Press on!

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

I will sing of your love and justice;
to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life–
when will you come to me?
I will walk in my house
with blameless heart.
I will set before my eyes
no vile thing.
(Psalms 101:1-3 (NIV))

Can you honestly say these words? Think about their meaning. This should be the desire of every single person who claims that Jesus is their personal Lord and Savior. These words renounce the sin of the world while focusing on the righteous things that God desires for us. We must praise God. We must lead a blameless life. We must have a pure heart, and we must keep our eyes focused on Jesus. We must not allow sin to catch our gaze. Can you do this? Can any of us do this perfectly?

All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
(Isaiah 64:6 (NIV))

Through grace, we are forgiven. We are not perfect, but we can grow into maturity in our faith and in our actions. It is a matter of inner desire. If we desire to follow Jesus, then each day will bring opportunities to press on.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
(Philippians 3:12 (NIV))

Press on in praise. Press on for a blameless life. Press on for a pure heart, and press on in following Jesus.

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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