Building a relationship with the Most High God is the essential goal anyone can have. Many people believe in the biblical God, although, their investment in that relationship may leave something to be desired. This article focuses on the need for examining and improving your relationship with God.
The goal we should all pursue
Consider the meaning of the following passage.
13. 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:Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)
14. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
It may seem evident at first glance, especially to those who have encountered this passage before. Possibly many people have read it reasonably quickly and casually without looking for a deeper understanding. The only reason I investigated any deeper was due to the fire within me that pushed, pulled and prodded me to search.
To me, the single point this passage was trying to convey was that only a few people would enter the kingdom of heaven; that many people will be caught up in the world and miss the narrow path. While this is true, it dawned on me that I was missing something crucial.
To find — You must search
The simple concept of finding something implies that a search must precede the finding.
Only the people who search it out have a chance at finding that narrow path.
Who is out in the cold
The Bible has highlighted in the passage under examination that “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”. Only a few will find that path, and even less will search for the way.
In the churches worldwide you will find many people. You will also find many who are involved in an abundance of religions. Countless individuals have had brushes with God daily. Numerous people refer to themselves as agnostic or atheist. The path to life, however, is only available to those who want to find it and are willing to search for it.
The fakes, bench-warmers, hypocrites, coerced, willfully ignorant, coveters of this world, followers as opposed to leaders, and even the scared — especially the scared, will not make it unto this narrow road. They will all need to look at themselves and decide what direction they want to take. There are no lukewarm Christians who will end up in the kingdom, and thus those who find themselves in one of these categories will need to re-evaluate their relationship with God and get it to where it needs to be.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.Revelation 3:16 (KJV)
Your relationship with God is on an individual level. The pastor’s emotional sermons, smart insights, and funny jokes he shares with you once a week; the motivational speeches about God, money, life that are based on the false doctrines and the world; the many teachers in the world who could not recognise righteousness if it smacked them in the face could never guide you to what they don’t know — in fact, many are doing the exact opposite of leading you to God. There is only one way, and you have to personally search him out through his Word and communion with him.
The people who compromise when things get too hard or when the path does not lead where they want to go; those individuals who use the world to validate the Bible — if science, the news and media, their friends, and teachers do not agree then the Bible cannot be correct; those people who follow blindly without seeking God for themselves — ask Tim, my husband, or my pastor because they have the answers; the ones who didn’t reach out to God for themselves but rather only listened to the teachings or preachings of others. All of these people will need to reflect seriously on their life and relationship with God.
Fasting — Boosting the connection
Having not understood this for a very long time, I have recently come to the knowledge of how it works.
To deny your body allows your mind to connect with God on a higher level. Removing the focus from the physical desires or needs of the body allows the mind & spirit to focus on the spiritual things. The stronger your connection, the more guidance and insight God can impart to you.
Apostates & deceivers
Consider also the following passage.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Why would someone who prophesied in the name of God, cast out devils in the name of God and done many wonderful works in the name of God be surprised when Jesus says “I never knew you: depart for me, ye that work iniquity”?
At least two scenarios come to my mind for why this might happen.
They once walked with God but didn’t stay the course
Some will walk with God for a while but will not last till the end — apostates.
But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.Ezekiel 18:24 (KJV)
They were not truly working for for the Most High
Some will genuinely believe they are serving God but are deceived and thus deceive others with their doctrine — deceivers.
22. And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.Mark 3:22-26 (KJV)
23. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
24. And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
No kingdom that fights against itself can stand. God will not fight against himself and neither will satan.
Many will fall away, and many will deceive others. Some deceivers will believe they are doing the work of the Most High, but are in fact doing the work of the adversary. They were by no means righteous and possibly had no idea what it took to be righteous. Only searching for the truth and being brave enough to embrace it, trusting the Most High’s guidance will see your arrival on that narrow road.
Only the brave
Serving God requires the courage to take the steps where he leads. It requires being relentless and bold!
Everyone stumbles, but not everyone gets back up. God requires you to get back up and achieve his perfection through the guidance of his Son.
Your search will result in the curtain that hides the truth of his Word and which also prevents us from seeing the darkness and illusions of this world will be pulled down. The deception is so great and continually being adapted that mere mortals cannot navigate these rough waters; the narrow path can only be obtained through righteousness which can only be acquired through the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
This post is a wake-up call. I gave my life over to Jesus Christ in 2015, and I won’t look back — best decision of my life. Many people are waiting for me to fall and many have tried to make me fall because I have not chosen their path, or I have pointed out their sin; unlike a child, they are too proud to re-evaluate their position as opposed to thinking mine is incorrect. I have stumbled, but I have picked myself back up and continued my walk.
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.Daniel 12:10 (KJV)
Don’t let fakers determine your path and don’t be taken by surprise when Jesus returns. Make him your friend and walk hand in hand with an ever-stronger bond. There should be nothing and nobody between you and God. Not your friend, pastor, husband, wife, Church, nor colleague.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.Revelation 19:8 (KJV)
13. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.John 14:13-14 (KJV)
14. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Only requests made in his name will be granted. An understanding of what the name of Jesus is will shed light on what prayers he will answer.