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The heart of the wise man inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
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.
14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads
to life, and only a few find it.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears
will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way;
walk in it.”
I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is
not for man to direct his steps.
Two roads – one is wide and one is narrow they lead to two very different destinations. One road is very popular and is traveled widely and its notoriety consists of man-made myths that are believed by the crowd that travel it. The other is less traveled by a few select people whose lives have been transformed by a supernatural event orchestrated by an Omnipotent God. The narrow road leads to Heaven and the wide road leads to hell. Every man and every woman will have to make a decision as to which road they will travel on, it will be their choice. There will be no coercion, no intimidation, no force applied to make a person choose which one they will walk. Which one will be according to their own ‘free will – their choice’? They will choose the road but will not be able to choose the consequences.
When God created man He created him with a ‘free will’. This simply means that man is a free agent and because of this he has the freedom to choose to do anything he so desires, good, bad or indifferent. It is the freedom of the will to choose a course of action without any external coercion but always within the ideals or moral outlook of the individual. When it comes to man’s free will God had to step back and allow man to decide for himself what he will do and what he will believe regardless of the consequences. God wanted the jewel of His creation, man, to love him because he wanted to not because he had to and so for this to happen man had to be given a ‘free will’ to choose good or evil even if it led to his destruction.
The difference between the two roads is amazing and that difference is readily seen by everyone. Sight plays a very big role in the decision as to what road an individual will choose to walk on. One road caters to the human, carnal, immoral, material driven, selfish nature which desires a life of ease and luxury. The other road reaches out to the unselfish, moral, God fearing man and woman who deny the desires of their fleshly nature that they might know their God in a personal way and there desire is to walk His way no matter the cost. Let’s take a close look at these two roads and examine the attraction each one has that entices the individual to choose one over the other.
THE WIDE ROAD – ROUTE 666 – LEADS TO HELL
He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever
loves wine and oil will never be rich.
If there was just one word used to describe the attraction for the wide road I believe it would be PLEASURE! There is a saying that the world has accepted and tries to live by; it is ‘IF IT FEELS GOOD DO IT’. This is what ‘PLEASURE’ means, a good feeling, and sensual satisfaction or delight right now, a gratification of the senses. This road offers pleasure to one and all, the old, middle aged and young. It attracts by offering a high degree of pleasure, something to please everyone’s carnal desires. Everything on this road is for the individuals comfort and enjoyment along with the lure of wealth and power. The road is resplendent with the pleasures of the world and it draws the people to it just as the flame attracts the moth. The attractions are numerous and are very enticing to the eyes and senses. No expense has been spared by the world to make this road attractive, irresistible and captivating to all, men and women, young and old alike. Everyone feels at home on this road, they are made to feel like one of the crowd, that they belong. It’s crowded but it is wide and there is plenty of room for all to walk on and space to breath.
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I
refused my heart no pleasure . My heart
took delight in all my work, and this was
the reward for all my labor.
Broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.
“In the last times there will be scoffers who
will follow their own ungodly desires.”
This road is easy to travel and for every obstruction that is encountered, or whenever anything is not to the individuals liking there is always a way around it. There are many detours and side road to make your journey pleasant and there is nothing to make you want to get off of this road. Every detour eventually brings you back to the original road and destination. There are many attractions along the way to keep you interested and amused and seeking for more of the same. The individuals’ pleasure is paramount, ranking above everything else in importance, anything to keep you moving towards the end goal, the eternal damnation of your soul.
But the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
This road is wide and always heavily traveled and there are always many fellow travelers to encourage you and to entice you to keep walking with them. There is an old saying and it is so true, ‘Misery loves company.’ The sights, the sounds, the excitement are all geared to appeal to the carnal nature of man. You are constantly reminded that this beats those dull old prayer meetings with those holier than thou Christians. The builder of this road took everything into consideration and he based its attraction on his knowledge of man’s desire for the easy life, the desire for more and better of the material things of life. The desire for a bigger home, a more expensive car, a career, successful business, power, money, all the things to appease that greedy nature. I have often wondered why it is that the conservatives are called the “right” and the liberals are called the “left.” There is a verse in the Bible that will probably answer that question quite accurately it is;
9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation
and a trap and into many foolish and harmful
desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
Some people, eager for money, have wandered
from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s.
But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever
loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid
up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink , and be merry.”‘
20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul
will be required of you; then whose will those things
be which you have provided?’
21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is
not rich toward God.”
Those walking on this road have no fear of God or the future. There is no fear of an after life or a future judgment. They have been blinded and deceived by the god of this world and the father of all liars, Satan, into believing that there is no God to fear and if there is a God He is a God of Love and would never punish His children by sending them to a place called hell. Their mantra is ‘Eat-Drink and be Merry for tomorrow we die.’ They are led to believe that the grave is the end and all will end up there so enjoy your life while you have it.
“There is no Fear of God before their eyes.”
You belong to your father, the devil, and you
want to carry out your father’s desire. He was
a murderer from the beginning, not holding
to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When
he lies, he speaks his native language, for he
is a liar and the father of lies.
2 Peter 2:17-20
17 These men are springs without water and mists
driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved
18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by
appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human
nature, they entice people who are just escaping
from those who live in error.
19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves
are slaves of depravity — for a man is a slave to
whatever has mastered him.
This road was well designed, the smooth surface to walk on, the bright lights to beckon and entice, the individual pleasures of every description. All of that was purposely designed to lure the unwary, the immoral, the lustful, the crooked and the power hungry. It even entices the average, honest, hard working man who is just looking for a good life for himself and his family but has removed God from the program. No one gives any thought to what lies at the end of this road, but all roads come to an end eventually. No one asks where this road is going to end and most don’t want to know and don’t care. The words of a song seem to sum it all up – “Let the devil take tomorrow for tonight I need a friend.” Live for today for that is all we have. What a mistake, what a tragedy, what a lie they have bought into. Justification is their defense, everyone is doing it would be their excuse, I deserve a break in life would be their plea. They forget that it is very easy to miss something when you are not looking for it. The following scriptures describe those who are walking on the wide road that leads to eternal damnation in hell.
2 Timothy 3:2-4
2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of
money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient
to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without
self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,
4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure
rather than lovers of God—
2 Peter 2:13-15
13 Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad day
light. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in
their pleasures while they feast with you.
14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning;
they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed,
an accursed brood!
It has been said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. This maybe so but in the final analysis, in the end it will mean nothing. All that will matter is your answer to the following question,
“WHAT DID YOU DO WITH JESUS?” What will your answer be when Jesus calls you to the final appointment of your life?
11 Violence has grown into a rod to punish wickedness;
none of the people will be left, none of that crowd —
no wealth, nothing of value.
12 The time has come, the day has arrived. Let not the
buyer rejoice nor the seller grieve, for wrath is upon
the whole crowd.
Wide road – Narrow road – Your Choice.
The heart of the wise man inclines to the right, but the
heart of the fool to the left.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat
of Christ , that each one may receive what is due him
for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
THE NARROW ROAD – LEADS TO HEAVEN
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.
This other road, the narrow one, OH what a difference compared to the one we just described. A sign reads – ONE WAY – There are no side roads to turn off on and there are no detours. There are no bright neon lights, no alluring theaters or houses of ill-repute. The road is rough, there are many obstacles along the way to cause you to stumble and question why you are on this road. Most adults know that a smooth road can lull you to sleep which could be very dangerous. There are a few rugged mountains to climb and rivers to cross. Every obstacle and every mountain are there to hinder us, to delay us, to thwart our progress, to frustrate us and hopefully will cause us to focus on our dependence on the Lord to complete this journey. This is not of God but He allows it for out of all this comes perseverance, a stronger, more determined, more dedicated follower of Christ. The Bible tells us that we will suffer persecution but not to worry for it also tells us that greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. This is the one who overcame the world, who fights our battles and gives us the victory. Jesus didn’t say it would be easy, He said it would be worth it.
When we lean to our own understanding we think we are walking in the right direction only to discover it was never God’s will for us to enter into that relationship, to make that business deal, to buy that expensive house and car. The examples could go on and on for they are limitless. As we walk that uncertain road we discover an amazing thing about our Lord. He can make the most crooked places straight. He has the ability to make whatever mistake we make to turn out right. There will be some consequences to those decisions, we have made but He will always allow these actions to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Those mistakes can even contribute to our spiritual maturing and finding a greater wisdom in our lives if we learn from those mistakes.
And we know that all things work together for the
good of those who love Him and have been called
according to His purpose
God’s omnipotence is always one step ahead of our incompetence. Don’t you think He knew you would make that mistake when He planned your life, absolutely? Isn’t it comforting to know you cannot plan God out of the equation of your life no matter how bad you mess up? He can and will always turn crooked places into straight places for those who have a humble and contrite spirit. Do you need a crooked place straightened out today? Ask Him to straighten out your crooked path so that you can walk in His perfect will for your life.
A highway shall be there, and a road and it shall be called
the Highway of Holiness .The unclean shall not pass over
it, for it will be for those who walk in the Way.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on
your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make
your path straight.
The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone would
come after Me, he must deny himself and take up
his cross daily and follow Me.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!
I have overcome the world.”
1 John 5:4-5
4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This
is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes
that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome
them, because He who is in you is greater than he
who is in the world.
Those who have chosen to walk on this narrow road do so because they have a definite purpose in life. They know what awaits them at the end of the road and they are determined to get there. The hand that is guiding them is the hand that will sustain them through every adversity. This road is called the Highway of Holiness and only the Blood bought saints of God can travel on it. They chose to walk this Way knowing it would not be easy, knowing there would be many obstacles to hinder their progress, knowing that it may even cost them their lives. Some would even have to walk this road alone for few there be that find it BUT they know that the strong right hand of their Savior is holding their hand and He will never lead them where His Grace cannot sustain them.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your
ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This
is the way ; walk in it.”
On this road there will be no way around the snares of Satan, no way to avoid the obstacles, each one will have to be addressed; each one will have to be overcome. There will be only a few that will offer encouragement, to urge you on for this road is not crowded with people. But all of them will know and are assured that they are never alone and that someone who is closer than a brother is walking beside them. He may not be seen with the physical eye but our spirit bears witness that He is ever by our side. He will be our strength to push on, our guide to keep us on the straight and narrow way, our light in the darkness, our companion as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He has made us a promise to never leave us or forsake us and He will keep that promise. Who is this friend, this companion that promises so much? He is JESUS CHRIST God’s priceless gift to all mankind, His only begotten Son.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand
Keep your lives free from the love of money and
be content with what you have, because God has
said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you .”
Before they started to walk on this narrow road each individual examined every option and came to the conclusion that whatever the cost to them personally they were willing to pay it. They knew that this unseen companion had walked this road before them. The world rejected Him, hated Him and then they killed Him, BUT, He arose from the dead, completed His journey and now sits at the right hand of all power and authority, His Father, God Almighty. He had overcome every obstacle, every hindrance put in His way and came forth victorious and He told us we would through Him be able to do the same.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony, and they did
not love their lives to the death.
Although this narrow road is long and sometimes very hard and difficult to walk on Jesus said it would be worth it. Those walking on it know they have a battle to fight, a battle which will claim many casualties and will continue until Jesus returns and they are willing to take it by force from their adversary Satan. Remember, Jesus said the battle was His not ours, the victory was ours.
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the
Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing,
and forceful men lay hold of it.
2 Chronicles 20:15
This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be
afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.
For the battle is not yours, it is God’s.
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, who gives US the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ.
‘THE NARROW ROAD LEADS TO OUR HEAVENLY HOME’
Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.