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old and new paths From: June Ritchie 09 Jul 2014 (11:55)
1 Timothy 6 V11-12; But thou O man of God flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

How hard should it be to let go of old paths? How easy should it be to take up new ones that God presents before us by the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit?
In the scripture above we find all the qualities we should have to make us as shining lights within our own local world and our social life. The path of pure righteousness is safe and good for all disciples. But its all to easy to get distracted from it or plain and simple knocked off it. HOW? To me one of the greatest dangers Christians have today in the keeping of unsuitable old friendships, they feel too guilty to let them go and yet are constantly aware of the fact that they are pulled away far too often by keeping them on.
It's time to become wise and sure footed! And definitely time to put our feet squarely on the path Christ has shown us and refuse to turn to the right side or the left side just because we see an old friend. In laying hold on it not to let go not for an instant of time. In knowing what we profess is true not to turn away and compromise our position just because our friend sees things differently.
Its hard to learn to let go of strife lovers or incurable gossips when they have been a part of our lives for a long time. Yet to become separated from the world and it's ways is a must if we want to meet Christ without shame or blemish. How do we learn to become hard with ourselves? By keeping Jesus Christ before us as our example and shouldering the cross firmly not trying to hide it for an hour or two to please a friend. Proverbs tell us that we live in a world of LIKE UNTO LIKE! So who do we want to be like really? Our Saviour or our friends. Whose path is the most attractive to us deciding our true path is crucial. Staying on it no matter what is far more important than we really care to accept at times. Do we want these Christlike qualities in our daily lives?
If we do then we take hold of ourselves to walk away and stay on the right path ignoring any negative comments that would deter us. Yes we make mistakes but must we repeat them? Not if we really love Jesus and long for a heavenly home. Toi be honest my life is only important because He is in it and without Him in it I would be totally defeated in every way. Letting Christ totally choose our path is significant because it carries the right rewards. Do we want them ?
Do we believe He is worth following even in the most difficult moments? If so then we need to tell ourselves BY FAITH WE STAND. love june R. x