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Sister Karen Bethea – Let’s Get Deep

May 23, 2011

Karen Bethea
show details May 21 (2 days ago)

Hello everyone, I know it’s been a while since the last message. Well, the semester has ended and I am now preparing for Summer School. It was a hard semester, but a good one.

The topic that I have chosen for this message comes from a statement that one of the women in my Sunday school class would constantly say. Whenever she was asked a question concerning the scripture we were discussing, her answer was always prefaced with the statement “I’m not trying to be that deep.” The more she said it, the more it niggled at me. How can you not get deep when it comes to the word of God? Skimming the surface is not going to get you the results you want. That’s like signing a contract without reading the fine print. You aren’t aware of what the conditions and exceptions are but since you signed your name, you are liable. Ignorance is no excuse when it comes to man’s law or God’s law. When we say that we are Christians, we are held accountable for being knowledgeable of all of the word of God, not certain parts.

We are judged by the world in the same way, they either are curious as to how we manage to survive or they call us hypocrites. As for me, I am endeavoring to be as deep as I possibly can. I want to get to the heart of the matter concerning the word of God so that it can be applied to my heart and the matters that affect my life can change for the better. I said all of that to say, we are going to explore one of the longest and most beautiful Psalms in the bible which is Psalm 119. This Psalm is a wonderful example of just how important knowing and being able to apply the word of God to our lives really is. I have done an exploration of this Psalm before (for those of you that remember it, I hope that you will be as eager as I am to delve into it one more time).
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Let’s Get Deep

Psalm 119:1-8 “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.”

When we look at this introductory section, we see that the first and foremost thought of the psalmist is to know and keep God’s statutes and commandments. If only we felt that way today. We sometimes get so comfortable with the concept of grace that we ignore God’s laws. We know that we walk in grace and if we botch up, we are covered by grace. What we tend to forget is that grace can be withdrawn. After a while we have to become personally accountable for our actions and thoughts.

Truth is, we should be thankful for grace covering us when we didn’t know any better, but now that we know better and are seasoned in this walk, we should be eagerly accepting responsibility for our actions and attempting to modify our behavior so that it lines up with the word of God. We should always be thankful for grace, but we should come to a point of maturity that makes us proactive and not reactive.

One of the key phrases in this section is “and that seek him with the whole heart.” That means that we are solely focused on seeking God and nothing and no one else comes before that. Can we honestly say that we do that now? Some days I can and some days I fall short. I know that I have to do better in that area. I have to purpose to seek God and only God before I do anything else. That should be my all-consuming thought when I rise in the morning and when I lay down at night. We should all aspire to seek God with our whole hearts. We should be so focused on seeking God and learning more of Him that we don’t have time to be preoccupied with such trivial things such as gossip, lying and trying to take advantage of others. We should be so focused that we are instant in praise and worship and have no need to be pumped up and convinced why we should give God the praise and worship He is due. We should be so focused on seeking God that walking in love comes as natural as breathing. Something we don’t even have to think about.

I know we are not there, if we were the church as a whole would be in a lot better shape. We would have more power and our witness would be more effective. I pray that we get back on focus, focusing on seeking God and going deeper in the word, strengthening our relationship with Him. I pray that as we go deeper, we learn how to effectively apply the word of God to our everyday situations. I pray that we allow the word to change our situations and our perception of our situations so that we see God’s purpose in all that we do.

Stay encouraged and be blessed,

Prophetess/Teacher Karen D. Bethea

(Profetisa y Maestra)
**Are you a member of the CREW®?(Christians Ready to Evangelize the World)**
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11
En mi corazón he guardado tus dichos, Para no pecar contra ti.” Salmos 119:11

Soñar, no cuesta nada
(Dream, it doesn’t cost anything)

Suggested Readings: E. M. Bounds on Prayer, Dutch Sheets -Intecessory Prayer, Basic Theology by Ryrie

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