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November 19, 2018, 1:01 PM

Enter His Gates!


Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. For the Lord is good, and his faithful love endures forever; his faithfulness, through all generations.”   Psalms 100:4-5 CSB

In order to enter a gate, you must be invited in by the home or landowner.

In order to enter a royal court, you must be received by the king.

Friend, you cannot come into God's presence without His permission. An audience with the King requires that we meet His conditions for entry. On our own merits, we are unable. As clever, creative or charming as we might be, those carry no privilege before God. You see, we have a great problem: sin. Every person has disobeyed God. We have each turned away from Him and rejected His sovereign rule over our lives. Even though God created us, knows us intimately and has our best interests in mind, we rebelled against Him. Our sin keeps us from knowing and loving God as we were intended to do. Why? Because our sin separates us from God; He is holy and righteous; sin will not be tolerated in His presence. As a matter of fact, God's wrath is being stored up against those who have sinned against Him. And our sin debt is so great we could never pay it off.

But there is good news. God in His great love and mercy made a way for us to have our sins pardoned and to be made new so that we could know, love and enjoy Him forever. How? By sending His Son, Jesus, who perfectly loved and obeyed His Father in all things - and willingly gave His life as the perfect sacrifice to pay our debt, to take away our sin and to make us right with God.

Those who trust in Jesus for salvation can freely enter God's gate and do so with thanksgiving because Jesus is the gatekeeper. John 10:7-10. Moreover, those who have looked to Jesus to make them right with God the Father can come boldly into His courts proclaiming His praises. 

If Jesus is your Redeemer, give thanks to God! Bless His holy name!

Why?  Because the Lord is good, so good to offer us salvation. We don't deserve it. God's mercy to us at the cross is His gift of grace. A free gift that Jesus purchased with His own blood. Salvation is God's free gift of favor to those who will receive it, but it is certainly not cheap. 

Give thanks because His faithful love endures forever through all generations!

  • Believer, give thanks to God for your salvation! Sing a hymn or song of praise to worship Him! And tell someone about the goodness and love of God who makes a way for sinners to come into His presence -- through the cross of Christ.
  • If you do not know Jesus, call out to Him. Acknowledge your own sin and rebellion against God. Admit that you need to be rescued and you need to be forgiven. Believe that Jesus' death on the cross was sufficient to pay the price your sins deserved. Then give your life to Jesus in surrender to follow and pursue Him with your whole heart and life. 

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