Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016: Enter the Gate of Faith

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 266  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Brian Derksen singing … Just As I Am , poignantly declaring the truth of coming to God just as we are … in faith … to receive God’s gift of saving grace.

Highlight Passage: Psalm 100:4 [NKJV] …  
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise … 
… We come thru the gates to His eternal city with hearts of praise …
Highlight Context … Psalm 100 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK   … The Psalmist expresses God’s invitation for any/all to enter the gates of faith to His eternal city.

Reference Passage #1 … John 10:9 [NKJV] …  
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 
 … Jesus declares that He is the door (i.e., gate) to God’s Holy Kingdom.

Reference Passage #2 … John 14:6 [NKJV] …  
6 Jesus said to him [a disciple], “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 
 … No other gate to heaven buy through Jesus’ gates of faith.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Marin Williams, taught today on one of God’s most wondrous gifts … to come to Him with a heart of worship/faith to receive His eternal gift of salvation. He wrote: When you enter some of the greatest cities in the world, you can encounter famous gates such as the Brandenburg Gate (Berlin), the Jaffa Gate (Jerusalem), and the gates at Downing Street (London). Whether the gates were built for defensive or ceremonial purposes, they all represent the difference between being outside or inside certain areas of the city. Some are open; some are closed to all but a few. … The gates into the presence of God are always open. 

And aren’t we glad (you and me, fellow Christian) that God’s gate to eternal life is open to anyone, anytime that we ascend the staircase of repentance and enter through the gates Christ opened for us with His shed blood on the cross and His resurrection to open the doors to His eternal city (see attached photo).

Brian Doerksen, in the song linked above, sings the classic invitational hymn, Just As I Am; but Psalm 100, also linked, was an even more classic invitational hymn, wasn’t it? And I pray that any who read here, have taken our Lord up on His invitation to enter His eternal kingdom, with hearts of praise, worshipping the One Who has opened the only door to heaven (see passages in John 10 & 14).

Today’s Prayer: Lord, we who worship You, come through Your gates with praise to be with You forever. Amen  

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