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1 Corinthians 9:24, “Know ye not thatthey which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the
prize? So run that ye may obtain.”

 Our attitude toward pleasing God should be, as the zeal required for winning a
race. We must have focus, commitment and a love for what we are doing.
Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark (goal) for the prize of the high calling of God in
Christ Jesus.” (Also Hebrews 3:1)
Are you up to the
Hebrews 12:1, “Wherefore seeing we alsocall?
are compassed about with so great a cloud of
witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth easily beset us, and let us run
with patience the race that is set before us.” (Also read Hebrews 12:2)

2 Timothy 4:7-8, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course (race), I have kept
the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the
righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love
his appearing.” Press on, Fight the fight, Lay aside sin & worldliness, Complete
the course!
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Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
the leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Luke 13:23-24, “Then said one unto him, Lord are there few that be saved? And he said
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Remember: The majority is on the broad path! Philippians 2:12, “…work out you own
salvation with fear and trembling.”
Following the narrow path takes focus, commitment, obedience, sacrifice, and endurance.
Once you start on this path, God will help you! Keep Your Eyes Upon
Jesus!
The outcome from following the broad path is assured, the Second Death and the Lake

 Instruction Manual (rules) – The Bible!


Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
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John 8:31, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word,
then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free.”
John 8:51, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep
my saying, he shall never see death.” 2 Timothy 3:16
What motivates you? What do yo   – The wickedness on television  or the
truth of God’s word? Where do you spend most of your time?
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Have you ever read through God’s Word? Do others just tell you what’s in it? 

       
  are they which do hunger
Matthew 5:6, “Blessed  and thirst after righteousness: for they shall
be filled.” Your relationship with God is such an intimate thing between you
and Him!
Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto you.”

James 4:8, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners;
and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.”

Luke 11:9-10, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find;
knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Proverb 8:17, “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”
Do you just work Him in around your stuff? Are your prayers
 Do you conform to God’s will or
self centered? Do you always want things? Only in a crisis?
conform Him to your will?
 Qualifying to Enter at The Strait Gate – Knowing God
John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the
world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
The Son of
God Lights John 3:18, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world,
the narrow and men loved darkness rather then the light, because their deeds were evil.
For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light,
path! Read - 1 John
John 8:12 because their deeds were evil.”
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to stay your sins!
1 John 3:8-9, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the
beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy
the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed
remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

 Qualifying For The Strait Gate – Understanding Sin


Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins
have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
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John 8:34, “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is
the servant of sin.” That would mean sin is
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2:17,  if, while we seek to bejustified by Christ, we ourselves also are found
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sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.”

 OK to Sin? – Think Again!


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 yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye
Romans 6:16, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield
are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

Romans 6:9-13, “Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no
more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he
liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto
God through Jesus Christ our Lord; Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye
should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of
unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead,
and your members of righteousness unto God.”
Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.
Romans 6:22-23, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your
fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
10  Qualifying to Enter at The Strait Gate - Repentance
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11 Qualification – Evidence For Repentance – New Creature


The old man would be that self-willed, self-seeking, rebellious, sinful person that does what is
right in his own eyes. One determined to live according to his own will in a manner based upon
his own fleshly desires. If you live as the world then you have not let go of the old man.

Romans 6:4-6, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was
raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of
life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the
likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body
of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

Ephesians 4:22-24, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation (life) the old man,
which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And
that ye put on the new man, which
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new
 creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Your life will visibly change, people will notice! You will be Born
Again (John 3:3)

Qualifying to Enter at The Strait Gate - Love


12 
Mark 12:30-31, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second
is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other
commandments greater than these.”         
1 John 4:7-8, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is
born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to
them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
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1 John 4:8-10

1 John 4:20, “If a  man say,
 I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his
brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
13  Preparation
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For The Course – Grace & Faith
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14 Qualifying For The Strait Gate – Evidence of Faith


One cannot have a great eternal hope in God and no evidence in their life to back it up:

Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not
James 2:18, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me
seen.”
thy faith, without (apart from) thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my
works.”
Matthew 7:17, 20, “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree
bringeth forth evil fruit.”
Matthew 7:20, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
The Test
Galatians 5:22-25, “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (self-control): against such there is no law. And they
that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts, If we live in the spirit,
let us also walk in the spirit.” Will not inherit the kingdom of
Some works (fruits) of the flesh: Galatians 5:19-21, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Romans 1:26-32
God!

15 The Race – Keep Your Eyes Upon Jesus 


1 Peter 2:21-22, “For even hereunto were we called: because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile
found in his mouth. 1 Peter 2:24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his
own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins,
1 Peter 1:16, “Because it is written, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye
Be ye holy; for I am holy.” were healed (set free).”
Matthew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Colossians 2:6, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.”

1 John 2:6, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”

Luke 6:40, Leviticus 19:2, Deuteronomy 13:4, Colossians 1:28, Philippians 1:21
16 Completing The Course – Not In Your Own Strength
We could never live righteous and holy under our own strength. Isaiah 40:31 & 41:10
1 Thessalonians 1:5, “For the gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in
the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance;…” You must be determined
though….
John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name.” (Also 1 John 5:4-5, Revelation 12:10-11)

John 14:15-17, “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he
shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth;
whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know
him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (Also John 16:7-8)

Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is
come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me…”
Phillipians 4:13
Power – The ability or capacity to perform an act effectively.

17  Staying On Course - Sacrifice

 ever make
sacrifices
Luke 9:23, If any man will come forhimself,
after me, let him deny your wants?
and take up his cross daily,
and follow me.”

Matthew 10:38, “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me is not worthy of me.”
Deuteronomy 13:4, “Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and
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your life’s
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole
priority! matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole
duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with
every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

18 Staying On Course – Love and Obedience


Hebrews 5:9, “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them
that obey him;”
Trust & obey – for there’s no other way!
John 14:21, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he
that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to
him.”
John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
1 John 2:3-5, “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He
that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
But whosoever keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected; hereby we know
we are in him.”

James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Luke 11:28, “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
Revelation 14:12, 22:14, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
19 Staying On Course – The Weight of The World(liness)
I John 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is of the world, the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the
world passeth away, and the lust thereof: But he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”

Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of
your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

2 Corinthians 6:17, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”

1 John 5:4-5, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory
that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that
believeth that Jesus is the Son of God”
Don’t sow to the flesh! – Galatians 6:8 Titus 2:11-12, James 1:27

20 Staying On Course – Positive Confession


The world has no problem proclaiming theirwicked or beliefs. Do
deeds
you zealously confess Jesus before men? Your silence may be deafening!
Matthew 10:32-33, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him
will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall
deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in
heaven.” We talk about the things we
Luke 12:8-9, “Alsolove!
I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men,
him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that
denieth me before men, shall be denied before the angels of God.”

Mark 8:38, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and my words in this


adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed,
when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. 1 Peter 3:15

 Disqualified - Deceived 


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they believe in Jesus
 as lambs

Take heed that no man deceive


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you.” 
(Read V.5)    
(preaching) 
Matthew 7:15 & 24:5, John 10:12
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22 Disqualified - Compromise
Detoured to the Broad Path
Revelation 3:15-16,19, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert
cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue (vomit)
thee out of my mouth. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”

1 John 1:6, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do
not the truth:” Luke 6:46, “And why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not
the things which I say?”

Hebrews 10:38, “Now the just shall live by faith: But if any man draw back, my soul shall have
no pleasure in him.” But others are doing it! – 2
Luke 9:62, “And Jesus said untoCorinthians 10:12
him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking
back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Titus 1:16, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable,
and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (worthless).” 2 Timothy 3:5

23  Completing The Course - Endurance


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               
                    
           
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            
         
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Follow God - It
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        will be worth it!

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  
    
    
Desire, Willingness, Commitment, Obedience, Focus, Patience, Perseverance, Steadfastness

24  
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   
          
               
               
            
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              
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             
              
            
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Matthew 16:27, “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels;
and then he s        
Its sooner than you
1 Peter 4:5, “Who shall give account to him that is ready to think, 
judge the quick and the dead.” No Secrets – Proverbs 
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   15:3
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