Week #1- Continued for Psalms 119:1-4
2.Why would being a people of integrity make a person joyful?
What does integrity really mean?=
honesty, probity, rectitude, honor, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals,righteousness, morality, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness .
From all the definitions above, the meaning is pretty plain why I am joyful for being a woman of integrity. I like the definitions of honest,
good character, morality, sincere and trustworthiness. It means I can lay my head down at night and sleep, knowing I have done my best to do what it right and not have a guilty conscience, that makes me joyful/happy. The respect and legacy we leave behind
is also important; what will people remember me for? What will they say about my character when I am gone?
3.How do I follow Godly instructions?
One day at a time, moment by moment, hour by hour, precept upon precept. I get up in the morning, have quiet time, pray and do my best
to get into the word. The more I am in the word and the more I can retain and place it in my heart and soul, the more I am able to follow His Godly instructions. The Holy Spirit of God within me, reminds me of His word when I am in the middle of doing something
I shouldn’t be doing, we serve an awesome God. That is love that is bigger than the ocean and wider than the span of this earthly globe. Amen!
4.Why is obeying the law and searching the scripture going to make me joyful?
= blessings, and I want His blessings and favor, that makes me joyful. It is definitely NOT EASY being obedient all the time, and I fail all the time, but there is that GRACE and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE that the Father has for me, and oh how thankful and
joyful I am for that.
Searching the Scriptures is life changing and gives me comfort, joy, direction and builds my faith; when I am able to spend a lot of study time in the word, it’s
also the times it’s hard to stop, and then have to come back to the real world, and actually “act upon” what the bible says.
of time, I am running out of it really fast this morning. Need to stop and get ready for a new week, its Monday and raining outside and it takes me over an hour to get to work. If I don’t quit now, I will be late with the rain outside. This is one of
those days as I sit here and share with Jesus and you, I wish I had started earlier in my study. Gotta go, see you tomorrow. Thank you Jesus!
With all my heart”, what does that entail?
We are back, good morning or afternoon to whomever is studying with us today. Its early
and I have about 45 minutes’ left before I need to get ready for work. Morning Miss J JJJ.
With all my heart, what does this mean
to me……. All my heart – what is in my heart right now? (Don’t you just love it when you see a question and then you create or ask another question on top of that one – or am I the only one that does that when studying? That
is what makes me think upon the verses and get more out of them)
Vs. 2 - Joyful are those who obey his laws and search
for him with all their hearts. The one word that just came to mind is “time”.
It takes a lot of that to fill “my heart” with right thinking and good attitudes, strength, courage and confidence, in order to follow my Jesus. God has a big heart and I want a big heart, so in order to have a big heart, I need to know Jesus more,
and I have to make “time” to do that. Building relationships take “time”, no instant fixes or magic wands will do this.
6. What are some ways
I would be “compromising with evil” when I strive every day to live for Jesus?
Here we go again, a new question from
within a question – what does compromise mean? It means=
This is getting
“personal”! How transparent do I really want to be? I need to sit here and ponder this a bit before I can share.
First: What is some evil that I have to deal with on a daily basis? I can think of things like, listening to or watching things that God would not approve of-having
to really guard my heart and be careful of what I watch on TV. I don’t have any problems with seeing anything on the computer that is evil, I must have some good safeguards on this computer, I praise God I don’t see any pop ups.
I am also careful to monitor my time spend on Facebook, as it can be addictive, if anyone out there relates to what I am saying. I love it and there
is nothing wrong with it until it gets a stronghold on you and you have to check it all day long, and you get where you feel you need the approval fix and like from people, of which most you may have
never met, nor really know as a “friend”.
Second: Guarding my thoughts throughout each day, as it is an ongoing battlefield of the mind. It’s so easy to think wrong thoughts and make judgements that are
not from God. We can compromise / agree with the opinions of others when we really shouldn’t. Don’t get caught up in petty gossip. If we hang with people of wrong character too much, it will rub off on us. Guard your heart, listen to the Holy
Spirit of God, His still small voice within your heart – He will help us turn towards Him and turn away from the evil that causes us to compromise.
7.What does verse 4 mean: You have charged me to keep your commandments carefully?
Let me go pull out that verse, I have already forgotten
what it said after spending so much time on the first 6 questions. 4 You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. This one is pretty simple, God has said over and over and over all throughout His Word to “obey” His commands, written
word, scriptures, verses, laws, regulations.
To keep His commands/obey His word is not something to be taken lightly. We need to be “careful” to discern and understand His Word in the right context, in the manner, as God intended us to understand it and then apply
it to our lives. We need discipline and commitment. We can’t just take the verses we like and throw out the ones we don’t like. Be “careful” whose teachings/preaching you listen to. Ask God to direct you to the right and Godly leadership
and mentorship in your life.
8.Are you talking about the ten commandments, or are you talking about all the commandments in the bible?
Good Morning – today is the 24th of August (won’t say what year, so if you are reading this in years to come, praise God!) Its 4:09 a.m. and I am listening
to some good praise and worship online; I had my tea and quiet time and now I have my keyboard in my lap, kicked back and ready to look at today’s question, ready to hear from the Holy Spirit (4. You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully).
What comes to my mind when I think of the word commandment? Rule, law, instruction, guidance, strict adherence to the authority of God, therefore
God wants us to obey his instructions and directions in the Bible for our own good. Because He loves me, He will discipline me, just like a parent does a child.
It may not “feel good” in the middle of the discipline, but the end results are in our favor. The commands are for us to have a good life and to have eternal life upon accepting Jesus as our person Savior.
So, I need to be mindful, careful, to daily ask Jesus and the Holy
Spirit to fill me fresh with His Holy Spirit, to help me keep His commands, and the only way I can even begin to keep any of them, is to “know them”. To know them, I need to spend time in the Word and read them. I can do all things through Christ
Jesus who strengthens me, that means carrying out His commands and when I fail, ask forgiveness, dust myself off, get back up and go again. Thank you Jesus!!
5 Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!6 Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands.7 As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!
8. I will obey your decrees. Please don't give up on me!
Actions speak louder than words, how many times have we heard that phrase in our life’s time? Walk the talk, don’t talk the talk, people are watching us. We don’t want to be guilty of going to church on
Sunday and leaving the building and leave the presence of God behind the doors. We do know that the Church is not where God lives, He live inside each and every one of us that have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.
Anyone that has learned and disciplined themselves to study the Word and spend time with Jesus, knows that the spiritual growth we have is from that time alone with God, not just
from an hour or two spent in the pew at church.
We go to church to worship / fellowship, and share with other Christians; to hear the Word
and be encouraged to go out into the world and live/share Jesus. We need to be faithful to pray for our Pastors / Pastors wives and Leaders, as they have given their life of service to God and us.
I think we all forget to do that on a weekly basis, it’s so easy to take for granted, that because they are the leaders, they have it all together and we need them to pray for us, not us pray for them.
God forgive us for our negligence to lift them up every day in prayer, as they carry a heavy load in being the shepherd of the flock!
Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands….The only way for me to live out obedience to His commands is a daily walk, every day is a new day and I need to start it with Him. My day goes a lot better when I seek Him first.
The word tells us (a command) to seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things will be added unto you (me).
look at the word “ashamed” and I think of how the devil will try to put us under condemnation and constantly remind us of past sins we have committed. I know a lot of people really have a hard time forgiving themselves of things they have done
wrong in the past – God forgives and forgets, satan reminds and torments. There is therefore, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!
Here we go again – get back the commands/Word of God, this is the only way we will be able to stand against the lies and attacks of the devil! 7. As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living
as I should! 8. I will obey your decrees. Please don't give up on me! Thank you Jesus as I know you will never give up on me! Help me have the same mindset and attitude towards others that I get impatient with or want to give up on.
8.Are you talking about the ten commandments, or are you talking about
all the commandments in the bible?
Good Morning – today is the 24th of August (won’t say what year, so if you are reading this in years to come, praise God!) Its
4:09 a.m. and I am listening to some good praise and worship online; I had my tea and quiet time and now I have my keyboard in my lap, kicked back and ready to look at today’s question, ready to hear from the Holy Spirit (4. You have charged us to keep
your commandments carefully).
What comes to my mind when I think of the word commandment? Rule, law, instruction, guidance, strict adherence to the authority of God, therefore God wants
us to obey his instructions and directions in the Bible for our own good. Because He loves me, He will discipline me, just like a parent does a child. It may not “feel good” in the middle of the
discipline, but the end results are in our favor. The commands are for us to have a good life and to have eternal life upon accepting Jesus as our person Savior.