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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 Matter of Time

Father, as I sit with You this morning, the world is just flying by! Everyone is in so much of a hurry to get to who knows where. May my mind settle on You, Father. Quiet my spirit. At this moment there is nothing more important than You. Amen.

Revelation 4:1 (<<click the green)

Lord, once again I appreciate the tools You have placed within my hands. My study Bible* gives me an excellent overview as Your word transitions from the “churches” to the future of The Church as a whole.

Verse 1 is the beginning of what John witnessed in the “throne room of heaven.” My study Bible* goes on to say, “God is on the throne and orchestrating all the events that John will record. The world is not spinning out of control; the God of creation will carry out his plans as Christ initiates the final battle with the forces of evil. John shows us heaven before showing us earth so that we will not be frightened by future events.”

Lord, one of the biggest struggles we have, as we see the evil that is so prominent in our world, is the feeling that evil is winning. I have not watched a full news program on TV in years! For me, for the most part, it is a synopsis of evil. It is composed mainly of pain and loss and violence and hatred…I don’t need that filling my heart and mind. I realize that, to some degree, I need to be aware of what’s going on in the world (and to pray for those caught up in it all) but there is no reason to immerse myself in it, soaking up every tidbit that is thrown my way.

Evil is not winning! As the old Christian cliché goes, the war has already been won! You, Lord, are the victor! Battles may still be raging, skirmishes still abound but You are the King and everything will be brought under Your control, in Your time.

May I be faithful, Lord. May I keep everything in its proper perspective. You are on the throne and, again, there will come a day, “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.” Philippians 2:9-11 It’s just a matter of time.

Aug 7th, Mon, 6:41 am

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation