The Narrow Way

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “So then, you will know them by their fruits.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. (Matthew 7:15-29)

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Repent and believe the gospel!

Continue to repent and believe the gospel!

The gate is narrow, and so is the path. Take care that you are walking in the narrow way!

Don’t practice immorality with the one hand and worship God with the other!

There is no such thing as a carnal Christian!

Don’t allow ANYTHING to dictate your Christian beliefs other than the Word of God!

Praying a prayer one time does not make you a Christian!

Being baptized does not make you a Christian!

Salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone makes you a Christian and walking in the way of righteousness thereafter is evidence of the supernatural regenerating work of the Holy Spirit!

A hatred of sin and a love of righteousness and truth is the mark of a born-again new creature in Christ!

A turning away from unbroken patterns of sin and rebellion is the fruit of the inner working of the Spirit in a true believer’s life!

An intellectual assent to the truth claims of Jesus Christ or a belief in God is not evidence of salvation! The demons believe this and tremble! Do you have a demonic faith?

A life submitted to the Lord Jesus Christ will be markedly different from that of those who merely profess Christ or add Him to their worldly lives as a mere accessory!

God changes His own! Jesus makes a difference in His own! Sanctification is the defining work of the Holy Spirit within the truly born-again!

Are you like the world? Do you love the world? Do you call yourself a disciple of Christ? Do you bear bad fruit? Is it possible for a true Christian to continually bear bad fruit? Jesus Christ says it isn’t. Is He a liar or are you a liar? How many times will you rededicate your life over, and over, and over again? Oh ye of little faith! How many conferences or seminars will you attend chasing after a “great move of God”? How is God working in your life? Is God working in your life?

You will know them by their fruits.

A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “So then, you will know them by their fruits.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Which are you, friend?

Are you practicing the will of the Father, or are you practicing lawlessness?

Oh self-righteous sinner, don’t say to yourself “I know Jesus”! For I will then say to you that God is able to raise up stones to claim they know Jesus! I ask; “Does Jesus know you?”

Which foundation are you building upon? Is sand or is it rock? Are you on the narrow way or the broad way? Are you a tree bearing good fruit or are you a tree bearing bad fruit? Are you doing the will of the Father and going to heaven or are you practicing lawlessness and going to hell?

There are only two possibilities. Examine yourself. On that final day to come will your confession hold true? Don’t trust in yourself. Don’t trust in your works. Don’t trust in your false teachers. Don’t trust in your heart which is deceitful above all things. Trust in God’s Living Word alone.

Go! Go! Run your race with your eyes steadfastly fixed solely upon Jesus Christ! God be with you!

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