Friday, March 13, 2020

Behold I am at the door of your Heart

“Why should we sit here waiting to die?” 2 Kings 7:3 NLT 

Dear reader, this book was intended mainly for the benefit of believers. But if you are still unsaved, our Christian hearts yearn for you. We would gladly say a word to help you. Open your Bible to 2 Kings 7 and read the story of the lepers. Note their situation, which was much the same as yours. If you remain where you are, you will perish forever; if you go over to Jesus, you will only die on this earth. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” is the old proverb, and in your case the venture is not large. If you sit in a sullen refusal, no one can pity you when ruin comes. But if you perish having sought mercy (if such a thing were possible), you would be the object of universal sympathy. No one who refuses Jesus can escape. But you know that some, at least, who believe in Him are saved, right? Some of your own acquaintances have received mercy, so why not you? “Who can tell?” the people of Nineveh said after Jonah preached (Jonah 3:9 NLT). Act on the same hope and test the Lord’s mercy. To perish is so awful that if there were any straw to grasp, the instinct of self-preservation should drive you to stretch out your hand. We have been talking to you on the ground of unbelief. Now we give you the assurance, as if it comes from the Lord himself, that if you seek Him, He will be found (1 Chronicles 28:9). Jesus pushes away no one who comes to Him. You will not perish if you trust Him; on the contrary, you will find treasure far richer than those poor lepers found in the deserted camp of the Syrians. May the Holy Spirit give you the boldness to go to Jesus immediately, and you will not believe in vain. Then, when you are saved yourself, share the good news with others. Don’t be shy; tell the King’s household first and join in fellowship with them. Then proclaim the good news everywhere. May the Lord save you before the sun goes down tonight. - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening 

People that I know as friends are so close to the truth of God yet are so far away. 

There's a painting that bears this truth so clearly.  It's of a beautiful house with a front door where Jesus is and it shows Him knocking.  The point of interest is that on His side of the door there is no doorknob.  He cannot push His way in.  It's a door that only opens from the inside. 

When describing where I stand in days in which we live, I was told my faith was greater than theirs.  My friend, all it takes is the tiniest of faith to be saved. 

It blows my mind that we go through so many years of hearing of the distrust of the mainstream media, of how fed up people are with it.  Yet this virus comes to light and these same people are clinging to every word they say.

The words of Jesus are not like that.

The Bible says that He is the same, yesterday, today and forever.  In Christ there is no shifting sand.  He is not only a rock of stability, He is THE Rock.  Those who seek refuge in Him will not be disappointed. 

Let us not take my word for it. 

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20

Note where this is found.  The last book of the Bible.  Right before the judgments of this book begin to happen. 

Many years ago I heard that knock on the door of my heart.  I heard the voice asking to come in.  Have you?

My dear reader, consider this while there is still time.  Consider the state of your heart.   Are you really living the life that you wanted?  Being totally honest with yourself, because if you are, if you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you are not happy.  You have been going around in your darkened heart trying to find your way in this life not knowing where you are or what danger you are in. 

Jesus is the light of the world.  When you let Him in, you begin to see with eyes that have never been used before.  Nobody can see where they are or where to go in total darkness.  It's impossible. 

You have fears.  Be real here, you do.

I did and do at times.  Peter, in the various places in the first 4 books of the New Testament, had fears to overcome.  Even the Apostle Paul dealt with fears.  Nobody is really exempt from that.   

Please do not be afraid to open that door to Jesus.   The greatest thing in that moment is that He rushes in with the fantastic light of Christ and regardless of what we look like, wraps His arms around us in a loving embrace.  He doesn't care what we look like in that moment we first finally meet.  He then begins to take care of us, just as He promised through that door.  He tends to our wounds. Cleans us up.  Shows us the new clothes He bought, just for us, to wear.  He provides healing and food for our souls.  Keeping every Word He spoke through that door. 

Then, as we lay down while He cares for us, He begins cleaning up the place we call home.  All those things we have done that really shouldn't be in our lives He starts clearing out.  Living with Him now, means trusting Him completely to know what needs to stay and what needs to go. 

The most amazing thing's begin to happen.  Now that our loneliness is gone, we now can see, we begin to really live. 

My friend, until you let Him in, you have no real idea just how many chains are wrapped around you.  Chains that weigh you down.  Chains that you have held onto like a blanket.  Chains as a blanket? Yes.  Our sin nature deceives us in believing that the sins in our lives are ok. That they aren't that bad.  That we aren't hurting anybody or ourselves.  That those hard burdens are really soft and comfortable.  Lies.

Truth and lies are only described in one place.

The Bible.  My dear reader, time is running out.   You see there had been afixed a day called the Day of the Lord.  God is a God of patience, but even He has said enough is enough.  Left to his or her own devices, mankind would annihilate themselves.  Sin would win out, all that God created would cease to exist.  The plan of the Father was for Jesus to come to Earth.  Be born as a man.  Live this life just as we do. Be mocked, scorned, ridiculed, beaten, and then be nailed to a cross.  Have all the sin of mankind heaped upon Him.  For the first and only time, the intimate relationship between the Father and His Son, Jesus, is broken.  Because to pay the price for all our sins it had to be that way. 

But it doesn't end there.  3 days later, He came back from the dead.  Conquering sin, death and the grave.  He became the Savior of the world.  Those who trust in Jesus will be saved.  I put my faith and trust in His finished work on the cross.  

I invited Him into my life.  He has kept every single promise He has ever made to me.  He's ready to do the same thing for you. 

Remember that passage.  

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

Dear friends please don't put it off. Don't wake up discovering that you missed out.  Because the day is coming soon when billions will wake up finding out they did.

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