But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life. – Matthew 7:13-23
As Christians, we need to test ourselves all the time. We may think that what we are doing is very righteous and we will go to heaven. But, Jesus knows our hearts.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. – Matthew 7:18
Thus, we have to ensure that our tree is good. We cannot do anything right unless we are rooted in Christ – the tree of life.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21
Doing the ‘will of our Heavenly Father’ is what makes us righteous.
Faith is so simple and effective. Jesus is moved by simple faith. He healed a man who had leprosy, then a centurion’s servant and later Peter’s mother-in-law. (Matthew 8:1-17)
Healing and recovery come through ‘Faith’ in Jesus.
Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. – Matthew 8:3
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And His servant was healed at that very hour. – Matthew 8:13
“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 6:1
Jesus clearly stated that He wouldn’t reward those who make a song of their generosity. Yes, our giving should be in secret. We should never give with an intention of gaining praise from men.
Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:4
Each time we do something for somebody with purity and truthfulness – without an air of self-conceitedness, God stores a reward for us in heaven.
How to flee the devil – By answering him through the word of God. – Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ – 4
Jesus answered him, “It is also written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ – 7
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ – 10
Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him.
In our case, devil is our ‘negative thoughts’ that keep hovering around us and we tend to succumb to them. Instead, we should answer them through the word of God, which has all the answers. We can’t be quiet. We need to answer back just like Jesus did.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:1-21
We, those who accept Jesus, are ‘light’! Darkness makes us stumble and fall, but light shows us the way. Now we know what’s right and holy, and what’s not.
“Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:9-10
How to live a God-pleasing life –
– Live a life of love.
– There must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed.
– Do not get drunk on wine.
– Be filled with the spirit.
– Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
– Always give thanks to God for everything.
– Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.