Psalm 119:27 asks that God would daily: “Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.” These highly important directives are intended for us to follow as rules of action. The outcomes of our lives will have either heaven or else hell-bound results of our decisions.

We are given such a highway of life that so many feel is their own private pathway of life. The truth is that we can each reject the truth about Christ as our personal Savior, or that we can be so gladly forgiven for our daily need of constant forgiveness.

John declares that “If we confess our sins (to Jesus Christ), he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:9-10). We sure do not want to be against God but certainly to be with Him every step along the way.

It gets stronger along the way as we grow in our yielding of truth and the joy of its dominance in our lives. The quicker we are to get resolved in the right decisions, the better all things will become in our hearts.

We are “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2.) Jesus has completely paid the price for each of us to get to Heaven and to be guaranteed to belong to Him through faith.

The other side of what should have been truthful to give our hearts to Christ in confession of past sin only plays the game of being good enough or of doing all we can to get our forgiveness paid up ourselves. This does not (to these folks) require that Jesus is the only way to get us to Heaven, but rather that we each do our best to satisfy the demand that we think we will need to pay.

The verse that comes to our minds is John 14:6: “Jesus saith unto him (the disciple Thomas), ‘I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’” We cannot get past the Bible truth in an attempt to explain how our modern and different day no longer means for us what the Word of God says, and the Bible is still as meaningful to each of us as it has always been about our futures.

Paul writes to the Galatians: “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault (sin that continues on and on without salvation through Christ)” in verse one of Galatians 6, then verse five says: “For every man shall bear his own burden” by causing our sin to grow and grow without Christ being allowed to forgive and to cleanse away.

After knowing in our hearts that we are not coming clean to God as a Christian that holds us not up in being forgiven honestly in our hearts to the Lord, and are a “super Christian” still walking in sin and trying to get it all juggled up and down in our confusing life, we must then read on. In Galatians 6:7, it says: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man (or woman) soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his
flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (verse eight). That is what we really need!

Practicing sin is all too common. We need to constantly fight against it and then “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might … be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
(Ephesians 6:10-12.) It takes very little time to see that Jesus promotes absolute righteousness. He is all we absolutely could need, and matter of fact, we need to want more and more of Christ into our lives every new day.

From each verse we study like Psalm 119:27, for example, we find the importance of placing the meaningfulness of every scripture into our hearts. Psalm 119 is the longest book (176 verses), almost 100 percent of which are the important of reviewing God’s written word.

Verse 15 of 119 tells us: “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.” Verse 48 is that “My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will mediate in thy statutes.”

Verse 97 is “O how I love thy law! It is my mediation all the day.” Verse 99 in 119 says: “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99). Another special verse is to proclaim: “Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might mediate in thy word” (119:148).

The verses are so important for us to review each time possible, as we stress the uselessness volume of daydreaming. The right kind of singing, studying and meditation over God’s Word help clear our mind and help keep us on the right direction of Christ-honoring causes.

As we set forth God’s wonderful Word, the Biblical ways and His works in our lives, we are then given such a great blessing to live our lives more for Him!

R.D. “Bob” Hottle is a retired schoolteacher, farmer and pastor of the Anchor Baptist Church.