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Psalms 19
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

What beautiful words of the Psalmist of his observation of day and night how each is amazingly designed for their purpose, day for working and living, and night for man to rest. He marvels at the wonderful design, how everything it designed perfectly for man’s existence on this planet.  He realizes that what he beheld speaks of God’s majesty, power and awesomeness.  He looks around at the wondrous things God created and realizes how God shows Himself to man each and every day by what man sees, knowing within himself the things he sees were made and designed by all mighty God.

Through the things we see every day, we can see the glory of God, day and night uttereth forth His speech and proclaim His wisdom, power, and goodness.  Creation all about and around us speak to the works of God.  It is foolish to think otherwise.  Anything we see, we know was made, even the ungodly are left without excuse.  Everyone knows, the things we see must have a Creator who is eternal, infinitely wise, powerful, and good. The changing of day and night is a great proof of the power of God, and calls us to observe, as He tells us in Isa. 45:7 7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.”

Life, each day, testifies to God’s splendor, wisdom, awesomeness, power and Glory, and God can be heard and seen it each and every day.   Man is without excuse as to why He doesn’t worship God.  Knowing this, the knowledge of God is innate in in all of us.

Rom. 1:18-20
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Yet, and still, people do not live to what they believe and know to be true.  Most people if you asked them if they believe in God, they will say, “I believe in God.”  However, the state of most people are as it is written in Rom. 1:21-23:

21 For although they knew God (or know God exist), they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

People tend to believe that just saying, “I believe in God” is sufficient in itself.  Well Scripture tells us, James 2:19-20:

19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that —and shudder. 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds (works: ἔργον ergon; means to toil (as an effort or occupation); doing) is useless?

Belief without faith is useless.  Belief is only acknowledgment of what’s true, whereas faith makes me act upon what’s true.  The Psalmist at the beginning of Psalms 19 essentially says what Heb. 11:3 tells us: By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

The difference is, the second half of Psalms 19, because of his faith in what he believes, he comes to realize that, “Lord I see your splendor, your wondrous works, wisdom and power; thus, how can I neglect to get to know you, and to know you is to know your word, for your word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path (Ps. 119:105).  That’s why the first half of Psalms 19 David marvels at the wonders of God and the second half he realizes just marveling at what he believes and not seeking the one who created all things is useless belief.  So, he knows that if he believes in God, he should diligently seek God, so he goes on and says Ps. 7-14:

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

I should ask myself, how can I believe in God but not seek Him.  We as believers should examine ourselves to see if we be in the faith as Scripture says, 2Cor. 13:5: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

If I neglect God’s word, there is my answer.

The god of this world operates in the shadows of darkness of ignorance, keeping people blind from the truth of God’s word, which is able to set us free from the bondage of his lies.  This is why Jesus said, “know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32) – free from the enemies lies.  We all have heard how “know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”  For many of us this is just a coined phrase, and to the unbeliever, it’s just one of those saying of Christians.  This is what I call Christianese, meaning, as Christians we parrot this Scripture to one another and to unbelievers, but few of us really understand the true meaning of what Jesus meant.  To truly understand John 8:32 we have to look at Heb. 4:12:

“God’s word is sharper than any two-edged sword, dividing asunder bone from marrow, soul from spirit, it’s a discerner of the intents and motives of a man’s heart”. 

We must come to the truth of ourselves, in that, in each thing we choose to do or say, good or bad, it’s rooted in an “intent” – state of a person’s mind that directs his/her purpose and acts, and motives – something that causes a person to act in a certain way, do a certain thing… the goal or object of a person’s action’s.  For each of us, what we do, who we are, how we are, and the things we do, are all rooted in intent and motive.  The sad thing is, most people live their life ignorant to their own intent and motives behind the way they are, what they say, the things they do, and why they do them.  Jesus tells us, “from the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34), and “For out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts… (Matt. 15:19) – “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceeds evil thoughts… (Mark 7:21).  The word “heart” is καρδία kardia; meaning the thoughts or feelings, figuratively, the mind of a person.  So, it’s the mind of a person (thoughts and feelings) which are our intents and motives that lead or cause us to do what we do or say.  See, when I hear God’s Word, it cuts through all the b.s., and lays bear in me my intents and motives behind my actions and words.  God’s word is meant to do just what it was designed to do, “reproof, correct and instruct in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).  Each time you hear God’s word, the sharpness of it should cut you; you should either be convicted or challenged; truth be told, it should be both, convicted and challenged.  If not, you didn’t hear it.

If you read Isa. 1:1-20, you will see how God, rails against His people, telling them how they rebel against Him, makes plain to them that a dumb Ox and donkey knows their owner and their master’s crib, but how His own people don’t even have consideration of this before Him. They have become a people full of sin and corruption, their head is sick and their heart faint of praise to Him.  God tells them that they have become like Sodom and Gomorrah.  He then goes on to tell them, that He doesn’t even want their sacrifices anymore, they have become detestable to Him.  He doesn’t even want to hear their prayers anymore.  However, God then tells them, versus 16-20:

“Wash you (רָחַץ râḥaṣ: wash away, bathe) make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;” 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. “18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Now, the key to this passage is versus 17 & 18.  “Learn” (לָמַד lâmaḏ; be taught, be instructed) to do well;” and vs. 18 the phrase “let us reason together” is יָכַח yâḵaḥ, meaning be reproofed, rebuked, corrected, chastened, reasoned with.  Now, vs. 19 says, “if you be willing and obedient”.  Most people don’t like being reproofed, rebuked, corrected, chastened, even if it’s of the Lord.  We would rather stay blind and ignorant to our faults, wrong intents and motives; therefore, we are willing to be instructed or taught by the Lord.  This is but fodder for the devil; which then, he is able to easily lead us into bondage and strongholds in our lives because of our own willing blindness, ignorance to the truth of ourselves.   And, there are many of us who choose to remain ignorant and blind to our own-self, as to our own intents and motives behind what we do and say, even telling ourselves, “I don’t know why I keep doing that.”

So, God’s Word exposes all that is in us, the lies, the deception, the manipulation and lays bear our intents and motives, reproofing them, correcting us to our heart (καρδία kardia) to turn from our wicked ways and teaches us to be righteous.  So, “to know the truth and the truth shall set you free” – is being able to hear God’s word and distinguish and discern God’s truth from the devil’s lies within yourself.

Bondage and strongholds are but lies, manipulation and deceptions of the devil.  This is why he is called the god of this world who blinds the minds of man (2 Cor. 4:4).  The devil so easily convinces many of their willingness and readiness to the ignorance of God’s word.  Some of you even right now are thinking, “I hear God’s word, the devil doesn’t have my mind blinded. I go to Church, I go to Bible study, I sometimes even read my Bible.  Yet and still, your ears are not open to the truth, there’s a barrier shielding you from the conviction of truth of hearing God’s word, and you know it.  Because you won’t see in yourself that you are a gossiper, have spite in your heart, selfish, back biter, prideful, arrogant, hold cares of this world, a hypocrite, lazy, etc.  You know what’s in you.  You don’t see it because the devil has blinded your mind to the truth of it – keep you ignorant.  So, if by hearing God’s word and you walk away and it didn’t convict, convince and challenge me to change in some way, then you know you didn’t hear it or wanted to hear it – James 1:23-24 says:

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

What manner of man he/she was, is a man that needs the word of God to reproof, correct and instruct of the unrighteous intents and motives of his/her heart as to why he/she does the things he/she does that are not in line with God.  No, but they stay blind to the truth of themselves as to what manner of man he/she is.  The word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword, it will divide the truth from a lie, honesty from beguilement, reality from deception, light from darkness, it will expose your most inner being.  Guess who doesn’t want that?  You guessed it.  The devil – he even coined a phrase for man, “ignorance is bliss”.  Such a phrase is a oxymoron.  Who wants to be ignorant to what’s got them trapped, bondage, corrupting and destroying them – only those who want to live according to the prince of the power of the air that works in the children of disobedience.  (Eph. 2:2) They want no accountability for their ways, actions and behaviors. The thing is, that’s also a lie, because “All” will give an account before God, whether you want to remain ignorant or not.  The devil knows this, but want’s to convince you otherwise, because he is about “steal, kill and destroy” to your life.  The devil has no other design for you.  Open your ears and eyes my people.

See, the devil knows, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing comes from the Word of God.  Hearing words is not the same as hearing with my heart.  What this does is effectively keep us from being able to develop true faith, which in turn keeps us from pleasing God, which keeps us believing the devil’s lies and never being able to truly claim the victories and blessings of God.  Scripture tells us in Hos. 4:6:

6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God,

The word “destroyed” is דָּמָה ḏâmâ; which means to be dumb; hence to fail or perish; to be cut down (off), brought to silence, be undone.  The phrase “lack of knowledge” is דַּעַת ḏa‘aṯ; meaning being ignorant,  un-cunning, unawares, unwittingly.  The key to Hos. 4:6 is not lack of knowledge, but their rejection of knowledge.  They didn’t want to hear God’s word and wanted to stay ignorant to themselves and the things of God.

So, if you hear the passage correctly, it’s basically saying you are failing, being cut down and cut off, being undone because of your own willful ignorance of my Word; so, you let yourself be brought low, let the devil steal from you, cause you to kill off in you the things of God that will ultimately lead to your destruction.  You let the devil blind your mind to the things of God by staying ignorant!  Why?  Because your listening to the devil telling you to reject God’s knowledge.  That’s why the devil whoops your head!

If I am to have faith in God, I have to have faith in His Word.  Therefore, I must believe as it is written in 2 Pet. 1:19-21:

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Then when I believe 2 Pet. 1:19-21, then I also come to believe 2 Tim 3:16:

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Once I come to believing 2 Pet. 1:19-21 and 2 Tim 3:16, then I believe Heb. 4:12:

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Then believing 2 Pet. 1:19-21, 2 Tim 3:16, Heb. 4:12, then I must know that I must come to understanding the need for 1 Pet. 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby…And, 2 Pet. 3:18: 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

And, as I believe these scriptures, I come to know Heb. 11:6 in my heart: 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.

Therefore, in my spirit I am able to understand the scripture Rom. 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

When I come to this place, then I am able to say to myself, I am no longer blind or ignorant, to the things of. God, and I know:

Ps. 119:9

9 Wherewithal shall a young man (woman) cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Ps. 119:11-16

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. 13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. 14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. 16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Ps. 119:28-31

28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word. 29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously. 30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me. 31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies:

Ps. 119:41

41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

Ps. 119:67-69

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. 68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. 69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.

Ps. 119:105

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Ps. 119:129-130

129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. 130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Ps. 119:140

140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

Ps. 119:154-155

154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word. 155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.

Ps. 119:160

160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Ps. 119:162

162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

Then I am able to prove myself of being in the faith, and I no long just say I believe in God, I know have Faith in God, putting trust in His word.  Once you have come to the truth of God’s word, you will then associate yourself with the Apostle Paul.

1 Tim. :12-17

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners —of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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