Ref. Scripture: Psalm 119: 9-16
‘Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way Psalm119:9?’
Is there a way to be done with sin and to follow the way of the Lord more wholeheartedly? How can I purify, or so cleanse my walk so as to be free from every stain of sin, and to maintain the purity of my walk?
This is one of the most pressing questions for young Christians – indeed, for all Christians. The battle with the flesh is a battle that is fought each day, with its battle lines renewed each morning, and the sound of conflict resounding into the night. As a Christian you cannot withdraw from this battle with the flesh, and with the world, and with the Devil – how can you live for God when the way ahead is marked by the field of daily and recurring spiritual warfare?
There is only one way to successfully pilot the Christian life – God’s way. There is only one way to cleanse your way, and only one way to grow as a Christian. It’s God’s way.
And what is God’s way – it is the Bible, ‘by taking heed thereto according to thy word (119:9).
It is only by a prayerful reading of, study of, memorising of, meditation of, and practice of God’s Word, that you can cleanse your ways, and grow as a Christian.
If you are to take heed to your life, then you must take heed to your Bible, for it is there alone that you will find God’s way of growth,- it is there alone that you will find God speaking to you, teaching you, explaining to you, directing you, commanding you, and mobilising you in the way you should go.
The Christian havr a heart for God, as we have seen in this Psalm. God is his life, his passion, and his desire – everything else is secondary. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early (Is 26:8,9).’
If the Christian is to cleanse his/her ways and to live for God, then he/she needs God, for he/she is to ‘Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. The Christian therefore needs the enablement of God to be able to take heed to the Word of God.
If you apply yourself to the Word of God, and to your life without the enablement of God, you will fall flat on your face. I know that you know that by experience.
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