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O THAT MY WAYS WERE DIRECTED TO KEEP THY STATUES

Preached 5/26/13  T. B. C. Sunday AM  Pastor Michael Garn

I. FENCE STRADDLING  v.s 1

    A. We cannot walk with 1 leg in the world and 1 leg with the LORD.

         1. The theory “I can keep close enough to the world and know where the LORD is when I need Him”.

                <DOES NOT WORK

         2. 99% of the time straddling the fence with 1 leg will pull the good leg into the world also.

    B. Walking unbalanced, will made us fall into sin.

        1. Blessings Come by a Godly life style.

        2. No Blessings Come to them who think themselves wise without the LORD.

     C. IF WE PURSUE EVIL: we will become as we pursue.

          IF WE PURSUE GODLINESS : we will become as we pursue.

II. SEEK HIM WITH THE WHOLE HEART = 100%

     vs 2. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and seek him with the whole heart.”

   A. SEEKING HIM= gaining knowledge of the LORD, and conforriing to his desire.

        1. SEEK WHAT? God himself

        2. SEEK WHERE? His word testimony

        3. SEEK HOW? With the whole heart!

    B. WE MUST SEEK HIM:

        1. Though His Son Jesus

        2. Truth

        3. Holiness

        4. Above all things

        5. By the light of His word

        6. Diligently, until we find Him

III. THEY ALSO DO NO INIQUITY “they walked in His ways.”

      A. vs. 3 “Do no iniquity.” allow themselves in no known sin.

                 1. This is not speaking of sinless perfection <THERE IS NO SUCH ANIMAL.

                 2. We will not become sinless while on this world.

                 3. We should strive to SIN LESS H!

                 4. The best way to keep from sin is, to diligently learn the whole will of God

    B. Result of holiness: Titus 2:11-12

       1.  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that,

       denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously and godly,

       IN THIS PRESENT WORLD.”

       2. Having a clean body is great!

       3. Having a clean heart is wonderful!

IV. THOU HAST COMMANDED US TO KEEP THY PRECEPTS DILIGENTLY vs. 4

A.   Commanded: = instituted fundamental directions for conduct.

     B. The term command ; is a comprehensive term:  Meaning if we are able to allow ourselves to understand.

V. WHEN I HAVE RESPECT vs. 6

     A. Directive >>>>> “is I shall not be ashamed

     B. Cause >>>>>>>>when I have RESPECT unto all thy commandment.

VI. WHEN I SHALL HAVE LEARNED vs. 7

     A. WHEN I have learned.

     B. THEN “I will praise thee with UPRIGHTNESS OF HEART.”

     B. The LORD is UPRIGHT ! We also should be upright as He asks us to be!  UPRIGHTNESS of heart =

         1. To be perpendicular

         2. To conform to conformity

         3. To be inflexible in His uprightness

WOW I WANT TO BE PERPENDICULAR TO THE LORD !!!!  LORD> <me

I WANT TO BE EVER SO CLOSE TO THE LORD !!!

Perpendicular : to extend from the same point in a right line towards the center in direction.

Jesus being the center...so let me, be in the same line of direction as the LORD !!

LET ME BE NEXT TO THE LORD, IN ALL THAT I DO

Please LORD, let my life be holy, that when other’s see me, they SEE THE LORD !!!!!

 

 

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