Narrow Is the Way
Are those of us who are serious about following Jesus Christ and circumventing demonic deception narrow minded? YES. DEFINITELY, YES. In the truest sense of Christianity, isn’t that what we’re called to be?
Barry Hudson of “His Infinite Mercy Ministries” speaks here in the above video on the preponderance of spiritual deception and on choosing the narrow path.
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. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV 1984) (words of Jesus Christ)
But are we being unwise? The devil and his minions would have us believe that we are. So would a growing population of New Age and occult practitioners who uphold a badge of open-minded Christianity. Are we the ones who need to wake up and open our minds to possibilities? — or are our unwitting brothers and sisters the ones who need to be snatched from the flames that they have confused with enlightenment?
25Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directy before you.
26Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
27Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.Proverbs 4:25-27 (NIV 1984)
Is Christ Jesus being counterfeited? Is the Holy Spirit being usurped in the mega church and now in mainstream church? Are we looking to spiritual leaders to read the Bible for us and to be our intercessors to God Almighty and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Do we think we can carve a quicker, more delightful, more palpable path to our Father through the impartation of feel-good, uncontrollable, cacaphonic laughter and semi-conscious, trembling and spasmodic states?
When in the world did magic tricks and slight-of-the-spirit demonstrations become a replacement for REPENTANCE and for the struggles that are intrinsic of character development and spiritual maturity? At what point did we fall for the act of feel-good faith that is dependent on spiritual manifestations, no matter the cost?
The Cost of Christianity
And the cost is high. It is tremendous. In this mad rush to get spiritual, to overcome our traumas and pain and suffering and even hopelessness, we have turned over our souls, or at least parts of them, to the enemy to do as he will. The deeper we go, the more entrenched we become.
True Christianity is hard. True maturity can be a lonely path. What no one really tells us is that it’s fascinating, that it’s this amazing adventure, that once it comes alive in us, there is nothing that compares. The parallel reality is that the path of maturity in Christ Jesus tests us, puts us through trials and through fires as a matter of daily fare. Yet nothing remotely compares to the power and the salvation and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. (Revelations 12:10)
21‘Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV 1984)
Am I trying to take the easy way out when it comes to my soul?
Are physical manifestations such as laughing uncontrollably indicators of my closeness to God?
Am I open to looking at the possibility that I may be deceived?