Knock. Knock. WHO’s there?

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I promise, no lame knock knock joke. During a conversation with a friend while discussing one door closing, finding other doors locked, uncertainty about even trying further doors as they didn’t feel any strong leading by the Lord in one or another particular direction. So, planning to wait for Him to unlock a door. I tend to be one that wants to be involved in things and I believe that Christ wants us to be active participants in our lives. He wants us to lean on Him but He also wants us to put some effort into things. He may unlock doors but He wants us to turn the knob and open the door to let Him into our lives or to give God the chance to do something for us.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, 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.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  Revelation 3:20-22

He does stand at the door and knock, waiting for us to open the door let Him in. He won’t barge in the door but He will wait and knock again. He will make things ready for us but won’t force us to accept Him and His blessings. He will prepare a way for us but not force us to take that path but hopes that we will and even when we don’t He will still have that path waiting for us so that we can be forgiven and receive the grace and mercy He provides.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Jeremiah 29:11

He has thoughts and plans for us and wants us to reach the expected end. He wants us to receive the blessings He has to give us but we to do our part. He has all ready and waiting if we have the faith to reach out and take it.

And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Luke 12:47

So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1

 

If we hear Him and don’t open the door, if we know what He tells us and don’t obey and prepare ourselves to do His will, we deny ourselves the blessings He has for us. If we have the faith to obey when He speaks to us, the faith to open those doors, the courage to exercise that faith, we will be blessed.

So, if He is knocking on your door to offer you salvation; if He is there waiting for you to open the door to give you the blessing for which you have been praying; open the door, take that step of faith and receive the salvation and blessings He has prepared for us all.

 

Lord, I praise You and thank You that You will stand at the door and knock, that You will unlock those locked doors and prepare a way for me. I ask in Jesus name that You help me have the faith and trust in You so that I open those doors You have unlocked and step forward in faith that I may have all that You have prepared for me. I ask that You draw me closer, that You reach out to loved ones that they hear You when You knock and that all others that hear You knocking but are fearful for some reason have the faith and courage to listen to You and follow You. So all can know the redemption and forgiveness You have waiting for them.

Amen

 

Thanks again for your visit. I hope all are blessed today and are able to be a blessing to at least one other as well.

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The door

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A friend sends me little things like this all the time. Sometimes she shares things that she finds helpful for her and thinks it may be something I could use as well I suppose. Maybe some are things she thinks God wants her to share with me. Regardless, its actually a thought that it appears we could all benefit from most of the time. I know that many times I have waited, far less than patiently, for God to move in my life. Open a door to opportunity but, because I was so busy holding the knob to be ready to open it I did not sense when He was trying to open it for me and in doing as I was, I kept myself from getting whatever blessing He planned for me. I suppose, in a way, it is another way of saying, “Let go and let God.” Such a simple concept and it SHOULD be a simple act of stepping back, giving things to Him and letting Him do the heavy lifting for us. Let Him have the heavy burdens of making our lives as He wishes them to be for us.

 

7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Revelation 3:7-8

 

He will open the doors that HE wants open for us, oh there may be times that we think we can open doors, but if not in accord with His plans, even if we get the door opened and go through, He will send us back out and close the door. BUT, the door to Heaven and life eternal with Him, He will open that for us and no one can keep us out if we remain faithful and loyal to Christ, following Him and doing His will.

 

Behold, I stand at the door, 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

 

I needed to listen for Him to knock, I needed to be ready to hear His voice. Over the years, I heard but did not listen. Despite that, He was always better to me than I deserved and protected me from all manner of harm. Oh, He didn’t stop me from doing wrong, He didn’t always prevent me from suffering, but He did help me avoid some very bad situations and the issues that I would have faced had I been allowed to follow the path I had myself on. Even when I was in sin of one type or another, He never stopped knocking and calling to me. WHAT AN AMAZING GOD!  Far more merciful than I deserve and much more gracious than I can earn.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and worship You for all that You are for me. My Savior, my Redeemer, my Heavenly Father that never gave up and always called to me, waiting for me to be ready. I thank You for my salvation through the blood of Jesus. I thank You for reminding me that You have more for me in life and that I only need to step back, let go of the door, stop trying to force it open and let You open the door for me that You wish for me to take. In Jesus Name I pray for the heart and mind of Christ that I better know You, Your will and way for me. Help me know which door and the time in which You wish me to take it. Help me better be able to fully let go of things so that YOU can have Your way in my life. Draw my loved ones to You and show them Your plans, Your will for them. Show them all the path to salvation through Jesus.

Amen

 

Well, I think I said things the way He helped me understand. I hope something here was a blessing for someone. And, that you all make sure to be a blessing to at least one other person today.