MATTHEW 7:13_Enter ye in at the strait gate…
Jesus teaches there are two ways to enter this trip called life. Each entrance has a gate. He said to enter at the strait gate. A path designed to lead you to treasure—an abundance of treasures. Treasures only God can give—which make them far more valuable than anything the world offers. Things like: I Timothy 6:6 (KJV), “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” Contentment is one grand treasure! Stop and think for a moment what life would be like if you were content. That means you would be satisfied—not constantly wanting, changing, or re-arranging. It does not mean you shouldn’t ask, seek, or knock for improvements. It simply means you know the peace that comes with being satisfied.
Notice a requirement prerequisites this kind of contentment—godliness. When you enter at the strait gate, you will find godliness before you find contentment.
Psalm 5:8 (KJV), “Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.”
Psalm 31:3 (KJV), “For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.”
Psalm 25:4 (KJV), “Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.”
Ask God to help you enter at the strait gate.
Righteous Lord, I don’t know if I can find the strait gate, but I can follow You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ leads to the strait gate—I will follow Him!
MATTHEW 7:8_and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
Why do you knock? The door is closed. You’re on the outside. You want to come in. Or at least you want the door opened.
There are many doors you will knock on in life. You knock on the door of love—to give and receive love from the people in your life. You knock on the door of joy—to give and receive joy from the people in your life. You knock on the door of peace—to give and receive peace from the people in your life. You knock on the door of success—you want to receive success and perhaps there may be a way you can give it.
Jesus teaches to knock on the door of service. That’s not something you’re naturally inclined to do. John 13:16 (KJV), “Verily, verily, I [Jesus] say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.’
Jesus also says in Mark 10:43-45 (KJV), ” … but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Jesus says to knock on the door of serving others is to become like Him.
God Who Helps, Help me have a servant’s heart and become like You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to serve others—He will teach me!
MATTHEW 6:32_For after all these things do the Gentiles seek…
It is easy to say don’t worry, but it is not easy to do. Jesus leads to a place where it becomes easier, according to His design. Faith and trust. Faith and trust come from being filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit teaches truth. Truth leads to freedom! Even freedom from worry. John 8:32 (KJV) is worth repeating several times, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free .”
Remember, Gentiles are considered non-believers. Ones who do not put faith and trust in the Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Without faith and trust, opportunities for truth and freedom are reduced. John 8:36 (KJV), “If the son [Jesus] therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
Worry fits into the design of a non-believer. When unbelievers fall upon hard times, they are without a source of overcoming power. Suppose a financial depression hits the country. Any money that may have gone toward comforts is now applied to the essential of food. It is a difficult time for believers as well as non-believers. The believer hurts during this time just as the non-believer.
But, the believer has the Bread of Life – in which to find hope.
Living God, Help me find hope by trusting in You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants to give me hope—I will accept it!
MATTHEW 6:29_that even Solomon…
Solomon is an interesting man. He was the son of King David and Bathsheba. He was not the son of their adulterous affair, as that son died shortly after birth. David repented of his departure from God’s path and God gave them other sons. God’s hand was on Solomon from birth. II Samuel 12:24 (KJV) records Solomon’s birth, “And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him.” God loved Solomon from the day of his birth. This is specifically recorded in Scripture because of David’s deep repentance and God’s great mercy. Perhaps, it is a kind of peace offering between the two.
Because God loves you from the day you are born (and even before), He has a plan for your life. Your plan in life is unique to you. Otherwise the world would be a pretty odd place.
For life to function there must be leaders, and there must be followers. There must be teachers, and there must be students. There must be administrators, and there must be workers. There must be coaches, and there must be players. It’s how life works.
You have a natural response in your spirit to what God calls you to be. As always, you decide to follow or not.
Dear Savior, Thank You that You loved me before I was born. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ calls me to a plan—He will show it to me!
MATTHEW 6:29_the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin.
Now that you know how to consider, note accurately the growing process of lilies.
A field full of flowers of any kind is beautiful – that includes wildflowers. A field is an area of open land. A piece of land which is open to the sun. Free from the presence of anything which might hinder the sun’s rays. From my experience of growing lilies in my yard, they like and need sun. Sun makes them happy. When they are happy, their colors are vibrant and especially lovely. True lilies, Oriental or Asiatic, are also very fragrant.
What have you learned as a disciple by considering the growing process of lilies? You grow spiritually stronger (and wiser) when exposed to the Son – free from hindrances which block His rays. In the Son, you vibrate with His presence. In the Son, you are filled with the fragrance of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control.
This kind of life brings freedom from toiling and working to try to make yourself good. Staying in the Son allots time to God and His Word.
Any work of transformation to be done, God will do.
King of All Kings, Teach me and help me to stay in the Son. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to grow in Him—I want to!