Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. Proverbs 4:14-15 (NIV)
Keep a careful watch over where you walk. Guard all that you think, say and do. Evil is just around the corner. Don’t go near it. Keep away from it. Don’t take one step towards it. Turn away from it. Avoid people, places and circumstances that are likely to tempt you to participate in evil. That is easier said than done. That’s right. That is exactly why you need to be vigilant. You need to be watchful. You need to be on guard. I get it.
You know what is likely to tempt you. You know your own weaknesses. Don’t linger where you must not be. Don’t consider what you must not do. Don’t be lured into thinking, saying or doing what you will regret. I will need your help. I don’t think that I will always be able to stay on the path with my own power and strength. I am weak. I am prone to wander. I will need your help. You are right and that is a very good thing to acknowledge. When you turn away from evil you must turn to me. Ask me for my help. You will need to rely on me. You will need to follow me to where I lead you. You will need to do all that I ask of you.
How will help me? How will you make me able to follow and obey you? That is a very good question. I will change your heart. I will transform your mind. My word will change your heart. My word will transform your mind. Let my word dwell in you richly. At one time you were drawn to evil. Evil were the desires of your heart. Now you are being drawn to me. Doing what is pleasing to me is the desire of your heart. At one time your thoughts were set on evil. Evil were the thoughts that were in your mind. Now you are thinking my thoughts. You are wanting to walk in my ways. In every way you want to live your life with and for me. You are wanting to live the life that I have called you to live. Isn’t that true? Yes, Lord, that is true. Follow me on the path of life. Keep your heart and mind and eyes on me. Yes, Lord, I will. I will turn away from evil and follow you. That will be every good.
Lord, I will not set even my first foot on the path of evil. I will turn from it and run to you. Guard and protect my heart and mind. Give me your power and strength. Take my hand and lead me on your path. I want to walk closely with you every single day of my life. Amen
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