Get Locked-In!

You knock on the door of my heart
And I will answer You
I will answer You
You make me a covenant of love
And I will walk with You
Yes, I will walk with You
I’m not afraid
I’m not afraid anymore
Your love has made a way
We say yes, God
We accept the invitation to Your love
We say yes, God
You and You alone can have it all
You lead me by waters that are calm
And I will follow You
I will follow You
You’re dancing and singing over us
And I will dance with You
I will dance with You

By Housefires – Worship Band from Atlanta

All of the above are the things Satan can offer you.  Jesus said in John 8:42-47 (NIV), “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me.  Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!  Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?  Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.

But… we have a great hope against this fear, against death

His name is

He is the basis of our living.  Because of His resurrection we have unarmed truth and unconditional love.  Dr. Martin Luther King, in his Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Address, 1964 put it so nicely, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”  You see Jesus has already won the war between good and evil, but it’s our acceptance of His love that equips us with hope in the face of death and we can have hope in everything else.  Jesus said in John 16:33 (NIV)“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  So when we get locked-in with Jesus and live for Him we get everything that is the opposite of what Satan offers.

Life Everlasting

Jesus wants us to know, as He said in John 10:7-10 (NIV)“Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.   All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.   I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.  They will come in and go out, and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”   We are His sheep and He is our gate to life everlasting.   Jesus also wants us to know, in John 10:14-18 (NIV), “I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me—just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My life for the sheep.  I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen.  I must bring them also.  They too will listen to My voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.  The reason My Father loves Me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.  No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.”   This is the resurrection of Jesus, He laid down His life for you and me.  But because He is God the Son, He was given the power from God the Father to rise from the dead and live again, which He offers and gives to those who believe in Him.  This is everything!  Again Jesus wants us to know, in John 3:16-21 (NIV), “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”    

When we get locked-in with Jesus we have the truth, for He is the Truth, which gives us hope to cope everyday, which brings the happiness we so desire, which gives us peace.  When we study our bibles we are taught the knowledge and obtain the wisdom to keep Satan away from the door, and invite in the love we want, for we all want to be loved.  Because this world is so dark, sometimes we think our way is hard to find.  Jesus provides the light we need to take the next step and the one after that. 

Three steps to get you locked-in with Jesus…