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October 31, 2004

”Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Proverbs 3:5

Proverbs 3:5 instructs us in “two sides of the same coin”. First, we are to trust God: completely, totally, whole-heartedly. Second, we are instructed not to depend upon our understanding: our “take” of events, circumstances, life.

We are commanded to trust God wholeheartedly, so either we obey Him and trust Him, or we disobey Him and distrust Him.

Does the Bible, anywhere, expressly state that obeying its teachings will be easy? Actually, it teaches the opposite.

Matthew 7:13-14 “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: [however] …strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Is the narrow way easy to find and to follow? No. It requires effort. You must search for it. And once you find it, because it isn’t very wide, you must watch your steps carefully. It is, however, worth all the effort because of its final destination: it leads to life—eternal life!

What about the “easy” way: what is it like? Is it popular? Most importantly, what is its final end?

It’s wide: many options—unlimited options! Like a broadly defined legal contract, it has a lot of loopholes. The problem is that to take lots of different roads means you have not taken the one way that is Christ. It means that the option of Christ was left out, for Christ says He is the one and only way to God the Father. If you’re told to turn left at the first door in a hallway, and there are many doors to choose from, you either turn left at the first door or you don’t.

Jesus is the narrow way. He is specifically God’s only Son, as we read in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…”

Can we trust Christ? Is He real? Can He help us, in November, 2004?

Yes—and how do we know this? Because He has already proved His love on a cruel cross, around 2000 years ago! When the Father gave the Son, it was to be crucified (killed) in our place for our sins. Jesus has already died a gruesome death for you and me, as we see in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ. If He did this for us, knowing we would be born and need a Savior, while we were an enemy to Him, then we know He loves us.

There is a choice involved, however. One day, we all will worship God—even Satan & his demons! All (in heaven, on the earth and beneath the earth) will say: Jesus is LORD! The difference is that for some, He will be their Lord; for others, regrettably, He won’t be.

Is He your Lord, today? He can be—if you’ll let Him. If you know you aren’t perfect and need for God to forgive you; and if you trust in Jesus’ payment, on the cross, for all your flaws, just simply today ask Him, in the quiet of your heart, to forgive you. Let Him know you want Him in your life. He is only a breath away.

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