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Psalm 25: Always seek God’s Guidance

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Bible Study

Psalm 25 is a beautiful prayer that reminds us that God fights on our behalf, that He can guides us, teaches us and instructs us if we ask Him. It reminds us that God can rescue us, protect us & keep us safe. God love us and is faithful in all His ways. If we live by faith (trusting Him) and we humble ourselves before God, He’ll answer us when we pray for His forgiveness, deliverance and protection.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise“. Psalm 51:17

“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

 

PSALM 25 (Audio) – A Psalm of David

Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
2  O my God, I trust in Thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
3  Yea, let none that wait on Thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
Shew me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths.
5  Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.
6  Remember, O Lord, Thy tender mercies and Thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
7  Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to Thy mercy remember Thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.

8   Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will He teach sinners in the way.
9   The meek will He guide in judgment (H4941: justice, rectitude) and the meek will He teach His way.
10  All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 F or Thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
12  What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose.
13  His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
14  The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant.
15  Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.

16  Turn Thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
17  The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring Thou me out of my distresses.
18  Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
19  Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
20  O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in Thee.
21  Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on Thee.
22  Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Outline

A prayer for direction, forgiveness & deliverance

I. Looking to God for direction

a. Trust in God (1-3) David chose to trust and depend on God in facing his enemies.
b. Show me Your ways (4-5) He prayed for direction. ‘And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search  for me with all your heart‘ Jeremiah 29:13
c. Remember your tender mercies (6) 2 Corinthians 1:3 but Remember NOT the sins of my youth (7)

II. In these verses, David turns from a request of God to reflections about God. (8-15)

a. God is good and upright (8) Matthew 19:17.
He guides the humble (meek) (9) and teaches them. -‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth‘. (Matthew 5:5)
He is merciful to those who keep His word. (10) We can’t expect His mercy if we keep rebelling against Him (Matthew 7:21-23, Hebrews 12:14).
b. Pardon my iniquities (11) David asks forgiveness for his sins. Those who confess & forsake their sins will have mercy (Prov.28:13)
c. He who fears the lord (12-15) God gives further knowledge and understanding to those who are reverent & respectful of Him; to ‘fear’ the Lord is to be respectful of the Lord, His son Jesus, His Word.
The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, they will understand ( Matthew 13:10-15)
‘He shall pluck my feet out of the net’ We look to the Lord for deliverance.

III. David pleads for forgiveness & deliverance (16-22)

a. David ask the Lord to bring him out of his distress (16-17)
b. Again he asks for forgiveness (18) & again, he asks the Lord to deal with his enemies.(19)
c. He keeps trusting in Him. He prays for protection & deliverance & he is willing to wait. (20)
d. Let integrity and uprightness preserve us. (21)
David concludes not thinking just about himself, but about all of those who
belong to the Lord & have a covenant with Him (22).

 

Conclusion

David was not without sin. He made many mistakes, & some very big ones, but God forgave & restored him, because He loved David’s  humble heart towards Him.

Let us approach God in the same spirit of humility and reverence as king David did, believing in God’s goodness as we make our requests known to Him.

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but who so confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. (H7451-adversity)” Proverbs 28:13-14

Who or What is the Olive Tree in Romans 11?, Pt.1

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Grafted in

‘Replacement Theology” teaches God has no more plans for Israel & the church has  ‘replaced’ them, but this is a doctrine that’s proved wrong by many bible passages one of them found in Romans 11 which tells us that God is not yet done with Israel, even they had rejected Him.

But on the opposite side of the coin we have another kind of ‘Replacement Theology’ were some teach that in order to be saved the ‘church’ needs to be part of Israel, (in other words the church is replaced by Israel). As one of their main points they use Romans 11, which they interpret that gentile believers are grafted into ‘Israel’, and for that reason have to become like them. But this is also wrong, to see it more clearly I’m sharing this next article that contains some nice illustrations:

 

“Grafting”

Written & illustrated by Brian R. Franco, used with permission

 

Preface
In Romans 11, Paul begins speaking to the Gentiles about their salvation, using the imagery of an olive tree and branches to explain the new life they are able to receive (and lose) with their belief (or lack thereof). The question, however, arises of “who or what is this olive tree the Gentiles are grafted into?” I’m going to present and attempt to defend the idea that Christ is the olive tree/root Gentiles are really grafted into. I’m going to do this by analyzing certain chapters, across the whole of Scripture, while explaining my understanding (with a fair amount of illustration to help visualize the ideas) of everything and how it ties together to form the basis for what I believe and why.

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The Church – Biblical Leadership

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Spritual Authority

After King Solomon’s death Israel was divided into 2 kingdoms: The northern kingdom of Israel & the southern kingdom of Judah. Both of them fall into idolatry (spiritual adultery). About 200 years latter God judged Israel & Syria conquered them. But still the Lord in His mercy was calling them to repentance.

I see the same happening today to the believers or body of Christ, falling into idolatry, following after all kind of men doctrines, in apostasy, falling away from the truth of God as was prophesied in the Scriptures about the latter days.  1 Tim, 4:1-3, 2 Thess. 2:3, etc.

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Once Saved, Always Saved?

Some Christians believe that once you are saved you will always remain saved, and that no matter what you do after that, including sinning, your salvation is still secured. Some others will add that if you sin willingly, then it is because you were never saved in the first place; even after 20 or more years of walking faithfully with God, if you fall, it means you were never really saved.

We’ll try to explain our position on this subject. We are not attacking people who believe differently, we are not questioning their salvation or attacking their character. We believe this is a very important doctrine, but we also think it is still not an issue to divide over if the person has the Foundational Doctrines right,  unless ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’ is used as a license to sin.  Sound Doctrine is very important because what we believe is going to affect our actions & way of living.

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Does God harden hearts? Pt.2

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Importance of The Heart

Those hardened or cut off are NOT born in this condition, but have “grown hardened” over years of rebellion , their hearts or conscience becomes dull or hardened because of continual & unrepentant sin in their lives (Acts 28:24-27, Matt. 19:8, 1 Tim.4:2, Rom.2:5, Heb 3:13).

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Examining Calvinism, Pt. 3 – Sovereignty & Hyper-Calvinism

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Calvinism

i. Our first parents, being seduced by the subtlety and temptation of Satan, sinned in eating the forbidden fruit. This their sin, God was pleased, according to His wise and holy counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to His own glory.

II. By this sin they fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and so became dead in sin, and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body.   – Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 6 (Calvinist Catechism).

John Calvin regarding the lost : “it was his good pleasure to doom to destruction” (Institutes of the Christian Religion, III:xxi,7.)

But the Word of God says:

“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” Eze. 18:32,–  Ezekiel 33:11

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Examining Calvinism, Pt. 2 – Election

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Calvinism

Romans 9:12-13: “It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Calvinists teach that Romans 9:13 proves that Jacob was predestined by God, to heaven and Esau was predestined by God, to hell even before they were born.  But this isn’t true!

This a more complex chapter (needs more biblical historical background for the proper context) & could be a difficult passage for some to understand it well. Unfortunately Calvinists use this chapter 9 to convert people to Calvinism, to convince them of their view on predetermined election, & even use it on the unsaved people or babes in Christ who still don’t understand Bible doctrine properly, causing confusion to many.

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Examining Calvinism in light of Scripture, Pt. 1

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Calvinism

We understand Calvinism is a divisive and controversial issue, but we believe it must be faced because it is growing, and affects the Gospel of Salvation and the very Person of God. Brushing it under the carpet has made the problem worst with time. And as some Reformed have recognized ‘What could be more relevant to the Gospel than how sinners are saved? ‘

What makes things more difficult, is that we know there are many nice, God loving & sincere people involved in this religious system, a lot of them get in it by default, thinking they need to choose between Calvinism or Arminianism. But they don’t have to follow any men’s doctrine, just Jesus Christ & His Word. Many that follow this doctrine don’t even know who was John Calvin, or haven’t read his writings.

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There Is No Other Gospel

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Importance of Doctrine

There can be no Gospel  message or preaching without the story of the sacrifice of Christ as the Redeemer of mankind. But something has happened to the integrity of the Gospel of Christ over time, it has become diluted, twisted, contaminated, etc.

We will find the true gospel in the Scriptures. The following verse is called the ‘Gospel in a nutshell’:

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

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The Importance of Sound Doctrine

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Importance of Doctrine

We see today a constant attack against Christ’s doctrine. A growing number of people, especially among proponents of the ecumenical movement & emergent church movement, are now saying: “Doctrine divides, experience unites” or “Doctrine is not important. Let’s lay aside our doctrinal differences and let’s unite.” It sounds nice but sadly is not biblical.

 Is sound doctrine important?  Is truth important?  Of course it is!

Sound doctrine is teaching that agrees with the Bible. When the Bible speaks of sound doctrine, it speaks of absolute truth as laid down by God in His Word.
The word doctrine means instruction, teaching. Noah Webster’s Dictionary defines doctrine as: “That which is laid down as true by an instructor or master.”

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