A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Teaching, Training & Commissioning
THE NARROW AND THE WIDE GATES
Jesus instructs us, in Matthew 7:13, to “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. Verse 14 goes on to say, “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Everything we are learning and training on, as disciples, hinges on this ‘directive’. A disciple who is making their way on mission with Jesus, will likely will miss their destination and be rendered lost and wandering unless they follow the right path. In this case, the path is one of Spiritual Warfare and the destination is Eternal life. This is the mission and calling of being a disciple and an ambassador of Christ.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
Jesus is telling us to take the right path, the path which leads to life. And, to assist us, He reminds us, in John 10:9, that He is that Path and that Gate.
Again, in John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
There is no other Path. There is no other way. There is only The One Gate. Not only is this narrow way, which leads to life, clearly mapped out in scriptures, we have Jesus as our personal Guide. There is never room for deviation for those who hope to successfully arrive at God’s predetermined destination.
There are many pastors, bible teachers, church leaders and Christians, whether through carelessness, ignorance or rebelliousness, think they have found ways around the difficulties of entering by this small and narrow passage way. And, they lead others down the broad path and through the wide gate which leads to destruction.
How can I tell if I am on the Narrow Path which leads to the Small Gate and to life? You can find The Way as God reveals Himself, by the Holy Spirit, through the Bible, by prayer, through circumstances and through the church. Know and depend on these 7 realities:
- God is always at work around you. If you are on the right path, you will see where He is at work.
2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real
and personal. He will not leave nor forsake you. He will always be with you. You can know you are on the right path if If you are extending that love to others. God and people are the priority – not the path.
3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
( John 6:29 says, “Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
(Matthew 10:7-15 says, “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
8“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.
11“And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city.
12“As you enter the house, give it your greeting. 13“If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. 14“Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. 15“Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.)
(Matthew 28:19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”) If you are doing anything other than what Jesus has already done, or if you are doing more that Jesus has already done, you are not on the right path! Simply join Him in doing what He has already done – that is His Work.
4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer,
circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes,
and His ways. If you are on the right path, you can listen, and you will hear Him; you can read His Word and understand; you can meditate on Him and know Him; you can pray, and He will answer you; you can watch, and you will see Him.
5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a
crisis of belief that requires faith and action. ACT in faith, doing what He is already doing – or go home.
6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in
what He is doing. Take that leap of faith and join Him, today, in what He is already doing!!
7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He
accomplishes His work through you.
(Taken from “The 7 Realities for Knowing and Experiencing God”, by Henry and Richard Blackaby – published by LifeWay Press® Nashville, Tennessee.)
We must be reminded, that the walk and calling of a disciple means to give up your life in order to have the life of Christ. We may struggle and suffer, but we will overcome the evil that besets us in this life, in order to gain eternal life with God. Or, we can live this life carelessly and in ease, but, lose our life.
Your Brother and Friend,
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