Saturday, June 13, 2020

"The Narrow Gate"

“The Narrow Gate”

“Enter by the narrow gate.  For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”     Matthew 7:13-14

I believe that when we are born, we ALL begin on the SAME path, because we ALL are born with a SINFUL nature, meaning that we have the tendencies, and we develop the desires to SIN.  But I also believe that when God created mankind, He gave us the ability to make CHOICES.  When we are to the point, in our life, where we KNOW right from wrong, we are given the CHOICE to decide whether we will go through the NARROW GATE and follow the NARROW PATH or take the WIDE GATE and the EASY PATH, which leads to DESTRUCTION.  Let’s take a little look at the differences in the NARROW GATE and the WIDE GATE.  And you decide which one you want to take.

Our Scripture, today, are the Words of our Lord Jesus Christ, as He was ending His Sermon on the Mount of Olives.  He gives us a CLEAR and DISTINCT picture of the two gates and paths, which we must choose from.  MANY will choose to take the WIDE GATE and the EASY PATH, this gate and path, we are told, leads to DESTRUCTION, and MANY will enter through it.  The WIDE gate and path choice, includes those religions that teach that there are MANY ways to enter Heaven, such as good works and self-righteousness.   However, the Lord Jesus tells us that it LEADS to DESTRUCTION, which is an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you are there. 

But the NARROW GATE, and HARD PATH, leads to ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, and FEW are the ones who find it.  These are those who, choose to  BELIEVE and have GIVEN their HEART and LIFE to God, through the SHED BLOOD of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, their ONLY HOPE for HEAVEN.  The PATH is HARD, it calls for TOTAL SURRENDER, COMPLETE REPENTANCE, a KNOWLEDGE of the WORD of GOD, and OBEDIENCE to the WILL and WORD of the LORD JESUS.  SALVATION is by GRACE, NOT by WORKS.  Your GOOD WORKS comes through you LIVING by FAITH, and NOT through the desires of the FLESH. Which GATE and PATH have you chosen?

In order for you to spend your ETERNITY in Heaven, you MUST GIVE your HEART and LIFE to God by:  WILLINGLY TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS.  BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then CHOOSE the NARROW GATE and the HARD PATH, to an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN. Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

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