I've struggled with this entry more than usual, and for various reasons it has taken me longer to write it than my other posts, but I came across the following Facebook reference the day I started it and I've been determined to finish it ever since:
"If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."~ Dale Carnegie
Denying myself, my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5), and the desires of my flesh were the hardest decisions I've ever made and continue to try and make each day. For example, I used to smoke, and there are times when I would love nothing more than to smoke again, but in denying myself that pleasure in obedience to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ("Or, do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God's.") I am walking the narrow path, the harder path. So, in my daily journey of living sold out for Jesus Christ, I too struggle to stay on the narrow path, but because it's difficult should I join the masses on the broad path instead? Your rejection of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world and specifically your heart and soul, doesn't make you stronger or more intelligent; it makes you just like everyone else walking the broad path.
It's easy to walk the broad path, and I know it's easy because I've walked it, jogged it, ran it, and even crawled it. I have given in to the lusts and temptations that the world offers, and paid dearly for it. I have lied, cheated, and sinned just like everyone else, and to this day I fight temptation still, and probably more so than I did before, but the difference between then and now is in my heart. A day came when I had to choose between continuing to live according to truth as I knew it, or lay down what I knew and embrace the truth of God's Word. I chose His Word. I remember, though, when I didn't. In fact, I outright rejected Him as non-existent during one of my religious exploratory journeys through college. My ego assured me I knew best and the Bible was merely a fun collection of stories to be read for entertainment purposes only. However, after coming face to face with the reality of my own mortality through a rape, a should have been fatal car wreck, and near death experimental drug use, all occurring in my early twenties, I had to consider the possibility that my wisdom alone was insufficient. There had to be more.
Maybe you've not had any traumatic experiences that led you to question whether or not you need a Savior, but I assure you on the truth and validity of God's Word (2 Timothy 3:16) that you do, and it is certainly not His will that anyone should perish (2 Peter 3:9), so if you don't know Him or have spent your life rejecting, Him, yet you find yourself here reading this, then know that it's not your time to die. He has graciously extended you another day in hopes that today will be the day you choose to believe. Choose Jesus Christ. Choose life.
"That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, 'whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame...For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:9-11, 13).
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