Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leads unto life, and few are they that find it.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. By their fruits, ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles? Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. Therefore by their fruits, ye shall know them.
Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Everyone, therefore, that hears these words of mine and does them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon the rock. And every one that hears these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.
Some people intentionally set out to be false prophets specifically for the sole purpose of leading people away from the truth of scripture. Most, as is revealed in verse one, are traveling down the wide and paved road to destruction. So if you find yourself going in the same direction as everyone else.
Stop right where you are and rethink what the reality of that fact could mean for you!
Especially when it’s clear that the path that leads to life is narrow and not very many are heading in that direction.
So,… what is “few” and what is “many”?
Draw a line out and put a mark in the middle of the line, representing halfway. That’s half, and if it were half and half, I believe he would have said so. Draw another line at the quarter mark. This, I believe, would be a closer assessment of what he meant but I still think that is a bit high because one of the words to describe the word “few” in the Greek oligos (ol-ee’-gos) is puny.
If there were a pile of many rocks and you grabbed a few out of that pile, what would that look like?
Are you getting the idea?
If you love me, you will keep my commandments… John 14:15 & 21 / John 15:10
You will know them by their fruits… Matthew 7:16
- Everyone that hears my words and does not “DO” them is like a foolish man and when adversities come, great will be the fall… Matthew 7:26
- Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only… James 1:22
The Doing part of “be ye doers”, DOES NOT include;
Reading your Bible, going to church, buying “Christian” books, going to “Christian” concerts, saying you’re a “Christian” because you were raised to say so, or raised in a church, even being a pastor of a church, sing or play on the worship team, etc.
Erase everything in the above list from your reasons to believe that you are a true follower of Yeshua and see where you stand. If you are left with nothing,… that should either offend you or convict you,
If it offends you and you continue to hold on to your empty life raft full of holes that you think is going to save you, it will not end well for you. Please reconsider.
If it convicts you, your life will be shaken and you will search for the truth and that truth will set you free.
Yes, you say, but I believe God wants me to “be happy” and do the things that will “make me happy”, to pursue my dreams and goals, to fulfill “my” destiny…
what does scripture say about this?
It is very clear and right there in black and white for everyone to read and “DO”,
- Deny self… Pick up your cross daily… Luke 9:23
- Have nothing to do with the world system… Ephesians 5
- Those who acknowledge with their mouth and deny with their actions… Isaiah 29:13 / Matthew 15:8-9 / Mark 7:6-7
- Having a form of godliness but deny the power… 2 Timothy 3:5
- Building your own kingdom… Matthew 6:33
- Do all things WITHOUT complaining or arguing… Philippians 2:14-16
- Read Jude, focus on 1:4
- And many more…
He does want you to be happy but not at the expense of your salvation.
He does want you to be Holy, Righteous, Full of the Spirit, Peaceful, Joyful,…
Living a self-centered life is a very strong pull in the realm of deception and once you have developed a sense of security inside of this deceit, it’s hard to see anything else.
YOU MUST STRIP YOURSELF DOWN TO NOTHING, so you can tell if you are in the right side of LIFE, as in the “Way, the Truth and the LIFE”
But the true way to happiness is to get rid of your “selfishness”.
If you find your life, YOU WILL LOSE IT, but if you lose your life, for His sake, YOU WILL FIND IT.
That verse alone should make you stop and rethink your entire belief system.
If you give in to your attitude,… “I will do what I want when I want and how I want to do it”.
not hold back on satisfying “self” and all desires of the flesh.
not checking your thoughts, actions, and desires, up against what it says to do or not do within the book of (teaching, correcting, rebuking, training – 2 Timothy 3:16-17), etc.
This would be on the wide and paved path that “the many” are on.
Once you have given up the self-centered life and develop a God-centered life, things will start to change for the better, It may not seem like the thing to do because the thought of giving up the things you want will be, seemingly, devastating but what you gain on the other side of self, will be more than what you can wish for.
Make the leap of Faith and be changed!
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