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It’s A Tight Squeeze


IT’S A TIGHT SQUEEZE

“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 New King James Version).

During the course of our Christian walk, we are going to face boulders in our path and major hills and valleys along the road.  The Bible does not say the Christians life is easy, in fact, Jesus tells us it is difficult and the gate is narrow.  He also says there are few who find it.  The Bible tells us how to get through our various trials and the kind of attitude we should have.  It does not tell us we get a free ride now because we are washed in the blood of Christ.  Yes, God opens doors and His favor can shine upon us, but I have found the bigger the blessing or opportunity, the greater the obstacle course is to receiving it. I’m not saying this is always the case; I have found God will also bless and favor completely unexpectedly as well.  He does everything according to His purpose.  We have to stay focused on Him, on His will and on the path we are walking on.

My friend, if you are traveling a road which seems easy and well-paved with little to no obstacles, go to the Lord in prayer and ask if maybe your feet haven’t strayed.  Ask Him to show you the correct path and gate to head towards.  Get yourself grounded in the Word, be vigilant in prayer, cultivate that relationship with Him and your feel will not stray.

Dear Lord, thank You for this day.  Thank You for this opportunity to praise You and to bow at Your feet in worship.  Forgive us if we have strayed far from You, draw us back to You, bring us back to the sheep fold.  Lord, we know that it isn’t easy to follow your path, and Your word tells us to count it all joy when we fall into various trials, but sometimes it can be hard to be joyful in the midst of our storms and this is where we need to lean on You.  Thank You for being our solid rock to lean against and for being our umbrella when the rain falls.  We love You and we need You more than we need anything on this earth.  We give You all the glory and honor, in Your name Jesus we pray, Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you are going through something right now, rejoice!  If you have trials and tests, rejoice!  In all things give God praise and glory and thanksgiving!  Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and walking that narrow path – you may not be liked by everyone; you may get passed over for that promotion you wanted; you may not have all that you think you should, but if you keep your eyes focused on Jesus and walking that narrow path, you will have what God wants for you!

Additional Scriptures:   James 1:2, 12, 19-20

Shalom,

Prudence

2 thoughts on “It’s A Tight Squeeze

  1. I love the posting! The picture of the cross of Christ spanning the 2 cliffs reminded me of a dream about the cross that I had several months ago.

    I had a dream 02/18/2013 and in the dream I saw 2 cliffs. At the bottom of the 2 cliffs was a river of fire or molten lava, in other words, this was hell. The only way to get from one side to the other was the cross of Christ. The cross is a made from 2 narrow pieces of wood and it was this that was the bridge that you had to cross to get to the other side. Remember Jesus said that the road to eternal life was both straight and narrow and few there be that find it. In the dream I saw people crossing on the bridge, i.e., the cross, to get to the other side. This is a picture I have seen many times before, not in dreams, but actual pictures. What was different about this dream was that I saw along with the people who were crossing people who had fallen off the cross and were hanging, literally by their fingers to the cross. This is something I’d never seen before in anything I can remember because Christians are noted for shooting their wounded and not helping them even though we are commanded to do so.

    BRETHREN, IF any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.
    (Gal 6:1)

    In any event, I saw people who were walking on this narrow bridge stop, stoop down, and grab those who were clinging to the cross for dear life, and pull them up. The scripture that was impressed upon my heart was from Jude when I saw this.

    Save others by snatching them from the fire of hell. Show mercy to others, even though you are afraid that you might be stained by their sinful lives. God can guard you so that you don’t fall and so that you can be full of joy as you stand in his glorious presence without fault.
    (Jud 1:23-24)
    It would be so much easier to just step over those clinging to life or to just step on and let them perish in the flames of hell. But that is not the Father’s heart because He wants no one to perish but for everyone to have eternal life. Note also that the verse in Jude is a command, not a suggestion.

    The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
    (2Pe 3:9)
    It was incredible the amount of mercy that I saw being displayed in this dream

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    1. Wow! What a dream and it truly is a picture of mercy. The Father’s love for us is amazing, it really is deeper, wider and greater than anything we can comprehend!

      Thank you so much for sharing this, Tony. Have a wonderful day 🙂

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