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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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What is God’s definition of success?

When this present life is over we may be very surprised to find out – who God considers successful.

Because when all is said and done, the final measure of life on this earth will be whether or not the Lord can look at us and say, ” Well done my good and faithful servant.”(Matthew 25:23)

America has raised a generation of people with a very warped perspective of what it means to successfully live in this world.

While talent, education, money, and relationships are great and wonderful gifts from God and are in deed fantastic resources to be used to glorify and honor Jesus! However, even such wonderful things can become a distraction to our upward calling in Christ Jesus – if we allow them!

In Matthew 25:14-30 Christ tells this parable:

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.  And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.

  But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.  After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.”  His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 

 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done,good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.  So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.  Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.  And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

WOW! Makes you want to get up and use your gifts! – ah!

All people have skills, talents,and possessions entrusted to them by God. Our responsibility is to use these in manners that will accomplish God’s purposes. No one is responsible for the ways others use their gifts. We are responsible for the proper use of our own gifts.

Christ taught accountability and faithfulness to God. Those faithful in managing received additional trusts. Life and all its possessions are our trust fund from God. We are responsible to manage our time, abilities,and yes possessions so God and His Kingdom will receive the greatest possible return.

The parable of the talents illustrates the faithfulness required of God’s servants. The fact that the master traveled to a far country indicates that there would be ample time to test the faithfulness of the servants.

Keep in mind that the first two servants received the same reward, even though they had received different amounts. The reward was based on faithfulness not on the size of their responsibilities.

The smallest task in God’s economy may receive great reward if we are faithful in performing it.

Interestingly, the wicked servant was lazy and unfaithful, BECAUSE if he really had feared  his master, he would at least have deposited with the bankers. Then the master would have received back the investment plus interest.

In other words least we be found spiritually immature.

…of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. (Hebrews 5:11-12)

Lord Jesus our prayer today is – teach us how to invest in YOUR KINGDOM that we will not spend a single moment in unprofitable service unto YOU!

I am In Awe of Him Daily!

Robin

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What is Luke telling us in the Book of Acts?

Luke a medical doctor and historian, accurately recorded the events in the life of the early Church. Luke clearly records foundational facts about the early disciples and the Church Movement.

Luke’s purpose was to proclaim the expansion of Christianity to all the world “without hindrances.” No barriers could stop the spread of the Gospel across the world! Luke wrote the Book of Acts to proclaim and explain that TRUTH!

In Acts 1 and 2 we learn the Church’s beginning when the disciples were bound together by the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit empowered them to be a witnesses of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Acts 3 -8 shows us that the believers preached with POWER – a message of forgiveness of sins and reconciliation to God through the blood of Jesus Christ.

As the Good News filled the city of Jerusalem opposition developed! The established Jewish leaders of the day tried to snuff out the new growing movement.

But,……hold on……….

In Acts 9 – 12 we find that snuffing out the move of the Holy Spirit was unsuccessful! An attempt to stamp out a move of God is no more successful than attempting to snuff out the planet mercury or the sun………not possible…

We see the Church’s chief enemy Saul become a follower of Christ, he received a name change,(Paul) a new heart and clear vision. The Church grew and develop unhindered.

Luke full of the Holy Spirit laid out a pattern for the local church life: a community of joyful followers, empowered by the Holy Spirit, living for the Lord and one another concerned about sharing the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ with the town, the county, the state, and the nations.

Though the disciples tasted persecution they saw God miraculously protect them.

Supernatural signs and wonders were a part of their daily lives!

This new, growing movement that Luke described, with its POWERFUL message as well as its problems, reminds us of our world today and it’s need for a message from God.

Praise God, the Holy Spirit is just as active now, as He was then, to covert, strengthen, and preserve all those who believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him!

God is moving among us too!

In Awe Of Him,

Robin

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