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. 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
Jesus Christ was one of the preacher’s in the Bible who preached the most about hell and the true severe reality of it.
Unfortunately, today not many preachers out there preach about it and try to avoid the subject completely. And of course, another reason being, people don’t like to hear about it. Because it’s the truth. It’s a reality. It is as real as it gets and purely the truth convicts and people get offended by it.
(satan has attacked the book of Genesis and Revelation the most of all scriptures to plant doubt into people’s mind, because Genesis reveals the creation of everything and the fall of satan, and Revelation reveals the end time and hell.)
But still, I didn’t understand why it was a subject rather left unspoken of, because there is a true call of urgency for the children of God to be awaken and to stop sleeping and slumbering their way through life. Then I realized how we as people got so used to sugar coating, watered down, flu shot Sunday preaching’s and that’s hardly enough to get us by for the rest of the week till the next Sunday morning:
'So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. '
You either burn for Jesus Christ, or you burn for this world. You either dance with the world, or with Jesus Christ. You either walk the journey entering in on the broad path or the narrow path, as simple as that. There is no in between. It is your choice.
Worldliness is whatever looks normal and righteousness looks strange – Kevin deYoung
Of course, it is hard to live the crucified life. If it was easy everybody will be doing it and in 1 Peter 2:11 we clearly see why:
'Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, '
Warfare is real and so is the battle between good and evil, between the spirit and the flesh. Because of the serpent seed (Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:3; Romans 3:23), there are desires inside of you that will and want to destroy you. To lure you away from your calling, to anything and everything except God and His will.
The passions and desires of the flesh will only lead us away from Abba Father, away from His will for our lives and it will dim our light. As you abstain from the passions and the lust of the flesh, you will preserve the very purpose for which you were created, namely, to savor God’s glory.
“We abstain from passions of the flesh by replacing them with new passions for God” – John Piper
It involves to completely forsaking the world and turning away entirely of the ways of this world and turning fully, whole heartily to your Savior, Lord Jesus Christ, returning to your first love.
Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love - Revelation 2:4
Go naked (bare, open, undisguised) to God’s altar and pray for the Lord of Hosts to burn away your fleshiness (all the things that breaks HIS heart).
This is the place where you need to repent and ask for Abba’s forgiveness, grace and mercy (Heb4:16). Allow the blood of Jesus Christ (the Lamb) to cleanse, purify and sanctify you. Then, pick up your cross, die to self and follow HIM (I AM). (Luke 9:23)
Seek the true GOD, the living God of the Word as He is in the Scriptures, as revealed by the Holy Spirit, who became flesh and lived amongst us and now lives within us.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”
So, is the way narrow that leads to everlasting life in Christ?
Yes, but it’s broad enough and open wide enough for everyone, every single person who truly desires to go through it and to walk the journey with Christ.
Those who walk with, and live for Christ, will lose their desires for the things of this world and everything this world has to offer. They do not seek these things but seek only the face of Abba to be perfected by and through Him, even if it costs them their reputation or even their lives.
Living the crucified life is a journey not for the faint at heart.
The journey is rough and filled with dangers and difficulties, and it does not end until we see Christ. Yet, though the journey may be difficult, the result of seeing Christ face to face is worth it all.
- A. W. Tozer
Practical Spiritual Warfare
Mercy, peace, and love be
multiplied to you,