Luke 15:10 Rejoice Over Repentance

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10

Holding a grudge against what a person has done in his past is a common trait among most people. People remember what a person had done or been like and often refuse to allow that person to change. Or they do not believe that he could have changed.

With this type of attitude, many people are often held down, or pushed back into their old habits.

Jesus gave a parable of a woman who lost a coin, then after much searching found it. She then rejoiced greatly. He said that angels will also greatly rejoice over a person who repents.

People in a church are sometimes the most critical of a person who repents. They know a person’s past and don’t believe that he could have truly repented. It is often seen as a just a publicity stunt, rather than true repentance.

As a human being, no one can truly know the heart or reason behind a public confession or repentance. Every believer must trust that it is real and rejoice with God and His angels.

Those in the church must come alongside a new believer, who has repented, and support him and build him up in Christ Jesus. This is discipleship that Jesus called every believer to do.

This is the opposite of what many in the church often do with criticizing the repentance. Satan and the world want to destroy the new believer, and both will try to get the believers to do that in getting them to not rejoice.

Every time a person repents, the church should be rejoicing and praising God for the new, changed life. Changed lives is the goal Jesus came to the earth for.

You may know someone who has repented and is trying to change and live for God. Instead of being critical against that person, come alongside of him and build him up. Rejoice that God is still working in lives today.

Allow God to reveal to you those who are repenting and beginning to live for Him. Let the joy of knowing this rise up in your soul, rather than let the doubts of the devil fill your heart and mind.

Are you rejoicing with the angels over one who has repented?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will use you to disciple new believers; that you will praise God for those who repent; and that you will point all people towards Jesus.

Genesis 28:17 The Gate Of Heaven

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He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:17

Gates are doorways into a new place. There is always a purpose for a gate to be put into place. They are always placed somewhere along a wall or fence. The fence is to keep certain people or things out, to keep the enemy out. The gate is a pathway or doorway to allow someone in through the fence.

In most yards, there is a fence to block people with a gate to allow them in. They usually have only one main entrance. This funnels everyone that comes in through a very specific location.

Jacob had been traveling along and he stopped for the night in one location. During the night he had a vision of heaven being opened up with a staircase leading into heaven, with angels going up and down the staircase. During the vision, God spoke to him and told him that He would be with him. When Jacob awoke, he was amazed and stated that place must be the gate of heaven.

Most people want to be able to find the gate to heaven, the perfect place to be. Each one’s definition of what that perfect place is may be different, but they are searching for it. Many will say that there are many different ways into heaven, however, several thousand years after Jacob had this vision, Jesus came along and stated that He was the only door (gate) to God the Father.

In order to get into heaven, every person must enter through the right gate. That gate is Jesus. Those who follow Jesus, have the right to enter that gate. Unlike Jacob, God is with the believer everywhere he goes, so that he always has access to that gate into heaven. It is not one specific location, but wherever the believer is.

As a believer, you also have access to heaven. You can enter through the gate at any time you desire to meet with God. God is always there for you and will never leave or forsake you. He wants to spend time with you.

Take time each day to enter through the gate God has given you access to, and spend time with God. Invite others to enter into that gate with you.

Have you found the Gate to heaven?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make God a part of your life; that you will enter the gate of Heaven to be with God; and that you will invite others to enter God’s gate to heaven. 

Luke 2:14 Peace…For Some

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“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

The night that Jesus was born, some angels appeared to some shepherds in a field nearby. The angels told the shepherds that a savior had been born and how they would be able to find Him. They also began to praise God and proclaimed peace on those whom His favor rests.

The portion of this verse that is commonly quoted is “peace on the earth.” People like to hear about there being peace on this earth. This is even more encouraging to people who in an area of much turmoil or war.

Christians, along with many other people are desiring peace around the world. They want to see and end to war and fighting. This is a good thing to desire, but the angels never proclaimed peace all over the whole earth.

The angels proclaimed peace only upon those whom His favor rests. Not everyone on this earth has God’s favor. Not even everyone inside a church has His unmerited favor. Any person who has not repented of their sins and chosen to follow Jesus is an enemy of God. Where there are two enemies, there can never be peace.

Two enemies are always at war with each other, as long as they are enemies. God will always be at war with anyone who does not follow Him or obey Him. There are some who do not follow Jesus, but do not openly speak against Him, they are still enemies with God. If one does not follow and obey God, He does not love God, thus an enemy.

The peace the angels proclaimed is to be with those on whom His favor rests. God gives favor to those who love, obey and follow Jesus. Only those who have chosen to turn away from their own sins and self are truly following Jesus and thus receive His favor and peace.

As long as you are at war with God, you will not know peace.

If you are looking for peace, draw closer to Jesus. Become more like Him in following and obeying Him. It is then that God’s favor will rest upon you and you will know His peace. This is a peace that is peaceful regardless of what is going on in your life or in this world. A peace not everyone has.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live at peace with God; that you will love and obey God with all of your life; and that you will share that peace with others.

 

Colossians 2:18 Don’t Be Disqualified

“Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.” Colossians 2:18

Being a spiritual person is an acceptable thing in the world. People do not mind a spiritual person. Go through the stores and nearly every store will have some stuff with angels. There will also be books on being spiritual and getting in touch with spiritual forces. While there is nothing wrong with angels or being spiritual there is a missing factor in all of it…Jesus.

Even in the church there are many people who appear to be spiritual. They know the Bible and can quote it very well and they are always there when the church doors are open. They speak of visions they have or of past experiences with God from twenty years ago. However, they are living a deception. They have no real relationship with Jesus. There is no fruit in their lives. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are missing. The fruit of their labor for God is missing.

People like this appear to be godly, but in reality are just living a false lie. They don’t know how to talk about Jesus to someone. They are not doing any service for the kingdom of any value.

Paul is telling you to be careful around people like this. Do not become like them. It is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of a vision or talk of angels, but what is God doing today?

It is easy to discuss to great detail about doctrinal beliefs, but what does Jesus want today?

There is a saying that talk is cheap. This shows true in this type of person. In the Bible God uses angels and visions, but neither are the focus. The focus is always on God and on Jesus.

What is your life focused on today? Are you being deceived? Are you deceiving yourself and others?

Find your reality and life in Jesus. Focus on Jesus and what He wants for you and for others. Don’t be disqualified chasing after dreams and spiritual things.

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a closer way; that you will not be led astray following false worship; that you will not live a false spirituality; that God would show you what He wants of you; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.