Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.… – Matthew 7:13-14
A recent conversation with a friend caught me mulling over a point blank question, “How desperate are you for a breakthrough?…… It is your choice, and your choice determines the result.”
We all live each day with decisions to make, big or small, poor or wise, and our choices determine where we will end up in: each decision will result in either repercussions or blessings.
Some of us hate to make choices; often vacillating between A and B, unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Let’s face it- most of us love to take the easiest route, and it is a no brainer to make that choice. Why? Because it is always easier to quit than to continue, and it costs us less pain. Who doesn’t like the easy way out?
we chose to cave in and give up, too readily and too easily.
if things come easy, do we need God?
The heart of the matter is often the matter of the heart.
The crux is, how desperate are you for a breakthrough? Here’s are some gauge you can find answers in:
- Are you griping, “Too tall an order I can’t do it. I am just a common man.”?
- Is your decision based on self and emotion or God and His direction?
- How many times have you pray about the situation in a day?
- 4. How many times have you consulted the Bible and the Great Teacher in the day
- How often do you humble yourself at your knees in seeking breakthrough?
- How willing are you to die to yourself?
- How willing are you to change yourself first than to change the situation?
- Have you exercise other sound options and try until something happens?
- Have you persevere until something happens?
- Do you prefer to settle for less?
Great men of suffering ever shared their experiences:
When God does an impossible task, the takes an individual and crushes him.
– Charles Swindoll
Until a man is nothing, God then can make nothing out of him.
– Martin Luther
Ever wonder, the greatest Glory awaits those who chose to persevere? Jesus persevered, at the point of death. If He didn’t, there is no Hope for mankind. Jesus is God, yes, but He was also 100% man, in the same skin as you and me.
I recalled the time I was in a health, Identity and financial crises, so broken from coming to the end of my tether, and desperately begging for a breakthrough that I literally chewed the Bible for any morsel of God’s living Word, day in and day out. As a newborn spiritual baby, I prayed like a mad woman not knowing how to fire with any spiritual gears bestowed. I just need to get out of my valley and get up on my feet. Was it easy? No. Was it quick? No. It took me a year (may be longer). Miracle happened because I chose to preserve, I made the choice to believe that God will bring me through it, and God didn’t waste my tears, my efforts to die to self and gut-wrenching pain. I didn’t give up then, so here I am, a living testimony of His Grace and amazing transformation.
If I chose to give up then, I believe my life would have cost me more agony and landed me in more mess than before.
So it all boils down to your choice- Be wise.
Some of us may shrug at this devotion and brush it off “It is not applicable to me”. Let me submit to you that the Bible says in John 3:30, “Only when I decrease, so that God can increase”. Like it or not, we will all be tested- Brokenness is fundamental to restoration, and it is the only antidote to our self-centered nature.
When I am unable, God is Able;
When I am powerless, God empowers;
When I am faith-less, God is faithful;
Whenever I cringe in fear, God always stay near.