January Journey

THE CLEAN JOURNEY

“Cleanliness is next to godliness” is not in the Bible.  However, the way to have a clean life is in the Bible.

A clean life is one that is free from impurities.  It is a way of living that is free of or avoiding contaminates.  A clean journey is a way of living that is pleasing to God.  It is pure. 

When we were born again by The Spirit of God, we were washed and cleansed from our sins.  No duty on our part will enter us into the way of life.  The entering of the clean journey and continuance on the clean journey was purchased for us by Jesus’ death to take away the sins of the world.

We, however, are called to live a set apart life.  We are called to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Ph. 3:13)

Psalm 119:8-16 provides us some practical instruction for how to continue well on the clean journey through life.  This guidance begins with the asking of “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?” 

The writer was a man, but this question is not reserved for only the male population.  We as women should ask this same question ourselves.  How can we keep out of trouble?  How can we be pure and live above this world’s temporal standards?  What can we do to thrive in the clean journey?

As we read, study, and meditate on these 8 verses in Psalm 119, we will see the following steps that are laid out which enable us to engage in a clean journey.

  • Take heed to God’s word.  In other words, pay attention and give attention to God’s word.  Be undistracted in our time with God and in our Bible study.  Be fully attentive to God’s word.
  • Let knowing God’s word and ways be first and foremost in our life.  Let it be an all-consuming thing to us.  Pray God will make His ways always on our mind.
  • Memorize God’s Word.  Memorize scripture not just to know it but with a desire not to violate it.
  • Fully confess God’s ways are right. Ask God to teach us His ways and help us understand and put them into practice.
  • Speak God’s truths and ways.  Teach them to others.  More learning takes place when we teach something to somebody else. So learn and teach God’s ways.
  • Rejoice! Be full of joy at all God has said.  It is God’s word which will supply all our need as amply, and more so, than riches. 
  • Think about and contemplate all God’s laws and ways.  Esteem and honor them.  Place a high value on God’s ways.
  • Enjoy God’s truths.  Things we enjoy we often don’t forget, nor forget to participate in them.

As 2017 is beginning, let us consider pressing forward on the clean journey.  Let’s devote more discipline and diligence toward the practical wisdom found in these 8 verses of Psalm 119.  Let us take action to incorporate them more fully in our day-to-day life.

Those who have taken heed in this way know there is value in the clean journey.

May God give us grace to not wander from His Word and Way!

Additional Thoughts

One of Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions:  “Resolved to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.”

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10

Problems are opportunities for God’s power to be manifest in your life. ~Love Worth Finding

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