Can we be free from sin?

When you hear the word “sin” what comes to your mind immediately? Darkness? Impurity? Something hidden in the deepest part of your inner being?

According to the biblical dictionary, sin can be defined as “any thought, action, or attitude that falls short of God’s holiness” “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23. Sin has many layers. Specific actions or thoughts are sinful. Such as murder, adultery, and stealing and etc. Even the desire to commit murder, adultery, and theft are sins according to Jesus: “Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28.

But sin goes even deeper than that. We commit sins because by nature (Adamic nature) we are sinners. Adam and Eve’s first sin in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1-6) brought sickness, sorrow, shame, and death into the world. We still bear the consequences of that sin today (pain in childbearing for women, hard work for men with the cursed ground) Gen. 3:16-19.

We all have inherited a sin nature from Adam. Psalm 51:5: “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Rom. 5:12: “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.”
We cannot help but sin because it is our nature to do so. Think about a baby…s/he does not have to be taught to be selfish, wanting their own ways. That comes naturally.

However, here is an important truth to remember: we were not created to be sinful. We were designed by God in His own image: “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27. We are God’s masterpiece: “For we are God’s masterpiece/handiwork/workmanship. “He has created us anew in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10. This was the original plan of God for humanity! Not only that, but also He gave us responsibility over His creation! What an honor!
“What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than heavenly beings and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.” Psalm 8:4–6
We were designed to live in perfect fellowship with our Creator.

God found a solution for our sin: When Jesus died on the cross, He took upon Himself all the sin of the world: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. “He himself is the sacrifice that atones (to make amends; to supply satisfaction) for our sins–and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” 1 John 2:2.
Col. 1:20-23: “…and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. 21This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. 23But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.”
By taking the punishment for our sin, He cancelled the debt that each of us owes God: “He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” Col. 2:14.
Jesus by His death on the cross removed the debt against us that condemned us. He also reversed the curse of our old natures, which keeps us enslaved to sinful passions and desires: “But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law. 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” Galatians 3:10, 13.
“Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” Romans 7:25. “For you are a slave to whatever controls you.” 2 Peter 2:19.

The moment we believed Jesus as our Savior, we were given a new nature that has been freed from sin: “Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.” Romans 6:18. “And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Rom. 8:2.
The entire chapter of Romans 6 explains this in detail. Verse 14 says, “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”

Can we be free from sin? Proverbs 20:9 asks the question “Who can say, ‘I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin?” We can all identify with that. If we are honest with ourselves, we know we still sin. So why does Romans 6:18 say, “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness”? Is this a contradiction? Does God’s Word contradict? Never! But God’s Word convicts us of sin every day. To be free from sin means that we are no longer enslaved by sin. Through the Holy Spirit, we have the power to live victoriously over sin: “.. thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37).

Just like we once followed fleshly desires, now we follow the Holy Spirit: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” Romans 8:14; “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24.

We live in a fallen world and in our flesh, we will still sin. But we have a remedy for that: “Confess you sins….” 1 John 1:9. “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.” 1 John 2:1. Also take a look at, Romans 7:21–25. Those who follow Christ do not make sin a lifestyle choice: 1 John 2:1–6: “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” 1 John 3: 6-10 talks about Christ coming to destroy the works of the devil! It is done! Finished for us!

Romans 6:2: “Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?” In Christ, we have received a new nature. Our old nature drew us toward self-pleasure, the new nature draws us toward holiness: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17. Sin has no longer power over us. Freedom from sin allows us to offer ourselves as willing slaves/servants of Christ, who continues to work in us to make us more like Him: “Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.” Romans 6:18.

Christians still sin even after being saved. The difference is that we no longer love our sin; we hate sin. Praise God for the victory we have in Christ: “The word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one” (1 John 2:14). The better we understand how much Christ went through to offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice on our behalf (to set us free) the more we will hate our sin. Jesus, the only innocent Man, shed His blood to save us from our sin. Our sin caused His death. Our sin nailed Him to a cross. And “we turned our backs on him and looked the other way” (Isaiah 53:3). Once we understand the price Jesus paid for our salvation, we will love Him even more, and we will hate what caused His pain and death. We are made to love, obey, and glorify our Maker. Sin disables our God-given potential. Once we realize God’s original plan for us, we want to live for Him and to be dead to sin. Satan is the originator of sin (Ezekiel 28:15). As believers, we still face Satan’s temptations and struggle with the “old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires” (Ephesians 4:22). When we “gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Romans 13:14), we are siding with the devil’s spirit, not God’s.

Here is great news: Jesus helps us in our battle with flesh/sin today: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:13. In your struggle with sin, remember the words of this song, sing it aloud by faith!

“Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me.” (Lord I need you song)

And pray daily Psalm 19: 12-14: “How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13Keep your servant from deliberate/willful/presumptuous sins!
Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt
And innocent of great sin.

14May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

Amen!

A New Time, A New Place

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isa. 43:18-19 NIV)
God’s promise to the Israelites here is amazing. He is the Lord their Redeemer. He is their King, which owns them as His people and dwells among them. He reminds them of the great things He did for their fathers when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. For the encouragement of our faith and hope, it is good for us often to remember what God has done formerly.

For me it’s my pride that keeps me from moving into the fresh and the new at times and grieves His Spirit. I want to be in charge of my life because it seems safe! The truth is, I don’t know what my tomorrow will bring. But I know this that God can use us in a dramatic, unexpected way if we allow Him. He can lead us into a season of life and ministry beyond anything we’ve ever experienced. Who is the limiting factor here? Is it God? Or are we closing our hearts to what God wants to do in and through our life?
Ruth’s story speaks to us of God’s ways with people. Ruth was a woman who came to a new time and to a new place. The Lord is calling each of us to a new time and a new place. And how we respond to His call is crucial for it will determine our destiny.
This is how Paul describes God’s ways in Romans 11:33-36. “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” God’s ways or mine? We’re to find what pleases the LORD (Eph. 5:10). Only then will we find our fulfillment as His children. Even when there’s famine, dry seasons in our lives, we’re to rest our hope in Him alone rather than rushing to figure out our own solutions.
God’s promise to us is He will faithfully deal with the people who stand firmly with Him relying on His promises alone—even when we are lacking what our hearts desire! We hunger in different ways….We hunger for acceptance, vocational fulfillment, for recognition, for sufficiency, adequacy and etc. We long for a change of scene or circumstances. Often times we think external changes like a new car, home or clothes will help our inner peace but it’s a lie! Only God can bring about the true change and fulfillment. He changes us from inside out! Only He can satisfy a restless heart but, He cannot bless us when we disobey His word and chase after our own dreams! It leads us to even a deeper sense of emptiness and frustration instead of the satisfaction. Christ wants to make our joy complete: John 15:11; 17:13! But Satan tries to steal that joy and peace in Christ by telling us we can find them elsewhere (through external things).
God has a new place and a new time for each of us, but only on His terms, not ours. Ruth found it. How about you?

How To Find God’s Joy In Suffering?

I have had the privilege of speaking to singles group at a conference in June 2014 in Turkey. I was blessed to do a study on God’s Joy under every circumstances. As I share what I have learned from this study, I do so not as somebody who has mastered it but rather as a person who stumbles, struggles and falls, then gets up by the grace of God. May these Scriptures encourage you as they have encouraged me. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Delight means “A high degree of pleasure or enjoyment, joy.” Something that gives us great pleasure! Delighting ourselves means that we find our happiness from Him as we operate in how He created us! ‘The desires of the heart” means that God has not promised to gratify the appetites of the body, but the desires of the renewed, sanctified soul. As we keep Him as the center of our lives, he fulfills the desires we have in His time. Waiting for His timing is not easy! We have all experienced it one way or another. I learned a lot through king David’s life. Psalm 63:1-2, 3,5 ““O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.” David questions God through the book of Psalms yet he always ends with who God is. He turns from why or why me to who God is. In this particular Psalm 63, he is either fleeing from Saul who tried to kill him in 1 Sam 23:14: “David now stayed in the strongholds of the wilderness and in the hill country of Ziph (near Negev). Saul hunted him day after day, but God didn’t let Saul find him.” Or to Absalom’s plot against his father David (2Sam 15-17). David thirsts for God, desires intimate fellowship despite his trials in the wilderness living in the caves while running for his life. Every true believer experiences trouble in their souls. Whether it’s sickness, a hard relationship, loss of a loved one… But as David, we too can find joy in the midst of our struggles. Where do we turn to? Without understanding who God really is we cannot turn to Him in faith. We cannot love Him and understand His affection for us as described in Phil 1:8. His agape love that is passionate, burning love for us. I do not where you are at in your life. But I would like to leave you with these questions. What is troubling you right now? Are you bringing it to God? Sharing it in your community group? Is He enough even in the face of suffering, hardship, loss, or waiting? Or do you turn to unbelief or bitterness?
I will continue on this topic with more Scriptures in the days to come. God bless you and strengthen you and give you peace like a gentle river! (Isaiah 48:18)

Hagar, a slave woman

Hagar’s story and her encounter with God give us such hope! The same God, who saw and heard Hagar, sees and hears us today! His faithfulness and genuine care for His children remain unchanged. God never changes. ” If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown himself.” (2Tim2:13). He is an all-knowing Father who hears the cries of His children. When I think of Hagar”s life, I think of a woman who is forgotten, invisible with no rights, no voice and no freedom. She was mistreated badly by her mistress Sarai. Genesis 16:6 says, “Sarai dealt with Hagar harshly.” “To deal harshly” means, “to “afflict,” “mistreat,” “act badly toward.” One translation says “Sarai handled that slave girl in a really rough way.” She was mistreated by Sarai but not by God. As she was running away from her mistress, the angle of God appeared to her and said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going? “I”m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered. Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”
As we see, Hagar was told to go back to the hard place but with God”s promise. We want to run away from hardship but God wants us to submit to His way so He can mold us into the image of His Son. Our God sees every pain and every tear and He promises His sustaining presence and strength in the midst of our pain. He knows our very name. He called Hagar by her name. God even knew whom she belonged to.
What is your pain? What and who are you running away from? Nothing escapes our God”s notice. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God”s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13).
The Lord runs after the weak and helpless like Hagar and longs to show them mercy and His blessing for their lives. We see this in Hagar’s life: “The angel added, “I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count.” (Genesis 16:10) This promise must have given Hagar such comfort in the midst of her deep pain. The Lord was saying I see your pain and I hear your cry. I will bless you with a son! Her circumstance has not changed but when God comes in and speaks to the depth of our souls, it gives us life and hope to keep going. His Word is healing for our souls. Hagar fed on His word to soothe her pain.
I”d like to leave you with this question, who do you turn to when you are in deep pain? God met Hagar in her pain and she listened to His voice. As a result she was blessed and knew God personally, “as the One who sees her.” How has God revealed Himself to you? As a Father? As a Comforter? God opens our eyes to who He really is.
As you feel abandoned as though no one understands or cares about you, ask Him to help. No matter what is happening around you, He is near and He sees everything and His presence will refresh you!

The Cost of Discipleship

The Cost Of Discipleship—Matt 16:24-25
What is a Disciple?
The word disciple literally translated from the Greek means
a. A learner
b. A person who studies the teachings of someone else
A true disciple of Christ is one that follows Him in this life, and will follow Him to glory. A disciple of Christ comes after Him, as a sheep after the shepherd, a servant after his master, a soldier after his captain. We are to walk in the same way that Jesus walked, to be led by His Spirit, keep in His steps, submit to His authority, and follow Him, wherever He goes.

What is Discipleship?
Discipleship is the process of
• Becoming like another person by learning his teachings
• Internalizing the teachings
• Acting upon the teachings
What Makes Christian Discipleship Different from other forms of discipleship?
Christian Disciples are students of the teachings of Jesus. A student is not someone who just learns theories but he is a follower who learns and then does. To be a disciple of Jesus we have to learn what Jesus taught, what He did and how He lived. But more importantly we have to do what He taught. We begin taking seriously Jesus’s commands and actually doing them. And we have to pass them on to others. We have to become disciplers.
Christ’s Teaching On Discipleship->Matthew 16:24-25
In these verses we see the cost to be paid to follow God’s will. It is not a one-time cost. It is a daily cost which will continue until we see Him face to face. Christ told his disciples that He must suffer, and that He was ready and willing to suffer in Matthew 16:21. In Matthew 16:24-25 Jesus shows His disciples that they must suffer too, and must be ready and willing. The requirements are for anyone who desires to “come after” Christ. “Come after” implies discipleship. It clearly describes a process. It is not one-time event. It is a continued committing of one’s life to follow Jesus.
What are the requirements of discipleship in Mat 16:24-25?
a. “Denying Oneself” (Matt 16:24)- “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself…”If any man wishes/purposes/intends to come. It shows a deliberate choice. The choice depends on us.
Jesus was about to submit Himself and His own desires to the Father’s desire for Him, which was suffering and death. To deny oneself means ( in practical ways):
 Not to spare oneself but to spend one’s life for Christ’s sake
 To cease making self the object of one’s life and actions
 To cease seeking one’s own end
 To be mindful of God’s interests, not human concerns
I would like to share my own story of denying self, my desires, wishes, dreams, plans and my ways in order to follow Christ. Jesus exampled to us what it truly means to submit oneself and one’s desires, wishes, dreams and plans to the Father’s desire for us. I always dreamed of marrying and having my own family. I always dreamed of becoming a college professor.
b. “Take Up One’s Cross” (Matt 16:24) “If any man will come after Me, let him take up his cross…” The cross was the instrument of death but here it means death to self-daily. To follow Jesus requires self-denial, complete dedication and willing obedience. Our cross means one’s suffering, affliction, and persecution for righteousness’ sake. Taking up one’s cross means (in practical ways):
• To absolutely commit one’s life to Christ, even to the point of death
• To suffer hardship in doing God’s will
• To rejoice in one’s affliction
• To die to self daily(our rights, dreams, ways)
Our life is not our own anymore. It belongs to Jesus. He paid for it with His own blood by dying on the cross (Acts 20:28). I have a story of a couple who truly exampled to me this verse in real life. Mr. and Mrs. Knott’s story.
c. “Following Jesus.” (Matt 16:24) “If any man will come after Me, let him follow me.” If we are to follow Jesus, we are:
• To be like Him. Example 1John 2:4, 6.
• To follow Jesus with complete dedication and willing obedience by self-denial
Following Jesus is a process, and it requires time and a continuous committed lifestyle.
I would like to share my story of leaving family to follow Christ. Once I committed my life to following Christ, I learned little by little what it really means to follow Him with complete dedication and willing obedience. Jesus left His Father in Heaven and came to this earth and became like one us. He requires that we walk as Jesus walked.
I’m one of eleven. I grew up in a Muslim a large family. They are not walking with God yet. I’m the only Christian. We were so close to each growing up. But once I became a Christian the relationship changed with some of my siblings. I was seen as a stranger. But Jesus continued to guide me as a new Christian reminding me of what it means to follow Him. I’m to seek to please Him and not my family anymore. Christ requires complete devotion.
I have not seen my family for 14 years now. Four years ago my mother passed away and I had not seen her for ten years at that point. This was the hardest time in my life. I prepared everything I needed to do in order to see her one last time on this earth. I planned to meet up at the border in Uzbekistan since I am black listed in my country because of my faith and my involvement in the Bible translation and I cannot go back. I paid a lot of money to expedite my papers. Just as my papers were ready to go, I got the news that my mom was gone. It was my brother on the other end of the phone. I dropped the phone and fell on the floor. At that very moment of tragic news, in His rich mercy and grace, He brought this verse to my mind (Job 1:21): “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” I was alone with God for two days and cried my heart out to Him and on the third day, I got on the plane and left for Turkey for my Wycliffe conference. He gave me the strength to do what I needed to do, to grieve and to continue to follow Him sharing in the fellowship of His suffering becoming more like Christ in His death. He left His Father in heaven and we leave our families behind to follow Christ. Once we commit our lives to follow Christ, He becomes our priority. Jesus said: “My bread is to do the will of the Father who sent me” John.
d. “Losing one’s life.” (Matt 16:25) “Whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.”
When we die to self, we find life, eternal life with Christ. “Physical life may be saved by denying Jesus, but eternal will be lost. Conversely, discipleship may result in the loss physical life, but that loss is insignificant when compared with gaining eternal life” (NIV study comment). Mr. Knott’s life is a great example. He lost his life in the process of discipling others and I found life through his life. He would not have lost his life if he had just stayed in the US. Instead he came to a place where there was no proper medical care or hygiene, risking his physical life for Christ’s sake.
Persecution: KGB trying to get me deny Jesus after six month I became a believer. Ex. Paul’s life: Phil 3:8-10.
e. Hating One’s Family (Matt 10:37)
Jesus says the one who “loves” family more than Him is “not worthy” of Him. We must love Jesus more than our families. Loyalty to the Master comes first even before the closest family. Jesus must be the object of our supreme love and devotion if we are to be His disciple.
My love and devotion for Jesus cost my family. As I mentioned I had not seen them for 14 years now. I am constantly reminded of my loyalty to my heavenly Father first. Then comes my family.
We experience rejection from our family because of Jesus. My brother rejected me because of my faith. He said that I brought such a shame upon my family. It took ten years for that relationship to be restored but God restored it. It took my mother’s death. At the funeral, my brother wanted to talk to me for the first time after ten years. My faith was the same. Nothing has changed but God changed his heart towards. He softened his heart. That is what God does when we love Him with all our hearts and place Him first even before our closest family. “He turns all things for our good.” (Phil 1:6)
It cost me relationships at work. The closest friends rejected me. I had to leave work because God was not honored there. But God’s grace carries us through.
My country rejected me because of my faith and called ‘the enemy of the state”.
f. Forsake All (Luke 14:33)
Another condition that Jesus gives is that “Whoever does not forsake all… cannot be My disciple.” This discipleship condition demands that we commit or surrender all we have and all we are in order for us to follow God’s will. “To forsake” means,
• To put things in its proper place
• To not allow them to take God’s place or dominate us Christ is to be preeminent (surpassing all others) in our lives.
What does forsaking all really mean in our daily lives practically? MacArthur answers the question: “Do we literally have to give away everything we own to become Christians? No, but we do have to be willing to forsake all, meaning we cling to nothing that takes precedence over Christ.” Karen eje’s story of leaving the US, selling her house for Bishkek and forsook all in order to follow Christ.
g. Abide in His Word (John 8:31)
In Greek it means:
• To continue, to remain
• To stand firm
• To be patient, to wait for
If we don’t hold onto His teachings, His Word, we won’t be His disciples. This is how we abide:
 Becoming like another person by learning his teachings
 Internalizing them
 Acting upon them
Conclusion
All discipleship requirements we looked at in Matthew 16:24-25 show the demand for submission to Christ as Lord. MacArthur says, “Faith is not an experiment, but a lifelong commitment. It means taking up the cross daily, giving all for Christ each day with no reservations, no uncertainty, and no hesitation. It means nothing is held back, nothing purposely shielded from His lordship, and nothing stubbornly kept from His control.”
Plainly, the requirements of discipleship are all or nothing. Jesus explained these requirements through His own commitment to God that led to His death.
Discipleship is costly and challenging. We are to live lives of obedience, surrender, sacrifice, and self-denial. As we understand the sacrifice of God for our redemption, we want to respond to the grace given with a reciprocal commitment. As we learn to sacrifice, obey, and deny ourselves, we will become more like the Savior who exampled these things.
The main requirement for discipleship is that we enter the narrow gate as it is shown in Matt 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Going through the narrow gate is denying oneself, taking up one’s cross daily, following Jesus, losing one’s life, hating one’s family, forsaking all, and abiding in His Word. A true disciple of Christ is the one who has entered through the narrow gate. It is not easy to enter because it is so small that only our bodies get in but it leads to life. Satan is calling everyone to enter through the wide gate. It leads to destruction (losing eternity with Christ).
My Questions for you today are:
1. Have you entered through the narrow gate?
2. Are you willing to deny yourself for Christ’s sake?
3. Are you willing to take up your cross and follow Him?
4. Are you willing to die to your desires, dreams, and plans and accept His plan for your life whatever it maybe (trusting His best intentions at heart for you)?
5. Are you abiding in His Word and trusting His promises even when God’s ways and promises do not answer to your logic?>
6. Do you love Christ more than your family?
7. Are you willing to forsake all for Christ’s sake?
Our answers to these questions will determine where our hearts are. In closing I’d like to share this quote: “In order to follow Christ, we have to deny ourselves, to crucify ourselves, to lose ourselves. He does not call us to half-heartedness, but to an absolute commitment.” Stott.
Thank you and God bless you and keep you and make His face shine on you and be gracious to you in your journey with Him!