Welcoming Jesus

Welcoming Jesus

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me(Revelations 3:20 NKJV).  

The classic picture by Holman Hunt of Jesus knocking on a door is currently hanging in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. At its first unveiling, a certain critic said, “You have made a mistake, Mr. Hunt. There’s no handle on the door.” “That was intentional,” the artist replied. “The door opens only from the inside.”  

Even though God is omnipresent, He doesn’t force His way into our lives. He waits for us to welcome Him in every area of our lives, to invite Him to take part in all we do. We believe and receive what He has made available to us by surrendering our will to His. Just like in our other relationships, we need to communicate our desire to know what concerns others and pursue deeper connections. Intimacy results from a longing for more. 

He knocks through our circumstances, and He calls through His Word. He is leading us to fellowship and communion. Our relationship with the Lord is personal. After we are born again, we seek Him. The divine guest becomes Himself the Host. He is the Bread of Life! We commune with Him and welcome Him to be Lord of all in our lives, from glory to glory! 

Be of Good Cheer!

Be of Good Cheer!

Various trials can suddenly shake our lives. Amid tribulation, the Spirit of God stirs us up to be of good cheer because Jesus has overcomethe world. Only by His grace can we put that thought into action. We might read Psalms 23, Psalms 91, or other scriptures in the Bible with tears running down our cheeks, but we press through to hear His Word and praise Him. 

When dealing with hardships, our hearts are heavy, but it propelled us to reach for the garment of praise, which supernaturally removes the spirit of heaviness. As we proceed, comfort and hope arise in our souls. A joy and peace that passes all understanding fills us. Tears and fears truly disappear in the presence of the Lord.  

Praising the Lord dispels the darkness, comforts and encourages us. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. When we express joy by God’s grace, we bring the breaking of dawn to our night season. It’s not the joy known in the natural. It’s the fruit of the Holy Spirit, our comforter. During our tears, we keep our cheers, from glory to glory! 

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

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