Walking Through the Gate

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“Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord: This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.” (Psalm 118:19-20)

Gates give entrance.  Gates keep our intruders and ne’er do wells.  Gates offer protection and security for all who dwell within her walls.

Gates ask if you belong here.  They want to see if you are identified as someone worthy of trust to be in her enclosure.  They make sure you have permission to be here to enjoy the treasure within.

Many fancy themselves going through those pearly gates one day (Revelation 21:21).  Many claim they will have immediate entrance to the eternity within.

Friend, if you want to enter, make sure you have the right key make sure you have aligned your life, your heart, and your soul with the right point of access.  And that right point of access is through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Once, Jesus taught, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9).  If our deep desire is to walk through those future gates, please know, dear soul, that none can enter without Jesus.

As the shepherds of old would lay their bodies across the entrance of the sheepfold (compare John 10:7), Jesus Christ has laid His body on Calvary’s cross that one day we might enter the fold of the righteous.  That one day, we might be where He is.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).  Jesus is, and I cannot express this enough, dear heart, the only way in.  He is the only way you will ever experience that spiritual freedom you are looking for.  He is the only way to be truly delivered.  Through Him, is the only way to salvation: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  And He is the only way to gain that holy admission to heaven. 

When He becomes your Lord, you have access to the treasure within, and those gates will be opened for you, and you can say with holy confidence the words of the psalmist: Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord: This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter” (Psalm 118:19-20).

Access the right key, Jesus Christ, and the doors will be opened for you.

“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.  Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.  Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.  Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.” (Psalm 24:7-10)

Receive Him for yourself today.

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Waiting for the Opening

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The world is waiting for the opening. Or, at least, this is what I feel.

Driving, I noticed the greenery now visible at the bottoms of the trees. Moss and ivy have begun to cover and climb the trunks. Vibrant colors tell of the season’s awakening and coming back to life.

Yet, the tops of the trees remain for the most part bare, only adorned with the sprinkling of buds throughout. And I think to myself, the world is waiting for the opening. The anticipation of full growth. The looking forward of life to take over every seemingly dead branch we see.

And, aren’t we waiting for the opening? The opening of a greater day when all will be made new.

Life has been our blessing to experience, and yet, how oft has humanity and evil abused this precious gift? How oft have we taken this grace for granted?

So, we wait for the opening. The grand event when all this will be done away with. The dreary, dead, and wrong will all be as vapor, here today, gone tomorrow, and Victory rides in on the scene of clouds in the person of our Savior.

“Behold,” the book of Revelation tells us, “He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him . . .” (1:7).

At the ascension of Christ, the gazing disciples were told, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).

And again we read, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

And so, the world is waiting for the opening of those skies. It groans with longing for that day (Romans 8:22). The view of heaven and her King is so much greater than the view of confusion, hurt, and chaos that covers the land we currently see.

Continue to wait, my friend. What we see today won’t always be like this.

Continue forward in hope, knowing that one day this will all get better. One day, every tear and hurt will pass away (Revelation 21:4) and our glorious King shall take us home forever to be where He is: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3).

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Open Your Heart . . .

Open your heart, dear Friend, open your heart.  There is a God in heaven and He is waiting for the doors to swing wide open that He may gain access.  “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

He is a gentleman.  He will not force Himself upon you.  But with love, He beckons you to let Him in.  “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3).

Draw near, dear Friend, draw near.  Do not let this moment pass you by.  He’s waiting on you, but as with any opportunity, the days are fleeting and time continues to move ahead.  “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

Will you welcome Him, dear Friend, will you welcome Him.  “Behold, I stand at the door,” He says, “and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).

The Bible says that restoration is waiting for those who are truly repentant.  “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).  “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).

Open your heart to God and let Him rain on you.  He will cause you to grow with new life.  “I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon” (Hosea 14:5).  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).

The precious gift awaits.  Open your heart, and receive Him for yourself.  “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

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“When God Visits…”

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“And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.” Luke 7:16

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23

The day was not one she expected.  Her only son was dead, and now it is time to lay his body to rest.  What would happen now?  Her life was left with many unanswered questions.  Being a widow, and now with the loss of her only son, she doesn’t know about her tomorrow.  As if dealing with sorrow wasn’t enough, her heart can’t process what might be up ahead.

A lot of us wonder about what’s up ahead for us.  Many question their days with hard-to-find answers.  What will life look like for me from here on out?

We can only imagine the swirl of emotions afflicting this poor mother as she followed the coffin of her son.

As the crowd moved forward, a commotion came from the front.  With compassion written all over His face, a man stepped close to the coffin where her son lay.

Touching it, He peered inside and saw what no one else could.

He saw the brokenness the mother now carried.  He saw the worries for the future.  He saw the life that wasn’t but could be.  He saw a better ending for this family than what they are experiencing now.

He speaks, “Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.” (Luke 7:14).  And life returned.  Wholeness and healing had come for this family.  Their hope for tomorrow was restored.

Seeing the miracle, the people rejoiced, “A great prophet has risen among us!” (vs.16).  “God hath visited his people!”

The revelation of their praise was true, more than they could have imagined.  The realness of Who was in their midst probably could not really have been fathomed.

Over thirty years prior, an angel encouraged Joseph about the babe Mary carried in her womb:

“But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:20-23)

“Emmanuel … God with us”

“God hath visited his people” were on the lips of those who witnessed the widow of Nain’s son raised from the dead.

Friend, God is with us.  He has visited His people.  He is still speaking life to those who are dead.  And He is setting people up for a better future than what they see now.

When Jesus spoke, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10), His focus was not only on the circumstances of the day but on all our eternal futures for tomorrow that’s coming.

When we recognize who it is with us now and offers us new life, we can find joy and peace for this abundant living like we never could before.

When we recognize the magnitude of “God with us” and align our lives and hope, in faith accordingly, we will not only find joy and peace now but also for all eternity.

Jesus spoke to the widow, saying, “Weep not” (vs. 13).  If you have accepted Christ as your Savior; if you have welcomed into your life, “Emmanuel … God with us” –  there will come a day when the Bible declares: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

That glorious future for tomorrow starts by recognizing and accepting who Jesus Christ is in your life today.

More than a prophet has come.  God incarnate has taken the stage in history.  Let Him take the stage in your life today.  Because when God visits, things will change for the better, forever.

Father God, help many souls and hearts to see the true reason for the season: “God with us.”  Our Lord came to be born, and to die, and to raise us to a new life in Him.  The widow of Nain joyfully received her son back to life and we know that heaven rejoices over one sinner that repents (Luke 15:7) and starts life anew in You.  Help many to hear, see, know, love, and accept Jesus Christ for themselves that they might have life, and have it more abundantly for all eternity.  In the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN!

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