Open Gate in 2008

1 01 2008

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   I found it interesting on Sunday when the word was given, “open gate in 2008″. It was the second time I had heard that word concerning 2008. When you hear something once you can look and say, “Wow that is nice”. When you hear it several times, you begin to wonder what God is doing!

    So I began the inquiry of the Lord about this word. I know that God is going to be opening doors. I have seen the beginning of that in my life as I come closer and closer to 2008. I leave in several days for the first of two ministry trips connected with Complete Joy; this is a new door that has opened that I am walking through.

     Yet I wanted to look at the bible concerning open gates. There are 26 references to open and gate in the bible, of which only one is in the New Testament. I found that interesting. Many of the references in the Old Testament are warnings, others are instructions. Let’s read John 10:2-4 paying specific attention to verse 3.

John 10:2-4 (New International Version)

2The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

     We see in this passage how it is the watchman who opens the gate for the shepherd whose sheep know his voice and follow.

Now let’s think about this word from the Lord, “Open Gate in 2008″.

      We need to look at every open gate and be sure it is the Lord who himself has opened that gate for us. False gates can rise up before us, and the enemy can work to prematurely open gates causing us to walk where God doesn’t want us to walk, but if we look and watch for Christ to walk through before us, then we will hear his call and follow him into the new things He has prepared for us, because the sheep know the shepherd’s voice and follow him!

 So go forth and follow Jesus!

Blessings & peace as you walk through the open gate in 2008,

Mikki

  

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