How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. - Psalm 119:9 NASB
Read 2 Timothy 3:1-13
In this day and age good is bad and bad is good. It’s like truth is whoever raises the biggest fit or has the best advertisement, or the most money to prove a point, and so on. We are inundated with the opinions and thoughts of others and what truth is for each individual, which can throw a cloud of confusion and deception over what is acceptable to God.
I have had several conversations with friends and family about living in this world while following Christ. We talked about those who know the word of God and read it daily but there is no indication in them that they follow the examples set before us in God’s word. We compared the fruit of the Spirit of God to the works of the flesh and how we are in a spiritual battle, and it is easy to see whose side an individual is following once we understand God’s truth. (Galatians 5: 19-21; Galatians 5:22; John 8:44; James 4:17; 1 John 3:4-11; 5:13-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Our struggles aren’t new as shared from Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NASB). That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So, there is nothing new under the sun.
We all have temptations, struggles, our own ideas, our own will to choose what to believe. While in our humanness, we still have a Savior who desires a relationship with us, who will be with us as we meander through ourselves and the influences of the world. The question is, are we willing to surrender all of our beliefs, our pain, our past and trust that God will use His word and empower us to follow Him?
Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in a time of need. - Hebrews 4:16 NASB.
For we know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him and the evil one does not touch him. -1 John 5:18 ESV
Jesus understands our dilemma; For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but the One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. - Hebrews 4:15 NASB
Heavenly Father, You are holy, You love Your creation, You suffer long for us to open our ears and eyes to You, You know what holds us back from You, You give us the answers in your word. Take our hearts of stone and bring us to a place of tenderness before You that we may be open to the leading of Your Spirit to guide us into Your freedom and truth so that we may live a pure life before You.
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