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Knock-Knock-Knocking on Heavens Door
12/19/2008

Knock-Knock-Knocking on Heavens Door
    
    Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 (NIV)
    
    These words spoken by Jesus and recorded in Revelation 3 are powerful. Jesus was speaking to the Church of Laodicea specifically, but the message is for anyone who reads the Word of God. Christianity is unique in that it is the only belief system where God comes to man seeking a relationship with him. Every other man-made religion or belief has man seeking God for a relationship. This verse clarifies that it is, in fact, God who seeks out man, and it is He who comes and knocks at the door of our heart.
    
    Jesus came to give a message to all who would believe and accept it. The message was the Gospel, the Good News, that all could be forgiven, and there could be reconciliation between God and mankind. All one had to do was repent and believe this good news and accept the free gift of salvation.
    
     The time has come, he said. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news! Mark 1:15 (NIV)
    
    Jesus has made the offer to come and have fellowship with all those who hear His voice, and who respond to His invitation; those who would prove themselves as His friends by the enthusiasm of repenting of their sinful lifestyle, and following Him in obedience to His new ways of living.
    
    Jesus goes on to say that if we answer the knock on the door of our heart that He will come in and eat with us, and we, with Him. This invitation to share a meal with Him is really important. You see, the act of eating supper was an invitation to become one with Him. In those days, it was an intimate act to eat with someone. They would break bread, which was served at every meal, and dip it into a common bowl that everyone at the table would share. In our culture, it is referred to as double dipping, and it is frowned upon. But in this time and culture, it was huge statement as it signified becoming one with those whom you shared the meal with. Jesus wants to have that type of relationship with us; He wants to become one with us; to eat with us, and have intimate fellowship with us.
    
    It is through the Holy Spirit that Christ and the Father come to have fellowship with us (Jn 14:23).
    
    Jesus replied, If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23 (NIV)
    
    And although this message is a powerful invitation to those who dont know Christ as their personal savior, it is an equally powerful message to those who profess to know Him, and yet they havent given their lives fully to Him as of yet. Tragically, there are many people throughout the church that have attended services throughout their entire lives, but they have never repented of their sinful lifestyle because they havent heard the message of repentance, or that there is sin that needs to be atoned for, and that there is righteous judgment of hell for those who wont answer Jesus knocking of the door of their hearts.
    
    We can get so caught up sharing the message of Jesus love for us, and of His great miraculous deeds, that we miss sharing the message and invitation to repent, and turn from the lifestyle that separated man from God in the first place. Our sin should bring conviction to our minds, and it should prepare our heart to receive the good news of the Gospel, but it must be accompanied with a genuine desire to stop doing those things that are known to be wrong. If we have this desire, then we can open the door and allow Jesus to come in and to transform us to be like Him. When He knows our Hearts desire is to turn from our old self, He will help us to overcome the temptations to live the old ways, as we seek to follow Him.
    
    STUDY QUESTION: What promise does Jesus make us in John 14:23?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you feel Jesus knocking on the door of your heart? Is there something that you need to get rid of in your life, that you are not allowing God to help you with?
    
    APPLICATION: If you are wanting to overcome something in your life that is enslaving you, or if you have never fully committed your life to Christ, then do it today.
    
    Maybe Jesus is knocking right now on your heart. Maybe youve accepted Him, but you havent repented of a sinful habit or lifestyle that you are enslaved to. Would you allow Him to come in and do something spectacular in your life today? Would you allow Him to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit within your life, and free you from any bondage to an activity that you are having trouble stopping? If the answer is yes, then simply pray with me.
    
    Lord Jesus, I want You to come into my life today. I want You to be my Lord, and my Savior. I want to follow You, and to be free of any sin that I am in bondage to. Help me to overcome the evil ones temptations that are in my flesh. Give me Your power of Your Holy Spirit that I may overcome these vices that have enslaved me. I choose to utilize this power that You have given me today, and to follow You in all of Your ways. In Jesus name I pray, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    

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