Shutting the Door

Shutting the Door

God shut the door on Noah after he entered the ark. Similarly, we are shut in once we are saved; translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. The Holy Spirit enables us to stay shut in, to abide in the Lord and keep out all evil. God Himself has shut us in–in Christ. He closes doors no man can open; and He opens doors no man can shut. Knowing this truth and abiding in it helps us live in safety in the midst of darkness.

It’s when we know we are shut in that we can shut out every evil work from our lives. We also do so when we pray for others in the name of Jesus. We pray for them to be shut in–in the Lord. We use the keys of the Kingdom to bind and loose on earth what already has been bound and loosed in heaven. The anointing of the Holy Spirit opens and closes all things of the Kingdom.

When we have our personal prayer time, we shut the doors. No distractions are to come in to disturb our intimacy with the Lord. It’s in that place that we learn to dwell, rest, receive and hear instructions; we move to obey. We do not let evil works attempt to open the doors that are shut in the Lord. We can keep all evil shut out, and remain shut in, from glory to glory!

Genesis 7:16 “So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.” 

 

But Now!

But Now!

Moment by moment we walk in renewal transforming into the image of Christ. Whatever we see in ourselves, or others, that still needs to be changed; we can trust it will be changed. We are not yet the way we will be, but surely we are not the way we were. This and that might have been yesterday, but now we are in Christ and we walk in newness of life, step by step.

When we are born again, all things are new. Before, we were free from righteousness, but now, we are free from sin. The law had us bound, but now we are delivered from the law. We were far from God, but now we are near. We were in darkness, but now we are in light. We walked in sin, but now we put off the works of darkness. The mystery of the Christ abiding in us was hidden, but now it is revealed. We had not obtained mercy, but now we have mercy.

In our daily walk, we are confronted with the opposites of these truths. All things that are contrary to our divine identity are conquered through the grace of the Lord. We pursue, trusting the not yet. Before, when we were going through trials, we didn’t know how to stand; but now, trial by trial, we go from triumph to triumph and from glory to glory! 

1 Peter 2:10 “…who once were not a people, but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

 

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