Keeping yourself clean

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Focus: Not wasting your life

Ecclesiastes 2:26 (NKJV) For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God…

Many of the verses in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are written in a way that compares the way of the righteous to the way of a fool. Often the author gives us a picture of words that shows us the results of certain actions. Ecclesiastes 2:26 is a good example of this type of writing. It compares one who is ‘good’ to one who is a ‘sinner’. The basic message of this verse is that the ones who God sees as sinners will have to serve those who He sees as good.

The verse doesn’t ask the question, ‘Which would you rather be?’ but the message is implied as you read it.

Much of life is lived haphazardly when people don’t take the importance of seeking God seriously. People can go through day after day, aimlessly allowing events to effect the direction of their lives—rather than making time spent seeking God a real priority.

It’s not that people who seek God will become healthy, wealthy, and wise in worldly terms—but in kingdom principles, they are promised eternal rewards and everlasting joy. They will possess a kind of health, wealth, and wisdom that the world knows nothing about.

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The right path will not lead you to the wrong destination. --Christina Cook Lee, A Quest For New Strength
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The right path will not lead you to the wrong destination. --Christina Cook Lee, A Quest For New Strength
New Strength Devotional Inspirational Statement of the Day

It’s never too late to turn your eyes upon Jesus. Everything changes when you do. When your gaze has been fixed on the Savior, all else pales in comparison. The things you once held dear, you are willing to count as loss without a second thought when you’re walking toward the cross.

When you have been through a lifetime of pain and disappointment, what have you got to lose by having a look at the Savior? What have you got to gain, if you don’t?

You have a job ahead of you, if you want to keep yourself clean and not end up back where you were before you made the decision to choose a new and better way of living. There will always be reasons to turn back. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a good day or a bad one—there is always an excuse to step off the path, if that’s what you’re determined to do. Chances are much better you won’t do that, if you choose ‘seeking God’ over other ‘temporary pleasures’.

There are rewards, either way you choose. Rewards are not always things that are bright and beautiful. Rewards can be suffering and sorrow, also. People don’t normally set out in the wrong direction thinking they want to get some of that suffering and sorrow. What they think they’re going to get when they go the wrong way, is freedom—but the path to that kind of freedom doesn’t often lead them where they thought it would.

Matthew 7:13 (NKJV) says, “…for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

The reward of walking toward the cross and keeping your eyes on Jesus, is that as you walk, you will receive divine direction for your daily life. You may not hear the voice of God in a burning bush, or be blinded with light from heaven, but you will receive guidance when your attention is trained on the Lord expectantly.

When you’ve been through a period of extreme darkness, any kind of light might look like the right light to you—but don’t be fooled. Don’t trade your hard earned progress for anything. Your life is not a hopeless case. The right path will not lead you to the wrong destination.

Psalm 37:5-6 (NKJV) says, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” Verses 16-17 go on to say, “A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.”

Don’t take one single day of your journey for granted. Don’t put yourself at risk by listening to the wrong voices and stepping off the path into enemy territory. Your life is a precious treasure that has an extremely high value to the One who created it. Jesus paid a dear price to redeem you and offer you true freedom from destruction. Take every step with clarity and certainty that it is the Lord who you are following after and not earthly pleasure. One choice has lasting positive benefits—the other does not.

Declaration: I will find new strength by seeking God, who will reward me with wisdom, knowledge, and joy, if I keep making the right choices.

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