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Paths of Righteousness

Paths of RighteousnessPsalm 119:9-16Psalm 119

Stay on the Path of Purity?Psalm 23:3 He guides me along the right paths for his names sakePsalm 119:9 How do we stay on path of purity?Living according to your WordWhat does that look like?Handily, Psalm 119 tells usThree Components#1 HeartI seek you with all of my heartSeeking God is an act of the heartNot straying from his commands is not about obeying the rules but rather choosing to followHidden your word in my heartThree ComponentsOur heart is our desire not so much passion (romance) but rather willSo the Psalmist is saying Desire to follow God

Hide his Word in our hearts so as not to sinIf we know what Gods will is, we know what to doYou cant pass the exam if you dont study the course material

Do we desire to follow God?Three Components#2 ActionsPraise be to you LORDWith my lips I recount all the lawsI rejoice in following your statutes

A heart that desires to follow God turns thoughts into actionsThree ComponentsPraise be to you LORDWorshipWith my lips I recount all the lawsTeaching / LearningI rejoice in following your statutesHoly Living

Three Components#3 ContemplationI meditate on your precepts and consider your waysWe reflect on what we have learnt and doneWe inquire what it means, what God is calling us to nextBlockages?#1 HeartWe do not love because we feel like it, we love because we choose toIt is an act of the willIf you sometimes dont feel like placing God at the centre of your heart, welcome to the experience of the rest of the Church!Often greatest advances come when we choose to follow God despite our stateBlockages?#2 ActionsOften struggle because we do not value all three of the components of Christian life or place restrictions on themWorship We want it the way we likeTeaching We dont want to challenge ourselvesHoly Living - Our sinful desires often come into conflict with doing the holy thingSometimes there is a price to be paidBlockages?Blockages?#3 Contemplation / ReflectionDone in community and individuallyHome GroupsOne on OneBlogs share experiencesFacebookAsk for help!Delight in Your Decrees

God stirs our hearts to desire him he calls us to exercise our willGod places in us a desire to worship him, learn of him and live for himGod calls us to be in relationship with him, to learn and to see what he is doing