OPEN THE GATES

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This is the year for me to throw caution to the wind. No more being timid. I’m going full strength into following every little thing that may be the slightest touch or tiniest whisper of the Holy Spirit and jumping on it right away, without hesitation. Isaiah says, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Lift up thine eyes round about and see. Thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night” (Isaiah 60: 1,4,11).

 

I expect to be bolder this year. Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no man pursuing: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” We all make blunders. And the bolder we get, the louder the blunders get. But honestly, what’s a blunder or two (or three) when it comes to the people we love? Let’s be willing to forgive each other as we step out in a little more bravado than we’ve exhibited before.

 

I don’t know of one Bible hero that didn’t make a pretty loud error in his or her attempt to walk with God, that is except for our Lord Jesus. Instead, God tells us to be brave, be courageous, rise up, take a bite out of fear!

 

One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 54:2: “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.” The Lord God has given us liberty.

 

God promises, “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron” (Isaiah 45:2).

 

Let the gates be open. It’s like the Lord is sprinkling drops of fresh spring water above the ocean of our many thoughts. Let’s see what He has, reach for the drops, ponder their purity, collect them and drink with gusto!

 

To a blessed and happy 2017!

 

Love, Carolyn

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