HELP US FIND THE RIGHT ROAD LORD
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. (Matthew 7:7-15 NIV)(This is Jesus speaking)
How many times have we been out looking for a place on a particular road and could not find it? Sometimes for us, it is right in front of our faces and we do not see it, we ride by several times. Or, perhaps it is blocked by a tree, a sign, or a bush or obscured by some other means.
It may be so close at other times that we can reach out and touch it. I remember our family traveling to one of our children’s wedding and trying desperately to find this road to turn on. At that time, there were no GPS systems, so we used a map or word of mouth. They had told us to look for a sign, however, it had began to get dark and the signs were not so visible; not to mention that the sign was so small you needed a magnifying glass to see it. When we finally found that road, we were tired, hungry, and a little bit frustrated to say the least. That is exactly how we are with our spiritual walk. We ignore the signs, do not look for them, or down right refuse to go down the roads that Jesus is leading us to. We want it our way. God gives us so many warnings, over and over and over again, yet we ignore Him and go down the wrong road. And, to add to that we take our frustrations out on others, we begin the blame game, we want to blame somebody else for where we are, the situation that we are in, the lack of whatever we do not have, and if we would look for the truth; we would see that exactly it was all up to us. It was our choice.
In Matthew 7:7 it says; “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Beloved, we have a problem with all of those, we may not know something, but we do not wish to ask, especially for directions; we certainly do not wish to seek, that involves too much time and effort to investigate, forget about knocking, our first instinct is to think that we are not going to get an answer or that we are undeserving, or we are interrupting someone or something. When will we learn to operate in the word? Is it so hard to follow the instructions? Are we that stubborn and pigheaded that even the Holy Spirit cannot penetrate our finite minds?
Jesus further says in Matthew 9-11; “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Mat 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? Mat 7:11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! If we have a relationship with Christ we can ask for that which we want. That is not to say that we will get it; Jesus knows our intent and the issues of our heart as well as our motives. So with that being said, it should not stop us from asking for the things that we want from our Heavenly Father as long as our motives are right. He tells us in verse 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Now as I reread this scripture, I thought about all of us who do not like to squeeze into a small area. Even when we go to other churches, we do not like to sit in close proximity to anyone else. We desire our space, free to move around and not be too enclosed. But Jesus said that broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. We certainly do not desire to ride on narrow roads, we have a problem with that. We desire the road to be wide and four lanes instead of two or perhaps one. It is my belief that we desire the wider roads simply because we do not want to drive slower, be behind someone else, use caution, and the list goes on and on.
It would be better to take a narrow road in our walk with Christ. We need to re-evaluate something’s that we are doing and some places that we are traveling. It is time for us to really ask God to order our steps and slow our pace. To walk a narrow road requires our steps to be precise, slow, deliberate, focused and steady. We can casually walk without much effort a broader road, however, that does not mean that it is safer because there could be pit falls that we are not aware of. Bigger and broader are not necessarily better. As we close, it says in verse 15; Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. I looked up the word ferocious and it means fierce, extreme, and very intense. There will be many people in our lives that look good on the outside but the way in which they lead us is not the way that Christ wants us to go. Take a look at our world today especially our young people, they desire the broader road because it looks good. The drugs, sex, music, money, cars, clothes, shoes, hair styles, and the list goes on. They follow the false prophets, those who promise a lifestyle of fun and pleasure, while leading them to a life of total destruction. Beloved, it is time for us to ask the Lord to Help us find the right road and to stay on it.
What God Has to Say About "Marriage" Is ready for our next conference and we are indeed excited to find out what GOD is going to do. It will be held at the Harborside Hotel, 6400 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20770. We would like for you to register by September 29th. However, if you have not yet registered, you can still do so, or pay at the door for no additional cost. For further information, please contact Gloria Thomas at 240-508-9348, or email Pastor Flower Briscoe at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to see you there!