Daniel 5:1-31 / 2 Peter 2:1-22 / Psalms 119:113-128 / Proverbs 28:19-20

Standout verse:

2 Peter 2:20-22“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.  For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.  But it has happened to them according to the true proverb:  ‘A dog returns to his own vomit and a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

We can’t expect to get clean and stay clean unless we are filling ourselves with good and Godly things and living in a way that is fully connected to Christ.  We must be feeding on God’s Word, daily cultivating our relationship with Him, learning to walk by the power of the Holy Spirit, growing in dynamic prayer, worshipping the Lord with a yielded and humble heart, and running with other people who are deliberately pursuing the Lord.

Sounds like a long and challenging list unless you realize that everyday we are filling ourselves with something anyway – there is no special effort involved except deliberately deciding: will I fill myself with the things the world offers, or what God offers? 

We are cultivating relationships all day long with people, media, etc…again, no special effort…only a decision as to whether or not will we make time to cultivate the MOST IMPORTANT relationship of all.

If we aren’t actively filling ourselves with the things of God, we will eventually find ourselves being filled with the ever-changing, ‘plastic junk’ that the world has to offer and we will eventually return to the old ways of our old lives.

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