by Kathi Pelton
This may be the most important revelation I personally have ever received; it is deep and yet simple, profound and yet understandable, impossible and yet so obtainable.
It began this past week while I was part of an intervention for someone who had fallen into deep occult practices, all the while believing, and insisting, that their activities were “all God.” While I met with this person they told me that they had found the “broad way” that was so beautiful and inclusive of many dimensions and spiritual experiences. As these words came into my ears, immediately my spirit rose up and I said,
“No my friend, the way to God is through the narrow gate and few find it! It will lead you into the greatest beauty that you will ever experience and that beauty will be unlimited and wide, but never forget that the gate and path is narrow.”
As the words sprang from my lips it became like a weighty conviction upon me that has not lifted.
Then, this past weekend our church had our monthly, “Encounter Sunday” where we give the whole Sunday to spontaneous corporate words and worship. From nearly the moment we began the service, the weight of glory filled the room in a way that took me to my knees. Deep intercession filled my spirit, and I was acutely aware that the Spirit of the Lord, along with a great angelic presence, was in the room.
As we corporately released the sound of worship and cries of intercession, and allowed the prophetic voices to speak, an individual came forward and began talking about “the narrow way.” Had I not already been kneeling, I might have fallen down because the reality of the narrow way had been resting upon me for days.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
As our church family continued to press into the word about the narrow way, I was taken into a profound encounter.
Psalm 91 and The Narrow Way
In this encounter I was taken into a deep and narrow ravine, but within this place was a beam of intense light, rather than the darkness one would expect in such a location. Outside the ravine was a great, open expanse completely shrouded in darkness—in great contrast to the brilliance I was experiencing. I realized that I was in the “cleft of the rock” spoken of in Exodus 33:22. Then the Spirit of the Lord said to me,
“Daughter, the narrow path is the place of your Psalm 91 promise. It is also the place where you will see my glory and still live. The enemy cannot enter this ravine—the cleft—as the light is too bright. I AM the narrow gate to enter this place. You are hidden in this place and as you abide here I will reveal mysteries, strategies, and my glory.”
Then I saw eagles, birthed and trained in this narrow place, that would receive great light, understand mysteries, and receive strategic assignments to fly from the ravine into the darkness of the broad way, commissioned to bring the light they carried that dispels darkness. In doing this they were protected, because they were hidden by the light.
Hidden by light! This was a foreign concept to me, as I know that usually things are hidden in a dark, unseen place. But in this encounter, the brightness of the light was the hiding place, and the eagles that soared into the darkness were hidden by this great light that blinded the enemy.
The narrow place is not always an easy place, which is why “few find it”; it is for the remnant that will daily die to self so that Christ may live in them. It is the place of uncompromising covenant, which can only be kept by dependency on grace, rest, and trust in the “One who is able to keep us from falling.”
Could the narrow path also be the “refuge and shelter” that we read of in Psalm 91?
“If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!” Psalms 91:9-13
Could the narrow path also be the cleft of the rock that Moses was hidden in?
“When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.” Exodus 33:22
Could the narrow path also be the “courtyard” where mysteries are revealed?
“While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the Lord gave him this second message: “This is what the Lord says—the Lord who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the Lord: Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” Jeremiah 33:1-3
Could it be that the narrow path is like a greenhouse for spiritual fruit?
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” John15:4
This narrow path is where we encounter our plumb line, our alignment with the oneness of God (John 17:21-23). It is the place we are to live in and move from. It is our refuge because it is Him!
Jesus lived His life on earth on the narrow path and within the refuge of His Father’s love, light, and movements. We must allow our lives to be aligned the same way, live as Jesus lived, and walk the path that He walked. Here is a perfect “alignment verse” found in 1 John 2:3,4,5,6,
“And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”
Jesus is the narrow gate, that leads to the narrow path, that ushers us into the great and wide promises of abundant life!
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