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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

Self-control

Father, I look forward to our time together. Sometimes it is daunting to think about getting up so early but You are always an encouragement. Help me to invest the time in our relationship that I need to draw me even closer to You.

2 Timothy 3:3c (<<click here)

“… no self-control…”

Self-control is something almost all of us struggle with in some area, Lord. Sometimes those areas are not that big of a deal but many times our lack of self-control is downright debilitating.

There are times when our issue is too readily saying, “Yes” to things that are detrimental to us in excessive quantities – food, candy, videogames, entertaining ourselves so as to avoid responsibilities. And other times our lack of self-control is saying ‘No’ to things that would be beneficial to our health and well-being  – a healthy diet, an exercise regimen, daily spending time in reading Your Word and interacting with You.

Self-control has been at the heart of our problems from the very beginning – from when Eve first reached for that forbidden fruit until today.

We’re not good at controlling ourselves on our own and we bristle at the idea of anyone else doing so. But Lord, if I’ve learned anything in our years together is that if I am to be content and full of joy I must hand control of my life over to You. You steer me in the right direction and enable me to say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to what is most beneficial to me as Your child.

Nov 28th, Sat, 5:00 am