Archive for January 2018

Open Doors for You

Part One, Preparing Your Heart and Life for Increase

Revelation 3 “The Faithful Church

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:[c] 8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

 Jesus spoke a parable describing the conditions of the people’s hearts in relation to God’s word, or the seed. How you handle the seed of God’s is the most important thing that you handle.

1. The Sower and the Soils (13:1-9) - The Power of Conditions 

2. The Tares (13:24-30)  - The Power of Challenge
3. The Mustard Seed (13:31-32) - The Power of Potential
4. The Leaven (13:33) - The Power of Mystery
5. The Hidden Treasure (13:44) The Power of Value
6. The Costly Pearl (13:45-46) The Power of Priority
7. The Dragnet (13:47-50) - The Power of Judgment
8. The Householder (13:52) - The Power of Balance

Matthew 13:1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

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Free Indeed. Free Forever.

Key Scriptures 

 

John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

 

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.

~ Isaac Newton

 

We are free indeed and free forever. (Say it)

 

Freedom is a treasure and a legacy. It is a treasure because is it valuable. It is a legacy because we did not create it, we only inherited freedom. Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand. We have the responsibility to live a certain way and we have the responsibility to share it.

 

When Jesus says he makes us “free indeed” he is talking about freedom in the total sense, at every level.

 

The word "indeed" means:  Truly, in reality, in point of fact, as opposed to what is pretended, fictitious, false, conjectural

 

“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”  Rev. Dr. KIng

 

Dr. King possession the spiritual and intellection capacity to be prophetic and proactive. He and the ministers who led the movement were closer to God and ten times smarter than the oppressors.  

 

Psalms 119:98, Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide.

 

Here in the 21st-century many people are not living in the freedom they have already been provided because they've not experienced freedom indeed through Christ. 

 

We are free indeed and free forever. But here's the hook, with freedom comes responsibility. It is our actions that determine if we live in what God has provided or if we continue to miss the best that God has for us.

 

Looking again at our text: John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”

 

Some of Jesus’ own people thought that they already possessed all the freedom they needed. We don’t want to make that same mistake in only leaning on religion or what our society defines and freedom. 

 

To be “free indeed” requires a Savior

 

We Are Free Indeed and Free Forever. That’s we are empowered and can empower others.

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Open Doors for You in 2018,

Revelation 3:8 “ know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. 2 For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters. 3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah 7 Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? the Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 

The Lord is the Creator of everything, even of the people and things that do not serve His purpose. The Vision for 2018 is this: There are open doors for you, doors of opportunity, doors a new and renewed relationships, doors leading to growth in increase, and most of all, doors into the presence of God.

Key words for 2018: “It is Finished. A New Beginning. Total Victory. Go In.”

Every good place you want to enter has purpose, standards or a price of entry. The doors of higher education require higher academic standards and more money than high school. I though I was going to simply slide from my undergraduate degree into a masters degree program, but the school I wanted to attend required something called a Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The people on the other side of that door figured out a long time ago what it takes to success at that level. If you can’t pass the GRE, you will most likely not succeed in their master’s program. I first scoffed at taking that test and did not want to take because as it turned out, the test was scheduled three days after my mother died.

If I did not take the GRE at that time, I would have had to delay started grad school which is something I know my mother wanted me to do since she was aware of my plan. So I continued studied while duing arrangements for my mother’s homegoing service. What I learned then is that at every door of opportunity lies grace, blessing, and strength from God. I took the exam and it was difficult, and scored very well on it. 

The graduate program in Instructional Systems Technology was indeed very challenging.

The prerequisite for entering the doors into God’s presence: 

Psalm 24:3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Look at the prediction of what happens on the other side of entering the doors of God’s presence:

Psalms 24:6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah 7 Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? the Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle.

THE KING OF GLORY COMES IN! That’s like the Calvary coming to rescue you in battle, or the Brinks truck coming to bring you a lot of money, or a team of highly skilled people coming to assist you! ...and more!

Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.

The bible Greek word for door is unremarkable (“thyra” pronounced “thoo-rah”): used of any opening like a door, an entrance, way or passage into

A door has two meanings: 1) it is a physical entrance 2) It is spiritual access and opportunity 

Doors are seen and unseen. Everything happens a designated door. Science fiction talks a lot about wormholes which are doors and shortcuts through space-time to a whole other dimension. That’s all just fiction, but God’s doors are very real!

We go through doors opened by God and others. We become doors. We open doors for others.  It is essential to find and enter the doors God has destined for you. 

It is no strain to find and enter God’s doors for your life. Jesus made the way when He said, “It is  finished!”

During my devotional time on December 27, watching at God’s gates and waiting at his doors, I had an encounter with the Lord.  

A song written by Darlene Zschech, former Hillsong worship leader illuminated this Scripture from as Jesus hung on the cross,

John 19:28-30  Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. 30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus said, “It is finished!”

Question: What was finished or done? Answer: Everything related His mission and your victory! He opened the door!

Jesus stated His mission: "For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me" (John 6:38).

He stated His position: ”Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6). Jesus is the door

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Teach Us to Number Our Days

Teach Us to Number our Days." Psalms 90:12, "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Introduction to Vision for 2018 on Sunday, January 7, 2018
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