"A Narrow But Necessary Passage"
August 6, 2010
(Jesus said) "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to." Luke 13:24
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
Living a faithful Christian life is demanding on every count. Everywhere we turn, temptations to sin are present. There is seemingly no end to the assaults against our faith that would undermine our obedience to love and serve God. Without God's Spirit in our lives, the world can -- and will -- easily overwhelm our personal resolve to do the right thing.
As children of God, however, we know the lust for this world won't be eternal. Through belief in Jesus Christ's atoning death on the cross for our sins, we are set free from going headlong down the broad road that leads to destruction. Instead, we have complete forgiveness through His death and resurrection.
Christ alone is the "door" we are called to go through. Through the power of God's Holy Spirit we are set aside and sanctified through the innocent blood of Jesus Christ.
Jesus calls us by name and opens His arms to embrace us. Thanks be to God for His wonderful invitation.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, remove us from the temptations and bad influences going on around us. Help us to lead others on the right path, walking with You. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Biography of Author: This devotion is based on a text submitted by Citia Karina, a volunteer with Lutheran Hour Ministries-Nicaragua. As an elementary school teacher, she is active in teaching children and young people the Bible. In Nicaragua, LHM works with Project JOEL, radio ministry outreach, Equipping the Saints (ETS), and Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC).
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