The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by pcarr:RandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:7:13 @ Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat;

kjv@Matthew:7:14 @ Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Today's notes: Enter Ye


Note: For years I interpreted the Sermon on the Mount as a collection of detachable loosely connected articles. The problem as I saw it at the time lacking the connective context was that while it is a good teaching not to lust for instance, the teaching doesn't actually teach us how not to lust, it is left to the believers self determination. We are talking about a sermon however that left it's listeners astounded with it's depth and authority. The depth and authority I gather that night came in the person of Jesus and the certainty He projected as to it's righteousness. These men and women would not understand the actual practical meaning of the sermon however until finally surrendered to the Holy Spirit; they had at least sensed the direction that Jesus had pointed it enough to come back to it. The conclusion that I have come to since this reconsideration is that every so called bullet point delivered in this sermon is inextricably inter-related, perfectly sequenced, anchoring in a few words perhaps like no other sermon or epistle the much more wordy context of the entire Bible.

What is man believing/doing?:

There is certainly a path that leads to destruction. The southern kingdom teeters this eve on the very precipice being within forty short years of falling off the world map having been completely destroyed and dispersed from the area. If not for the long-suffering and promise of God they likely would have fallen off centuries before this. Before them the northern kingdom fell and before them the single kingdom and before them the tribes that choose not to reside in the promise land. The history is fairly clear which path that they consistently kept themselves on. While it can be proclaimed that all paths lead to God it is better proclaimed that all paths that Israel chose lead them to God's judgment. (Remember that they were under covenant with God and set to a double measure).

There is certainly similar evidence in our time as nations and empires rise and fall in much much shorter time than Israel's, that for all of the good that they intend and all the human strides that they make they are over taken by their own baser natures from within and without to arrive at this destruction.

The path of destruction can be seen closer to home in our own personal circles as the gossip from any family reunion will attest to. Divorces, addictions, bankruptcies, abuses, hostilities, avoidances, deceits etc... which all quantify in more detail the size and breadth of pathway we follow ourselves along with. Should it be thought any different the paths of our eternal salvation?

The path is wide that leads to destruction. We like to think of what we are doing along this path in terms of wisdom, of an open mind; here is the mathematical probabilities of that not being wise. Adam and Eve both fell from God's grace thinking that they could be wiser than the wisdom God had given them, two of two. Sodom, seven righteous found out of tens of thousands. Joseph, ten of eleven (the eleventh absent) act to do away with their anointed brother. Sinai, all but Moses, one of a million worship the golden calf. Wilderness, ten of twelve spies talk an entire generation out of entering the promised land in their own generation. Israel, ten of twelve tribes break from Israel to form the cursed northern nation. Elijah, 850 false prophets against 1. Calvary, all but one of the remaining eleven disciples no where to be found at the foot of the cross.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

I once thought of the two paths as going side by side. What made the narrow path so difficult was that it was going alongside of, but not fully connected to the much more popular/attended path. I now see it as as a path going within the wider path the opposite direction (almost as a circle mostly expanding out away from the center countered by a lesser force being drawn in). What make it so impossibly difficult is that everything else is suddenly opposing it. The one is wide because it is going where each individual wants it, which covers a whole lot of ground except for it is all going the same direction; out/man's. The other is narrow because none have the fortitude to oppose it except for those God by the Holy Spirit draws/empowers. It is not a matter of self determination then and in that it is aggressively opposed by the so called open minded (self determined).


strkjv@Ezekiel:18:27-32 strkjv@Proverbs:9:6 strkjv@Psalms:14:2-3 strkjv@Romans:3:9-19 strkjv@1John:5:19 strkjv@Proverbs:16:25 strkjv@Isaiah:35:8 kjv@Proverbs:17:19

Two choices - strkjv@Deuteronomy:30:19 strkjv@Jeremiah:21:8 life/death blessing/cursing, strkjv@Isaiah:55:7 wicked and pardoned

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Narrow gate from the human perspective is often held as narrow mind, neglecting the notion that heaven might have something to protect itself from us for (or us in our present state from something in it).
  2. There is the constant struggle between the image of God we want to hold and the image God needs for us to hold; the image He Himself has to reveal. The image we want to hold is the image that fits us comfortably into the widest group, not that makes us to stand out as acknowledging something vastly different and that sets us so far apart from the majority. When people say that their heart is essentially good they are saying that they essentially fit into the widest group's foot print.

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