  

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Another question I would like to ask is based on your statement, "A lost man needs only to repent of anything keeping him from believing and trusting in Jesus payment for his sin. Afterwards God will properly deal with their sins.".  If a man does not believe in God and he believes it is illegal drugs that could save him from problem, should he repent of that sinful belief and practice and trust in Jesus for salvation?  

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First you need to understand that the free gift of God is not obtained by "repentance of sin" but rather by faith in Christ alone. 

Second, you need to understand the goal of salvation is not reform of man into a good person but rather to bring them back to God. 

It makes no difference their feelings about sin BEFORE salvation. Some have a great deal of sorrow others a simple acknowledgement. What matters is that they turn to God through faith in Christ. The matter of sin can also be dealt with in the life of a lost man through the law and conviction of what God has naturally placed in their heart. A lost man can be sorry for sin and reform his life, even appear to be a believer by the deeds he does (like Judas Iscariot) others can even be convicted that their sin is evil. However, this "repentance of sin" does not in any way save them. The birth must come first.

Romans 2:14-15 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


Romans 9:31-33 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33 as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

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According to your statement:  

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A lost man needs only to repent of anything keeping him from believing and trusting in Jesus payment for his sin. Afterwards God will properly deal with their sins."

A lost man needs only to repent of anything keeping him from believing and trusting in Jesus payment for his sin.  My question is if the lost man has the belief that drugs is what saves him from problem and he does not believe in any kind of salvation, should he repent of that sin?  Should a man repent of the false belief of salvation?  Is the false belief sin? 

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11 minutes ago, John Young said:

I never denied it. It is my view, and the view of all Christians that all people should depart from sin.

So If you believe that unbelief is sin, and you define repentance as a change of mind from unbelief (sin) to belief in Christ, then you do believe in repentance of sin for the unsaved to be saved, of course followed by faith??? 

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Is pride and rebellion sin or not? 

 

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
(Psalms 10:4 KJV)
 

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
(Mark 7:21-22 KJV)
 

Do you deny that pride and rebellion is sin?  

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Yes they are sins. This has not been denied. Your problem is you are trying to make general and generic what God has placed in specifics. Salvation is not obtained by a general remorse for sin but rather the specific sins of pride and rebellion against God. When anyone repents by humbly submitting to God by faith in Christ, then they will be saved. Their level of remorse or regret or turning from sin, in the general, does not matter. If they have a sense of remorse then that is great but to claim they need anything more than humble submission before coming to Christ is to add to the gospel.

John 3:14-15 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Numbers 21:8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live

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Well it is not my position that there is a required degree of remorse for repentance due to people do vary in their emotion and experiences of wicked deeds, so I do not take the position that there must be crying or remorse as my point is that some people are emotional and others are not.   There is however a feeling of guilt as a result of the conviction of the Holy Spirit and admission that sin is sin, and that God is a holy God who hates sin, and the sinner being sorry for displeasing God and feeling undeserving of his own righteousness to save himself, so when he hears the gospel he is trust in Jesus as the only way to be saved.   However there is no need to categorize repentance and repentance of sin as work and that they are different as there is no work involved in repentance but that work is a result of repentance.  Repentance is a decision and it is a change of mind.   Rebellion, doing your own way instead of God's way is sin.  Sin is transgression of the law.   1 John 5: 17 states all unrighteousness is sin.. Sin is rebellion to God, or transgressing God's law, and when you violates one you violates all, James 2:10.  When the Bible speaks of repentance, it is a change of mind and heart toward God concerning sin.  If repentance has the same meaning as faith, then there is no need for Paul to distinctively state, Repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus, Acts 20: 21.  When the Bible speaks of faith and believing it does not mean without repentance.  In John 5: 24 hearing was mentioned yet in other verses such as John 6: 47 hearing was not mentioned.   So when you see verses without hearing and without repentance it does not mean that faith is without repentance for a sinner who loves sin will not trust in Jesus until he is convicted by the Spirit of sin, becomes sorry of his sin, and changes his mind and heart about it.   If there is a change of mind from loving sin to hating it to loving God, why can't you call it repentance since it is a change of mind and not a work??? 

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When you try to categorize repentance for the unsaved and repentance of sin for the saved that will contradict with Isaiah 55: 7 , and Ezek 33:11 where the wicked are commanded to repent of their sins, transgression or way, or evil ways.. all of that are sins..  Anderson said that repentance of sin is for the believer and repentance is for the unbeliever but the Bible says that the wicked are commanded to repent of their sins (transgressions, abominations, way or evil ways) all of that are sins.  Anderson just do not know well the Bible and he does not know that there are verses that speaks of repentance of sins, or evil ways .. 

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No Man is able to deal with his sin in a way to cleanse himself.  Only God can cleanse us of sin, to forgive our sins.  It is true that man cannot repent and believe and come to God by self effort and apart from grace, but does it mean that man under grace, the conviction of the Spirit and influence of the word cannot repent and believe?  No!  God commanded all men everywhere to repent and repentance precedes faith.  God commanded sinners, the wicked to repent of their sins, Isaiah 55:7, Ezek 33:11; 18:30-31; 13:22; 14:6; Rev.2:21-22; 9: 20-21.  It is only due to the ignorance of Steven Anderson and Roger Jimenez who teach that there is no repentance of sin in the bible. They misinterpreted Jonah 3:10 as repentance of sin as a work and twisted other scriptures that Isaiah 55:7, Ezek 33:11, Luke 13:3 that these verses are speaking of physical destruction, when God is commanding the wicked to repent of sins to receive forgiveness, salvation.  To believe without acknowledging himself as sinner needing God's mercy and salvation is to boast of himself of his own righteousness.  Jesus did not come for self righteous people but for sinners Mark 2:17.

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On 4/24/2020 at 12:39 AM, mbkjpreacher said:

WILL A PERSON WHO LOVES SIN AND DOES NOT WANT DELIVERANCE TRUST IN JESUS AS SAVIOR? 

All men are sinners by nature (Romans 3:23).  Sinners love darkness, that is sin and sinful practices.  Should a sinner be convicted of his sins, feel sorry about it and change his mind and heart concerning sin in order to trust in Jesus as Savior, or is it okay to continue loving sin and desiring it at the same time trusting in Jesus as Savior?  

The saved have a new nature, and have the Holy Spirit indwelling them, so they  should never be "OK" with just going on sinning!

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