TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, September 22, 2017:
A moveable barrier for opening and closing an entrance way; any means of access; gate.
Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the gate of the sheep." John 10:7
I am the gate; by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved. John 10:9
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Possibly you have seen the picture of Jesus standing outside a door and knocking. This is the mental picture we get when we read Revelation 3:20 (above). A door is a way in or out and is a barrier between those on the inside and those on the outside. The door must be opened in order to obtain access from one side to the other.
The verse above refers to Jesus standing at the door of our heart waiting for us to invite Him in and dine with Him. This refers to our accepting Jesus as our Savior.
Jesus is knocking at the door of our heart asking to come in. If we do open the door and accept Him as our Savior and show our love to Him, He will come in and will dine (commune) with us. Jesus is standing ready for all to accept Him and to repent of our sins. He has paid the penalty for our sins and all we have to do is open the door of our heart and let Him come in. Then He opens the door to heaven for us.
In John 10:7, Jesus is called the door of the sheep. Jesus is the good shepherd. A good shepherd kept his sheep in a pen to keep them safe at night. The shepherd stood at the door to the pen, letting the sheep in so he could watch over them and protect them.
There was only one way for the sheep to access the safety of the sheep pen and that was to enter through the sheep gate. There is only one way for us to access the safety of the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells us in John 10:7 and again in John 10:9 that He is the gate.
Jesus is our door to God. It is only through Jesus that we can come to God. Once we have entered the door of salvation, Jesus becomes our shepherd and as our shepherd He is our protector.
One of the definitions of "door" (above) is: "any means of access." We urge you to open the door of your heart today to let Jesus into your heart, and yield your life to the leading of His Holy Spirit. Jesus wants access to your heart so He can give you eternal life and bring you into God’s eternal kingdom. He is standing at the door of your heart and knocking. Do you hear Him? Will you ask Him in?
Our memory verse for this week is found in Romans 5:8.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Thank You for standing and knocking at the door of my heart and giving me the opportunity to receive You into my heart. Thank You for being my shepherd and watching over me and protecting me. Help me to always follow You wherever You may lead me.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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