Focus: The narrow path
2 Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
When you’ve had a battle with spiritual darkness, you might be more sensitive to opposing spirits than some people who haven’t struggled in that area. By opening doors you once managed to close—precious ground is lost.
For one who has fought hard to overcome, there can be no compromise. The veil is so thin that separates the two worlds of light and darkness. There is always the opportunity to step back over to the other side. You can’t pretend ignorance in these matters. When you walk knowingly into the adversary’s territory and expose yourself to evil influences, there is the possibility of an aftermath of consequences.
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The enemy of your soul still wants to win. Just because you’ve had some victories and made some progress doesn’t mean he’s not still plotting against you. Don’t wrongly assume you can return to the fringe of the areas where you lost the fight in the past and not be tantalized.
This is your life we are talking about. The life Jesus Christ redeemed. Don’t take the cost of His blood lightly.
It is a narrow path you must walk. You are not being led down a city street. The path you are on is only wide enough for you and your Savior. Can you abide that? Can you keep yourself so set apart?
If you choose to be truly consecrated for the Master’s use, your options will never be the same as in the past. The things others pursue may not be permissible in your case, either. These thoughts may seem hard to bear. You may squirm at this and question as to whether you want to be that committed. Mustn’t there be some middle ground? A road not so narrow? Keep remembering the price that was paid for your salvation and the example of the One who saved your soul. It is He who is saying, “Come, follow Me”.
In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
The advantage of the narrow path is the company of your Lord. He is the Friend who stays closer than a brother. He will not leave your side—if you choose to stay with Him. But, choose you must. He will not share you. If you follow after the ways of contradiction—you will not have the benefit of His hand in yours. Light cannot dwell with darkness—so stay in the light. Stay with the Light. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever walks with Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
His friendship is worth so much more than a few moments of curiosity. If you are curious—give Him your curiosity. If you are tempted—give Him your temptation. Offer up the things that entice you as a sacrifice. He did so much for you—are you not able to sacrifice just a little for Him?
The things that tempt us are so small compared to the sweetness of His presence. Many people have traded His friendship for so little. Don’t be one of those. Pull back from the fringe. Place your step firmly in the center of the narrow way—not even close to the edge. When He sees your willingness to continue traveling with Him, you will have the blessing of new strength for the way.
Walk with Him. Don’t look to the left or the right. Keep your eyes straight ahead. You are on the right path. Keep walking.
You are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who are saying, “You can make it, keep going.” You can’t see them—but they are there, cheering you on. They are the ones who have gone before. Those who fought the same battles you fight—and were victorious. They were curious, just like you. They were tempted, just like you. They overcame their weaknesses by the blood of the Lamb. They finished well. So can you.
Declaration: I will find new strength by staying in the center of the narrow path. When I am curious and tempted, I will offer up my curiosity and temptation as a sacrifice for the sake of my salvation and the price Jesus paid to set me free. He is so Worthy. Choosing Him should be no sacrifice. Giving Him all of my heart and soul is the least I can do to show Him my gratitude for His great love.
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