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Behold I Stand At The Door ...



Revelation 3:20 NKJV

[20] Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

The previous verse tells us what we must do:


Revelation 3:19 NKJV

[19] As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.


The word repent in Hebrew is μετανοέω, transliterated metanoeō and scholars say it means to reconsider, think differently, and change one’s mind.

The verse just before that tells you why you should repent:


Revelation 3:18 NKJV

[18] I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.


If you don't change your mind says God, shame, and nakedness is coming your way.

But if you do change your mind, the verse just after our focus verse at the top has something powerful and positive to say:


Revelation 3:21 NKJV

[21] To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.


Now if you think that this is just spoken to the completely lost and wicked, the following verse should change your mind:


Revelation 3:22 NKJV

[22] "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.


The word ”church”, from the Greek transliterated ekklēsia, means called out, and for many scholars, that means out of their houses to a gathering. But I believe it means more than that. It means to be called out if something ... the world of unbelievers and into another world of believers. Yeshua said:


John 18:36 NKJV

[36] Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."


And Paul talks of the church of the firstborn like this:


Hebrews 12:22-23 NKJV

[22] But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, [23] to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,


Now if you have read this far and none of this makes sense, then it is because you have not the Spirit of God, my friend:


1 Corinthians 2:11 NKJV

[11] For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.

LET US PRAY

Our Father, and Yeshua our saviour, our creator, we praise you and thank you for revealing your desire to dine with us as a Father with his child. Only a fool would pass up on such an invitation from the greatest authority and power in the universe and yet it is clear from all we have read that you are speaking to all of us. We need to open the door and realize that this is not a once-off event. We let you in. You came and dined. No, this is a lifestyle request from you. You are standing at our door and knocking. You are calling us to come out and be part of new company of people, who have citizenship and communion in a different kingdom that is not of this world. You are calling us to change our minds and think differently. To buy white garments from you that we may not be ashamed of our nakedness in the future. The truth about ourselves will be revealed and we will either be found inside or outside, depending on how seriously we have taken your offer... Revelation 3:20 NKJV

[20] Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

And so we repent today, and change our minds and ask you to come into our lives. Breathe your Spirit into us and let us dine with you, inviting you daily to dine with us. Let this become our lifestyle to spend time with you, and make you part of our every day lives. For then we will be clothed with white garments and be overcomes. Because when you say "buy from me" your currency is money. It is faith and our strong desire to have you, our creator, be fully involved in all we say think and do. May your Kingdom come.

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As a young man, still studying, I wrote this song. TRACK 3 - ANYWAY YOU LOOK AT IT. When I thought about what song would go with this message, I immediately thought of this one. I remember well the fiery lead rock guitarist, John Mair, who came into a Cape Town studio to record with myself and Tony Drake that day. The sound engineer, like me, is an older man who, to this day, has not to my knowledge accepted the invitation above. The fiery guitarist however did and not a moment too soon, for, within a year or so of his conversion, his life was tragically taken. He was still a very young man. We never know when heaven or hell will be knocking on our door.