Deuteronomy 11:26-28 “See, I am setting before you today blessing and a curse…”
HIS Portal Pursuit
Behold set before us,
a pairing of doors.
Appearing as equals,
at least their outsides.
Both offered as choices
with different rewards based
on who you’ve become and
if CHRIST is your LORD.
For if “other” your choosing,
to “pick” for Life’s days;
Should elected be “works”
instead of HIS grace,
then the portal you’ll choose
will surely attract…
entertaining your thoughts
till your zeal — retracts.
So choose Blessing alone!
Be found far from the curse.
Stand in CHRIST through yours
storms, even resting!
For each testing of paths
helps us focus on HIM
in WHOM lives sovereign pow’r…
so HIS door — walk in!
As HIServant “walking in” HIS door, in HIS footprints and by HIS sovereign power,
Devotional: Deuteronomy 11:26-28 “See, I am setting before you today blessing and a curse; the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your GOD that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your GOD and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.”
Blessing or Curse. Door 1 or Door 2. The challenge is that even within churches today, entertainment and comfort zone teachings DISTRACT the Body from “entering into HIS presence.”
Devotion and Diligence go hand in hand with us if we are choosing to go in and THROUGH HIS door of blessing.
But just like lingering spirits who loiter near HIS door for the faint taste of HIS goodness, so many are wrapped up in “social good activities” as opposing to broken and contrite study of HIS WORD.
So we must make the choice to GO THROUGH… and truly into HIS presence to be continually blessed without “entertainment’s distractions.”
Revelation 3:8 “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept MY WORD, and have not denied MY NAME.”
HE sees our hearts and knows the deepest “why” of our actions. Hallelujah! HE watches to see whose hearts are bent towards HIM!
2 Corinthians 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to HIM.”
By keeping HIS WORD, walking in HIS footsteps of Truth and selflessly serving others without our own agenda, HE opens the door of blessing to walk in HIS ways and no one, NO ONE can ever shut it!!!
1 Corinthians 16:8-9 “But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”
Though our door is supernaturally opened, it doesn’t mean we will be without obstacles or without opponents. Often, as we press closer into CHRIST, the demonic, lukewarm and wayward will try to draw us backwards.
Deuteronomy 30:15 “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.”
Western Christianity has bled over into the east with its false religion of prosperity. In truth, the MOST prosperous people in the Bible were those who suffered for HIM and who took HIM at HIS WORD.
Ever tried praising GOD after being whipped and locked in a dungeon? Repeatedly? Ever tried praying food onto the table for yourself and family like the faithful orphanage leader, George Mueller?
Most want to equate success and prosperity to mean money, possessions, things, etc.
Let’s go a step further. How the incessant counting of “souls saved” as opposed to “souls growing in and clinging to CHRIST”?
Romans 11:28-29 “As regards the gospel, they (the Jews) are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers…for GOD’s gifts and HIS call can never be withdrawn!”
Yes, many well meaning yet routine loving church goers will oppose passively and even aggressively, we take the less traveled road. There is no boasting of doing such, much less claiming to be sacrificial for HIM!
It is simply our due service to the Sovereign Majesty of The Ages! Paul was beaten, shipwrecked, left for dead yet states he counts all things lost compared to knowing CHRIST!
This is NOT the hour to “love” offending people while claiming to teach HIS WORD in love! It is NOT to the Hour to rest in our air conditioned belief system while claiming to know of and are part of HIS sufferings!
I’ll wrap up this devotional with three things GOD gave me over a decade ago.
1) “Beloved, we must count it a BLESSING, a privilege and a pleasure…to SUFFER for the NAME of CHRIST!”
From the back cover of my books : The CrossRoads Trilogy:
2) “Choose you this day whom you shall follow. Choose you this day before whom you will bow down!
Creation or CREATOR,
self or SAVIOUR,
you or YAHWEH…
3) “The flaws of each are different and, as such, each draws their kind.
Thus I pray HE draws your soul to HIM through this stained glass…
Yes! Choose CHRIST and HIS path of Blessing!
Amen and amen!