The path is straight, but it is also narrow. I made it that way so that the only way to reach Me is through single-mindedness. I made it that way so that My true followers would be separated from those who are not true.
You must purposefully turn off the voices of the world, the flesh, and the enemy. Remember, he would not be so successful if he were not a master of disguise and deception. He will come in through your friends, your fellow believers, or even your spouse. Usually he will dangle a carrot in front of you and say, “You’ll get there more easily if you just veer off here, to the left a little.” However, a tiny deviation from the straight and narrow now will result in a significant split down the road. You must realize that the further you grow in intimacy with Me, the narrower the road becomes.
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48, NIV)
Masterpiece of the Wilderness ©2005 Deanna Deering