Matthew 7:14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.
It doesn’t always take vile behavior to stray off the Narrow Path that leads to salvation and eternal life. More often than not, it is the subtle and yet equally deadly thoughts and behaviors that ensnare. Just as it can be the snake in the grass that isn’t seen until it’s already struck; these things that work against us and draw our focus outward rather than inward and where Father resides are the same things that rob us of the promise of life.
Proverbs 24:10 If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited.
These are difficult times. And in these difficult times, these things, these deadly things, are not seen for what they are. They are widely accepted amongst society and rampant in that they grow like weeds that choke the very life out of everything that is holy, righteous and beautiful.
They encourage us to find love in places where there is none. To fear the very things that make us stronger and more spiritually whole. To look to others for acceptance and approval. To seek truth where there is only darkness.
When you consider these things, like lust, loose conduct, unrestrained behavior, love of money, of power, greed…is it any wonder that this world and the people in it have gone so astray? You may think that you’re okay with Father and that Father is okay with you, but are you…? And is She…? How can you be sure? Where is your focus? Is it on matters of the heart that Father deems as important or those things of this world that are deemed important by those in it and of it?
Are these things truly as harmless as society tells us they are? Or like a surging wave, do they push us further and further into the ocean and farther and farther from the One who created us? Is it easier to be complacent with how things are, or to rebel? This evil world dulls our senses and complete awareness of right and wrong because it promotes complacency and all that is easy, easier and easiest; from fast food and “Easy Buttons” to the slow and steady progression and removal of our rights and liberties.
It is easier to agree than it is to disagree even though in your heart you know that it’s wrong, and it is certainly easier to just go with the flow of what society deems as being acceptable than it is to take a good look at who and what you are deep down inside and within your heart.
The choice is yours and yours alone to make.
It is a very hard thing to look in the mirror and see yourself for the sinful and stumbling imperfect human being that you are. These days, if we look in the mirror and don’t like what we see, we are able pay someone to surgically modify it. But how many of us are looking inward and modifying the things we find within our hearts that need to be? Are we afraid? Or are we simply complacent because to look within and change that which isn’t aligned with what Father would want of us is too hard?
John 6:60-66 Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, "This teaching is hard! Who can accept it?"
Jesus, knowing in Himself that His disciples were complaining about this, asked them, "Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you were to observe the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? 63 The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn't help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 64 But there are some among you who don't believe." (For Jesus knew from the beginning those who would not believe and the one who would betray Him.) 65 He said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to him by the Father."
66 From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him. 67 Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve "You don't want to go away too, do you?"
Because there is no “Easy Button” in being a footstep follower of Christ, we live in a time in which many have turned back. But it is not Father’s will that Her children should perish. Let Father be your inspiration to look inward, rather than outward, and find that which is missing and correct that which is lacking. It might be difficult at first, but be not afraid because it can be done.
Deuteronomy 30:11 [ Choose Life ] "This command that I give you today is certainly not too difficult or beyond your reach.