How do you see God?

Jesus said: “I am the door!

John 10:7-18(The Message)

6-10 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them.

I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture.

A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

11-13″I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary.

A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him.

14-18″I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me.

In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary.

You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too.

They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again.

No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”

How do you see God?

For some God is a mean old bearded ogre, always looking to pounce on them when they do wrong; and yet for others he is but the creation of their own mind, and nothing more than a straw image of what they have imagined him to be.

But for the Christian, God can only truly be known through the person of Jesus Christ, and the knowledge of His Word, the Holy Bible.

There is truly no other way to truly know who God is, other than to listen to Him; spend time with Him; and to read and meditate upon His Word.

If you don’t do this, and if you are taking one of these other avenues, then you are leaving yourself open to deception.

The Bible clearly says that God is not the author of confusion; but I can tell you who is.

His name is Satan, Lucifer, the Devil; and by whatever name you know him, his one goal, as illustrated numerous times in the Bible, is to cloud the truth, and to keep you from seeing Jesus.

I see it like this, you’re sitting in a restaurant, and someone comes in with an announcement, saying to all in the room—kind of like what a stewardess on a plane does before takeoff—announcing where the EXIT is, and what to do in the event of an emergency.

The warning is given for all to hear that there is ONLY one EXIT, only one Door, or way of escape!

However, as happens in life, most are not paying attention, but are involved in conversation, or with other things, and they could care less. After all, there’s no evidence of anything being wrong; there’s no smoke or fire… not even the hint of it.

Then comes in this other man, in a red suit, and he announces to those in the room, “No, there are other exits that are just as good, and not just one; and so there will be a certain portion of the people who will believe him; but most still having seen no evidence of an emergency, and having seen no smoke nor fire, they are still oblivious to any danger, and could care less… there much too busy involved with, and enjoying life!

There are only a few in the room who know there is an emergency coming, they have been warned, and they believe the warning. These people are already headed towards the first Door; and so they warn everyone they can, whosoever will give heed and pay attention.

For some, they have already taken one of the other false exits (which is only a dead end); and for most of the others, they still are too busy with other things to pay attention, or to care.

Folks, as I see it, this is the situation we have today in the world; and consequently, just as the Bible says, the road to life is narrow, and few there be that find it; but the road to destruction is wide, and many there be, who are on that path.

Salvation has to do with our eternal destiny, and it is much too important a subject, and God loves His estranged children much too much to leave the path to salvation open to mere opinion, feelings, or false doctrine.

There are so many who because they have been raised in a certain denomination, and have been taught certain things, they have laid their entire eternal destiny on what they have been lead to believe, without ever having checked out the contract (covenant) for themselves, which is the Holy Bible, to see if it is true or not. Instead they have trusted what someone else has told them, and because of that oversight, their ignorance, their mistake… they are in for a huge disappointment.

We will each be held accountable in the end, and whereas, opinions are something everyone has, it won’t be your opinion that gets you into heaven.

The Bible says clearly that entry into Heaven is only given to those who have been born-again, as Jesus explained to Nicodemus, in John chapter 3. And even as the message above states, Jesus is the ONLY door, and all the others, who have come before, have been thieves and robbers.

Don’t you make that mistake, that most of the world is making, by ignoring your only salvation; or by thinking you are okay because you have a denominational name over you, and are thinking your label will get you in… because it won’t! Jesus made it crystal clear that… ONLY THOSE WHO ARE BORN-AGAIN GET IN! Selah

Now for those who have elected Jesus as their only door, for those people, all the promises of God are yea and amen… as the Bible says!

They know God not only as their Heavenly Father, and their Saviour; but also He is their provider, healer, and loving friend and companion.

This message below is directed only at the born-again Believers; but the invitation is still open to ALL, whosoever will, to enter into that relationship, by only that one Door; and begin your relationship with God, through faith in Jesus Christ alone!

The Bible says that whosoever calls upon that Name, the name of Jesus, shall be saved… and so my advice to you is, don’t leave home without Him!

Shalom,

Skip Barland

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Subject: GC – June 6 – How Men See Me

God Calling

How Men See Me

I came to help a world. And according to the varying needs of each so does each man see Me.

It is not necessary that you see Me as others see Me – the world, even the Church, My disciples, My followers, but it is necessary that you see Me, each of you, as supplying all that you personally need.

The weak need My Strength. The strong need My Tenderness. The tempted and fallen need My Salvation. The righteous need My Pity for sinners. The lonely need a Friend. The fighters need a Leader.

No man could be all these to men – only a God could be. In each of these relations of Mine to man you must see the God. The God-Friend, the God-Leader, the God-Savior.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:29

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:29


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Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

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