Victory Begins in the Heart (Psalm 17:4-5)

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Doing the right thing is usually not easy. You find yourself confronted with a situation and are torn between at least two options: what God wants you to do and what you want to do. David experienced the same conflict as us and recorded it in the Psalms.

Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. (Psalms 17:4-5)

What is vitally important for us to recognize is that we alone are unable to live the spiritual or righteous life. We need God to provide the strength and support that we need. David petitioned God to hold up his goings in the Lord’s paths and we must do the same. What the Christian life boils down to are decisions that we make in our hearts. We may not have the strength to live the life, but we certainly do have the ability to make the right choices. God’s plan is for us to make the right decisions in our hearts and then he will provide the support and strength needed to complete the actions that go with the decisions. The battleground is not with the world, people or flesh and blood, but in the heart. God’s desire is that man, by faith, chooses him and his way. If we allow him, God will take it from there. Remember, victory begins at the heart and not the actions.

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