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Establishing your path

Pr. 4:26:  “Ponder the path of your feet, and let your ways be established.” 

I’ve written about paths for 2 days already, and then I come to Pr. 4 and I find 8 verses about paths and ways to go.  I don’t want to be-labor the point, but then again, if it’s in the Word so many times, perhaps we need a lot of reminders.  Over my life, I have found this to be true.  No matter how straight my path has been made, I find myself rubbernecking other paths.

Why do I do that?  Sin.  We live in a fallen world where sin was allowed to enter and now, no matter how much we long to be sinless, we are still sinners.  Jesus came to place our sin under the blood.  That has been done.  He has won the victory.  We have been granted salvation, through His sacrifice.  Until we reach our eternal home; however, we must continue to resist the devil and trust in the Lord.  We still have the ability to make our own choices.

So, here’s the point.  Since we have the ability to choose, we need to strive to establish our ways.  Something that has been established is meant to remain strong and firm, and last a long time.  Churches, governments, constitutions, kingdoms, and treaties are some things that have been established.  We need to deeply consider the paths we are taking and make a decision about the path on which we will remain.  We need to settle the matter in our heart and mind, and stick to it.

We will certainly be tempted.  We will assuredly be faced with other paths almost every day of our lives.  This is why its imperative that we have established our ways.  If we have determined to walk in the ways of the Lord, then even when other paths look inviting, we will be more likely not to place even a toe upon them.  We have to have a game plan to start.  Without a plan settled in our minds, we will certainly be lured down the wrong paths.

I have heard a great saying from my Pastor over the years that is very true.  “Most people don’t plan to ruin their lives, marriage, testimony, relationships, etc.  They just don’t plan not to.”  Establishing our ways means planning Not to take the wrong paths, not just hoping that we won’t.  We need to have the issue settled, through the Word and wisdom from the Lord.  The beautiful truth of the matter is that we don’t have to do it in our own strength.  God has wisdom just waiting for us, and as we saw yesterday (and in James 1:5), He is willing to give it to those who ask.

Jesus died for your salvation.  Knowing the victory over sin and death has been won, wisely map out the path that will lead you to heaven, and plan not to veer from that path.

Established,

jamie

Don’t give up!

Pr. 19:3:  “The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the Lord.” 

Have you ever had one of those days when it seemed like all you were doing was fighting temptation and trying to stay out of trouble?  Surely there are times when our sinful nature can make it difficult for us to focus on the job we have to do.  We may have put on our hard hats, as we talked about yesterday, and set our feet towards the path of our work; but satan doesn’t just politely stand aside to allow us by.

The enemy will stop at nothing to kill, steal, and destroy our salvation.  He wants to tear us from the Lord.  As Christians, we have the amazing gift of forgiveness.  When we sin, which we inevitably will, we are covered by the blood of Jesus.  However, sin is also the way that satan gets us distracted and if we allow sin to become a habit, he will use it to pull us away, destroy our testimony, and steal our eternal home.  Like the verse above says, eventually our eyes will be so far off God that we will fret against Him; blaming Him for the consequences we face for our own mistakes.

In our own foolishness we will allow sin to twist our way and confuse us.  In those moments when all we are doing is fighting temptation it can be difficult to even focus on prayer and worship.  So, what can we do?

We keep pushing forward.  Maybe during prayer, we were focused on our temptation.  Maybe during a time of worship, we were simply trying to look away from temptation and simply trying to rest our eyes on anything else.  Now, when we get the next moment alone with God, we must again press in and find Him.  He is there waiting all the while.  We could allow those small moments to defeat us and make us think we are hopeless and helpless to our temptations, but we are not.  We have a High Priest who is able and willing to offer aid in our time of need.

One temptation does not damn you to eternal hell!

Get up.  Dust yourself off.  Surround yourself with godly things.  Turn on your worship music, open your Bible, hit your knees in prayer, read a prayer in the book of Psalm, cry out to God.  Dig in.  Paul said, “We run for an imperishable crown.  Therefore I run thus:  not with uncertainty.  Thus I fight:  not as one who beats the air.  But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”  1 Cor. 9:25-27

Discipline is not a one day event.  We must do this daily, hourly, moment by moment, if necessary.  This is how we remain qualified in the race to be one who wins others for God.  We do not beat the air, behaving as though we have no power over our lusts.  Jesus Christ has authority over hell and over satan.  Through Him, and in His name, we have the victory!  Keep running.  Don’t let 1 obstacle cause you to give up and allow your victory to be stolen.  Fight!

Fighting back,

jamie

In light of the cross…

Pr. 9:6:  Wisdom cries, “Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.”

From where do we get wisdom and understanding?  Pr. 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Any relationship you choose to nurture will bloom.  If we spend intentional time each day in the Word and in prayer, and we allow the Word to speak to our hearts, we will gain understanding.  We will begin to fear the Lord, which means we will desire to show Him respect.  It is a natural progression.

The knowledge we will then have will naturally help us make wiser choices.  Instead of simply thinking, “what feels good to me right now?”, or “what do I think is best?,” we will think, “in light of Jesus’ sacrifice for me, which choice is best?”

“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”  Ro. 13:11   We don’t have time to waste intentionally living in sin.

We all sin.  We all fall short, but when we have given our hearts to the Lord, we become His children.  His children were made righteousness when He took on our sins at Calvary.  A humble, repentant heart that is loyal to can be forgiven.  The blood of Jesus covers our sins and washes them away.  After that, everything we do in Jesus’ name becomes holy.

If we intentionally choose to continue sinful habits, we are trampling Jesus underfoot (Heb. 10:29).  The blood of Jesus is no common thing, it is a holy thing which deserves the highest respect.  It is natural for us to desire to show Him honor through our lives.

Walk with the Lord.  He will show you how to live.  He will guide your paths and your decisions.  Through your relationship with Him, He will give you the strength to serve Him each day.

Praying for us all to choose wisdom today,

jamie