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Monday, November 30, 2015

Strait is the Gate and Works along the Way

In this flesh life, you're going to get your feet dirty.  We're all sinners and we live in satan's world system, which is filled to the brim with unrighteousness and unrepentant sinners.  The spirit of antichrist, or another jesus (a counterfeit - satan), is in the world.  Carnal men are of the world, thus they speak of the world, and the world heareth them.  You see, feel and experience this everyday and, sometimes, it feels as if the backward ways of this world is surrounding you from all sides, like a tidal wave that's ready to engulf you. 

When you feel overwhelmed, you need to stop relying on your own strength, and find the perfect strength in the power of Jesus Christ.  For Christ said, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor 12:9).  It's in our weakness, when we can fully feel His power.  His strength is perfect; ours is not.  Only His strength and His Word will fuel you on your journey as a Christian.  It's a journey that's impossible to complete without Him.  You would have never seen the destination, or the way, without Him.  You didn't even know such a path existed, or that the mountain to climb, was ever even there, until He showed you.  It's an amazing journey and you don't even have to physically travel to experience it. 

Matthew 7:14  "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life [eternal], and few there be that find it."

Matthew 7:15  "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."

Christ's way is strait, it's narrow, and leads to Eternal Life.  But there are few that truly seek or find it.  The lukewarm or carnal path, filled with man's traditions, often turns into a substitute for many believers' first love, Jesus Christ.  Instead of following the True Christ and His WORD, they turn to organized religion and the precepts of men, which lead them astray into another gospel, another jesus.  Christ's door is narrow, so there's no room for the traditions of men or other doctrines.  Wolves in sheep's clothing will lead you to another door, to a different feeding trough, and onto satan's "dark ride no. 13".  In the devil's carnal and material world, the laws of reversal, confusion and abominations rule.  You shall know the wolves by their fruits, because they will reek of blood, hypocrisy, vomit and regurgitation.

Matthew 7:16  "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?"

Matthew 7:17  "Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit."

Matthew 7:18  "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit."

Matthew 7:19  "Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."

Matthew 7:20  "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

The lukewarm believer says he wealthy, increased with goods, and has need of nothing.  He's the "well-adjusted" man to society, career and even family.  Yet, he doesn't recognize that he's spiritually poor, blind, miserable, wretched and naked.  He has followed the "way of cain", the ways of this world, and the ways of the false chosen people.  If you seek Christ for worldly riches, status and comfort, how do you know it's Him that you actually follow?  Because satan, the prince of the power of the air, tried to offer the very same things to Jesus.  When a person's fruit is based on the outward appearance of righteousness, it has no value in service of GOD.

The grape is used in remembrance of Christ in communion.  The figs represent the children of cain, or kenites, and the fig leaf is symbolic of things that are hidden.  This goes back to the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve tried to cover their shame, the body parts involved in their sin, with fig leaves.  They weren't in an apple orchard, but a fig orchard.  The verses also relate to Mark 8:24, "I see men as trees, walking" in the Garden of Eden.  A good tree, or person, does not bring forth evil fruit, or works, and vice versa.  Can you tell the difference?  Because the lukewarm believer cannot; he's more indoctrinated than the heathen.  Fruit is also connected with seed.  There are seeds for sowing (in your mind), seeds for eating (for your physical body) and seeds for procreation. 

Matthew 7:13  "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:"

wide = G4116. πλατύς - platus (plat-oos'). From G4111; spread out “flat” (“plot”), that is, broad: - wide.

G4111. πλάσσω - plassō (plas'-so). A primary verb; to mould, that is, shape or fabricate: - form.

The substitute journey on the wide path, or wayside, is just a fabricated ride, made up of lies and illusions.  The serpent's system of indoctrination will make you see things, like Adam and Eve eating an apple in the Garden of Eden, when it's simply not there in Genesis.  Most people are conditioned to think it, through media, illustrations, stories and the doctrines of men.  The world is backwards, friend.  The majority of things that mankind tends to value highly are the least important and most fleeting.  The carnal and temporal are all the devil can offer.  

Satan's dark ride "13" is the wide path, the way side or well-trodden road, to destruction and the lake of fire.  You don't want a ticket on the devil's small world ride, even if it's first class, with it's temporary perks and bargains.  The devil's children and agents are just spiritually dead actors in the antichrist's world stage.  Inside, they're ravening wolves disguised in sheep's clothing, and pretending to be the children of Light.  The wolf is at the door.  What are you going to do?  You put on the whole armour of GOD, Jesus CHRIST, the Living WORD.

Revelation 14:13  "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the LORD from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."

The works that you do, in serving GOD, on this short trip will affect you for an eternity.  Your works do follow you.  If you think that there's no rank in heaven, think again.  The only difference is that all rankings in heaven are fair, unlike in this world, where servants ride upon horses, and princes walk as servants upon the earth (Eccl 10:6-7).  Even in the First Earth Age, lucifer worked his way up to become a protecting cherub of the Mercy Seat, the very throne, of ALMIGHTY GOD. 

Revelation 3:5  "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of Life, but I will confess his name before My FATHER, and before His angels."

Revelation 19:8  "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for a fine linen is the righteousness of saints."

Saints are holy, or separated, ones, which means they have a different ranking, or position, than those that aren't.  Those that overcome have victory and success through Christ.  You have to work to have success; that means no works, no success.  The pure and bright fine linen are the righteousness of your acts, which must occur in your flesh life.  In the military, the various ranks for soldiers are displayed using different uniforms, hats and medals earned.  The flesh world mirrors the spiritual world in many ways, so there are positions and titles in Heaven.  If you have a major disability, you're already an overcomer.  Your brothers and sisters in Christ will do the fighting with and for you. 

Getting into the Kingdom of GOD on bare minimum, and naked as a jaybird, is your decision and what you have to deal with for all eternity.  Don't think that you'll make five talents into ten by just doing nothing.  Telling everyone you're a Christian, pointing out every person's flaws, and flaunting self-righteousness is not works.  

If you've seen more than a few sunrises and sunsets, since becoming a Christian, you have no excuses.  If GOD has given you much, He'll expect much.  That's the way it goes.  The works that count towards your fine linen are the ones done for our LORD, representing no gain to self in the flesh life.  If you really see the world for what it is, you wouldn't want the worldly fame, fortune and status, anyway.  The wicked have no works as well as no place in the eternity.

Isaiah 59:6  "Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands."

To conclude this study, let's go to a short essay titled, "Others May, You Cannot", written by G.D. Watson.  If you're on the Right Path and doing your best as a CHRISTman, or woman, this should help to encourage you in the WORD and on the Strait Path.  Aim for the high calling of our FATHER.  That's how the blessings roll on high.  Stay in His WORD.

Matthew 16:23  "But He [CHRIST] turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of GOD, but those that be of men."

Carnal men put their hearts into worldly rewards, and satan's real good at offering them.  Sometimes, when you get exactly what you want, you need to stay sharp by checking if it aligns with the WORD.  Selling out is a subtle process. 

Matthew 16:24  "Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."
Titus 3:8  "This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in GOD might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men."

Others May, You Cannot

By G.D. Watson

If GOD has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other CHRISTians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Others who seem to be very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and scheme to carry out their plans, but you cannot. If you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the LORD as to make you sorely penitent.

Others can brag about themselves, their work, their successes, their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing. If you begin to do so, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others will be allowed to succeed in making great sums of money, or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but GOD may supply you only on a day-to-day basis, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, a helpless dependence on Him and His unseen treasury.

The LORD may let others be honored and put forward while keeping you hidden in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.

GOD may let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing. Then, to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done; this to teach you the message of the Cross, humility, and something of the value of being cloaked with His nature.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you, and with a jealous love rebuke you for careless words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other CHRISTians never seem distressed over.

So make up your mind that GOD is an infinite Sovereign and has a right to do as He pleases with His own, and that He may not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you.

GOD will take you at your word. If you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and let other people say and do many things that you cannot. Settle it forever; you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue or chaining your hand or closing your eyes in ways which others are not dealt with. However, know this great secret of the Kingdom: When you are so completely possessed with the Living GOD that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven, the high calling of GOD.

Mr baptist.