The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

The Bible covers every part of life. If you do not know an answer to a dilemma in life, then you need to find a strong, Bible-preaching church where you can hear the Bible taught in detail and find wise and successful counselors to help guide you in decisions.

What things in your life do you need to change? Solomon warned that you instinctively and sinfully think your way is right (Pr 12:15; 21:2). You should instead accept and trust God’s wisdom in the Bible and stop doing anything by habit, tradition, or peer pressure.

This proverb teaches you to guard the way you live in order to save your soul from trouble. Another proverb teaches to keep your heart with all diligence, for your choices start there (Pr 4:23). Combining both, you must rule your thoughts, motives, and actions.

The Christian life is a race – a long distance race, not a sprint. It is run with endurance, rather than a short burst of conviction. It requires removing every weight – worldly distractions – that might hinder you. It requires removing the sin that easily besets you. It is run patiently before many witnesses in heaven, while you follow Jesus (Heb 12:1-2).

The race of the Christian life is on the highway of the upright – the strait and narrow way outlined by Jesus Christ (Matt 7:13-14). Only a few men will follow this road that leads to life – the abundant life now and eternal life later. The gate onto this highway is very strait, or restrictive; most travelers do not want to be limited in their choices. The way is very narrow, not allowing deviations; they want to do what they themselves think is right.

The Christian who runs his race well will receive a prize. Worldly men live temperate lives of self-denial to win earthly honors and corruptible awards. The sons of God should eagerly live temperate lives to win heavenly honors and an eternal crown (I Cor 9:24-27). The goal of pleasing Jesus Christ and obtaining God’s favor should motivate you for an intense and pressing drive toward the finish line like the apostle Paul (Phil 3:13-14).

Source: Culled from Crosswalk Daily Inspirations.

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