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I Stand at the Door and Knock

September 7, 2017

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I Stand at the Door and Knock

An awesome part  of God’s love  for us  is His patience,  patience,  and more patience.     We think we’re rich  and have need  of nothing.     Jesus sees  that we are wretched,  miserable,  poor,  blind  and naked.

We proudly “know about” God,  but don’t feel a need  to pray  or think  about God.     (He kinda  gets in the way  of our living,  you know.)     We feel  we can get along just fine  —  all by ourselves.     Jesus sees  that our hearts  are neither hot nor cold  towards Him,  so He says  He will spit you out of My mouth”  because of our lukewarmness  towards Him.

Huh?    Jesus wants to spit us out  because we taste yucky  to Him?     How can that be,  when we’re really nice,  well-meaning people?     We’ve never hurt anyone.     We’re tolerant  of others,  helpful,  and we don’t do  the really bad sins.

Today,  we are no different  from the Laodiceans  in Revelation 3:14-22.     They were so used to  their “lukewarm” behaviors  that they couldn’t see anything wrong  with their lives.     And since they saw themselves  as “rich” money wise,  they were pretty sure  God fully approved of them  —  sins and all  —  because they were so great.

As we sit  in our sins,  we easily get  a very skewed sense  of what we really are.     We are messed up,  and can’t seem  to get our priorities straight.

In love,  Jesus strongly advises  that we immediately go straight  to Him  and get the things  that are eternally valuable  —  before it’s too late.     Getting a true trust  in the salvation Jesus gives  through faith  in what He did  on the cross  for us  will give us gold,  clean garments,  a covering for all our shame,  and eyesalve  to heal our foggy eyesight.

When we can’t see  what is spiritually right  and good,  our blindness  will not allow us  to see well enough  to take our free gift  of salvation.     We must ask our Lord  to heal our spiritually blind eyes,  so we can see  the wonderful gifts  He wants  to give us.

We might not “enjoy”  the discipline  our Lord gives us.     It’s embarrassing,  and we don’t want others  to know  that the Lord is seeing us  as yucky.     We don’t want  to be put down  by our Lord.     But,  He will do it  —  for the sake of our salvation.

Therefore, Jesus says  in Revelation 3:19-20,

Those whom I love,  I reprove  and discipline;  be zealous therefore,  and repent.

Behold,  I stand at the door and knock;  if anyone hears My voice  and opens the door,  I will come in  to him,  and will dine  with him,  and he with Me.

Let the love of Jesus  reprove  and discipline us.     Do not reject  His loving discipline.     Instead,  let us invite Him  into our hearts,  so that we can have sweet communion  with Him  —  and enjoy  His loving fellowship.     He is the very best Friend  anyone could ever hope for.

As we think about  and keep in mind all  that Jesus has done  for us  in love  and faithfulness,  our hearts will warm up  to Him again  as we begin  to appreciate His sacrifice  for us.     Then,  as our love becomes  what it should always be  in truth,  Jesus will enjoy us  once again  —  and not want  to spit us out  any more.

If we don’t let Jesus in  when He knocks  at our heart’s door,  we are rejecting truth  and the One  who suffered and died  for us  —  the One who loves us  more than any human being  can ever imagine.

When we open up  to Jesus  and accept His love  and discipline,  we will be most blessed,  and exclaim,  “Hallelujah!     Our  Lord patiently loves  and disciplines us,  and leads us to everlasting life.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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