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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

A Gate for the Sheep

Father, thank You for a good night’s sleep and for reminding me to get by blog ready to post right after I was up. I appreciate Your touch in my life – having that guidance and direction is most definitely a blessing. Amen.

1 Peter 2:25 (<<click here)

“Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.”

Lord, thinking of You as my Shepherd bring only good thoughts – comforting thoughts. The 23rd Psalm and Your teachings in John 10 come to mind. Peter’s words of shepherd and guardian make me think of John 10:6-10 which speak of you being the “gate for the sheep.”

In biblical times shepherds would construct a corral quite often topped with thorny brambles to ward off thieves and predators. These corrals would have narrow entrances through which a single sheep could enter and exit. Once the sheep were safely in the fold the shepherd would often place his body over the entrance to protect them.

Lord, that’s what You do for me. You are my shepherd. You are my guardian. You laid down Your life so that I might live.

Once again (and I don’t think this will ever cease to amaze me!) You tied in my opening thoughts with what you want to teach me. As my Shepherd, You guide and direct me. Life does not cease to unfold around me and just because You are my Shepherd does not necessarily mean that calamity or suffering will not come – but You will be by my side through it all. Things and people may attack – my body and mind may be injured or I may even be killed but you are the Guardian of my soul. Nothing can ever separate me from Your love (Romans 8:31-39). I am secure in Your hands.