Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 9/27/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 7:13-14 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow and only a few ever find it.”

There is only one way to enter into God’s Kingdom and that is through Christ. God has made no other provision for our salvation. He is the doorway and He will not let any enter who does not embrace Him as their Savior and Lord.

Most people do not embrace this truth. They try to find another way into heaven. They believe Satan’s lies that there has to be another way. They refuse to see themselves in need of Christ. Most people want nothing to do with God’s way. They convince themselves that their own way is good enough. Most people will remain on the outside looking in and will never know what heaven is like on the inside.

Only a few people will enter into heaven. Only a few will humble themselves before Christ, confess their sins, and seek His forgiveness. Only a few will strive to live life God’s way. God’s way is the pathway of holiness. It is a path where one is constantly changing, being conformed into the likeness of Christ. Only a few will persevere to the end and enter into heaven.

Contrary to the teaching of many, the way to heaven is not easy. It is not easy to stand strong for truth in a world that hates the truth. It is not easy to stand alone on righteousness when those around you are encouraging you not to. It is not easy to be looked down on and sometimes harmed because you dare not compromise on godly living. It is not easy to proclaim the Word of God to a people who do not want to hear it and will make life miserable for you if you do. It is not easy, but it’s the only way to heaven.

Be different than most. Put your faith in Christ alone and let Him be your righteousness and holiness before God. Put your faith in Christ and let Him make you fit for heaven. Be among the few who will enter through heaven’s door. You will be eternally grateful you did.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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