Unspeakable Joy Devotional

1.9 Twenty19

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The Two Gates:  “Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there will be which go in thereat.  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”.  Matthew 7:13-14

This past Sunday we were at a barrel race in Edna, TX and like most horse shows there is a church service in the stands in the arena.  On Saturday there were over 500 entries and on Sunday morning there were less than 20 people that showed up for church.  I am borrowing his message because it was so good.  Jesus told a parable of the strait and wide gates.  There is  strait gait and the way is narrow.  Strait meaning difficult, the path is narrow and not easy to follow.  This path has struggles and strain.  Jesus says that not many people go through the strait gate.  The wide gate looks easy and is the most attractive and it draws people to it.  Just like the comparison of a gate leading to green pastures opposed to the strait and narrow gate leading to a pasture that needs cultivating.  The wide gate is an alternate route to God through manmade rules and regulations, false religion and through self-effort.  The wide gate leads to hell and Jesus says many people will go through the wide gate.  Which path are you entering?  The decision, the choice is yours.  Are you going to believe men, or Jesus?  Don’t be misled by false teachers who are leading people into the wide gate and down the easy road.  Jesus is ultimately the door through which all must enter for eternal life.  No amount of effort saves us; salvation is by the grace of God through the gift of faith.  Remember Jesus’ words:  Matthew 7:21  “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”.

Don’t think of Satan as a harmless cartoon character with a red suit and a pitchfork.  He is very clever and powerful, and his unchanging purpose is to defeat God’s plans at every turn-including His plans for your life.  Billy Graham

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