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Broad Is The Path

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Any Age 1 hr(s) 3/1/2018 TheBible .life
Purpose:

To remind us we to be mindful of what path we choose in life. To not be distracted, ensnared, and eventually led away from Jesus.

Objective:

Define ways to identify where we are in life. When recalculating our direction, how to make consistency works for us - not against us.

Any Required Materials:

Matthew 7:13-14; Matthew 6:24, Luke:9:23, James 1:22, Pslams 119:105

Bridge In:

Can anyone walk to different directions at the same time? Can we drive to the store and the post office at the very same moment? Neither can we serve two masters in life [Matthew 6:24].

Your Input:

Jesus related that the choices we make in life are like selecting which road to take. He describes two roads. One is wide, and flat, and easy with a wide gate at the end. The other is narrow, and rugged, and difficult, with a narrow opening at its end. Most people take the easy road, and few take the narrow one. But Jesus said that the wide and easy road leads to destruction, and the straight and narrow road leads to eternal life. As sure as the sun rises, the new day brings with it...choices. When we have to make choices in life, we have to base our decisions on more than what is easiest. Often what seems easiest or most appealing is the worst choice we can make. Satan wants us to sin, so he makes sin look good. But we have to know where our decisions will lead us. We have to look at the consequences of our decisions. What doors will those decisions lead to? If another school or college was chosen, would we have never met that someone special? Just like one foot in front of the other, making good decisions that honor the Lord, we walk towards God's perfect will for our lives. Denying ourselves of that which God hates, we carry our cross daily. There are reasons the narrow path isn't easy. Let us trust fully in the Lord and follow him on the narrow path.

Guided Practice:

What does it mean to carry our cross? [Luke 9:23] Practice mentally, ponder, reflect on what in our life must be denied and is in direct conflict with God's word. Are we ignoring that feeling that we need to back... or are actively turning around and getting back on course. It's not enough just to stand and stare. Renewing our minds by reading and studying the Bible, will build the momentum in the right. Being doers of the word and not just hearers [James 1:22]

Summary:

There is no escaping the reality, that by being alive, we are thrust into life's journey. The direction we take is reflected by the decisions we make. The Holy Spirit acts as our compass, reminding us when we are getting off course. When recalculating our direction to take, consistency can work for us as tenaciously as it can work against us. Let us keep our eyes straight ahead and mediate on God's word making it easier to know and follow Him [Psalm 119:105].

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Check Understanding:

Can we just do what we want? Can we ignore the feeling of conviction to turn back so long that our hearts become hard and indifferent towards God? What does it mean to carry our cross daily? How do we know if we are going the right direction?

Related Bible Verses:
Related Verses:
  • Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path. Psalms 119:105
  • "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can't serve both God and Mammon. Matthew 6:24
  • "Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it. Matthew 7:13
  • How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it. Matthew 7:14
  • He said to all, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. Luke 9:23
  • But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves. James 1:22



What is the Sinner's Prayer for Salvation?

The sinners prayer is a common Christian term for a prayer that is said when someone wants to repent of their sin, ask God for forgiveness, and verbally state their belief in the life, death, and saving resurrection of Jesus Christ.

"For, if with your lips you acknowledge the truth of the message that JESUS IS LORD, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with their hearts people believe and so attain to righteousness, while with their lips they make their Profession of faith and so find salvation." Romans 10:9-10

Christ's death on the cross paid in full the debt of our sin. Action must be taken to take hold of the gift.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven through any good works. At this moment I trust Christ alone and receive by faith all Grace purchased by Jesus as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him and by my faith take hold of His grace and love for me. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Thank you for your word that will guide me as to how I should live my remaining days. Please grant me the wisdom to discern correctly and motivation to grow my faith, obiendience, understanding, appreciation, and love for you. Thank you for your Grace and mercy that I do not deserve. Thank you that my salvation is not based on my level of performance in my short life but in my receiving what your victory on the cross did pay for. Thank you that I can receive by my faith alone, your glorious gift of salvation. Thank you for hearing this prayer and for saving me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.