Don’t allow bitterness to creep in. Do not become bitter. Sometimes we become bitter in life. We become bitter, and we grow bitter towards the Lord God also. This is what the Bible says, don’t have any fellowship with an angry man because that anger will come over on you. We should always be grateful that the Lord has come to give us life. Yes, we have our struggles in life, but we have the blessings and we have joy also because of the abundance of what Jesus has given to us.
I want to go to Psalms 27:1. “The Lord is my light and my salvation, who shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” We have nothing to be afraid of, the enemy’s job is to go to and fro across the land trying to bring you fear. But you don’t need to be afraid.
The enemy wants to bring you fear. The enemy will come against you and he will move you by fear. He has no authority over you, he has no power over you, and all, authority is given unto Jesus Christ. There is nothing left over for the enemy. The devil is a liar and the father of every live it is ever been told. And all of the liars a going to have their place in the pit of hell.
We don’t have to be afraid of anything, we need to be bold. We are the warriors of the Lord. And we should get up every morning and put on the whole armor of God. We should go forward in Jesus Christ and the battle does not belong to you but it belongs to the Lord. And the Lord will go before you, and behind you, and he will put the Angels all around you so you can have the victory, victory on every side.
And Proverbs 8:35 the Bible says, “And if you find me, you find life and you shall have the favor of the Lord.” Thank you Jesus we have the favor of the Lord and when we go into the courtroom and the Bible says don’t worry about what you going to say to the magistrate. We just go and get a good night’s sleep because the Lord wants you to know that he will speak through you. You don’t need to be afraid. And you don’t need to be concerned. Jesus said, I have come that you might have life and life more abundantly.
The Bible says, and one of the first things we would do when we get to heaven, praise the Lamb of God, We will thank the Lord in a new song, and even the Angels are not going to be able to sing the songs of redemption. We should exalt the name of the Lord together.
And have you ever noticed and when you go to a church, and when we get into one mind and one accord, the waves of the Holy Ghost begin to roll over to the congregation. You can feel the Holy Ghost anointing coming to you, and he goes past you, then it touches the people who are behind you, so every soul could be lifted up to glory. We give the Lord the praise and the honor and the glory for the wonderful things that he is done for the lives of men.
I want to go to the book of Amos 3:3. And the Bible says, “How can two walk together unless they are in agreement?” You can only have agreement, when we walk together in peace. The Scripture says when we get out of harmony, the Lord will bring discipline. The Lord was saying to the children of Israel, you are my children and I will punish you for your iniquities, because I am your father.
And by the punishment that I have put upon you, and I know you will stop and you will be obedient to me. And remember now, the children of Israel, the Lord had done so much for them. He had to bring them discipline when they got out of unity. We have got to stop and think about it. And when two people are speaking together, the Lord is in the middle of the conversation.
This is why we need to keep our conversation pure before the Lord. Let’s walk together in peace and harmony. Remember the Scripture says if any two of you shall touch And agree for anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my father which is in heaven. There is power in unity.
I want to go to the Scriptures this morning to the book of Exodus chapter 14:13, and Moses said to the people stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which you will see today, and the Egyptians that you have seen, you will not see them ever again.
When God makes a promise, you can receive the promise, and when the Lord told Moses you will not see these Egyptians anymore and they will be taken away, Moses told the people not to be afraid. But when they saw Pharaoh they became afraid. They knew the hard tasks when they were in Egypt. But they were afraid, and they believed that Pharaoh would take them back to Egypt and make things even harder.
God said no, they will be taken away and they will never be seen again. You need to see the salvation of the Lord, and the victory is in the hand of the Lord, and when you come to the Lord you are in his hand, and nothing and nothing can come against you. You will stand and fight the good fight of faith and have the victory.
We all know the story. and when the Red Sea was opened, and they went over on dry land, and Pharaoh began to go across, and they were running after the children of Israel, the Lord took the waters and brought them back together again, and the men and the horses were drowned.
God has got a plan, and that plan is for good and not harm. And through this plan, the Lord says he will bring you out of Egypt, and he will take you to the other side. And the women began to sing and dance with the tambourines. Have you ever had a miracle, and you could not sit still? Maybe you stood still for many months, and when the answer comes to pass, and you want to rejoice, and you want to praise the Lord, and worship the Lord, for the victory he has given to you.
I want to talk this morning about how we go through different “gates” in life. As we go to heaven the pearly gates will be opened wide and everyone who has been called out of this world to the abundant life will go through the pearly gates.
When you think about it, we are constantly going through gates. Life is filled with transitions or gates. For instance, Jesus said we should enter at “the strait gate.”
As the prophets of old said, there is no completion until the completion of the Saints. It is wonderful to know you will be walking down the street in heaven and you can say hello to all of the apostles.
We will meet those who wrote the New Testament. We will meet those we have read about for many years. We will see what they look like. We will be able to see them. We will ask the Lord different things about what has happened to us. The Bible says we won’t remember this life. It will be a new beginning to reign for ever with Jesus in eternity. Think of the joy that will be there.
Think about the half hour of silence in heaven. There would be 144,000 who will be sealed. My husband says the Lord will seal those would be protected from the wrath to come. That would be one half hour of silence and we are going to shout with joy in heaven. People say why do I shout or cry? It is because I love to cry. It gives my soul cleansing. I cry for joy.
I can remember the transitions, or the gates that I have been through in life. I have walk through the gates of suffering. You might say, that’s a sad thing. However, it is only made me stronger. And it has prepared me for the ministry that I am doing now.
Perhaps you are going through a difficult time and you are passing through difficult gates now. The doors you’re going through are not easy. But the Lord is going to help you and he will encourage you. I always say, the doors you go through now are just preparation for the ministry you will have to others in the near future.
I want to begin my message out of the book of Nehemiah and chapter number 8. I want to go to verse eight. and they read in the book of the law and they gave the understanding and they understood the reading, and Nehemiah, and Ezra the priest, and the Levites and they said, this day is holy to the Lord your God and do not be weeping, for all of the people cried when they heard the Lord. He said you should go your way and eat the fat and drink the sweet and bring portions to those for whom nothing is prepared and this day is holy to the Lord and don’t be sorry, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
When we feel down, and you notice that God will bring you something to give you joy. we have come to far to stop now, and we should keep going to the Mark of the high calling and we should endure until the end for those that should be saved.
As the people rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem, and when you read it in Nehemiah, you can read about all of the things that happened to Nehemiah. The adversaries, they were afraid of the children of Israel and they understood the children of Israel had the Lord on their side, and God would fight the battle. God would bring them through. They were jealous of what God would be doing in the lives of the children of Israel.
When the book of Moses was found and they began to read it, the people begin to rejoice. lay aside your sorrows and rejoice in the Lord and the joy of the Lord will give you strength. when you hear the word, it will turn your tears and your sorrows into joy. You know your faith is being built up and by the faith you have, and you will be able to overcome.
Jesus said, I will give you my joy. And my joy in you will be full. The Lord does not want you to be sad and downtrodden, because truly, the joy of the Lord will be your strength.