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Life's only choice: Walk with God or without him

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Clay Perkins

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By D. Clay Perkins
Columnist

Saturday, January 13, 2018

“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers. — Psalm 1:3 (The Bible, New International Version)

Life is really not that complex. It requires a simple choice. Walk in the ways of the righteous or walk in the ways of the ungodly. You have a choice. No one, not even your God, will force you to choose a certain path in life. The choice is yours. Choose well, since all choices have consequences.

If you choose the way of the righteous, you will be blessed. You will choose a certain lifestyle. There is no walking with and seeking counsel from those who are mischievous and wish to do harm. You will choose your advisers or counselors carefully. If you listen to the wrong person, you will regret it deeply. You will not take a stand for that which is wrong. You will take a stand for that which is right, a course of action that may not always be popular or comfortable but is always right. You will not sit with those who ridicule people who do good deeds or with those who twist reality or call evil good (Isaiah 5:20). They will try to trick you, but you know the difference. You know what is right and wrong.

Spending time renewing your mind in God’s Word helps you know right from wrong and good from evil (Romans 12:2). One of the best things you can ever do is to listen to, read, meditate on, memorize and study The Book (Joshua 1:8). God’s Word is, and must be, a priority to help you make right choices. The Bible will help you build strong deep roots (Jeremiah 17:8) so that when the inevitable storms of life come, you can survive. You will survive hardships and prosper because you have been listening to, reading, meditating on, memorizing and studying God’s Word time and time again.

If, however, you choose the way of the ungodly, please know that there are consequences of a different sort, and you will eventually be caught. Like the Bobby Fuller Four song from 1977 says, “I fought the law and the law won.” You may get away with evil in the short run, but life (the law) has a way of catching up with you.

So choose. One choice gives you an intimate relationship with God. The other path takes you away from a God who loves you. A God who cares for you. A God who watches over you. A God who seeks to give you an eternal home of peace. Two very different lifestyles. Two very different destinies. Two simple choices. Choose well.

Stay focused.

Dr. D. Clay Perkins is an adjunct professor at Mid-Atlantic Christian University.

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