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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

I Choose You

Father, bless our time together, not just this morning but throughout this day. May I do and say and think what is pleasing to You. Fill me and use me. All I have is Yours. Amen.

1 Peter 1:18-20 (<<click here)

So we chose bondage. We may not have made that initial choice to disobey but none of us is innocent. We all choose every moment if we will obey – we choose bondage – or we choose to accept the ransom paid. And Lord, You paid that ransom. You paid the price in our stead. And that price was death. You shed Your blood for me. You died for me!

As Peter said, “And it was not with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” The sinless for the sinful. The spotless for the deeply stained.

“God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.”

Paul proclaims it as well,

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” Ephesians 1:4

Lord, thank you for Your ultimate sacrifice. You knew the price You would pay. You weren’t forced or coerced into it. You did it because You loved us. You did it so we, in turn, could love You. May I never forget Your love for me. May my love for You guide my every step. I choose You, Lord, for you alone are worthy! Amen.

Nov 6th, Sun, 6:12 am