Works are ordained by God for us to do and they are, if initiated by the Holy Spirit, fruit unto God that brings him glory and honor. However, Good works DO NOT make you acceptable to God for salvation. Nor do good works justify you in any way before a righteous and holy God. If you cannot use good works to save you then why would good works be acceptable to keep you saved? GOD WORKS are only acceptable and are a fruit of the Holy Spirit produced in a Christian by Gods sovereign grace, mercy, and perfect will! Adding works to your salvation exempts you from grace because in effect what you are saying is that your works are as good as the blood of Jesus. They are not! Does a Christian perform good works…YES! AS A BY PRODUCT OF OUR FAITH BUT NOT TO CONSTITUTE FAITH! Do you see the difference? This is why Paul was upset with the Galatians. By adding circumcision they were saying that the blood of Jesus was not enough to save them. Paul told these guys…”Hey, this is not the gospel that was delivered to you but ANOTHER GOSPEL!” Adding works is the same spirit as adding circumcision. Let me show you why that is. Circumcision had nothing to do with Israel’s acceptance by God. Abraham was already accepted by God before God asked him to be circumcised. God wanted the people to have a physical reminder of His promise to make of them a Great nation. So Add to dictionary was based on a promise or a covenant between two people. God and Abraham. Abraham was to accept God and surrender his life to God. God kept his part of the contract which is what a covenant is, but Israel kept breaking it. Since the law was made to point us to Christ, we can see that Israel’s failure to keep the law reveals how easy man can turn away from God’s written law. THIS IS BECAUSE MAN IS BORN INTO SIN! HE HAS A SIN NATURE! God wants to show us that Israel could not keep the law so what makes us think that we can keep the law? God then makes a New Covenant by the blood of Jesus Christ. Since man cannot keep God’s laws in his own power and strength, Jesus had to take away the power of sin that made us break God’s laws in the first place! The New Testament is that new agreement. Based on what principal????….THE LAW OF FAITH!!!!! Let me simplify this principal of faith for you. God has sent Jesus to die and take my place, therefore I believe…I believe and therefore I receive….I receive and therefore I am given GOD’S POWER to become GOD’S CHILD. I am God’s child and therefore I produce fruit unto God BY HIS POWER THAT DWELLS IN ME, and therefore I AM KEPT by the power of God unto salvation ready to be revealed on that Day! Hebrews 8:1-16 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of A BETTER COVENANT which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he smith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make A NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more .In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” As Christians we do not need to go back to the law. If we are born again we have been given a new heart…or rather a regenerated spirit, which is translated heart but really means spirit. They are interchangeable in scripture. The new regenerated spirit of man is PERFECT with no sin!!! Our body is dead because of sin but our spirit man is the new creature and so therefore is right with God in every way. Our bodies are not yet redeemed and so subject to sin. The Holy Spirit helps us to keep the body under. One day that old body will be destroyed and we will be given a new body. In the meantime we are not under the dominion of sin, which is in the body, which by the way is also the brain! We are to be renewed in the spirit of our minds! God will help you by HIS SPIRIT to mortify or keep under the body of flesh as we YEILD…GIVE THE RIGHT OF WAY (which means to surrender from self-initiated works and yield to God inspired works) to him and let him do it! He is able to SAVE TO THE UTTERMOST ALL WHO COME TO HIM, the Bible says. Circumcision is now of the heart! Under the New Covenant…heart remember is spirit! You are a spirit being that possesses a soul and lives in a body! Your spirit is born again unto God…brand new! Filled with God’s Holy Spirit, if you are really saved. Many claim to be saved but alas they are not. Many have a religious ideology about Christianity and think that they are saved through works and adherence to OT laws but they have not EXPERIENCED the power of God. They have not entered into grace by faith in Jesus Christ. Rather they are under the law and still dead in trespasses and sins. Salvation is of the Lord and the Spirit falls whethersoever HE DESIRES the Bible says. (John 1) Deut.30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. Colossians 2:8-17 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come but the body is of Christ. In conclusion brethren, we are not in debt to keep the law. Nor are we subject to the rudiments of this world. WE ARE NEW CREATURES IN CHRIST! FILLED WITH THE SAME SPIRIT THAT RAISED JESUS CHRIST FROM THE DEAD. If you do not have the Holy Spirit of course you will feel compelled to keep the law because you know you are a sinner and God requires you to be righteous! We who have the first fruits of the Spirit know that we have eternal life. We are assured of our salvation. If you are not sure that you have salvation, please examine yourself today. Are you really in the faith? Do you know that you know that you know, you are saved and going to heaven to be with the lord? If not, lay down your burden of sin…..for it truly is a burden! You cannot keep God’s law. Grace will keep you. Ask Jesus to save you from your sins and make you a new creature in Christ today

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Walking with God

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To walk with God means in Hebrew – halak- a verb-action word. It means these many things;

live, manner of life, keep a pace with, follow, go forth, go forward, continually, march on, move, run along, send, traveler, to and fro with, way-faring, be weak, whirl.

Interesting enough but according to Scriptures, God was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, but he was not walking with Adam. After Adam and Eve sinned the relationship was broken and God had to call for Adam. Sin separated God’s creation from himself. When the Lord found Adam he was hiding in guilt and condemnation from God. God had to sacrifice a sheep and cloth them with a temporary covering to atone for their sin. This act never did restore relationship with God but what it did do was make a covering to appease God’s wrath, so that he did not destroy Adam and Eve and the whole earth, by his righteous judgment.

The law does not restore relationship with God. God always had to use a Moses or some kind of go between to lead his children. Still today, those still under the law are not in relationship with God, through Jesus the sacrifice, but are separated by sin. The law does not save; it only contains sin to keep it from spreading.

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. Gen. 3:8

Before the law in writing was given to Moses, Enoch walked with God and so did the other prophets. This relationship was based not on law but on grace. God sovereignty called certain individuals to do certain things and speak in his name. I want to point out a twofold operation of the Spirit of God that exists today. The prophets had the Holy Spirit come on them at certain times for certain purposes as the Lord desired but the Holy Spirit did not live in his people nor the prophets. Today the Holy Spirit lives in his people BUT he also comes upon his people to operate in the supernatural as he wills as well.

Getting back to my topic, walking with God or – halak-is a requirement for salvation. If you have never heard from God, never had any supernatural visitations, dreams, visions, inspirations, promptings, anointing, guidance, then it is doubtful that you are really saved. Salvation is about having the relationship that Adam had with God before the fall restored, not just believing in your head about an historical Jesus.

 If you look at the prophets they all walked with God. Many Israelites did not walk with God even though they believed in him. That is why they fell into sin so much. They always preferred a Moses or a king to lead them in their relationship with God. This is still true today.  This is also true for many who call themselves Christians. They follow Biblical laws or rules, regulations and principals of the Bible but they do not have a living relationship with God the Father by the sacrifice of Jesus who sent the Holy Spirit to abide with us and have relationship with us.

   

And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. Duet. 8:9

 Are you in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit or do you just have a lifeless dry religion that you try to adhere to? Remember Jesus said that when you come to him that he will make life giving refreshing water spring forth from your heart. In other words life in God which is abundant and filled with power and victory!

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. Psalm 89:15

 Ask Jesus to make you born again by his Holy Spirit and restore relationship with you and him. To have head knowledge about the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ is not enough! You must partake of his nature! Be filled with the Holy Spirit and walking in right relationship with God through Jesus Christ!

 

ALL Things Work Together For Good

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We have all heard of Romans 8:28, that all things are working together for our good but rarely will you hear the whole subject matter within its full context. Let’s take a look shall we?

Starting with the beginning of Romans chapter 8, let us look at who is speaking and to whom and why; as well as what is being said within its entirety. Most scholars believe that this book was the words of Paul the apostle to the church in Rome. Apparently there was no established Christian institution in Rome but rather a group of different families who congregated together in homes. Paul does not address a particular Church of Rome but different households. Paul uses the phrase, “all that are at Rome,” which were both Jew and Gentile. Paul covers in the book of Romans many topics but I want to address one in particular, that being; all things work together for good to those who love God.

First of all, we know that Paul is addressing the Christians at Rome, whom we know from history suffered great persecution. Paul says in Romans chapter 8, that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. To be “in Christ” is to be baptized into his death and raised to life by the Holy Spirit, in other words, born of God. Not baptized in water per say, but baptized into Christ. Remember there is a baptism of fire, not just water, just so you know. That fire is Holy Ghost fire. If you have water baptism but no baptism of fire, you may not really be born again. Baptism in water can be a religious exercise if not accompanied with baptism of fire, or being born from power from on high.

Many sitting in churches today mimic Christians in some outward behavior and culture but have never really been born of God. They have not actually had an encounter with the Holy Spirit and made alive by his miraculous power. They know about Jesus but have never personally met him. They lack the power, even though they may have a form of godliness.
What power you ask? Dumanis Holy Ghost power; to heal the sick, raise the dead, speak in tongues, cast out devils and work miracles.

Those in Christ are not condemned. They are not under God’s judgment and nor will they face his wrath. Those walking after the flesh however, are in condemnation. These are those who are not in Christ, not walking in the Spirit because they have no life in them. Paul continues in the next verse to say that the Holy Spirit of life makes the Christian free from sin and death because of Christ’s atonement. It is very clear that Paul is differentiating between the Christian and the carnal unsaved person. Paul says that walking in the Spirit of God is now the perquisite for godly living and not the keeping of Old Testament laws and rituals. Paul tells us in this chapter that YOU ARE NOT IN THE FLESH IF THE SPIRT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU BUT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE GOD’S SPIRT THEN YOU ARE NOT SAVED.

How do you know if you have God living in you? Paul says to examine yourself to see if you are really in the faith. If you do not personally know the God of the Bible it is likely that you are not saved. What does it mean “to know”? Well the Bible likens the “to know’ as the same kind of intimacy that a man and a wife have. Do you know his voice? Have you experienced his touch, his caress, his feelings, and his heart? Does he wake you up in the middle of the night to pray? Does he sing songs out of your spirit and weep with you in your sorrow? Do you feel his breath of life in your being? Are you certain without a shadow of a doubt that you really belong to him? Does God bear witness in your heart that you know him? Do you know, that you know, that you know, that you are saved because you know him?

If not then you need to surrender to Jesus and make him both Savior and Lord of your life. Knowing about Jesus and believing in him does not save you. Even the devil believes in Jesus. You must know him! Belong to him; be connected to his Holy Spirit by the blood of the lamb. Those led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. To be led is to have God direct your life, not you. You don’t make the decisions, he does. You listen in prayer and obey what his Holy Spirit tells you to do and where to go.

Paul next tells us in Romans chapter 8 that the sufferings of this present world are of no consequence in comparison to our eternal inheritance that we hope and wait patiently for. Paul lets God’s people know that the Holy Spirit which lives in his people knows our weakness and he will pray through us to the Father for help in all our struggles. God’s will is going to be birthed forth as the Spirit intercedes with prayers of intercession by groaning and moaning deep in our spirit’s as we seek his face.

Then right after that Paul says that all things are working together for our good. We can now see the connection. The Christian who walks in the Spirit and is suffering in this present world, prays by the Spirit that dwells in their spirit for God’s will which is birthed through prayer by the Holy Spirit, to work ALL things for our good. The reason Paul says this is because the Christian is predestined by God the Father, to be conformed into the image or likeness of his Son, Jesus Christ. So, why are ALL things working together for our good? So that we can be made into the image of his Son, that is in character and attributes. God has a destiny for each of us; a predetermined plan and that plan is being worked out by the Holy Spirit as he prays through us, God’s perfect will.

Who shall condemn those in Christ? Who shall separate us from God and his will for us? No one! This is because Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us as the Holy Spirit intercedes through us. Paul says that in persecution, trials, sorrows, hardships and even death; we are more than conquerors. We are living out a predetermined plan of almighty God for his purposes. Whether we suffer or are persecuted or even killed, we will come out the victor because Jesus conquered death! So, walk in the Holy Spirit and let him lead you. Even through the fire he will be with you and make all things work together for good, that is for God’s predetermined plan and purposes!

Maranatha!

Kim Balogh
Minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

ALL Things Work Together For Good

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We have all heard of Romans 8:28, that all things are working together for our good but rarely will you hear the whole subject matter within its full context.  Let’s take a look shall we?

Starting with the beginning of Romans chapter 8, let us look at who is speaking and to whom and why; as well as what is being said within its entirety.  Most scholars believe that this book was the words of Paul the apostle to the church in Rome.  Apparently there was no established Christian institution in Rome but rather a group of different families who congregated together in homes.  Paul does not address a particular Church of Rome but different households. Paul uses the phrase, “all that are at Rome,” which were both Jew and Gentile. Paul covers in the book of Romans many topics but I want to address one in particular, that being; all things work together for good to those who love God.

First of all, we know that Paul is addressing the Christians at Rome, whom we know from history suffered great persecution. Paul says in Romans chapter 8, that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. To be “in Christ” is to be baptized into his death and raised to life by the Holy Spirit, in other words, born of God. Not baptized in water per say, but baptized into Christ. Remember there is a baptism of fire, not just water, just so you know. That fire is Holy Ghost fire. If you have water baptism but no baptism of fire, you may not really be born again. Baptism in water can be a religious exercise if not accompanied with baptism of fire, or being born from power from on high.

Many sitting in churches today mimic Christians in some outward behavior and culture but have never really been born of God. They have not actually had an encounter with the Holy Spirit and made alive by his miraculous power. They know about Jesus but have never personally met him. They lack the power, even though they may have a form of godliness.

What power you ask? Dumanis Holy Ghost power; to heal the sick, raise the dead, speak in tongues, cast out devils and work miracles.

Those in Christ are not condemned. They are not under God’s judgment and nor will they face his wrath. Those walking after the flesh however, are in condemnation. These are those who are not in Christ, not walking in the Spirit because they have no life in them.  Paul continues in the next verse to say that the Holy Spirit of life makes the Christian free from sin and death because of Christ’s atonement. It is very clear that Paul is differentiating between the Christian and the carnal unsaved person. Paul says that walking in the Spirit of God is now the perquisite for godly living and not the keeping of Old Testament laws and rituals. Paul tells us in this chapter that YOU ARE NOT IN THE FLESH IF THE SPIRT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU BUT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE GOD’S SPIRT THEN YOU ARE NOT SAVED.

How do you know if you have God living in you? Paul says to examine yourself to see if you are really in the faith. If you do not personally know the God of the Bible it is likely that you are not saved. What does it mean “to know”? Well the Bible likens the “to know’ as the same kind of intimacy that a man and a wife have. Do you know his voice? Have you experienced his touch, his caress, his feelings, and his heart? Does he wake you up in the middle of the night to pray? Does he sing songs out of your spirit and weep with you in your sorrow? Do you feel his breath of life in your being? Are you certain without a shadow of a doubt that you really belong to him? Does God bear witness in your heart that you know him? Do you know, that you know, that you know, that you are saved because you know him?

If not then you need to surrender to Jesus and make him both Savior and Lord of your life. Knowing about Jesus and believing in him does not save you. Even the devil believes in Jesus. You must know him! Belong to him; be connected to his Holy Spirit by the blood of the lamb. Those led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. To be led is to have God direct your life, not you. You don’t make the decisions, he does. You listen in prayer and obey what his Holy Spirit tells you to do and where to go.

Paul next tells us in Romans chapter 8 that the sufferings of this present world are of no consequence in comparison to our eternal inheritance that we hope and wait patiently for. Paul lets God’s people know that the Holy Spirit which lives in his people knows our weakness and he will pray through us to the Father for help in all our struggles. God’s will is going to be birthed forth as the Spirit intercedes with prayers of intercession by groaning and moaning deep in our spirit’s as we seek his face.

Then right after that Paul says that all things are working together for our good. We can now see the connection. The Christian who walks in the Spirit and is suffering in this present world, prays by the Spirit that dwells in their spirit for God’s will which is birthed through prayer by the Holy Spirit, to work ALL things for our good. The reason Paul says this is because the Christian is predestined by God the Father, to be conformed into the image or likeness of his Son, Jesus Christ. So, why are ALL things working together for our good? So that we can be made into the image of his Son, that is in character and attributes. God has a destiny for each of us; a predetermined plan and that plan is being worked out by the Holy Spirit as he prays through us, God’s perfect will.

Who shall condemn those in Christ? Who shall separate us from God and his will for us?  No one! This is because Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us as the Holy Spirit intercedes through us. Paul says that in persecution, trials, sorrows, hardships and even death; we are more than conquerors. We are living out a predetermined plan of almighty God for his purposes. Whether we suffer or are persecuted or even killed, we will come out the victor because Jesus conquered death! So, walk in the Holy Spirit and let him lead you. Even through the fire he will be with you and make all things work together for good, that is for God’s predetermined plan and purposes!

Maranatha!

Kim Balogh

Minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

WATCH FOR THE THIEF !

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“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

In the Greek the word for thief is kleptēs. The English derivative is embezzler, pilferer. It comes from the word Klephts. These were warlike robbers who were self appointed people descendents of the Greeks who opposed Ottoman oppression. They carried on a continuous war against Ottoman rule and remained active as brigands until the 19th century. (Wikipedia)

The thief in this scripture is a metaphor for Satan because this is how he operates; fiercely, opposing God’s kingdom by plundering, robbing, killing and destroying.

Let’s take a closer look at what Satan does against God’s kingdom, shall we? God refers to him as a Klepht because he does guerilla warfare. He lies in waiting, crouching in hidden places and looking for any opportune moment to pounce upon unsuspecting targets. He then plunders his prey by robbing him and  if he can, he will kill and destroy. How does he do this? Well let’s take a look at what scriptures tell us.

• By masquerading as the Good Shepherd. Pretending to be sent by God. This can be a false religion or false cult or false doctrine leader or group. The wolf will devour. A wolf is always in scripture portrayed as a devourer. The wolf will take all your money and all your freedom in Christ and all your liberties in the Holy Spirit. The thief wants you in bondage. Jesus came to set you free from the religious restraints of false Shepherds. He came to give you life in the Spirit and not death under the law. Jesus gave his life for you to be free from sin and death, not under guilt and condemnation.

The false shepherd draws disciples after themselves; they do not lead you to the Holy Spirit. The thief will run off when danger comes but the true Shepherd will stay with you even in trouble.

“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.” John 10: 8,9

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11

But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. John 10:12

• Another way the thief ill try to destroy you is by keeping you  under his power by the world’s sensual pleasures. Satan offers you the money and riches of the world because they are his to give. Remember that he offered Jesus all the riches of the world if he worshipped him! Are you being lured by false prophets promising you money and “blessings” if you give to their ministries? You will be left behind if you are! Remember that Judas worked for Jesus. And he stole money for himself!

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  1 Thessalonians 5:4

• The thief will break into your house and steal your belongings. Materially, spiritually, physically if you are not constantly watching! Be alert in the Spirit! Stay close to the Lord and watch in prayer! If you don’t and let this slide the thief will come and plunder all that belongs to you! Watch and pray at all times in the Spirit! Jesus will come when you do not expect him!

But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Mathew 24: 43

Jesus promised to give his sheep life abundantly. Let’s take a closer look at this verse. “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. “

Might have- echō- to possess, to own.

Life- zōē-  absolute fulness of life  which belongs to God.  life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed both physically and spiritually.

More abundantly- perissos- superior, extraordinary, surpassing, uncommon, pre-eminence, superiority, advantage, more eminent, more remarkable, more excellent.

In conclusion, we must watch and pray against the thief from entering in to plunder and steal, kill, destroy. We also must pray for Zoe, God’s abundant life as he sees fit to give us individually in the earth and for his keeping power until he calls us to be with him where we will have our inheritance in him for all eternity,

CHAPTER ONE OF “THE WIDE ROAD”

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                                                                   The Cross Roads

Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness. Hebrews 3:7, 8

Joel stood at the crossroads of life. His dark shaggy hair fell over his youthful brow, shadowing the piercing of his deep grey eyes that were staring intently into the valley that loomed before him. A fierce inner struggle was taking place in the young man’s heart so that he groaned from deep within. “Which way should I choose?” he cried.

The Good Shepherd watched the young man who stood halting between two opinions and like the soft gentle rain falling from heaven, he began to speak softly into Joel’s heart. “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

After contemplating the narrow way, Joel found that he just could not bear the thought of carrying that heavy cross through the gate of life and down the narrow road. Being quite aware of the story told to all travellers of how narrow was the way of the righteous, he cringed at the very thought of it. Joel knew that the narrow way led to persecutions and tribulations for the word’s sake and he sure did not want to be burdened with that.

Looking into the Narrow way, Joel realized that he would never be able to walk down such a narrow path and still be encumbered with the cares of this life. To his dismay he saw that cross at the door of Hope and there was just no way of getting around it. “You don’t want to take that narrow road do you?” Joel’s carnal nature balked as Joel pondered the narrow way. “Come on give me a break! That way is for losers, the simple-minded who need a crutch to get through life!

Joel’s moral conscience that wanted to obey the written law rather than the Spirit of life, also cried out at Joel’s peering into the narrow way. “Don’t take that road! You won’t be able to obey the law for righteousness!”

Considering the voice of his moral conscience which tried to persuade him to walk in self-righteousness and his carnal nature which pulled him towards vice and vanity, Joel turned aside from the way of life and began his journey down the wide road.

Filled with his own ways, Joel was enticed by his carnal nature, to pursue after the pleasures of this life. With delight he traveled the wide road experiencing the most tempting sensations that he could possibly imagine. Revealed before him in all their arrangement of wonderful and tantalising fare were the pleasures of this life conceived from the inordinate desires of the hearts of men.

By choosing his own way, the traveler of the wide road at once began to pursue the passions of his wayward heart.  Having resisted the gentle wind of conviction that blew over him at the cross roads of life, Joel’s heart soon became hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. By rejecting the way of truth, he was soon filled with the error of his own ways and it was not long before his journey down the wide road led him through the deceitful weeds of wicked intentions. In Joel’s ignorance, he began to pursue with rigorous fervour, worldly endeavours and being tempted by the dark powers of this present world who ruled the wide road, he soon became entangled with the affairs of this life.

The Good Shepherd who seeks out those who are lost and without hope on the wide road, continued to watch over the young man on his journey with great compassion. For Joel was a chosen vessel called by God for his eternal purposes and even though he would go through a time of great darkness, the Father who knows the beginning from the end would draw Joel and call him out of darkness into his glorious light.

Traveling through the weeds of wicked intentions that lead through the thorny spikes of worldly sorrows, Joel in stubborn determination continued in his own way until he came to the entrance of the land of Self-seeking.  At the entrance to the city he saw a sinister looking man sitting in a booth by the wayside. Dressed in black attire and wearing a devilish grin upon his face the man motioned for Joel to come towards him. As he did, Joel saw a sign hanging over the booth where the man was sitting, that read; “Welcome to the Wide Road. All travelers required to exert self will and worldly ambition. Have a pleasant journey.”

The man at the booth, who was eyeing the traveler of the wide road rather impertinently with an all-knowing look upon his face, caused Joel to become rather annoyed. With an impudence of his own, he decided to confront the man head on. “What seems to be your problem?” Joel asked not bothering to cover up his quite blatant aggravation. The man at the booth just ignored him and with a mischievous grin sighed, as if to say, “I have been here so many times before and you are just another number of the many who are going their own way down the wide road. ”

Holding out a pair of dark glasses for Joel to take, the man at the booth began twisting his thin moustache, and said with a smirk on his face. “Here, friend, you will need to wear these if you want to continue in your own way down the Wide Road.”

“What are they for?” Joel asked as he held up the dark glasses to the sun and peered curiously through them.

They are your blinders,” the man grinned again mischievously. “All our travelers must wear them, you know, they keep out the light.

“How will I ever be able to see with these things on?” Joel asked the smirking man in bewilderment.

These blinders will not obstruct your vision in any way, traveler, but serve only to keep the messengers of the gospel from penetrating your understanding. You do not want to lose your own way do you?” The man grinned with a look of glee.

“Why, of course not,” Joel balked. “who are these messengers of the gospel anyway?”

Bothersome creatures and quite fanatic I’m afraid.” The man at the booth sighed with resignation. “They try to hinder your journey down the wide road and will even stop it if they can, by preaching that foolish gospel which claims only one way to salvation. You don’t believe that stuff do you?”

Joel shook his head quite vehemently. “No, I do not!”

I didn’t think so or you wouldn’t be here.” The man at the booth laughed uproariously. “Who could believe such a tale? Did you know that those goody two-shoes are always trying to keep our travelers from enjoying the pleasures of this life?”

Wrinkling his nose with displeasure as he fastened the dark glasses on his face, Joel declared with pride, “I intend on enjoying the pleasures of this life and no pesky light creature is going to take off my blinders of that you can be sure!”

The man at the booth twirled his handle bar moustache and grinned even more at Joel’s wilfulness. “Well so long. I guess I’ll be on my way now.” Joel said as he turned around to continue his journey down the wide road. “I’m off to search for the pleasures of this life.”

The man at the booth then yelled after Joel, “Remember; don’t let those messengers of the gospel take off your blinders. You could get saved from the pleasures of this life and change over to the other side if you are not careful.”

“I’ll be careful.” Joel yelled back.

The wide road which at first was filled with ease and comfort gradually became cumbersome for the traveler and very unpredictable. Joel soon found himself being led down one dead-end and then another. Finally, after going down many bends and curves, the traveler of the wide road became quiet exhausted and he fell down into a crumbled heap on the cold and stony ground.

Just when Joel was drifting off into a deep slumber, from out of nowhere sprung up from the cracks of the hard cold ground, vines, which began ever so craftily to wind themselves about the traveler of the wide road’s feet. Clinging to his weak flesh the vines of vanity held on to Joel tenaciously, keeping him firmly fixed to the cares of this life.

Awaking with a start, the traveler of the wide road found to his dismay, that he could not in his own power break free from the intense grip that the vines of vanity had upon him. Creeping up his pant legs the vines of vanity had found their way to the traveler of the wide road’s heart, where with a death like grip they squeezed on tightly to his high-minded imagination that was being nourished, and fed upon the wisdom of this world.

At the point of absolute despair, Joel cried out, to God or a god, whoever would listen and come to his aid during times of trouble. To his surprise, once again Joel heard the familiar still small voice calling him to the narrow way.

What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and yet loses his own soul? What can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Struggling with his carnal human nature that desired after that which perishes with the using, the traveler of the wide road found himself becoming more and more bound up in the vines of vanity. The more that Joel tried to get free from the ensnarement of the cares of this life, the more entangled he became. It was not until Joel completely reached the end of his own self-exertion that he finally began to be able to bend his leg inward just enough to straighten out his own way and get part of himself free. At the sound of the Good Shepherd’s voice whose mercy spread over Joel like the wings of an eagle, the vines of vanity eventually began to loosen their grip.

It was just enough for the traveler of the wide road to find a way of escape. Then with all his might Joel forced his way out from the vines of vanity which had grown in abundance on the hard cold ground. But like an ox going to the slaughter, the traveler of the wide road once again returned to the pathway of wicked intentions that he hoped would lead him eventually to the pleasures of this life.

Winding and winding, the way of self- seeking seemed to be getting Joel nowhere, until just before he was about to give up on ever finding his own way, he saw before him a lush valley spread out in the not too far distance. It was a wonderful discovery for the traveler of the wide road to be able to finally find a place to satisfy the longing of his empty heart and rest his weary troubled soul from the trials of life that he had just experienced.

In this deceptive valley on the wide road grew many trees, worldly and wise. Hanging from their branches were passionate fruit that was soft and juicy and blossoming among the enlightened of this age were flowers adorned with vain beauty; tempting tulips in a variety of colors, Chrysanthemums adorned with pompous pompons, peonies tall and tantalizing, roses with spiky thorns, daffodils trumpeting clusters of hearsay as well as many other kinds of wild flowers growing wild and wondrous.

The traveler of the wide road, with pleasure partook of the forbidden fruit of worldly desire as he frolicked among the wild flowers whose fragrance intoxicated him with euphoric pleasure, so much so that Joel soon became completely over taken by the love of this present world. Eventually, even the air in which Joel breathed became so enticing that he could scarce keep awake and alert to moral danger. Having his mind controlled by the sensual lure which had captivated his heart and dulled his perceptively, Joel was aroused exceedingly to the cares of this life.

Having his heart filled with the intoxicating aroma of worldly passions and the wisdom of this world, Joel closed his eyes and fell into a deep slumber, at the base of a huge willow tree that was filled with the strength and might of the gods of this age. He slept in self-confidence and snored aloud in his apathetic slumber.

Flooding the traveler of the wide road’s dreams were fanciful feasts of delicious dainties and delightful passions that tantalized his imagination. This caused him to sleep on and on without feeling any immediate consequence for his selfish motives and wilful deeds in which he pursued life.

When Joel finally awoke from his sensual dreaming his head was groggy from the heady aroma of the bouquets that surrounded him in the deceptive valley. Stumbling to his feet, with the worldly wisdom still lingering on his soul, the traveler of the wide road began to move ever so slowly through the valley and into a very crooked path which overflowed with the love of this present world.

Making his own way down the crooked path, Joel, was not quite able to shake the conviction of having resisted the still small voice. With concerted willfulness he hardened his heart and set his will once more towards traveling down the wide road in search of the pleasures of this life.

Like the sound of many waters, whose waves flowed back into the ocean, the still small voice became only an echo in his memory, with the words, “Come follow Me.” whispering ever so quietly into his heart.

By following the crooked path, Joel was led to many more crooked paths with each of these having their own particular bend. Some were muddy and cumbersome, while others were dusty and dry. Still others were lined with hewn stones formed by the ways of man having a hard path which reflected the hearts of all travelers who sought after their own way. “They have made for themselves crooked paths,” the Good Shepherd sighed as he watched Joel journey in his own way, down the wide road, “Whoever goes in that way shall not know peace.”

The crooked path led the traveler of the wide road towards all things askew and horribly deformed. The right way was maligned and evil spoken of and the narrow path mocked with contempt. After stumbling over many stumbling stones, Joel decided to rest in a grassy field on a crooked path, misleading in its delusive deviation from the truth.

JESUS JESUS JESUS …SWEETEST NAME I KNOW !

JESUS JESUS JESUS …SWEETEST NAME I KNOW !

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