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April 21st, 2008

Life on the Narrow Road (3)

Your best life is not your life. Your best life is God’s life for you.

Who created you? What is the purpose of your existence? Why are you where you are right now? God created you to fulfill His purposes and His plan. You are not an accident. You have been appointed by God to join Him in His redemptive activity. Every thought you have today matters. Every conversation you engage in today matters. Every interaction you initiate today matters. God has saved you by His grace, sealed you with His Holy Spirit, and set you apart to serve others for His glory.

  • “‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.’” Matt 7:13-14 (NIV)

You could not dream of a better life than the one that God has for you on the narrow road. The same road that leads to eternal life leads to abundant life. God does not save you so that you can experience life once you get to heaven. God saves you so that you can have eternal security and abundant life now on the narrow road. Your best life is not your life. God’s life for you is truly your best life. There is not a better option. The best option is always God’s option. The best way is always God’s way. The best path is always God’s path.

Are you living the life God has for you? If not, why not? What adjustments do you need to make in order to live the life God has for you?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, April 21st, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Abundance, Heaven, Life, Living Wisely, Perspective.
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October 9th, 2007

Living Wisely

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise…” Eph 5:15 (NIV)

Over the years I have experimented with different ways to enhance my daily intimacy with God. I have utilized the daily devotional by Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost for His Highest” and also “Experiencing God Day by Day” written by Henry Blackaby. The most vital element in my spiritual development has been a consistent intake of God’s Word. Sometimes I commit to reading a chapter of Proverbs each day for an entire year. Thus, I read the book of Proverbs all the way through each month. That’s been an incredible adventure. The following verses are my favorite from the fourth chapter of Proverbs. When I think of living wisely, this passage immediately rises to the surface.

“Above all else, guard your heart,
     
for it is the wellspring of life.
Put away perversity from your mouth;
     
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead,
     
fix your gaze directly before you.
Make level paths for your feet
     
and take only ways that are firm.
Do not swerve to the right or the left;
     
keep your foot from evil.” Prov 4:23-27 (NIV)

There are so many options for you to embrace in this world. Countless paths await your selection. Careless living will grant you unlimited choices that will never deliver what they promise. The writer of Proverbs under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit alerts us to the higher path of living wisely.

Would you be willing to spend a few moments reflecting on this passage from Proverbs and begin taking inventory of your life? Are you guarding your heart? Is your speech laced with purity? Is your vision focused on the way that brings honor to God? Are you taking paths that are pleasing to God? Do you consistently avoid evil?

Living wisely involves living circumspectly and proactively. How are you living?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 at 1:00 am
Category Living Wisely.
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