Matthew 7:13-14. 13 “Enter through the narrow gate.For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction,and there are many who go through it.14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.
The Christian life is not an easy life. The road that leads to the narrow gate is difficult. That is probably why few find it.
Matthew 7:15-20. 15 “Beware of false prophetswho come to you in sheep’sclothingbut inwardly are ravaging wolves.16 You’ll recognize them by their fruit.Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles?17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit.18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit.19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.
Look for the fruit. As a Christian our lives should be bearing fruit that people can see and in it we bring glory to our King. If we are not bearing are we truly disciples of Christ? Or are we walking the wide road pretending? And in fruit bearing — look for those that are bearing fruit and glean from their crop so that you may grow.
Matthew 7:21-23. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,but only the one who does the willof My Father in heaven.22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demonsin Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you!Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!
This is my heart verse. The verse that tugs at my heart. Many walking that wide road are going through the motions of Christianity and expecting to hear something different from our Lord and their reply? Verse 22. Then the judgement: depart from Me. (Eternal Hell). Breaks my heart. Are you going through the motions? Earning your brownie points? What or should I say, Who are you living for? Who are you doing for? Yourself or for the GLORY of GOD? Wide road or narrow road? Bearing fruit for God and His kingdom or for your own glory? What will you hear on judgement day?
Out of the depths I call to You, Yahweh! 2 Lord, listen to my voice; let Your ears be attentive to my cry for help.
3 Yahweh, if You considered sins, Lord, who could stand? 4 But with You there is forgiveness, so that You may be revered.
The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy.
1 Peter 1:3-4
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable,uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
What a blessing, encouragement and hope for the day.
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor […]
Coming before the Lord with a heart so heavily burdened?
Believing you have been called for “such a time as this”? (Esther 4:14)
Questioning the calling because things aren’t going according to your plan?
But because you made the right choice to go before the Lord, you find encouragement and affirmation?
The battle belongs to the Lord and His will be done. During my quiet time this morning, the thought came to mind that I need to put on the armor of God. My additional “going deeper” passages for the day included Ephesians 6:11:
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
His Word still speaks today to burdened hearts. Seek Him. I now face this day without the burden, encouraged, and knowing without a doubt I am right where God has placed me for such a time as this.
How would you have handled the situation of quarreling when the means of taking care of your possessions comes in direct conflict with another taking care of their possessions?
Abram and Lot ran into this. The land could not sustain them both and their possessions. Quarreling ensued. Abram being the older and leader could have taken what he wanted but instead gave Lot the choice to choose land that he wanted. Lot chose the best of the land – plenty of water and fields to eat from.
Abram resided in the land of Canaan. There he built an altar to the Lord. Abram chose to end the quarreling that would bring bitterness and dissension between Lot and himself. Then he chose to build that altar. Where was Abram’s focus? God!
FOCUS on God gives a whole new
PERSPECTIVE: godly; looking through God’s eyes.
I suppose with the right FOCUS and a godly PERSPECTIVE praise comes easy. To our God, Jesus Christ be the glory!
But I enter your house by the abundance of Your faithful love; I bow down toward Your holy temple in reverential awe of You. – Psalm 5:7
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.