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Oct 29th, 2011 by admin

By: admin Oct 29th, 2011


“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

My life group’s Bible study was exceptionally convicting this week. Talk about the Lord speaking through Scripture… whew! It’s overwhelming when the Lord intervenes in my life, but I always know that the outcome is worth whatever discomfort I face.

I’ve been considering this: the Lord must deal with me to make me more like Him. It’s never easy and it’s rarely fair, but the result is always rewarding (both for the individual and for the kingdom of God). Sin must be displaced from my life because I serve a holy God. I shouldn’t bring baggage into my realtionships and I certainly cannot allow it to hinder me from entering the kingdom. The gate is narrow and the way has been considered difficult for more than 10,000 years. My life is no different. His grace is unchanging. Whatever sacrifice I make will never compare to the blood He shed, the pain He felt, the scorn He was subjected to or the choice He had to make.

Rarely are we presented with such a picturesque example of the spiritual world around us. The power is in the will of man… the choice is mine. If I stray from the path or if I choose to try and carry things that are not good for my progress, the Holy Spirit may convict me but God will not stop me. That’s the best and worst part of free will and an abundance of love. I have hope that my faith is strong and that I will not waver. However, in recent days I’ve struggled with just how long I should wait on God. I got fed up and decided to do something my own way recently. It then scared me straight because God let me go. My conscience informed me that I was making the wrong decision, but there was no burning bush or stream of light or talking mammal that prevented me from choosing something less than perfect for the plan of God. I never want to be in that place again, but if life and sin continue, I will probably be presented with similar opportunities over time. I pray my experiences deepen my roots and strengthen by resolve and fuel my hope. May my devotion be fierce, my sins be few and my choices be wise. I chose the narrow gate and the difficult way… may I not be deterred.

That’s the only thought I have for today, but here’s a highlight of what is to come… I’ve been pondering this question and hope that it resonates with others. Think on it with me and I’ll share my insights in just a little while… If I can trust God with eternity, my salvation, the forgiveness of my sin and my eventual resurrection of the dead or regeneration… then why can I not trust Him with my daily life, the struggles I face or the trouble I create? Is a spouse, monetary blessing or answer to my prayer any more difficult than life after death, righteousness or grace? What does a life of balance and trust actually look like? Is there an example to follow or another believer my life should resemble?

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