Ozark Christian Living

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Ushered In

October 15

“By WHOM also we have access by faith into this grace ..."  Romans 5:2 

"Do you find yourself standing on the wrong side of Faith's DOOR?" 

 

If you've ever met anyone significant in your life, most likely you didn't just stumble upon the ticket, or wander in uninvited; but you no doubt, were introduced to somebody, who knew somebody, who knew ... and so on.  Thus it was as well with all of us, regarding our first encounter with JESUS CHRIST.  Having now met the AUTHOR of life, one cannot help but marvel at WHO it was that embodied those dear saints of HIS choosing, which ushered us into HIS presence. 

Doctrinally, we are saved "by grace ... through faith", a once in eternity event, referred to Scripturally as being: "born again".  The ongoing work of HIS SPIRIT in Christian growth, called "sanctification" in the Bible, is approached however, from the inverted.  "... they rehearsed all that GOD had done with them, and how HE had opened the door of faith"  After entering into life eternal, and a relationship with the LORD through the door of faith, HE then beckons us to walk back through faith, and into grace.  "I am the door: by ME if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."  This DOOR, marked faith on the one side and grace on the other is, by the way, the only access GOD has provided to HIMSELF.  "In WHOM we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of HIM."  HE stands on the threshold to direct in both faith and grace, that none who come seeking either be turned away.  And rest assured, every credential is PERSONally checked every time at the DOOR. 

"JESUS saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the FATHER, but by ME."  There are those who would dispute this claim of GOD'S only SON, but how inaccessible, and inhospitable, their gods are!  And no wonder, for not only is the cemetery stark, and the amenities few; but the quarters of their casket is cramped when company comes over.  The reason every other god, save JEHOVAH, compels its followers to die for it, is because death is the only abode it inhabits.  The gods of the grave await your arrival; but we who know the GOD of the living, await HIS.  "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear MY voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with ME."  Do you find yourself standing on the wrong side of Faith's DOOR?  If not, have you found the grace of GOD as all sufficient as HE claims?

"Having ... boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of JESUS"


For Love of Country
Congress of Massachusetts, Provincial 
(1774)
"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual ... Continue steadfast, and with a proper sense of your dependence on GOD, nobly defend those rights which Heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us."

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