Elements Of Victory

Most people that surrender to Christ know that they have a battle ahead of them. Those that do not know that either soon come to a realization of that fact and if they, and those that do know, do not pay attention to what the Word of God says they will miss the mark that God desires them to hit.
Elements Of Victory
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As we carefully read the Holy Bible we will soon see that anyone who makes a commitment to God through Christ will have struggles until they graduate to glory. With that, the Word of God gives much encouragement and instruction to all who would desire to press on in Christ. That instruction is found primarily in the written Word of God itself.

Psalm 119 places a very strong emphasis upon the written Word of God, pointing those who read it to the Word that is sure, powerful, and does not change. In verses 9 to 16 of that psalm we

will discover eight elements, foundational directives, that will give us victory over self, sin and the devil.

I. Taking Heed 9

“BETH. How shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed to it according to Your word."--Revised Webster* (RW*)

In this acrostic psalm (“Beth” is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet) the psalmist presents an all important question because, after all, without holiness no one shall behold the Lord in His glory (Hebrews 12:14). So it behooves anyone who claims they want to follow Christ to desire to cleanse their way. While there is the initial cleansing at salvation, one’s spiritual feet get dirty from day to day.

“Taking heed” among other things here means {1} to keep, retain, treasure up (in memory). All this and more is to be applied to one’s spiritual walk in Christ. It further means to preserve, protect, reserve, observe, celebrate, keep (sabbath or covenant or commands), and to perform (vows). That last definition would  include one’s committal prayer to Christ.


II. Total Commitment 10

“With my whole heart have I sought You: O let me not wander from Your commandments."--RW*

There is no room for half-heartedness if one desires to enter into Eternal Life. If we are truly following after the Lord with our whole heart the results will show up in our actions.

The psalmist adds a plea to God to keep him from wandering away from His commands. Satan, the world (society), and our sinful self would encourage us to wander away from what God says.

III. Treasuring 11

“Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You."--RW*

We need to treasure the Word of God above all else, making it central to our entire being and thus directing the sphere of our activity in a most godly manner. I remember when I first came to know God, the Author of the Holy Bible. His Word suddenly became alive and I was filled with peace knowing that I had a sure standard for my life.

In regard to sin, and often referring to this verse, it has been said that sin will keep you from the Holy Bible and the Holy Bible will keep you from sin. Any sin we commit is an act of rebellion against the Holy God of the universe. Once one comes to truly know Christ they will not want to sin because they love God.

The verb “to hide” means to treasure or treasure up among other definitions. We should desire not to give in to the ways of the world that wants us to listen to and follow all sorts of “standards.” The ways of the world lead to damnation, but the Word of God brings light and life, and directs them to Eternal Life.

IV. Teachability 12

“Blessed are You, O YHVH: teach me Your statutes."--RW*

YHVH is blessed, and we will be blessed too if we become teachable. This would mean willingness on our part to submit to the Word of God no matter how difficult it might seem to follow through with any of its commands.

As I look at this verse I must think of how the raving demonic became so peaceful when sitting at the feet of Jesus (Luke 8:35). There is peace when we sit at His feet and receive His doctrine, that is, His teaching.

He also teaches by bringing us through experiences, all sorts of experiences. And, we are never to think that once we go through something that we will not go through it again. There are times we need “refresher courses.” I know I do.

V. Telling 13

“With my lips have I declared all the judgments of Your mouth."--RW*

Those that follow God through Christ have the duty to proclaim the judgments of God. Like other disciples, I have been told by others when I have warned them about their sinning will entrap them for hell that I am judging. Often I reply I am not judging, but proclaiming God’s set judgments.

Note well it says “all the judgments.” While society, for the most part, does not like most of God’s judgments some people really revolt over certain ones. For example, a major fuss often results when a real Christian states that h-omo-se-xua-li-ty {2} is a damning sin but those that make the fuss would agree murderers should go to hell. The Word of God condemns both, and offers Eternal Life to any who would repent and trust Christ.

Also note well that the psalmist points to the judgments from God’s mouth. The world constantly tries to out do God, making themselves look more loving, more merciful, more kind than what He is. But being tolerant to sin is not merciful at all. It is like a doctor who will not tell his patient the truth about a terminal disease they have.

So, true disciples are to proclaim what God has said. We are not to think and speak like the world system. Nor should we think or speak according to our own desires, or our own ideas. We must say what God says even if others do not like it.

VI. Trumpeting 14

“I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches."-RW*

“I have rejoiced” brings to my mind images of fanfare. As one walks the Christ walk they will begin to rejoice over how true His Word is. There are promises to any believer throughout much of the Holy Bible and if we follow a promise’s contingency God will bless us accordingly. 

These blessings should be proclaimed to others. That is one way the


unsaved can be attracted to Christ and the weak in Him to be encouraged to strengthen themselves in Him.

VII. Thinking 15

“I will meditate in Your precepts, and have respect to Your ways."-RW*

How we think is extremely important, so it is best we think the way God thinks and think upon those things He wants us to think upon. However, as mentioned in at least one other article, “meditate” here means not only to muse, meditate upon, study, ponder, but it can also mean to talk, sing, speak. Therefore it is best that all who name the Name of Christ follow the directive in Ephesians 5:19, “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,..."

We should endeavor not to clutter or pollute our mind with human thinking, or thinking as the world thinks. Non-Biblical phrases should find no place in our mind or upon our tongue. I personally encourage others not to use terms like “my ex-wife / husband,” because Christ never considered d-ivo-rce as dissolving a marriage and the entirety of Holy Scripture points to the fact that once one is married, they are always married {3}. I could list titles and a number of other phrases, but that is not within the scope of this article.

I feel the phrase, “...have respect to Your ways," is connected with verse 9 where the psalmist asked, “How shall a young man cleanse his way?” It appears to me that he was going to cleanse his way by following the ways of God. Let us endeavor to do the same, and not follow the ways of the world.

VIII. Tenacity 16

“I will delight myself in Your statutes: I will not forget Your word.”--RW*

I like how the psalmist has been stating, “I will.” This shows we should have a loving desire to please God by wholeheartedly following these precepts. Here, he chooses to have delight in God’s statutes (rules we might say). Everyone can make a choice {4} and we are encouraged by the Word of God, and beckoned by the lives of the truly blessed in God, to freely and completely delight in what God says.

Perhaps as a side note, while this verb in Hebrew means to delight oneself, Strong also notes the meaning of “to blind oneself, be blinded," although, unless I have missed something, I do not see it as such in the Hebrew Holy Scriptures. So I would say this could infer that we become so delighted in the rules of God that nothing else matters and we uphold God’s rules as supreme above all other rules.

Another curious thing is that verses 9 to 12 were each a paragraph. However, 13 to 16 is one paragraph and since each verse from 13 to 15 had something to do with our mouth this would imply to me that in 16 we might delight ourselves by singing or at least speaking the Word of God.

Satan steals and destroys. He would love to destroy your ability to understand and receive Eternal Life. However, our loving God offers His salvation through Christ to all, with victory that ushers us into Eternal Life as we, by the grace of God through Christ, love and obey Him.
    
Notes:

{1} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

{2} These words are purposely broken apart to avoid unwanted advertisements, and so throughout the article as needed.

{3} Please see what Biblical proof I offer for these statements at my Marriage Pages at http://ppmDOT3eewebDOTcom/ma00.html

{4} Please read You Can Choose--Choose Wisely.

This article was in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by August 12, 2015 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M369 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the 1769 Authorized Version with spelling of some words updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. An * next to the abbreviation for another translation or version indicates the same for the text presented.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    We must all fight for the things that give meaning to our lives and without which a secure future would be meaningless.
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