Proverbs 4:25-27 (NKJV) 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.

We need to be careful with our decisions and the choices that we make. A prudent child of God will “ponder the path” of his or her feet. We need to walk with singleness of purpose, not turning aside to the right or to the left to satisfy our sinful desires. Our flesh, that is our old nature, the world, and the devil himself will entice us to sin, promising us that it is all good. But we must not fall for their lies. We need to be true to Christ, keeping our eyes focus on Him. Then all our ways will be well ordered and safe. When we continue on with Jesus in our journey of life, He will keep us on the straight and narrow path. Because He has already conquered sin and death forever through His death and resurrection. Even still, temptation comes our way in our daily lives. But when we walk in the Spirit and stand firm in the truth of God’s Word, we will find it easy to remove our feet from evil. The Holy Spirit of God equips us and enables us to remove ourselves from temptation. As the Apostle Paul says, when we walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (see Galatians 5:16). The Word of God is another powerful defense against temptations, and when we study the Word of God and keep it dear in the sanctuary of our hearts, the easier it will be for us to resist temptations. As the psalmist said, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11 NKJV). When we obey God’s Word, we already have the power to resist temptations. For when the love of Christ fills our hearts, we will obey His Word. The Apostle Paul gives us encouragement with these words: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV). My friend, in every temptation, God will make a way of escape for you. God is faithful and He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can endure. So, when we know something is just not right, that it is sinful, flee from it. Or when something has the appearance of sin, don’t reason it out, remember the devil is the master of rationalization and he will give you an abundance of reasons to justify that sinful behavior. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7 NKJV). God is all powerful, and His Spirit and His Word are more powerful than any of the devil’s temptations. When we submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit of God and when we obey God’s Word, the devil will flee from us. When we resist temptation, we know that God is truly the Master of our lives. My friend, “Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.”

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.