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Closed Doors

Behold, I have put before you an open door that no one can shut....

Revelation 3:8

Have you had periods in your life where it feels like everywhere you turn doors are closing?  It's difficult to make the progress you want because there is an obstacle thrown in your path and another door slammed just as you turn the bend?

God knows about closed doors. He sees your perseverence, and He sees your hearts desires. Keep moving forward, for He has open doors for you!

I have to tell myself this today. When I see closed doors all around me, I have to look for the open doors that He has promised and I have to believe that there are many windows.  

If doors slam. If your heart hurts.  God knows. And, He thinks in terms of open doors and paths to healed hearts.

Persevere towards His heart.

The Elect

 

 

 

Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Romans 8:33-34

This verse in Romans is a favorite of mine lately.  We are God's elect, He has chosen us as His people, His precious treasures. This verse starts our with the big question, Who brings a charge against someone like that? 

Well...The accuser does. We've seen it over and over again, right? The enemy of our soul is constantly bringing accusations against us in various forms. Sometimes we are guilty, sometimes not. Still he accuses with a vicious tenaciousness.

But, there is always hope for every accusation. Guilty or not, God justifies. Have you noticed in this verse that there is not a BUT? It simply says, God justifies. He does this because He is Judge of all, and when you go to him with repentance, He will justify! What gives Him the power to do this?  Christ Jesus!

The accuser may try to condemn you because of your actions, past or present, but the action of Christ is so much bigger! He is there at the right hand of God interceding for you giving power through His blood. It is because of His amazing action, that God justifies you and deems the accuser powerless.  

Do you realize that this very day you walk among the very elect?

The Gift

 

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

2 Corinthians 9:15

It's almost Christmas! It's the time of year for family to gather, and for friends to hold each other dear. It's the time of year to give gifts and to get gifts, and most of all to recognize the best gift of all, God's indescrible gifts!  He gave His Son, which is what Christmas is all about, right? I like to think of His gift as paying forward through all the generations.  Because Jesus was born that day, and He was willing to give up all that He had for a life here on earth for you and me, I am gifted every day with so much more that I can ever describe. 

I cannot begin to describe the gift of His love for me, the gift of salvation, grace, mercy, hope, new life, and the chance to live in light and give light. There are words for some of these joys, but not enough. Then there's the immense gifts of family. My husband, my children, my grandchildren.  The love that grows in my heart for them is indescribable, and it's a gift from God that I know only He can give. They are priceless, and as they move through their lives they touch others with blessings and love that is also indescribable.

God has gifted me with friends that love me. For me, this has been one of His most amazing indescribable blessings ever. We all need friends, I need loyal, trustworthy friends. There is an indescribable feeling that comes to my heart each time I recognize this gift from God. 

This Christmas, I bless you with many indescribable gifts.  May your Spirit, soul, and heart be so very full that you are overflowing, and it brings such an eagerness to you that you want to share your gifts with others!

Heavenly Court

 

 

 

 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.   And the Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you ,Satan! The Lord who has chosen  Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?"    Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and was standing before the Angel.    Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him."  And to him He said, "See, I have removed your inquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes."    And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head."  So they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by. Then the Angel of the Lord admonished Joshua saying "Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'If you will walk in My ways, and if you will keep My command, then you shall also judge My house, and likewise have charge of my courts; I will give you places to walk among these who stand here. 

Zachariah 3:1-7

The last few months I have been studying about the Courts of Heaven. It has been an eye opening study for me. I love the verse above, for it reminds me that God is our ultimate Judge, which we all need because Satan is always there accusing us day and night, and Jesus is always there interceding for us.  Just as Joshua received a clean new turban on his head and clean clothes, we too can go into Heaven's Courtroom before God and present our case; it doesn't matter how dirty we feel, God will clean us up! And, just like Joshua, we will be given a new turban, which is like the mind of Christ.  When we are in the Courts of Heaven we are covered by the Blood of Jesus, we are forgiven, and given access to more responsibilities in His Kingdom. 

As a child of God He is inviting you into His Heavenly Courtroom. When you are there you can take action to have the enemy of your soul silenced. You have access to the Keys of His Kingdom, and those Keys open many doors. He has already promised all of this to you, there's no need to wait any longer. 

Will you go?

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