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Prophetic Revelation: Networking the Nations
Word for the Month: August 2018
Today I want to write about faith and obedience. Speaking to the church at Philadelphia Revelation (3:7-13) Jesus calls them the Faithful Church. In verses 7-8 we read: These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens. I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door and no one can shut it.”
The Lord Jesus said: ‘I have opened the door before you and no-one can shut it.’ This is a powerful statement. When God opens a door for someone nobody can shut it. It remains open. And when that door is opened an opportunity is provided for that person to walk through it.
God has opened a door before me and he has opened a door before you. It may be an invitation, an opportunity, an offer or a challenge. The open door is there but what are we going to do about it? Will we respond to this offer?
I’m minded of the occasion when the disciples were in a boat out on the sea and they saw Jesus walking towards them on the water. When Jesus called Peter to join him on the water Peter stepped out of the boat and into the miracle. Whilst he kept his eyes on Jesus he was able to walk on water.
Are we prepared to step out of the boat? Such a move always takes courage and we can never do it in our own strength. We will only succeed if we keep our eyes firmly fixed upon Jesus. This is what faith is all about. Trusting God to do what he says he will do.
I hear God say: ‘I am going to take you a way you have never been before. The Lord will give you the faith, his faith, to overcome any and every obstacle that would come against you.’
This is both exciting and challenging. For many years my call has been to support the Jewish people and I’m looking forward to the new things that God will open up in this ministry.
Close to God’s heart are his chosen people, the Jews and his nation Israel. One day Jesus was confronted by a Canaanite woman who came to him for help. He told her that God had sent him to minister to the lost sheep of Israel only (Matthew 15:24). A few chapters later Matthew tells us how in the Last Days Jesus will gather all the nations of the world to judge them on their behaviour towards his people. (Matthew 25:31-40) These verses are about our behaviour over the centuries towards the Jewish people and I believe we owe a debt of love to these our Jewish brethren.
Yet the life and sacrifice of Jesus was not for the Jews only. When Jesus died on the cross he gave his life for all humanity. As we read in Romans 11:13-25 we gentiles have been grafted into this Jewish olive tree. Let’s thank the Lord for our salvation and for his love and kindness. What amazing favour Jesus has given us all! What a privilege to be partakers of the same promises as our Jewish brethren. What an amazing God we all have. We do owe from our hearts a depth of love to these our Jewish brothers and sisters.
It seems clear we are swiftly moving into the Last Days and yet it also seems this is a time of new opportunity. There is an open door before us. As we take the first step to walk through that door we must have faith that God will make the way clear to each of us and he will make provision for the journey ahead.
The Shekinah Legacy