Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Flowery Path?

Does the road to heaven lie across a smooth, grassy meadow, over which we may quietly walk in the cool of a summer evening, and leisurely amuse ourselves with gathering of flowers and listening to the warbling of the birds?

No child of God ever found the way to heaven a flowery path. It is the wide gate and broad way which leads to perdition. It is the strait gate and narrow way, the uphill road, full of   difficulties,  trials,  temptations,  and enemies, which leads to heaven, and issues in eternal life.

But our Father manifests mercy and grace. He never leaves nor forsakes the objects of His choice. He fulfills every promise,  defeats every enemy,  appears in every difficulty,  richly pardons every sin,  graciously heals every backsliding,  and eventually lands them in eternal bliss!

[Joseph Philpot]

Acts 14:22 ... Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

John 16:33 ... These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Psalm 34:19 ... Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

Matthew 7:13-14 ... 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: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.