Archive for June, 2011

Do It Now!

June 30th, 2011

June 30, 2011

In this verse, Jesus Christ laid down a very important principle by saying, “Do what you know you must do— now. Do it quickly. If you don’t, an inevitable process will begin to work ’till you have paid the last penny’ (Matthew 5:26) in pain, agony, and distress.” God’s laws are unchangeable and there is no escape from them. The teachings of Jesus always penetrate right to the heart of our being.

Wanting to make sure that my adversary gives me all my rights is a natural thing. But Jesus says that it is a matter of inescapable and eternal importance to me that I pay my adversary what I owe him. From our Lord’s standpoint it doesn’t matter whether I am cheated or not, but what does matter is that I don’t cheat someone else. Am I insisting on having my own rights, or am I paying what I owe from Jesus Christ’s standpoint?

Do it quickly— bring yourself to judgment now. In moral and spiritual matters, you must act immediately. If you don’t, the inevitable, relentless process will begin to work. God is determined to have His child as pure, clean, and white as driven snow, and as long as there is disobedience in any point of His teaching, He will allow His Spirit to use whatever process it may take to bring us to obedience. The fact that we insist on proving that we are right is almost always a clear indication that we have some point of disobedience. No wonder the Spirit of God so strongly urges us to stay steadfastly in the light! (see John 3:19-21).

“Agree with your adversary quickly . . . .” Have you suddenly reached a certain place in your relationship with someone, only to find that you have anger in your heart? Confess it quickly— make it right before God. Be reconciled to that person— do it now!


June 30 2011

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord when I read one of Oswald Chambers’ devotionals like this one I wonder if I measure up or if I can ever measure up to the standards you have set? When I read these high standards I wonder if I am good enough to be one of your children, or if I can ever measure up to the standards You have set? Sometimes I realize I am so far off from your standards, I feel like giving up.

And God says…”That is exactly where you should find yourself…giving up. Part of the transforming process for My children is coming to realize that you must surrender your entire life to Me. You cannot hold onto any part of your old life, including the discipline to do the right things. I can use that, but you cannot. Trust in Me with all your heart, do not rely on your own devices and I will make your paths straight. I cannot be you partner in life; I cannot be your copilot. I can only be your life. Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you. I am the way, the truth and the life.”

6 30 11 Journal  DJR

Good Morning Lord.

Today I woke thinking “to be a blessing”

Genesis 12:2 New Living Translation (NLT)

2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.

It is so much better than yesterdays wake up and where I went with it “to Just Say No”     I realized that I dont do very well at saying no to something that my flesh wants to say yes to…  and the world is aligned with the enemy and my flesh … against me.     So I’m better to find the things to say yes to,  your things, your vision … and today I see that “to be a blessing” is a pretty safe general goal.   Now we just need to work it out.   Let’s go.

You did notice that my two commands are positive?

Yes, but the 10 Commandments (old) had some negatives,  thou shalt not kill, etc. ??   JD thinks you gave those in that way reluctantly … kind of like you gave Israel a king.

My ways and thoughts are not your ways and thoughts, but yes,  those were for the hard of hearing.   I would not have had to say,  Dont kill or adulterate if they could have heard, “Love the Lord your God & your neighbor as yourself.   The new commandments take care of and fulfill all of the old ones.

The Strictest Discipline

June 29th, 2011

June 29. 2011
If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell —Matthew 5:30

Jesus did not say that everyone must cut off his right hand, but that “if your right hand causes you to sin” in your walk with Him, then it is better to “cut it off.” There are many things that are perfectly legitimate, but if you are going to concentrate on God you cannot do them. Your right hand is one of the best things you have, but Jesus says that if it hinders you in following His precepts, then “cut it off.” The principle taught here is the strictest discipline or lesson that ever hit humankind.

When God changes you through regeneration, giving you new life through spiritual rebirth, your life initially has the characteristic of being maimed.

There are a hundred and one things that you dare not do— things that would be sin for you, and would be recognized as sin by those who really know you.But the unspiritual people around you will say, “What’s so wrong with doing that? How absurd you are!” There has never yet been a saint who has not lived a maimed life initially. Yet it is better to enter into life maimed but lovely in God’s sight than to appear lovely to man’s eyes but lame to God’s. At first, Jesus Christ through His Spirit has to restrain you from doing a great many things that may be perfectly right for everyone else but not right for you. Yet, see that you don’t use your restrictions to criticize someone else.

The Christian life is a maimed life initially, but in Matthew 5:48 Jesus gave us the picture of a perfectly well-rounded life— “You shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”


June 29, 2011

Lord if the story of the Israelites in the desert for 40 years is a metaphor and life lesson for me, can you please help me take the short cut? If they spent 40 years wandering around on a journey that should have taken weeks, can I please take a more direct route for my life?

And God says…”When you are connected to Me, your journey is completed. You are often concerned about learning the lessons more quickly, or making the right choices more immediately so that your relationship with Me becomes the “means to an end”. You want to be close to Me and connected to Me so that you can cut through the learning and trials more quickly and move on to your “promised land”. But I am your promised land. I am the Alpha and the Omega. Trust in Me…delight in me…NOT because you may receive the delights of your heart, but because I am the delights of your heart. Pray, worship, and meditate to that end and you will never worry about how long a journey takes. You have eternity to worship and delight in Me”

DJR Journal 6 29 11

Good Morning, Lord,

Today I woke up thinking that “whenever I say yes to something, I am saying no to the other options.”   Like if I yield to an obsession or addiction, I am saying no to the other options…and since your best isn’t in the addiction… I am saying no to you and your best.   Then I saw that the inverse is not necessarily true.  When I say no to something, … It still leaves options of what I will say yes to.    So I have to first say no to whatever shiny bauble of the world that is attracting me… and then hear your voice about all of the options… Which one is your best for me for now.???   Then to see Oswald’s devo and the music today … you’re piling it on.   I perceive that I’m supposed to be hearing this….

The key is connection and relationship.  If you stay connected, you wont be confused or fooled.   And even when you miss it or it is waiting time … you will still be OK.  So stay close to me and you will get faster and better at hearing my voice.   Then it will also get easier to quickly obey it.   Because you want to … not because you have to or to avoid 40 year desert trips.

Held by the Grip of God

June 28th, 2011

I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me —Philippians 3:12

Never choose to be a worker for God, but once God has placed His call on you, woe be to you if you “turn aside to the right hand or to the left” (Deuteronomy 5:32). We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has “laid hold of” us. And once He has done so, we never have this thought, “Well, I’m really not suited for this.” What you are to preach is also determined by God, not by your own natural leanings or desires. Keep your soul steadfastly related to God, and remember that you are called not simply to convey your testimony but also to preach the gospel. Every Christian must testify to the truth of God, but when it comes to the call to preach, there must be the agonizing grip of God’s hand on you— your life is in the grip of God for that very purpose. How many of us are held like that?

Never water down the Word of God, but preach it in its undiluted sternness. There must be unflinching faithfulness to the Word of God, but when you come to personal dealings with others, remember who you are— you are not some special being created in heaven, but a sinner saved by grace.

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do. . . I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).


June 28, 2011

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, just last night I was talking to a brother about “pressing on”.  He shared his story about pressing on and on and on through what seems like a never-ending repetition of trials and difficulties. We spoke about the children of Israel and the daily manna you fed them fresh every morning and how we both seek you and your fresh manna of hope every day. And this morning you offer us both the lesson and music about “pressing on” in your name.

And God says…”Remember this is an everlasting race of endurance. It is a step by step development of your life and character. You can only be shaped through trials and pressures. Silver is made pure with fire, and when the impurities are skimmed off the silver is pure enough to see My reflection. Once you believe in Me and are committed to Me, your life and character begin to take on the image of Jesus over time. And remember, Jesus could do nothing apart from the Father. When He walked on water, turned water into wine, healed the sick and raised the dead….He did all these things as a man dependent on God the father. Often trials and difficulties become part of the daily life of a believer as you learn that you can nothing apart from the Father as well. Other times the trials and difficulties are part of your life as you discover that this is where your faith and hope are strengthened. “


Journal DJR   June 28th 2011

Good morning Lord,
I’ve been traveling a lot for a month. I dont like routine … but I can see that it is good for me. As I wasn’t able to take this routine with me ….. Maybe I just need to press on and try harder, to make sure I get this kind of time … even traveling?

Working on doing the routines will have some value. But not the value that you think. The real prize is changing the hardwire to where our relationship is the first thing you think of even (and especially) in times of stress.

Yes, Traveling is stressful and I tend to revert to my own senses to make the next decisions. It doesn’t seem that doing devotions in the morning works, or that when I force it to happen, that it helps in the stress of the day?

That will always be the case if you are pushing it. If you are drawn to it, the results will be different.

How do I get this motivational change to happen?

That’s where doing these routines helps. They are not the answer but they can lead to the answer. So keep on, and keep on reminding yourself that it is our relationship that is the goal … not just an “answer” here or a “blessing” there.

The Overshadowing of God’s Personal Deliverance

June 27th, 2011

June 27, 2011
I am with you to deliver you,’ says the Lord —Jeremiah 1:8

God promised Jeremiah that He would deliver him personally— “. . . your life shall be as a prize to you . . .” (Jeremiah 39:18). That is all God promises His children. Wherever God sends us, He will guard our lives. Our personal property and possessions are to be a matter of indifference to us, and our hold on these things should be very loose. If this is not the case, we will have panic, heartache, and distress. Having the proper outlook is evidence of the deeply rooted belief in the overshadowing of God’s personal deliverance.

The Sermon on the Mount indicates that when we are on a mission for Jesus Christ, there is no time to stand up for ourselves. Jesus says, in effect, “Don’t worry about whether or not you are being treated justly.” Looking for justice is actually a sign that we have been diverted from our devotion to Him. Never look for justice in this world, but never cease to give it. If we look for justice, we will only begin to complain and to indulge ourselves in the discontent of self-pity, as if to say, “Why should I be treated like this?” If we are devoted to Jesus Christ, we have nothing to do with what we encounter, whether it is just or unjust. In essence, Jesus says, “Continue steadily on with what I have told you to do, and I will guard your life. If you try to guard it yourself, you remove yourself from My deliverance.” Even the most devout among us become atheistic in this regard— we do not believe Him. We put our common sense on the throne and then attach God’s name to it. We do lean to our own understanding, instead of trusting God with all our hearts (see Proverbs 3:5-6).


June 27, 2011

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, I think I understand more and more about why I should live a moment, hour and day at a time. You meet me right in the moment …unless I chose to listen to my own voice instead. Being with my daughters over the last few weeks it occurs to me how difficult it is to allow a child you love so dearly to run independent of complete safety and protection.

And God says…”You are free to choose. And you will make wrong choices when you follow your own inclinations.  It is only natural. When you live your life in Me, trust in Me with all your heart, and do not rely on your own devices, a knowing peace will overcome you.  When you wait patiently; believing, you will know the outcome before it occurs. You will rise up like the wings of eagles.”

The Unchanging Law of Judgment

June 22nd, 2011

June 22, 2011

With what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you —Matthew 7:2

This statement is not some haphazard theory, but it is an eternal law of God. Whatever judgment you give will be the very way you are judged. There is a difference between retaliation and retribution. Jesus said that the basis of life is retribution— “with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” If you have been shrewd in finding out the shortcomings of others, remember that will be exactly how you will be measured. The way you pay is the way life will pay you back. This eternal law works from God’s throne down to us (see Psalm 18:25-26).

Romans 2:1 applies it in even a more definite way by saying that the one who criticizes another is guilty of the very same thing. God looks not only at the act itself, but also at the possibility of committing it, which He sees by looking at our hearts. To begin with, we do not believe the statements of the Bible. For instance, do we really believe the statement that says we criticize in others the very things we are guilty of ourselves? The reason we see hypocrisy, deceit, and a lack of genuineness in others is that they are all in our own hearts. The greatest characteristic of a saint is humility, as evidenced by being able to say honestly and humbly, “Yes, all those, as well as other evils, would have been exhibited in me if it were not for the grace of God. Therefore, I have no right to judge.”

Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). He went on to say, in effect, “If you do judge, you will be judged in exactly the same way.” Who of us would dare to stand before God and say, “My God, judge me as I have judged others”? We have judged others as sinners— if God should judge us in the same way, we would be condemned to hell. Yet God judges us on the basis of the miraculous atonement by the Cross of Christ.


June 22, 2011

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, thank you for the lesson about love. Thank you for showing me over and over and over again that you love me anyway, regardless of who I am or what I have done…or left undone. And thank you for Your Holy Spirit that allows me to offer this same kind of forgiveness and grace. As I consider the hurts and slights of others, I suddenly notice that you have removed the notion of judgment. Thank You Lord.

And God says…”The supernatural ability to forgive is a gift of faith activated by your desire to leave your judgments behind. My grace becomes a part of your life, actions and relationships as you seek Me and stay in connection with Me.”


The Ministry of the Inner Life

June 21st, 2011

June 21, 2011
You are . . . a royal priesthood . . . —1 Peter 2:9

By what right have we become “a royal priesthood”? It is by the right of the atonement by the Cross of Christ that this has been accomplished. Are we prepared to purposely disregard ourselves and to launch out into the priestly work of prayer? The continual inner-searching we do in an effort to see if we are what we ought to be generates a self-centered, sickly type of Christianity, not the vigorous and simple life of a child of God. Until we get into this right and proper relationship with God, it is simply a case of our “hanging on by the skin of our teeth,” although we say, “What a wonderful victory I have!” Yet there is nothing at all in that which indicates the miracle of redemption. Launch out in reckless, unrestrained belief that the redemption is complete. Then don’t worry anymore about yourself, but begin to do as Jesus Christ has said, in essence, “Pray for the friend who comes to you at midnight, pray for the saints of God, and pray for all men.” Pray with the realization that you are perfect only in Christ Jesus, not on the basis of this argument: “Oh, Lord, I have done my best; please hear me now.”

How long is it going to take God to free us from the unhealthy habit of thinking only about ourselves? We must get to the point of being sick to death of ourselves, until there is no longer any surprise at anything God might tell us about ourselves. We cannot reach and understand the depths of our own meagerness. There is only one place where we are right with God, and that is in Christ Jesus. Once we are there, we have to pour out our lives for all we are worth in this ministry of the inner life.


June 21, 2011

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

The lesson resonates this morning along with the music; that God put the light in me. It is His light, and when I am connected to Him, I can reflect His light. One more reminder that even at my very best, I have no light of my own, so I might as well quit worrying about my “worthiness”. I am to focus on Jesus and allow His light to flow through me to others. It is in this way that I can know the peace that passes all understanding, and life and life more abundantly.

And God says…”You are completed when you are a reflection of Me, and that reflection can only shine on others, it cannot shine on you. Reach out and become one with Me as you seek to give Me food, and water and clothing by giving to others.

Matthew 25:35-40 (NIV)

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Have You Come to “When” Yet?

June 20th, 2011

June 20, 2011
The Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends —Job 42:10

A pitiful, sickly, and self-centered kind of prayer and a determined effort and selfish desire to be right with God are never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is actually a sign that I am rebelling against the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I pray, “Lord, I will purify my heart if You will answer my prayer— I will walk rightly before You if You will help me.” But I cannot make myself right with God; I cannot make my life perfect. I can only be right with God if I accept the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift. Am I humble enough to accept it? I have to surrender all my rights and demands, and cease from every self-effort. I must leave myself completely alone in His hands, and then I can begin to pour my life out in the priestly work of intercession. There is a great deal of prayer that comes from actual disbelief in the atonement. Jesus is not just beginning to save us— He has already saved us completely. It is an accomplished fact, and it is an insult to Him for us to ask Him to do what He has already done.

If you are not now receiving the “hundredfold” which Jesus promised (see Matthew 19:29), and not getting insight into God’s Word, then start praying for your friends— enter into the ministry of the inner life. “The Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends.” As a saved soul, the real business of your life is intercessory prayer. Whatever circumstances God may place you in, always pray immediately that His atonement may be recognized and as fully understood in the lives of others as it has been in yours. Pray for your friends now, and pray for those with whom you come in contact now.


June 20, 2011

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, with all due respect to Oswald Chambers, I am wary of lessons that say I must do this first, or that first, before You will answer my prayer or touch my heart. I understand that we must take our eyes off our own wants and needs, but I am not so sure that this is step one in any kind of formula. And to be blunt and honest Lord, I am suspicious of any lesson by any Bible teacher that lays out a formula that tells me I must do this or that or this other thing before I will be healed or made  complete. The lesson You have been teaching me Lord is that I am simply to come to You……and that nothing can keep me from Your love.

And God says…”The truth is so simple and complete that many miss it. My love for you is beyond anything you can hope or imagine. I accept you just as you are because of the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. No mountain, valley or desert can keep you from My love. No bad choice or selfish ambition will keep you from My love. Your present, past and future are covered by the blood of Jesus. Healing is in My hands. Trust in Me with all your heart; do not rely on your own direction or the power of this world. No matter where you are…you can and will find My love.”

June 15th, 2011

Get Moving! (2)

June 15, 2011
Also . . . add to your faith . . . —2 Peter 1:5

In the matter of drudgery. Peter said in this passage that we have become “partakers of the divine nature” and that we should now be “giving all diligence,” concentrating on forming godly habits (2 Peter 1:4-5). We are to “add” to our lives all that character means. No one is born either naturally or supernaturally with character; it must be developed. Nor are we born with habits— we have to form godly habits on the basis of the new life God has placed within us. We are not meant to be seen as God’s perfect, bright-shining examples, but to be seen as the everyday essence of ordinary life exhibiting the miracle of His grace. Drudgery is the test of genuine character. The greatest hindrance in our spiritual life is that we will only look for big things to do. Yet, “Jesus . . . took a towel and . . . began to wash the disciples’ feet . . .” (John 13:3-5).

We all have those times when there are no flashes of light and no apparent thrill to life, where we experience nothing but the daily routine with its common everyday tasks. The routine of life is actually God’s way of saving us between our times of great inspiration which come from Him. Don’t always expect God to give you His thrilling moments, but learn to live in those common times of the drudgery of life by the power of God.

It is difficult for us to do the “adding” that Peter mentioned here. We say we do not expect God to take us to heaven on flowery beds of ease, and yet we act as if we do! I must realize that my obedience even in the smallest detail of life has all of the omnipotent power of the grace of God behind it. If I will do my duty, not for duty’s sake but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience all of the magnificent grace of God is mine through the glorious atonement by the Cross of Christ.

Getting There

June 13th, 2011

June 13, 2011
. . . come, follow Me —Luke 18:22
Where our individual desire dies and sanctified surrender lives. One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of our own individual temperament. We make our temperament and our natural desires barriers to coming to Jesus. Yet the first thing we realize when we do come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatsoever to our natural desires. We have the idea that we can dedicate our gifts to God. However, you cannot dedicate what is not yours. There is actually only one thing you can dedicate to God, and that is your right to yourself (see Romans 12:1). If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you— and His experiments always succeed. The one true mark of a saint of God is the inner creativity that flows from being totally surrendered to Jesus Christ. In the life of a saint there is this amazing Well, which is a continual Source of original life. The Spirit of God is a Well of water springing up perpetually fresh. A saint realizes that it is God who engineers his circumstances; consequently there are no complaints, only unrestrained surrender to Jesus. Never try to make your experience a principle for others, but allow God to be as creative and original with others as He is with you.

If you abandon everything to Jesus, and come when He says, “Come,” then He will continue to say, “Come,” through you. You will go out into the world reproducing the echo of Christ’s “Come.” That is the result in every soul who has abandoned all and come to Jesus.

Have I come to Him? Will I come now?


June 13, 2011

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

It is with a measure of awareness that see a glimpse of my future; a very certain future. When I grasp the concept that all things work together for the good of those that love the Lord…and I consider that God engineers all my circumstances, then there is no anxiety or fear, only surrender. When there is surrender, there is faith, love, peace, hope, joy and an eager anticipation. If I know this is true, and I do know this…. then Lord how is it that I am often consumed by difficult circumstances instead of being at peace living in eager anticipation of what will occur next?

And God says, “Whenever you take your eyes off of Me and look around at the waves, or the storms around you; or the potential for waves and storms….you get drawn into them. When you are totally surrendered to Me and at peace, full of joy you know it NOT because your circumstances are always perfect. You are at peace because you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the God of the universe loves you and cares for you.  You know that the God that would give His only Son for you, would not withhold any other good thing from you. Trust in Me, look for Me in all you say and do and seek to be a messenger of my blessings today. “

And After That What’s Next To Do?

June 10th, 2011

June 10, 2011
. . . seek, and you will find . . . —Luke 11:9
Seek if you have not found. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss . . .” (James 4:3). If you ask for things from life instead of from God, “you ask amiss”; that is, you ask out of your desire for self-fulfillment. The more you fulfill yourself the less you will seek God. “. . . seek, and you will find . . . .” Get to work— narrow your focus and interests to this one thing. Have you ever sought God with your whole heart, or have you simply given Him a feeble cry after some emotionally painful experience? “. . . seek, [focus,] and you will find . . . .”

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters. . .” (Isaiah 55:1). Are you thirsty, or complacent and indifferent— so satisfied with your own experience that you want nothing more of God? Experience is a doorway, not a final goal. Beware of building your faith on experience, or your life will not ring true and will only sound the note of a critical spirit. Remember that you can never give another person what you have found, but you can cause him to have a desire for it.

“. . . knock, and it will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9). “Draw near to God . . .” (James 4:8). Knock— the door is closed, and your heartbeat races as you knock. “Cleanse your hands . . .” (James 4:8). Knock a bit louder— you begin to find that you are dirty. “. . . purify your hearts . . .” (James 4:8). It is becoming even more personal— you are desperate and serious now— you will do anything. “Lament . . . ” (James 4:9). Have you ever lamented, expressing your sorrow before God for the condition of your inner life? There is no thread of self-pity left, only the heart-rending difficulty and amazement which comes from seeing what kind of person you really are. “Humble yourselves . . . ” (James 4:10). It is a humbling experience to knock at God’s door— you have to knock with the crucified thief. “. . . to him who knocks it will be opened” (Luke 11:10).


June 10, 2010

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord thank You for providing all that I need in You. Sometimes I take my eyes off of You and look at my circumstances or I look at what I think will be solutions to my life’s issues and opportunities. Still other times, when I think about it, I feel unworthy. And then your Spirit and word speak to me softly reminding me that because of what You have done, I can come boldly to you with my life and my needs. You remind me that I am yours. Because of who You are.

And God says…”When you let go of all that you think you must hang onto for support, you will find that I will never, ever let you fall. But you must first let go. Whom or what shall you fear, when you clearly realize that you are Mine? If I am for you, and My sacrifice is testimony to that fact, then who can stand against you? You are mine and I will withhold no good thing from you. Trust in Me and let go of what you think is your safety net…and I will make your paths straight.”