Jesus leads us in the Straight and Narrow Path
What to say and how to say it: Please look at this maze, it kind of reminds you of life, all confused. There are a lot of people that have heartache, turmoil and confusion in their lives. What they need is Jesus, but Satan is an expert at leading them off to afflictions, persecutions, the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust for other things. Jesus is the answer for the problems we face. He can straighten out our lives, but we need to make Him the center of our lives. When we yield to Him and let Him lead us, He can show us the Straight and Narrow Path.
Matthew 7: 13-14,
13 Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering it.
14 But the gate is narrow and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are they who find it.
Acts 4: 12,
12 And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.
1 Timothy 2: 5,
5 That there [is only] one God, and [only] one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
Romans 8: 13-17,
13 For if you live according to the flesh you will surely die. But if through the power of the (Holy) Spirit you are habitually putting to death the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall live forever.
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption in which we cry, Abba Father.
16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our own spirit, that we are children of God.
17 And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.
Psalms 16:
11 You (God) will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore. [Acts 2: 25-28, 31]
Psalms 119:
35 Make me to go in the path of Your commandments, for in them do I delight.
36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness, [robbery, sensuality, unworthy riches].
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. [Prov. 6:23]
Psalms 139: all
1 O Lord, You have searched me (thoroughly) and have known me.
2 You know my down sitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off.
3 You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, lo, O Lord, You know it altogether. [Heb. 4:13]
5 You have beset me and shut me in behind and before, and have laid Your hand upon me.
6 Your (infinite) knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it.
7 Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend up into Heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol [the place of the dead], behold, You are there. (Rom. 11:33]
9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the night shall be the only light about me,
12 Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You. [ Dan. 2:22]
13 For You form my inward parts, You did knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I will confess and praise You, for You are fearfully wonderful, and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your work, and that my inner self knows right well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being formed in secret and intricately and curiously wrought (as if embroidered with various colors) in the depth of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery]
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in your book all the days of my life were written, before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! [Ps. 40:5]
18 If I could count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I awoke [could I count to the end] I would still be with You.
19 If you would [only] slay the wicked, O God, and the men of blood would depart from me:
20 Who speak against You wickedly, and Your enemies take Your name in vain! [Jude 15]
21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And am not grieved and do not I loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred; they have become my enemies.
23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me, and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Also: Proverb 4: 19-23; 1 Cor. 2: all; 1 Cor. 3: 11-23; 1 Cor. 1: 25; 1 Cor. 10: 13; Romans 6:23; 2 Peter 3: 9; Psalms 27: 11; Proverbs 1:15; 1 Cor. 14:40; Col. 2: 8-10, 15; 1 Tim. 6: 10-11; 2 Tim. 2: 15; Titus 3:1-6, 10:30; Heb. 4: 11-16, 10: 22-25, 38-39; James 1: all; 2: 15-20, 3: 17-18; 1 Peter 1: 22; 1 John 1:15-17;
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