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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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On 7/4/2020 at 1:50 PM, SureWord said:

There should be some kind of repentance and a desire to follow God but you have to be careful with judging new believers. Many grow at different rates and turning from sin is really a battle for many and doesn't always happen over night. But there should be some kind of love for God's righteousness and conviction of sin.

I was not so specific of my question but i was referring to the unsaved person.  With regards to the saved person, still repentance of sin is not a work thing.  When we interpret turning from sin as a work process to quit sin, then that makes repentance as a work. However repentance or repentance of sin is not a work but a decision in the mind to forsake sin.  To turn from sin is to change one's mind about sin, and not necessarily mean a process and sequence of good works.  Rather work is the result of true repentance.  In the case of unsaved person, repentance of sin happens just once when because of his realization of sin he trusted in Jesus as Savior.  Without faith, of course no matter how many times a person repents he won't be saved by such.  

True repentance is followed by faith.  


For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
(Matthew 21:32)

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For clarification this question is not...

When a person is saved, will he still commit sin? 

Does a person who commit sin be saved?  

Does God require perfection in order to be saved? 

The three questions above is not the question of this thread.  The question is not about the saved person.  But the question is about the sinner who loves sin, as the Bible declares that men loved darkness rather than light, (John 3: 19), they hate the light and the truth.  The question is related to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  Should there be conviction of the Holy Spirit concerning sin?  Should the sinner come to a point of realization of sin and its consequence, that would bring a change of mind and heart from loving sin to hating it, and being sorry of it.  Imagine yourself you were invited to a birthday part of a wealthy friend, and you thought it is just an ordinary activity, and you went there but you were wearing a dirty shoes, pants and shirt that is like filthy rags.  When you arrived at the house, the guests are well groomed clean, the house is so clean, and you were exposed to the light, and felt embarrassed, dirty, unworthy to come, undeserving..  and your friend told you to go to the shower room, clean yourself, and wear his best clothes at the closet.  Would you be willing to take a shower and wear his suit if you think you are fine with your filthy clothes, and dirty face?  If you like wearing your filthy clothes, would you trust your friend and wear his clean clothes?  

That is the point of the question, will a person who loves sin trust Christ as Savior?  

So this is about salvation.  There are many already who teach that you do not need to repent of your sin to be saved.  If you were that man who wore a filthy clothes, would you not change your mind about your outfit and accept the offer of your friend to wear that clean outfit he offers?  

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37 minutes ago, mbkjpreacher said:

The Calvinists believe that hearing, repentance and faith are necessary in obedience to the gospel as spiritually alive already not in order to obtain life.  The real Calvinists does not believe that repentance and faith are necessary to regeneration, but they believe they are results to regeneration.  

Indeed, this is the same as I presented:

On 7/9/2020 at 9:56 AM, Pastor Scott Markle said:

The Calvinist does indeed hold that the spiritually "dead" sinner cannot hear, respond, repent, believe, specifically due to his spiritual "deadness."  However, the Calvinist DOES believe that hearing and responding through both repentance and faith ARE necessary.  Thus the Calvinist holds that regeneration (the giving of spiritual "life" through divine grace) is necessary BEFORE and IN ORDER THAT the spiritually "dead" sinner can hear and respond through both repentance and faith.  As such, the Calvinist holds that regeneration "life" is the PREREQUISITE TO repentance and faith, whereby a lost sinner comes to repentance and faith THROUGH regeneration In relation to this, I would hold THE VERY OPPOSITE as the Calvinist.  For I hold that BOTH repentance and faith are the PREREQUISITE TO salvation/regeneration, and that a lost sinner receives salvation/regeneration THROUGH repentance and faith.

On the other hand, I accept that my challenge to you was in error; for you do indeed understand the position of the Calvinist.  Thus I ask you to forgive the following challenge:

On 7/9/2020 at 9:56 AM, Pastor Scott Markle said:

Now, I would also challenge you to consider your understanding of Calvinism more carefully; for you do not appear to understand it precisely either.  


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