Are You Feeling Squeezed? Sin, Worldly Living, and the Narrow Gate

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Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:34-36 NKJV)

Our “ticket” to heaven or hell is given by God himself. There are no “get-by” passes or a friend standing at the pearly gates “hooking you up” to live in comfort and leisure up in heaven when you leave this earth while you have not done a self check and most importantly given your life to Christ for the sake of receiving salvation and forgiveness from He who is our Lord and Savior. It’s not that kind of party. God does not operate like that.

We choose the route we want to take in life. As well, we choose to do either right or wrong. The decision is ours. Scripture tells us “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 NKJV)

I need to be squeezed. Don’t you?

Often I find myself asking of the Lord in regards to reproof and correction. I surely am not one who is perfect and I claim to not be perfect though I am made perfect in Him. We all have sinned and continue to sin in some sort whether in word, thought or action consciously and subconsciously. I want to know the error of my ways so that I can change. I want to be forgiven of my sins. I want to be made over daily.

I NEED TO BE SQUEEZED.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16, 17 NKJV)

Many succumb to the ways of the world without fighting for what right. It’s easier to pleasure and please man because we don’t want to hurt their feelings or because we want to fit in rather than stand out for God who has been nothing but good and merciful toward us, who loves us without conditions and who gave us a way out and a way in that we may be washed, cleansed and approved to be united with Him forever where no more tears and sorrow shall reign in eternal glory in heaven. As believers and followers of Christ we are not called to life a life of such. We are not to conform to the ways of the world. (Romans 12:2)

We were made to stand out. We were made to let our light shine for the world to see. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (I Peter 2:9 NKJV)

Unfortunately this place we live in is full of evil and lust. Temptation is always knocking at our door. Will we answer?

Not one of us came into this world without sin so I pray we don’t walk around as if we have never done wrong. God knows all and sees all. He’s merciful and forgiving. He’s loving and patient. This is how we should also be towards others who have committed sin who are in the Body of Christ as well as the sinner who has not turned from his ways and who has yet to receive Christ into their life. The Word tells us:
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16 KJV)

Are you feeling the squeeze yet? I’m not here to condemn one soul but I will not shy away from the truth. I will not accept what God says is wicked and abominable in this world and the ways of it so if I have to walk it alone to be seen as righteous and holy before The One who holds my life in His hands then I will. Temporary pain in this life is far from comparison to the eternal joy I will have in my Fathers kingdom.

I pray this for you too dear Reader. Fight the good fight and don’t give in. You can do it and come out victorious in Christ Jesus. He is our strength, shield, deliverer, protector and provider. Nothing is too mighty for God to do. Amen? Amen!

“Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit for being my path and light. I thank You for being my all and leading me in truth. May I cling to Your truths and convictions and lead a life that’s pleasing and honoring. You work as one but in unity giving leadership to all who will receive. Praises I sing on high for You are worthy my God to be praised! In Jesus name I pray. Amen”

Preach the Word

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (II Timothy 4:1-4 NKJV)

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17 thoughts on “Are You Feeling Squeezed? Sin, Worldly Living, and the Narrow Gate

  1. A truly great word you have spoken here My dear sister in Christ. Continue to stand before the throne of grace and allow God to use you in His own space and time. Your light is shinning bright in the words you have shared with us this day. Thank you for sharing and may the Holy Spirit guide you and provide you with peace, purpose, power and prosperity, in Jesus name, Amen!

    • Thank you, Pastor Davis for this word of encouragement. My heart delights in speaking truth as the Lord directs me. I shall take this and go forward boldly. God bless you for reaching out to me.

      • You are truly welcome My Dear Sister, may God’s peace always be with you as you journey through this space in time.

  2. Oh Sis I love this SO much! It’s so amazing because you know I shared with you the struggle it’s been for me to focus on my blog the last 2 weeks, and as I was sitting here thinking of what to share for my ‘Monday Motivation’ I kept meditating on the need for us to speak the truth in God no matter what. I was chewing on how important it is for us to remain righteous in the midst of this fallen world, and your words were such an encouragement! It’s like He plucked my thoughts out and put them on your page! God is so good and His timing is absolutely perfect! I’m going to reblog this, because many of us need this message.

    God bless you dear sister!!

    • Praise the Lord!!! Sis, I am so glad this was in great timing for you as I do recall our talk about the blog. Amazing! You know that I am always cheering you on because I believe in you. God believes in you MORE! This is awesome news! I soooo appreciate you sharing this with others. It’s all about Jesus and lifting one another up.

      Love n Blessings to you Sis! God bless ❤

  3. Thanks to Life of a Minister Mom I have been directed here, this is a powerful message and a great one to start to my day. My life has been turned upside down but God has been directing me to powerful messages to keep me focus on what is truly important. It will still be a struggle in the months ahead but with God’s guidance I will continue to fight the good fight and stop giving in to live a victorious life in His Son – Jesus as He continues to prepare me for whatever lies ahead. God is Great! 🙂

    • Patricia, I am deeply moved by your message and grateful that you found me through Life of a Minister Mom who’s name happen to be Patricia as well! God knows exactly what we need and comes right on time. I will be praying for you and standing in faith that He will heal and restore all things that are in your life that you are dealing with. He’s loving and faithful. As you encourage yourself to move forward in Him with optimism, I am doing the sane for you. The Lord did not bring you to me and others who have blessed your soul with messages that God knew you needed. Whatever you are going through, He will bring you out. Hold on to His unchanging hand.

      “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalms 27:13, 14 NKJV)

      ❤Love, prayers and blessings to you in Christ Jesus,

      Terra

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