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Originally Posted on December 17 ,2012

 

The gatekeepers are very important. In 1 Chronicles 9:17-27, the gatekeepers are mentioned with the singers and musicians. They were appointed and chosen by the King and they had daily responsibilities in the temple. They had to be loyal and trustworthy. They were responsible for the safety of the temple. There were keepers of the temple gates and keepers of the city gates. Nothing has changed! God still appoints gatekeepers and watchmen today!!

They are able to refuse or admit entrance to anyone. They are in place for the protection of the temple or the city.The Bible mentions gates quite often. Matthew 7:13-14 says “…wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction… straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life…” In Matthew 16:18, Jesus tells us that the gates of hell shall not prevail against His Church. Psalm 100:4 says “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,and into His courts with praise…” So we see that heaven has gates and hell has gates.

Gates and wall are built for protection. When one was said to possess the gate of his enemy, it meant that the person had gained a position of authority or power over the enemy. When the gates and the walls are torn down or broken down, it gave access for the enemy to come in.

The watchmen have been blowing the horn until their heads are spinning. The problem lays with the gate keepers, they are either asleep, bind or dead. The doors have been left unattended.

This nation is paying a very high price for our lack of concern for what we allow in the gates of our schools, churches, homes and minds.

False teachers and false teachings! We have become focused on pleasing the people for the sake of “peace”, money, recognition, and a whole list of other things!

So is it any wonder WHY we suffer loss?!!!!

Wake up gatekeepers!!!!!

Robin

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My son is now 18 and headed off to college in the fall. I’m so thankful that he has a relationship with Christ….However, I am not one of those mom’s with my head in the sand who will not see. Or one who chooses to see my children – as little angels..halo and all. Lets be real! College life is full of hard-core temptation…shoot high school is too! The awesome thing is – as parents who bring up their children under the Truth of God’s Word we can trust His Word… For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that Day.  2 Timothy 1:12 Amen!

I ran across this old post the other day. 

Thoughts from a sixteen year old.

Originally posted: February 2, 2012

Greetings and salutations forum! Hello, my name is Denton I am a sixteen-year-old sophomore in high school. I was asked to “guest blog” so here I am. A few days ago I took my first semester Western Civilization final exam. At the school I attend the Western Civ. exam lives in infamy, because it is very long and very difficult. One essay I had to write was concerned with the millennium. I was asked to expand on England’s feelings of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ during the approach to the millennium.

In the years prior to the millennium, year 1000, there was a rather notable amount of unease about whether the Christ would return in that year. The essay specified that my professor wanted to know England’s feelings and thoughts, but during this time in history there was a significant shift of power to England’s hands; so England’s thoughts at this time was the majority of the worlds thoughts. Life was good for the for the English they had experienced the Northumbrian Renaissance due to Bede’s works in c. 700 AD and they were just coming out of the Anglo-Saxon Renaissance with King Alfred the Great of Wessex in the late 800’s. Again, life was going good, so when the Church spoke of the end it brought some unease. Like nails scraping down a chalkboard, the people just did not want to hear of the end. I think I know of the majority of the people in England felt.

When I was about ten or twelve years of age I dreaded the coming of Christ, I can remember hearing my mother talking about how evil the world was, and how Jesus would be coming back soon and chills would go up my spine. I would become so anxious that at peak times I could not sleep. Life was going good for me. I was twelve without a care in the world. But now, I am sixteen going on seventeen, I have grown older and wiser. Thinking back on the occasion I am taken to Mark 8:35-36, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”

I have enough discernment myself to see that we, as the majority, just like England in the 890’s never grew up. We still fear His Second Coming. Life is going good for many. We are just coming out of a recession, we have Bin Laden taken care of, life is good right?

Take heed of Mark eight. Let us, I am included in this as well, not to fall in love with our lives. Now am I encouraging you to lead a monastic life where one deprives one’s self of modern resources? No, far from it. Live life, be happy. Look at the life of Christ, He led a happy life. He healed the sick and brought joy to multitudes, He taught of the grace and love of His father, and he made friends who he trusted to spread His news. Christ never intended for life to bring us down; however, He does not want you and me to put the joys  life brings- kids, husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, technology, sports- to replace Him.

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?

There is only ONE place that our soul can rest.

In Christ!

Denton

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Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. – James 1:12

People do not know what they are getting when they are in a great place of temptation. Temptation endured brings the “crown of life.”

There is nothing outside of purity except what is sin. All unbelief is sin. God wants you to have a pure, active faith so that you will be living in an advanced place of believing God all the time, and so that you will be on the mountaintop and singing when others are crying.

I want to speak now about lust. I am not speaking about the base things, the carnal desires. I am not speaking so much about adultery or fornication, and such things, but I am speaking about what has turned you aside to some other thing instead of God.

God has been offering you better things all the time, and you have missed them.

There are three things in life, and I noticed that many people are satisfied with just one of them. There is blessing in  justification, there is blessing in sanctification, and there is blessing in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is a wonderful thing, and we know it. Sanctification is a process that takes us on to higher levels with God. Salvation, sanctification, and the fullness of the Spirit are processes.

Many people are satisfied with “good” – that is, with salvation. Other people are satisfied with “better” – a sanctified life, purified by God. Still other people are satisfied with “best” – the fullness of God with revelation from on high. I am not satisfied with any of the three. I am only satisfied with “best with improvement”.

So I come to you not with good, but better; not with better, but best; not with best, but best with improvement – going on with God.

Why?

Because “when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is fully-grown, brings forth death”(James 1:15)

When anything has taken me from God, it means death in some way.

When Jesus said to the disciples, “The Son of Man will be put into the hands of sinners and crucified,” Peter rebuked Him ( see Mt. 16:21-22), but Jesus said, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”(verse 23)

Anything that hinders me from denying myself and taking up my cross(v.24) is of the Devil; anything that hinders me from being separated unto God is of the Devil, anything that hinders me from being purified every day is carnal, and it is death.

So I implore you today to make certain that there is no lustful thing in you that would rob you of the glory. Then God will take you to the very summit of the blessing where you can be increased day by day into all His fullness.

Thought for today: Do not neglect the Word of God. Take time to think about the Word of God; it is the only place of safety.

Scripture Reading : Psalm 139

Taken from page 452 of Smith Wigglesworth Devotional.

“God is more eager to answer than we are to ask.” – Smith Wigglesworth

Have a blessed day!

Robin

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Originally Posted: January 4, 2012 by mrskbw

In Matthew 25:1-13 Christ tells this parable:

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Our attitude toward weddings can hardly compare with those of the first – century world. Modern day weddings have to compete with all other celebrations not to mention all the entertainment we flood our lives with. In the ancient world all was put aside for a wedding. The bride, groom, and guest were excused from their duties, and even the Rabbi would leave his study of the law to be apart of the celebration.
Imagine, how the crowd sat up and took note when Jesus said ” Let me tell you about a wedding.”  He would have had their full attention.
There were ten that went out with their lamps to meet the bridegroom. The listeners of the parable would have been very familiar with symbols of  faith. All the young women had a proper invitation to the event. Five were wise and five were foolish.

What was the distinguishing marks? All ten had lights but, only the five wise took oil jars alone with their lamps. Not knowing the exact time of the grooms coming.
Weddings in the ancient Middle Eastern world and for that matter the current practices in many Middle Eastern Villages is customary that the bridegroom arrive at a time of his choosing and can conceivably stretch over days of expectation. However he is obligated to send out a messenger running ahead, shouting to the people, ” The bridegroom is coming! The bridegroom is coming!”

We do not know how long the ten waited, but we know it was long enough they were falling asleep when the cry rang out. When they heard the cry the five foolish discovered their error and their lamps were going out and they had no extra supply of oil. They appealed to their more conservative friends, who answered, “No… there may not be enough for both us and you, Instead go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourself.

And you know the rest of the parable.

Seem harsh to you? Ask the author of the parable what He means.
Having an adequate supply of oil – that is, the Spirit of God in our lives- it is not a game and it’s not something we take lightly.
This is a tragic story Christ told and we don’t like tragedies. And keep in mind how Jesus described the five  foolish. He did not say they were bad or unwelcome, because the truth was they were invited. He said they were foolish, they did not take to heart the warnings and opportunity that were surely theirs.
We must store the oil while there is still time! Read His Word and allow His Spirit to fill us to over flowing.
Robin

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 The post below entitled “More Time” is a great post by: Kevin Griggs 

I share it because I hear so many people today in a “What’s the big deal” frame of mind. The prophets have been crying out repent and turn back to God in this nation. The watchmen have warned the city gatekeepers to guard the gates. Yet we continue to allow evil to infiltrate every level of society.

We refuse to hear for lazy – selfish motives and lack of real authentic concern for God’s Word.

Time is up for sitting down! Get up saints of the Most High God and make a difference in the world around you. This can only be done in Christ with His Power and authority.

A true relationship with Christ will change the way you live and will powerfully influence the others around you  …. in radical ways! Stop thinking that you have more time!

Robin

New post on The Daily Bible Plan

More Time

by Kevin Griggs

Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 12-14; Revelation 5

Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 12:21-28

 

I am not a morning person.  Each morning, I typically have to set two alarms – one for the time I actually want to get up, and one for fifteen to thirty minutes beforehand to give myself a warning that it is almost time to get up.  No matter what time I set my alarms for at night, when they go off in the morning I always have the same thought as I say to myself, “I thought I had more time.”

The Israelites in today’s key passage also thought they had more time.  The listened to all of the prophets telling them about God’s judgment, and they wrongly assumed that the prophets were talking about events that would happen in the distant future. (Vs. 27)  They even had their own proverb that was popular at the time – “The days go by and every vision comes to nothing.” (Vs. 22)  What they did not realize was that God’s judgment was closer than they thought.  In fact, in less than six years, Jerusalem would be completely destroyed.  They failed to listen to the warnings because they all thought they had more time.

Many people today still react to God’s warnings in the same way as the Israelites.  They know the message of the Bible.  They know that they need to repent of their sins and follow God.  They know they need to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.  The problem is that they believe they have more time.  They think God’s final judgment will happen sometime in the distant future.  In fact, they may be right.  They may live a long life and they may still have plenty of time to turn to Him.  On the other hand, they might be wrong.  We will never know when our time on this earth will be done.  Jesus may come back or He may call us home tomorrow, or we may be here for another 100 years.  Do not fall into the trap of thinking you have more time.  If you have unconfessed sin in your life, repent today.  If you have been waiting to start a personal relationship with Christ, turn to Him today.  If you have been waiting for the right time to reach out to that unbelieving friend in love, do it today.  When the alarm clock of life finally goes off, we do not want to be caught off guard thinking we had more time.

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“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

I love the way God’s Word paints pictures to illustrate spiritual truths.

Like a “tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream.”

Not bothered by persecution or times of trouble. Remaining steadfast and unchanged. Continuing to glorify the Lord in word and in deed. Producing spiritual fruit.

Living life in the Spirit!

Living in the Spirit means our faith is continually being freshen by the water of life…moment by moment and day by day until our confidence and trust in God are so obvious that even total strangers will notice and comment on them.

Even in the midst of some very dire predictions and depressing news Jeremiah is able to throw in a little parable of life and hope.

God’s Spirit the third person of the Trinity is described in the Bible in several ways…. as oil, wind, fire ,and water, to mention a few. However, the symbol of water to illustrate the person and work of the Holy Spirit is the picture Jeremiah is panting for us in ch 17.

I have been parched and dry, having drank from broken springs of water that did not satisfy me.

Jesus tells the woman at the well...”If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” Jn 4:10.

The woman had been drinking from the river of her relationships…….Jesus offered her a spiritual experience that would quench her thirst – a relationship with the living God.

A little while later Christ uses the picture of water again. In the midst of a ritual where priests carried in large vats of water and poured it out, Jesus  stands and in a loud voice says; ” whoever believes in me as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow within him.”Jn 7:38-39

Another picture of water in the Bible is that of the river of life…Ezekiel describes the fruit trees that line the banks and the river of life flowing from the throne of God.

As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea; when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh. And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” Ez 47:7-12

This is the same river Jeremiah had in mind in ch. 17 and the same river the apostle John saw in his vision.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Rev.22:1-2

The source of the river is God Himself. Ezekiel observed that everything that touched the river lived and wherever the river flowed there was life.

Look at verses 7 & 8 in ch 17 of Jeremiah once again….

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

We do not produce the fruit of the spirit. We must allow God to produce that fruit in our life. The tree was planted by the river but, it had to “send out its roots into the stream.”

We choose daily…. Where will we send out our roots?…… Will we drink from the living water?

In Awe of Him Daily!

Robin

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How many times have you made a mistake and then confess it to the Lord in REPENTANCE but, continue to punish yourself with guilt and condemnation?

Psalm 103:8-12 Reminds us of the Lords mercy. And His power to remove our transgressions as far as the east is from the west.

Mistakes will happen! Don’t dwell there too long! We must do as the apostle Paul and immediately shake it off! Do not sinfully worry and allow guilt to grow. When we confess with  a sincere heart, God removes the sin.

Don’t allow your mistakes to so worry or condemn you that you can’t be helpful to others around you even when they ignore your words or wrong you….. The poison of stress and worry will harm us if we allow it to penetrate our hearts and minds. Follow Paul’s example and shake it off.

Paul shipwrecked on Malta

 After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta.  The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

 Now in the neighborhood of that place where lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him. And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. They also honored us greatly and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed. (Acts 28:1-10)

Though Paul had to face difficult circumstances yet on this journey to Rome God gave him favor in the eyes of men.  “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.”  Prov 16:7

In Awe Of Him!

Robin

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