Word For Today: Friday, April 21 Enter By The Narrow Gate


Friday, April 21

Enter By The Narrow Gate

Theme: Life In The Spirit, It Is By The Narrow Way!

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7: 13-14 (RVR60)

Daily Reading Plan

1 Kings 19-21

Bible Versions:

Matthew 7:13-14 (MSG)-13-14 Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.

Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)-13 “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.

Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT)-13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell[a] is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

Devotional Thoughts:

Walking in the Holy Spirit is a narrow walk, and if we are honest many times there are few believers who manage to walk in His fullness; but on the contrary walking in the flesh is wide, sadly many choose this path! At times, it may seem that it is easier for us to walk in the flesh, and in our own understanding, than to walk in the Spirit and live lives consecrated to Him! It is for this very reason that we must take the narrow and difficult path, and abandon the easy path known by many, but at the end of the day leads to death!

2 Corinthians 6:17 gives us this exhortation, “ Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”  This is a call to make a difference, to come out from among the crowd and walk in the Holy Spirit. If we do not answer this call, we will end up living like the rest of the world, going according to their ways, every day absent from presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In Romans 8:13 he gives us this warning, ” For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

This morning it is important to examine, which way are we taking? Our decisions will affect our future and destiny in God. Today we can choose the easy way and end up failing in life; or we can take the difficult road and live and abundant a life.  In Proverbs 4: 26-27 we are told, ” Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil. ”  In other words, this verse tells us to stay focused, no matter what, do not take the easy path of the flesh, but pay the price and live a life full of the Holy Spirit! We have to be believers to make a difference, living a life in abundance in the fullness of the Spirit

Foundational Scriptures:

Luke 13:23-24 (NKJV)-23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”

And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

John 10:9-10 (NKJV)-I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)-11  You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Matthew 23:13 (NKJV)-13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

Luke 9:23 (NKJV)-23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,[a] and follow Me.

Luke 14:33 (NKJV)-33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

John 14:6 (NKJV)-Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

2 Corinthians 6:17 (NKJV)-17 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.

Genesis 6:5 (NKJV)-Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Psalm 14:2-3 (NKJV)-

The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.

Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV)-12  There is a way that seems right to But its end is the way of death. Isaiah 35:8 (NKJV)- A highway shall be there, and a road, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, But it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, Shall not go astray.

Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV)-21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.

Jeremiah 6:16 (NKJV) 16 Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.

Acts 14:22 (NKJV)-22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

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