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Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land for ever. For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected for ever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it for ever.
God always gives us a choice. In Deuteronomy He says, "Now choose life.. " (Deut. 30:19) The choice to turn from evil and do good is often for me not so much about resisting some difficult temptation, but choosing moment by moment to trust in Him with my whole heart (Proverbs 3:5-6), and not to listen to my own fears and insecurities. It can be so easy to let emotions drag me down a slippery slope of faithlessness. The Psalmist says, "do not fret—it leads only to evil" (Psalm 37:8). How true this is! The challenge for me today will be to let go of negativity and set my whole trust and hope on Him, trusting that He will vindicate and restore.