Category Archives: Devotions

Wide is the gate

Matthew 7:13-14 “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.”

Those are words of Truth.  But how often do we think about that?  Can we really comprehend what that means?  Look at the many different paths that are opening up virtually over night; destructive doctrines, apostasy inside and outside the Church, international persecution of Christians, the list is ever-growing.  Consider the following excerpt from John Wesley:

Just as the gate of sin is very wide, so the way of wickedness is very broad.  It is not something which the imagination might paint, but that which may be a matter of daily melancholy experience.  Nor do you need to go around the earth to find them.

Survey any kingdom, any single country, city, or town.  How plenteous is the harvest of wickedness.  And it need not be a place that is still overspread with pagan darkness.  Look at this one, a country that professes to see the light of the glorious gospel.  This has been called a Christian land.  But alas! Who will carry the reformation of opinions into our hearts and lives?  How innumerable are our sins!  Do not the grossest abominations of every kind abound among us from day to day?  Do not sins of every sort cover the land as the waters cover the sea?  Who can count them?  Rather go and count the drops of rain or the sands on the seashore.  So wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction!  And so many who enter through it!

And how well are we warned to avoid these.  For we may otherwise be swept along by the force of so numerous examples conspiring with our own hearts to carry us away.  But by the grace of God, we accomplish the difficult and move against the press to enter the narrow way.

How easy it is to follow the crowd along the broad road.  The road signs all point to destruction, but we keep going past the exit ramps.  Thinking we can go on a little longer before we leave the road.  But what we never think about is what happens if we wreck while traveling on that road.  What happens if there are no more exit ramps?  Now is the time, today is the day, exit the road to destruction and set your path firmly on the narrow road that leads to life.

If you’re ready to take that path, click on the Knowing the Truth page at the top, or click here.

John 14:6  “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

“To Live is Christ”

“For me, to live is Christ to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

What a powerful verse.  In this passage, the Apostle Paul is in jail (yet again) and is writing to the church at Philippi.  His discussion here is that should he be allowed to live, it will continute to be for Christ, but should he die, his gain is heaven.  Paul is actually torn about which he should hope for.  As we read in verse 22-23, “If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!  I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” 

Paul realized the importance of his time here on earth spreading the gospel.  In fact, he referred to his imprisonment as being in chains for Christ.  Author C.S. Lewis offers this quote, “The glory of God, and, as our only means to glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.”  Both of these men understood that the “purpose” of our lives is to live for Christ, advancing the Gospel and spreading the message of Salvation.  How much more focused on Christ would our lives be if we had this outlook.  That even in the direst circumstances, of awaiting potential death like Paul, we can stand and say, “For me, to live is Christ to die is gain.”

Encouragement in time of need

There’s no doubt these are becoming increasingly difficult times.  Economic uncertainty, jobs are lost, retirements disappearing, the list goes on.  But like I mentioned yesterday these are NOT times of fear.  I want to follow up on that thought with a verse from Psalm 11:3-4

“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?  The LORD is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne.  He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.”

What this verse says is that when all around us is falling apart, the “righteous” should look to the Lord.  We will see Him on His heavenly throne watching all that is happening.  He sees our struggles and He is unaltered.  There is no panic by God.  Picture this: Peter sees Jesus walking on water and calls out to Him, “Lord if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”  Jesus called to him; Peter stepped out of the boat and began walking towards Jesus.  But as the winds picked up, Peter lost faith and began to sink.  He cried out “Lord, save me!” “Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him.  ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?'” Matthew 14:28-31 Unwavering, unaltered, Jesus lifted up Peter.  He will do the same for us.

Look to the Lord in your time of need.  “In the LORD I take refuge.  How then can you say to me: Flee like a bird to your Mountain.” Psalm 11:1