Luke 13: 24, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door because many I tell you, will try to enter but will not be able to.”
Jesus encourages us to make every effort to enter through the narrow door of abundant life and divine blessings.
Some of us give up more often than others. It’s true that the more we are surrounded by God’s promises and His divine encouragement, the more we tend to lose heart and become discouraged.
We make an action plan and gather resources and strength to take the first step. We seem fine as long as things go in alignment with our action plan. If we see a failure approaching or a distraction coming on our way, we become extra cautious and start second guessing our judgement to move with the plan. We begin to judge every turn of events and take initial failure as a message from God not to go any further. We lose courage and quit.
What we don’t realize is that it might be a deception from the enemy who is trying hard to steal our blessings by not letting us put our best efforts forward. Enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. it’s not just our salvation that he tries to steal, he also keeps an eye on our wordly blessings. He is aware of our life style and habits and tries every way to deceive us, if we don’t stand on the word of God.
Enemy puts his best effort either to stop or delay our blessings.
The word of God commands us to “make every effort” to receive the eternal blessings in the name of Jesus.
Father wants us not only to declare and claim the blessings in Jesus name, but also to take necessary action, and move in faith, work hard and receive them.
Mere claiming the promises of God won’t bring us any blessings. What brings the abundance of heaven down to us is our sincere walk in faith coupled with our best efforts and steel determination that says “Father, I have already received what you have promised and no one can take them away from me. No matter what failure I see today, tomorrow everyone will see me succeed in Jesus’ name.”
God has called us to live life in all its abundance but we can’t make God’s plan of abundance successful unless we move in the direction of his word with full assurance that whatever is spoken has already been done in our lives.
Make every effort, move in the direction of faith without fail and receive God’s choicest blessings!