There are a lot of things that are competing for our attention. Each one of us has a mission on earth and we are to care for one another. Be vigilant to not allow distractions to get you off course. When we wander off course it is even more tempting to take up activities and habits that are dishonoring to God. Don’t get sidetracked from your calling.
“The Lord loves the gates of Zion.” – Ps 87:2
What are gates for? Two purposes—entrance and exit. And Zion, also, has her gates of exit and entrance; she has her gates of access to God, entrance into the presence of the Most High; “the door of hope,” opened in “the valley of Achor.” And who has opened the door; or, rather, who has not only opened it and made it, but himself IS the Door? “I am the Door,” says Jesus. And was not “the door” opened through his rent flesh? As the Apostle speaks—“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh.” Through his bleeding wounds, through his pierced side, through his mangled feet and hands, there is now access to God– “A door of hope is opened wide In Jesus’ pierced hands and side.”
Is there any other access to God, but through the slaughtered Lamb? “Through him we have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” There is no other; for he is “the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes to the Father but by him.” Is not this an open way? Does not the soul through this door “walk in and out and find pasture,” and enter into the immediate presence of God? Do you, my friends, ever find access to God, a heart to pray, a sense of acceptance in prayer, an open door, and power to enter therein? What opens it? Merit? Set up merit, and we are all damned to a man. It is not merit, great or little; it is the blood of the Lamb which alone has opened a way for poor lost sinners to draw near to God.
Distributing to the necessity of saints. – Rom 12:13
David said, Is there yet any that is left … of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?
Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.—Whosoever shall give to drink one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
To do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.—God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
2 Sam 9:1, Matt 25:34-36, Matt 25:40, Matt 10:42, Heb 13:16, Heb 6:10
Are you happy? How long does your happiness last? We can eat an endless buffet, stomachs bulging, but in a mere couple of hours we are hungry again. Isn’t it true with happiness? We seek out things we think will make us happy like friendships, money, or even recognition, but that type of happiness never lasts. How can we find this everlasting joy? It comes through praising God. Have you been praising God lately?
Do you protect your heart? What baggage is following you around. This principle of protecting your heart will serve you well. No one ever wants to have bad feelings towards another because of unresolved conflict. Who wants to be ducking and hiding in the grocery store because we still have a grudge towards a prior situation. Guard your heart well and settle your issues quickly.
Increase of Grace
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.
~ Ps 92:12,14
Lord, one thing we want,
More holiness grant;
For more of thy mind and thy image we pant:
While onward we move
To Canaan above,
Come, fill us with holiness, fill us with love.