YOUR CLOSED GATES SHALL SOON BE LIFTED UP

Psalm 24:7 is a famous bible passage which has evolved into a formidable battle order over time. We shall look around an aspect of it which says ”Lift up your heads, O you gates…And the King of glory shall come in” in this write up. And I will like us to start by paying a modicum of attention to the word ‘gates’ first.

Gates by description are movable barriers, usually on hinges, closing an opening in an enclosure such as a wall, fence, etc. They come in various shapes and sizes and they are made of materials ranging from flimsy pieces of wood to very tough metals. Their main function is to control the movement of people, goods and materials etc. in and out of the enclosure they are attached to.

While most gates are visible and open freely, a lot of them are invisible and permanently closed. These ‘closed gates’ symbolizes different things to different people. For example, to some, they symbolize extreme situations which have defied all human interventions and they are commonly associated with great discomfort, uncertainty, shame, sorrow, etc. They may even cause death if care is not taken. No doubt, divine intervention is needed to lift them up.

‘Closed gate’ situations are no respecter of persons or generations. Just as they are affecting us in this generation, so did they affect generations before us but the good news is that they can be overcome and we can prove this, by considering some people in the bible who experienced and overcame theirs. I pray that by the time we finish, we shall be well motivated to do something about ours so that the King of glory can come in and save us in Jesus name. Amen.

1. Naaman. Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-14) was a star in the Syrian army but he had leprosy which is a chronic, destructive, restrictive and shameful condition. This disease was his ‘closed gate’ since he couldn’t do much about it. But it finally got lifted up through Prophet Elisha and the King of glory came in and healed him completely. Is disease your ‘closed gate’? If it is then, it shall be lifted up before long and the King of glory shall come in and heal you in Jesus name. Amen.

2. Hannah. Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-20) was a barren woman who suffered lots of ridicule, sorrow and pain in the hands of her co-wife. She was even wrongly labelled a drunk by their Priest at a point. Unquestionably, barrenness was her ‘closed gate’ but it got lifted up eventually through the instrumentality of the Priest and she gave birth to a unique son, called Samuel. Is barrenness also your ‘closed gate’? If it is, it shall be lifted up and the King of glory shall come in and give you a top-notch child in Jesus name. Amen.

3. Joseph. Joseph (Genesis Chapters 37-50) was a lovely lad destined to rule the world but he ran into loads of stumbling blocks which made his journey through life extremely tough and frustrating. Stumbling blocks were his ‘closed gate’! However, it was lifted up in the end and the King of glory came in and catapulted him from prison to power. Are stumbling blocks your own ‘closed gates’? If they are, they shall be lifted up and the King of glory shall come in and make life easier for you in Jesus name. Amen.

4. The Widow in Elisha’s time. According to biblical account (2 Kings 4:1-7), the widow’s husband left a huge debt for her to settle. Meanwhile, the creditors were on her neck and they wanted to take her sons away into servitude and she couldn’t do anything to save them. Certainly, debt was her ‘closed gate’ and she needed urgent divine intervention to lift it up. This intervention soon came through Prophet Elisha who showed her the way out using her business and she made so much profit from it, that she paid off her husband’s debt with ease and yet, she had more than enough left for herself and her sons to live on from that time on. Is debt your own ‘closed gate’? If it is then, it will be lifted up in the name of Jesus, and the King of Glory shall come in and set you free. Amen.

5. Matthew. Matthew was a tax collector and a great sinner. Hence, sin was his ‘closed gate’ and it would have killed him (Romans 6:23) if not for Jesus Christ who raised it up and made him one of His prized disciples. Is your life reeking with the ‘closed gate’ of sin? If it is then, you are not likely to prosper in life (Proverbs 28:13) unless you confess and forsake them. Please do so right now and Jesus will forgive you (1 John 1:9) and position you for greatness.

Friend, as you can see, ‘closed gates’ situations are numerous, common, and diverse in form. But whatever yours is, it shall cease to operate in your life as from this moment in Jesus name. But you need to pray to God, the king of glory, to lift it up without delay first. After that, invite Him to come in and set you free and He will in Jesus name. Amen. Please do not dilly-dally; act swiftly!

Jesus is Lord!

THE BENEFITS OF TRUSTING GOD

I am doing this write up as a follow up to the one I did last week titled ‘The Reasons For Trusting God’, which you can access on my website by clicking the following link http://www.mindofchrist.org./?s=the+reasons+for+trusting+god;

Proverbs 3:5-6 says: ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths”.

Above is a very popular passage, and it highlights the fact that trusting God is beneficial.  Please permit me to mention a few of the benefits of trusting God here, hoping that you’ll be motivated to trust Him more. They are:

1.  Divine Confidence.  The Psalmist’s life was laden with fear on numerous occasions, but on each occasion, he trusted God, and then gained divine confidence to overcome his fear.  He referred to one of such occasions in this fashion: ”…In God I have put my trust; I will not fear.  What can flesh do to me?’’ (Psalm 56:3).

David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-58) were two differing people.  While David was an ordinary shepherd of average built, Goliath was a visibly huge warrior of Philistine extraction.  David was humble, but Goliath was very mouthy and loud.  At a time, Jesse, his father, sent him to the war front to deliver supplies to his brother.  It was there that he saw how rude Goliath was to God, and he offered to fight him.  He trusted God to give him victory over Goliath and his army, and he was not disappointed.  God is still in the business of replacing peoples’ fears with divine confidence to date.  He will do it for you too, if you allow Him!

2.  Divine Direction.  The renowned King Solomon mentioned this benefit as follows: ”Trust the Lord with all your heart….And He shall direct your paths’’ (Proverbs 3:5-6).

In Acts 9:1-19, it is recorded that Saul (later Paul) haunted and arrested the disciples of the Lord in the synagogues of Damascus, and brought them bound to Jerusalem to be persecuted.  But one day, God arrested Him in a spectacular way, and asked him to proceed to a man called Ananias, who later laid hands on him.  Consequently, he regained his sight and was filled with the Holy Spirit.  Saul trusted God, and he was given divine direction, which ushered him into his remarkable ministry on earth.  You too can do remarkably well on earth if you wish; but you must be prepared to trust God first, and He will give you divine direction to your success in Jesus name.  Amen.

3.  Divine Strength.  God is willing to give you enduring strength continuously, provided you put your trust in Him.  Prophet Isaiah gave credence to this notion when he said: ”Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4).

Judges 16:1-31, gives an account of how Samson, a judge over Israel, and a pain in the necks of the Philistines, fell for Delilah.  His close relationship with this woman, led to his downfall and ultimate death.  But before he died, he repented of his sin, turned his heart to God, and He forgave him.  Not only that, he trusted God to avenge the humiliations the Philistines meted out on him.  God later gave him a mind-blowing strength, which he used to push the pillars of the temple where numerous people gathered together to be amused by him.  Consequently, the pillars collapsed, and everybody in it, including Samson, was killed.  If you are truly sincere about staying afloat, and doing well on earth, then you need trust God for divine strength, and He will unleash it on you beyond your imagination in Jesus name.  Amen.

4.  Divine Victory.  In confirming the availability of this benefit arising from trusting God, the Psalmist said: ”Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5).

Jephthah (Judges 11) was a mighty man of valor who grew up with his half-brothers in Gilead.  At a time in his life, he was due for his inheritance from their father, but his brother denied him of it; just because his mother was a harlot.  He later fled for his dear life and lived in a location called Tob, where he met some worthless blokes and raided with them.  After some time, his people were attacked by the Amorites and their existence became threatened.  Then, the elders of his clan went looking for him, because they knew he was the only person who could save them.  Of course, he obliged them but not until after he had extracted a promise that they would make him their overall head from them.  Jephthah was so sure of victory that he made a vow to God in return, and He was not disappointed.  Perhaps you desire outstanding victory in certain areas of your life, e.g. your work/walk with God, health, finance, business, education, relationship, family set up, etc., please trust God for it, and it will come to pass in Jesus name.  Amen.

Friends, as you can see, the benefits of trusting God are stunning and I believe you’ll be happy to enjoy them too.  If so, please pray to God to give them to you straight away. In addition, make sure you do not stop trusting Him even if you have to repeat your prayer time and again because He will surely reward you at some point (Hebrews 11:6). May the good Lord fill your heart with joy and your mouth with praise as you trust Him continually in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

(C) Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.