The Strait Gate. In Jesus teaching to the multitudes he reveal the way we should go to enter his kingdom. Jesus Said in Matthew 7:13, “Enter ye in at the strait gate”. Now in this statement he said “enter ye”, which mean each individual should enter the strait gate. Every person should on his own make sure he go in the strait gate. Regardless of which way someone else goes, but make sure ye enter the strait gate. Their is two ways Jesus said we can go, the strait way, or the broad way. We must choose which way to go. Jesus said the strait gate is the narrow way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it. Not only is we should enter the strait way, but also we must find it. This christian walk can seem like the most unpopular way to go and to the world it is. I know people say being a christian you cannot have any fun, life is boring. But we must remember also Jesus said the broad way is wide and that it leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Majority of people are going the wrong way, most people want to go with what is popular in the world. We must examine our life each and everyday to make sure we are walking in the strait and narrow way. Yes, you cannot live any type of way and go to heaven, we must obey God laws if we want to go to heaven. In the world God laws is not popular, you cannot curse, lie, steal, commit adultery, commit fornication, or hate your neighbor. In this christian life we must walk the strait and narrow way, but in the end the reward of being with Jesus is worth more than the pleasure of this life. So my friends strive to enter in the strait gate, and be determine if no one else go the strait way, you are. Amen
Let No Man Deceive You. Just take a moment and let this topic sink in. One of the most important thing we can do in life is let no man deceive us. Jesus said the exact same thing in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you”. So it is wise if we take note each and everyday that we be not deceive. Everybody got a opinion, everyone think they have the right answer to your problem. But it is in our best interest to prove out every counsel that comes our way. Now we know the devil come to steal, kill and to destroy. Remember how the devil came to Eve and just flat out lied to her saying the counsel that God gave them of not eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge was not true. The devil will try and take what God say in his word and tell us God do not mean that. But my friends we must know and believe that every word that God spoken is true and we cannot let no man deceive us. When the bible tells us in Ephesians 5:5 “for this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God”. Friends we must believe that this word is true and it means exactly what it says. I went to a seminar in college and the seminar was about sex before marriage, the teach said that as long as you intend to get married sex before marriage was okay. Now we all know that is not what the bible says, but you know someone went away thinking that was okay. How can we know if we are being deceive? If you receive counsel, advice, of knowledge from anyone ( including a preacher ) make sure you can find it in the bible. If you cannot find it in the bible do not believe it. Live everyday with the mind I am not going to be deceive and if you do this I know God will direct you to the true. Let no man deceive you friends, trust in God, read and know God word, then I know everything will be alright with you.
Treasures In Heaven. Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-20, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal”. It is important to make sure we have treasures in heaven. Now the next question is how do I lay up treasures in heaven? Remember the ruler came to Jesus and ask him what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? Jesus answered him by saying keep the commandment and he shall enter into life. But he told Jesus he keep the commandments but what lack he also. Jesus told him to if he would be perfect go sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shall have treasure in heaven: and come follow him. There is two important ways to lay up treasure in heaven. Number one we must keep God commandments. You cannot and will not go to heaven unless you keep God word. Today christian take God word lightly but we will not see Jesus unless we obey him. Second, is by giving to the poor we lay up treasure in heaven. That is why Jesus tells us not to lay up treasure on this earth. Our houses, cars, clothes, money is not going to help us in heaven. Also our hearts cannot be caught up in these material things that we will not give and help the poor. Remember in Luke 12 chapter Jesus talk about the rich man, who ground brought forth plentifully and he built a bigger barn to store his good. But God was not please with him because he did not give any to the poor but kept it all to himself. But God said to him thou fool, thy soul shall be required of thee. Friends make sure you are laying up treasures in heaven, first by keeping God commandments, and second by always giving to the poor, and then thou shall have Treasures in Heaven.
Walking In God Counsel. Every day of our lives we are walking in some kind of counsel. Counsel mean taking advice. We take advice from something, or someone every day. Something or someone influence our decisions each day. But it is important to make sure we are walking in the right counsel. Every counsel we receive is not the right counsel or advice. So how do we know if we are walking in the right counsel? In Psalms 1:1 it says “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly”. Right there we know God do not want us to take counsel from the ungodly. How do we know if we are receiving ungodly counsel? When someone give us counsel contrary to God word, that is ungodly counsel. If someone tells you it is okay to have sex outside of marriage, well you know that is ungodly counsel cause the bible tells you, not to have sex outside of marriage. We have to be careful that we are not listening to any counsel that will cause to disobey God laws. What God wants us to do is what the bible says in Psalms 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord: and in his law doth he meditate day and night”. What helps us to make the right decisions is when we mediate on God word. God word guides us, and helps us to do what is right. When a opportunity comes to us to steal something that do not belongs to us, the word will come to us, Thou shall not steal. So to walk in God counsel we must mediate on God word day and night. You can not mediate on God word enough, you cannot read God enough. We have decisions to make everyday so we should strive to make the right decision, and what going to help us make the right decision is by mediating on God word. So my friends don’t push God word aside, but each day mediate on God word that you may walk in his counsel.
Respect Of Persons. The bible says God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. One of the key words in that scripture is that whosoever believeth, meaning that God has not respect of persons, every man that believeth in him he will not turn away. God do not put one person over another. God do not care whether a person is white or black. God do not care what country a person is from whether it is the united states, Russia, China, Mexico or Brazil. Their is no greater nation to God over another. God only cares about a person believing in him, accepting Jesus Christ as his savior. The bible also says every man shall stand before the judgement seat of God and shall be judge of every secret thing whether it be good, or whether it be evil. No one is better in God eyes, God do not care if one is a millionaire, or if he is poor. Cause you may have a house, a car, a job, money in the bank does not mean God prefer you over someone who do not have these things. What we must remember God is only looking for someone who going to obey him, period. If you obey God all going to be well with you, if you do not obey God then God going to punish you, color, or race will not be part of the judgement. So beloved know that God has not respect of persons, he only looking for believers, so trust in God, obey his word, and I guarantee you all will go well with you.
Father. Happy fathers day to all the fathers in the world. It is a blessing to be a father and it is no greater feeling than to fulfill the role of a father. We know the bible tells us to honor our fathers; (which is the first commandment with promise;). Just think it is a commandment from God that we honor our fathers. God wants us to love and respect our fathers no matter what they have done or not done. This a very important to remember. Some fathers have not done what they should have done. Some fathers have ran out on the kids. Some fathers have not provide for the kids. Some fathers are drunks, adulterous men, murders, wife beaters and so on. But even how bad dad maybe, or been, God still wants us to honor our fathers. I came up hating my father, I saw my father beat my mother, he also left home for another woman when I was 14 years old, and I thought he was terrible. True enough he was not doing what he suppose to have been doing, but still God wanted me to honor him. Why? Because God commanded us to honor our fathers. God did not say honor your father only when he do right. God simply say honor them and that takes in account whether they are good or bad. When I came to know Christ, God reveal to me you cannot hate your father for the wrong he done, you have to love, honor and respect him, because I say so. If you want things to go well with you in life, you have to honor your father. If a father is doing wrong, yes we can hate the evil, but God wants us to pray for the father, that he will turn from the evil. So saints always honor your fathers, and just by obeying this commandment see want things go well with you. Amen
God Ways And Thoughts. One important lesson we must learn quickly is our ways and thoughts are not like God. We as humans think in a fleshly way. We do things to satisfy the flesh. But our ways and thoughts is not like God. In Isaiah 55 chapter verse 8 it says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord”. Clearly there is a different the way we think, and act to the way God think and act. Like God tells us to love your enemy. The natural mind tells us,how can you love someone who hates you. We all know it is hard to love someone who do you wrong. If someone hit us automatically we want to hit them back. The bible tells us to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. Again if someone do us evil in return we want to do them evil. What we must do is like Isaiah 55:7 says “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts”. Our ways are wicked, our thoughts are evil, we are all sinners lost in this world. So we must come to God forsake our evil ways and he will have mercy upon us and will abundantly pardon our sins. In Proverb chapter 3 it says “Be not wise in your own eyes, lean not to your own understand, but in all your ways acknowledge God and he will direct your path. We must ask God each and everyday for leadership, wise and understand that we may do the right thing. Don’t trust yourself, but put your trust in God, that he may lead you to his perfect will. We need God, God do not need us, so we must fall before his throne each day and ask for his ways. The bible says in the book of James, Humble yourself in the sight of God and he will exalt you. Do this and everything will be alright.
Evil. There is one thing that is clear in the bible, God do not want us to have anything to do with evil. Evil will cause you to go to hell. What is evil? Evil is morally wrong or bad, wicked, harmful. The bible over, and over again warm us against evil. Proverbs 8:13 tells us “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way”. To prove our love to God we have to hate evil. Anything that has to do with wrong we should have no part of. There is only two forces in this life, good and evil. Either you are going to do evil, or either you are going to do good. God wants his people to do good because this is what God is all about. There is nothing evil about God, and we have seen in the bible how God deal with evildoers. 1 Peter 3:11 tells us if we want to see good days let us eschew evil. Eschew means to turn aside from. Every time we come around evil God wants us to turn aside from it. We know the flesh loves evil, so we must be very wise each day not to feed the flesh with evil. Psalm 37:27 says “depart from evil, and do good. We cannot hang around evil at all. When we come face to face with evil God wants us to depart from it. Isaiah said it best to the children of Israel in chapter one “Wash you, make you clean: put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes, cease to do evil”. We must make up our minds I am going about my day to do good, no matter what comes my way I am going to do good. I think if we get in our heart to do good surely God will help us to do it. So beloved go about your day with the heart to depart from evil, eschew evil, not to follow evil, and I know God will be please with you.
Sin. Yes, I know this is one thing we don’t want to talk about. This is one thing that we run from, but it is important that we understand sin, and confess our sins, that we may find mercy from God. What is sin? Sin is the transgression of the law. Which means when the bible says do not commit adultery and you go commit adultery that is sin. The bibles says thou shall not steal, and you go and steal something that do not belongs to you, it is a sin. We all know that God hate sin, and if we sin then God is not please with us. We all know that the very first sin that happen to Adam and Eve cause them to get kick out of a perfect place. Just think, all the trouble God went through to create a perfect place for Adam and Eve to dwell in and when they sin he did not hesitate to kick them out why, because they sinned. Remember the children of Israel how God put up with all their disobedience and when they came to the promise land and did not believe God he did not let them in but turn them around and they died in the wilderness because of sin. The Prophet Ezekiel told the people of Israel don’t let sin be your ruin. Sin can ruin your life, you wonder why some people have so much problems, look and see if they are obeying God. Now we know no one is perfect and sometime we all make mistakes, but we must quickly go to God for help, in 1 John 1:9 it says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. Don’t take sin lightly people are going to hell because of sin. Do like the bible says in Ephesians 4:26 “Be ye angry, and sin not, let not the sun go down upon your wrath”. Be determine each day not to sin, and if you sin, fall on your knees quickly and confess your sin that God may have mercy on you.
The First Commandment With Promise. Praise and honor go out unto God for all the wonderful mothers on mother day. We all know, those of us in our right mind the blessing in have a mother. God is reveal to us in the flesh when you see mothers. We want to always remember to give God praise for mothers. There is one important thing we must remember also, that the first commandment in the bible that has a promise with it is dealing with your father and mother. Ephesians 6: 1-3 says ” Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right, Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. God promise to children is that if you obey your parents, honour them, two things are going to happen to you. First thing is that it is going to be well with you. We may wonder why some things are going bad for certain people, things never seem to work out right, problems on top of problems, it could be the fact that they have not honored their parents. Second promise is that your life on this earth will be long. My father had 12 brothers and sisters in his family all 12 have lived to be over 70 years old. All of them use to talk about their mother and dad and always honored them. God command us to honour our parents no matter what they have done, or what they have not done. Whether your parent is a drunk, or a saint God wants you to honour them. You hear a lot of people say my parents never did anything for me. There is no excuse you can find on earth that will exempt you from honouring your parents in God eyes. We must honour our father and mother if it is going to be well with us. So my friends if you have not honour your father and mother, you need to start right now, and see want it go well with you, and God bless you with as long life.