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Let Him In

Now pay attention; I am standing at the door and knocking. If any of you hear My voice and open the door, then I will come in to visit with you and to share a meal at your table, and you will be with Me.
-Revelation 3:20 (VOICE)

“Let the Son in.” Did you know that there are things Jesus wants to do, but he is waiting for us to invite him in to do them? Listen. Do you hear him?

He is calling you. He knows your name and is calling you. The fact that he knows your name and calls you is something so extraordinary that it touches your heart.

The text here does not say that he calls your name, but I believe he does know our names and he calls us by name. He is not disguised, but is personable; coming into our place and asking to be let in.

Will you let him in? Isn't it amazing that he is so gentle, that he knocks and waits for our answer. He calls and awaits our reply.

A great mistake or foolishness that we all make , is not to hear Jesus knocking, to not hear his voice calling.  Our w…

Unregenerate

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.

Don't give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.

Watch out for "dogs," watch out for evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate the flesh.

It has happened to them according to the true proverb: A dog returns to its own vomit, and, “a sow, after washing itself, wallows in the mud.”
-Prov. 26:11, Matt. 7:6, Phil. 3:2, 2 Pet. 2:22

We had a couple of dreams about dogs.  In the first dream, a full grown dog was unfriendly towards me.  It was threatening and intimidating.  In the second dream, I brought home a full grown lion and a little dog.  The small dog did not like the big lion.
In ancient times, dogs were simile's for unclean, scavenger, lowlifes.  It was a negative label to give someone.  Dogs symbolize unbelief or unbelievers who are not walking in God's way.  They represent people who are unregenerate,…

What is the gospel?

He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. As usual, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him, and unrolling the scroll, He found the place where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on Him. He began by saying to them, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.”
-Luke 4:16-21 (HCSB)


What is the gospel? The gospel means "good news". We are supposed to follow Jesus and preach the gospel, right? We preach it with our lives, ministering to a lost world that needs life.
Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospe…

Working with Him Through Grace In Time

But by God’s grace I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not ineffective. However, I worked more than any of them, yet not I, but God’s grace that was with me.

Working together with Him, we also appeal to you, “Don’t receive God’s grace in vain.” For He says:

I heard you in an acceptable time,
and I helped you in the day of salvation.

Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.
-1 Corinthians 15:10 & 2 Corinthians 6:1-2

I have been sharing that I have been experiencing God's grace in an increased way.  God's grace has been with me more in every dimension or avenue of my life.  While I have been growing in grace for a long time, it seems to be pronounced right now.

I see three things in the Corinthian verses above:  Grace, Working, and Time.  We have a limited time here to work with unlimited grace.  Grace is dynamic, which I will explain a bit below.  The Christian life is not passive.  It's all by grace, but you must work, and the work is wit…

Choose To Not Gossip

Without wood, fire goes out; without a gossip, conflict dies down.
-Prov. 26:20

I love to talk, share, catch up, and hear all the news about people that I know.  But, I don't want hear gossip, nor do I want to spread gossip.  I don't want to sin, myself; nor do I want to lead others to sin.

Gossip can be destructive, which is why God says not to do it.  Is what comes out of my mouth life-building or not?  Sharing and news is fine, but I don't want to stir the pot of a destructive quarrel.

I want reconciliation,  God's viewpoint, and forgiveness.  I want love and grace and truth and mercy.  I want the fruit of the Spirit.

"What is gossip?'  Gossip is a loaded word.  It might just mean "news".  Or it might mean telling someone else's secrets or violating their confidentiality.  It is malicious when we bash, judge, and condemn another person.

If there is a quarrel involved, does telling about it make it better or worse?  How can we talk about a c…