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. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
The question we ALL must ask ourselves daily is "what road are we traveling on?" When we arise each morning, which gate have we set our minds and heart on to enter in?
In this text, Jesus gives us a description of 2 gates or road that are daily and often entered into and traveled by humanity. One is described as the "narrow gate" and the other is described as the "wide gate."
In this life we are given choices, including the path in which we will take in this life and life eternal.
In Jesus' description of these 2 gates, He puts in a conjunction called "but"to join together and show the connection between vs #13 and 14.
Yes, there are 2 gates to enter in or 2 roads to travel, "BUT" only one leads to life everlasting with God the Father in heaven and very few travel it.
The narrow or the wide? Which have you chosen to enter in? Which have you chosen to travel on today? One leads us into unity with God through Christ Jesus and the other leads us to a place of separation from God.
There is no in between path in life. We all are on one or the other.
We all are either sheeps who follow Christ or goats who have gone astray, or, we are either wheat that can be used for many different purpose by God in His kingdom or we are tears that comes along and choke the life out of what it attaches itself to. We are either in a relationship with God or out of relations with God.
No, there is no middle ground where salvation is concerned. We are either connected or disconnected where our relationship with God is concerned.
Which gate have purposed in your heart to enter in on today?
In the wide gate there are no limits, no restrictions, free for all, do and say whatever pleases you, live how you want to, eat, drink and be merry.
On the other hand, the narrow gates has requirements called "faith, self denial, obedience, prayer, submission to God's authority, reverence and honor for God and His Word."
Indeed there is a difference in the 2 paths. Self sufficient or God dependent!
I leave you with this thought:Whatever your choice, remember, that one leads to a path of eternal life with God and the other leads to death which is separation from God in eternity.
My prayer for you and my urgent plea to you on today is that you choose wisely for your life now and in the future depends upon your daily choices.
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Mark 1:40-41 A leper came to Him, pleading with Him and kneeling before Him, saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” 41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, extended His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will. Be clean.” 42 As soon as He had spoken, the leprosy immediately departed from him, and he was cleansed.
Leprosy=lepra in the greek. A deeply infectious, contagious skin disease rendering a person "ceremonially unclean" in Jewish society. Leprosy start with discoloration of a patch of skin. . If left untreated, the disease eventually affects the internal organs as well which can cause deformity.
The person with this disease was considered an outcast in society and was barred from temple worship and service because it represented sin and uncleanliness.
Lepers were required to live outside of the city and their presence was off limit to public markets and society as a whole, but here in this text, we see a man with leprosy passing through the city and now makes his move to have an encounter with Jesus, which was a no-no in that day for it was a disease that can be transmitted from one person to the next.
Lepers were to be separated from society and if they would go out in public, as they passed by they would have to proclaim with a loud voice "unclean, unclean."
The leper saw Jesus and I believe he not only heard about the miracles Jesus performed, but he probably saw some of the people who had been sick and diseased in the past that are now healed.
I can only assume, but I believe he made the same statement to himself that the woman with the issue of blood said to herself when she said "if I could but get to Jesus, I know I would be made whole."
I believe this leper also said to himself that day when he saw Jesus "today is my day and I am going to make my move. Today is the day that I will be healed and set free from this horrible disease."
In my minds eyes, I tried to imagine this scene where the leper approaches Jesus in humble submission by first kneeling before Him and making his request known unto Jesus.
Jesus, being God in the flesh, has power and authority over all things, therefore, He was not concerned about having the disease of leprosy passed on to Him. He is God!
The diseased man could not pass his disease on to Jesus, but Jesus could pass grace and mercy with compassionate healing on to the leper. WOW! Look at our God!
Upon the confession of the leper's faith in Christ with this statement"if you are willing" proves that the leper believed and knew that his healing was up to Jesus now.
The faith of the leper brought about his healing. Jesus touched him and he was healed.
Jesus is not moved by anything but faith for scripture declares in Hebrews 11:6-And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
The leper received his healing that day because he not only believed that Jesus was able to heal him, but he believed that Jesus had the power and the ability to do just that for him.
Let's listen to his request after he knelt down before Jesus. He said to Jesus “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” That's faith!
The leper knew that this could be the day that He could receive his miracle. His falling to his knees shows his respect for who Jesus is and his humility showed his respect for He knew he was standing in the presence of God.
This day was different for the leper. Instead of passing by and shouting "unclean, unclean" the leper approaches Jesus and he received the miracle that he desperately stood in need of.
From this day forward, the leper was able to say "SHALOM"! He had been changed in the winkling of an eye.
Here is the most shocking part of this text: Jesus touched a leper!! He went against the current of man's traditions, He went against the custom and rule of the day just to saved a life.
GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!! Jesus touched a leper! WOW!!!
Just one touch and the leper was healed by faith.
What is it that you need healing of? Is it your marriage, is it a family relationship, it is a medial illness, salvation, peace in the storms of life, financial assistance, restoration back to the Father, an unsaved spouse or wayward child? What is it? Whatever it is, take it to Jesus for He alone is the one who can bring healing and restoration to it all with just one touch.
Real compassion is more than a feeling. Real compassion moves from feelings to action.
If you are willing to activate your faith on today like this leper did, not only will you receive God's grace and mercy, but you will also receive compassion for the much needed healing you stand in need of on today.
Out of compassion of the leper, Jesus responded with these words “I will. Be clean.”
Immediately after responding to the leper with a resounding "YES" and "BE CLEAN", scripture declares that the leper was healed immediately.
JUST ONE TOUCHFROM THE HANDS OF JESUS! IS THIS WHERE YOUR NEED IS ON TODAY?
Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”
I now closes with a few words from this song titled: "HE TOUCH ME"
Shackled by a heavy burden,
'Neath a load of guilt and shame.
Then the hand of Jesus touched me,
And now I am no longer the same.
He touched me, Oh He touched me,
And oh the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened and now I know,
He touched me and made me whole.
JUST ONE TOUCH! Jesus touched me and I am no longer the same!
JUST ONE TOUCH AND YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!
THANK YOU LORD!!
Your Servant Debra
Deuteronomy 30:1-15 See, today I have set before you life and prosperity, and death and disaster. 16 What I am commanding you today is to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, so that you may live and multiply. Then the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.
17 But if your heart turns away, so that you do not obey, but are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, 18 then I declare to you today that you will surely perish and that you will not prolong your days in the land which you are crossing the Jordan to go in and possess.
19 I call heaven and earth to witnesses against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.
God had delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage and He lead them through the wilderness on their way to the land of promise that was filled with milk and honey.
The journey there was not gonna be easy and they would have to fight there way through, but God promised to be with them. The people doubted God and complained to Moses and Aaron and God became angry and said this to Aaron and Moses concerning His complaining and ungrateful people.
God said "everyone of you above the age 20 with the exception of Joshua and Caleb will die in the wilderness." They would not see the land of promise because of complaining and doubting God.
The descendants of the older generation that died in the wilderness will be the only survivors.
Moses now exhorts, urges, compel the younger generation of Israelites to obey God. He laid before them that day these choices and conditions given them by God Himself through Moses.
Moses lays before the children of Israel, these choices concerning what God expects of them and these same choices are being sent from heaven to earth to you and I on today.
(1) The Choice to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, so that you may live and multiply. Then the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.
(2) Or, the other choice is to turn your heart away in disobedience and worship of other gods and serve them and when you do, there is a promise that you will surely perish in your disobedience and your days in the land of promise will be short. .
God does not want partial obedience for it is not obedience at all. He is looking for a total surrender to His will for our lives or nothing else.
Moses had spoken to the people what "thus says the Lord" and now the choice to obey or disobey was up to them for Moses says "today, I set before you life and death, blessing and curse."
In other words, Moses is saying, I have informed and warned you today concerning God's will for you. The choice is yours from here on out.
As with Israel then, so it is with us on today. Our life outcome depends on the decision we make to either obey, disobey, receive or reject the commands laid down by God in His word for HIS creation. You do know that it is the Lord that has made you and not yourselves, right?
God has spoken through Moses and there is no compromising. His Word stands as it was spoken then and as it is written today.
The will of God for you and I is that we choose life by receiving and obeying God's word. Regardless, life and death has been placed before all of us and we determine the choice and the outcome of our now and our future.
I pray that you choose life so that you may live and enjoy the abundance of what God has for you now and in the future.
Remember, there are only 2 options, but one choices and they are obedience or disobedience. Blessings or curse. There is NO other choice but Him as far as God is concerned. God is the final authority! He is the maker and creator of all, therefore, He calls the shots.
Blessings or curse? To live with God or apart from God? Which have you chosen?