(Read: Hebrews 12:12-14)
And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. -Hebrews 12:13 (KJV)
Having lived in Bristol, Virginia now for nearly 16 years we have of course gotten to know our way around town very well. However, when we first moved to the area I had to learn the layout of the town. One day I was driving through a nearby neighborhood and there is a sharp curve in the road. As I made the curve I must have been distracted because I veered a little into the left lane. A car was heading the other direction and the driver quickly swerved to avoid a collision. Imagine my surprise when I realized I had nearly crashed into the Bristol chief of police. It was close, but there was no contact so he must have not felt the need to stop and cite me for reckless operation of a motor vehicle or something. From then on I have always been careful on that particular curve.
The Word of God challenges us to keep ourselves heading in a straight path. For followers of Christ this means keeping a close walk with the Lord lest we fall into sins which will keep us from the spiritual victory intended to be ours. Walking with Christ on the straight path is the way which leads to the blessings of God abiding in our lives.
What sort of temptations are you struggling with these days? Your struggle may involve attitudes which hinder being a positive witness for others. Perhaps you are having difficulty keeping a good attitude in your service to the Lord. Or maybe you are having trouble maintaining a vibrant and fulfilled daily prayer time. Whatever the struggles may be know the Lord will empower us to keep us in His will.
If you have gotten off track seek the Lord and claim His power to get back on course. Do not keep drifting away from the Lord. Instead, take the Lord at His Word and come back into fellowship with Him. Blessings, spiritual victory, joy, and peace are waiting in abundance.