The Narrow Gate
13 “Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. 14 But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 Good News Translation (GNT)
I’ve been thinking about this so much lately. Anybody have any thoughts to share? It seems a mystery to me most days, how we’re ever supposed to find the narrow gate in the first place. Seems difficult, if not impossible. But nothing’s impossible with God… right? ~M
Well, I wasn’t going to do another Midnight Madness tonight, but I began to think twice after reading to my daughter from her Bedtime Bible.
Normally this book isn’t too bad, aside from the very glossed over parts about what truly happened in certain stories. I suppose they figure it’s a children’s book, so they have to keep it somewhat discreet.
However, after reading it tonight, I have finally come to realize just how ill advised this book really is. And I began to wonder if this is the reason why so many Christians are often left confused on how they should treat other people.
Here’s one of the bits of advice given for today, on “How to Treat Friends…”
“If your friend is sad, do not try to cheer him up, that will only make him feel worse.”
Do not try to cheer him up??? What? I nearly took the book and threw it against the wall! Thank goodness she wasn’t reading this piece of garbage by herself, and I’m fairly sure we can find a much better book to read next time. Thankfully we have a whole set of Dr. Seuss!
Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.
Originally posted: February 7, 2016
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“Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?
Originally posted: February 23, 2016
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Today I wanted to talk a little bit about who God really is. Have you ever really thought about what God is like? I have spent years compiling a list of the attributes of God. On days when I feel distant from Him, I reach for my list to see the way the Bible defines Him. Somehow knowing what He is like, gives me more confidence in my relationship with Him. The Bible holds the truth about who He is and what He stands for, so that we can gain a better understanding of Him. I would like to share with you the list that I have put together, and I would also like to know if any of you have something to add to the list and where it can be found in the Bible. Here’s my list:
- A consuming fire – Hebrews 12:29
- My strong fortress – 2 Samuel 22:33
- Spirit – John 4:24
- Love – 1 John 4:8
- Great – Psalm 147:5
- Abundant in strength – Psalm 147:5
- Understanding – Psalm 147:5
- The first – Isaiah 44:6
- The last – Isaiah 44:6
- The only God – Isaiah 44:6
- The maker of all things – Isaiah 44:24
- The head of Christ – 1 Corinthians 11:3
- A God of peace – 1 Corinthians 15:33
- Light – 1 John 1:5
- A Jealous God – Deuteronomy 4:24
- A witness between you and me – Genesis 31:50
- A compassionate God – Deuteronomy 4:31
- The faithful God – Deuteronomy 7:9
- Just – 2 Thessalonians 1:6
- A warrior – Exodus 15:3
- My strength – Exodus 15:2
- My song – Exodus 15:2
- My salvation – Exodus 15:2
- Majestic in holiness – Exodus 15:11
- Awesome in praises – Exodus 15:11
- Highly exalted – Exodus 15:21
- A victorious warrior – Zephaniah 3:17
- The shepherd and the guardian of our souls – 1 Peter 2:25
Do any of these attributes speak to your heart more than another? The last two are my favorite… He is a victorious warrior and the shepherd and guardian of my soul. Who could want anything more? Please feel free to add your attributes of God in the comments section and also add the reference for where you found the attribute. I would love to add more to my ever growing list!
I also found this as I was researching…
This list was found at: thethirdcross.wordpress.com
Originally posted: March 6, 2016
Today I was reading over some of my favorite passages in scripture and came across Paul’s reminder; “Forget what lies behind and reach forward to what lies ahead.” These scripture verses in Philippians 3:12-16, really spoke to me today and gave me the encouraging words I needed. I hope by reading these words, you will be encouraged as well.
I also came across a related devotional over at: The Hill House
The devotional can be found here – Philippians 3:12-16 devotional
Philippians 3:12-16 (NASB)
12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
Hope everyone has a blessed Sunday! ~M
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Quoted scripture found at: BibleGateway
“Even our successes are failures, compared to the perfection of God” ~M
Today I am another year older and I know that I’m not perfect and of course I never will be. Only God can be perfect. Yet I often wonder why I feel so discontented when it comes to my imperfections. Most of us continually strive for success; it is human nature to do so, but we always fall short because we are imperfect people. This can be quite frustrating for those of us who are perfectionists. I must remember this… If I was perfect, the Lord could not improve me; for he is the potter and I am the clay. I must bear in mind all of the things that he has revealed to me through his word, so I don’t end up feeling defeated or discouraged. Here are some verses that always give me the proper perspective. Hope everyone is having a very happy Sunday! 🙂
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Isaiah 64:8 – And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.
Isaiah 41:10 – Don’t be afraid, because I’m with you; don’t be anxious, because I am your God. I keep on strengthening you; I’m truly helping you. I’m surely upholding you with my victorious right hand.”
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