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The Narrow Gate

As I sit here in the quietness of the house at this early hour, Father, my thoughts are drawn to You. Quite often it takes some time for me to actually start typing but I can hear Your call to come and sit with You. Bless our time together. Draw me ever closer. Amen.

Matthew 7:13-14 (<<click the green)

Almost half a century ago we had math – not “new” math, just math. There weren’t multiple ways to come to a conclusion. If you had an apple and added an apple you ended up with two apples. It was pretty cut and dry: 1 + 1 = 2

That’s the way it is with our eternal salvation. There is just one way to obtain the desired end result and, Christ, You are the Way.

A big part of the human mentality is that we bristle when we are told what to do, or be, or believe. We feel we have the right to make our own choices, and that’s all fine and good we decide what to wear for the day or we want for lunch. There are usually multiple combinations that will get to the end result.

We do have the free will to choose how we live our lives and what mindset or collection of philosophies we will adhere to but, like it or not, if our desire is to choose life eternal life – then we must choose the narrow gate. And that gate is Christ. You can argue until you are blue in the face but there are absolutely no other options.

As Paul declared in Philippians 2:9-11,

“Therefore, God elevated him [that is Christ Jesus] to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

When all is said and done the truth will be acknowledged, no matter what we have held to be “true.”

So, Lord, You encourage us,

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” NIV

Feb 13th, 2018, Tues, 6:18 am

Rotten Apple

Stayed in bed a little longer than usual this morning and, oh my, that was not a good choice for me. The extra sleep was not a fair trade for my scrambled thoughts, and heavier traffic whizzing by. Father, in spite of my foolishness, help me to redeem our time together.

Hebrews 4:16 (<<click here)

            “…come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.”

I do believe, Lord, that coming boldly to Your throne speaks more of confidence with a healthy dose of reverence. I don’t want anything to hinder me from coming to You. Even when I have sinned, I need to come before You as quickly as possible to take care of my sin. I don’t want it to be the rotten apple in the barrel that starts to affect the other apples in my barrel. You don’t want me to be fearful of coming to You. I know You are gracious and will be merciful to me. This is most assuredly not a license to flagrantly disobey You but it does not throw up an impenetrable wall between us – You want those kinds of things taken care of ASAP. Your desire is for our relationship to always be moving forward, onward and upward!

My goal must be to keep our communication line clear of all that would block it. I am so grateful that I could come to You yesterday when Massey was struggling with school. I felt totally free to bring it before You. You love me. You want what is best for me. Thank You, Lord, for Your availability to even me.

Mar 8th, Tues, 6:58 am