Bible Devotions

Narrow Gate

Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:26-27 NKJV

Think about your life. God has a purpose for it. We are not just random bits of cosmic dust that happened to form humanity. No, God created us on purpose. We have the capacity to think and reason because He made us in His image.

By taking time to consider our path, we acknowledge God and He guides our steps. Proverbs 3:6 says “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Our part has three parts to it.

  1. Ponder the path of our feet. We must think about our destiny and choose which path to take. Look at what Jesus taught in Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Living without thinking about eternity leads to destruction. Life lived with eternity in mind leads to life.
  2. We must acknowledge God. This is more than saying “Yes, I believe God exists.” It is a matter of believing what God says for He can not lie. Therefore, everything God says is true and can be trusted.
  3. We must remove our feet from evil. If God shows us through His word something we ought not to do, then we are to stop doing it. Likewise, if God shows us something we should do, then we start doing it. We respond in obedience for God’s ways are higher than our own. He knows what’s best for us.

Once we are on His path, we continue being diligent not to stray to the right or the left. We can stay the course only by keeping connected to God through His word and prayer. Dig into God’s word, join a Bible study, or listen to teaching on the radio or internet. Do what you can to get God’s word into your heart and mind. As you do, your way will be established.

Have you decided which road to take? Have you acknowledge God is God and you are not? Are you ready to live the life God intends for you?

Lord Jesus, thank you for your word. Help us acknowledge you in all we do. You are God and we are not. Give us eyes to see truth and courage to follow it. In your name we pray Amen.

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit today.

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Taught by the Spirit

I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. Proverbs 4:11 NKJV

It is really the Lord who teaches us wisdom and leads us to the right path.  Let’s look at several verses which convey this:

He has put eternity in their hearts – Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV.  Having eternity in our hearts means we have the capacity to know God.  He made us to know Him.

The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. – Isaiah 11:2 NKJV This verse makes it clear the Spirit of the Lord provides the wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and fear of the Lord.  Without the Spirit we would have none of these.

Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh – Ezekiel 11:19 NKJV A personal favorite, God puts this new spirit in us and takes away our hard heart making it possible for us to accept Him!

For the Holy Spirit will teach you – Luke 12:12 NKJV How much clearer does He need to be?  It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. – John 14:26 NKJV What does the Spirit teach us?  ALL THINGS.

It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit – Luke 2:26 NKJV We don’t learn things of God on our own, by our own efforts, rather it is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. – Zechariah 4:6 NKJV Again, we see it’s not by our efforts, not by brute force either, but only by the Holy Spirit that His will is done.

Lord thank you for giving us your Spirit to guide us in all truth.  Reveal yourself to us this day that we may stay on the right path.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit today

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