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A Narrow Escape: The Conclusion

There is a lot we can say about this topic, and a lot that still lies in the gray area. But opinions are just opinions, and the word of God will not pass away.
Remember when we said that when God speaks it becomes binding? His word is so powerful that It comes to life and transforms whatever was mentioned accordingly. When Jesus says that there are whole lot of people who will not be found to be waiting when He comes, it is so. When He says that the road is narrow and difficult to find, it is so. When He says that the love of many will diminish at the end, it is so..”..Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold…” (Matthew 24:12)

What would be crazy is us not doing anything about it; eating, drinking and making merry while the day grows dark, and the ones who should probably have an idea of the impending day of reckoning, are caught up in strife and endless contentions that have no spiritual value, but a clear declaration of pride and lofty thinking……may the Almighty find mercy for us all.

Wait a minute–perhaps you all think that all this stuff that I put up is religious; well, this is all I have to say: Religion and Godliness are quite different, and their relationship is based purely on our interpretation of them. I can only declare that these things are true, and the Christian Values upheld in all my posts are real, and they present the most satisfying way of living–why don’t you try it out for yourself?

Finally, brethren, let us be steadfast and serious in our prayers, pray for one another, encourage one another as the day looms near, give, give, then give some more–share the resources that God has given you freely, for there is no reserve on this planet that will not be destroyed, store up your resources in heaven. Uphold Love, do not judge, read God’s Word, do not ignore His precepts–strive to understand what God’s will is for your life, and achieve the attributes that He deposits in you through the Holy Spirit. Do not reject His voice, do not harden your heart, for all He has planned for your is good. Let go of this doomed planet, your concern should be the people therein, direct as many as you can to Christ, let Him direct them to the narrow way, which, as the word of God declares, few find it: “…Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me…” (John 14:6)

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A Narrow Escape: The Root of all Evil

“…But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows…” (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
“…Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life…” (2 Timothy 6:17-19)

Last week I was having dinner with some friends at a restaurant when a very interesting topic came up. The discussion highlighted the various stages of life and development, and more-so the age of decline, where all aspirations, dreams and desires culminate.
According to one of my friends, studies have shown that decline begins at the age of 65 years. That is when depression sets in due to a seeming lack of a purpose. It takes longer to build up energy, and it diminishes a lot more quicker. This is the age where all the values one built up during their prime, the support systems that they set up come in handy. Such systems include the build-up of the intellect and various skills, social and interpersonal skills, spiritual, physical wellbeing amongst others. These systems provide a buffer to a person experiencing a decline, such that frustration and depression do not set in.
God has provided an all-inclusive system that works, and the mistake that a lot of people do is not to depend and trust His motives towards their lives. People have developed other systems that are seemingly reliable, but at the end are a plentiful of nothing-a total disappointment. Money being such a case, many have sought for happiness in accumulation of wealth, but that just means they are wealthy, and that is all. They wake up to purposeless days, wondering why the mornings are dragging on, and why they can’t sleep at night. It is a sad affair.
To experience real life, one would need to place their dependency on God, who knows exactly what you need. All these other things are quite literally-full of holes. There is no life apart from God.
Riches are indeed a gift, but a gift is sweeter when its being given away. You are wealthy for a purpose, aim to make others lives better, and you will find purpose and fulfillment in your life-you will experience real life.
Do not hold on to these perishable things, for you will perish with them on the day of reckoning. Lay up your treasures in heaven, make someone’s life a little better, and by so doing, while putting your trust in God, will escape all the evil that is contained in the love and pursuit of wealth.

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A Narrow Escape: Admit it

“O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary. O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name…” (Daniel 9:17-19)

Perhaps we consider God to be so detached we don’t see the necessity of sincerity in our supplication. We prefer to use solemn and acceptable tones and words when approaching the Almighty, to the extent that our prayers are empty-void of the message we want to convey in our hearts.

The Israelites finally got the punishment that was prophesied against them, and they were led into captivity by the Babylonians. Daniel looked upon the ruin and desolation of the city that bore God’s name and it broke his heart. The nations that once knew the prosperous Israel scoffed and Mocked them.

However, Daniel acknowledged that Israel was deserving of what she was going through, and there were no excuses that could exonerate her. By admitting to breaking the covenant that God made with them, Daniel proceeds to ask for forgiveness, not because any of them deserved it, but because God is merciful.

You know who you are, what you do, and why you do it. So stop messing around, there’s no time. Be sincere in your prayers, say it as it is. It’s for prayers like this that the Bible admonishes us to seek privacy, and pray in sincerity.
If anything, believe this: In the light of your sin, there is no positive attribute you possess that will make an appeal for you, sin blots out any and all positive attributes.

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A Narrow Escape: The Crowd

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Lets define the word narrow: “Of little breadth; not wide or broad; having little distance from side to side; as, a narrow board; a narrow street; a narrow hem.” [1913 Webster]

The road to destruction by comparison is quite wide, and many people use it. It is common, easy to find, and definitely easy to use due to its broad attribute. I have a saying that I’ve proved over and over again: ” when you observe a crowd acting in unison, you can be sure that 90% of the time they are up to no good”

Human beings are designed individually, and perceptions are not always similar between them, in fact, conflicts are defined as a norm in society because of human diversity in perception and understanding. When a diverse group of people come together, there can only be two circumstances:
–they are under the leadership of a person or a much smaller party
–they are all of the same opinion, which may be driven by euphoria and the safety the numbers represent

When there is no clear leadership, one is bound to make a wrong turn. A crowd would move in a general direction, with all participants assuming that someone among them is right, and so we move. A ‘leadership’ figure would pop out once in a while, but mostly on a temporal basis. Reason and objectivity is lost in the mob. The only thing that is right is the fact that we are doing it together, therefore the consequences of our actions are shared.

I cannot emphasize this more: God calls us individually. He does not need a committee to get to your heart, He takes a personal initiative to work on you.
Don’t follow the crowd, you have no guarantee for salvation in it. Seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, all these other things will fall into place.
The best way of leading others to Christ is by the way you live, that means, You follow Christ, others see what you are about, then they follow. You are a leader. What are you doing in the crowd?

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A Narrow Escape: Probation

“..Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
And remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him—..”(2 Peter 3:3-15)
Perhaps we’ve become too comfortable on this doomed world. Whatever happens, the world will be destroyed. Many have abandoned their patience in waiting for the provision of a new Godly environment. What is before them has become their one and only endeavor. Seeking God has become a much forgotten priority. You know how it is when you are in probation when you get a new job? You work twice as hard to impress your employer, you desire and yearn to understand the rules and policies of the organization in order to obey and enact them. You are in a constant state of temporariness-simply put-anything can happen, so be on the lookout.
This does not call out for fanatic behavior, but a constant awareness that time is running out-Like when you plan in the morning to catch the 6pm interstate bus-you will not miss it, because you are constantly thinking about it.
Are there any ‘probies’ out there? Well, Until He comes, our titles don’t change.

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A Narrow Escape: To Live is to Die

“…For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die…” (Galatians 2:19-21)

“…I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!…” (Philippians 3:9-11)
There is no promise you can give to God that is reliable. There is no tissue in your body that is so committed to agreements and covenants that it will stay true. There is no way that you, as a person, stands a chance to be saved. Something has to change, something dramatic, something unthinkable: You have to die in order to live.
I am not being poetic, you really have to die.
All your being has to share in the baptism that Christ went through, that way, you will share in His righteousness. You probably want to ask me what I mean by dying. Well, your existence is based on your character, and your character is defined by your sinful nature. That is the identity that has to die-the sinful nature that causes inclination to sin.
This can be accomplished by allowing Jesus into your heart, personally, and He will change it. You will receive a heart of flesh, one that is bent to transform into what God intends. He will change you, try and see.
Consequently, your human nature that defines your identity diminishes and eventually dies, a process that theologians like to call sanctification. While all that is happening in your life, Jesus steps in and clothes you with His righteousness, so that while you are changing, He represents you, and complements your weaknesses. He knows how weak and gullible we are as regarding sin.

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A Narrow Escape: The Power of the Word

“…For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most…” (Hebrews 12:12-16)
God has prepared a place of rest for His people, a place where the worries and cares of the world are none. A place where love abounds and no evil can be found. This place of rest has been there since the beginning, and even after God told the Israelites about it, they failed to accept it, and chose a much familiar path. They hardened their hearts to the Word of God.
Every word that God speaks comes to life, such that it is impossible for God to lie. What He says is way too powerful to be compared to our careless rambling. When God says He has prepared a way for salvation, it is so. When He says He will empower you to live a righteous life, it becomes so. When you refuse to accept the word of God, you miss life entirely, and your life dangles on the edge of destruction.
Another lesson I would like to draw from this would be to allow the Word of God to dwell in you, read it and meditate on it daily-it is your daily bread. There is yet hope for all of us, even though the horizon seems forlorn…”..We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love…” (Romans 5:3-5)