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Yes I know what you mean about how God directed you to get exactly what you wanted to read His word. When I first got Born again I used to buy bibles by the dozens, all different kinds of them and give them out to all the different people I would meet trying to match bible and personality. I dont have enough money to do that at this time. But, something will appear for me to do. This is like a chat line so far just between us two, thats ok I am enjoying it.
Bobbie, you are such a blessing to my life! Your words are so kind! I am glad that you love reading the bible so much. I had to find a bible I understood to get to the point that I loved reading it! I prayed and asked God to help me find a large print bible I could understand, and a few months later I found one without searching for it, it was even on sale!!! Isn't that just like God? Wow, no one else has commented on this post, it is like we are having our own little gab session here, LOL- that's dunny!
Your most welcome my little lady friend with the most biggest and warmest heart filled with the love of God. I have read the word of God so much since 1972 because my life has been nothing but constant pain and despair and darkness and then I met the word of God and cannot get out of it because the word makes me live and gives me life. I am not kidding when I say that Jesus is my very next breath. The word of God has completely transformed me. I cannot live or breath without the word of God. Shelly, God loves you sooo much.
Bobbie, thanks so much for your support. It is nice to read your words. One of the things that really warms my heart is that I know you read the entire thing! I know it was long, but if someone really likes it, or needs it they will read the whole thing.
I like the book of jude as well. I was lead to read it one afternoon while I was praying for that guy from my church. I am reading the Psalms right now, but have not read up to Psalms 119. Well, thanks for your reply!
Shelly, I love the way you write. Wow, you are a woman of God and God loves you and uses you to the utmost. Thank you again, for being real, authentic and transparent as you walk out your daily salvation with fear and trembling. Yes, without His words, Grace and love and mercy and Jesus and the cross of Jesus, the crucifiction and Holy Spirit there would be no way that we could be being transformed on a daily basis to be being made more and more in His image and likeness and to take us from glory to glory and from faith to faith. Just so long as we stay in His word, and pray in the spirit, and follow the leading of Holy Spirit and walk in love we will not full fill the lusts of the flesh. I know this post is also long, lol, but what you wrote has so much to say and so much meaning to me there is not a way possible that I could respong in just a few words. My favorite parts of the bible are psalms 119 and the book of Galatians, Ephesians, Colassians, Hebrews, Romans, John, 1John, Jude and the very last book of the bible, Revelations of John. Praise God for His faithful and prompt to do it and follow Gods leading. Thank you Shelly for sharing so much of your spirit and soul I so appreciate it. I also love the books of Isaiah and the entire book of Psalms.
Edited by: BOBBIENORTHERN at: 9/11/2010 (13:34)
DEFIANTVEGAN, You wrote a post and mentioned this one that I wrote. I wanted to look back and see what you were referring to in the post that you wrote. I see the similarities.
I started reading Psalm 119 1-8, which lead me into a deep description about my life. I know this post is long, but the words followed what was in my heart. May someone be blessed by this, and in some way be helped, as I share with you what I feel these verses mean.
A portion of this is repeated in the thread, how to receive and maintain peace. In response to Marcyna's reply within that thread. If you have already read my response look for the * and you can continue on to where more of the Psalm is continued, with comments from me about my life and these verses.
Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.
They do nothing wrong; they walk in his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.
Only you and God know what this means for your life and the things you are doing. Did you feel lead to read these verses?
When I read them they gave me meaning, and as I followed more meaning into my life was brought forth.
As for me and what I think is as follows:
I feel that what is being said is that you are blameless as you walk in the Lords ways. No one can cast blame upon you not even yourself if you seek God and try your best to obey His commandments and do His will in your life.
It is hard when you strive with all of your heart to behave as God wants us to behave, to honor Him in all of our ways. Through this breaking of our flesh we become more like Jesus, more holy in all of our ways. During this process we fail, and we think back to the things we said and did, we are put to shame, as we know we should have done a better job. The Psalmist, says, oh, if only I would have obeyed your ways, then I would not feel shame within my heart, (I am putting his words into my own words) Through this process, I beehive we experience pure joy as we become righteous through God as our efforts multiply. In our hearts and with our lips we praise God and all that He has done through us, because God's work has been done through us through HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and through OBEYING Him. Then the psalmist tells God, as I obey your word, do not forsake me.
* I can write of such things because I know of such things within my own life. It is what I am truly doing right now. I do not take credit for this, for it is because of God and not of me that my life is leading in this direction. I say that I want it to happen. Yes, I want to please God and be a good person, but it is God alone that has put this in me, and I am just His servant, trying my best to serve Him, to love Him, and to be of Him. I am just an ordinary person, the one you read of, my words I share with you, I am just like anyone else. As I read further, I was given a great meaning and its meaning continued to fill my life! It follows:
Psalm 9 -16
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees.
With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. (end of the Psalm)
At times it is hard for me to share with you as my soul’s desires. Fear, & insecurities creep in, and I question what I feel I am lead by God to do. I don't like when this happens, and I let my wall down and become transparent to you as I feel God wants me to appear to you. For out of my actions you shall see a real person, the person I am beneath, behind these words of mine. So here it goes, I will dive down into my soul and let you see it for what it is....
My life, the things I am going through.... I try so hard to be a better person, I seek His word, yet sometimes fail to read enough, sometimes I put things ahead of God, and do not fully complete the things I want to complete each day of God- His word, mediation, and prayer. I read the Psalm, and through the words my life drew pictures in my mind, and I was reminded of my actions, my heart, and my soul.
You see I am trying to live a better life, one of God, and it says…“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word." In the last few months God has told me it was time to grow up and continue to grow in His ways. I realized that by listening to better music, and watching better things on TV, and non violent movies, will create a better place for the Holy Spirit to rest within me. As this place within my soul becomes more pure, I will hear from the Holy Spirit more clearly. Then the Psalm continues..."I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
I just learned recently to start speaking certain verse out loud, which will help me as I work on Gods ways. I hold these words within my heart and I feel that I have become blessed by them, as I try hard to live through them in my life. I will continue to type what was written in this Psalm...
"Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth."
One of the things I am working on is not talking about people; I mean not talking about ANYONE, not even celebrities...this is a hard thing to master!!! So, with the lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth....God has convicted my heart to His ways, and I have walked away from those who are in the midst of talking about someone. Yet, my flesh is weak, and much work must in done in me as I strive to fulfill His ways as my own! So, when I am able to do as He has told me to do, I praise His name and don't take credit for my actions. And it continues saying…“I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word."
There are days which I fail to read the bible as I should, but I get right back to it, through God's power, I pray and ask Him to keep me in His word.
I am pleased with myself when I am able to obey God, and I actually am blessed in ways which surprise and delight me, for when I have obeyed God and sought Him with all my heart God has brought into my life hidden desires which bring richness into my life! Such things have recently happened, and I was so very surprised, and then God spoke to my heart and told me, it gives Him pleasure to reward His servant.
I know this is getting long, but I feel those who need to read this will, and those who don't won't. I feel lead to share more of this. It is not easy, what you must think of me...I do not know. But I know my God will be completely satisfied with me as I continue with my heart open, and with my hands close to His will. So, I will tell you, yes, there was more which I read, and more came into meaning of what was being said and about my life.
A spiritual growth has taken place during dark hours in my life. God comforted me while I was in pain, and I grew and felt God’s hand upon me. Since November of last year major things have been happening in my life, which has brought me into a higher place, a place in which I was able to follow God’s word through my pain and suffering, through shame and blame, and through accusations and through rejection. By seeking God, by surrendering to Him and His will, I have walked away blameless. I have represented God, and I have grown in the process of my pain and heart ache. I have shared with this team in previous posts (in threads); my words have represented the feelings I have just written.
Psalm 119: 17-24
Do good to your servant, and I will live; I will obey your word. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.”
I believe what the Psalmist meant as he wrote, ..“and I will live..” is that he will live THE LIFE” Jesus died to give us, a joyful life, one with purpose and meaning. It is not possible to live on this earth without pain and sorrow, but I believe this life the Psalmist is talking about is one which a person can suffer, yet live through grace, and even experience joy through their pain, as they experience the grace and peace of God. I know such a life is possible, I have lived through such times, and experienced such grace and peace!
I want to obey God, but sometimes it is almost foreign to me. The Psalmist wrote, “...I am a stranger on earth…”
As I try not to talk about people I am brought to a way of life which I was not taught by this world. How do I go about my life and live God's word? How do I comfort my husband when he comes homes from work? While he is talking about people at his job, how do I comfort him without talking about people he is telling me about? Yet, I know God doesn’t want me to follow my husband’s lead, but HOW do I do THIS? When I have an emotional experience with someone, and I become stressed, or hurt, the next day someone asks me how my day was. What do I say to them? It turned into a mess because she one hurt me. Then when they ask me what happened, what am I suppose to say? I have been praying for an answer, for this world has not shown me yet! The Psalmist wrote,"..I am a stranger to this world." I believe that he is saying, as I do these things help me to find delight in them, and not be controlled by my fear, or of judgment. Or maybe, I become as a stranger becomes, as I try to change my ways in this world that I live in.
My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. You rebuke the arrogant, who are cursed and who stray from your commands.
Remove from me scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes. Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees. (end of Psalm)
In June my relationship with my dad ended. This was done by and through God, it was His will. I was being attacked verbally by Satan through my dad, and after many, many months of verbal abuse God said, enough is enough! I sought after God, and I read and meditated on verses which related to my path. Through much prayer and through God's lead, I told my dad if he wanted a relationship with me he had to treat me better, but the same behavior continued.
This Psalm continues…
Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.
I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. I recounted my ways and you answered me;
teach me your decrees.
Let me understand the teaching of your precepts;
then I will meditate on your wonders. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
I have always been a daddy’s girl, always. Our relationship was lovely and envied. In recent years things have changed, but my heart and actions remained the same. I mentioned above about our relationship ending, this began this past November an ugly turn took place, as a result my relationship with my dad has suffered. Pain in my heart was comforted by God’s amazing pure grace. He softened the blows and His peace filled my life through ugliness of unkind words, and actions. His words and His principles has given me comfort in a way that nothing of this world could ever fulfill.
So, as I have shared with you of myself, I ask you a question, what do these verses mean to you? Can you see how your life can change for the better by following God a bit closer? My life is ordinary, but has been made extraordinary through God. I am but a simple person, yet the simple things which have happened were created into magic through God. Sprinkle some of God’s magic into your life and see what a brilliant life He will create!
Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 9/10/2010 (17:40)