Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Right Path

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

The path toward righteousness/holiness is not the easiest path, but it is the best path. There are many blessings for staying on it. Life is much richer when we deny ungodliness to walk in righteousness. Are you walking on it daily?

One of the reasons it is not easy is that the path toward holiness demands our obedience. That has always been the way. From Genesis to Revelation, we are told to obey God. To do that, we must abandon our culture’s wisdom and embrace godly wisdom. Where do you find godly wisdom? Certainly not from Congress or a college class room. You won’t get it from a bar tender or Hollywood. You will, however, get it as you fear the Lord. Yes, you read it correctly, to fear the Lord. Listen to the Psalmist, “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey His commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise Him forever” [Psalm 111:10].

We are refreshed as we walk on the path toward holiness. God did not design our bodies to live with anger, bitterness, hate, or resentment. In fact, living with these emotions over a period of time can cause us physical harm. By walking on the path of righteousness, we lay those harmful emotions where they belong, at the feet of Christ [1 Peter 5:8], then, He restores us.

Sure, there will be missteps along the way. Thankfully, God takes steps to correct them. It’s a sign that you belong to Him, and a wonderful demonstration of His love for you.

Are you lost or confused? Stay on the path of righteousness. There is a path that the world follows, but it only leads to death [Proverbs 14:12]. By staying on the path of righteouss/holiness, you’ll find your way every time.  

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. 11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; 12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:5-12

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