Miracle Gate

God asks us to live out His holy word. As we said earlier this week, it is basic instructions before leaving earth, and Bible asks us to Live the Golden Rule Christ Jesus says in, Matthew 7:12~So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (ESV) This sums up the Old Testament teachings of Exodus 23:4 which says if you find something that’s not yours, be sure to return it. Again in Leviticus 19:18~…love your neighbor as yourself. Proverbs 25:21~If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. (NIV) Jesus shares that how we treat others should NOT be determined by how they treat us, but by how we want them to treat us. This command is applicable in every facet of our lives: school, home, work, on every field, hill, and valley of life. Jesus says strive. Why?

It’s a Choice, Choose the Narrow Gate Jesus says to those who want to follow Him: Matthew 7:13~Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. (ESV) God gives each person two choices, there are only two ways to live. One gate leads to destruction and it is a wide path, which means there are few if any, boundaries at all. This is an easy path to follow; therefore, many travel this road. However, our Lord says His followers must enter the narrow gate. Matthew 7:14~For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (ESV) You’ll never hear me say that being a believer is easy. Salvation is easy, just ask, believe, and receive the free gift. The hard part is walking out our Faith. That is why few find it. Being a believer is to live for Jesus Christ. It is a journey through life and faith-filled with opposition and persecution. It has boundaries on sex, marriage, and how we live our lives. But the journey with Jesus is also rewarding because He walks with us, helps us in our troubles and trials, He talks to us through the Holy Spirit, encouraging and guiding all while preparing us for eternity with Him. Life is going to have its share of problems. 

What we Takeaway from our daily devotions this week is summed up in the question: Why not journey with Jesus? I want to encourage you to not enjoy sin for a season (Hebrews 11:24-26) or, risk an eternity apart from God just for a few days of pleasure. God has given each of us a choice to make. (Deuteronomy 30:19) Jeremiah 21:8~Tell all the people, This is what the LORD says: Take your choice of life or death! (NIV) As you enter your time of prayer today, ask the Lord to help you choose new life in Jesus Christ by not being Judgy, remaining in Constant Prayer, Living out the Golden Rule, remember it is a choice.

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